|. Ballard Preston Nester, 1858 - 1937, s/o Jacob Nester
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
G41 Ballard Preston Nester,6 G4 (Jacob,5,Daniel,4,Jacob,3,Frederick,2,Frederick,1)
. b 1858 Floyd Co, Va (b Mar 1857 acc to 1900 census); d 24 Sep 1937 Mercer Co, WVa, "age 79, of enlarged prostate, heart mur-
. mur, mitral regurgitation, s/o Jacob Nester and Miss Phillips", bur Cline Cem, Mercer Co. See his death certificate image
. below, which gives his birth date as "unknown 1858". See pictures of his and Irene's tombstones below, which gives his birth
. year as 1858.
. Below are pictures of Ballard, including one with him on his mule Tobe. I submitted this picture to Elza B. Cox, who put it on
. the front cover of "Cox-Phillips Family Newsletter", Mar 1984.
. m(1) 19 Feb 1878 Carroll Co to Liona Moore, b ca 1852 Carroll Co, d 29 Mar 1884 Carroll Co, of "consumption, age 35 yrs",
. d/o Amon Moore (s/o Charles and Catherine Moore) and Susannah Phillips (Susan) (d/o Richard Phillips (Dick) (#4214)
. and Catherine Goad, d/o James Goad (#231)).
. m(2) 3 Dec 1884 Carroll Co to Irena Reece (Irene), b 17 Aug 1851 Carroll Co, Va, d 24 Jun 1924 Mercer Co, WVa, "age 72, of
. mitral regurgitation and asthma, d/o Lewis Reece and Hurst", bur Cline Cem, d/o Lewis Reece (#85) and Anne Dalton
. (Anna) (d/o William Dalton (#5) and Frances Sturman). See her death certificate image below, which was indexed as
. Ballard and Irena are buried in a small plot next to a house at the intersection of Nubbins Ridge Road and Tedder Hollow Road,
. which is located by going north on US 19 and turning left just past Spanishburg High School in Mercer Co onto Nubbins Ridge
. Road and going about 3.0 miles to that intersection. Irene was bur in Goodall Cem, acc to her death record, but she and B.P. were
. bur in Cline Cem, acc to www.findagrave.com.
. Preston moved his family in 1902 from Carroll Co, Va to Mercer Co, WVa, where they lived on a farm near Spanishburg. They
. lived in a log cabin (see image below) located as above, but going 2.3 miles off US 19 and turning right onto a dirt road (labeled
. Avery Lusk Road on current Yahoo and Google maps), going 500 yards and taking the left fork and going another 500 yards.
. This property was occupied in the 1980's by Avery and Silvia (Kinzer) Lusk, who purchased it from Mr Tedders, who pur-
. chased it from Denny Nestor.
. 1880 Carroll Co census, Pine Creek, p 78A, #402/408, "James" P. Nester,22 Va, farming, cannot write, Lionia,27 Va, cannot
. read or write, Odelia,1 Va.
. 1900 Carroll Co census, Pine Creek, ED 5, sheet 8A, #98/98, Ballard P. Nester, Mar 1857 Va, farmer, could read, but not write,
. Irinna, Aug 1850 Va (marr 15 yrs, 5 ch, 5 living), could read and write, Thomas P., Aug 81 Va, farm laborer, Almettia, Aug
. 85 Va, William A., Mar 87 Va, Laura O., Oct 88 Va, Earnest F., Feb 90 Va, Ider A., May 91 Va. (all of the 5 youngest were
. "at school" and all 6 could read and write)
. 1910 Mercer Co, WVa census, Spanishburg Pct, ED 139, sheet 4B, #62/62, Preston B. Nester,52 Va, farmer, general, Irene,58 Va
. (marr 25 yrs, 5 ch, 5 living), Laura O.,21 Va, Fugit,20 Va, farmer. (both Preston and Irene listed as unable to read, but
. writing not specified)
. 1920 Mercer Co census, Rock Dist, Spanishburg Pct, ED 97, sheet 4A, #59/60, Ballard P. Nester,63 Va (Va,Va), farming, could
. not read or write, general farm, Ireanie,68 Va (Va,Va), could read, but not write, Laura Shockly,30 Va (dau), Irene,1 3/12
. WVa ("dau").
. 1930 Mercer Co census, Rock Dist, ED 28-28, sheet 2A, #16/16, Ballard P. Nester,71 Va (wid, father-in-law), could read and
. write, living with George and Laura Shockley.
. issue: (sons Thomas and Ernest adopted the Nestor spelling, although Thomas' son Hobart reverted to the Nester spelling)
G41a 1. Cordelia Nester (Cordealy,Dealy,Delia), b 25 Nov 1878 Carroll Co, m Hezekiah Malachi Callaway Gallahue Hollands-
. worth (Gall).
G411 2. Thomas Pogue Nestor (Pogue), b 25 Aug 1881 Carroll Co, m(1) Aldora Victoria Duncan (Dora), m(2) Emma Burch.
. 3. Tazewell Nester, b 15 Nov 1883 Carroll Co, "Tas" d 29 May 1884 Carroll Co, "age 6 mos, cause unknown, s/o Ballard P.
. & Liona Nester". (he was "Jas" acc to the online Carroll Co death index)
G41b 4. Almetta Jane Nester (Mettie), b 27 Aug 1885 Peck, Carroll Co, m Joseph Washington Reid (Joe).
G413 5. William Arthur Nester (Arthur), b 10 Mar 1887 Carroll Co, m Avory Ann Michael.
G41c 6. Laura Ozena Nester, b 18 Oct 1888 Carroll Co, m George Fluornoy Shockley.
G414 7. Ernest Fuget Nestor, b 14 Feb 1890 Peck, Carroll Co, Va, m Mary Etta Goad.
. Moved to Pike Co, Ky, McDowell Co, WVa, Kanawha Co, WVa, and Madison Co, Ky.
G41d 8. Ida Ethel Nester, b 23 May 1891 Va (prob Carroll Co), m William Thomas Linkous.
|Ballard Preston Nester on his mule Tobe, prob 1930's, Mercer County, WVa
|. Ballard Preston Nester with Mettie (Nester) Reid, "George", and Mary Reid, ca 1922
. (the young boy is more likely Buren Reid)
|Ballard Preston and Irene (Reece) Nester
|. Irene Nester's tombstone
. picture by author
|. B.P. Nester's tombstone
. picture by author
|. B.P. and Irene Nester's home place in Mercer Co, WVa about 1986 when
. Maxine and Bill Earp, Billie Nestor Whitsitt, and the author visited Avery Lusk
. (Maxine facing the camera, Bill exiting the gate, Avery on the porch.)
. picture by author