James Lester was a Revolutionary War Soldier who served in the Georgia Troops; also a Soldier of the War of 1812. He was listed among the early pioneers and settlers to Newberry County, South Carolina (Newberry County SC History and Genealogy by Summer, p. 4). “Early pioneers and settlers were Scotch-Irish, Irish, German, mingled with English and French in a smaller degree; southwest of the Town of Prosperity were such pioneers as Archibald Boyd from Pennsylvania, James Leter, Samuel McQueens, Nathan Hunter and others.” Lester ultimately settled in Baldwin County and was buried in the Lester Family Cemetery 8 miles North of Milledgeville on Hwy 24 in a field on the left side of the road.
The D.A.R. started placing markers on the graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers in Georgia in 1912. This unselfish service has resulted in many persons locating their ancestors. Their purpose was “to perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independance by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and erection of monuments…”
Actually, all genealogists should receive an award for the preservation of family histories throughout the ages.