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Lewis Patrick "Allen" Preston
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1845
Georges Creek
Lawrence County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1904
Milo
Martin County
Kentucky, USA

Lewis married Mary Jane Preston on Feb. 24, 1867 in Johnson Co., KY.

Their children were Wallace, John, and Morrell Preston.
Mary died in Feb, 1876.

On April 30, 1876 on Georges Creek, Lawrence Co., KY he married Hester Ann Borders.

Their children were Mary, Bascom, Maudie, John, Della, Maggie, Margaret, and Lewis Preston.

Lewis served in the Union Army-45th KY Mounted Infantry.

He died from loss of blood after surgery.

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According to Lewis Patrick Allen's great grandson Randal Bowing, L.P.A. was said to have chased away an old Indian who was living on the land where he built his home with the help of several other men, equipped with long, strong sticks. After the Civil War and with his home finished, he was approached by an older Negro man who stated that he was looking for work. Allen hired him and later was told by the man that he was running from the law and was wanted for killing his step-father. The man, only known as Jim, was kept on and on occasion was hidden out on Allen's farm. Family history says that Jim was a hard worker and did more than his share of the farming. One morning after building the fire in the coal fireplace, Jim sat in a chair in front of the fire to warm himself. When Allen got up, he found Jim dead. Jim was taken to the family cemetery and buried among the rest of Allen's family. His grave is at the front of the Preston Cemetery in Milo, Kentucky and is marked with a sand stone with only the name of Jim on it. Through the years, the Preston Family always stops and places flowers on Jim's grave as well as the graves of the other family members.

Lewis enlisted in Company F 45th Kentucky Co. F Mounted Infantry on August 21, 1863. In October, 1863 he was promoted to Corporal. He was discharged on December 24, 1864.
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The 45th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry Volunteers was at first designed as a battalion for local service on the Virginia front and in the eastern counties of Kentucky. The recruiting and organization of the command was entrusted to Major Lewis M. Clark, formerly Lieutenant 16th Kentucky Infantry, and Captain 10th Kentucky Cavalry. For some months in the summer of 1863 the recruits of four companies were employed as above indicated; but it was determined to increase the command to a Regiment and muster it into the United States Service. Although the requisite number of recruits were rapidly collected, and the Regiment put on active duty in October 1863, and the organization effected at Ashland, Kentucky, the formal muster-in of two companies was unavoidably delayed until the beginning of the following January, when Col. John Mason Brown was assigned to the command, and major L.M. Clark promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. During the early part of 1864 the Regimental Headquarters was at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, from which point the 45th was continually employed in constant and arduous duty, covering the entire Virginia front from Cumberland Gap to Louisa, and keeping in check, by ceaseless activity, the Rebel Cavalry command concentrated in and about Abingdon, Virginia. In March 1864, being relieved by General Sturgis' Division of Cavalry, the 45th was moved to Flemingsburg, whence, in April, it was transferred to Irvine, Kentucky, and points south of that Headquarters. In May it rendezvoused at Lexington, Kentucky, and under the immediate command of Lieutenant Colonel Clark (Colonel Brown commanding Brigade), was attached to Hobson's Cavalry Division, and marched to the Virginia line near Pound Gap. It led pursuit after Morgan in June 1864, and was the leading Regiment of the assaulting column at the battle of Mt. Sterling 9th June, 1864. It participated in the battle of Cynthianan June 12th, 1864, in which Morgan's force was finally destroyed, having, up to that engagement, been continuously on duty for 26 days and nights, with no halt of as much as four hours. During the months of July and August, 1864, a part of the Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel Clark was detailed by General Burbridge to pursue guerrillas and scattered Confederate troops in Owen, Trimble and adjacent counties of Kentucky. In October, 1864, the 45th Kentucky formed part of Burbridge's command in the unsuccessful attack on Saltville, Virginia, and covered the retreat thence. In November and December, 1864, it was in Stoneman's column at the capture of Bristol, East Tennessee, Marion, Abingdon, and Saltville, Virginia, and participated in all the engagements of that campaign. From its constant duty in most inclement weather the Regiment suffered even more seriously than from bullets of the enemy, and a large proportion of the men were mustered out much injured by frost-bites. This Regiment was mustered out by Battalions at Catlettsburg, Kentucky-Companies A, B, C, D, E. and F on the 24th December 1864, Companies G, H, I, and K on the 14th day of February, 1865. (Per: Adjutant General's Report on the 45th Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Infantry)

For some reason (see notes for Bascom "John" Preston for one possible explanation) L.P.A. had a great dislike for his son-in-law G.W. Messer. It was said that after L.P.A.'s death, while the family was at church, Wash went across the creek to L.P.A.'s house to get something out of the cellar. He said that as he approached the house a light suddenly appeared in the upstairs bedroom "L.P.A.'s room". This frightened Wash so much he ran home and never went back after dark and never, ever alone.

L.P.A. built one of the finest two story log homes in the county, which was located beside location of the new house built by L.W., at Rockcastle Creek, Milo. (Per: Randy Bowling) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Preston (1813 - 1884)
  Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Preston (1814 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Hester Ann Borders Preston (1857 - 1946)*
 
 Children:
  Wallace Preston (1868 - ____)*
  John Preston (1870 - 1875)*
  Morrell Preston (1875 - ____)*
  Mary Elizabeth Preston Messer (1877 - 1965)*
  Bascom Preston (1879 - 1971)*
  Maudie Agnes Preston Messer (1882 - 1918)*
  John Lewis Preston (1885 - ____)*
  Della Mae Preston Justice (1889 - 1939)*
  Margaret Ellen Preston Justice (1892 - 1980)*
  Lewis Wayne Preston (1896 - 1979)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Madison Preston (1832 - 1898)*
  Cynthia Preston Howard (1839 - 1867)*
  Lewis Patrick Preston (1845 - 1904)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Preston Family Cemetery
Milo
Martin County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Debbie Rowe Clarkston
Record added: Jul 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39157403
 


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