Kesterson Pioneer Family
Family of Berry A. & Julia (Davis) Kesterson
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves and Sean Frances

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Julia Ann (Davis) Kesterson
Julia Ann (Davis) Kesterson 10 Jul 1843-01 Dec 1917
Wife of Berry A. Kesterson daughter of Stephen & Harriet (Young) Davis

Children of Berry A. & Julia (Davis) Kesterson
Joseph Kesterson(14 December 1860)
John William Kesterson(15 March 1863)
Ida Mercy Kesterson(08 April 1865)
George Lazarus Kesterson(21 February 1867)
James Berry Kesterson(11 March 1870)
Harriet Elizabeth Kesterson (15 June 1872)

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George Lazarus Kesterson
George Lazarus Kesterson the fourth child of Berry A. and Julia (Davis) Kesterson was born 21 February 1867 in Pittsfield IL.
He was married to Beulah Elizabeth Sutter 03 November 1888 in Pike County Il.
George and "Lizzie" were the parents of six children.
Velma "Felina" Kesterson
Patricia "Pansy" Kesterson
George E. Kesterson
Olive Fern Kesterson
Iris Estella Kesterson
Berry H. Kesterson
On 3 August 1907, Sadie Dykeman became the 2nd wife of George Lazarus Kesterson.

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Harriet Elizabeth Kesterson-her brother James about 1880
Harriet born in 1872 - James born 1870
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Harriet Elizabeth Kesterson-her brother James about 1880
Harriet born in 1872 - James born 1870

Harriet Elizabeth Kesterson was the daughter of Berry A. & Julia Ann (Davis) Kesterson. She was born on the 15 July 1872. (Her obituary indicates she was actually born in Carthage, MO, but we can't verify that anywhere else. Possibly it was Carthage IL, near Hancock County IL).

Harriet was married 4 times. First to William Tolman Benn, Frank Eugene Ball, Sam Stephens and John Neu. Harriet and William Benn were the five beautiful daughters you see in this photo, all born in Pittsfield IL.

Mable Julia Benn born 28 September 1890
Mercy Viola Benn born 09 February 1894
Violet Celeste Benn born 26 September 1895
Minnie Della Benn born 02 November 1897
Ida Mae Benn born 08 April 1901

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Mercy Viola Benn & Velma Kesterson
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Violet Celeste Benn & her children

Violet Celeste Benn, on the left with her children, Virginia and Roy Ivan Harmon born about 1922.

Violet was married to Roy Ivan Harman Sr.

Violet's sister Mercy Benn is on the right with Louis Kesterson in front of her. Louis Clifford Kesterson was adopted by Mercy Viola and her husband Charles Ivan Kesterson.

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Ida Mae Benn & Theodore Harmon

Ida Mae Benn, the youngest daughter of Harriet and Wm. Benn is featured here with her second husband Theodore Harmon on 30 November 1928 in Tulare CA.

Ida was first married to Charles Albert McEuen who she married 19 April 1919. Charles & Ida were the parents of three children Harriet Elizabeth McEuen, Mildred Louise McEuen and Charles Edward McEuen.

Ida and Theodore had one son, James Harmon in 1930.