Nester Saint John was born in New York in 1825. Nester was the wife of Benjamin St John. The couple joined the Gold Rush and mined in Grass Valley for a few years before settling in San Francisco. Her daughter was artist Eda St John Smitten.
Exh: Mechanics' Institute (SF), 1864.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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