Information from Claudia (Stack) Eagan
Larkin Kesterson born 1802 - 1804 died 25 May 1829 in Pope County IL.
File Box 53 and Probate Book A. Pages 70-74, 126, 127, 159,160 and Book B. Page 60
The last will and testament of Larkin Kesterson of Pope County and State of Illinois made in his last sickness within two days of his death and in the presence and hearing of Betsy Bennet and Jane Bennet. The testator, Larkin Kesterson, did request that his father Robert Kesterson of said County should be executor of all his personal property. That his said executor should sell his two negro men, Macklin and Frank, together with all the balance of his personal property and pay the proceeds over to his son Richard, a child he had by his last wife Betsy, when he arrives at the age of 21 years, after deducting there from a sufficient sum to pay said executor for his trouble and expenses and pay for raising and taking care of my said child which said testator did request should be done by said testators father, said testator was of sound mind and memory at the time of speaking the said words and did request that they should be committed to writing and request the said Betsy and Jane to take notice to the said words. Said testator made said will in his last illness and died on the 25th day of May A.D. 1829.
6 August 1829 - Robert Kesterson appointed administrator of the estate with Charles Clay his security in the amount of $300.
6 August 1829 - Benoni Lee appointed guardian for Richard Kesterson, a minor under the age of 14 years, and sole heir to his father, Larkin Kesterson. Alexander Parkison became his security in the amount of $250.
Richard Kesterson born 1817 - died after 1900, married Nancy Husted 13 August 1840 in Virginia, Cass Co IL. Richard and Nancy had four known children: Arvilla, Elizabeth, Jane and Richard Henry.
Richard Henry Kesterson 1 January 1861 Cass Co IL - 08 October 1916 Custer City OK
Richard Henry and Missouri Alice (Gilliland) Kesterson Family
Back Row: Larkin Nelson, Sylvia, Arthur Franklin, Grace Pearl
Front Row: Goldie Mabel, Missouri Alice, Opal Beatrice, Richard Henry