Possible Early Köster Ancestors

The inforamtion presented here is from research done by Jürgen Hausfeld, from Münster, Germany, and Carol Saint-Clair, from Osnabrück, Germany. Both used the Kirchenbüch of St. Servatius Church in Berge.

 “The Berge Kirchenbüch begins in 1690. Between 1732 and 1787 there are no trustworthy registers. In addition the church book entries are very incomplete. For example, there is a year where only one child is baptized, but 30 infants died at ages of less the six months. Often the data is also very economical. The entry might only say “getauft on 20 May, Eltern Köster.” Then it is difficult to find the correct family.” Jürgen Hausfeld

The early church record books of Berge appear to have been kept by priests who did not like doing this work. Many births and deaths were simply not recorded or only partial information was recorded. The marriage records are also missing from 1731-1787. This makes research very difficult and some gaps cannot be filled with facts. We can only make assumptions about the early generations and hope further records will be found in the future.

We currently assume the earliest Köster family members found in the records in Berge are our ancestors, but this remains a theory.

Earliest Köster Generation in Berge Area

Johannes Köster (circa 1650 - ?)

The earliest Köster found in records is Johannes Köster, likely born about 1650, who married Catharina Sieffers in about 1679. From this marriage there may have been nine or ten children. Johannes Köster and Catharina Sieffers are very likely the grandparents of our earliest proven ancestor, Johan Köster.

Our research shows the children of this marriage likely were:

. . . . 1. Rembert Köster, born about 1679

. . . . 2. Gerd Köster, born about 1683

. . . . 3. Henrich Köster, born about 1684

. . . . 4. Bernd Köster, born about 1686

. . . . 5. Infant Köster, baptized 25 November 1688 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, and died, likely the same day

. . . . 6. Infant Köster, baptized 4 February1690 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, and died, likely the same day

. . . . 7. Friedrich Köster, born about 1691

. . . . 8. Friedericus Köster, baptized 19 April 1693 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, godparents were Friderich Ruhe and Anna Barbara Borgmans

. . . . 9. Anna Köster, baptized 1 August 1694 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, godparents were Anna Stolde and Klaus Sivers

. . . .10. There is a possible 10th child listed in the records as “parvu” or tiny boy, baptized 28 February 1707 and died, likely the same day. Only the father, Jois or Johan Köster is listed in this record.

Rembert Köster (?-1704)

Rembert Köster, perhaps the brother of Johannes Köster, died on 4 November 1704, and he is listed as a Lutheran. No other records have been found for this person. He could be also be a cousin or even the son of Johannes. No age is listed in the record, so we cannot estimate a birth date.

Likely Generation Two in Berge Area

Rembert Köster (circa 1679-1728)

Rembert Köster, born about 1679, and perhaps the oldest child of Johannes Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Catharina L. Uphauß 13 July 1700 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover. Witnesses to the marriage were Joes Schroder and Rembert Breckwedde. No children have been found from this marriage.

Rembert Köster next married Theodora Hammerfelt, on 10 August 1705 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover. Witnesses to this marriage were Joes Schroder and Joes Meyer.

Our research shows the children of this marriage, all baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, likely were:

 . . . . 1. Infant Köster, baptized 11 September 1706 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, and died, likely the same day. This child is listed as “parvula” or tiny girl

. . . . 2. Rembert Köster, baptized 7 January 1708 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, and died, likely the same day. The record says “sepulti hizorum” which we have not been able to translate from Latin. It might mean that the child was slightly older than an infant when he died.

. . . . 3. Infant Köster, baptized 13 July 1712 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, and died, likely the same day. The record lists the child as “parvu” or tiny boy.

Rembert Köster likely married a third time before 1714, to Elisabeth Maria Hulßkamp. Our research shows the children of this marriage, all baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover, likely were:

 . . . . 1. Rembert Köster, baptized 6 February 1719, godparents were Rembert Erhard and Adheid Fra????

 . . . . 2. Gerd Niclas Köster, baptized 11 May 1721, godparents were Niclaus Scherhorn and Elisab. Brüning, who may have been the child's aunt, married to Bernd Köster

. . . .  3. Dierck Köster, baptized 22 June 1723, godparents were Dierck von Halen and Marg. Brüning Rembert Köster likely died 3 June 1728.

His death record lists him as a Lutheran, who died at 49 years old.

Gerd Köster (circa 1683 - ?)

Gerd Köster, born about 1683 and perhaps the second child of Johannes Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Venne Voß before 1714. They had at least one child:

 . . . . 1. Venne Catharina Köster, born 23 December 1714. Godparents were Catharina Lubbe and Henricus Köster, likely a brother of Gerd.

Heinrich Köster (circa 1684-?)

Henrich Köster, born about 1684 and perhaps the third child of Johannes Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Elisabeth Poppen on 1 May 1714. Witnesses to the marriage were Henricus ?Hamm and Wilhelmus Arnoldus Schroders. No children have been found from this marriage.

Bernd Köster (circa 1686-?)

Bernd Köster, born about 1686 and perhaps the fourth son of Johan Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Elsabein Brüning before 1716. Our research shows they had at least four children, all baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover:

. . . . 1. Henrich Köster, baptized 22 October 1716, Godparents were Johan Sieffers and ???

. . . . 2. Johan Rembert Köster, baptized 21 August 1718, godparents were Rembert Köster and Elisabeth Siewers

. . . . 3. Bernd Köster, baptized 28 July 1720, Godparents were Berend Halwaße and Els. ?lage

. . . . 4. Johan Niclaus Köster, baptized 7 March 1723, godparents were Johan Christoph Holra?? and Lenna ??.

Johan Friedrich Köster (circa 1691-?)

Johan Friedrich Köster, born about 1691 or 1693 and listed as Frerck in the record, likely the son of Johan Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Anna Alheid Kenning before 1722. Frerck is an alternate name for Friedrich. Our research shows they had at least four children, all baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover:

 . . . . 1. Johan Georg Köster, baptized 26 May 1722, godparents were Philipp Schnetlage and Anna Alheid Scherhorn

. . . . 2. Helena Catharina Köster, baptized 3 February 1726, godparents were Helena Christina Schernorn and Arnold Kennig

. . . . 3. Johan Bernd Köster, baptized 22 March 1729, godfather is Joan Berend Willmer

. . . . 4. Johan Friedrich Köster, baptized 28 March 1731, godfather is Joan Martin Holscher.

Johan Köster (circa 1693-?)

Johan Köster, born about 1691 or 1693, likely the son of Johan Köster and Catharina Sieffers, married Anna Catharina Brüning on 8 November 1723 in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover. This may be the same person as Johann Friederich Köster who married again the next year. We believe this is a different person than Johan Friedrich Köster who married Anna Adlheid Kenning. We have not found children from this marriage.

Johann Friederich Köster, born about 1693 or 1698, married Margaretha Elisabeth (Elsabein) Strübbe on 15 November 1724. This marriage was likely in the Lutheran rite. From this marriage there were at least three children, all baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover:

 . . . . 1. Johann Henrich Köster, born 2 October 1725, no godparents are listed

. . . .  2. Margaretha Alheid Köster, baptized 3 November 1726, godparents were Herm. Strübbe and Anna Margareth. ??iech

. . . .  3. Wilhelm Henrich Köster, baptized 20 April 1738, godparents were Wilhelm Rademacher, Cathar. Her?haus and Cath. Elsabein Holwaße.

Likely Generation Three in Berge Area

Johan Philipp Köster (1710 - ?)

Johan Philipp Köster born about 1710, possibly a son of Rembert or Gerd Köster, married Marie Magdalena Ziegeuners before 1742. From this marriage at least two children were born and baptized in Berge, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover:

 . . . . 1. Johan Joseph Köster, baptized 9 March 1742, godfather was Joes. Bernecke

. . . .  2. Margaretha Johanna Köster, baptized 28 August 1744, godmother was Marg. Töbin Siegeuners. Other Köster Families in Berge Area Johann Theodor (Dirk) Köster (1752-?)

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Later Köser Families in Berge Area

Johann Theodor (Dirk) Köster (1752 - ?)

Johann Theodor (Dirk) Köster, born 24 August 1752, has Evangelical (Lutheran) records of baptism, with Anna Elsabein Kösters, probably his grandmother, listed as godmother. He married Catharine Alheid Witte, a heuerleute from Bippen, possibly in 1787. From this marriage four children were born

. . . . . 1. Gerhard Rembert Köster, born 29 March 1797

, . . . . 2. Anna Aleid Köster, born 4 December 1798

, . . . . 3. Bernard Dirk Köster, born 19 January 1803 and

 . . . .  4. Johann Gerd Wilhelm, born 19 November 1804.

Theodor Rembert Köster (circa 1758 - ?)

