Mae Kramer was the daughter
of John E. Kramer and Flora J (Boyer) Kramer.
May Kramer’s Boyer
grandmother was Anna E. (Russell) Boyer, born February 5, 1843 in Pennsylvania.
Anna Boyer married Cornelius Boyer in Indiana on
September 16, 1858. May Kramer’s grandfather, Cornelius Boyer was born
May 9, 1836 in Pennsylvania, and died July 12, 1918
in Wayne County, Indiana. Anna E. Boyer died in Wayne County, Indiana January 4, 1922.
The Boyer family were immigrants
from Germany. Their ancestor was Henry Bayer (not Boyer) who emigrated from Germany,
settling in Manheim Township (the local spelling),
York County, Pennsylvania
in about 1742, where he bought 375 acres of farm land. Henry Bayer, born about
1725 was a Lutheran, and it is interesting that he is said also to be a follower of the “Personal Piety” movement,
just as Conrad Huffman (Konrad Hofmann) was. The Piety movement later developed into
the "Evangelische Kirchenverein", or Evangelical Lutheran movement, or which the Sadler's Lutheran Church later founded in
Manheim Township was an example.
Piety movement resulted in ostracism from the traditional Lutheran Church, and from much of contemporary society, and caused
many German families to emigrate in the first half of the 18th Century. Both our Bayer/Boyer family ancestors and
our Hofmann/Huffman family ancestors seem to have been so motivated.
Just as Conrad
Huffman changed the spelling of his name from Hofmann, seemingly to retain the pronunciation in America, so also did the children of Henry Bayer.
In German, Bayer is pronounced with a short A: “Bye-er”, not “Bae-er”. Presumably, the adoption of the Boyer spelling was an attempt to retain the pronunciation of the family
name. As is indicated below, other children of Henry Bayer used spellings of
Bayer, Beyer, Boyer, and Byer, presumably with the same pronunciation objective.
had eight children:
Boyer born about 1743, died 1812
- Jacob Beyer born about 1745
- John Boyer born about 1747
- Benjamin Boyer born about 1751; said in the Boyer reference work to
have perhaps been killed in the American Revolutionary War.
- Jonas Byer, born March 17, 1760, and died February 10, 1849 in Markham Canada, where
he had settled in 1811.
- Christopher Boyer, born after 1763.
- The seventh child of Henry Bayer was Daniel Boyer, born in October 19,
1799, who was Mae Kramer's ancestor.
- Maria Boyer, whose birth date is not recorded and may have been born in the
Daniel Boyer, the ancester
of Mae Kramer, is listed as being a member of the German speaking community in southwest York County,
Pennsylvania. The Townships of that area were named "Heidelberg", "Manheim", "West Manheim", "Hanover", showing
the German influence, if not the exact German spelling. The Boyers lived in Manheim Township.
Daniel was married
to Rosanna (sometimes "Rosina") Glattfelder (born March 5, 1804) by the Rev. John Herbst, Jr. on January 22,
1818 in the Sadler’s Lutheran Church.
As mentioned previously, this was an Evangelical Lutheran church, of German speaking membership at that time, with the bible
used and the church by-laws both being in German,
Rosanna was the daughter
of Casper Glattfelder and Eva Maria Glattfelder. Casper Glattfelder was born in Switzerland in the village of Glattfelden
in the Zurich Canton in 1746. Glattfeld means literally "flat field" in German. Casper died in November 1823. Rosanna's
mother, Eva Maria was born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania.
This was not the only Boyer
- Glattfelder marriage. Jacob Glattfelder of York County married Anna Mary Boyer on October 23, 1805. Elizabeth
Boyer born in York County on March 26, 1801, married Michael Glattfelter.
Daniel and Rosanna Boyer
had an amazing 15 children:
1. Alexander Boyer
born June 12, 1821 who married Sarah Boyer and had children Rosanna
2. Mary Ann Boyer born
March 20, 1823, and who died in York County, Pennsylvania on July 28, 1876. Mary Ann married Jesias G. Bortner
(19 Oct 1819 - 20 Dec 1895) in York County in 1842.
3. Jackson Boyer born
May 15, 1825, (named after Andrew Jackson who had recently lost the 1824 Presidential election). Jackson
moved to Iowa, where he joined the 24 Iowa Infantry during the Civil War and Was killed in action in 1863.
Rosanna gained a small Civil War pension as a result.
4. Thomas Jefferson
Boyer born December 13, 1826 (named after Thomas Jefferson who died a few months previously on July 4, 1826). Thomas
joined the Tenth Illinois Infantry during the Civil Was and was killed in combat.
5. Isabelle Boyer born
October 15, 1828, who married William Casper in about 1845.
6. Amos Boyer born
November 4, 1830, who was a cooper, ropemaker and carpenter. Amos married Sarah Hamm (born 1834) and had children
Warren and Clara (Clara lived with her parents for more than 50 years, and apparently never married), Cleon, and Otto.
Amos served in the 42nd Indiana Infintry during the Civil War. He died after 1910.
