Boyer - Kramer Family Records
Notes about the family of Mae Kramer Huffman Norwood and the maternal ancestors of Walter C. Huffman
Four Generations of Boyers, Kramers, and Huffmans:
1916 Walter C Huffman Jr with grandma Flora Boyer Kramer and great grandma Anna Boyer and mother Mae Kramer Huffman
Notes about the Boyer - Kramer Family of Mae Kramer Huffman Norwood
The Boyer and Kramer forbearers of Walter Charles Huffman Junior
Mae Kramer, the mother of Walter Charles Huffman Junior was born in Kansas on May 21, 1889. She was the daughter of John E. Kramer and Flora J Boyer. May Kramer Huffman's Boyer family ancestry had come from the German-speaking area of Switzerland, emigrating first to Pennsylvania in the 1720s.
[note: Just as Conrad Huffman changed the spelling of his name from Hofmann, seemingly to retain the same pronunciation in America, so also did the Boyer family, whose surname was originally Bayer. In German, Bayer is pronounced with a short A: "Bye-er" rather than "Bay-er". Presumably, the adoption of the Boyer spelling was an attempt to retain the pronunciation of the family name.]
There were three generations of John Boyers who lived in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:
This ancestor, John Boyer (III), born in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1749 moved the family 50 miles west to York County on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. This was in North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania where John Boyer died in 1786 at the young age of 37 (cause of his death has not yet been identified). John Boyer married Elizabeth Boyer, born November 12, 1749. She greatly outlived him and died at age 77 on January 16, 1827 in York County, Pennsylvania.
John and Elizabeth Boyer had several children, the list of names not yet identified. Among the earliest was the Boyer ancestor George Boyer. George Boyer was born on July 3, 1773 in York County, Pennsylvania and died there on June 22, 1828 at the relatively young age of 54. George Boyer was a Lutheran, and it is interesting that he is said also to be a follower of the "Personal Piety" movement, just as our ancestor Conrad Huffman was.
The Piety movement later developed into the "Evangelische Kirchenverein", or Evangelical Lutheran movement, or which the Lutheran Church of York County where George Boyer lived was one. This Piety movement resulted in ostracism in Germany 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 Boyer family ancestors and our Huffman family ancestors seem to have been so motivated.
George Boyer married Anna Maria Hartmann (1778 1853) in 1798. They lived in Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania in the south of central Pennsylvania just on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. Anna Hartmann was born August 4, 1778 in Maryland and died October 10, 1853 in Springfield, York County, Pennsylvania. She was daughter of Tobias Hartman (1730 1817) and Maria Elizabeth Houseworth (1741 1840). Tobias Hartman had migrated from the Palatinate region of south-west Germany as did our ancestor Conrad Huffman. George and Anna Boyer had 6 children:
George Boyer died on June 22, 1828 age only 54 and was buried in Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery in York County, Pennsylvania.
George and Anna Boyer's son Daniel Boyer, the ancestor of Mae Kramer lived in Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
Daniel was married to Rosanna (sometimes "Rosina") Glattfelder (born March 5, 1804) by the Rev. John Herbst, Jr. on January 22, 1818 in the Sadlers Lutheran Church.
Rosanna was the daughter of Casper Glattfelder and Eva Maria Kirsch 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 Kirsch (1765 1851) 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, Pennsylvania on March 26, 1801, married Michael Glattfelter, all in this same Lutheran church.
Daniel and Rosanna Boyer had an amazing 15 children:
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, Indiana on November 2, 1868. He and Rosanna Boyer were buried in East Germantown Lutheran Cemetery, East Germantown, Indiana.
Grave marker for Daniel and Rosanna Boyer, East Germantown Lutheran Cemetery, 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, ancestor of Mae Kramer was the third:
The Boyers lived in Cambridge City, Jackson Township, Wayne County, Indiana between at least 1840 and Anna Boyer's death in 1922. In the 1860 census, Cornelius's profession is listed as "Post F Maker" (I'm not sure exactly what that would be). Cornelius Boyer also served on the Union side during the Civil war, serving in Company G of the Fifth Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War.
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.
