- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 1 Aug 1989
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 2 Nov 1989
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 3 Feb 1990
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 4 May 1990
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 5 Aug 1990
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue 6 Nov 1990
- Jester Families eXchange Newsletter Issue_7 Mar 1991
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|ABOUT THE JESTER FAMILIES EXCHANGE||........||..................... 2|
|Dear Jester Family||........||...................... 3|
|OPERATION DESERT SHIELD||.......||....................... 3|
|RICHMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA||.......||....................... 5|
|MARRIAGES OF RICHMOND CO., VA 1668-1853||.......||....................... 6|
|DELAWARE BIBLE RECORDS; DAR LIBRARY; pg. 117-8,125||.......||....................... 7|
|BULK RATE MAILING!!||.......||....................... 9|
|LEORA JESTER AND BARBARA McCREIGHT||.......||....................... 9|
|THE JOSEPH JESTER FAMILY||.......||.................... 14|
|FAMILY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON JESTER||.......||.......................15|
|LATE BREAKING NEWS||.......||.................... 16|
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ABOUT THE JESTER FAMILIES EXCHANGE (JFX):
Published quarterly by Lynette Jester, 2700 Leigh Ann La. Arlington. TX 76010.
Subscription rates are $5.00 yr/4 issues Back issues are available at the same rates. The JFX is published FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN JESTER FAMILY HISTORY.
ABOUT THE CREST drawn by BUD JESTER, 10705 SE Evergreen. Vancouver. WA 98684, using the late 14th and early 15th century heraldic conventions of England. The helmet, and the flow from the helmet, the shape and tilt of the shield, and the lion rampant are early. The sceptor in the falcon’s claw is Henry IV s.
Certification of the family name JESTER from the International Heraldic Institution, Urn., of Charlotte. North Carolina. JESTER: derived from a grant by Henry V 1417 AD to Phillip Crul, court jester, who ASSUMED IN CONSEQUENCE. THE SURNAME of JESTER. Leam Co. Derby. England.
Arms: Per saltire ermine and sable, a lion rampant argent Crest: A falcon with wings expanded argent. holding in the claw a sceptor or. Motto: Veritas Ingenio (Truth with wit) The foregoing has been from the following authorities; Foster - -History of the Commoners Wasbournes Crests
About the description: per saltire refers to the way the shield is divided ermine and sable are the colors, ermine is shown as is sable is black by convention lion rampant is as shown argent means silver, shown in art as white the stuff flowing out from the helmet is sable and silver by convention the crest is on top the helmet — a silver falcon holding a golden (or) sceptor. The motto isn't a part of the arms - families could change the motto if they wanted.
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Dear Jester Family,
Well, Christmas has past, and a New Year has begun. I hope 1991 will be better than 1990 was. Time has sure flown by. I kept thinking I had more time to get this newsletter done, but realized I was late on getting the last one out
RED LETTER YEAR? There were several injuries last year. Peggy Sims and Carolyn Lambrecht broke an ankle, Peggy in May and Carolyn in July. Imogene Jester broke her leg, her daughter Deborah injured her back, Carolyn also had a pinched nerve in her back, Pat Wobschall’s daughter got her wrist caught in a car door, my wrist is trying to give me fits, sometimes I can’t hold anything in my left hand, Barbara McCreight and her husband have both been ill. Barbara dehydrated from the doctor over medicating her and her husband had a leg by-pass operation. So, 1991 has to be better. I don’t think I can take another year like that.
??COMPUTERS?? I’m trying out another program. This one is called Paperclip, it’s not as detailed and fancy as the GEOS I used last Issue and I have to use commands to set the page size and paragraph indentations, but I have been using this for some letters and like the results. Also, with GEOS I can only print one copy of any document at a time. With Paperclip, I can print up to 255 copies of any page in a document. If this works like I want it to, it will save a great deal of time and money at the copier place. While I’m waiting for the newsletter to be copied, I shop through the store, thinking I need this, or I want that. And buy it! Also, the difference in cost of having the newsletter copied, and printing it off the computer myself is substantial enough to try this at least once.
I am also looking to buy another computer by the next issue. Ben suggested I get an IBM 286 or 386 AT. Learning a new computer and programs scare me, but the experience will benefit me.
Also, I was going to retype the previous Issues into the program files but decided to wait if I got a new computer.
