Orange County

Kesterson Cemetery
Lat 38 26' 20" N  Long 86 36' 8"W
Moved to Patoka Memorial Cemetery December 14, 1976
The original Kesterson Cemetery was located in Hall Township, Dubois County.

These are children of Jonathan and Mary Ann (Painter) Kesterson. Sons Alfred and Samuel were killed in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the largest Civil War battle fought in Kentucky. Jonathan brought his sons home and buried them on the family farm in Hall Township. George Wilson's "Historical Notes On Dubois County" indicates a Solomon Kesterson was also buried at the original location, and is so listed in Dubois County Genealogical Society Cemetery Inscriptions Book 7. The Genealogical Society inscription books were published after the Patoka Lake affected cemeteries were moved, and prior records were used where available in order to provide more complete burial information. 

 Genealogist Marvin Beatty wrote "Fred Dillard once told me that when he would walk to Cuzco from his house he would take a short cut and pass these graves. He said he did so the morning he went to Cuzco to catch the train that would take him off to war in WW 1. He said he paused at the graves and wondered if the same fate awaited him."

Photographed October 18, 2009 by Charlie Tredway. All photographs Copyright   Charlie Tredway 
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Notes in parentheses are from personal files. Some information, no longer legible, is taken from G. R. Wilson's 1933 transcription, as noted.
Copyright   Charlie Tredway and Orange County INGenWeb
Last NameFirst NameBornDiedOtherPhoto
KestersonAlfred(1841)*10/8/1862Fell at Perryville 
KestersonSamuel(4/26/1847)*10/8/1862Fell at Perryville Aged 15y 5m 12d
KestersonBenjamin F(1843)*4/3/186249th Ind Infantry (Died at Cumberland Ford)
KestersonEliza J(11/21/1861)*   10/13/1862Daughter of J & M Kesterson Aged 10m 22d
KestersonSolomon       (From DCGS Cemtery Inscriptions Volume 7)N/A
* Dates taken from other files or calculated from age and date of death.