Johann Nicolaus Küster, second child and only son of Philipp Küster and Anna Catharina Christ, was born 28 September 1721 in Seeheim, south of Darmstadt. His father Philipp had been born 25 February 1692 and died in 1771, while his mother Anna Catharina was born in 1693 and died 19 November 1764.
Nicolaus was a baker by trade and married Catharina Margaretha Hofmann on 4 June 1750 in Seeheim.. The couple had three children before they went to Russia: (1) Maria Albertina, born in 1752 and died in 1753; (2) Carl Ferdinand Eberhard, born in 1754; and (3) Friedrich Zacharias, born in 1759.
The family left for Russia in 1766 and arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 on the Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of skipper Anderson. [The surname was recorded as Kister on the Kuhlberg list.]
The Kister family arrived in Warenburg on 12 May 1767 with both sons. At this point, they also had two orphans living with them [surnames unknown]: Katharina Elisabeth, age 17, and Jacobina, age 8.
On the 1798 census, Nicolaus Kister is still living in Warenburg and is recorded in Household No. Wr28 as a widower along with his son Carl Ferdinand.
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