Köster Genealogy web site presents the history and genealogy
of a branch of the Köster family that emigrated from Germany
perhaps as early as the 1840s. We know family members emigrated
in the 1860s and 1880s and settled in the states of Illinois and
Iowa. After arriving in America, several of our Köster ancestors
changed the spelling of their surname. Köster, Koster and Koester
surnames are found on this web site.
records in the Kirchenbüch for Berge begin in 1690. However, many
years of records are missing or very incomplete. The earliest Köster
in the records is Johannes Köster, born say 1650 and married to
Catharina Sieffers in about 1679. This couple likely had nine or
ten children born between 1679 and 1694. They are very likely our
ancestors, but we are not able to trace all of their descendants
and confirm a link to our known ancestors.
this web page, we are reporting the early Köster information and
not making a specific connection. Our research is collected on the
History page, under the section titled Early Köster Records from
Berge. We continue to look for information to find the descendant
path to our first proven ancestors.
oldest proven ancestors of this branch of the Köster line are Johan
Heinrich Köster, born in about 1712, and Agnes Kramer, likely born
about 1720, who lived in the Kingdom of Hanover . They likely had
at least five children, Anna Alheid Elsabein Köster, born in 1742,
Johan Herman Köster, born in 1749, Johan Henrich Köster, born in
about 1750, Johan Theodor (Dirk) Köster, born in 1752 and Johan
Hermann Köster, born in 1764. We believe Johan Henrich married Catharina
Wobbe, but we continue to search for information about them. We
believe Johan Hermann married twice, first to Phenemia Adelheid
Krümpelman and second to Phenemia Angelbecke.
son of Johan Hermann Köster and Phenemia Angelbecke, Herman Gerhard
Köster, was born July 3, 1783 in Dalvers bei Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück.
We believe Herman Gerhard Köster married three times. He married
Anna Catharine Maria Marcus on October 12, 1811. They had at least
two children, Herman Bernhard, born January 15, 1812 and Johan Gerd,
born March 20, 1815. We believe these oldest sons emigrated to America
, perhaps though New Orleans , and arrived about 1844.
the death of his first wife, Herman Gerhard married Maria Catharina
Kreiling and they had at least two children, Hermann Henrich, born
March 9, 1817 and Catharina Elisabeth, born 1820. Both of these
children emigrated to America in the 1860's.
believe Herman Gerhard's second wife also died and he married a
third time, to Maria Catharina Elisabeth von der Haar.
We know their three children were born at Dalvers bei Berge, in
what is now Niedersachsen.
of Herman Gerhard and Maria Catharine Elisabeth von der Haar's grandchildren,
William Köster (1853-1933) and Anna Köster (1863-1933)
emigrated to America in the 1880's and they married and raised families.
William changed the spelling of his name to Koester and Anna changed
her name to Koster and later to her married name Nieland.