Jerry Curtis Lester Genealogy

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  • ID: I674
  • Name: John LESTER
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Lester
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 Jan 1752
  • Death: 29 Jan 1825 in Montgomery Co., Va. 1
  • Burial: Lester Cemetery #1, Rt. 602, Montgomery Co., Va. 2
  • Note:
    Marguerite Tise writes,

    "John Lester was the progenitor of the Lester family in Flo yd and Montgomery counties, Virginia. John, Abner and Samu el Lester (believed to be brothers) settled in Botetourt Co unty, Virginia, about l770.

    John Lester was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, accordi ng to family tradition. Hulen Lester, youngest son of Joh n Lester, stated in the 1880 census that his father was bor n in Pennsylvania.

    Intensive efforts have been made by family members and rese archers over the years to locate John Lester's father and a ncestors in Pennsylvania, but with no success up to the pre sent tine. Much attention has been given to the Peter Lest er family whose genealogy has been compiled by Clarence V . Roberts in Early Friends Families of Upper Bucks (1925) . So far a place has not been found where John Lester belo ngs in that family.

    Roberts states: "He (Peter) was probably accompanied to thi s country by a brother or other relatives, as the will of G eorge Lester, probated at Philadelphia, December 14, 1695 , mentions him as a kinsman and makes him executor, and th e will of William Lester of the Manor of Rockland County o f New Castle, dated September 24, 1691, gives him a legac y as Ďcousiní Peter Lester and also a legacy to
    kinsman' George Lester.

    This establishes the fact that George, William and Peter Le ster, cousins, were living in Pennsylvania at the same tim e and in the sane vicinity and probably immigrated to thi s country together. It is possible that John Lester was de scended from George Lester or William Lester. Their familie s have not been documented as was Peter's.

    The question of John Lester's ancestors remains unsettled b ut I think it is safe to say that they were of the yeoman c lass who emigrated from England, probably Leicestershire, t o Pennsylvania in the mid-l600s and that they probably belo nged to the Society of Friends.

    Several families by the name of Heulings (Hewlings, Hulings , Hulins) lived in Bucks County near the Lester family, ca . 1680 through the l700s. They also belonged to the Societ y of Friends but the record shows that some were dismissed . At least two marriages are recorded between the Lester a nd Heulings families.

    John Lester named his youngest son Hulen, and William, so n of Johnís brother Abner, named his oldest son Abner Hulen . The name has been spelled in so many different ways tha t it is impossible to determine the original spelling but i t appears to have been Heulings or Hulings. The name seem s to have had a special significance for the Lesters and i f we knew the connection we would probably know more abou t the history of the family.

    Other data may furnish a link in the brothers' migration fr om Pennsylvania to Montgomery County. Records in Loudoun C ounty, Virginia, show that in 1763, and for a few years fol lowing, John, Abner and Samuel Lester, as well as William , Thomas and Peter Lester, were residents of the county, ta x payers and slave holders. The coincidence of the names "J ohn, Abner, Samuel" is significant and unusual. John Leste r who came to Montgomery County would have been 12 years ol d in 1763 and not listed as a taxpayer but he could have be en living with his brothers. There was another older Joh n Lester in the county who may have been the one listed wit h Abner and Samuel. He continued to live in Loudoun County . It is also significant that their names disappeared fro m that county about the same time that they appeared in Bot etourt County.

    John, Abner and Samuel Lester migrated to Botetourt County , Virginia, about 1770 and settled on the frontier in wha t is now Wythe County. John Lester's name appears in 1771 i n a list of Botetourt County tithables taken by Walter Croc kett in the area of present Wythe County ("New River Tithab les, 1770-1773." Compiled by Mary B. Kegley, 1972). Samue l and Abner Lester are listed "in the Lower District of Ne w River" (Ibid).

    On March 13, 1771, John Lester was appointed Constable in : place of William Pruett (Botetourt County court minutes).

    In February 1774, a survey was made for John Lester for 17 5 acres of land in Fincastle County at the blue spring, th e head of Cripple Creek, a branch of New River, part of th e Loyal Company grant (Platt Book A, p. 247, Montgomery Cou nty records).

    In 1774, John Lester was a soldier of the Fincastle Count y Militia in Col. Campbell's Company, and was paid 15 shill ings for 10 days service ("Soldiers of Fincastle County, Vi rginia. 1774," compiled by Mary B. Kegley, 1974). This par t of Virginia, at that time was the Western Frontier and wa s under heavy attack by the Indians. It was a time of cons tant threat and stress for the settlers. Militia leaders i n every community were called on by Governor Dunmore to enr oll and equip their men preparatory to a march toward Poin t Pleasant. John Lester and his brother Samuel Lester foug ht in the Battle of Point Pleasant (Report of the Point Ple asant Battle Monument Commission to the West Virginia Stat e Board of Control, 1927), called by historians the first b attle of the Revolution. Their names are inscribed on bron ze tablets at the base of the Point Pleasant Battle Monumen t. John Lester's service to his country began at this earl y date, October 10, 1774, and preceded his Revolutionary se rvice by three years.

    John Lester and Catharine Plick (Plickinstaiver, Blickensde rfer) were married, probably in 1775 in Fincastle County . The marriage record has not been found. John was 24 year s old and Catharine was 16. She was of German ancestry, th e daughter of John Blickensderfer (the name of her mother i s unknown), who lived on Meadow Creek in Montgomery Count y (see Blickensderfer).

    It is not known when John Lester moved to Little River - pe rhaps about the time of his marriage.

    John and Catharine built their log cabin home on a hill fac ing west (on present Rt. 602), overlooking Little River an d the surrounding country. It was not far from the confluen ce of Brush Creek with Little River, and the Little River f ord. A large bridge now spans the ford (present Rt. 617).

