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Lynette Jester

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Lynette Jester
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Categories: Jester Name Study | Teague Name Study | Green Name Study | Shipp Name Study | Research Expert, Southern Pioneers | Research Expert, US Southern Colonies.

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I began my genealogy addiction in Aug of 1979, after my father passed in May. My mother had already read the 1880 and had some names, but she wasn't sure how they were related. My father's parents had died young and he just didn't know or talk much about them. So, I studied the FGS she gave me and memorized the names. I knew that Burgess and Levi were somehow connected to me but we didn't know exactly how. But I just knew they were. And I go to the library with my aunt and open the Accelerated Index, "There they are!!" and my aunt replied with "You don't find them that fast!" And I looked at her with this dumbfounded expression on my face... "With a name like Burgess Jester?"

That started a discussion that continued for years. My mother kept it up with "There are lots of Burgess Jesters." "Yes, there are, but there is only one (holding up one finger) old one. All the others are named for him." Then she checked my work, I had the kids, their marriages, solid from 1850 to 1900. When I showed my aunt the work I had collected plus all the other Jesters I had notes on, "You know, your mother and I have worked for years to get what little information we have, you just don't find them that fast. Not the amount you have." The difference was, I just had to prove it to my satisfaction, not theirs. And my work has stood the test of time.

I will be delighted to change my db, if I am wrong, but its going to take some really good evidence, if some one actually proves to me mine is wrong. I've had too many people come to me or lists I was on and say "My research shows... " and I say "Show me your research." And I will usually find the holes. I firmly believe the ancestors talk to me and guide me. And getting them placed properly is the best way to honor them.

Thank you to Paula J for awarding me Research Expert status in Southern Pioneers and US Southern Colonies.

I see so many profiles that show relationship to Notables or other Wikitreers If you want to see your relationship to me, please let me know.

Name Relationship Ancestor Notes
John Tyler7th C 6x rGeorge Wyatt
Wm H. Taft9th C 2x rRichard Ravens
Calvin Coolidge9th C 2x rRichard Ravens1
Harry Truman6th C 2x rRichard Shipp
JFK14th CJames Hamilton
Ronald Reagan13th C 1x rJames Hamilton 2
George H. Bush14th CJames Hamilton

1Calvin's uncle Norman was a teacher/principal at the Seminary at Cotton Hill, Georgia where T. P. Jester taught. Norman had calling cards made after the Civil War and misspelled his name. Neither Norman nor printer couldn't afford to reprint the cards so Norman changed the spelling of his name to Cooledge.
2 Not the same James Hamilton that JFK and GHB share.

My Projects

  • Paula J's shadow. Paula is one of my favorite people on Wikitree. She has been a great mentor to me and hope to one day meet her in person. If Paula is on a project, I usually find a way to wiggle in.

Under Paula I have joined:

World Disasters specializing in Tri-State and Liberty Tornadoes My former mother-in-law survived the Tornado and the meningitis outbreak afterward. Not sure how i ended up as Project Coordinator, Paula must have had faith in me.
Military and War specializing Arkansas's Participation in the Civil War, especially the regiments my kin enlisted.
Southern Colonies I don't think I ever actually asked to join the project, but think this was one where I wiggled in. Paula gave me the badge.

Because of Paula, my name was tossed into the hat for Coordinator for the Arkansas Project, which I accepted. I tease Paula about this, she put me in to get me out of her hair. And I really couldn't be happier. Allison Andrus and Abby Glann have been absolutely delightful to work with. If I have a problem, they are quick to respond. Most of the time, probably because they themselves are busy, they let me dance to my own tune on Arkansas.

Arkansas Project Nearly everything we do on Wikitree is under the umbrella of the US History Project. And I am very proud of the work I have accomplished thus far, even tho some editing still needs to be done on these pages. By adding census and other legends and stories found about Arkansas, I feel I have made this my own with still a lot of work left to do.

My other favorite "partner in crime" is Mary Richardson. Arkansas and Texas share not only borders, but heros and blacksheep. Mary and I are in several of the same projects.

