Note: d of the name isfound in census taken February,1623, to ascertain the looses by the Indian massacre of 1622, in whichreference is made to Thomas Lester, then 32 years of age and a resident of James City. In 1637 JamesLester came over and settle in York County. He was followed in 1643 by Ralph Lester who settle in YorkCounty and in 1653 came a second Thomas Lester, it is not known where this Thomas settled. By thetime of the Revolution the descendants of these five Lesters in Virginia number fully twenty families,besides some who had gone into the Carolinas. In the Revolution the Virginia Lesters were representedby half a dozen soldiers.I. Abner Lester was one to the early pioneers of Fincastle County, VA where he obtained land by grant.Pelham branch of Meadow Creek, a branch of Little River waters of New River of Montgomery Countywhere he resided for several years. Sometime prior to 1801 Abner Lester removed to Russell CountyVirginia where he purchased land and settled for a few years.August 24, 1801, Thomas Hunt of Russell County conveyed 80 acres part of two tracts of land,granted 11December 1798....lying on the waters of the North Fork of Indian Creek...granted to Adam Lash, by dated23 Nov 1792...containing 290 acres.... to Abner Lester of Russell County for 74 pounds. (DBK3-22)August l7, 1804, Abner Lester of Russell County, Va conveyed 326 acres in Montgomery County andState of VA, lying on Pilhams Creek a branch of Meadow Creek...corner to Ezekiel Howard... to HenryRupe of Montgomery County for 200 pounds (DBK D-204) (Same land he first owned in MontgomeryCounty.)Abner married Martha, who was probably "Martha Arthur." Sometime before 1809 Abner Lester removedto Kentucky and later sold his land holdings in Russell County.On Oct 3, 1809 Abner and Martha his wife of the County of Floyd and State of KY conveyed to ReddinAddison of the County of Russel and State of VA for 120 pounds, 80 acres, being part of two tracts, one ofwhich was granted to Thomas Hunt by this Commonwealth containing 300 acres, 11 Dec 1798 in RussellCounty on the North Fork of Indian Creek, also part of a tract granted to Adam Lash by thiscommonwealth, containing 290 acres, date 23 Nov 1792...(DBK 4-282).Montgomery List of War Records Sworn of Captain Daniel Trigg's Company 9 Sep 1777. "Abner Lester".This writer has a photocopy of the will of Abner Lester From the deed book of Russell County, Va...Aug24, 1801..Abner Lester bought 80 acres of land on North Fork of Indian Creek from Thomas Hunt.Price 80 Pound Sterling. At the time Russell County consisted of what is now Russell, Dickenson, Wiseand part of Scott Counties.The 1810 Census of Floyd Co., Ky lists Abner Lester as over 45 and a female as over 45, 1 male under10 and 1 female of 16-26.In 1820 the Census Index says there was an Abner Lester in Floyd Co., Ky. The Census of 1830 lists anAbner Lester living in Tazewell Co.The Census of 1840 Lists an Abner and Abner, Jr. living in Tazewell Co.In 1850 Abner H. and Abner H., Jr. were both living in Tazewell County, Virginia. Probably in the areawhich is now Barkers Ridge District of Wyoming County which did not become a part of Wyoming Countyuntil the Civil War.These Lesters are probably Abner's Grandson and Great Grandson. Abner Hulon and Abner Hulon, Jr.Abstracts of Rev.War Pension filesPage: page 2062, Lester,Alexander,S4538,VA Line,sol lived in Charlotte co VA at enl & after the Rev hereturned to Lunenburg Co VA to his father's were sol had been b 8 Aug 1754 & he lived there until 1811then moved to Williamson Co TN & he appl there 3 Sep 1832, a John Andrews of Wm'son Co TN had servwith sol.Early Adventures on the Western Waters Vol 1 