|About Dorothea Cramer|
Dorothea Cramer was born about 1839 in an unknown place overseas in Germany (Prussia) and died on November 15, 1909 in Van Buren, Ohio. Actual date of birth is unknown. She lived to be about 70 years old.
1839 - 11/15/1909
Her father, Kaspar Cramer is believed to be related to Maria Cramer (who is the mother of August Kalthoff). If this is true, she and August Kalthoff are grandchildren of Franz A. Cramer and M. Freusberg.
A son, Matthew -- born in November 1869, dies when he is about 7-8 months old. It is believed the Kalthoff family moved while the 1870 census was being collected and were recorded twice -- once before the death of Matthew and again after his death.
|Census||6/27/1870 ||Detroit Ward 9 MI (Wayne County) ||31 yrs old |
|Recorded as dwelling #1012, family #984: August Kalthoff (age 40),
Dora (age 31),
Matthew (6 months), and
Micheal Bullen (age 14).
August is a grocer and estimates the value of his personal estate to be $700. August, Dora, and Mary were born in Prussia. Robert was born in New York and everyone else was born in Michigan. Mary has been attending school. No one in the household can read or write. |
|Census||7/14/1870 ||Detroit Ward 7 MI (Wayne County) ||31 yrs old |
|Recorded as dwelling #111411, family #1185: Augustus Kalthoff (age 40),
Doroden (wife, age 30)
Maria (daughter, age 7), and
Robert (son, age 4).
Augustus is a laborer and estimates the value of his personal estate to be $800. Augustus, Doroden and Maria were born in Prussia. Robert was born in Connecticut. No one in the household can read or write. They live next door to a retired grocer. |
|Census||6/28/1880 ||Hamtramck MI (Wayne County) ||41 yrs old |
|Recorded in dwelling #391, family #404: August Kalthoff (age 54)
Dorothea (age 42),
Mary (age 17),
Dorothea (9 months), and
Casper Volkenrath (father [???], age 50).
August is working in a grocery and Casper is working as a peddler.
Casper is a widower. All who are 17 years old or older were born in Germany and those younger were born in Michigan. Elizbeth has been attending school and no one in the household can read or write.
The family of Antony Cramer (age 31) is living next door.|
NOTE: The June 5, 1865 New York Passenger lists Casper Volkenrath (age 35) and T. Volkenrath (female, age 54). They were traveling from Germany to the United States with A. Kramer (female, age 18) and G. Kramer (male, age 7). Casper's age makes it impossible for him to be the father of August as stated on this census report.
|Census||6/8/1900 ||Detroit City MI (Wayne County) ||61 yrs old |
|Doratha Kalthoff (widow, born Aug 1837, age 62),
Theresa (daughter, born Aug 1876, age 23), and
Doratha (daughter, born Aug 1879, age 20). Doratha has given birth to 8 children and 4 are still living. She and her parents were born in Germany. Her daughters were born in Michigan. She has been in the United States for 40 years and immigrated in 1860. Both daughters are working as telephone operators. All three can read, write and speak English.
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||The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
||The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
||The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
||Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
||Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
||Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
||Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
||Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
||Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
||First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
||The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
||Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
||First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
||The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
||Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
||The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
||Electrons are discovered by Thomson
||Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
||The triode vacuum tube is invented
||NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
||NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
||Oregon Trail is established
||Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
||Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
||May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
||American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
||An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
||Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
||The National League of Baseball is founded
||The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
||The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
Born about 1826 and died about 1899
|The Children of Dorothea Cramer|
|Robert Casper Kalthoff|
Born somewhere in Connecticut about 1866 and died in an unknown location about 1966. Actual dates are unknown and those shown are estimated.
Robert and Matilda had five children:
Matilda G (daughter, 1891),
Antoinette D (daughter, 1892),
Loyola Elizabeth(daughter, 1895),
Robert (son, 1897), and