|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1831|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1905|
Major Daniel Cronemiller
Daniel Cronemiller was born on 7 Aug 1831 in Potter Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Daniel would complete the Cronemiller Family's journey from colonial America to the Pacific Ocean in just 3 generations. Along the way the Cronemiller's would encamp with General George Washington on the banks of the Delaware Christmas Eve 1776, sail with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie and ride with Ulysses S. Grant in 27 major engagements of the U.S. Civil War.
Johann Martin Cronemiller was the first Cronemiller to set foot in America. Johann arrived in Philadelphia from Germany aboard the ship President, 27 Sep 1752. Johann married Anna Elizabeth KÖnig on 20 Jun 1756. Their son John Martin Cronemiller was born on 29 Jan 1761.
John Martin Cronemiller joined the Continental Army in the fall of 1776. After an extended march from York County Pennsylvania through New Jersey they joined up with General George Washington's Army in retreat from the Battle of New York. They took up camp on the west side of the Delaware River from where they attacked the Hessian Army on "second Christmas eve", 1776. John Martin Cronemiller thereafter participated in the Battle of Princeton. John Martin married Barbara Meyer on 21 Sep 1784 and re-settled in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. Their son, Martin Cronemiller, was born 11 Mar 1797.
Martin Cronemiller, the father of Major Daniel Cronemiller, was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania on 11 Mar 1797. He married Sarah Armstrong around 1819. Martin Cronemiller answered the call for volunteers during the War of 1812. After guarding the building of the American war ships, Martin volunteered for duty as a "Landsman", essentially a precursor Marine, aboard Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's fleet. Martin engaged in the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 Sep 1813. He was awarded a silver medal for gallantry in battle. It is written that the silver medal still resides somewhere within the Cronemiller family. Martin continued his contribution to the war effort by marching with General William Henry Harrison's army wherein they engaged in the Battle of the Thames, 5 Oct 1813. Biographies state Martin became good friends with General Harrison who would go on to become the 9th President of the United States. Some records show Martin attaining the rank of Colonel however, as to date I've been unable to verify that fact. Martin and Sarah's son Major Daniel Cronemiller would follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps.
Major Daniel Cronemiller – A compilation of 20 years historical research based on the work of Mr. Phillip Kloster and an edited online biography extracted from Klamath Falls Republican Newspaper, Klamath Falls, issue; 23 November, 1905.
In Centre County, Pa., Daniel Cronemiller was born August 7, 1831. When three years of age he was taken by his parents to Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, where his father followed the blacksmith's trade, later going to Perrysburg, Wood County, that same state, where he died. The son was taught the blacksmith's trade by his father; under whom he served an apprenticeship of three years. March 20, 1856, in Ashland County, Ohio, he married Mary Jane Spencer, who was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, August 31, 1835, being a daughter of William and Sarah (Helfer) Spencer. Her father, who was born in Pennsylvania, of Scotch and English extraction, accompanied his parents to Ohio in a very early day and there grew to manhood and passed his active years. In his family of three sons and five daughters the youngest was Mary Jane, who was given excellent advantages and in 1852 graduated from the Grove Female Institute in Wooster. Born of her marriage were two children: Ida, wife of J. Beach, of San Francisco, Cal.; and Fred Parks Cronemiller.
When seventeen years of age Daniel Cronemiller began to earn his own livelihood and from that time forward depended upon his own exertions for whatever he secured of this world's goods. In 1852, accompanied by two brothers, he crossed the plains with horse teams, reaching the Missouri river on the 1st of April and Hangtown on the 1st of August. After having engaged in mining in California for three years, in 1855 he returned via the Isthmus of Panama to Ohio. Immediately after his return he took up general merchandising at Sullivan, Ohio, but eighteen months later sold out and removed to Stephenson County, Ill, where he carried on a harness shop. Meanwhile hostilities had begun between the north and south. Feelings ran high. Men of the north were every day responding to the call of the President for volunteers to protect and preserve the Union. No less patriotic than the many thousands who left home and family to brave the dangers of war, Mr. Cronemiller offered his services to his country, and in August of 1862 became a member of Company I, Seventy-fourth Illinois Infantry, assigned to the army of the Cumberland, under Generals Grant, Rosecrans and Thomas. Among the twenty-seven pitched battles in which he bore a part the following were especially important: Perrysville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Atlanta, and Franklin, Tenn. Upon the organization of the company he was elected second lieutenant and afterward became captain. For gallant services at the battle of Franklin he was brevetted major by President Johnson. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged and mustered out July 9, 1865, whereupon he returned to his Illinois home.
Not long after the war Major Cronemiller moved to Macon County, Mo.; where he engaged in farming. In 1871 he removed from there to Oregon and settled at Jacksonville, Jackson County, where with a brother, David, he carried on a blacksmith and repair shop. In 1879, he came to Klamath County, where he and his wife engaged in teaching at the Indian Agency, and in addition he acted as superintendent of farming.
Three-quarters of a mile west of Fort Klamath stands the farmhouse that was owned and occupied by Major Cronemiller. On coming to his place in 1883 he took up the land as a homestead and owned five hundred and twenty acres, which he improved and converted into one of the best stock ranches in Klamath County. He made a specialty of the Shorthorn Durham cattle, of which he had about three hundred head.
In all of his labors he received the sympathy and co-operation of his wife, who was a lady of gentle and amiable disposition and a broad fund of knowledge. Both were earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Fort Klamath, and were active in promoting its welfare. As steward and secretary of the congregation he bore an influential part in its policy and did much to enlarge its usefulness. Though not a partisan, he was a decided Republican and always votes with his party. In fraternal relations, he was connected with Lodge No 10 I.O.O.F. at Jacksonville.
Despite his distinguished life of varied experiences in different parts of the country, Major Cronemiller retained a mild and unassuming manner. He had a quiet disposition, and high principles of honor.
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Martin Cronemiller (1794 - 1848)
Fred Palmer Parks Cronemiller (1860 - 1924)*
Oliver Perry Cronemiller (1823 - 1865)*
Oliver Perry Cronemiller (1823 - 1865)*
Margaret Cronemiller Lee (1827 - 1911)*
David Cronemiller (1829 - 1910)*
Daniel Cronemiller (1831 - 1905)
Thomas Cronemiller (1834 - 1908)*
Mary A Cronemiller Keen (1837 - 1924)*
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