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Benjamin Franklin KRAMER
Joanna Gordon STRAUB
Husband:  Benjamin Franklin KRAMER / CRAMER
Birth:  1842/3, OH
Occupation:  farmer
Presumed Brother:  Frederick KRAMER, b. 1844/5, OH
Marriage:  2 Jan 1868, Carroll Co., IL
Wife:  Joannah / Joanna Gordon STRAUB / STROUP
Birth:  1838 or 3 Jan 1839, Juniata Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Jacob STRAUB
Mother:  Hannah GORDON
Children born in Carroll Co., IL:
1.  Mary Etta KRAMER, b. 1868
2.  Calvin F. KRAMER, b. 1870
3.  [Artemia?] "Artie" L. KRAMER, b. 1871
4.  Gertrude KRAMER, b. 1872
5.  Jessie KRAMER, b. 1876/7
6.  Sheridan H. KRAMER, b. 1877/8
7.  Oliver S. KRAMER, b. Dec 1879
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1a.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900 (online at the Illinois State Archives web site):
KRAMER, Benjamin F STROUP, Joanna 01/02/1868 Vol B, p. 10 Lic#362 Carroll Co.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs online at FamilySearch.org).
Johanna Gordon STRAUB
Birth: 3 Jan 1839; Place: Jaunita  Co, PA
Father: Jacob Straub; Mother: Hannah Gordon
Spouse: Benjamin Franklin KRAMER
Marriage: 2 Jan 1861; Place:
Source: patron submission
They were married in 1868, not 1861.

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5-6 of 29):  Lanark P.O., Cherry Grove Twp., Carroll Co., IL, Roll M593_191, pp. 89A-89B, PN 5-6, 40/40, enumerated 23 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Cramer Benj 27 M W Farmer   250 Ohio
______ Joanna ?4 F W Keeping House     Penn
______ Mary Etta  3 F W       Illinois
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______ Frederick 25 M W Farmer   150 Ohio
At first glance, Joanna's age looks like 24, but on closer inspection, it might be 34, which is nearer the truth.  If Mary Etta is truly 3 years old, then she was born before our couple married.  I'm going to assume her age is enumerator error, and 1880 supports that this is the case.  Frederick is almost certainly Benjamin's brother.

3.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 33):  Village of Shannon, Carroll Co., IL, Roll T9_178 (Book 1), p. 590A, PN 17, SD 2, ED 20, enumerated 8 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 13 21 24 25 26
127 Kramer Benj W M 38     / Farmer   OH PA PA
  ______ Joanna W F 38   Wife / Keeping House   PA PA PA
  ______ Mary E W F 12   Dau   Attends School / IL OH PA
  ______ Calvin F W M 10   Son   Attends School / IL OH PA
  ______ Artie L W F  9   Dau   Attends School / IL OH PA
  ______ Gertrude W F  8   Dau   Attends School / IL OH PA
  ______ Sheridan H W M  2   Son       IL OH PA
  ______ Jessie W F  3   Dau       IL OH PA
  ______ Oliver S W M 5/12 Dec Son       IL OH PA
Joanna is still fibbing about her age.

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, at least not in Illinois.

6.  "Carroll County Biographies:  Jacob Straub."  A Goodly Heritage.  Supplement #1, Spring 1975 (online at the Carroll County "Illinois Trails" web site):
Jacob Straub (1808-1889) was the first of three brothers to come from Snyder County, Penna., to Carroll County.  He came to this country in 1854, and settled on a farm three miles west of Shannon.  Later he moved to Manson, Iowa, where he died.  In Pennsylvania, he had married Hannah Gordon; and they were the parents of five children... Joanna, the wife of Benjamin F. Kramer of Florence in Stephenson County...
If Joanna & Benjamin moved to Florence, it was after the 1880 census because they were married in 1868 in Carroll County, then were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Carroll County.

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