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Patrick Hester/Hestor, son of James and Mary Donohoe Hester, was born in Co.
Roscommon in January, 1848.

At the time of the 1881 census, he was living in Bolton, Lancashire Co. England along with several other Roscommon families who had gone to England for work. Patrick emigrated in 1883 and married Mary Finneran Riley, also from Roscommon and widow of Terence Riley, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. Mary was the mother of Ellen and twins John and Katie. Son Thomas Hester was born in December 1884.

From the City Directories, it appears that Patrick was employed as a gardener for the Menands Nursery for a year or two. From that time on, Patrick was a gardener at the Proudfit Estate. The family lived for many years on Vandenburgh Ave. Patrick was killed by a train near the head of 12th Street in Watervliet in early December 1915.

Step daughter Ellen Riley married David Morrow. John Riley married Margaret Smith who died in 1905 and then Elizabeth Hooley. John died in 1910. I have no record of Katie Riley's marriage or death and believe she died young.

Son Thomas Hester married Anna Elizabeth Slavin at St. Bernard's Church in Cohoes.?

Researcher: Lynne Sisk

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