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William Clare Nestor[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1909 - 1952


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  • Alt. Birth  11 Aug 1909  [1
    • Several sources show an exact date of birth for William C. Nestor. His birth certificate shows that he was born 11 Aug 1909, but his death certificate, tombstone, and obituary show the date as 12 Aug 1909.

      The birth certificate, although typically viewed as a primary source, was not filed until Feb 27 (no year given). At a minimum, the filing would have been made six months after the event. Also no informant's name was provided, only a signature of the "Professional Attendant," which appears to be something like "CMd Wining."

      The tombstone, on the other hand, was most likely erected by his widow, who certainly would have been likely to know the date his birthday was traditionally celebrated.

      Therefore, I have listed the tombstone date as primary and the birth certificate date as the alternate. Because there is only one day's difference, the conflict is not so large that lineage would be in question.

      In addition, only his middle initial is shown all almost all documents. However, it is spelled out a couple of times in his military papers, once as "Claire" and another time as "Clare." Family tradition has it that the spelling should be Clare after County Clare in Ireland, where the Nestor clan supposedly originated.
    Born  12 Aug 1909  , Franklin Furnace, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7, 8
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    Christened  29 Aug 1909  75 Church Street, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Gender  Male 
    Census: Federal  19 Apr 1910  , Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • 1) William C. Nestor, head, white male age 25, married 1 year, born in NJ, father born in VT, mother born in NJ, bookeeper in an office, rents a home
      2) Fannie Nestor, wife, white female age 22, born in PA, parents born in PA
      3) William Nestor, son, white male age 8/12, born in NJ
    City/Town Formation  29 May 1913  [10
    Hardyston was incorporated as the Borough of Franklin 
    Census: Federal  Jan 1920  136 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • 1) William Nestor, head, white male age 35, born in NJ, father born in VT, mother born in NJ, employment agent for zinc mill
      2) Fannie Nestor, wife, white female age 32, born in PA, father born in NY, mother born in PA
      3) William Jr. Nestor, son, single white male age 10, born in NJ, attended school
      4) Robert Nestor, son, single white male age 8, born in NJ, attended school
      5) John Nestor, son, single white male age 7, born in NJ, attended school
      6) Francis Nestor, son, single white male age 5 6/12, born in NJ, attended school
      7) Caroline Nestor, daughter, single white female age 3 6/12, born in NJ
      8) Ellen Nestor, daughter, single white female age 1 6/12, born in NJ
      9) Estella Kozlowski, work girl, single white female age 19, born in NJ, parents born in Poland, servant
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    Census: Federal  11 Apr 1930  Barnett Avenue, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    US Marine Corps Base 
    • 1) William C. Nestor, mate, white male age 20, born in NJ, father born in NJ, mother born in PA, private, US marine corps
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    Military Service  1927-1931  [7, 8
    Private in the 87th Company, Signal Battalion, of the U.S. Marine Corps 
    • At age 18, Bill was accepted for enlistment at New York, New York, and he began his military career at the marine barracks of Paris Island, South Carolina on 25 Oct 1927. His occupation was listed as an "electrician," and he earned a marksman qualification on 1 May 1931. He also earned a specialist rating as a "radio operator," and on 12 May 1931 was appointed specialist fourth class, for duty as Instructor in the Radio School.

      He served in Nicaragua from 22 Aug 1928 - 7 April 1930 and was involved in the Nicaraugan Conflict. From 29 Jun 1930 to 30 July 1930, he was at Coco Solo, a United States Navy submarine base established in 1918 on the Atlantic Ocean (northwest) side of the Panama Canal Zone, near Colón, Panama. He was honorably discharged "for his own convenience" on 24 Jul 1931 at Quantico, Virginia.

      During his military career, he was ranked as "excellent" in military efficiency, obedience, and sobriety. His service was also described as "honest and faithful." He completed a course of study on 23 Jan 1929 during his tenure, in which he earned a mark of 3.21. His military records from this time period showed that he was 65 inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.

