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Cora Belle <I>Gerrard</I> Cramer

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Cora Belle Gerrard Cramer

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death
22 Sep 1955 (aged 65)
Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA Add to Map
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Cora Belle Gerrard was the daughter of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta J. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. I found only four children for the couple--Minnie (b.Jan 1888), Cora (b.6 Jan 1890), Clay (b.Aug 1892), and Clarence (b.Aug 1895), but there appear to have been six.

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4. In 1910, Rosetta would report that only two of those children were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married.

Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County. Benjamin was the son of Isaac William Cramer and Nancy Rachel Hutchinson. Cora and Benjamin had six children together—Sheddrick Finley (18 Sep 1909), Josephine Jenette (24 Sep 1911), Theodore W. (27 Nov 1912), Leonard Earl (18 Feb 1916), Joseph R. (3 Jan 1919), and Winifred Marie (20 Mar 1923).

I found the family on the 1910 Census, living in Plymouth, Center Township, Marshall Co., Indiana. Benjamin Cramer, aged 23, was working for the railroad. Cora, aged 19, reported that she had had one child. There with his parents was son Sheddrick, aged 7 months.

A year after that census, daughter Josephine joined the family on 24 Sep 1911. Sadly, she died two months later on 25 Nov 1911.

Son Theodore was born a year and two days after the family lost Josephine. The stork returned in 1916 to deliver son Leonard.

On his 5 Jun 1917 WWI draft card, Benjamin, aged 30, reported that he was living in Inwood, Marshall Co., Indiana, and working as a railroad employee for Penn Railroad. He was described as of medium height and build, with blue eyes and black hair. He indicated that he had a wife (Cora) and three children (Sheddrick, Theodore, Leonard) that depended upon him. With the arrival of son Joseph two years later, there would be four children in the household.

When the 1920 Census was enumerated, the family was living in Plymouth's Center Township. Benjamin, aged 31, was still working for the railroad. Cora, aged 30, was busy at home raising four young boys—Sheddrick, aged 10, Theodore, aged 7, Earl, aged 3, and 1-month-old Joseph. Winifred would join the family three years down the road.

The family was still living in Inwood, Marshall County in 1930. Benjamin, aged 43, had gotten a job as a delivery man for a grain elevator. Cora, aged 40, was keeping house. All five of their children were still at home—Sheddrick, aged 20, Theodore, aged 17, Earl, aged 14, Joe, aged 11, and Winifred, aged 7.

Sadly, the family lost daughter Winifred fourteen days before Christmas on 11 Dec 1939. She was only 16 years old.

When the 1940 Census came around, the family was still in the same place. Benjamin, aged 53, still had his job at the grain elevator. Cora, aged 50, was still holding things together on the homefront. Their three sons were still living at home—Sheddrick, aged 30 and working out, Leonard, aged 21 and working as a meat cutter in a grocery, and Joe, aged 21 and working as a plasterer's assistant. Also living with the family was 29-year-old lodger Elmer H. Sullivan.

On his 27 Apr 1942 WWII draft card, Benjamin, aged 55, reported that he was living in Inwood, Indiana and working for Mose Appleman. He gave wife Cora as the name of the person who would always know where he was. He measured in at 5' 8" tall and weighed in at 150 lbs. His eyes were still blue, his hair still black.

On 20 Feb 1949, Cora and Benjamin celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary. Six years later, death parted them, first claiming Cora on 22 Sep 1955 at age 65. Benjamin had her laid to rest near the two daughters they had lost. Benjamin lived another decade without his helpmate and companion, departing this earth on 6 Jun 1965 in Niles, Berrien Co., Michigan. His mortal remains were returned for burial between Cora and daughter Josephine. When son Joseph died in 1967, he too took his place in the family's plot here in Oak Hill.
Cora Belle Gerrard was the daughter of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta J. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. I found only four children for the couple--Minnie (b.Jan 1888), Cora (b.6 Jan 1890), Clay (b.Aug 1892), and Clarence (b.Aug 1895), but there appear to have been six.

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4. In 1910, Rosetta would report that only two of those children were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married.

Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County. Benjamin was the son of Isaac William Cramer and Nancy Rachel Hutchinson. Cora and Benjamin had six children together—Sheddrick Finley (18 Sep 1909), Josephine Jenette (24 Sep 1911), Theodore W. (27 Nov 1912), Leonard Earl (18 Feb 1916), Joseph R. (3 Jan 1919), and Winifred Marie (20 Mar 1923).

I found the family on the 1910 Census, living in Plymouth, Center Township, Marshall Co., Indiana. Benjamin Cramer, aged 23, was working for the railroad. Cora, aged 19, reported that she had had one child. There with his parents was son Sheddrick, aged 7 months.

A year after that census, daughter Josephine joined the family on 24 Sep 1911. Sadly, she died two months later on 25 Nov 1911.

Son Theodore was born a year and two days after the family lost Josephine. The stork returned in 1916 to deliver son Leonard.

On his 5 Jun 1917 WWI draft card, Benjamin, aged 30, reported that he was living in Inwood, Marshall Co., Indiana, and working as a railroad employee for Penn Railroad. He was described as of medium height and build, with blue eyes and black hair. He indicated that he had a wife (Cora) and three children (Sheddrick, Theodore, Leonard) that depended upon him. With the arrival of son Joseph two years later, there would be four children in the household.

When the 1920 Census was enumerated, the family was living in Plymouth's Center Township. Benjamin, aged 31, was still working for the railroad. Cora, aged 30, was busy at home raising four young boys—Sheddrick, aged 10, Theodore, aged 7, Earl, aged 3, and 1-month-old Joseph. Winifred would join the family three years down the road.

The family was still living in Inwood, Marshall County in 1930. Benjamin, aged 43, had gotten a job as a delivery man for a grain elevator. Cora, aged 40, was keeping house. All five of their children were still at home—Sheddrick, aged 20, Theodore, aged 17, Earl, aged 14, Joe, aged 11, and Winifred, aged 7.

Sadly, the family lost daughter Winifred fourteen days before Christmas on 11 Dec 1939. She was only 16 years old.

When the 1940 Census came around, the family was still in the same place. Benjamin, aged 53, still had his job at the grain elevator. Cora, aged 50, was still holding things together on the homefront. Their three sons were still living at home—Sheddrick, aged 30 and working out, Leonard, aged 21 and working as a meat cutter in a grocery, and Joe, aged 21 and working as a plasterer's assistant. Also living with the family was 29-year-old lodger Elmer H. Sullivan.

On his 27 Apr 1942 WWII draft card, Benjamin, aged 55, reported that he was living in Inwood, Indiana and working for Mose Appleman. He gave wife Cora as the name of the person who would always know where he was. He measured in at 5' 8" tall and weighed in at 150 lbs. His eyes were still blue, his hair still black.

On 20 Feb 1949, Cora and Benjamin celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary. Six years later, death parted them, first claiming Cora on 22 Sep 1955 at age 65. Benjamin had her laid to rest near the two daughters they had lost. Benjamin lived another decade without his helpmate and companion, departing this earth on 6 Jun 1965 in Niles, Berrien Co., Michigan. His mortal remains were returned for burial between Cora and daughter Josephine. When son Joseph died in 1967, he too took his place in the family's plot here in Oak Hill.


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