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The Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kusters of Kaldenkirchen, Germany and Germantown, Pennsylvania the first generations.

Jean M. White, editor.

Published by the Castor Association of America. Copyright 1991 303 pages; indexed.

This book is still available by contacting Diane Kuster. She can be reached by email,

PK.0 Paulus Kuster 1644-c1708

Paulus Kusters was born circa 1644 in Kaldenkirchen, Germany. His parents Arnold and Catherine (Von Haren) Kuesters were Roman Catholics. He was a Roman Catholic, but later became a member of the Kaldenkirchen Reformed Church. (The Kaldenkirchen Church is also referred to as the Evangelical Church and the Dutch Reformed Church.)

Paulus was a stone mason (from his will) and a farmer. He married Gertrude Doors, daughter of Theis Doors and Agnes //, on 16 Oct 1668 at the Evangelical Church in Kaldenkirchen, Germany. Their marriage is recorded in the Parochial Register of the Reformed Congregation in Kaldenkirchen.

The records show that he bought 50 acres of land sometime between 1689, when Genny Bucholtz owned the land and 3 October 1704 when the Deed of Sale was acknowledged in the Court of Records at Germantown. The land was Parcel B of the Frankford Land Company, Lot 13.

Paulus appears on a 1693 tax list as head of the family residing in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Their son Mathias's twin daughters, Gerdruet and Agnes were baptized in Krefeld, Germany on 10 December 1696. Gertrude was a witness to the ceremony. Paulus was chosen on 2 Dec 1700 in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; as a Committeeman of the Germantown Corporation.

He died before 23 Feb 1708 in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. His estate included household goods for the bedroom of a feather bed with two cushions and one pillow. For the kitchen he had pewter work, earthren ware, an iron pot, griddle iron, a kettle, a kitchen pan, a, table, a chair, and a cupboard. He also left working tools of a churn, a milk pail and tin, a sieve, two old axes, hoe, grubbing, hoe, spade, a sickle and hammer with a masons tool. He also had two cows. There were two bells, which may have be worn by the cows. There was also a washing fat tub and two half barrels.

The estate inventory of Paulus shows he remained in Germantown, and pursued the trade of mason as well as being a farmer. It is evident that they made butter from milk and probably had a garden. From the estate it seems that there was very little furniture compared to what we have today.

Their children:

  1. Arnold Kusters.
  2. Johannes Kuster.
  3. Matthias Kusters.
  4. Hermanus Kuesters.
  5. Hermanus Streypers Custer/Kuster.
  6. Catrin Kuster.
  7. Margaret Koster.
  8. Eva Kuster.