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Custer, born Abt. 1710 in Switzerland; died 1765.
married Ann Elizabeth Zimmerman Abt.
Tobias' first known record is a
land grant from Pennsylvania, on behalf of Tobias, directed
to Nicholas Scull, Surveyor General of the Province of
Pennsylvania, over the signature of James Hamilton, who
represented the land office. This document is dated January
30, 1750. In the grant it is stated that Tobias had
requested fifty acres of land in Rapho Twp. from the
proprietaries adjoining the lands of Henry Myer and John
Hare. Nicholas Scull was authorized to survey, or cause to
be surveyed, these fifty acres. By agreement, Tobias was
held responsible for the payment of seven pounds and fifteen
shillings, plus "a yearly quit rent of one half penny
sterling for every acre thereof", payable to the Penns.
There are records indicating that Tobias owned 189 1/4 acres
in Rapho Twp. in addition to the fifty acres bought from the
Penns. This larger tract was warranted to Tobais on January
31, 1750. On December 6, he sold the 189 1/4 acres to his
son John. The fifty acres appears to have come to John in a
separate transaction on or about January 10, 1765.
OCCUPATION: Farmer 189 acres in Rapho Twp, Lancaster
County, PA near Lebanon, PA
1765, Rapho Twp, Lancaster Co, PA near Lebanon, PA
were granted on
February 14, 1765 to John Custard for the estate of Tobias
Custard. After payment of obligations, twenty-eight pounds,
six shillings and two and a half pence remained to be
divided among his widow and children. Estate papers name the
widow as Anna Elizabeth Custard, and his children as George
Custard, the eldest son; Anna, wife of Jacob Hollinger on
the the daughters of the dec'd; John Custard; and Abraham
|DEED BOOK H:
p. 282b Tobias Coster agrees
with his son John. Agreement on 200 acres Rapho Twp.
adjacent to Henry Moyer, John Bratz, Christian Longanecker,
Henry Howenstein, John Hare. John Coster (Kuster) will build
a house in which his father will live with his "now wife"
Elizabeth. Tobias is to get one third of crop and after
death of Tobias, John will pay among other children of
Tobias namely: Anna, Henry, and Abraham, full sum of L100.
John to receive land in will. Written December 26, 1760,
recorded on February 14, 1765 -- John Coster appeared and
signed in German February 14, 1765. Tobias did not sign in
1765 which would indicate he is probably deceased.
|DEED BOOK L:
p. 33 Tobias Coster (signed in
German) released to his eldest son John both Lancaster Co.,
200 acres in Rapho Twp. adjacent to Henry Moyer, John Bracht,
Christian Longanecker, Henry Howenstein, John Hare. Written
December 26, 1760, recorded February 4, 1765. (this is the
same item entered in Book H, p. 282b)
|Notes on Anna Kuster
On the 20th of October, 1753 Anna
Elizabeth/Esterly gave birth to a set of twins Adam and
Christopher. Adam is our diredt descendent. Prior to the
births of these twins, Anna Elizabeth must have been ill as
a friend of hers , one Anna Kuster,
came to live with them to care for the house and the
children. Anna Kuster/Custer was the daughter of Tobias
Kuster, a blacksmith from Philadelphia and head of a
prominent Mennonite family of that era. It is believed that
Anna Kuster and Anna Edterly Hollinger belonged to the same
Friends Meeting of Mennonites.
From what records could be located,
Anna Esterly Hollinger either died in giving birth to the
twins or within a year thereafter. Anna Kuster stayed on
even after her friend died caring for Jacob's children. In
1754 Anna Kuster married Jacob Hollinger who was then 53
In 1757 a son was born to this
second marriage of Jacob's. He was named Johan George and
was born on April 4, 1754. Also recorded at the same time
was a son Tobias, again possibly twins. If so, the tradition
is correct, for this would have been the third set of twins
born to Jacob.
In 1761 a daughter Anna Barbara was
born. This seems to be the last child born to Jacob.
In 1782 Jacob died, about May 7,
but more accurately between March 23 and June 13.
Anna went to live with her son
George and later with her son Adam, our ancestor. She served
as as sponsor for one of Adam's children, Johanne, born on
December 8, 1783. Anna died around the year of 1800 and was
buried on Adam's farm beside Jacob. Adam's farm was
somewhere in Lancaster County, present day Warwick Township.
During Jacob's lifetime and his
marriages to Anna Esterly and Anna Kuster, he fathered
eleven children. They are as follows: Jacob, Nicklaus,
Kristian, John, Christopher, Adam, George, Tobias, Anna,
Valentine and Barbara.