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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for John S. Nester, who resided on Little Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

John S. Nester and Malinda Dalton were united in the holy bonds of wedlock in Logan county, West Virginia, January 22, 1877, Rev. Isaac Fry officiating clergyman. John S. Nester was born in what is now Lincoln county, December 11, 1853, and his parents were Daniel and Valeria (Brumfield) Nester. His mother is still a resident of the place of his birth. Mrs. Nester was born in what is now Lincoln county, July 3, 1853, and she is a daughter of James and Jane (Workman) Dalton. Mr. and Mrs. Nester are the parents of four children, born: William Henderson, November 23, 1877; Jane, May 2, 1879; Roxy Ann, October 19, 1880; Georgia Belle, March 11, 1882. Daniel Nester, father of John S., served about two years in the late war; he came home on a furlough and was taken down with the fever, during which time the Federal soldiers came, and in order that he might remain at home, Mr. Nester took the oath of allegiance. A woman folded a letter in a paper and sent it to her husband in the Southern army, but through mistake the letter came into the possession of the Federal officers, and Mr. Nester was sent to Camp Chase, and there died. John S. Nester was living here when Lincoln county was formed, and is a farmer on Little Hart creek, owning 150 acres of land, a number of acres under cultivation. The farm is well timbered, and coal, iron ore, building stone and sand beds are abundant. Hart, Lincoln county, West Virginia, is the post office address of John S. Nester.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 136.

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