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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HENRY C. KESTER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 30; P. O. Beamsville; was born in Hesse Shaumburg, Germany. Oct. 12, 1826; his father, Henry F. Kester, was born in the same place June 16, 1800, and married Justina Meyer; she was born in 1802; his father and mother were Frederick and Leonora (Meyer) Kester. Henry C., the subject of this sketch, landed in New York July 6, 1852, and arrived in Darke County July 14 following, with his parents; his mother died Aug. 11, 1862, and his father is living with him on the farm, where they moved in the fall of 1852 on the banks of Stillwater Creek, near Beansville; in 1849, Henry C. was drafted into the German army; he served three years, but was granted a government passport to leave before his time expired; he is Township Trustee, has been Supervisor, also School Director; he had two sisters and one brother, viz.: Willmena, born Jan. 26, 1829; she married a Henry Kester; Caroline married Louis Kuckenberg, and Ferdinand; the last two are deceased. Henry C. married Christina W. C. Schulte July 16, 1851; she was born in the same place as himself Feb. 7, 1826. They have had eight children, viz.: Caroline W. C., born April 25, 1852, deceased; Charlotte, born Aug. 3, 1855; Willmena, May 15, 1857; Christian H., Aug. 12, 1859; Henry F., March 2, 1861; Fredrick C. L., Oct. 24, 1864; Harmon F., June 20, 1869, and a twin to Charlotte died unnamed. He owns a fine farm of 180 acres, where he resides.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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