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Mary Griffith Preto (c. 1800–c. 1870)


Bushrod Washington was friends with Preto's father, a fellow jurist.


Mary Griffith, daughter of federal judge William Griffith, was born circa 1800 in New Jersey.  In 1828 she married Francisco Preto y Neto (17961858), a Menorcan politician and bureaucrat who at the time was in exile in the United States. The following year Mary wrote Bushrod Washington, appealing to "her father’s best friend" to help her impecunious husband obtain a job with the State Department.


Abraham Hatfield, comp., The Descendants of Matthias Hatfield (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1954), 46.

Mary Preto to Bushrod Washington, 23 March 1829, Bushrod Washington Family Papers, Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Francesc Preto I Netto in La Galeria (in Catalan).

Mary B. Griffith in Washington, D.C., U.S., Compiled Marriages, 18261850 (

William Griffith at Federal Judicial Center.

Mary Griffith at FamilySearch.

William Griffith at FamilySearch.