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John (Abel/Ebeling) Cramer/Kramer apparently spelled his name Cramer at one time since both the 1870 and 1880 Ogle Co. census records have it spelled Cramer. His first name is spelled Abel in the 1870 census so that may have been his real first name or a middle name. It is spelled John Kramer on his gravestone in the North Grove Evangelical Church cemetery near Leaf River, IL. I found a marriage record for one of John's daughters, Mary, that had her father's first name spelled as Ebeling.

According to the 1870 census John and Barbara (August, Anst, Ernst) lived in Mt. Morris Township, Ogle Co., IL and the 1880 census has John and Barbara living in Leaf River Township.

Census records state he was born in (Prussia) Germany.

Census records indicate he had two children from his wife, Barbara August's earlier marriage living with them according to the 1870 and 1880 census: Morris and Anna August. (I have also seen Barbara's last name spelling as Ernst and Anst)

Since his first children (twins Mary and Lena) with Barbara were born on January 30, 1869 in IL, he probably married her in about 1868.

Barbara was born January 18, 1834 in Germany and believed to have been first married in about 1855 to Dominic August who died about 1865 in an accident. I found an 1860 census record from Covington, KY that shows Dominic and Barbara August living there with son, Morris.

Barbara's son, Morris, from her first marriage was born April 2, 1859 in Covington, Kentucky as I have found his obituary and death certificate. I have been unable to find any marriage records for John and Barbara in Ogle Co. so it is possible that they came from there together.

According to Barbara's 1907 death notice in the Rockford (IL) Morning Star, Barbara came to Ogle Co., IL with her husband about 39 years ago which would be 1868:

September 5, 1907 Rockford Morning Star:

"Mrs. John Cramer, who had made her home recently with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Fogle, has passed away. She with her husband, came to Ogle County about thirty-nine years ago and since that time had lived the greater part of the time in Leaf River Township. The deceased lived for many years on what was known as the Odell farm, where her husband, John Cramer, died some six or seven years ago. The funeral occurred Tuesday, Sept. 3, at North Grove Evangelical Church. She had passed her 72nd year at the time of her death and leaves to mourn, two daughters and two sons with many friends."

Obituary (Unknown Source)

As the first of September was closing, and the son in the western sky was sinking low, word comes to us that the death messenger had stopped in our township, taking two of our quite aged citizens, Mrs. John Cramer, who had made her home recently with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Fogle, had passed away. She, with her husband, came to Ogle Co. about thirty-nine years ago, and since that time lived the greater part of the time in Leaf River Township. The deceased lived for many years on what was known as the ODell farm, where her husband, John Cramer, died some six or seven years ago. The funeral took place on Tuesday, September 3, at the North Grove Evangelical Church. She had passed her seventy-second year at the time of her death, and leaves to mourn two daughters, and two sons with many friends.

Direct Descendants of John (Abel/Ebeling) KRAMER / CRAMER to Roger Cramer:

1 John (Abel/Ebeling) KRAMER / CRAMER b: December 22, 1831 in Prussia (came with Barbara to Ogle Co. in about 1868 probably from Covington, KY area) d: February 14, 1900 in Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL Burial: North Grove Evangelical Cemetery near Leaf River, Ogle Co., IL Age at death: 68
.. +Barbara Ann (Ernst) ANST b: January 18, 1834 in Baiern, Germany m: Abt. 1868 d: September 1, 1907 in Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL Burial: North Grove Evangelical Cemetery near Leaf River, Ogle Co., IL Age at death: 73
.... 2 Louis Clarence KRAMER b: December 25, 1875 in Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL d: October 3, 1960 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Burial: Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL Age at death: 84
........ +Jennie Cady HOVERLAND b: December 3, 1883 in Leaf River, Ogle Co., IL m: March 2, 1904 in Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL d: April 19, 1956 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Burial: Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL Age at death: 72 Father: Frederick Emmett Hoverland Mother: Jane Cady Brown
........... 3 Ralph Walter CRAMER b: April 20, 1909 in Egan, Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL d: February 2, 1987 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Burial: Willwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Age at death: 77
............... +Elva Florence SCHELLING b: January 5, 1912 in Leaf River, Ogle Co., IL m: June 13, 1936 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL d: September 20, 1990 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Burial: Willwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL Age at death: 78 Father: William Alfred Schelling Mother: Addie Mae Motter
.................. 4 Roger Ralph CRAMER b: in Warmolts Clinic, Oregon, Ogle Co., IL

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