At one time, the NW strip of Texas above Texarkana was part of Arkansas during its Territory days.

Other projects I'm involved in are:

  • Jester Name Study Documenting all Jesters, spouses, and descendants. I mentioned to Paula I wanted to do a Jester ONS and Voila!! Paula set up the page and study and I took it over.
  • Teague Name Study Drew Teague started a much needed Name Study for the Teague. Hoping to get them all sorted.

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Followed Tags
Lynette is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Arkansas Project Co-ordinator Join Us if you love AR and her history!!
I come from a long line of murderers, bootleggers, preachers and politicians. Pick your poison.
Descent from Henry > Thomas > Thomas > Jamima; VA>Carolinas>AL
Collecting data on Arkansas Cemeteries
All varient spellings
Jester Name Study project leader. Any Jester, any where, Any time
Involved with Jester, Teague, Shipp, and Green Name Studies.
Just found out I'm a Shipp descendant!!
bib 317
Source-A-Thon participant GO TEAM MO!
I am so southern!! Even the Northerners came south!
NC>TN>AR with a few other stops inbetween.
Luke Thornton Descendents, particularly Wiley Thornton and Elizabeth Johnston
Arkansas regiments 3rd AR Inf Co E and Johnson's 15th
Project coordinator for Arkansas; volunteers needed
Keeping up with other Wikitreers
Specializing in Tri-State and Liberty Tornadoes of 18 Mar 1925

DNA Tested
Lynette Jester's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Lynette or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Lynette:
  • Lynette Jester: Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDmatch T269178, FTDNA kit #527801

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On 10 Aug 2017 at 00:41 GMT Vern Peterson wrote:

A flood of the Ohio River built my Davis brick wall when it destroyed the Clark County, Indiana courthouse long ago. First from Virginia, then to Indiana, with a possible stop in Kentucky along the way, eventually to northern Illinois. Proofs of parents came from Civil War pension papers that contained a transcribed copy of a page sewn into the family bible that gave names and dates for my Henry Davis family.

On 9 Aug 2017 at 21:04 GMT Vern Peterson wrote:

I don't know where in Alabama. The 1910 census only says Alabama. I think I found her in 1900 - age 14, the niece of William and Sarah Cody - in Red River, Texas. Neither William or Sarah has a parent from Alabama.

On 9 Aug 2017 at 19:50 GMT Vern Peterson wrote:

I have not figured out how or why only this one of all my Davis family of that generation ended up in Oklahoma to marry a Bullard. Once Clementine passed away he ended up in northern Illinois with most of his siblings.

On 9 Aug 2017 at 14:58 GMT Sue (Runnells) Berryhill wrote:

Thank you, Lynette, for adding to David Jester's bio. It's a big help!

Sue Berryhill

On 25 Jul 2017 at 12:24 GMT Jennifer Cuthbert wrote:

Thank you for helping newbies with merges.


On 18 Jul 2017 at 22:17 GMT Mark Gunter wrote:

That's a good deal, Lynette. I'm strongly considering adding one of my GEDCOMs (Underwood), fretting over it now about a couple of things. When I add something like that, probably about 30 profiles will be added and I'll need a lot of help. I'll use cousin bait for as much of it as possible.

On 18 Jul 2017 at 21:54 GMT Mark Gunter wrote:

Thank you Lynnette, for the census roll on Arkansas Gunters! No, that is a different branch of the family. While my line does cross many states, my great grandfather spent most of his time around Morgan County, Tennessee. I do have copies of census for most of the folk I've already made profiles for. My grandfather, Elmer Gunter, worked for the railroad, and followed the railroad from TN to MO, then down to LA and his children grew up in LA as did I.

On 17 Jul 2017 at 23:39 GMT Mark Gunter wrote:

Lynette, are there indices to the Virginia Geneology mags you mentioned? I'm not familiar with them.

On 4 Jul 2017 at 02:52 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

not bad at all!

Cheers, Liz

On 3 Jul 2017 at 20:41 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

glad you got it sorted :D

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