PRESTON, Thomas

1795 - 1885

Smacks at Lowestoft Harbour Entrance, Suffolk

Born at Tunstead, Norfolk in 1795, son of James and Mary Preston. A half-pay Naval Officer when he married at Norwich in 1839, Caroline Rolfe and in 1841 they were living at South Turnpike, Lowestoft, Suffolk. His wife was buried at St Margaret's church, Lowestoft on 27 May 1848, aged 37 and in 1861, Thomas was a 55 year old widower 'Royal Navy' living at 1 High Street, Lowestoft with three of his four daughters Alice 18, Caroline 16, Ellen 13, his married sister-in-law Alice Barnham and a governess and kept three indoor servants. An amateur artist during his retirement days at Lowestoft, painting scenes in and around Lowestoft and seems never to have returned to active service in the Navy remaining on half-pay from 1830. Joseph Clover painted an oil of his wife Caroline with his youngest daughter Mary, who was born in 1842 and Thomas painted a small oil on wood of 'St. Margaret's [Church] from the South' 18cm x 23cm. He died at High Street, Lowestoft and buried at St Margaret's on 20 October 1885. He also had a son Benjamin Preston, born 1846 who entered Gonville and Caius College and was a brewer as Youngman & Preston, at Lowestoft in 1898.




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