OPERATION DESERT SHIELD
I guess we are all anxious about the situation in Saudi Arabia. Darcy’s boyfriend is scheduled to go over soon, if he hasn’t gone already. Are any of our young people over there? Let me know if we have service people there and give me their APO address, I will them a free subscription for the newsletter while they are there as support for Operation Desert Shield. This goes for all foreign based of America’s Finest.
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GROWING!!IGROWING!I!GROWN!I! Can you imagine my surprise with FOUR new subscribers? And three in January! Most of you know that I get as excited over one as I do a dozen. Actually, I think, if a dozen new people subscribed, you would have to pick me up off the floor. Welcome to our growing family.
JEANETTE JESTER, (deleted for privacy). She’ll send in info later. A card from Jeanette says, “I don’t know how I fit into your tree but must be a limb somewhere...my grandfather was from the OH area HARRY GEORGE, father GEORGE HARRY was b. in MO.” Waiting to hear from you, Jeanette. Anyone have any suggestions for Jeanette?
ROBERT L. JESTER, (deleted for privacy) GREEN COVE SRPINGS, FL 32043, Bob’s father was HARVEY GEORGE JESTER b. Aug 11, 1898 Springfield, IL d. 196? was in the US NAVY 1918 - 1940, m. Mabel Gantz from Phil., PA. Dottie, (Mrs. R.L.) wrote? “my husband knows nothing of any relatives on his father’s side, they met only once when Bob was 17. We know Harvey died in San Diego, CA. Bob thought his father came from TX.” This is not an unusual story for the Jester’s. One thing we have found, the Jester’s just didn’t talk much.
CAROLE JESTER SPINKS, (deleted for privacy) AUGUSTA, GA 30909. Carole’s grandfather was HENRY CHARLES JESTER b. abt. 1890 m. NANNIE BELL WRIGHT. Her father was EMERY CARLTON JESTER b 10 JUL 1913 d. NOV 67. Again, the name Carlton comes up. Henry is as far back as she has, but a cousin in Bainbridge, GA has a family bible. Bainbridge is a key location for the Jesters, especially for John Roberts Jester. I’ll send Carole some info for her to compare with the bible.
E. D. and HELEN MILLER, (deleted for privacy) HIGH POINT, NC 27262. This came as a complete shock. Some time ago Russ and Genie gave me some names of other Jesters, one was “Boots” of Allendale, SC. I’m not sure if Boots and Russ are related or Just know each other, but she is related to E.D. and Helen. Boots had given E .D. my address and he wrote me. The great part of this is either E.D. or Helen is descended from Maskill Jester and Margaret Brasselton, Maskill is descended from Jacob. I gave them the addresses for Doris Sheppard, Jayne Tuohig, Charles P. Jester and Ann Turner, who are also descended from Jacob, JAC732SCO. They have been researching in NC for several years so I’m anxious to compare notes. Thanks Boots.
New info is always welcome, even old info is welcome. It gives us a chance to compare notes. Some of our ancestors are so deeply hidden, we may never be able to prove just who belongs where, on which branch. With everyone who is working on this, we may come up with answers that would otherwise evade us.
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RICHMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Jean Jester Livingston sent a lot of info from Richmond Co., VA 1699-1800 Wills; Registers of North Farnham Parish 1663-1814 and Lunenburg Parish 1783-1800 Richmond Co., VA.
Jester is an uncommon name, for some reason it gets misspelled more often than not. Then we have to contend with indifferent copyists and illiterate clerks and others who just don't know any better. Jean thinks, and I agree, this may have happened here, altho I do suggest that more research be done to substantiate these wills and marriage records, since they are under the name of JESPER. If they really are JESTER, then we need to get with the LDS and DAR and others who have this as JESPER. This problem occurs in JETER also.
