Peter Kesterson - 1800 - 1864

Probate Record # 754
STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike County
The People of the State of Illinois to all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
Know ye that whereas Peter Kesterson of the County of Pike and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the fourth day of November A.D. 1864, having at thet ime of his decease personal property in this State, which may be lost, destroyed, or diminished in value if speedy disposal not taken of the same; to the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for ?? shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint R W Scanland of the county of Pike and state of Illinois, Administrator of all and singular the Goods and Chattels, RIghts and ?? of Peter Kesterson
STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike County
I Do solemnly Swear that I will well and truly administrate all and singular the goods and chattels, rights, credits and effect of "Peter Kesterson" deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against said estate as far as his goods, chattels and effects shall extend, and the law charge me; and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me bylaw, to the best of my knowledge and abilities. Sworn and subscribed before me this 17th day of November A.D. 1864 William Steers County Clerk
Signed by R W SCANLAND
STATE OF ILLINOIS County of Pike
To the Hon. John W Allen Judge of the County Court of said County. I, Nancy Kesterson, widow of Peter Kesterson late of said County, deceased, do hereby relinquish and renounce all right claim and ?? which I may hae to administer upon the estate of the said Peter Kesterson deceased and ?? that your Honor appoint R W Scanland to administer on said Estate November 14 1864 -
Signed her X Nancy Kesterson
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
That we R W Scanland and J T Irwin of the County of Pike and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of Illinois in the penal sum of TWO THOUSAND Dollars current money of the United States, which payment, well and truly to be made and performed, we, and each bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly by these present.
Witness our Hands and Seals this 17th Day of November 1864
THE CONDITION OF THE ABOVE OBLIGATION IS SUCH, That if the said R W Scanland Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Peter Kesters deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and ? inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased
PETITION
In matters of the Estate of Peter Kesterson decd - Pittsfield November 17 1864. Petition of R W Scanland
To Hon. John W Allen Judge of the County Court of Pike County Illinois
The Petition of the undersigned respectfully represents that Peter Kesterson late of the County of Pike aforesaid, departed this life at his residence in said County about the 4th day of November 1864, leaving no last will and testament, your Petitioner knows or believes. And this Petitioner further shows that the said Peter Kesterson died seized of an Estate consisting of lands and personal Estate estimated to be worth about one thousand Dollars; and that said deceased left surviving him Nancy Kesterson widow and (Left Blank) his children, as his heirs; that your Petitioner, being (Requested by the ? of said deceased and ) Believing that said Estate should be immediately administered and management of said property, and the collection of the assets by virtue of "" under the Statute, and would therefore pray your honor to grant Letters of Administration from him on his complying with the Statute in such case made ??
Signed by R W Scanland 17 November 1864 - William Steers Clerk
STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike County
The People of the State of Illinois to all to whom these Presents shall come, Greetings:
Know ye that whereas Peter Kesterson of Pthe County of Pike and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the ???? having at the time of decease personal property in this State, which may be lost, destroyed or diminished in value if speedy disposal is not taken to the same; to the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for ?? shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint Joseph C Pettingill (Debonis-Non) of the the county of Pike and State of Illinois, Administrator.
STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike County
I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly administrate all and singular the goods and chattels, rights, credits and effect of Peter Kesterson deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against said estate as far as his goods, chattels and effect shall extend, and the law charge me; and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities
Sworn and subscribed before me this 25th day of August 1865
Signed by J C Pettingill and signed by William Steers, County Clerk
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
That we Joseph C Pettingill and George W Jones of the County of Pike and State of Illinois are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of TWO THOUSAND Dollars current money of the United States, which payment, well and truly to be made and performed, we, and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assign, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents.
Witness our hands and Seals this Twenty Fourth Day of August 1865.
