Daniel Nester (#J) , b ca 1831-32 Va, of Logan Co, Va (WVa), who m Valeria Brumfield, was listed in earlier editions
of my Nester genealogy as a possible son of Daniel Nester of Floyd Co, Va. I was theorizing that he was the son b ca
1830-35 in the 1840 census. Now, many internet sites have blindly copied my earlier theory, but have omitted that
this was ONLY A POSSIBILITY. There is a strong family tradition that Daniel was actually a son of John, an Indian
boy who was adopted by Moses Brown, who also had adopted an orphaned Nester girl. John changed his name to Nes-
ter, after marrying that unnamed Nester girl. This version, by some of his descendants, is so detailed, that it seems very
|. Daniel Nester, c1805-07 - 1866, s/o Jacob Nester
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
G Daniel Nester,4 11 (Jacob,3,Frederick,2,Frederick,1)
. b ca 1805-07 Va; d 8 Oct 1866 Danville, Mo, "age 60" (filed under "A's" in Floyd Co, Va death records by mistake, son-in-law
. William Austin informant). See note below.
. m 2 Jun 1824 Grayson Co, Va to his 1st cousin Elizabeth Hughett (Betsy), b ca 1802-04 Va, d after 1880, d/o William E. Hughett
. and Elizabeth Goad (d/o Abraham Goad (#23)).
. Note: Some internet sites claim that Daniel's wife Elizabeth died in Missouri in 1835, but this is absolutely false. The last record
. of her is when she was living with her daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law William G. Austin in Montgomery Co, Va in
. 1880. Some sources claim she d 1898 Mo, but no evidence given. This latter claim is on Jody Goad's site, and has been
. copied by others. An 1890 document filled out by her son William says "she has not been heard of for about seven years".
. 1830 Montgomery Co, Va census, p 84, Daniel Nester, 11012-20101001. (his mother Catherine is prob the older female, and the
. other older males are prob his brothers James and Jonathan)
. 1840 Floyd Co, Va census, p 182, Daniel Nester, 111101-321001.
. 1850 Carroll Co census, p 340, #323/323, Daniel Nester,45 Va, farmer, $700, Elizabeth,48 Va, Frances,16 Va, Polly,15 Va, Jacob,13
. Va, Milly,11 Va, Betsey A.,9 Va, James M.,5 Va.
. 1860 Floyd Co census, p 135, #977/910, Daniel Nester,53 Va, farmer, $1700, $53, Elizabeth,54, Nancy,16, deaf and dumb, Jas M.,
. 1866 Floyd Co Chancery Order Bk 2, p 15-16: Suit filed against Daniel's son Jacob and Daniel's administrator Joshua Duncan by
. Harvey Deskins and Thomas W. Williamson, who were trying to recover a debt Jacob had owned them since 1855, claiming a
. portion of Jacob's inheritance. This suit contains the only reference to Daniel's estate:
. ".... Daniel Nester left a widow and 10 other distributees of the estate.... Said Nester died in the state of Missouri while on
. a trip and respondent is informed that there was found on his person $225 in currency & $60 in specie and had with him
. property worth about $400 which he hopes soon to get. He left at home a very small amount of household furniture and
. some farming tools and debts on this respondent and Aaron Phillips for real estate for about seven hundred dolars and per-
. haps a small amount of other debts. Respondent does not know amount of Daniel Nesters indebtedness but he believes it
. to be small. Said Daniel Nester left no real estate."
. 1870 Floyd Co census, Indian Valley + B Fork Dist, p 29, #193/181, Elizabeth Nestor,66 Va, cannot read or write, living with Wil-
. liam G. Austin's family.
. 1880 Montgomery Co census, Auburn Twp, ED 56, p 478C, #53/53, Elizabeth Nester,86 Va (wid/div, mother-in-law), disabled,
. cannot read or write, living with William G. Austin's family.
. 1900 census, Elizabeth not located.
. issue: (Jonathan and David are by deduction and no document specifically lists them as sons of Daniel. See note below.)
G1 1. Jonathan Nester, b ca 1824-25, m Matilda Hurst.
. Moved to Pulaski Co, Va.
Ga 2. Sarah Nester, b ca 1822-25 Va, m David William Duncan.
. David and his 2nd wife Elizabeth Hughett moved to Hancock Co, Ill by 1880.