B=BIRTH; D=DEATH; M=MARRIAGE; *=HANDWRITTEN NOTES; ALL SURNAMES UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ARE JESPER
- B. ANN dau/ RICHARD and SARAH, 8 OCT 1682 (M.- DUDLEY? *)
- B. RICHARD (Jr*) s/ RICHARD and SARAH, 21 APR 1687
- B. THOMAS s/ RICHARD and SARAH, 2OCT1689
- D. RICHARD 3 N0V 1702/03*
- B. THOMAS s/ THOMAS and ANNE (LEWIS*) 21 SEP 1705 *THOMAS 16??-174? had two wives, Anne Lewis and Sarah Taylor, Sarah was niece to Anne,
- B. MARY dau/ THOMAS and ANNE 3 MAY 1708
- B. ELIZABETH dau/ THOMAS and SARAH (TAYLOR*) 22 MAY 1712
- B. ANN dau/ THOMAS and SARAH 5DEC 17124
- B. MARY ANN dau/ EDWARD and ELEANOR 23 SEP 1715
- B. RICHARD s/ THOMAS and SARAH 10 JUN 1717
- B. SIMON S/ THOMAS and SARAH 13 JAN 1720
- D. ELIZABETH 2 AUG 1720
- D. EDWARD 15 MAR 1720/1
- B. SARAH dau/ THOMAS and SARAH 21 FEB 1723/4
- D. ELIZABETH 19 FEB 1725 *Inventory: 6 APR 1726 will bk 5 1725-1753
- M. MARY and MICHAEL CONNELL 8 SEP 1727
- D. SARAH 20 AUG 1728
- D. MARY ANN 22JUN1729 B. SARAH dau/ THOMAS and SARAH 11 NOV 1723
- M. THOMAS and ELIZABETH HAMMOND 12 N0V 1730 *father JOHN? his grandparent? *
- B. WILLIAM s/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 13 SEP 1731
- B. THOMAS s/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 14 APR 1735
- D . WILLIAM 19 OCT 1735
- B. WILLIAM s/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 16 SEP 1737
- B. DANIEL s/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 30 OCT 1738 *his father
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- B. ANN dau/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 14 DEC 1742
- B. BETTY dau/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 3 NOV 1745
- D. SARAH 24 JAN 1749
- B. ANN dau/ JOHN and MARY 30 SEP 1755
- B. ELIZABETH dau/ THOMAS and ANN 3 OCT 1757
- D. ELIZABETH 25 OCT 1757
- B. THOMAS s/ JOHN and MARY 4 NOV 1757
- B. ROBERT s/ THOMAS and ANN 6 FEB 1760
- B. ANN dau/ THOMAS and ANN 27 SEP 1762
- B. THOMAS s/ DANIEL and KATHERINE 24 MAR 1764 *came to Wash Co., PA 1790
- B. WILLIAM s/ THOMAS and ANN 14 APR 1755
- B. JOHN s/ WILLIAM and SARAH 31 MAY 1765
- B. SARAH dau/ THOMAS and ANN 23 JUL 1767
- B. MILLY dau/ THOMAS and ANN 6 APR 1769
- B. MARY ANN dau/THOMAS and ANN 7 MAR 1771
- B. THOMAS s/ THOMAS and ELIZABETH 14 APR 1777
- B. EDWARD s/ DANIEL and CATHERINE 16 JUN 1777 B. FANNY dau/ THOMAS and TUANOR [?] 1 APR 1782
- B. [Not Entered] a child of ROBERT and ELIZABETH 14 DEC 1782
- B. NANCEY DUNNAWAY dau/ GEORGE and ELIZABETH 1 FEB 1797
- B. DANIEL s/ GEORGE and ELIZABETH 29 NOV 1798
MARRIAGES OF RICHMOND CO., VA 1668-1853
(b)=bondsman (w) =witness all notes are from the copy unless marked * all names JESPER unless otherwise stated
- GEORGE and ELIZABETH DUNAWAY, bond 29 JAN 1795 SAMUEL DUNAWAY (b)
- GEORGE and HANNAH COOKMAN bond 3 JAN 1811 NEWMAN MISKILL (b)
- GEORGE and PEGGY WALL bond 21 JUL 1813 NEWMAN MISKILL (b) (*This is very interesting since there is a Meskill Jester)
- RICHARD and ELIZABETH STONUM bond 15 JAN 1793 Consent by William Stonum, guardian of the bride; she is the orphan of George Stonum, deceased. :EZEKIEL LEVY (b) JOSEPH REDMAN (w)
- ROBERT and BETTY B. HARFORD bond 15 JAN 1781 JOHN HARFORD
- SAMUEL B. and ELIZABETH FLINN 10 MAR 1814 DANIEL FLINN (b)