Cornelius Boyer died on July 12, 1918:
Cornelius Boyer obituary from the Cambridge City Tribune, Indiana, July 18, 1918: Cornelius Boyer was born May 9, 1836, in Little York, York county, PA. His father was Daniel Boyer of that state. His mother was Rosina daughter of Jacob Glattfelder, also of Pennsylvania. When Cornelius was six years old he came with his parents overland, there being no railroads at that time, to Indiana, where they lived to a ripe old age and died in Pershing where they first settled. There was a family of 15 children, 4 of whom survive, namely: Daniel Boyer of Cambridge City, Elizabeth Oldaker of Pershing, Rebecca Swinn of Richmond and Chas. Boyer of Galesburg, Ills. He was united in marriage to Anna Russell in 1858, and to them was born seven children, Mrs. Geo. Weber, Chas. Boyer and Albert Boyer of Cambridge City, Mrs. John Kramer of Indianapolis, Frank Boyer of Richmond and Mrs. Addie M. Forrest and Isaac Boyer, both of whom preceded their father in death. Soon after marriage they went to housekeeping in Jacksonburg, and from there moved to the present location south of Cambridge City, where Mr. Boyer followed farming and the carpenter trade... He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mrs. Walter Huffman and John Kramer of Indianapolis, Mrs. Wm. Conrad and Dorothy Boyer of Cambridge City, Mrs. H. J. Filby and Mrs. Elmer Bauer (Sauer, maybe) of Richmond, Earl Boyer of Cincinnati, and Chas. Boyer who belongs to the 324th machine gun battalion and landed in France two weeks ago. Also three great-grandsons Walter Hoffman, jr., of Indianapolis, Wm. Conrad, jr., of Cambridge City and Noel Herbert Sauer of Richmond. He was taken sick April 3, 1918, and lingered until July 12, 1918. For many months he was practically helpless, during which time he was tenderly cared for by his wife and his son Albert. He was well known in Cambridge and vicinity and held in high esteem by all who knew him.
Anna Boyer outlived her husband Cornelius Boyer by four years, dying in Wayne County, Indiana in 1922.
The third Boyer child, the ancestor Flora J. Boyer married on June 8, 1883 to John E. Kramer. John Kramer was born 1864 in Indiana. John and Flora Kramer had two children: John E Kramer, Jr. (1889-1947) and Mae A. Kramer. The "A." seems to have been Anna, after Mae's mother's mother. There are records showing "Mae Ann" and "Mae Anna", but her passport and several census records stated "Mae Anna".
Mae Anna 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 the 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.
By 1910, John E. Kramer and Flora J. Kramer were living at 1382 Nordyke Avenue in Indianapolis. John was listed as being a "machinist".
By 1930, John E. Kramer Senior having died, Flora lived at 1744 Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis, where she was still living until her death in 1949 at age 83.
Notice of Flora J. Kramer death in the Indianapolis Star 14 February 1949
Further records of Mae's brother John have not yet been located.
A recent discovery was that Mae Anna Kramer was first married in 1907. She later sometimes mentioned to the family that she had been in a marriage arranged by the family, and that she hated the marriage, but provided no further details. The marriage took place at the Kramer home on Nordyke Avenue, Indianapolis on 28 November 1907, ironically Thanksgiving Day. The groom was Carol David Craig - he was 27 and Mae was 18. A record of their divorce has not yet been located.
Mae Anna Kramer married Walter Charles Huffman in Chicago where he was then working on 29 September 1913. After only six years of marriage, Walter Charles Huffman died November 13, 1918 during the great influenza epidemic from pneumonia. He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, where Mae and her father John Kramer also bought plots, as shown in the document, below.
Mae A. Kramer later married Ralph S. Norwood on November 14, 1923. During their married years in Indianapolis, they lived at 3617 Carrollton Avenue in a house built by Ralph on property he had purchased in 1920.
Ralph died in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia in November, 1971 and Mae died in September, 1974 in Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Funeral card for Anna E. (Russell) Boyer, 1843 - 1922
John E. Kramer, Sr and Mae A. Huffman cemetery plot, Crown Hill, Indianapolis 1918
Mae and Ralph Norwood (at right), 1961 on Cunard Liner Caronia Round the World Cruise
1 from Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County 1901 pages 718-720
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