G3 3. William Nester, b 20 Dec 1825 "Floyd" Co (Montgomery Co), Va, m Barbara Ann Holler (Annie).
. William attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Augusta Co, Va and lived out the remainder of his
. life in Shenandoah Co, Va. (He is assigned code number G3, since he was previously and erroneously thought to be the same
. person as Jacob below, since William's entry papers for the VSDB gave his birth year as 1837, and David's code number of
. G2 is not easily changed. An 1890 marriage record statement gave his birth year as 1825, and said he is the 3rd child.)
G2 4. David Crockett Nester (Crockett), b 13 Jun 1826 Va, m Sarah Elizabeth Mangus (Elizabeth).
. Moved to Cass Co, Ill.
Gb 5. Susannah Nester, b ca 1825-27 Va, m William R. Hurst (Bill).
. Moved to Mercer Co, WVa.
. 6. (son) Nester, b ca 1830-35. There is a possibility that this is the John Nester who m 15 Mar 1856 Floyd Co to Rosabella
. Hill. No further record and no proof of this relationship, and he isn't located in the 1850 census. There was a John Nester, b
. 1828, d Oct 1864, bur Calvary Cem, Villa Ridge, Pulaski Co, Ill, with a small child, but no evidence this is same family.
Gc 7. Mary Nester (Polly), b ca 1834-35 Floyd Co, m(1) John Phillips, m(2) Frederick Quesenberry.
Gd 8. Frances Nester (Fanny), b 1835 Va, m Blanche W. Duncan.
G4 9. Jacob Nester, b ca 1837 Va, m Nancy Phillips (Nannie).
. He disappeared after his marriage to Nancy, with no further record.
Ge 10. Elizabeth Ann Nester (Betsy), b ca 1838-41 Floyd Co (b Apr 1835 acc to 1900 census), m William G. W. Austin.
. Moved to Montgomery and Bland Co's, Va.
. 11. Millia Nester (Millie), b ca 1839 Floyd Co, m 4 Jul 1858 Floyd Co to Alphonso Alexander Dalton (Alexander) (#413), b
. May 1836 Wythe Co, s/o John Dalton and Elizabeth Burk. Alexander m(2) 10 Aug 1899 Carroll Co, Va to Sarah Elizabeth
. Kemp Collins, b Sep 1845 Va.
. 12. Nancy Nester, b 13 Jun 1842 Va. Single.
. She also attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Augusta Co, Va. See her enrollment card below,
. provided by William L. Barber.
. 1870 Floyd Co census, Indian Valley, + B Fork Twp, p 33, #256/242, Nancy Nester,24 Va, deaf + dumb, living with Frederick
. and Polly Quesenberry family.
. 1880 Floyd Co census, Indian Valley, p 295B, #39/40, Nancy Nester,34 Va, deaf and dumb, living with Fredric and Mary Que-
. sinberry family.
G5 13. James M. Nester (Matt), b 30 May 1848 Floyd Co (b May 1847 acc to 1900 census), m(1) Leah Mabry, m(2) Consowella
. Blairigan Krackenberger.
. Moved to Cass Co, Ill.
. Notes: 1. Jonathan Nester's and David Crocket Nester's parentage is not proven by a specific document, but rather by deduction.
. The other sons of Jacob Nester who lived in the Montgomery and Grayson Co's area of Virginia had well identified sons
. and no unidentified sons in the 1830 and 1840 census':
. a. William Nester. An 1848 lawsuit lists his children, including sons Anderson, James, Franklin, and Aaron.
. b. Joshua Nester. 1880 settlement of his estate lists only one son: John. Both David and Jonathan were dead by then,
. but Joshua's 1840 census only lists one son: born ca 1825-30 (John b 1829).
. c. Abraham Nester. 1830 census lists 1 son b 1820-25, and 3 sons b 1825-30. These were Reuben, Aaron, Andrew, and
. The other sons of Jacob either had moved West (John, Frederick, and Andrew), or were too young (James and Jonathan).
. So Jonathan and David were apparently sons of Daniel, unless one hypothesizes they were born out of wedlock to one of
. Jacob's daus or to Daniel's brothers.
. 2. In the 1990s I received a correspondence that claimed that Daniel "Eskue", who was Daniel Nester, was murdered in
. Missouri by the outlaw Jesse James. I can't find that letter at the moment, so the source is unknown, and can't otherwise
. prove or disprove this claim. The known history of Jesse James makes no mention of this.