- SAMUEL B. and LUCY BEALE bond 24 JAN 1816 Consent by ALICE BEALE, mother of the bride, who states the bride is of age. JOHN HAMMACK (b); JOHN BEALE (w)
- THOMAS (16??-1748) married (1) circa 1700 ANNE LEWIS, one of the five daus and coheiresses of EDWARD LEWIS, deceased; m (2) 1711 SARAH TAYLOR (see below)
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- THOMAS and SARAH TAYLOR, license March 1710/11 DB#6,p275 SARAH TAYLOR was b in north Farnham Parish 28SEP1692; she was the dau SIMON and ELIZABETH (LEWIS) TAYLOR (q.v.) and a niece of ANNE LEWIS, first wife of the said THOMAS JESPER. [AB#1,p327; DB#3pl78; DB#6p115; DB#9pl86; WB#5p126,562,685,722]
- THOMAS married ELIZABETH HAMMOND, 12N0V1730 NFPRpl23; [THOMAS JESPER (1705-1760) was the son of THOMAS and ANNE (LEWIS) (q.v.) p.106]
- THOMAS and [blank], bond 6 FEB 1760 LEROY PEACHEY (b). [This is probably the second marriage for THOMAS SR (JR*) 1705-1760 as by will dated 20 OCT 1759 he mentions no wife, but when his will was admitted to record 5MAY1760, as well as subsequent records, the indications are he was survived by a widow, ELIZABETH JESPER. AB#lp442; COB#14p358; WB#6pl76]
- THOMAS and MARGARET N. DOBYNS, bond 24 DEC 1827, JOSEPH B. KELSICK (b) MBBp32
- THOMAS H. and FANNY CADEEN bond 30 May l817 CHAPMAN AUSTIN (b) CHARLES PALMER (w)
- WILLIAM and HANEY GUPTON bond 25 DEC 1798 GEORGE MISKELL (b)
- WILLIAM and RUTHA KNOTT (spinster) bond 12 JUL 1794 MATTHEW PARTRIDGE (b,w) ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE (w)
DELAWARE BIBLE RECORDS; DAR LIBRARY
JAMES W. and PENELOPE C. JESTER FAMILY BIBLE Bible published by Robinson and Franklin, 180 Broadway, NY, 1839; Owned by Mrs Royal E. Smith, Gordon Heights, DE. Record given by Mrs. Charles Bird, Wilmington, DE. Both are members of Caeser Rodney Chapter, NSDAR Wilmington.
- JAMES W. and PENELOPE CATTS 2 MAR 1824
- ROBERT FRASHIER and CATHERINE 2 DEC 1845
- JAMES W. and MARY KILLIN (?) 16 MAR 1847
- JOSEPH H. BOONE and ELIZABETH HERRINGTON 13 MAR 1862
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ADAM HERRINGTON and ELIZABETH 19 NOV 1846 LEVI and MARY WOOD 17--
BIRTHS / DEATHS :(all children of JAMES W. and PENELOPE)
CATHERINE dau 21 JUL 1825 / 7 JAN 1846 aged 21 yrs 6 mo ELIZABETH dau 24 JUL 1827 / 12 OCT 1868 aged 41 yrs 2 mo 12days MAGDILLIN dau 3 OCT 1830 / 18 NOV 1831 aged 1 yr lmo 15 days ELIAS son 10 OCT 1832 / 9 NOV 1833 age 1 yr 30 days MARY MATILDAY dau 19 DEC 1834 /15 MAY 1860 aged 25 yr 4 mo 26days JOSEPH son 9 FEB 1837 / 9 FEB 1863 aged 26 yrs. SUSAN S. dau 26 OCT 1841 / 20 SEP 1844 aged 3 yrs 10 mo 26 days SARAH E. dau 3 MAY 1843 / 24 OCT 1844
- REV. LEVI 30 SEP 1776
- MARY WOOD (?) wife of Rev. Levi J 20 JAN 1778
- JAMES WOOD son of LEVI and MARY 12(?) MAR 1802 / 29 JAN 1862
- PENELOPY wife of JAMES W. b.______ / 12 JAN 1846
- HARRY BOONE son of JOSEPH H. and ELIZABETH 7JUN186--(2 or 3) / 5 MAR 1865
- LAURA BOONE dau of JOSEPH H. and ELIZABETH 27 AUG 1865
- BEDFORD BOONE son of JOSEPH H. and ELIZABETH 21 APR 1872
- JOSEPH H. BOONE son of JACOB and SERENA BOONE 23 MAY 1834
- LOUISA BOONE dau of JACOB and SERENA BOONE 4 MAR 1836
- WILLIAM BOONE 11 AUG 1837 son of JACOB and SERENA
- LUCINDA BOONE dau of JACOB and SERENA 8 APR 1889
MOTHER OF JOSEPH H. BOONE, SERENA BOONE, 15DEC1879 aged 72 years-
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BULK RATE MAILING!!
