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Arnold Arndt Doors Kuster

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death: Died in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Germantown Mennonite Church Cemetery, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Paulus Kuster, Sr. and Gertrude (Streyper) Streyhers Kuster
Husband of Elizabeth Rebecca Kuster; Gertrut Kuster and Rebecca Nuzum Schuler
Father of Katharine Kuster; Arent Custer; Catherine Custer; Conrad Custer; Catharine C Kuster and 8 others
Brother of Johannes Kuster; Matthys Von Haren Kusters; Reiner Kuster; Anna Kuster; Hermanus Streypers Küster and 7 others

Occupation: bricklayer
Managed by: Private User
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About Arnold Arndt Doors Kuster

Arnold B. Doors or Aret Custer or Kuster, Sr.

Arnold Custer was born Abt. 1669 in Kaldenkirchen, Germany (Source: Chester E. Custer, "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage Volume IX, Number 3 July 1986 "The Kusters and Doors of Kaldenkirchen, Germany, and Germantorwn, Pennsylvania," page 28, Arnold was baptized on June 9, 1669. The witnesses at his baptism were Stina Swig, Ans Strypers (presumed to be Anna, Gertrude's sister), and Noulis Guys, wife of Mattis Custers, brother of Paulus.), and died 1739 in Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Gertrut Conrads 24 Jun 1691 in Krefeld, Germany. He married (2) Rebecca ? Abt. 1699 in Pennsylvania.

In "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage" Volume IX Number 3 July 1986 there is an article by Chester E. Custer titled "The Kusters and Doors of

Kaldenkirchen, Germany, and Germantown, Pennsylvania". Researchers should try to obtain a copy of this article as Chester goes over the research done by Niepoth, Becker, Rotthoff, Lenders, Nieper and others to give us a better understanding of the early hisory of the family. Chester also visited the churches in Kaldenkirchen associated with the family and was assisted by Leo Peters, a professional archivist and linguist of Kaldenkirchen, in translating records. Chester also did research in Krefeld, in the Mennonite library in the Weierhof and in the archives at Dusseldorf.

Arnold is a witness to the will of his father, Paulus, in Will Book C, no 58, p. 72 Register of wills Office, Philadelphia County Courthouse,

Philadelphia, PA, USA "Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kustes" edith by Jean White. --------------------

ARNOLD b. Bef. 1669

Arnold Kuster came to Germantown with his parents. He had married Gertrude

Conrads/Conratz in Kaldenkirchen, but it is unknown exactly where and when she

died. Conrad Kuster is probably her son. After Gertrude's death, Arnold married

Rebecca, and they are the ancestors of General George Armstrong Custer. In

1699, Arnold purchased Lot 6 in Germantown from Paul Engel. This lot was next

door to Cornelius Dewees, who was married to Arnold's sister, Margaret. In 1702,

he was asked to be a committeeman of Germantown, but declined, because of

religious objection to taking an oath in court. Arnold and his brother, Hermanus,

were active Mennonites in PA. Between 1703 and 1708, a log church was built

for the Mennonites, and Arnold, Hermanus, and Elizabeth Kuster were members.

Arnold was a bricklayer. In 1702, Arnold was on a list as having sent his children

to a school in Germantown called Friends School, taught by Francis Daniel

Pastorius. After 1714, Arnold moved to western Philadelphia Co., an area now

Berks Co., where he bought 316 acres in Manatawney Tract of New Hanover Tp.,

for his children. Arnold died in 1739 in Hanover Tp., Philadelphia Co., PA, and was

buried in the Manatawney Cemetery (Mennonite). Letters of Administration were

granted to his brother, Hermanus, Dec. 22, 1739.

In "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage" Volume IX Number 3 July 1986 there is

an article by Chester E. Custer titled "The Kusters and Doors of Kaldenkirchen,

Germany, and Germantown, Pennsylvania". Researchers should try to obtain a

copy of this article as Chester goes over the research done by Niepoth, Becker,

Rotthoff, Lenders, Nieper and others to give us a better understanding of the early

hisory of our family. Chester also visited the churches in Kaldenkirchen associated

with the family and was assisted by Leo Peters, a professional archivist and linguist

of Kaldenkirchen, in translating records. Chester also did research in Krefeld, in the

Mennonite library in the Weierhof and in the archives at Dusseldorf.

Arnold is a witness to the will of his father, Paulus, in Will Book C, no 58, p. 72

Register of wills Office, Philadelphia County Courthouse, Philadelphia, PA

The Renunciation of Right to Administer: Estate of Arnold Kuster, Dec 22,

1739 is file no 35, Orphans' Court, Philadelphia, Pa. The Administrator's Bond,

Estate of Arnold Kuster, 1739, is file no. 35, Orphans' Court, Philadelphia, PA.

The Deed, Arnold Kuster's heirs to James Brooke, 1740, is in Deed book 32, p. 90,

Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown, PA.

The

witnesses at his baptism were Stina Swig, Ans Strypers (presumed to be Anna,

Gertrude's sister), and Noulis Guys, wife of Mattis Custers, brother of Paulus.),

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Arnold Arndt Doors Kuster's Timeline

1669
June 9, 1669
Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
June 9, 1669
Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
September 6, 1669
Ref.Ch, Kaldenkirchen, Germany
September 6, 1669
Evangelical Reformed Church,Kaldenkirchen,Rheinland,Preussen, Germany
September 6, 1669
Ref.ch, Kaldenkirchen, Germany
1691
June 24, 1691
Age 22
Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
1693
1693
Age 23
Germantown, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1694
1694
Age 24
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1695
1695
Age 25
Germantown, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1695
Age 25
Germantown, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA