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  1. William Calvin Lester: Birth: 1770 in Tazewell, Va. Death: 1843

  2. James Lester: Birth: 1770 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.

  3. Hannah Lester: Birth: 1 Nov 1772 in Fincastle Co., Va. Death: 23 Aug 1856 in Carter Co., Ky

  4. Martha "Patsy" Lester: Birth: 28 May 1777 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. Death: 3 Nov 1859 in Tazewell,Tazewell Co., Virginia

  5. Rebecca Arthur Lester: Birth: 9 Feb 1780 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. Death: 28 Jun 1854 in Carter Co., Kentucky

  6. Sarah "Sally" Lester: Birth: 1799 in Tazewell,Tazewell Co., Virginia.


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a. Note:   d of the name is found in census taken February,1623, to ascertain the looses by the Indian massacre of 1622, in which reference is made to Thomas Lester, then 32 years of age and a resident of James City. In 1637 James Lester came over and settle in York County. He was followed in 1643 by Ralph Lester who settle in York County and in 1653 came a second Thomas Lester, it is not known where this Thomas settled. By the time 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 represented by 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 County where he resided for several years. Sometime prior to 1801 Abner Lester removed to Russell County Virginia 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 11 December 1798....lying on the waters of the North Fork of Indian Creek...granted to Adam Lash, by dated 23 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 and State of VA, lying on Pilhams Creek a branch of Meadow Creek...corner to Ezekiel Howard... to Henry Rupe of Montgomery County for 200 pounds (DBK D-204) (Same land he first owned in Montgomery County.) Abner married Martha, who was probably "Martha Arthur." Sometime before 1809 Abner Lester removed to 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 Reddin Addison of the County of Russel and State of VA for 120 pounds, 80 acres, being part of two tracts, one of which was granted to Thomas Hunt by this Commonwealth containing 300 acres, 11 Dec 1798 in Russell County on the North Fork of Indian Creek, also part of a tract granted to Adam Lash by this commonwealth, 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...Aug 24, 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, Wise and 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 under 10 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 an Abner 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 area which is now Barkers Ridge District of Wyoming County which did not become a part of Wyoming County until the Civil War. These Lesters are probably Abner's Grandson and Great Grandson. Abner Hulon and Abner Hulon, Jr. Abstracts of Rev.War Pension files Page: page 2062, Lester,Alexander,S4538,VA Line,sol lived in Charlotte co VA at enl & after the Rev he returned to Lunenburg Co VA to his father's were sol had been b 8 Aug 1754 & he lived there until 1811 then moved to Williamson Co TN & he appl there 3 Sep 1832, a John Andrews of Wm'son Co TN had serv with sol. Early Adventures on the Western Waters Vol 1 by Kegley Page: page 93 Tiltable for 1771 in the Lower District of New River shows Abner Lester. Page 150. "A list of persons sworn 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 of Bryan) 172 -/17/7 1/2 Lester, Alexander 430 2/17/6 1/4 Lunenburg 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, Nancy Smithson. 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 Lunenburg Ca: to son Frederick Lester. tract where testator lives (ca 225 ac adj. W. Cowan ,Peter Epee. plant patch branch Pamplin [formrly Henry Blagrave senr.] Juniper Crk. near mill ridge road, John Lock. Henry Pamplin), 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 beasts Oald Dimond & Young Dimond" all household furniyure except beds; overpl ush to be sold to pay debts at 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. excepting Ermin Richards.- to son s Bryant and Henry Lester. all land on N side Juniper Crk to son Frederick's line Henry 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 rederick Lester then to sd Frederick, to son Archer Lester, all tract bgt of Jno Pamplin decd.; to son Jobn Les ter Negroes 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 min Richards, 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 ro bay David, names Bryant Lester. Henry Lester. Frederick Lester exors Wit- Sm, 1 Jordan jr., Samuel Jordan, John Jordan Sig: Bryant Lester Rec: 14 Jul 1796, by oaths of witnesses; widow Sara h came into court acknowledged d she was perfectly satisfyed with the decedent's will Early 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 of Little Waters of the New River in Montgomery County where he resided for several years. Sometime prior to 1801 Abner Lester moved to Russell County where he purchased land and settled for a few years. By 1810 Abner had moved to Floyd County, KY. By 1832, Abner Alexander Lester formerly of Lunenburg 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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