In my quest to cut expenses and to get the newsletter out to more people, I've taken the address list Paul R. Jester gave to me and mailed out to the others. I needed to make the necessary 200 pieces for the special rates. Each issue I will be sending out the extra copies to a wide area. It will take some time to go thru the 2000 names on the address list. And maybe, just maybe, we'll come across someone who has more info.
LEORA JESTER AND BARBARA McCREIGHT
When I received Leora's file, there were things that rang a bell, something I was supposed to know but couldn't put a finger on. I started contacting a few people from her files, namely Barbara and Jayne, Barbara sent- her family group sheets in, and there were things that just wouldn't let me rest, I knew I had something on this. But I just couldn't make the connection. Then I found it! Somewhere in all my messed-up files I had a group sheet on one of the children of George W. Jester, Jr.
I then reread a story was in Leora's file. You could have clobbered me with a feather. All this hit me while I was writing the first, two pages. I’m putting the family info in the back and will start the story of one branch of this family
Sorry, but can't run all of it at once, it’s lengthy and I also want to start the Turner Collection Pat. Wobschall sent. The Turner Collection gives some interesting facts on Delaware.
I also found another family in Leora’s files I thought was interesting. Tom Mullikin thought his family tied in with Leora’s and Ralph's. I have doubts but thought if it was ran someone may be able to set me straight, All this will be in the back.
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Joshua Jester - WRITTEN WINTER 1895 ON THE FARM BEFORE MOVING TO DES MOINES
Joshua Jester was born Sept. 10th, 1844 in Milford Neck, Kent Co., Del. I was the 2nd child of a family of six. My father's name was Joseph Jester. Both my Father and Mother had been married prior to this marriage. Father was left a widower with one child and Mother was left a, widow with 4 children.
My father's first wife was a Jester before marrying a distant relative. My mother's first husband's name was Joseph Parsons.
My grandfather came from England with 2 brothers, Joshua and Arthur. Joshua died in early life, single. Arthur, when a young man, went west and all of him has been lost, but no doubt but the Jesters of Ohio is his offspring.
The origin of the name came from the name of the King's Jester and it has been a characteristic of the family to be inclined to jesting.
My mother was the only child of John Young and wife and both of them died when she was very young leaving her quite an amount of property, but all was used up in raising her and other expenses except one farm which was hers at her first marriage with Joseph Parsons.
Sometime after their marriage they decided to go to Ohio, hence they sold the farm and went. Their conveyance was a wagon. After reaching Ohio her husband was taken was sick and afterward became dissatisfied and they moved back to Del. By this time, their 4th child was born, and all of their money was used up and him sick, and soon died leaving, my mother penniless with the four children.
My Father was born in 1797, died in 1858. My Mother was born in 1812, died in 1879. Father and Mother were married in 1840. Caroline Jester, their first child, was born in 1841 on the old homestead of my Grandmother Jester which my father inherited from her, consisting of a log house and 16 acres of ground and here all of the six children were born.
Here I will give a short sketch of my brothers and sisters before beginning into my own life. Caroline the oldest was converted in early life and joined the M.E. Church which was our parents church. She married David Coverdale the same year that Father died. She is living at present and her husband with five children all of which are married. At present their home is near Wilmington, Del.
Albert Jester, the 3rd of the family was born in 1847. At an early age he united with, the church and was a very active member all of his life. He was not well in his early life and by not being able to work he was sent to school and learned very rapidly and was grateful to teach and was employed for a short time, but when of age he went to
Michigan and remained there until I went out to visit him and we both took a trip to Iowa, where he settled later. In 1874 he married Miss Hattie Smith of Michigan. From this union they have five children, all living. He died in 1893 after a short illness from blood poisoning from abstracting a tooth. With the exception of the time he was in Mich. we were associated together very much. He was loved by all who knew him and at time of his death, he was one of the most prominent men of the Church at Paton, Green County, Iowa.
George was the 4th child born in 1851 is still living in Del. He learned the carpenter trade and has spent his life thus far working at the trade. He joined the Church at 18 years of age and has been a very faithful member.
Annie Jester was born in Del. at the old homestead in 1855. She is living at present in Wilmington, Del.
Benjamin F. Jester was born in 1858. When only six months old at Father's death he has seemed more like a son than brother on account of me having to care for him. He joined the church at an early age and entered the ministry at the age of 24 years the M.P. Church, later he transferred to the M.E. Church. At present he is in Md. in the Wilmington conference. Has been very successful as a soul winner and building churches. The Lord has wonderfully blessed his work.
My earliest recollection of my Father's home was some of his devotion to his convictions in regard to the Negro race. He established a school in his home and in the evenings many of the colored children gathered there to learn their letters and to read and write their name. This seemed to be their great ambition on the line of education, and I caught the spirit and very early in life I begin teaching the colored boys and have spent many Sabbath afternoon in some comfortable place. The boys would carry their spelling book in their pocket, so we were ready for school when met and in this way several of the boys learned to read. I have watched those boys and they have grown up to be good citizens. One of them owns the old homestead where I was born and raised. I visited him in 1834, and some things about the home had not changed since I left there in 1870.
My Father and Mother were members of the M.E. Church, but Father did not attend much as far back as I remember but Mother was very prompt in her attendance and in her training the children. Hence, I cannot remember back only to remember my Mother's earnest devotion and I grew up with the thought of my Savior and my devotion to him. My Mother's devotion was so instilled into my life that up to the present time I have not been in doubt though being often with the irreligious in my work. My Mother's influence over my life has been a stay amid storms and temptations and afflictions and I owe largely to her training what my life has been in my devotion to the cause of Christ. In my childhood I became very devoted and Christ was very precious to me but with the common thought of that day that one must be a little bad to become good, I allowed myself to drift away so I could come back and seek Christ.
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So, at the age of 14 I knelt at the alter and consecrated myself to Christ and joined the Church. The same year I was given a Sabbath School class to teach and from that time I have been a teacher in the S. School except when other Christian work took the place. So, the same year that my Father died I united with the church after Father died.
Then being 5 of us children at home and myself the oldest and Mother in very poor health and having no income, just 16 A. of land and a house, the great question of how to raise the children confronted my Mother and none of us will ever know what my Mother passed through in trying to solve the problem but there came a time soon after Father's death that we children were called together and Mother laid the case before us and never will forget that time as she talked to us in regard to keeping us together and she had prayed for wisdom and guidance in regard to the matter. After she had impressed us with the situation, she said she believed that we could get along and stay together but only in one way and then asking us if we desired to all stay at home and we all of us that understood the situation said we wanted to remain with her. She said it wholly depended on us minding her and then we pledged we would, and I wish that at the present time I could say that I always obeyed her but a few times I did not. But we all came so near to the promise that we made it possible for her to raise all of us at home and as fast as one of us left the next took charge of the business with Mother as the advisor.
She lived to see all of her children grown and all of them in the Church. I wonder myself at times when I express such confidence in the Lord, yet when I remember my Mother's faith in him, I am led to say that I have not reached that faith of which my Mother talked and relied upon. I wish that before leaving my Mother I could here pen my appreciation of my sainted Mother and how she lives in my heart and how someway I cannot tell that we commune together yet though she has been dead for about 25 years and yet she lives. My Mother, you who never tired of us, always looking after our interest, never so happy as when you were trying to make us happy. I remember your weary and tired look as you toiled on for our comfort late at night, early in the morni n g g i v i n g out your life for ours, how when you came in tired you tried to make us comfortable, how you studied our desires and made your weary feet carry you to and fro for our enjoyment, never too tired to minister to our needs.
I became at age 14 years the head of the family in the sense of Father for Mother not only gave advice but came to me for advice and told the other children they must obey me, hence, I felt the responsibility of a family in very early life and wish to say here that I question whether any parents have raised a family of 5 with as little friction as we were raised.
I worked out by the day receiving from 25 cts to 50 cts per day for the common work and through harvest more, giving my Mother my wages and she expending the money for all of our benefit.
At the age of 19 my Mother said to me that Albert the next one to me could care for the home and could have my time, so she had nothing to give me but her best wishes.
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I borrowed of her an axe to work until I earned enough to buy one and then returned her axe but I was lost without a home so before the year was closed, I married and had a home rented and began life anew; made a fair years work but had to move to another farm and it proved to be a poor one.
The war was raging at this time, but I could not leave my wife and baby because of no one to care for her and misfortune seemed to come from every point.
I at times became very much discouraged but my mother used to talk with me and advise me, but I was not able to rent a good farm. But one day my Mother learned that one of her friends had a fine farm to rent and she told me to go and see him and when he learned I was her son he said I could have the farm and he would help me so that was a grand time for he proved to be a father to me and on this farm my second son was born.