7. Aaron Boyer born
February 17, 1833. In the 1850 Census, Aaron is listed as being blind.
8. John Boyer, born
February 9, 1835, who married, but had no children, and died in 1896. In the 1880s, John lived with his brother Amos's family.
9. Cornelius Boyer, May
Kramer's grandfather, born May 9, 1836 who was the ancestor of Mae Kramer. Cornelius served in Company G of the
5 Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War.
10. Sophie Boyer, born
March 24, 1838 and died young in 1848.
11. Rebecca Boyer,
born April 22, 1841
12. Daniel Boyer, born
August 25, 1843, and who died in Cambridge City on May 7, 1920 at age 76.
13. and 14. Fraternal
twins William Boyer and Elizabeth Boyer, born May 24, 1845.
15. Charles C. Boyer,
born October 25, 1849, who married Maggie Neilon of York County in 1869.
Daniel and Rosanna Boyer
moved from York County, Pennsylvania to East
Germantown, Wayne County, Indiana in 1838 with their children, including Cornelius, Mae Kramer's grandfather.
Wayne County Indiana is located near the Ohio-Indiana border. Daniel Boyer died in Wayne County prior to 1870 and
he and Rosanna Boyer were buried in East Germantown, Indiana.
Cornelius Boyer, Mae Kramer's
grandfather, married Anna E. (Russell) Boyer (born February 5, 1843 in Pennsylvania) in Wayne County, Indiana
at the Bethel Christian Church on September 16, 1858, when Cornelius was 22 and Anna was 16.
Cornelius and Anna Boyer
had 7 children, of whom Flora was the third.
1. Emma C. born
August 23, 1859 who married George Weber in 1880.
2. Addie born
July 17, 1861 and died April 15, 1889, aged only 28, perhaps in childbirth.
3. Flora J. born
July 21, 1865 and died after 1941, who married John E. Kramer on June 8, 1883, Flora was Mae Kramer's mother.
4. Isaac B. born
October 23, 1867 and died May 21, 1890, aged only 22.
5. Frank, born January
1, 1870 and died May 30, 1925. Frank married Minnie Luster, and they had two children: Bess who married Harold
Filby and Lillian who married Elmer Sauers (and who had children Noel and David).
6. Charles born
March 9, 1873 married Nellie Sullivan in Cincinnati.
Charles and Nellie had 3 children: Charles J. Boyer born June 3 1896, and who married Salena Ogborn in 1915, and had two children.
7. Albert born
October 23, 1877 married Flora Davis, daughter of Walter (an organ maker) and Mary Davis of Cambridge, Wayne County,
Indiana. However, in the 1910 Census, Albert is listed as living with Cornelius and Anna, with Albert's daughter, Bessie,
born in 1894, but Flora is not listed, so presumably had died. Albert was still living at home with his mother Anna
in the 1920 Census. Two years later, at age 44, at about the time of Anna's death, Albert married Floy Boyer when
she was aged 43.
The Boyers lived in Cambridge City, Jackson
Township, Wayne County, Indiana between at least 1840 and Anna’s
death in 1922. In the 1860 census, Cornelius's profession is listed as "Post F Maker" whatever that may be. Cornelius,
Anna, and son Albert, then 32, lived in RR A, Cambridge City, Wayne
County, Indiana. Albert was listed as being a “bicycle repairman at own
shop”. Albert Boyer lived with his mother Anna until her death in 1922.
Anna Boyer outlived her husband
Cornelius Boyer who had died in 1918 by four years.
The third Boyer child, Flora
J. Boyer married in June 8, 1883 to John E. Kramer. John was born 1864 in Indiana. John and Flora Kramer had two children: John E Kramer, Jr. and Mae A. Kramer.
The "A." may have been for Anna, Mae's mother's mother. There are records of Mae Ann and Mae Anna.
Mae A. Kramer was born in
El Dorado, Kansas in Butler County, east of Wichita on
May 21, 1889. El Dorado was very much a farming area, particularly in corn,
and grass covered prairie. El Dorado at that time was still a pioneer area, with the population being only about 3,600.
The railroad had come to El Dorado in 1877. Why John Kramer moved there from Indiana is not recorded.
In 1910, John E. Kramer and
Flora J. Kramer lived at 1382 Nordyke Avenue in Indianapolis. He was listed
as being a “machinist”.
By 1930, John having died,
Flora lived at 1744 Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis,
where she was still living until at least 1941. Her death record has not yet been located. Further records of Mae's brother John have not yet been located.
Mae A. Kramer married Walter
Charles Huffman in 1913. Walter Charles Huffman died November 13, 1918, and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetary, where
Mae and her father John also bought plots, as shown in the document, below.
Mae A. Kramer later remarried
Ralph S. Norwood on November 14, 1923. During the 1930s, they lived at 3617 Carrollton Avenue, Indianapolis. By 1947,
they had moved to 5737 Wildwood Avenue in Indianapolis.
Ralph died in Jefferson Hospital
in Philadelphia in November, 1971 and Mae died in September, 1974 in Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Delaware County,