      A letter dated 24 Jul 1931 from Charles A. Stepanof, First Sergeant at the 87th Company, Signal Battalion in Quantico, Virginia revealed:

      "William C. Nestor, recently discharged from the United States Marine Corps, this post was under my direct supervision for more than three years and I do not hesitate to recommend him highly for any position he may wish to attain in civilian life. In his work in this organization and other work similar, in the "TROPICS" he maintained an excellent conduct record and was always enthusiastic and conscientious in his work. I always found Nestor to be extremely neat in personal appearance, of excellent moral character and courteous to everyone."
    Occupation  1931-1933 
    Service Station 
    • According to his resume, from 1931-1933 Bill listed "Service Station" as his occupation.
    Residence  1932-1942  420 Rutherford Avenue, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  29 Jul 1933-1 Jun 1942  [7, 13
    acting postmaster of Franklin, New Jersey 
    • He was officially appointed postmaster on 27 Aug, 1935 and served in this position until 1 Jun 1942. His ending salary was $2,400 per annum.
    Occupation  8 May 1942-8 Dec 1942 
    radio operator and navigator for Pan American Airways-Africa, Ltd. 
    Occupation  5 Jan 1943-1947 
    warrant radio electrician for the United States Maritime Service 
    Occupation  1947-1951 
    employee for the New York State Training School for Boys in Warwick, NY 
    Move  1942-1952  45 Colonial Avenue, Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    News Article 
    • RECEIVES WAR MEDAL

      Postmaster William Nestor Jr., of Franklin, was presented by the Government with a medal for distinguished service as a radio operator with the marines at Nicaragua, in the round-up of Sandin[?], the outlaw leader. The medal was presented to Mr. Nestor Monday night on the occasion of his initiation into the Paterson Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served four years with the U. S. Marines, two of which were spent in Nicaragua during the troublous era serveral years ago. The awarding of this medal came as a complete surprise to Mr. Nestor
    Occupation  1951-1 Feb 1952  , Camp (now Fort) Gordon, Richmond County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    instructor for the U. S. Army Radio School 
    • He resigned for "personal reasons," which undoubtably included the geographic distance between him and his family.

      Ironically, he died just a little over a year later while shovelling snow. He was only 42 years old. A letter received by his widow from the General Secretary-treasurer of The Radio Officers' Union stated:

      "Dear Mrs. Nestor:
      This will acknowledge receipt of your letter dated March 25, 1952 and you may rest assured that I was not only very much surprised but considerably shoked when I learned of the death of your husband. It only goes to show that one never knows when the end will come.

      I knew Bill quite well when he shipped out here during the war and I found him to be [a] very able and efficient Radio Officer as well as a very likeable man personally. I am very sorry that he has gone and left us as well as you and I hereby extend to you my deepest sympathy in your hour of tragedy."
    Died  10 Mar 1952  3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, District of Columbia County, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Cause: (a) myocardial infarction (1 day); (b) circulatory callopel[?] (6 hours); (c) pulmonary ed 
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    Obituary  12 Mar 1952 
    • "WILLIAM C. NESTOR

      William C. Nestor of Warwick died Monday in Washington, D. C. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Immaculate Conception R. C. Church in Franklin, N. J. Interment will be in Ogdensburg Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Franklin tonight.

      Born in Franklin on August 12, 1909, he was a son of William C. and Fannie Oliver Nestor Sr. He was employed by the government in the field of radio communications.

      Mr. Nestor is survived by his wife, the former Katherine R. Reilly, of Warwick, three children, Robert, Marion and John all at home; his mother, brothers Dr. John Nestor, Joseph and Edward of Arlington, Va.; Francis of Franklin and Paul of New York; three sisters, Mrs. Ted Jonson of Great Neck, L. I.; Mrs. Ray Gardiner of Tulsa, Okla. and Mrs. Hugh Hoade of Flushing, L. I."
    Obituary  12 Mar 1952 
    • Wm. C. Nestor Jr.
      Rites in Franklin

      FRANKLIN--William C. Nestor Jr., formerly of Franklin, instructor in the Army radio service at Camp Gordon, Ga., died Monday at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, of a heart attack. He was stricken while visiting his mother, Mrs. Fanny Oliver Nestor, in Arlington, Va.

      Mr. Nestor was born here 42 years ago and formerly was post-master of the Franklin Post Office. He served in the Marine Corps from 1927 to 1931. He was a member of the VFW and the Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church, Franklin.

      He also leaves his wife, Mrs. Katherine Riley Nestor; two sons, Robert and John, and a daughter, Marian, all of Warwick, N. Y., where Mr. Nestor made his home; five brothers, Dr. John Nestor, Joseph Nesetor and Edward Nestor, all of Arlington, Va., Edwin Nestor of Franklin and Paul Nestor of New York, and three sisters, Mrs. Ted Johnston and Mrs. Hugh Hoade, both of Long Island, and Mrs. Raymond Gardner of Oklahoma.

      The funeral will be tomorrow at 9 A. M. from the Ramsey Funeral Home, 1 Main street, Franklin, to Immaculate Conception Church, where a high requiem mass will be offered at 9:30. Burial will be in St. Thomas's Cemetery, Ogdensburg.
    Obituary  13 Mar 1952  , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The New Jersey Herald 
    • "WILLIAM C. NESTOR: Franklin-William C. Nestor, Jr. instructor at the U. S. Army Radio Service, at Camp Gordon, Ga., died Monday at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D. C., following a heart attack.

      Mr. Nestor was born in Franklin 42 years ago the son of Mrs. Fanny Oliver Nestor and the late William C. Nestor, Sr. He was a former postmaster in the Franklin Post Office, a member of the V. F. W., and the Holy Name Society of the Immaculate Conception Church. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1927 to 1931, and saw service in the Nicaraguan Rebellion.

      He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine Reilly Nestor; two sons, Robert and John; a daughter, Marion, of Warwick, N. Y.; his mother, Mrs. Fanny Nestor, of Arlington, Va.; five brothers, Dr. John O. Nestor, and Joseph E. Nestor, of Arlington, Va.; Edwin F., of Franklin; Paul, of New York City, and Edward, of Arlington, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Ted Johnson and Mrs. Hugh Hoade, of Long Island, and Mrs Raymond Gardner, of Oklahoma.

      Funeral will be today (Thursday) from the Ramsey Funeral Home, 1 Main street, Franklin, at 9 a. m. to the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 9:30 a. m. High mass will be offered. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Ogdensburg."
    Obituary  13 Mar 1952  , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The New Jersey Herald 
    • "WILLIAM C. NESTOR: FRANKLIN-Funeral services for William C. Nestor Jr. were held today, at 9 a. m. from the Ramsey Funeral Home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, where a high mass of requiem was held at 9:30. Burial was in St. Thomas' Cemetery, Ogdensburg.

      Mr. Nestor died suddenly at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington where he had been visiting his mother for two weeks. He was 42. He was born in Franklin, the son of Fannie Oliver Nestor and the late William C. Nestor Sr. He had served in the U. S. Marine Corp. from 1927-1931 and fought in the Nicaraguan Rebellion. He was with the Merchant Marines during World War II. He served as postmaster at Franklin prior to 1942, was a member of the Franklin VFW, and a member of the Holy Name Society of the Immaculate Conception Church. Until recently, Mr. Nestor was employed as instructor in U. S. Army Radio at Camp Gordon in Georgia.

      Mr. Nestor is survived by his wife, Katherine Reilly Nestor of Warwick; two sons, Robert and John; one daughter, Marian, all at home; his mother; five brothers, Dr. John O., Joseph E. and Edward, all of Arlington, Va., Paul of New York City, and Edwin F. of Franklin; three sisters, Mrs. Ted Jonson and Mrs. Hugh Hoade of Long Island, and Mrs. Raymond Gardner of Oklahoma."
    Buried  13 Mar 1952  St. Thomas Cemetery, Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
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    Obituary  20 Mar 1952  , Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary Notes

      William C. Nestor
      Funeral services were held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Franklin, N. J., last Thursday morning for William C. Nestor, whose death in Washington, D. C. on March 4 was briefly noted in this paper last week. Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery, Ogdensburg, N. J.

      Mr. Nestor was born in Franklin 42 years ago, the son of William C. Nestor and Fanny Oliver. He was a former postmaster at Franklin, a member of the Holy Name Society of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the Marine Corps from 1927 to 1931, and saw service in the Nicaraguan revolution. For some time he had been a resident in this village, where his family remained while he was an instructor at the Army Radio School at Camp Gordon, Ga.

      He married the former Katherine Reilly of this village, who survives with two sons, Robert and John; a daughter, Marion, of Warwick; his mother, Mrs. Fanny Nestor of Arlington, Va., five brothers, Dr. John O. Nestor and Joseph E. Nestor of Arlington, Va., Edwin F. of Franklin, Paul of New York City, and Edward of Arlington, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Ted Johnson and Mrs. Hugh Hoade of Long Island, and Mrs. Raymond Gardner of Oklahoma.
    Name  Bill 
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    • (Medical):Autopsy findings showed mycardial infarction - antero, and lateral coronary ideroses.
    Person ID  I349  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Father  William Christopher Nestor,   b. 13 Dec 1884, , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1935, Post Graduate Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Fannie Oliver,   b. 21 Nov 1888, , Hunlock, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1962, 1701 North George Mason Drive, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  Between 20 Apr 1908 and 19 Apr 1909  , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F113  Group Sheet

    Family  Katherine Margaret Reilly,   b. 30 Nov 1907, , Chester, Orange County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 2006, , Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Oct 1932  75 Sandfordville Road, Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Marriage Announcement  28 Oct 1932  , Wantage, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Wantage Recorder 
    • NESTOR-REILLY

      Miss Catherine Reilly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reilly, of Warwick N.Y. and William C. Nestor, son of William C. Nestor Sr., of Franklin were married Saturday morning at Warwick, N.Y. by Rev. Mathew Duggan, of the St. Stevens R. C. Church. The couple were attended by Franacis Keslo of Franklin and Miss Josephine Hackett, of Warwick N.Y. After a wedding trip the couple will reside in Ogdensburg at the home of Henry Epple. Mr. Nestor was with the Signal battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Quantico until two years ago.
    Children 
     1. Robert Patrick Nestor, Sr.,   b. 13 Dec 1933, Franklin Hospital, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Marion Claire Nestor,   b. 21 Aug 1935, , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1994, , Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Living
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F165  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1909 - , Franklin Furnace, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Aug 1909 - 75 Church Street, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 19 Apr 1910 - , Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - Jan 1920 - 136 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - US Marine Corps Base - 11 Apr 1930 - Barnett Avenue, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Oct 1932 - 75 Sandfordville Road, Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Announcement - The Wantage Recorder - 28 Oct 1932 - , Wantage, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1932-1942 - 420 Rutherford Avenue, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - to - 1942-1952 - 45 Colonial Avenue, Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - instructor for the U. S. Army Radio School - 1951-1 Feb 1952 - , Camp (now Fort) Gordon, Richmond County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: (a) myocardial infarction (1 day); (b) circulatory callopel[?] (6 hours); (c) pulmonary ed - 10 Mar 1952 - 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, District of Columbia County, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The New Jersey Herald - 13 Mar 1952 - , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The New Jersey Herald - 13 Mar 1952 - , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 13 Mar 1952 - St. Thomas Cemetery, Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - 20 Mar 1952 - , Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S810] New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Vital Statistics, (Customer Service Unit, Trenton, New Jersey), certificate of birth for William Nestor, Jr., state file no. 168.

    2. [S739] Church of the Immaculate Conception, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, certificate of Baptism for William Nestor [Jr.] (1909).

    3. [S810] New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Vital Statistics, (Customer Service Unit, Trenton, New Jersey), certificate of birth for Robert Patrick Nestor, Sr., 13 Dec 1933.

    4. [S739] Church of the Immaculate Conception, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, certificate of Baptism for Robert Patrick Nestor [Sr.] (1933).

    5. [S739] Church of the Immaculate Conception, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, William C. Nestor, Jr. prayer card.

    6. [S737] District of Columbia Vital Records, (Vital Records Office, Washington, District of Columbia), death certificate for William C. Nestor, 10 Mar 1952, file no. 514371.

    7. [S373] The New Jersey Herald, Newton, New Jersey, on microfilm, (Newton, New Jersey: Sussex County Library), obituary for William C. Nestor, Jr., Thursday, 13 Mar 1952 (morning & evening editions).

    8. [S370] St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, grave marker for William C. Nestor Jr, photographed by Marghie Nestor Howard, 16 Jun 2004.

    9. [S568] 1910 U.S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), William C. Nestor household, Hardyston, district 174, dwelling 73, family 87, page 5A; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T624, roll 909.

    10. [S395] Franklin Borough, Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World, Then & Now, The Franklin Bicentennial Commission, (November, 1976), page 41.

    11. [S569] 1920 U.S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), William Nestor household, 136 Main St., Franklin Borough, district 129, dwelling & family 84, page 4A; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T625, roll 1068.

    12. [S1320] 1930 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, California, San Diego County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), T626, roll 191, US Marine Corps Base, San Diego, enumeration district (ED) 55, p. 9B, William C. Nestor, accessed 1 Jul 2008, 1 Jul 2008.

    13. [S395] Franklin Borough, Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World, Then & Now, The Franklin Bicentennial Commission, (November, 1976), 41-42.

    14. [S373] The New Jersey Herald, Newton, New Jersey, on microfilm, (Newton, New Jersey: Sussex County Library), obituary for William C. Nestor, Thursday, 13 Mar 1952, evening edition.

    15. [S373] The New Jersey Herald, Newton, New Jersey, on microfilm, (Newton, New Jersey: Sussex County Library), obituary for William C. Nestor, Thursday, 13 Mar 1952, morning edition.