by Kegley Page: page 93Tiltable for 1771 in the Lower District of New River shows Abner Lester. Page 150. "A list of personssworn to the State in Capt. McCorkle's Company of Montgomery County by Stephen Trigg, in 1777."Abner Lester is listed.Lunenburg Co, Virginia , Land Tax Book 1793, Page Owner Acres Amt Tax 10B Lester, Alexander (son ofBryan) 172 -/17/7 1/2 Lester, Alexander 430 2/17/6 1/4Lunenburg Co, VA Wills by Landon C Bell Page: Line 322 Lester, Bryant 5-25-1795; 6-9-1796; W. B.4/131-32, Mentions: Wife: Sarah Lester Sons: Frederick, John, Bryant, Henry, Archer, ALEXANDER,Samuel W.Bush (might be son-in-law), Daughters: Martha Atkins, Ermin Richards, Sally Smithson, NancySmithson. Gran dson: Frankey Smithson and children: William Smithson's children Executors:Bryant Lester, Henry Lester, Frederick Lester (sons) Witnesses: Samual Jordan, Jr., Samuel Jordan,John (his mark) Jordan.Lunenburg Co,VA Book of Wills Book 4 131a: 25 May 1795 -- Will of Bryant Lester senr. of LunenburgCa: to son Frederick Lester. tract where testator lives (ca 225 ac adj. W. Cowan ,Peter Epee. plant patchbranch Pamplin [formrly Henry Blagrave senr.] Juniper Crk. near mill ridge road, John Lock. HenryPamplin), small Negro boy Len. locking glass; to wife during widowhood her right in said land.Negroes Joe, Lydia, Lucy, 3 chois e cows/calves., 10 hogs, 6 sheep, 2 feather beds/furniture, 2 beastsOald Dimond & Young Dimond" all household furniyure except beds; overpl ush to be sold to pay debtsat her death or marriage; bala nce of estate (except land) divided equally to his children John Lester,Rebecca Estes, Martha Atkins. Alexander Lester, Bryant Lester, Henry Lester, Archer Lester. exceptingErmin Richards.- to son s Bryant and Henry Lester. all land on N side Juniper Crk to son Frederick's lineHenry to take lower end including mill but testator's wife Sarah shall have 1/3 of mill during widowhood);to son Sam uel W. Bush during his life. negro James, bed/furniture, to take care of testator's son rederickLester then to sd Frederick, to son Archer Lester, all tract bgt of Jno Pamplin decd.; to son Jobn Les terNegroes woman Rachell & girl Delcey, to am Alexander Lester, negro boy Peter; to Rebecca Estes,negro girl Amey & boy Sesor, to daughter Martha Atkins. negro man Matt & girl Fillis; to daughter Er minRichards, negro boy Cloey, Fanny, man Frank-, to Wm. Smithsons children by testator's daughter Sally:to Sally Smithson negro boy Jack. to Nuxey Smithson Negro boy Joe; to son Franey Smithson Neg robay David, names Bryant Lester. Henry Lester. Frederick Lester exors Wit- Sm, 1 Jordan jr., SamuelJordan, John Jordan Sig: Bryant Lester Rec: 14 Jul 1796, by oaths of witnesses; widow Sara h came intocourt acknowledged d she was perfectly satisfyed with the decedent's willEarly Settlers of Lee County, Virginia Abner Lester was one of the early pioneers of Fincastle County,Virginia where he obtained land by grant. He settled on Pelham Branch of Meadow Creek, a branch ofLittle Waters of the New River in Montgomery County where he resided for several years. Sometimeprior to 1801 Abner Lester moved to Russell County where he purchased land and settled for a fewyears. By 1810 Abner had moved to Floyd County, KY. By 1832, Abner Alexander Lester formerly ofLunenburg County, VA, applied for a Revolutionary War pension. This individual was found on GenCircles at: http://www.gencircles.com/users/hamath/6/data/14724 This individual was found on GenCircles at: http://www.gencircles.com/users/hamath/6/data/14715
Note: The Lester family has been in Virginia since the early years of the Colony. The first recor
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