Saturday, March 30, 2013

Puzzle - Koester roots

    Koester, Daniel                a.1830 Ger  - 1883 NY     
    ______, Maria / Mary      a.1827 Ger  - 1911 NY      maiden Baker / Becker / Bicker?
          Louisa                           1858 NY  - 1891 NY       my great-grandmother

Little is known of Daniel Koester, who only appears in 1880 census, occupation cabinet maker, from Prussia. Since his only known child was born in NY in 1858, it appears that he immigrated sometime before, likely marrying wife Maria after immigrating, if 1880 census correct that she was from Hesse-Darmstadt.

His wife Maria appears additionally in 1900 and 1910 census, widowed, living with widowed son-in-law, and her granddaughters. 1900 census shows mother of 1 child total, 1 child living - a mistake? or was Louisa a stepdaughter?  Only 1880 census lists Hesse-Darmstadt.  Maiden name hard to read on her death certificate: Baker or Becker or Bicker.

Records not found:
   1855 NY census - Koester, Daniel (and wife Mary?)
   1860 census - Koester, Daniel and daughter Louisa (and wife Mary?)
   1870 census - Koester, Daniel and daughter Louisa (and wife Mary?)
   1858 birth  - Koester, Louise
   Possible marriage? - Koester, Daniel & Maria



    4.   1880 U.S. census, Daniel Koester household
    5.   1900 U.S. census, Mary Koester 
    6.   1910 U.S. census, Mary Koester 
    8.   1883 Death record, Daniel Koester
    10. 1911 Death record, Mary Koester

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