Koesters, Joannes Wilhelm 1 2

Birth Name Koesters, Joannes Wilhelm
Gender male
Age at Death 67 years, 9 months, 1 day


Got to this query through Karen Gunn looking for Antonia Koester. Said you have more info on her. I am doing Koesters research in Hamburg. Have Antonia on the Powhattan in 1853 coming over with Jacob, Katherina, Wilhelm, Franz, Henrina Koester. Do you know which set are her parents? Wilhelm's infant son, Joan [John], also on ship. His wife died at sea. Joan is my husband's great, great grandfather. One other child on ship-Franz, age 3. Hendrina Koester and Franz Koester got married at Sts Peter and Paul in Hamburg in 1853, so they not parents. Also, Koesters are from St Pankriatus Church in Dingden (Bocholt), Prussia.
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Joannes Wilhelm Koester, widower, married Adelheida Alfring, daughter of J. Henricus Alfring and Anna Cath. Fahrwik (Varkwick) on 09/03/1855. Alheida was the sister of Bernardina Alfring Kruse, whose daughter, Catherine Kruse, would later marry Joannes' son, John William Koester.

Wilhelm Koester was born in 1810 in Dingden, Prussia. He arrived in New York November 29, 1853 with his children Antonia, age 6, Franz, age 3, and Joan, age 11 months, his brothers Franz (Oswald Franz Wilhelm Koester)and Fridrich, his cousin Jacob, , and Hendrina Koester, age 24, as well as Herman Koester, age 22. [German immigrants to the US, 1850-1874, Family Tree Maker]
Family oral history said that his wife, Maria Catherine, died at sea. All settled in Hamburg, NY, and are buried at Sts. Peter and Pauls Cemetery, Hamburg. His sister, Johanna Christina, is also there. She was married at Sts. Peter and Paul's in 1849 to Herman Wilting. I have yet to find her ship. Wilhelm is listed as being a Carpenter. His grave says Kosters, with the umlaut over the o, but his marriage in 1855 lists his name as Koester. Not sure why the "s" was dropped.

Koesters, Wilhelm
Age: 43 Gender: Male
Occupation: Carpenter
Country: Prussia
Final Destination: United States
Manifest ID Number: 00007693
Ship's Name: Powhattan
Port of Embarkation: Rotterdam
Date of Arrival: Nov 29, 1853
Captain's Name: Wm. Myers
Purpose for Travel: Staying in the USA
Mode of Travel: Steerage



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 12 January 1810 Dingden, Westfalen, Germany    
Death 13 October 1877 Hamburg, Erie Co., New York, United States of America    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Koesters, Joan Theodor3 May 177927 January 1859
Mother Landers, Anna Mariaabout 1782before 1853
         Koesters, Joannes Wilhelm 12 January 1810 13 October 1877


Family of Koesters, Joannes Wilhelm and Mouve, Maria Catharina

Married Wife Mouve, Maria Catharina ( * 6 January 1826 + 1853 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 13 October 1846 Sankt Pankratius Katholische Kirche, Dingden, Westfalen, Germany    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Koester, John William15 October 18523 October 1925

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