Fearless Females: 27 Female Ancestors Share My First Name!

This is my entry for Day 3:  Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

My first name is Catherine and I share it with the following 27 ancestors (mostly maternal, only 5 are paternal and marked with an *):

mother, Catherine Josette WILDINGER
great-grandmother, Catherine PÖPPELREITER
great-grandmother, Catherine FRANTZ
3rd great-grandmothers, Maria Katharina GROELINGER
3rd great-grandmothers, Catherine SCHRAMEN
3rd great-grandmothers, Marie Catherine PHILIPPART
4th great-grandmother, Maria Catharina SCHUMACHER
4th great-grandmother, Catharina HAMES
4th great-grandmother, Catharina CORNELY
4th great-grandmother, Anne Catherine HENNES
4th great-grandmother, Catherine MEUNIER
5th great-grandmother, Katharina KLEIN
5th great-grandmother, Maria Katharina HUSS
5th great-grandmother, Catherine Barbara NOLL *
5th great-grandmother, Catherine SINGER
5th great-grandmother, Catherine ARENT
5th great-grandmother, Marie-Cathérine HASTERT
6th great-grandmother, Catharina RONES
6th great-grandmother, Catherine PLICKENSTALVER *
7th great-grandmother, Marie Catherine [–?–] HUSS (descended from her twice)
7th great-grandmother, Catherine SETON
7th great-grandmother, Anne-Catherine ECKART
8th great-grandmother, Catharina KUENZ *
8th great-grandmother, Katharina B. [–?–] BLICKENSDOERFER *
8th great-grandmother, Catherine LEPINE
9th great-grandmother, Catherine RATZEN
12th great-grandmother, Katherine (Honeywood) FLEETE *

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John LESTER I & Catherine PLICKENSTALVER

Door16John LESTER I (1751-1825) and his wife Catherine PLICKENSTALVER (abt. 1759-1833) of Montgomery County, Virginia.

Although I have many descendants listed for this ancestral couple, I haven’t done very much research on them. This is mainly due to the fact that others have shared their extensive research:

In 1996 Marguerite Tise wrote “The Lester Family of Floyd and Montgomery County Virginia”

Copy available online: Tise’s book (pdf)

Barbara Reininger’s site on Floyd County, Virginia:
RootsWeb site which is at present offline (July 2018)
includes two pages on the Lester families of that county:
Lester page 1 (unavailable due to Ancestry taking down the RootsWeb private websites
Lester page 2 (idem)

Jerry Curtis Lester’s genealogy site:
JerryLester.com

Jerry Curtis Lester Genealogy – GEDCOM file:
John LESTER

Chad K. Flentje’s site:
The Lester Family

Marguerite Tise’s information has been used by many including Jerry Lester and Chad Flentje. Barbara Reininger cites Tise but uses mainly county and census records for Floyd County.

There are likely many more sites online with information on the LESTER family but the above were around when I first began doing genealogy research on the internet in 2000.

Seventeen years ago Marguerite wrote, in her book, “Intensive efforts have been made by family members and researchers over the years to locate John Lester’s father and ancestors in Pennsylvania, but with no success up to the present time.” It would be nice to be part of this discovery when it is made. Hopefully, it will not be another 17 years before this happens.

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