About this time, I was taken with malaria fever and continued to go down until after three years I determined to go west.
Just here, before beginning my western journey I will give somewhat of school life.
I was sent to school by my parents 2(*) to 6 months until 14 years of age. The school was not the best by any means, but I soon learned to read and write.
Our school elections was the big time. The proposition was tax or no tax. Our school depended on which way the vote went and until about 1865 we could vote all our privileges away, but after the above date the legislature passed a law compelling each district to have six months school, but in my school day's we had to battle for what we received. I remember I was with my father at school election when he was working hard to get school by taxation, and I was very anxious to go to school and we stayed until the vote was counted and we lost the school. I left with my hand in my Father's crying and though but 9 years old I vowed if ever I had an opportunity to vote I would vote for tax. So, all the school we had was a subscription S. and the people were poor and could not have much school.
After Father died, I was known as my Mother as favorable to school and the first year that I was of age, I was elected school director and we had a pretty stormy time. The district- was divided and when that part of the district that wanted to be separated from the whole had the line surveyed they ran the line through the center of the of the school house. (cont. next issue)
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THE JOSEPH JESTER FAMILY
JOSEPH JESTER b. 1797 d. 1858 m. 1840 ANN YOUNG PARSONS b. 1812 d, 1879 dau of JOHN YOUNG
- 1. F. CAROLINE b. 1841 MILFORD NECK, KENT, DE m. DAVID COVERDALE
- 2. M. JOSHUA b. 9SEP1844 m. 6-1863 MARGARET COLE b. 22 FEB 1845 dau of MANLOVE COLE and HETTIE RICHARDS
- a. M. WILLIAM b. 1864
- b. M. JOSHUA JR. b.a. 1866-68
- c. F. JENNIE b. 30 JUN 1870 DE
- d. M. LEWIS A. b. 1873 d. 1949 m. LYDIA M. HATCH b. 15 MAY 1882 d.11 JAN 1973
- 1. RALPH L.
- 2. PHILLIP
- e. F. EMMA b.a. 1877
- f .F. ANNIE ??
- 3. M. ALBERT 1847-1893 m.1874 HATTIE SMITH
- 4. M. GEORGE b. 1851
- 5. F. ANNIE b. 1853
- 6. M .BENJAMIN F. b.1858
The above info came from Leora McSweyn Jester. I thought somewhere in my mind that Leora's husband, Ralph, and Barbara McCreight were related. I guess the similarity in names and locations caught me off guard. Barbara's family group follows, along with another which belongs with this family. I had put Barbara's line under the same code with Leora's and Ralph's family code. Barbara has not found the father of her George W. yet.
More info has come in on these lines and when I get it digested, will put it in the next newsletter. If I have read this right, it may be the link, but I only glanced thru the info I received. This new batch was sent by Mrs. Pat Jester Friesen; 134 Hacienda DR., Tiburon, CA 94920. She got my address from Pat Wobschall of Rochester, MN. Exciting stuff Pat- Friesen, it ties in with several things that I have already. It seems we have researched the some of the same lines, even if they aren't our own.
Pat Friesen's line ties in with Judy Jester Matthews from the last issue. As soon as I can get it together in my mind, I will send Judy this info. Thanks to both Pats.
JFX 7 p15
FAMILY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON JESTER
GEORGE WASHINGTON JESTER b. about 1821 Wilmington , DE; d. in Muncie, IN; m, 1. ELIZA ANN SCOTT b. 28 FEB 1821 DE d. 27 MAR 1864 Muncie, IN. m. 2, 12 MAY 1864, Muncie, to Alice Groover.
- 1. WILIAM HENRY b. 18 AUG 1840 DE d. 12 OCT 1864 unmarried
- 2. JAMES A. b. 23 NOV 1843 d. 12 APR 1929; m. 23 AUG 1865 in or near Muncie, IN to CATHERINE WARFEL; Served in 8th IN Cavalry, was member of G.A.R. Williams Post and IOOF Lodge, member of Jackson Street Christian Church, occupation Minister, both are buried at Yorktown Cemetery, Yorktown, IN (order of following children uncertain):
- a. ARTHUR B. 1873-8 AUG 1850 m. BESSIE SARAH ? 1877-29 OCT 1964 both are buried at Jones Cem., Delaware Co.,IN
- b. FRANK D. was living in Muncie, IN in 1929
- c. EMMA married --RIGGINS
- d. JAMES S. m. MARGARET E. CECIL,
- their children:
- 1. MARIE L. 15 JAN 1910 Muncie, IN
- 2. LESLIE C. 21 FEB 1912-27 DEC 1913 Muncie, IN
- 3. GARNET LOUISE 6 JUN 1914-6 SEP 1914 Muncie, IN
- e. JONAS S. 1869-1 FEB 1941 m. 8 JUN 1890 Muncie, IN, MARY ANN WRIGHT 1872-1 NOV 1941 Jones Cem. DE Co., IN
- 1. GRACE WRIGHT 28 FEB 1892 m. 11 JAN 1911 CLYDE GRAY; she died near Jackson, MI.