Signed Joseph Pettingill and George W Jones 25 Aug 1865
STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike Co
The undersigned Joseph Pettingill Administrator Debonis-non of the Estate of Peter Kesterson would respectfully submit to the Court the following report of his acts and doings as such Administrator from his apointment to February 20 1867 and charges himself with the following to wit:
September 26 1865 Items of Receipt
Joel Pemington - Note against Pemington & ? 42.34
N Chapman A/C 5.00
J (Unreadable) Noe 14.00
Wm Orvill Note on Wm Orvill and Wm Orvill 22.90
Wm Orvill A/C 4.50
J Lytle note against J & Wm Lytle 19.75
Francis Keys note 33.25
R N Atkinson - Note 23.25
W W Johnson 94.05
St John note against B B Davis 57.25
James Kesterson - Note James/George H 288.80
Joseph Kestersn note JJ and George 297.40
Joseph Kesterson Note - Noah Cadwell/Geo H 5.80
JJ & Joseph Kesterson Note JJ & George H
Joseph Kesterson/Wm Orvill 342.62
B H Kesterson on notes 124.90
George H Kesterson note on him/JJ
Joseph Kesterson Smart 534.82
John Sweat - him and Watson 552.40
J French note on him 14.00
Charles H Kesterson note on him
Sanders and Joseph Keserson 35.72
Charles Kesterson note 262.05
Wm Haris him and Sweat 25.75
Klemins note 14.50
Wm Steers fo ?? 8.00
Nancy Kesterson for Thomas Lytle 14.50
Total Owed to Peter Kesterson $2,883.50
Paid out by the 2nd Administrator:
14 Oct 1865 George Conell $3.50 Paid
16 Jan 1865 Joseph Kesterson received $347.50(Agreement)
17 Feb 1866 Leander T Manker received $7.75
19 Nov 1866 G W Carrier $12.75 paid
24 Nov 1866 Hicks Pd $14.85
24 Nov 1866 Joel Pemmington paid $6.65
26 Mar 1866 Joseph Kesterson received $386.27 (In full)
28 Mar 1866 Talcott Hodg Pd 3.70
28 Mar 1866 Spencer pd $3.50
12 Dec 1866 O G Spencer $5.50 Pd
31 Dec 1866 David Shuler Pd $12.00
26 Jan 1867 James Kesterson received $$225.00
02 Feb 1867 George Kesterson recieved $287.65
02 Feb 1867 Berry Kesterson received $225.00
02 Feb 1867 J J Kesterson received $225.00
05 Feb 1867 Elizabeth E Sweat/E Sweat received $225.00
16 Feb 1867 Charles H Kesterson received $225.00
16 Feb 1867 Nancy Kesterson received $300.00 (Relinquished all rights) (D J Hill)
19 Mar 1867 America Lytle/James F Lytle received $225.00
19 Jan 1869 Elizabeth E Sweat / E Sweat received $86.61
21 Jan 1869 America Lytle / James F Lytle received $86.61
21 Jan 1869 J J Kesterson received $86.61 also on the receipt was the name R A Carleton?
21 Jan 1869 George B Kesterson Son received $86.61
25 Jan 1869 Charles H Kesterson received $86.61
29 Jan 1869 James Kesterson received $86.61
06 Feb 1869 Berry Kesterson received $86.61
Transcribed and Contributed by Christine Walters
(My Notes and observations)
Peter was apparently a "Lender" and a man of means. There is a list of notes owed to Peter Kesterson naming all the people mentioned above and more. Many were family, such as Julia McClain, his neice (Desparate) Note Feb 16 1864 $25.00 (Copy of this note in file) . B. B. Davis (Desparate) and note dated May 13, 1862 $82.50. Berry H Kesterson note of Feb 1, 1864 for $32.00 another for him and Joseph dated Mar 10, 1864 $20.80. Wm Lytle Note of $10.00 and another for 9.75. Note on Simon Rion/Rian, J.J. Kesterson/George H. Kesterson for $70.65. Simon Rion/Rian also for $30.00 July 21, 1860.
These were apparently debts/obligations due to Peter and were marked payable to R. W. Scanland the 1st administrator. Note also that Joseph Kesterson , his son, was not handled the same as the others. Charles, George, America, Berry, J J, and Elizabeth all recived payments of $225.00 and $86.61 on two different occassions. Joseph received one lump sum payment 26 March 1866 in the amount of $386.27 marked paid in full. He received a bit more than the others did but the mystery is why was he treated differently?
The only child not named in any of this is his daughter Lydia, wife of Simon Rion/Rian/Ryan. This gives us the only clue that she must have died young. Simon is mentioned a time or two and was in debt to Peter.
Lydia must also have died childless as there is no payment to any heirs, nor did Simon receive any compensation.
His widow was Nancy Lytle Kesterson. She was the widow of Thomas Lytle when she married Peter. She received some money and relinquished all rights. Strangely enough we have never found a death date or burial for Nancy. Her first husband Thomas Lytle is buried in Bethel Cemetery in the Lytle family plot. Peter is buried in the same cemetery along the fence line.. but nowhere in the cemetery could we find Nancy.