Location: North Carolina
Annual Jester Reunion is Held The Index-Journal (Greenwood, Greenwood, South Carolina, United States of America) · 6 Sep 1928, Thu · Page 2
The following will be of interest to relatives and friends throughout this section. This account of the Jester reunion was taken from "Town Topics," a department in the Winston-Salem Sentinel:
The Jester reunion was held last Sunday, June 29, at the Pinnacle High School with a large attendance. Several Winston-Salem people were present.
The Hunter choir of Seward was at its best and furnished excellent music. A big picnic dinner with one of the enjoyable features of the occasion.
The meeting was opened with Scripture reading by Rev. J. N. Jester of Pinnacle. The invocation was by Wesley Matthews, of Winston-Salem, and short addresses by the following: Thomas Jester, of Wabash, Ind,; A. B. Smith, of State Road; B. F. Jester of Atlanta; C. C. Hutchins , of Mt. Airy; H. H. Brown, of Pinnacle, and Wesley Matthews, of Winston-Salem.
Rev. J. N. Jester gave a brief history of the Jester family which follows in part: More then two hundred years ago, while America was yet but a wilderness of roaming wild animals and singing birds, three sturdy boys who were accustomed to entertaining the King's Royal Highness with their witty jokes laid aside their royal apparel and donned themselves in garments of travel, preparing to sail across the great Atlantic ocean and seek their fortunes in this newly discovered and unexplored world. 1
Upon arriving in this new world they beheld a wilderness, yet they would not be discouraged. They possessed that iron will and stubborn determination that make the best of the worst of all things. They immediately began prospecting for the best location tot help develop this wonderful country.
Williams Jester, the eldest cast his lot in the State of Virginia for awhile and later migrated to South Carolina and still later to Georgia. Maxwell located in Guilford County, while the youngest, Jacob by name settled in what is now Yadkin County.
From these three sturdy boys has descended a generation that has helped develop this great country. Through the walk in life of these boys was humble, as was the other pioneers, yet today we can boast with other generations and say there is no position that can be named that we furnish a man to master it. As proof of this let me ask you to consider a fer names I wish to mention: Our beloved Dr. John R. Jester2, of Winston-Salem, who is pastor of the largest Baptist church in North Carolina, is a descendant of Williams Jester; Hon. George T. Jester, of Texas, who is one of the most able attorneys in the U.S.A., a descendant of Maxwell Jester.
Two descendants of Jacob Jester are at the head of a great institution of learning in Boise, Idaho. In the old Jester cemetery near Jackson, Ga., is erected a monument to the memory of Levi Jester, a Revolutionary War hero. In the city of Atlanta, we find a wounded World War solider who holds the highest record of any postal employee in that city, a descendant of Jacob Jester. In the city of High Point, are many descendants of Maxwell Jester. Traveling through the Western prairies we find many farms operated by our generation. One of there, Elwood Jester, 94 years old, owns a vast acreage in Nebraska. It can be readily seen that our family occupies every walk of life. Ours is a familiar name in every State in the Union. But with all of this we claim no state of perfection, but believe that all of God's creation of mankind are equal by nature and that superiors only acquire their superiority by practice. We are of a timid, conservative type with a desire to conserve many of our good qualities, when if we were not so conservative, perhaps we could have accomplished more in life, but when we look around us we find this fault existing in many generations, while on the other hand we find many of the opposite type who delight in sounding a trumpet before them and it matters not which type we prefer let us remember the man with his billions is no more in the sight of God then the pauper who dies in the county home.
The speaker then related his peculiar experiences with the number five. He was the fifth child in the family, born in the fifth day of the month on the fifth day of the week, Thursday May 5, 1870.
- 1 Pure Romantic Fiction, Typical Jester embellishment
- 2 See History of One Jester Family