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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CRAMER, MAJ. JOSEPH, farmer, section 5, P. O. Villisca; born April 22, 1813, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in which county he received his education, and learned the trade of a boot and shoemaker. Until 1855 he followed his trade, but at that time commenced farming. Came to Iowa in 1857. Enlisted as first sergeant in company F, Fourth Indiana volunteer infantry, in the Mexican war, and was engaged in numerous battles. In August, 1861, he enlisted in company K, Fourth Iowa infantry, and upon the organization of the company was chosen captain. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Jackson and Vicksburg. Received a promotion to the rank of major after the battle of Pea Ridge. Resigned in August, 1863. Was married in 1834,, to Miss Mary Lytle, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he has five children: Francis D., Martha, Thomas H., James H. and Mary S. Was married the second time to Mrs. Elizabeth Lytle in 1849, by whom he has ten children, six now living: D. W., Charles A., Elizabeth C., John S., Harriet and Jesse. In 1871 Major Cramer was elected representative of his district, which office he filled to the complete satisfaction of his constituency. He owns a farm of 320 acres.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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