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1891 Naomi Willson Kester Victorian Mourning Card Eden, Erie County NY

#632 Quaker Family Memorial card:

Printed on card: "Naomi Willson, wife of Nelson Kester, Born May 24, 1817, Married Jan. 1, 1840, Died June 6, 1891, Buried June 8, 1891 in the Webster Cemetery, Eden, NY. Mark Whiting, Funeral Director, Hamburg, N.Y, Pall bearers: Cyrus Pound, L.D. Wood, John Ansley, B. Allen. Officiating Clergymen: Elisha Griffith, Friends Minister, Boston, N.Y.

Elisha Griffith was a Quaker, thus his title as a Friends' Minister. Naomi and her husband Nelson are both buried in the  Quaker Cemetery, Eden, Erie County, New York. Eden NY and Hamburg NY are both towns in Erie County.

This is a beautiful Victorian era folded mourning card on thick stock with a printed crown and cross on reverse, and black heavy mourning border. It has "In Memoriam" printed on the cover. It celebrates the Quaker life of Naomi Willson Kester.

Found in Public Records:
Naomi Kester, nee Naomi Willson (1817-1891)
Born: New Jersey 1817
Married: Nelson Kester (1818-1896) on January 1st, 1840
Their Residence: Eden NY

Her Father: Eber Willson (1779-1866) son of Gabriel Willson & Keziah Willson, born at Independence, Red Bank NJ in 1779.
Her Mother: Mary Shotwell Willson (1777-1862) daughter of James Willson & Ann Willson, born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey in 1777. 
Her parent's Marriage: 16 Oct 1800 in Rahway, NJ
Her Siblings:
Achsah Willson Lutes (1801-1869)
Eden Willson (1803-1870)
Elizabeth Willson Kester (1808-1894)
Gabriel Willson (1810-1890)
Edna Willson Kester (1819 - 1885)
Naomi Willson Kester (1871 - 1891)

Her husband: Nelson Kester (1818-1896) born in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. His parents: Arnold Kester and Mary Polly Kester

As a Quaker, we see no evidence that he served, but believe this may be him in US Civil War Draft records:
Nelson Kester in the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865
Birth Year: abt 1819
Place of Birth: New York
Age on 1 July 1863: 44
Residence: Suktowaga, New York (Cheektowaga NY, Erie County)

Their Children:
Mary A. Kester Paxson (1841-1902)
Amy J. Kester (1844-1888)
Elizabeth Kester Pound (1846-1891)
Emmons E. Kester (1851-1855)

This original old antique rag paper Quaker mourning card has beautiful 19th c. fonts and typography. It is dated 1879 and the thick black border is common to Victorian Mourning customs. It would have been handed out at her funeral procession as a 19th c. remembrance or memorial card. Found in Madison NY, Madison County. A wonderful original Kester & Willson family piece. Her husband Nelson died 1896, in the same year. Wilson is an alternative spelling of her surname.

Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches closed
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy    Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)

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