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IRA PRESTON, 8th. child of Samuel and Lucy (Johnson) Preston, was born March 9, 1785, at Wallingford, Conn., and died Aug. 20, 1872, at Prestonville, Mich. He married in 1810, Deborah Goff, of Rush, Monroe Co., N. Y., born Feb. 11, 1793, daughter of Charles Goff, a Rev. Soldier. She died Jan. 3, 1885.

They lived at Rush, N. Y., until 1827, when they removed to Macomb County, Mich., where they were pioneers in the lumber business. The Preston saw mill is said to have been the first to cut white pine lumber in Michigan. This family has always been noted for its thrift, economy and integrity. Coming to Michigan when it was but a wilderness, they had to undergo many perils and privations unknown to later generations. By strict attention to business nearly all of the older Prestons acquired a competence, which has been passed on to later generations. The children of Ira and Deborah Preston were:

1. Emily Preston, b. June 4, 1813. (163,81)
2. George Washington Preston, b. May 7, 1815. (163,82)
3. Riley Sedgwick Preston, b. Apr. 20, 1820. (163,83)
4. Manerva (Minerva) Preston, b. Aug. 22, 1822, (163,84)
5. Ira Luman Preston, b. Feb. 21, 1825. (163,85)
6. Eliza Ann Preston, b. Aug. 30, 1829. (163,86)
7. Judge Sidney Preston, b. Jan. 16, 1831. (163,87)

EMILY PRESTON, eldest daughter of Ira and Deborah (Goff) Preston, was born June 4, 1813, in Rush, Monroe Co., N. Y., and came to Michigan with her parents in 1827. The following year she married Daniel Kniffen, one of the young men who came to Michigan with Mr. Preston. They settled upon the south bank of Middle Branch, on Section 6, Macomb Twp., just north of Macomb Corners, where they passed the rest of their lives, enduring the hardships of pioneer life and rearing a large family of children. Mr. Kniffen died Jan. 11, 1867, aged 64. Mrs Kniffen survived until Feb. 14, 1889. "She had long lived a purely Christian life, worthy of imitation." The children of this couple were:

1. Harriet Kniffen, b. May 2, 1829. (163,811)
2. Ira Kniffen, b. Jan. 3, 1831. (163,812)
3. Ellen Kniffen, b. Apr. 13, 1833. (163,813)
4. Albert Kniffen, b. July 29, 1835; died May 28, 1860.
5. Olive Kniffen, b. Oct. 23, 1838. (163,815)
8. Lucinda Kniffen, b. Mar. 14, 1841. (163,816)
7. Andrew Kniffen, b. Aug. 24, 1843. (163,817)
8. Gilbert Kniffen, b. May 27, 1846; died Sep. 26, 1849.
9. Adilbert Kniffen, b. Sep. 20, 1850. (163,819)

HARRIET KNIFFEN, eldest child of Daniel and Emily (Preston) Kniffen, was born May 2, 1829, in Macomb Co., Mich. She married Dur Giddings, of Macomb, Mich. They settled on the west side of Section 5, of Macomb Twp., directly opposite the home of her parents, where they lived many years. Mr. Gidding. died Dec. 25, 1878, and Mrs. Giddings on April 7, 1888. They had no children.