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The Mary Beth Kestner Family Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

We are researching the surnames Kestner (possibly Kistner, Kastner, Kisner or other variations), Jones, Conley, Wheeler, McKenzie and Salyer.
We know that the Conley's and Salyer's came from North Carolina.
The Conley's coming mostly from Wilkes County, N.C. Then the families moved to Virginia and eventually settled ( early to mid 1800's) in and around Paintsville, KY (Johnson County). The other families were also in the area during and after this time.

We are Currently looking for information on Merchant Kestner (or variations of the surname Kestner). Merchant was born in July 1846 probably in Virginia although some accounts report he may have been foreign. He is listed as Merchant Kisner of Virginia according to census records of 1860. In 1880 Married Mahala A. Wheeler of Johnson County, KY. Together they had 9 children. Merchant and Mahala Lived until after 1910 they are buried in Johnson County, KY near the Hager family plot in unmarked graves. Mahala was Merchant's 2nd wife. We are looking for information and name of his 1st wife plus any tidbits regarding Merchant.

Thanks so much! Any information on any part of our family would be greatly appreciated!

Mary Beth Kestner
1346 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, OH 45506
United States
Fax: 937-322-7386

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