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Gertrude Kuster (Dohrs)

Also Known As: "Grietgen", "Doors"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Katholisch, Toenisberg, Kempen, Herzogtum Kleve, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: February 28, 1708 (62)
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Theiss Mathias Dohrs and Neesgen op den Graeff
Wife of Paulus Kuster
Mother of Arnold Arndt Doors Kuster; Johannes Kuster; Matthys Von Haren Kusters; Reiner Kuster; Hermanus Streypers Küster and 16 others
Sister of Anna Entgen Dohrs; Peter Doors; Elizabeth Doors; Johanna Doors; Derrick Doors and 9 others

Occupation: Keeping House
Managed by: Rod Michael Johnson
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About Gertrude Kuster

Part 1

The Kester and Family Ancestry

The name of "Kester" is derived from the German word Kuster or Kuester, which is closely allied to the Holland family name of "Koster". The word "Kuster" is difficult to pronounce in English and probably for this reason has been changed by different American families to the form of "Kester", "Koster", "Custer"," and other similar names.

1- Paul Kuster, his wife Gertrude, and the three sons, Arnold, Johannes and Hermanus Kuster, immigrated to America Probably about 1685. They came from Crefeld, Germany , a city located on the lower Rhine near Holland and were among the first settlers of Germantown Pennsylvania, which has now become a part of the City of Philadelphia.

The name of Paul Kuster is given in a tax list of persons residing in Germantown in 1693, and the records show that he purchased fifty acres of land of Henry Bucholtz, December 4, 1704, and that he was chosen a committeeman of the corporation of Germanntown, December 2, 1700, and was appointed overseer of fences for that municipality, January 5, 1706. Kaldenkirchen is a small village in the forest near the Dutch border, and near Krefeld and Kempden. It escaped two world wars, and the Catholic and Reformed churches that the Kusters and the Doors attended still stand there, across the street from each other. The church has played a significant role in this family's history. The medieval coat of arms for the Custer family is a cross with two crossbars. The family name of Custer is the anglicized from of the German Kuster, which means "one in charge of the sacristy where the sacramental vessels are kept" This suggests that someone in the family held that position. Even today in Germany the custodian or sexton of the church is called the "Kuster". Of Paul's children, Arnold Kuster was probably the oldest. His wife's name was Elizabeth. Johannes was married in 1692 to Elizabeth Cassell. Hermanus was married in 1706 to Isabella Conrad. Paul and his sons, Arnold and Hermanus, were embers of the Mennonite Church, while Johannaes became a member of the Society of Friends or Quakers.

The Philadelphia Register of Wills, Book C, page 72, shows the estate of Paul Kuster and Gertrude, his wife. He left a nuncupative will, said to have been reduced to writing by Francis Daniel Pastorius, one of the prominent citizens of Germantown. It is dated January 28, 1707-8, and is signed by his sons " Arnolt Custer," "Hermanus Kuster" and Johannes Kosters," and by Dennis Cunders, John Cadwalader, Rynier vandersluys, Chr. Sprogal and Cornellis Dewees by his mark. The will was proved February 23, 1707-8 by Dennis Cunders and Cornelius Dewees, and it is therein stated that the testator "a mason", sick of body , but of perfect memory and disposing "mind",after the payment of his debts, gives all his property to his wife, Gertrude, for her life, and after her death is to be divided among his children. The inventory of the estate is signed by Dennis Cunders and Peiter Keyser. On the same day on which this will was proved, letters of administration were granted by Lieutenant Governor, John Evans, to "Arnold Kusturs", "Hermanus Kisturs", and Johannes Kosters" (named also in the letters as "Arnold Kustur," "Hermanus Custers" and "Johannes Kosters," and as "Arnolt Custurs," and "Hermanus Custurs" and "Johannes Custers" ) all of Germantown yeoman, on the estate of "Paul Kuster and Gertrude, his wife," wherein it is stated that Gertrude Kuster died soon after her husband.

It will be noticed that Paul \'s will this three sons, Arnold, Hermanus and Johannes Kuster, signed their names "Custer" "Kusters" and "Koster" respectively, and in the letters of administration on the estate of Paul and his wife the names of his sons( through no doubt here written by a clerk) are spelled in several different ways, and subsequent records show still greater changes in these names amoung later generations. The descendants of Arnold Kuster have spelled the name "Kustur", "Kostard,: "Kister," "Kisher", and "all sorts of ways", the descendants of Hermanus Kuster are believed, in main have spelled it "Custer,", and all descendants of Johannes Kuster or Koster, so far as known, have spelled it "Kester".



From:The Pound and Kester families: containing an account of the ancestry of John Pound (born in 1735) and William Kester (born in 1733) and a genealogical record of all their descendants and other family historical matter, Regan Printing House, 1904, p.302, found on Google Books

	 1645 - Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Death: February 23, 1708 (63) - Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Gertrude Op Den Graeff DOORS was born about 1645 in Kaldenkirchen, Lower Rhine, Prussia, German.(2669) She was buried in 1708 in Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pa..(2670) She died on 28 Feb 1708 in Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pa.. (2671) Parents: Matthias Grietes DOORS and Agnes Hallerken Op Den GRAEFF.

She was married to Paulus Von Haren CUSTER on 16 Oct 1668 in Reformed Church, Kaldenkirchen, Germany.(2672) Children were: Eva Doors KUSTER.

"The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine"Volume XXXI 1980 number 3 in an article titled "The Ancestry of the Thirteen Krefeld Emigrants of 1683" by William Niepoth translated byJohn Brockie Lukens page 506. her parents were persecuted. Account taken from the "julich-Berg Histrical Journal.

'Pennsylvania German Roots Across the Ocean, page 99 - '

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Gertrude Kuster's Timeline

October 16, 1645
Kempen, Herzogtum Kleve, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
June 9, 1669
Age 23
Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
December 10, 1670
Age 25
Kaldenkirchen, Nettetal, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
December 6, 1671
Age 26
Crefeld, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
February 12, 1674
Age 28
Crefeld, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfeld, Germany
December 26, 1677
Age 32
Kaldenkirchen, Rheinland, Prussia, Germany
October 19, 1681
Age 36
Nettetal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
March 9, 1687
Age 41
Kaldenkirchen, Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Age 42
Nettetal, Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany