|. Frederick Nester, c1709 - 1782, of Berks County, Pa
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. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: email@example.com
. Frederick Nester,1 (ancestry unknown)
. b ca 1709 apparently in Germany; d 21 Apr 1782 Berks Co, Pa, bur 23 Apr 1782 Goshenhoppen Catholic Church, Bally Twp,
. Hereford Twp, Berks Co. AKA: Most Blessed Sacrament Church Cemetery, "Friedrich Nester, b. unknown, d. Apr. 21, 1782".
. Acc to www.findagrave.com, quoting Goshenhoppern church records, he was Friedrich Nester (Fred), and was age 72 when he
. There was a Johann Georg Friedrich Nestor, born and bapt 30 Mar 1709 Heinsheim, Baden, Prussen, s/o Johann Adam Nestor and
. Anna Barbara Nester. Heinsheim is about 35 miles NE of Karlsruhe. No proof this is our Frederick Nester.
. m Catherine ____, b Aug 1708, d 18 Apr 1791. She m(2) 15 Nov 1785 St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Berks Co to Conrad
. Reintzel, widower, d 22 Sep 1792. Witnesses to marriage: Jacob Gruss, William Strunck, Micharl Hartmann, Joseph Schmitt,
. "who all bound themselves under their seal and signature that no attempt would be made to break this marriage".
. Conrad had m(1) 12 May 1778 to Elizabeth Killian, and m(3) 23 Apr 1792 Swedes Church, Philadelphia, Pa to Eva Pothin/Plotkin.
. Acc to the records of The Lutheran Church in New Hanover, Montgomery Co, Pa, Catherine Nester d 9 Sep 1795. Either the above
. death date for Catherine, widow of Frederick, is wrong, or this is another Catherine, unidentified.
. This Nester family apparently came from Hagsfeld, Germany, which is part of the present Karlsruhe metropolitan area. I have cited
. some references from the Hagsfield records below, although they are incomplete and difficult to read.
. Frederick Nester supposedly came to America about 1750, and his first record is a 1754 Berks Co tax list. He lived in Hereford Twp.
. The Nesters were Lutheran and Catherine was Catholic. One week prior to his death, Frederick joined the Goshenhoppen Catholic
. Church, "so that I may be buried aside of my wife". The name was supposedly pronounced "Neshter" in the early days, which is
. supposedly characteristic of the Alemannisch dialect of German, spoken in some parts of Switzerland and southwest Germany.
. His 1782 estate settlement in Berks Co mentions his wife Catherine and "his eldest son Fridrick Nester." There is no proof that
. Catherine was the mother of his sons Frederick and Andrew, but Catherine was apparently at least the mother of Catherine, since
. she was listed as grandmother of two of Catherine's children in their baptismal records.
. The area of Berks Co in which the early Nesters lived was part of Philadelphia Co, prior to Berks Co being formed in 1752 from
. portions of Chester, Lancaster, and Philadelphia Co's. The Ontelaunee region of Philadelphia Co was included into Albany Twp,
. and the Manatawny region of Philadelphia Co was included into Colebrookdale Twp. Hereford Twp was formed in 1753 from
. Colebrookdale Twp. The Philadelphia Co records may contain some references to this Nester family, but that hasn't yet been thor-
. oughly searched.
. 1754 Berks Co tax list: Frederic Nester.
. 1760-63 Berks Co tax lists: Frederick Nester.
. 1764 Berks Co tax list: Frederick Neshtor.
. 1764, 1 Sep: Frederick Nester witnessed the will of Thomas Banfield. (see 1770 entry below)
. 1765-66 Berks Co tax lists: Frederick Nestor.
. 1767 Hereford Township Proprietary Return: Frederick Nester, 60 acr, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 4 sheep, tax 2.
. 1768 Hereford Township Proprietary Return: Fredrich Nester, 200 acr, 4 horses, 5 cattle, 6 sheep, tax 13.
. 1768 Berks Co tax list: Frederich Nester, 60A, 20A cleard, 40A uncleard, 6A sew'd, 1 horse, 1 mare, 2 cows, tax 2.
. 1769, 31 May: Berks Co Warranties of Land: Frederick Nestor, 35 acres. (This could be Frederick Jr)
. 1770-72 Berks Co tax lists: Frederick Nester.
. 1770, 31 May: Berks Co: Warranties of Land, #9: 35 acres in Hereford, survey for Frederick Nestor, date of return: 10 Jun 1773,
. 32.100 acres, recorded Bk AA 8, p 13, survey copied Bk C143, p 235.
. 1770, 4 Jun: Berks Co Will Bk 2, p 77: will of Thomas Banfield, of Oley, dated 1 Sep 1764: witness Fredrick Nester, age about 64
. years old, and a German, who did not understand the English language.
. 1771, 17 Mar: From the "Staatbote", an 18th century Philadelphia German newspaper:
. "Peter Schmidt, b Carlsruh in Durlachischen, who arrived in Philadelphia recently with Captain Smith, inquires for Friedrich
. Nester, living in the vicinity of the Blue Mountains. Peter Schmidt is in the employ of Andre McGlove, merchant, at the
. lower bridge (drawbridge) Philadelphia. He is a son of Sigmund Schmidt, who is still in Germany". (Note: Johann Peter
. Schmidts arrived in in Philadelpia on 13 Sep 1764 and 9 Sep 1765. Also it is possible that this ad was inquiring about Frede-
. rick Nester Jr).
. 1773, 9 Jun: Berks Co: Warranties of Land, #21: 45 acres in Hereford, survey for Frederick Nestor, date of return: 10 Jun 1773, 45
. acres, recorded Bk AA 8, p 13, p 503, survey copied Bk C143, p 234. See image of his patent below.
. 1779 Hereford Township Proprietary Return: Fred'k Nester, no land, no horses, 1 cattle, tax 30.
. 1779, 3/13 May: Frederick and Catherine Nester were sponsors for the baptism of John Jacob Meyer, son of Casper and Catherine
. Meyer, and listed as his grandparents.
. 1781 Berks Co tax list, p 124: Fredk Nestor, "How" 30.
. 1781, 18 Oct: Frederick and Catherine Nester were sponsors for the baptism of John Frederick Meyer, son of Casper and Catherine
. Meyer, and listed as his grandparents.
. 1782, 27 May: Berks Co Adm Bk 3, p 318: Frederick Nester's estate was adm, with his widow "Catharine" the adm. Other than
. "his ouldest son Fridrick Nester", no dau's or son's mentioned.
. 1782, 15 Jun: Berks Co: Inv of estate of Frederick Nester.
. 1782, 27 May: Berks Co Letters of Adm Bk 3, p 318: to Catharine Nester, widow of relief of Frederick Nester, late of Herfort Twp.
. 1790 Berks Co census, Hereford Twp, p 3, Conrad Reintzel, 1-0-3.
. 1800 census, Conrad and Catharine not located.
1 1. Frederick Nester, b 24 Apr 1739 Germany, d 1836 Campbell Co, Tenn, m(1) Maria Barbara ____, m(2) Nancy Ann ____, m(3)
. Nancy Reynolds. He was Johann Frederich Nester acc to his son Jacob's 1766 baptismal record.
. Johann Friederich Nester was possibly bapt 24 Apr 1747 Hagsfield, Germany, s/o Joh. Fridrich and Catharina Nester, alhough this
. event is written in German, and this author can't read it, but the date is unquestionably this date. See two images of this record
. below (supplied by Joseph N. Lofaro).
. From Frederick Nester's estate record (see page below): "Ditto and further there said ould Frederick Nester deceased hath given to
. his ouldest son Frederick Nester fifty two pouints ten shillings hard money silver and gold on part of his ......"
. Frederick moved to NC, Va, Ky, and Tenn.
2 2. Andrew Nester (Andreas), b 14 Apr 1748 Germany, d 14 Oct 1824 Berks, m(1) Maria Catherine Herb (Catherine), m(2) Maria
. Barbara Herb (Barbara).
. His name also Andreas in some records.
. He was a Rev War soldier from Berks Co. He took over his father's farm about 1773-79.
. 3. Catherine Nester, b ca 1750, d after 1823, m 5 Apr 1768 New Hanover Lutheran Church, Montgomery Co to Casper Meier
. (Moyer), d 1823, poss s/o Martin and Magdalena Meier. Catherine's parentage proven by the fact that Frederick and Catherine
. Nester were listed as grandparents in two of their children's baptismal records.
. 1823, 12 Apr: Berks Co, Pa Will Bk M: probate of will of Casper Moyer (dated 6 Apr 1822): Mentions eldest son Martin
. Moyers two children Catharine and Abraham Moyers, and second son Jacob Moyer, son Frederick Moyer, youngest son
. John Moyer, dau Elizabeth Brighton, wife of Rober Brighton, dau Sarah, dau Mary Nestor deceased, her youngest child
. Martin Nestor, dau Catherine Richards wife of Samuel Rich., her dau Catherine is to have one equal eight part, and dau
. Margaret. His wife Catharine Moyer and son Frederick Moyer appointed executrix and executor. [The will gives each child
. 1/8 of the estate, but 9 children mentioned.]
. a. Elizabeth Moyer, b 27 Jan 1769, m Reuben Brighton (Robert).
. b. Martin Moyer, b 20 Dec 1770 (sponsors Martin Barth and Elizabeth Hermel), d 1815, m Catherine ____.
. c. Salome Moyer, b 3 May 1775 (sponsors Jacob Ende and wife).
. d. John Jacob Moyer (Jacob), b 3 (?13) May 1779 (sponsors Frederick and Catherine Nester, grandparents).
. e. John Frederick Moyer (Frederick), b 18 Oct 1781 (sponsors Frederick and Catherine Nester, grandparents).
. f. John Moyer.
. g. Sarah Moyer.
. h. Anna Maria Moyer (Maria,Mary), b 1 Mar 1773 (sponsors Jacob Ende and wife), d prior 1822, m her 1st cousin Christian
. Nester (#24), b 17 Jun 1783, s/o Andrew Nester (Andreas) and Maria Catherine Herb (Catherine).