- 2. HENSLEY b. 30 JUL 1901
- 3. HAROLD ALFRED b. 17 SEP 1909
- 3. JOSHUA A. b.23 NOV 1845 DE d. 17 DEC 1925 m.1. 15 AUG 1868 CALISTA GRICE, d. 18 MAR 1881; m 2. 19 MAY 1886 ELIZA J. MANSER d. 24 APR 1920; m3. 29JUL 1921 SARAH JANE (JONES) MORRIS. JOSHUA IS buried at Yorktown, Cem., Delaware Co., IN; was member of Williams Post GAR and IOOF Lodge, served in Co. B 14 Infantry during Civil War, member of Yorktown Christian Church, (order of following children uncertain):
- a. MARGARET A. b. 19 JUN 1868 m. JAMES W. KIRKPATRICK
- b. AMY B. b. 8 JAN 1871 m. 20 DEC 1892 D.I. HUMBERT; lived in Cowan, IN
- c. JAMES L. b. 17 JUL 1878 d. 1981, bur. Hawk Cem., DE Co., IN
- d. CLARA J. m. 10 OCT 1896 OLIVER L. HAWK; they had children named HAWK; ESSIE, LOLA, CLEO, GRACE, and EVELYN
- e. LUELLA b. 12 JUL 1873
- f. KATIE MAUD 20 OCT 1880-25 OCT 1882
JFX 7 p16
LATE BREAKING NEWS
As I mentioned earlier Pat Freisen sent quite a bit of new info that ties in with things we already have. I'm going thru that now. I'll go thru and get what we have already run in the JFX so we can compare everything. I sent Pat some things in return, but what she sent me was WOW. Some of this also ties in with Carolyn Lambrecht's John Merry Jester, Russ' and Genie's Francis b. 1732, Judy's family, she and Pat are related. Pat has taken the northern Jesters back to DE and VA. We have several of the Southern Jesters back to VA. Things are really looking good.
You know our chances are looking better all the time of documenting the entire American Jester family. We may have to go our different ways if we start doing work in the aulde sodde.
Hopefully, after March 15, I can get more of Brother Ben's expertise. Since there are Jesters from Germany, Scotland, and England we need to find that ONE common link. Does the line just go to Phillip Cruel? Or were there other Jesters? One clue to think about is the sound of J in the German language, Young in German is spelled with a J. Also, Yeager. My point is this: There was the Hay Clan of Yester. Does Jester have any connection to Tester? And how much of this goes back to the Norman invasion? The Hay's and the Fraser's came from Normandy originally. For all you other history buffs, when was the Norman invasion, 1090s? And were they part of the Norman invasion?
As I said in the beginning, I tried to print this newsletter completely from the computer, I did the first ten pages, but I didn't take into consideration the time factor nor the fact that I couldn't get the page length set right. Therefore, top and bottom margins aren't correct on all pages. Sorry folks. Will I try it again? You bet. Even with what I did copy off, the savings were substantial.
!!!MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!BE THERE!!!!
The JESTER Reunion - MAY 4, 1991 - TAYLOR, ARKANSAS! Doors will open about 10.am. If you are Planning to attend, please let Peggy know. We have a potluck lunch, so if possible, please bring a dish. The reunion will be held at the VFW on hwy 132 in Taylor about 7 miles north of the LA state line. Hwy 132 turns into hwy 7 in LA. If you're coming from a greater distance there are hotels in Texarkana, Magnolia, Shreveport, and Bossier City. All are within 1 1/2 hrs. drive of Taylor. Texarkana, Shreveport and Bossier do have most- popular chain hotels. Sorry I don't have the phone numbers for reservations. We haven't had anyone come from any great- distance yet.
(Images of the Turner Collection added separately Jester-173 00:42, 21 May 2020 (UTC))