Generations Past

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors and no slave who has not had a king among his.  
----Helen Keller

Conrad Custer

Conrad CUSTER, was one of the most remarkable of the Castor clan.  He was born in Germany about 1695.  He migrated from Kaldenkirchen, Germany between 1696 and 1700 with his father, grandfather, and Uncles Johannes and  Hermanus.  He is reputed to have had thirty children; three daughters and twenty-seven sons.  Legend says all twenty-seven sons fought in the Revolutionary War. Amazingly he didoil lamp raise many children.  His son Arnold CUSTER (c1718-1759) and his brother George CUSTER (1705-1759)  were both killed by Indians during the French and Indian War in 1759.  Also the wife of Conrad's grandson, William Custer, had been captured by Indians at about the same time leaving him with children too young to fend for themselves.  Conrad had had two wives and at least eighteen children of his own and some of them were still young; so Conrad was likely responsible for 27-32 children under 16.  He died at Brock's Gap, Rockingham County, Virginia on 1 February 1772.

Susan Adams

Susan Adams, his wife, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1692.  She was the daughter of Richard Adams (1676-1748) and Gertien OP DEN GRAEFF (1679-?). She married Conrad Custer about 1714.  They had twelve children.  She died in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1745.

His second wife, Margaret MORRIS, was born about 1729 in Virginia.  She was the daughter of William MORRIS. She married Conrad CUSTER about 1747.  She and Conrad had one daughter and five sons.  She died about 1772 in Virginia.


For more information on Conrad's family or other Castors, Adams, or Morrises please go to the Castor Directory. You will find more information and
many more names.


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