. i. Catherine Moyer, d prior 1822, m Samuel Richards.
. j. Margaret Moyer.
3 4. Possible unknown Nesters may be the father of a number of Nesters who were in Eastern Pennsylvania and of the right age to
. be a son of Frederick, or children of son(s) of Frederick. This category includes Elias Nester, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753.
. On this page for unknown Nesters I've listed all the unidentified early Nesters in the Eastern Pennsylvania area, any of whom
. could be related to the Frederick Nester family. This includes three who have a known Berks County connection, namely, Cath-
. arine Nester, b ca 1753, who m Jacob Gruss, and Jacob Nester (#R), b 1761, who moved to Randolph Co, Va (WVa), and
. Elizabeth Nester, b 1764, who m John (Johannes) Moyer. Many internet sites have listed this Jacob Nester as a son of Frede-
. rick, but there is not a shred of evidence for this, which comes from blindly copying a speculative list of Frederick's children
. created over 25 years ago. There was also a Conrad Nester, whose estate was mentioned in 1787 in Philadelphia.
. One undocumented list of Frederick's children include:
. 1. Johannes Friedrich Nester, unknown date of birth. (b 1739, see above)
. 2. Johann Gottlieb Nester, b 4 Nov 1743. The author of this list says he came on the ship Sally on 29 Oct 1770. This is similar
. to the documented arrival of Johann Gottfried Nestler on the ship Sally in 1773.
. 3. Anna Margaretha Nester, b 4 Jan 1746.
. 4. Andreas Nester, b 14 Apr 1748. (Andrew Nester, see above)
. 5. Johann Martin Nester, b 1751, m Anna Marie Seel, b 23 Jul 1750.
. 6. Christina Nester, b 3 Apr 1753.
. This list omitted Catharine, and also included Andrew B. Nester who marr Marie Catherine Herb, and is a confusion with a great-
. grandson of Andrew. There is no evidence that Frederick's son Andrew had a middle initial of B. Johann Gottlieb "Nester" was
. likely a Nestler, not a Nester.
. Notes: from "Family Search" :
. 1. Johann Daniel Jost Nester, bapt 9 Sep 1739, b Hagsfeld, Baden, Germany, s/o Joh. Friederich and Catharina Nester.
. (GS Film number 1189443)
. 2. Eva Christina Nester, b 1741, d 13 Oct 1744 Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany, age 3, parents Joh. Friedr. and Catharina Nester.
. (GS Film number 1053796)
. 3. Anna Francisca Nester, b 13 Oct 1744, bapt 13 Oct 1744 Sankt Stephan, Karlsruhe, Baden, d/o Johann Friedrich and
. Catharina Nester. (GS Film number 1053796)
. 4. Johannes Franciscus David Nester, b 28 Nov 1745, bapt 28 Nov 1745 Sankt Stephan, Karlsruhe, Baden, s/o Johnan Fried-
. rich and Anna Catharina Nester. (GS Film number 1053796)
. 5. Johann Friedrich Nester, b 24 Apr 1747 Hagsfeld, Baden, s/o Johann Friedrich and Catharina Nester.
. (reference: FHL microfilm 1189443; indexing project (batch) number: C73935-8)
. (This date is similar to that of Frederick Nester II, who was b 24 Apr 1739, except for the year.)
. 6. Catharina Nester, b 3 Apr 1749 Hagsfeld, Karlsruhe, Baden, d/o Johann Friedrich and Catharina Nester.
. (GS Film number 1189443)
. 7. Jacob Friedrich Nester, b 16 Sep 1723 Hagsfeld, Baden, s/o Thomas Nester and Anna Maria Bahn.
. (Hagsfeld is inside the current city of Karlsruhe)
. Ref: 1. "Frederick Nester (ca 1709 - 1782) Of Berks County, Pennsylvania And Descendants", May 2003, Michael D. Nestor.
. email: firstname.lastname@example.org To order a copy of this book, go to: BOOK ORDERS
. Outline of Nester family: OUTLINE
. 2. Robert Reinsel's HTML database. Info on Conrad Reintzel.
. 3. Joseph N. Lofaro (Joe), email: email@example.com, supplied images of misc church records of Hagsfield, Germany, see
. below. He is a descendant of Nancy Jane Nester Moore (d/o Matthew Ganey Nester (#I23)).
. 4. From Joe Lofaro: "A J Coffman," started linking them to ours on "FamilySearch." Not only that, but he discovered two more
. possible children, in the "Germany Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1500-1971" database, and each child has two
. different records:"
. Carolina Elisabetha Ursula Nester" - bapt: 11 Dec 1734, in Karlsruhe, Parents: Joh Fri(e)drich Nester and Catharina Barbara:
. Pages: 116-117 & 330-331
. Johan(n) Fri(e)d(e)rich Nester" - bapt: 30 January 1737, in Karlsruhe, Parents: Johan(n) Fri(e)d(e)rich Nester and Catharina
. Barbara: Pages: 164-165 & 360-361
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