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Lynette Jester

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Lynette Jester
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Profile last modified 26 May 2020 | Created 12 Aug 2014
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Wiki Genealogist February 2020 Club 100 Project Coordinator Arborist Super Star Southern Colonies Project Member One Name Studies Project Member United States Project Member Disasters Project Member DNA Tested Connector Honor Code Signatory G2G6 Big Heart Volunteer Pre-1700 Generous Genealogist -  Green Star Family Star Generous Genealogist - Red Star Generous Genealogist - Blue Star
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Lynette Jester was an Arkansan.
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Lynette Jester is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.

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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Lynette is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
I like fixin things
Arkansas Project Co-ordinator Join Us if you love AR and her history!!
Descent from Henry > Thomas > Thomas > Jamima; VA>Carolinas>AL
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!!
Tracking the movements west.
Luke Thornton Descendents, particularly Wiley Thornton and Elizabeth Johnston
US History, Especially the South
Arkansas regiments 3rd AR Inf Co E and Johnson's 15th
Transcribing and creating Census Indices
Keeping up with other Wikitreers
Specializing in Tri-State and Liberty Tornadoes of 18 Mar 1925
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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:

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Thanks for giving me a little nudge on G2G to improve the profile for Mary Ball Bickerdyke[1]. I don't really consider myself a biography writer, but Mother Bickerdyke did indeed deserve more than a bare bones profile.

Regards, Warren

posted by Warren Kuntz
Hey Warren, I'm glad you did it. Its really a great bio, too.
posted by Lynette Jester
I was going thru the questions about William Johnston, husband of Ann Chew. In Jan 2017 you wrote:

"A DNA study on William Johns(T)on is being conducted at Family Tree DNA. Kit #339582 Johnston William Johns(t)on b. c.1697 d. c.1769? Scotland haplo R-M269 I have contacted two DNA coordinators to translate this for me. One is a Thornton cousin, shares the same descent." Is there any info from this study? This William Johnston identity is rather confusing in my family Thanks!

Sorry I just saw your posting. Here the close connection Wikietree showed me

Lynette and Lorane are fifth cousins Lynette Jester and Lorane Whitehead are both descendants of Thomas Bullard. 1. Lynette is the daughter of Lela Iralee Davis [confident] 2. Lela is the daughter of Joseph Edward Davis [confident] 3. Joe Ed is the son of John Dallas Davis [unknown confidence] 4. John is the son of Jamima Jane Bullard [unknown confidence] 5. Jamima is the daughter of Thomas Bullard [unknown confidence] 6. Thomas is the son of Thomas Bullard [unknown confidence] This makes Thomas the fourth great grandfather of Lynette. 1. Lorane is the daughter of Mary Ellen Gay [confident] 2. Mary Ellen is the daughter of Annie Elizabeth Bullard [confident] 3. Peggy is the daughter of Charles Emmett Bullard [unknown confidence] 4. Charlie is the son of Thaddeus Love Bullard [unknown confidence] 5. Thaddeus is the son of Joseph L Bullard [unknown confidence] 6. Joseph is the son of Thomas Bullard [unknown confidence] This makes Thomas the fourth great grandfather of Lorane.

posted by Lorane Whitehead
You didn't have to, but thanks for releasing the Marshall Morton descendants.
posted by LaMyra Morton
Lynette, thank you for approval of my second Southern Pioneer Trail! I just saw that it has been approved and you were the reviewer. Thank you so much for your time and effort in checking each generation and sources!!
I'm adding location categories to my Arkansas relatives. I like to use categories, so I'm likely to remember to do so in the future!
posted by Kathryn Morse
Hi, Lynette.

I'm working on adding my own Arkansas relatives - the descendants of this great aunt whose children moved to Arkansas - I added quite a few profiles for Ashley County last week. I'm also interested in sourcing unsourced Arkansas profiles.

posted by Kathryn Morse
Thank you again!!! I appreciate it.


posted by Jamel Smith
Thank you for the additions you made to the profiles of James Cotham and Lucy Upshaw.

I appreciated the addition of indexed data for the sources, the categories and generated bio. I couldn't resist adding some of my favorite finishing touches:

tweaking the indentations on the sources

adding the blue templates wherever categories are mentioned

bio improvements for all the sources added.

James is mostly done for now but still working on Lucy.

Hope you liked my changes. It was relatively easy following your additions.

I just wish Family Search would add locations to their citations for all years of US Census.

posted by Pat (Fuller) Credit
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

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