|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1824, Germany|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1902|
Born in Hadem, Westphalia, Germany. After attending public school and becoming a member of the Lutheran church, John learned the tailor trade and worked in a number of towns along the Rhine river. He came to America in 1855, in the company of his friend, Louis Hollenberg. They sailed from Bremen to New York, a trip which took 8 weeks, with the passengers suffering from a shortage of food and water.
John and his friend, Louis, then traveled by train to Galesburg. There, they met Amos Seigler, who took them on his wagon of merchandise to Greenbush. Louis's brothers, Henry and George, had come to America and settled in Greenbush several years prior.
John worked at his trade in Monmouth for about a year, then returned to Greenbush where he kept a shop until 1866. On 1 November 1858, he married Helena Meusborn, whom he had known in Germany. In 1866, Mr. and Mrs. Kramer moved to their farm located 2 1/2 miles southeast of Greenbush, where they raised their children in comfort.
The following children were born to the couple:
1 - Louise Katrina, wife of Rev. Karl Lotz
2 - Emma, wife of Rev. Karl Luecke. She died 1892.
3 - Frederick William, husband of Lena Doll.
4 - Bertha Marie, wife of Ferdinand Schoenheider.
5 - Wilhelmina Amelia, wife of the late John R. Ames.
6 - Alvena, wife of Olof Olson
7 - Clara Helena (living with mother in Peoria 1903)
John's brother, Jacob, was born 6 August 1815. He came to America in 1858, making his home with John until 1896, when he decided to return to Germany permanently. He died in Germany on 16 January 1905, in the home in which he was born.
Frederick William Kramer (1863 - 1936)*
Created by: Richard S. Clark
Record added: May 19, 2012
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