I was sent this information by a very kind researcher from Salzbergen, Germany. I am, regretably, very late in sending her information in reply. Sorry Karin – it will come.
The information comes from the parish records of St. Cyriakus, Salzbergen, Hannover, Germany. These records are not on microfilm at the LDS Family History Library. Anstoeter in German is usually spelled Anstoter with an umlate over the o.
Johannes Theodorus Anstoeter was a farmer in Hummeldorf, born 10 May 1809, died 26 November 1871 in Hummeldorf Jungehusling.
father – Bernhard Anstoeter
mother Adelheid Berning
Johannes married, 24 September 1844, as his first wife Maria Aleid Husling of Holsten, born 25 September 1820 and died 28 July 1849 in Hummeldorf.
Maria Aleid Husling’s parents were:
father – Jan Berend Jundge Husling
mother – Susanna Niemery
Johannes married second, on 21 November 1849, Anna Catherine Dusing of Hesselte who died 7 August 1868 in Hummeldorf
Anna Catherine Dusing’s parents were:
father – Heinrich Dusing
mother – Margaretha Evers.
Johannes and Maria Aleid had the following children baptised at St. Cyriakus Salzbergen
1. Johan Bernard born 26 July 1845 Hummeldorf died 7 March, 1903 in Hummeldorf
2. Herman Bernard Dirck born 4 September, 1847 Hummeldorf (whom we knew as John Herman, but who named one of his sons Bernard!)
Johannes and Anna Catherine had the following children baptised at St. Cyriakus, Salzbergen:
3. Gerhard Heinrich born 15 December, 1851 Hummeldorf
Herman andd Gerhard emigrated to Iowa in about 1869. According to Karin they were probably draft dodgers. Gerhardt and Herman emigrated with two of their Dusling cousins from Salzbergen. They took ship from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
“John” Herman Berhard Ansoteter, married first Elizabeth Erdman and after her death he married her youngest sister Gertrude. John Herman died 8 FEB 1915 in Dubuque County, Iowa.
Gerhard Heinrich Anstoeter died 24 April 1896 in Templeton, Carrol County, Iowa. He married Catherine Schlichte.
According to Karin the surname Anstoeter means a person or family which lives at the borderline of two countries (from the german word anstossen “to border at”). The Anstoeter family lived, in the middle of the 19th century, at the borderline between the Kingdom of Hanover and the Kingdom of Prussia. The farm still exists at the same place, now is is on the borderline between two German states Lower-Saxony and Northrhine-Westphalia. This is a rare surname. All of the Anstoet[t]ers in the United States descend from Herman or Gerhardt.
The only other Anstoetter I know to have emigrated to the U.S. was Anna Adelheid Anstoetter, who was of a previous generation. She was born in 1800 and married Gerhardt Ovel in 1829 in Salzebergen. She and Gerhardt emigrated in the 1850s and she died in Delaware County, Iowa in 1878. She was the younger sister of Johannes Theodorus and therefore the aunt of Herman and Gerhard. It is quite probably that the Antoetter young men lived with she and Gerhardt Ovel when they emigrated.