Susan Preston Draper with her daughter, Margaret.
November 1, 2015
The Kentuckians, Part 1
Hopedale in October
Memories of Marge Horton
Birthday party on Inman Street - 1944
Road race - October 31
Dual Valley Conference Cross Country Championships - October 31
Kevin Gardner who is a stone wall builder as well as an author and historian will be speaking at the Milford
Town Library on Thursday, Nov. 12th at 7 pm. I saw him at the Hopkinton Library a couple of years ago and
he is really interesting. He builds a small stone wall in front of the audience while he tells stories about the
different kinds of stone walls. Anne Lamontaigne, Milford Historical Commission
Additions to hope1842 pages during the last two weeks include: Upton Chamber (Milford News article about
the origin of the mysterious structure.) Deaths
Twenty-five years ago - November 1990 - The first known web page is written.
Home Alone is released to theaters. It would become the highest grossing live-action family comedy film of
Leaders of Canada, the United States, and 32 European nations meet in Paris to formally mark the end of
the Cold War.
The United Nations Security Council passes UN Security Council Resolution 678, authorizing military
intervention in Iraq if that nation does not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by
Tuesday, January 15, 1991.
Fifty years ago - November 1965 - Freedom Flights begin: Cuba and the United States formally agree to
start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of
Northeast blackout of 1965: Several U.S. states (VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY and portions of NJ) and parts of
Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13½ hours.
Vietnam War – Battle of Ia Drang: In the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands in Vietnam, the first major
engagement of the war between regular United States and North Vietnamese forces begins.
Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned major sweep operations to
neutralize Viet Cong forces during the next year are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam
will have to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.
The news above is from Wikipedia. See below this text box for news clippings from the Milford News and
the Milford Gazette from 100 years ago.
General Draper's first wife, Lilla Joy Draper, died in 1884. In 1890, he married Susan Preston of Lexington,
Kentucky. Here, from the general's autobiography, is a bit about her family.
The Kentuckians, Part 1
This may be a suitable place to refer briefly to my wife's descent and connections. She was the daughter of
Major-general William Preston of Kentucky, one of the most distinguished citizens of that State, and at the
time of his death its most prominent figure socially, though he took no part in politics, as he never asked to
have his disabilities as a Confederate general removed.
General Preston was a great-grandson of John Preston, a Scotch-Irish gentleman who came to this country
in 1740, and purchased and settled upon a large tract of land near Staunton, Virginia. The record of his
descendants is most wonderful, and furnishes a list of men distinguished as diplomats, and senators, and
governors, and generals, and cabinet officers that it would be hard to equal in the record of any other
American family. I quote substantially from The Scotch-Irish in America, a work published in 1890.
"This Preston family was a southern family of old Virginia and Kentucky; and therefore it is not surprising that
it furnished so many brave and impetuous officers in the Confederate army; but love of the Union was warm
in the hearts of many of its members, conspicuous among whom were the Browns, the Blairs, and the
Carringtons, of southern States, as well as the Porters of the northern section.
"Its members were generally Democrats and firm friends of Jefferson and Jackson. They were persons of
large talent and thoroughly educated; of large brain and magnificent physique. The family of Patrick Henry,
the Hamptons, Wickliffes, Marshalls, Peytons, Carbells, Crittendens, and Ingersolls, were connected with
them in matrimonial alliances. Among them were four governors of Virginia; also members of the cabinets of
Jefferson, and Taylor, and Buchanan, and Lincoln. They had major-generals and brigadier generals by the
dozen; members of the Senate and House of Representatives by the score; and gallant officers in the army
and navy by the hundred. They furnished three of the recent Democratic candidates for Vice-President of the
United States. They furnished to the Union army General B. Gratz Brown, General Francis P. Blair, General
Andrew J. Alexander, General Edward C. Carrington, General Thomas T. Crittenden, Colonel Peter A. Porter,
Colonel John M. Brown, and other gallant officers. To the Southern army they gave Major-general John C.
Breckinridge, Colonel W.P.C. Breckinridge, Colonel William Watts, Colonel Cary Breckinridge, Colonel
William Preston Johnson, (aide to Jefferson Davis), with other colonels, majors, captains and surgeons, --
fifty or more, -- sixteen of them dying on the field of battle; -- and all descendants of this one Irish emigrant,
from the county of Derry, whose relatives are still prominent in that part of Ireland, one of them having recently
been Mayor of Belfast."
"General Preston's grandfather, William Preston, was a colonel in the Revolutionary War, and his father a
captain under General Wayne. His brother-in-law, Albert Sidney Johnston, one of the most distinguished
general of the Southern Confederacy, was killed at Shiloh, dying in the arms of General Preston, then his
chief of staff. It is believed by many, if not most, military students, that but for General Johnston's fatal wound
at Shiloh, the advance of the Confederates, then checked, would have continued, and General Grant's army
been utterly defeated or captured before General Buell's arrival, which turned the Union defeat into victory."
William F. Draper, Recollections of a Varied Career, pp. 202 - 2-4.
mother's family, the Wickliffes, were among the largest slave owners in Kentucky.
Hopedale Drapers and their Kentucky Mates Ezine Menu HOME
Here's another Hopedale-Kentucky connection, but in this case, they're
both in Illinois. Click here for "Other Hopedales." Here's a little coincidence
- The ZIP for Hopedale, Illinois is 61747. Thanks for that bit of trivia, DJ.