1891 Naomi Willson Kester Quaker Mourning Card, Eden, Erie County NY
Printed on Funeral 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."
Rev. 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 and Hamburg are both towns in Erie County, New York.
This is a beautiful Victorian era folded mourning card on thick stock with a printed crown and cross on reverse, and a heavy black mourning border. It has "In Memoriam" printed on the cover. It celebrates the Quaker life of Naomi Willson Kester.
Found in Public Genealogy 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 was the son of Gabriel Willson & Keziah Willson, and was born at Independence, Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1779.
Her Mother: Mary Shotwell Willson (1777-1862) daughter of James Willson & Ann Willson, born in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey in 1777. Her parent's marriage was Oct 16, 1800 in Rahway, Union County, NJ
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 was born in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. His parents: Arnold Kester 1785-1861 and Mary Kester 1788–1871 (known as Polly Kester)
Salinda Kester born 1812
Edward* W Kester 1814–1891
Sarah Kester 1816–1891
Nelson Kester 1818–1896
Benjamin Kester born 1822
Anna Kester 1825–1898
John Kester born 1826
George Kester born 1833
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)
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
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