James Samuel [Joe] Preston Hotchkiss


Personal and Family Information

James was born on 19 JUN 1893 in California, the son of Finlay Montgomerie Hotchkiss and Flora Cornelia Preston.

He died on 25 JAN 1988 in Los Angeles County, California.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Katherine B Bixby, who he married in 1923 in San Gabriel, Los Angeles Cnty, California. Their four known children were Katherine (c1925-?), Joan (c1928-?), Preston B (c1930-?) and John F (c1932-?).

His second wife was Georgina Hicks, who he married on 12 FEB 1984 in Los Angeles,Los Angeles County, California. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


James Samuel [Joe] Preston Hotchkiss


Finlay Montgomerie Hotchkiss


James Hotchkiss


Richard Hotchkiss


Isabella Gardiner


Margaret Hart


Thomas Hart


Anne Montgomery


Flora Cornelia Preston


Jasper Newton Preston


Samuel Preston


Rebecca Noble Sprague


Jannett Jennie Johnston



Birth19 JUN 1893
Place: California
Death25 JAN 1988
Place: Los Angeles County, California


J S Preston ...


Note 1

!Source: Tree of the Family of Hotchkiss of Hoxwood in the County of Salop copied from Heralds College.

Abstracted from the Records in the College of Arms, London, Septermber 29th 1800. C35 fo 59.

Pim Salop, Signed Francis Townsend, Windosor Herald, Francis Martin Blue Mantle.

Later part added by Richard James Hotchkis, son of James Hotchkis 1904, singed Richard Ja Hotchkis

J.S. Preston Born 1893

!Source: ancestry.com 1900 United States Federal Census

Finlay Hotchkiss 51, head, Apr 1849, Scotland

Flora Hotchkiss 39, wife, Nov 1860, Michigan

Annie E Hotchkiss 9, daughter, Jan 1891, California

Preston J Hotchkiss 6, son, Jun 1893, California <<<

!Source: ancestry.com/ 1910 United States Federal Census

Flora C Hotchkis 47, head, abt 1863, Michigan

Anne C. Hotchkis 19, daughter, abt 1891, California

J O [Jo] Preston Hotchkis 16, son, abt 1894, California <<<

Caroline Soderstrom 57, roomer, abt 1853, Illinois

Elenor Blijde 27, roomer, abt 1883, Illinois

!Source: ancestry.com/ 1920 United States Federal Census

Ira C Hotchkis 57, head, abt 1863, Michigan [probably actually Flora]

Joe Preston Hotchkis 26, son, abt 1894, California <<<

!Source: ancestry.com/ 1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Preston J Hotchkis

[Preston J Hatchkis]

Birth Year: abt 1893

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: California

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head

Home in 1930: San Marino, Los Angeles, California

Map of Home: View Map

Street address: Circle Drive

House Number in Cities or Towns: 1415

Dwelling Number: 205

Family Number: 206

Home Owned or Rented: Owned

Home Value: 75000

Radio Set: Yes

Lives on Farm: No

Age at First Marriage: 31

Attended School: No

Able to Read and Write: Yes

Father's Birthplace: United States

Mother's Birthplace: United States

Able to Speak English: Yes

Occupation: Broker

Industry: Broker Co.

Class of Worker: Employer

Employment: Yes

Household Members:

Name Age

Preston J Hotchkis 37, head, abt 1893, California

Katherine B Hotchkis 30, wife, abt 1900, California

Katherine Hotchkis 5, daughter, abt 1925, California

Joan Hotchkis 2, daughter, abt 1928, California

Preston B Hotchkis 0, son, abt 1930 [abt 1929], California

Pearl A Brehm 21, cook, abt 1909, Kansas

Jessie A Rodermacher 40, servant, abt 1890, Illinois, Occupation: Nurse

!Source: ancestry.com/ 1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Preston Hotchkis

Age: 46

Estimated birth year: abt 1894

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: California

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head

Home in 1940: San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California

Map of Home in 1940: View Map

House Number: 1415

Farm: No

Inferred Residence in 1935: San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California

Residence in 1935: Same House

Sheet Number: 3B

Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 91

Occupation: Executive Vice President

House Owned or Rented: Owned

Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 30000

Attended School or College: No

Highest Grade Completed: College, 5th or subsequent year

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 49

Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work

Weeks Worked in 1939: 52

Income: 5000+

Income Other Sources: Yes

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members:

Name Age

Preston Hotchkis 46, head, abt 1894, California

Katharine Hotchkis 40, wife, abt 1900, California

Katharine Hotchkis 15, daughter, abt 1925, California

Joan Hotchkis 12, daughterm abt 1928, California

Preston B Hotchkis 10, son, abt 1930, California

John F Hotchkis 8, son, abt 1932, California

Janet Pyper 28, nurse, abt 1912, New Jersey

Jannah W Redman 34, servant, abt 1906, Tennessee, Occupation: Cook

!Source: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87351284

Birth: Jun. 19, 1893

California, USA

Death: Jan. 25, 1988

Los Angeles County

California, USA


J.S. Preston Hotchkis was the son of Finlay Montgomery Hotchkis, b. Apr. 23, 1843 and d. Jul. 1907 &

Flora Cornelia Preston, b. Nov. 22, 1862 and d. Dec. 23, 1946.


Preston's May 23, 1917 WWI Draft Registration card lists his birth year and place as 1894, Los Angeles. He was working as a salesman for Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co., and he was described as medium in height, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.


In 1923, at San Gabriel, L.A., CA., Preston Hotchkis married Katharine Bixby, daughter of Fred Hathaway Bixby, b. Apr. 20, 1875 in Los Angeles, L.A., CA. and d. May 17, 1952 in Los Angeles, L.A., CA. &

Florence Elizabeth "Polly" Green, b. Jul. 18, 1876 in CA. and

d. Feb. 08, 1961 in Los Angeles, L.A., CA.


Katharine was the granddaughter of John William Bixby, b. 25 May 1848 and d. May 06, 1887 &

Susan P. Hathaway, b. Mar. 22, 1845 and d. Feb. 03, 1906.

In 1881, John and Susan bought what is now Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach and lived in the ranch house there.

When John and Susan died, Fred and Florence and their children moved into the ranch house to live. In 1968, the Bixby heirs deeded the 7.5 surviving acres of Rancho Los Alamitos to the City of Long Beach.


Preston Hotchkis married second, Georgina Hicks on Feb. 12, 1984 at Los Angeles, L.A. Co., CA.


Family links:


Katharine Bixby Hotchkis [1899 - 1979]*


*Calculated relationship


Note: Preston is buried with his wife, Katharine Hotchis, beside Carolyn Hotchkis and beyond Carolyn are Hilary and Richard Hotchkis.



San Gabriel Cemetery

San Gabriel

Los Angeles County

California, USA


Created by: ChloƩ

Record added: Mar 25, 2012

Find A Grave Memorial# 87351284