Friday, April 10, 2015

A to Z April Challenge: I is for Imogene







“We need to get together more often and not at a funeral.” How many times have you and a cousin said that? Funerals are much like a family reunion. You can learn a lot about a family just by looking at who showed up. Using my grandparents’ guest books and sympathy cards, I’ll be exploring “Who came to the funeral?


is for Imogene T. Davis Meadows Kesterson.  She was one of eight girls and one lone boy born to my maternal grandfather's cousin Benjamin Harrison Davis and his wife Fleeta Berry.  Imogene married twice; her four daughters were from her first marriage to Everett Meadows. 

Imogene was Granddaddy's cousin’s oldest living daughter when she attended his funeral in 1963. Because of the order of names signed in the Guest Book, I can picture the cousins of Orvin Davis walking in together. 

Orvin Davis Guest Book 1963  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com

Anna Davis Karicofe from Staunton, Virginia was followed by Imogene, a.k.a. Mrs. W. H. Kesterson.  Next were Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Davis – that could be Imogene’s parents or her younger brother and his wife; there’s no way to know for sure since both couples were living in 1963.  Next came Imogene and Anna’s sister Thelma Fultz.

Children of Benjamin Davis http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Ben Davis's children:
Sarah Elizabeth, Ruby, Thelma
Edith, Anna



Possibly children of Ben Davis  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Judging by the large number of girls, I believe these are
the same children.  Could the girl on the right in the back be Imogene?

Imogene was the subject for “I” in the 2013 A to Z Challenge as well. When I wrote about Imogene before, I was busy patting myself on the back for my clever detective work to discover her identity. If you care to read that story, click HERE

Since then I have learned one new piece of information about Imogene.  Through her obituary, I learned that Imogene married Walter Kesterson in December 1962.  So she was still a newlywed at the funeral, married not quite a year. 








This obituary was reprinted at GenealogyBank. 
Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA) - Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Deceased Name: Imogene D. Kesterson
Imogene Davis Kesterson, 91, of Bridgewater, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at the Bridgewater Home.

Mrs. Kesterson was born April 30, 1912, in Rockingham County, near Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Fleta Berry Davis.

She lived in Staunton before moving to Bridgewater four years ago and was a member of Greenville United Methodist Church. She was employed at Blue Bell, Duplan in Grottoes, and retired from Melpar in Arlington.

On Dec. 6, 1962, she married Walter H. Kesterson, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by four daughters, Margaret T. Comfort of Tempe, Ariz., Vera J. Good of Shenandoah, Burnell M. Comer of Davidsonville, Md., and Faye Crowe of Keezletown; two stepdaughters, Doris Fretwell of Staunton, and Gay Butcher of Florida; a brother, Benjamin Davis Jr. of Staunton; three sisters, Anna Kiracofe of Verona, Ruby Grant of Mint Springs, and Ruth Wilson of Lynhurst; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren.

The Rev. Stephen Creech will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Imogene Davis Kesterson tombstone  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
photo courtesy of JAC


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18 comments:

  1. Such cute picture. Love how all the girls have similar hair styles. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I know -- they are cute girls!
      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Families are amazing sources of cool stories, aren't they? I've discovered a few bits of tabloid-worthy items on my own bloodline... Maybe I'll do that for a future A-Z. Would be good motivation, I think :)

    Thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter earlier; looooved your comment :)

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    1. Yes, love the tabloid-worthy stories. I hope you'll consider that for AtoZ one day. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Another interesting family name!

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    1. It is - I hope it makes a comeback in the Baby Name books. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. quite a history. I'd say you are an excellent detective. Imogene is an interesting name.

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  5. Thanks for this. I agree with the others re:Imogene, and the loveliness of it.

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    1. You're very kind. Thanks for visiting.

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  6. I LOVE your blog! Great photos and stories. You've done a lot of research!

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    1. Thanks -- I appreciate it. And thanks for the visit.

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  7. So neat you have these photos. Some of your family names are quite unusual...Fleeta! Keep patting yourself on the back...this is all very good detective work and entertaining writing.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
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    1. I think "Fleeta" was a popular name back then. I've seen it often in my journeys through census records. I have 3 Fleetas and a Flena.

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  8. Some of the "older" names are coming back for popularity like Stella and Lucy, but I haven't seen/heard of any Imogene's lately. It is a pretty name.

    betty

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    1. Maybe it'll come back. Yes, lots of old fashioned names are very popular now.

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  9. What a wealth of information you have going on here. Isn't it fun to find new information about your family tree?

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    1. Yes, I love making a new discovery. Thanks for visiting.

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