Theodor Rembert Köster and Anna Catharina Stöve were married on 17 February 1788, Lutheran, in Bippen/Schmone. This might be another brother from the family of Johann Henrich Köster and Agnes Kramer. There are several children from this marriage, baptized Lutheran, in Bippen/Schmone, Kreis Bersenbrück, Hanover:

. . . . 1. Herman Bernard Köster, baptized 13 January 1790, listed as “vulgo” or commonly Biscops. His father Dirk Rembert is also listed as “vulgo” Biscops. Godparents are Herm Witte, Gerd Henrich Stöve, Elisabeth Holwaßen, “ganannt” or known as Köster

. . . . 2. Maria Catharina Köster, baptized 27 December 1791

, . . . 3. Anna Maria Elisabeth, baptized 24 April 1794

, . . . 4. Johann Rembert Köster, baptized 4 April 1799. Johann Rembert married Helene Adelheid Norp from Dalvers

. . . . 5. Helena Elisabeth Köster, baptized 25 May 1805.

. . . . 6. Johann Wilhelm Köster, born 7 or 26 May 1810, witnesses are Wilhelm Meyer and Herman Stöven. Johann Wilhelm married Helene Adelheid Norp from Dalvers.

Johann Arend Köster (circa 1754 - ?)

Johann Arend Köster and Catherine Elisabeth Halwaßen are also found in this time. This family is found in the Lutheran records in Bippen, and they have several children:

 . . . . 1. “Kind Köster” perhaps a child that died at birth, recorded 22 November 1784

, . . .  2. Helene Maria Elsbein Köster, born 16 May 1790

, . . .  3. Maria Catharina Elisabeth, born 22 Jun 1793.

Herman Phillip Köster (1779 - ?)

Herman Phillip Köster and Helena Aleid Meyding are another family from the same time that may also be related. They are listed as the parents of:

. . . . 1. Helena Maria Elisabeth Köster, born 19 May 1809

. . . . 2. Helene Köster, born November 1812.

Herman Bernard Köster (1790-?)

Herman Bernard Köster was baptized 13 January 1790 in Bippen/Schmone. He may be the person who married Maria Catharina Meýer in about 1824. They have three children listed in the confirmation records of the Lutheran Church in Berge. There childen are:

. . . . 1. Anna Marie “Luife” Köster, born 25 May 1825, confirmed 3 May 1840

, . . . 2. Anna Christina Elisabeth Köster, born 6 August 1827, confirmed 10 April 1842

. . . . 3. Helene Margaretha Wilhelmine Köster, born 22 March 1829, confirmed 23 April 1843.

 Johann Rembert Köster (1799 -?)

Johann Rembert Köster was baptized 4 April 1799. After his brother Johann Wilhelm died in 1845, Johann Rembert married his widow, Helene Adelheid Norp, on 17 July 1847. The marriage record lists Johann Rembert's birth date as 31 March 1799 and his parents, “Diedr” Bernard Köster and Anna Catharina Stöven. They are listed as the parents of:

 . . . . 1. Johanna Catharine Wilhelmina Köster, born 30 April 1848 and baptized Lutheran on 13 May 1848. Her godparents were Maria Catharina Schlüter, born Köster, Maria Catharian Ellerkamp, born Norp and Dietr Wilhelm Köster

. . . . 2. Infant Köster, baptized Lutheran on 25 October 1850. This may have been a stillborn child. No godparents are listed

. . . . 3. Anna Maria Bernardine Elisbeth Köster, born 13 January 1852 and baptized Lutheran 5 February 1852. Godparents were Johann diedrick Rembert Köster, Anna Elisabeth Meyer, born Rofton? And Anna Elisabeth Korakamp, born Norp. Helene Adelheid Norp (Koster) died 5 April 1852 and was buried 8 April 1852. We do not know the death date for Johann Rembert Köster.

Johann Wilhelm Koster (1810 - 1845)

Johann Wilhelm Köster was born either 7 or 26 May 1812. He married Helene Adelheid Norp, daughter of Herman Gerd Norp and Maria Adelheid Overbecke on 29 April 1841 in the Luthern Church in Berge (Kreis Bersenbruck) Hanover. Helene Adelhied Norp was born 23 April 1817. Johann Wilhelm's birth date and the names of his parents, “Diedr” Bernad Köster and Anna Catharina Stöve, are listed in the marriage record. They are listed as the parents of:

 . . . . 1. Johanna Maria Catharine Hermine Köster, born 27 March 1842 and baptized Lutheran on 14 April 1842. Her godparents were Anna Catharina Köster, born Stöve and Anna Maria Adelheid Norp, born Overbeck

. . . .  2. Herman Diedrich Köster, born 29 February 1844 and baptized Leutheran on 14 March 1844. His godparents were Herman Gerd Norp from Dalvers, Herman Bernd Köster from Berge and Maria Elisabeth Schlü???? from Berge. There is a note in the record that this child died 11 June 1847. Johann Wilhelm Köster died 9 April 1845 and was buried 12 April 1845.