John Lester was born 1809 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. John was a potter which was the main industry in that part of Staffordshire now known as Stoke Upon Trent. He moved to St Helens, Lancashire, England sometime before 1841 where he met and married Ann Penketh. John Lester Died 21 Aug 1865 near the pottery in Whiston, Lancashire, England.
Ann Penketh was born 17 Mar 1804 in Windle, Lancashire, England to Henry Penketh and Mary Frier. Ann's father Henry was born 26 Oct 1766 in Sankey, Lancashire, England. Her mother Mary Frier was born 8 Mar 1770 in Orford, Warrington Cheshire, England. John and Ann had six children Mary, Robert, Henry, John, George, and Richard. Ann (Penketh) Lester died 19 Jun 1889 in St Helens, Lancashire, England. She was intered in St Helens Cemetery.