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Husband:  Joseph KESTER / CUSTER / CUSTARD
Birth:  14 Mar 1750, Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA
Death:  2 Jul 1839, Westfield, Delaware [now Morrow] Co., OH
Disposition:  buried Shawtown Cemetery, Westfield, Morrow Co., OH
Military Service:  Revolutionary War:  Virginia Militia
Father:  Conrad CUSTER / CUSTARD / KESTER / KISTARD (1695- )
Mother(?):  Susannah ADAMS (c1700-1747)
Marriage:  26 Feb 1788, Harrison Co., VA [now WV]
Wife:  Mary MORRISON
Birth:  15 Jan 1771, Harrison, (W)VA or NC
Death:  18 Oct 1847, Marion, Marion Co., OH
Disposition:  buried Shawtown Cemetery, Westfield, Morrow Co., OH
Father:  Alexander MORRISON
Mother:  Mary LOWTHER
Children born in Harrison Co., VA [now WV]:
WARNING:  With the exception of Joseph II, I don't see anything beyond circumstantial evidence linking these children to our subjects.  I especially have a problem with them having two daughters named Sarah and if they really did have just 10 children, then too many children have been attached to them.  I've found, in one case, that the problem was people connecting the children of Joseph II to our subject, in other words, skipping a generation.
These children and only these are showing up in the 1810 census:
Joseph KESTER II, b. 1788
Alexander M. KESTER, b. 1789
George KESTER, b. 1795
Mary KESTER, b. 1798
Margaret M. KESTER, b. 13 Apr 1801
Conrad KESTER, b. 1803
Susannah KESTER, b. 1805/6
Sarah Ann KESTER, b. 1806/7
Said to have had these children, but none show up in the 1810 census:
.  John KESTER
.  Phoebe KESTER
.  Samuel KESTER
.  Archibald KESTER
.  Elizabeth KESTER
.  Jonathan KESTER

Sarah KESTER, b. 1810

Said to have had this son, but Mary was too old to be his mother:
.  William B. KESTER, b. ca. 1820, VA 

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia

Year Location Event
1750 PA: Philadelphia Co.: Germantown birth of Joseph KESTER I
1771 (W)VA birth of Mary MORRISON
1784 (W)VA: Harrison Co. formed from Monongalia, Ohio, and Randolph Cos. 
1788 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of Joseph KESTER I to Mary MORRISON
1788   birth of son, Joseph II
1789 birth of son, Alexander
1790 Census the entire 1790 VA census was destroyed
1795   birth of son, George
1798   birth of daughter, Mary
1800 Census the entire 1800 VA census was destroyed
1801   birth of daughter Margaret 
1803   birth of son, Conrad
1805/6 (W)VA birth of daughter, Susannah
1806/7 (W)VA birth of daughter, Sarah Ann
1810 Census (W)VA: Harrison Co. Joseph CUSTAR(?), head-of-household
1812 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of son, Joseph II, to Sarah BUNNELL
1815 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of son, George, to Abigail BENNETT 
1820 Census (W)VA: Harrison Co. Joseph KESTA?, head-of-household 
1820 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of son, Alexander, to Matilda HOSKINS
1824 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of daughter, Mary, to James Archibald UTTER
1826 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of daughter, Susannah, to Arylexus JENKINS
1827 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of daughter, Margaret, to Fields McWHORTER
1830 (W)VA: Harrison Co. marriage of son, Conrad KESTER, to Elizabeth LOWTHAR
1830 Census
1834 OH: Marion Co. marriage of daughter, Sarah Ann, to Conrad CUPP
1839 OH: Delaware [now Morrow] Co. death of Joseph KESTER
1840 Census
1847 death of Mary (MORRISON) KESTER
1848 OH: Morrow Co. formed from Knox, Marion, Delaware, and Richland Cos.
1863 West Virginia formed from Virginia

Census Note:  The "New" search engine at Ancestry.com will not allow you to search on Harrison County in 1810 or 1820.  No matter what you enter, you get no results.  If you simply search on "Virginia" (no names), you can browse the list of hits to find whom you seek.  IOW, the county is indexed, but the search engine has a serious glitch.  Likewise, you can't search on Westfield, OH, in 1840 because it was then in Delaware Co., but now is in Morrow Co.  To pull up Westfield record, you have to search just on Ohio.  For those and similar reasons, I have taken to again using my Broderbund Census Index CDs. 


1.  West Virginia Marriages, 1854-1932 (online at familysearch.org):
Name: Joseph Kester
Spouse's Name: Mary Morrison
Event Date: 22 Feb 1788
Event Place: Harrison, West Virginia
Reference ID: Book 1 p 3
GS Film Number: 163840; 250015

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):  not found.

3.  1790 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  the 1790 VA census was destroyed.

4.  1800 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  the 1800 VA census was destroyed.

5a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):
1810 Custer, Joseph VA Harrison Co. p. 94 31000-1120100
A problem with the extractions on this CD is that, for the state of Virginia, the genders in the tally have been switched.  The numerical data should read as in the next source.

5b.  1810 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #34 of 64 indexed "Cuslam"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 VA Harrison Co. Roll 69 p. 94/937 Ln. 13 Joseph Cuslar / Custar / Custur 11201-31000-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1800-1810 = Conrad (b. 1803)
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = George (b. 1795)
2 males 16-25 1784-1794 = Alexander (b. 1789)
= Joseph II (b. 1788)
1 male 45 or over by 1765 = Joseph (b. 1750)
3 females 9 or under 1800-1810 = Sarah Ann (b. 1806/7)
= Susannah (b. 1805/6)
= Margaret (b. 1801)
1 female 10-15 1794-1800 = Mary (b. 1798)
This page image is barely readable.  Where is wife Mary?  Surely this is enumerator error because all the other numbers are correct.

6a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  no Harrison County records on CD.

6b.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com):  indexed here as "Kesta," and I will grant that that is what it looks like, though the (1-bit) image is barely readable.

6c.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 30 list was roughly alphabetized; indexed "Kesta," which it does appear to be, but the (8-bit) image is difficult to read; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 VA Harrison Co. Roll M33_138 p. 11/90B/91/779 Ln. 7 Kester? Joseph 120201-20201-0-103 0000-0001
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 9 or under 1810-1820 = ?
2 white males 10-15 1804-1810 = ?
= ?
2 white males 19-25* 1794-1801 = ?
= ?
1 white male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Joseph (b. 1750) 
2 white females 9 or under 1810-1820 = ?
= Sarah Ann? (b. 1806/7)
2 white females 16-25 1794-1804 = Susannah? (b. 1805/6)
= Margaret (b. 1801)
1 white female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Mary (b. 1771)
1 people engaged in agriculture
3 people engaged in manufacture
1 female slave 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = ?
*In the 1820 Census, the third column is age class 16-18 and the fourth column is age class 16-25, which means any individual in column three is duplicated in column four.  So, for an accurate representation of the household, the number in column three should be subtracted from the number in column four. If, after the subtraction, any individuals remain in column four, then they have to be age 19-25, thus creating a "new," more precise age class.
The numbers in the tally don't seem to jibe very well with what we know of the family.  We know they had four sons by 1810, but two are now married, namely,  Joseph II and George.  Joseph II appears to have one of his unmarried brothers living with him and, given this male's age (b. 1775-94), he would have to be Alexander (b. 1789).  I don't find George.  None of the three daughters is married yet, but they don't "fit" right.  Everyone seems to "fall through the cracks," so I wonder if this simply isn't our subject.  If not, then he was missed in this census. 

7a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  not found, and I really looked.  The CD does have Harrison Co., VA, records.

7b.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, and I really looked.  The listing is roughly alphabetized, so I browsed the "C's" and "K's" both for Delaware Co., OH, and Harrison Co., VA.  The only KESTERs in Harrison Co., VA, were Drusilla, Henry, and Peter.

8.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):

 .  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Except for the tombstone images and occasional mention of a death certificate,
this database consists of undocumented patron submissions, so caveat emptor.
Name: Joseph Kester Mary Morrison Kester
Birth: 14 Mar 1750
Philadelphia Co., PA
15 Jan 1771
Hardy Co., WV
Death: 2 Jul 1839
Morrow Co., OH
18 Oct 1847
Morrow Co., OH
Note: Father of 10 children,
fought in Virginia Militia
Mother of 10 children,
buried next to husband
Burial: Shawtown Cemetery
Morrow Co., OH
Inscription: In
Memory of
Joseph Kester S??
Died July 2 1832
Aged 87 years 3? Mo
& 18 ds

plus a metal star embossed
"WAR OF 1776"
Mary wife of
Joseph Kester
Died Oct 18
1847 aged 76 y
& 9 months
Father: Conrad Kester  
Mother: Susannah Adams or
Margaret Morris
Spouse: Mary Morrison (1771-1847) Joseph Kester (1750-1839)
Contributor: victory military 21 Mar 2008 victory military 21 Mar 2008
Memorial #: 25431817 25431908
For their children, see their individual family group sheets,
but these seven are listed here, under Joseph and under Mary:
Joseph Kester (1788-1835)
George Kester (1795-1849)
Mary Kester Utter (1798-1873)
Margaret M. Kester McWhorter (1801-1850)
Conrad Kester (1803-1892)
Sarah Ann Kester Cupp (1805-____)
Sarah Spencer (1810-1893)

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