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Johannes Kuster

Also Known As: "Johannes Custer"
Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Kaldenkirchen, Nettetal, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: August 06, 1708 (37)
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Paulus Kuster; Paulus Kuster; Gertrude Kuster and Gertrude Kuster
Husband of Elizabeth Kuster
Father of Jacob Custer; Christiana Custer; Arnold Custer; John Kuster; Samuel Custer and 11 others
Brother of Arnold Kuster; Matthys Von Haren Kusters; Reinhart Kuster; Hermanus Streypers Küster; Kumanus Kuesters and 5 others

Occupation: Farmer/Burgess o Germantown, arrived in U.S. - Germantown PA about 1684,
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About Johannes Kuster


"Johannes Küster or Koster, a son of Paul and Gertrude Küster, came with his parents from Crefeld, Germany, to America probably about 1685; and his name is given in a list of the thirty-four first inhabitants of Germantown, Pennsylvania, naturalized by the Deputy Governor the third month and 7th day, 1691, and is marked as a Quaker (Manuscript Book about Germantown in Pennsylvania Historical Society). The records show he was living at Bristol in 1693, and that he purchased some land at Skippack, in 1704, where he perhaps located for a while, though he doubtless resided at Germantown during the other years subsequent to his coming to America and prior to his death."

Paul Kester, a son of Johannes and Elizabeth (Cassell), Kuster or Koster, was born at Germantown, Pennsylvania, probably about the year 1706. His parents were Quakers, and he had a birthright membership with the same society, but whether he retained this membership is not certain, as his name has not been found on the rolls or in the minutes of any of the monthly meetings of friends who have preserved their records thought it is a tradition among some of this descendants that he was a Quaker. His father's name was spelled Kuster and Koster, and other similar ways but the only records of his own name which we found is given as Kester. This is shown in the record of the of his marriage, which is given in the Pennsylvania Archives- New Series, Volume Nine, page 40, which contains a copy of the records of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, wherein is recorded the marriage of Paul Kester and Ruth Kitchen on the 17th day of the 9th month, 1730. He is known to have had 3 children; William Kester, probably the oldest, born about 1733; Rebecca Kester born the 12th day of the 12th month, 1738 and John Kester, born on the 31st day of 7th month, 1744; and he is believed to have had a son, Samuel Kester, the date of whose birth is unknown. It is said he died when his children were yet young, and this would indicate that his death occurred about 1745 to 1750. His daughter Rebecca, married Joseph Webster in 1768, his son John (see Appendix K) married Hannah Webster in 1766, his son Samuel married Leah Vickers in 1759 (Buckingham m. m. records) and the record of his son William is given below.

Taken from The Pound and Kester Families: containing an account of the ancestry of John Pound, page 305-306 -

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.303, found on Google Books

'The above entry, showing "Gertrude (Streyper) Kuster", has been proved to be incorrect. It was obtained by someone misreading information. Gertrude is a Doors, her sister Anna Doors, married Johann Streypers.

This is a lead, it is someone's tree made on FTM, it is not a confirmed source. "Paulus and Gertrude had seven known children, all of whom were baptized in the Reformed church at Kaldenkirchen." (cites baptismal information from the Kaldenkirchen Reformed Church Records).

     Arnold was baptized on June 9, 1669.
     Johannes was baptized on October 12, 1670.


2. i. ARNOLD5 CUSTER, b. Abt. 1669, Kaldenkirchen, Germany; d. 1739, Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

 	ii. 	  	JOHANNES CUSTER, b. Abt. 1670, Germany (Source: Chester E. Custer, "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage Volume IX, Number 3 July 1986 "The Kusters and Doors of Kaldenkirchen, Germany, and Germantown, Pennsylvania," page 28, Johannes was baptized on October 12, 1670. Jyn Huylkins and Agnes Doors, Gertrude's mother, were the witnesses. Both Arnold and Johannes would have been baptized by Jakob Flodrop.); d. Abt. 1708; m. ELIZABETH CASSEL, 31 Aug 1692, Abington Meeting Of Friends, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.

Christening: 12 December 1670 in Evangelical Reformed Church, Kaldenkirchen, Kaldenkirchen, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany

Marriage: Elizabeth Cassell31 August 1692 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America



Johannes Kuster Memories-

Johannes Kuster, U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s-,

Johannes 'Custer' Kuster, "Find A Grave Index"-

Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Men's Minutes, 1682-1746; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 4, U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Name: Elizabeth Castle Marriage Date 31 Oct 1692. Marriage Place: Montgomery, Pennsylvania, Residence Date: on Image 31 Eighth 1692, Residence Place: Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Spouse: John Custer, Event Type: Marriage Intention Monthly Meeting, Abington Monthly Meeting Historical Meeting Data: Abington Monthly Meeting Yearly Meeting,Philadelphia Yearly Meeting,Meeting State, Pennsylvania, Meeting County Montgomery Household Members, Name: John Custer & Elizabeth Castle.

↑ 3.0 3.1 White, Jean M., Editor; The Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kusters of Kaldenkirchen, Germany and Germantown, Pennsylvania the first four generations; Castor Association of America, 1991; 303 Pages, Indexed; Pages 26-27.

↑ Delphine, Dominique Z.; Ancestry, Ancestry Family Trees,; "Cable-Bucker-Hawbaker-Ulery-Kester-Priest-Stafford-Scanland-Price-Hapner”. The information from Ancestry Family Trees has been submitted by the users, and may have been edited or deleted since; Date: "1670", Place: "Kriegsheim, Pfalz, Bavaria, Germany" ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Hunt, John E., Compiled by; "Pound and Kester Families"; Regan Printing House, 1904.; Pages 303-304

Johannes Kuster in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1770-1820: Nockamixon Township-

The Pound and Kester Families 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 matterPublished 1904 Compiled by John E Hunt. Found online.Publisher Chicago : Regan printing house Pages 638 Language English Call number 39999066638220 Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library Book contributor Boston Public Library Collection bostonpubliclibrary; Americana-

Brenda Keck Reed's Kith & Kin of VA, NC, TN, SC & Beyond-

Author: Russel N. Cassel & Milford H. Cassel Title: Cassel Family Roots Publication: Name: 1978, Project Innovation, Chula Vista, CA 92010; Note: Source Medium: Book Page: p 15

Rebecca Kester's Kester Line-

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Johannes Kuster's Timeline

December 10, 1670
Kaldenkirchen, Nettetal, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
December 12, 1670
Kaldenkirchen, Nettetal, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
December 12, 1670
Evanf Ref Church, Kaldenkirchen, Rheinland, Preussen
December 12, 1670
Kaldenkirchen, Rheinland, Germany
December 12, 1670
Evanf Ref Ch, Kaldenkirchen, Rheinland, Preussen
December 12, 1670
Evanf Ref Ch, Kaldenkirchen, Rheinland, Preussen
December 12, 1670
Evangelical Reformed Church,Kaldenkirchen,Rheinland,Preussen, Germany
December 1, 1687
Age 16
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
January 15, 1691
Age 20
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania