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Esther Kull Best


My husband Don and I were both born in Tippecanoe County.   He grew up in Lafayette and I grew up in Perry Township .  My brothers and I went to Monitor High School .  My parents were J. Matthew Kull and Frieda J. Burkhardt.  I grew up with two brothers, Arthur and David. On September 19, 1954 I married Don Best.  We were blessed with 6 children, Karen, Linda, Steve, Marsha and Chuck and Matt.  There are 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We had been interested in the family histories that others had put together of our ancestors.    So I went to a Elderhostel at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne with my goal of finding what happened to my Mom's uncle who was killed in the Civil War, and to find out if John Best did have a twin brother who moved to Kentucky, as a cousin remembered hearing when he was a child.  From that beginning there are always other blanks that need to be filled.  I am not sure how long I have been a member of TIPCOA, perhaps 9 years or so.   Below is the listing of our grandparents who all came from Germany from different areas to meet in the US and raise their family in Tippecanoe County .   We lived in Washington Township since 1960, where I have enjoyed being the Corresponding Sec. for the Alumni Association for several years.    I can be reached at 6218 N 775 E, Lafayette , IN 47905 , or by email at

Families I'm working on for me and my husband:  The Best line are Don's, his parent's were Delbert Best and Esther Smith; her parents Harvey Smith and Mary Booher.


John Best,  b 30 May 1789 in Virginia d 29 May 1859 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.  He married Elizabeth Berry, b in Clark Co OH.  She was b 16 Feb 1795 , VA, d 25 Oct 1869 .  They came to Shelby Twp, Tippecanoe Co in 1829.  They are buried in the Spencer-Best cemetery.  Their 17 year old daughter, Isabelle, died 09 July 1833 .  She was the first to be buried in this cemetery which was on the hill next to their farm.  They and several members of the family buried there. Their youngest & 9th child, Benjamin, was b 30 July 1839 .  He d 08 Sept 1918 in Markle, IN He married Nancy Partlow in Tippecanoe Co, IN, 22 July 1866 .  She was b 01 June 1846 , Ross Co OH, d 04 Sept 1825 in Markle.  They are buried in the Markle Cemetery


Joseph Edwin Best was b 22 Jan 1869 , d 17 July 1950 M 24 Sept 1893 to Laura Peregrine b 03 May 1876 , d18 Feb 1959.  They are buried in Rest Haven. John Deitrick Smith b 12 Jan 1828, Tolsoma, Hanover, Germany, d 24 Feb 1904, m 08 Nov 1857 to Catherine Straitman b 07 Nov 1838 in Ohio, d 09Jul 1911 in Tippecanoe Co. IN.  They are buried in Montmorenci Cemetery .


Jacob Booher, b 06 Sept 1843 in Niederweningen , Switzerland d 03 Aug 1916 .  He came to the US with his father, Casper Bucher.   Jacob m Elizabeth Rees, b 18 July, 1853 , Bavaria , Germany d 14 June 1925 and they are buried in Greenbush Cemetery .   Tombstones at Greenbush


Matthaus Kull was b 16 Oct 1860 in Bernbach, Nuenberg Co Wurttemburg , Germany d 08 Feb 1926 Tippecanoe Co IN  He m Henriette Roos 12 Dec 1889 in Newark , NJ .  They moved to Lafayette in 1897.  She was b 13 Oct 1867 in Oberheim, Hessen, Nassau Germany , d 19 Feb 1929 .  They are buried in Springvale Cemetery .


Elias Burkhardt, b 01 Aug 1801 in Kieselbach, Saxony , Weimer , Germany .  He came to the US with 5 children in 1855.  He d 04 Mar 1884 and is buried in Greenbush Cemetery .


Adam Burkhardt , b 17 Nov 1848 , Kieselbach, d 30 April 1930 .  He married Johanna Sihler  31 May 1885 .  She was b 01Nov 1861 , Eislingen, Donaukreis Wurttemberg , Germany d 11 Nov 1932 .  They are buried in Battle Ground Cemetery .



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