    John's brothers, Abner and Samuel, left Montgomery County a nd moved west. John named his third and fourth sons for th em.

    Johnís first acquisition of land on Little River is not rec orded. He obtained three land grants: 100 acres on Littl e River, 1785; 100 acres on Brush Creek, 1786; 100 acres o n Little River & Brush Creek, 1796 (Land Office records, Ri chmond). He made other acquisitions.

    John died in 1825 at the age of 73. Catharine died eight y ears later, aged 74. The inscriptions on their tombstone s are now almost illegible as the stones have deteriorate d over the years.[The stones were legible in 1956 and wer e photographed by Jerry Curtis Lester, 4th great grandson . See Leonard Lesterís book, "My Ancestors" for photograph s.] They were buried on top of the knoll above their home ( Lester Cemetery #1 on present Route 602.), probably the fir st to be buried there.

    All of their eleven children left Montgomery County excep t Hulen, the youngest son, who established his home on Litt le River, below their home. Samuel went west, nothing furth er known of him or his family. Mary married and moved to Te nnessee. John II, James, Abner, William, Susannah, Rhoda , Pamelia, Catherine all moved to Floyd County. At one tin e the Lesters in Floyd County numbered in the hundreds. Th e Lesters moved back and forth across Little River (Littl e River formed the boundary line between Floyd and Montgome ry counties) and their influence was felt in both counties . They were public spirited men and conscientiously discha rged their duties and responsibilities as good citizens. Th ey farmed their land, raised large families and tried to en sure that their children would follow in their footsteps a s honest and upright citizens.

    John and Catharine Lester had 11 children, 83 (known) grand children, and 460 (known) great-grandchildren, Their desce ndants migrated to West Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Misso uri, Iowa, Idaho and other states. If there had been a gath ering of the first four generations, what a throng!"
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  • Event: Military 15 Sep 1777 Montgomery Co., Va.
  • Note: He was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, serving as P rivate in Captain Daniel Triggís Company of Montgomery Coun ty Militia. John, Abner and Samuel Lester were sworn int o service between September 5, 1777, and April 1, 1778 (ori ginal report of Stephen Trigg, Senior Captain of Montgomer y County Militia). (Certificate of Military Service of Joh n Lester was issued by A. B. Correll, Clerk of the Circui t Court of Montgomery County, Virginia, at Christiansburg , dated July 15, 1936.) 3
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    Marriage 1 Catherine PLICKENSTALVER b: 1759 in Bedford Co., Va.
    • Married: Abt 1775 in Fincastle Co., Va. 4 5 6 7 8 9
    • Change Date: 10 Sep 2002
    Children
    1. Has Children John LESTER b: 7 Mar 1776 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    2. Has Children James LESTER b: 1779 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    3. Has Children Samuel LESTER b: Abt 1781 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    4. Has Children Abner A. LESTER b: Abt 1783 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    5. Has Children William S. LESTER b: 7 Oct 1785 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    6. Has No Children Susan (Susannah) LESTER b: 24 Dec 1788 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    7. Has Children Mary LESTER b: 2 Apr 1790 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    8. Has Children Rhoda LESTER b: 1793 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    9. Has Children Hulen LESTER b: 6 May 1795 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    10. Has No Children Permelia (Permely) LESTER b: Abt 1798 in Montgomery Co., Va.
    11. Has No Children Catherine LESTER b: Abt 1804 in Montgomery Co., Va.

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: p. 3
      Quality: 2
    2. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: p. 3
      Quality: 3
    3. Abbrev: The Lester Family by Marguerite Tise, 1st Ed.
      Title: The Lester Family of Floyd and Montgomery County
      Author: Marguerite Tise
      Publication: Floyd, Virginia, 1996 (1st Edition)
      Note:
      This is an excellent account of the Lester family.
      Page: p. 1
      Quality: 2
    4. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: Page 3. "(NOTE
    5. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: Annotation on p. 2: ". . . From Census of 1880 page 32 Sup r. District No. 5 Enumerator District No. 56 indicates Hule n Lester's father John was born in Penn. and his mother Cat herine in Va. . . . "
    6. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: Page 4: "Catherine Lester's deed to John II relinguishin g claim to John Lester's lands, except 80 acres as her dowe ry, recorded in Deed Book "IJ" , Page 250, in the year 1826 ."
    7. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: Page 4: "Catherine Lester bill of sale of her personal pro perty to her son Hulens Lester, recorded in Will Book No. 5 , Page 86 in the year 1831."
    8. Abbrev: James Lester's "The Lester Family Record"
      Title: "The Lester Family Record, 1753-1957,"
      Author: James Curtis Lester
      Publication: June 1, 1957, annotated copy, in the possession of Jerry Cu rtis Lester.
      Text: "Buried in Lester Cemetery, Montgomery county, Virginia. ( NOTE: Soapstone markers [tombstones] were upright and legib le on December 28, 1956)"
      Note:
      Accurately compiled.
      Page: Page 4: "John Lester and Catherine made indenture sellin g land to George Booth in the year 1808 and 1818. Recorde d in Deed Book, Volume "D", Page 514, witnessed by James Le ster, Alyah Booth, Geo. Thornberger, Samuel Lester and Dani el Booth.
    9. Abbrev: The Lester Family by Marguerite Tise, 1st Ed.
      Title: The Lester Family of Floyd and Montgomery County
      Author: Marguerite Tise
      Publication: Floyd, Virginia, 1996 (1st Edition)
      Note:
      This is an excellent account of the Lester family.
      Page: p. 3
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