Select Kramer Miscellany
- Kramer Numbers in Europe
- Early Cremers in Norfolk
- Kramer Numbers in America
- Creamers in America
- Early Kramers in Pennsylvania
- Pop Kramer - that Famous Cyclist
- Fred Kramer and His Automobile
- Willy Kramer in Berlin
Kramer Numbers in Europe
The table below shows the approximate number of Kramers (and Cramers) in Europe.
Early Cremers in Norfolk
||birth of John (son of Henry and
||marriage of Thomas Cremer and
||birth of Henry (son of Edmund
and Bridget Cremer)
||death of Catherine Cremer (alias
||birth of Roger (son of Thomas
||birth of Ellen and Frances,
twins (daughters of George and Elizabeth Cremer)
||death of Bridget (wife of Edmund
||marriage of Edmund Cremer and
||birth of Thomas (son of John
||birth of John (son of John and
||death of Edmund Cremer
||marriage of Edmund Cremer and
Kramer Numbers in America
The table below shows the number of Kramers (and variants of the name) in America, on the basis of the 1920 census.
By 2000, the total above had increased to some 37,000.
Creamers in America
After thirty something years of research, plus input from
many other Creamer researchers, it has not been possible to identify
one country of origin.
The earliest proven ancestor is Daniel Creamer, born 1798
in South Carolina. He married Matha Wimberly, born 1795 in North
Carolina. It has not been possible to connect him to any other
Early Kramers in Pennsylvania
||marriage of Balthasar Kreamer
and Elizabeth Gerrard
||Philadelphia (St. Michaelis and
||birth of Jacob, son of Balthasar
and Elizabeth Cramer
||Philadelphia (St. Michaelis and Zion)||birth of Maria, daughter of Balthasar and Elizabeth Cramer|
||Lancaster (Moravian church)
||death of Catharine Kraemer
||Lancaster (Moravian church)||death of Michael Kraemer, aged 50
||Philadelphia (Evangelical Lutheran)||Jacob Craemer, witness
||Williamstown (Evangelical Lutheran)||Elis. Kramer prepared for
||Lancaster (Trinity Lutheran)
||birth of Anna, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Craemer|
||Lancaster (Moravian church)||death of Susanna Kraemer, wife
In 1927, George Kramer wrote the following about his family's ancestry:
The earliest definite record of ancestry is an old record found at Binogles church, Lebanon co (formerly Bethel township). The birth records are for the two sons of Jacob and Catherine Kramer, John born in 1785 and Peter born in 1790."
Pop Kramer - that Famous Cyclist
Each summer the family loaded up and traveled to fairgrounds, theaters and small towns all over the northern and southern states where Pop Kramer entertained the crowds of people who followed his show as though he were the pied piper. His picture has been on the front page of newspapers all over the United States. He received payment for his performances by passing the hat. Pop was an amusing sight all by himself.
Pop made friends with the other travelers on the road, the most interesting were the gypsies who traveled regular routes each year. He would allow them to camp on his property in South Carolina in exchange for his family camping on their sites while he traveled north.
Pop got his nickname because he was only able to quit smoking his pipe by replacing the habit with chewing bubble gum. He lost his teeth and refused to wear a partial. He grew a beard and kept his thick graying hair, ear lobe length. His blue eyes sparkled and he was always in a cheerful mood. He could tell "Paul Bunyan" tales for hours and he kept his pockets full of gumballs and bubblegum to pass out to children. He had a heart full of compassion and love for all his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to strangers. There was not a lazy bone in his body.
Fred Kramer and His Automobile
Fred Kramer escaped Nazi Germany with his family in 1936 to come to America . After a year in New York, they settled in Paso Robles, California. His son Henry remembered the early days there affectionately.
When Father picked us up at Union Station in Los Angeles he told us that he had been taking driving lessons. In a few days, Father bought a 1936 Ford Sedan. He said, rightly, that it was absolutely necessary to have a car in Southern California. Of course, with the help of his driving instructor, Father had obtained a learner's permit. And he still had it when we moved to Paso Robles several weeks later. So we had a car but no one with a license to drive it.
That caused us difficulties and, to us children, great embarrassment. We children came to the store after school and when the store closed the family's homeward trek started. There were the five of us loaded down with school books and bags of grocery trudging through town on our way home. It seemed to us children as if we were being mocked by jeering crowds lined up on the sidewalk while we were parading down the center of the main street.
Of course, Father tried to get his driver's license. However, he had difficulties. One of them was that he was unable to prevent the gears from chattering as soon as he shifted from the starting speed to the next higher. The effect was similar to riding on a bucking bronco. The car would hiccup, and take a jump, and then another, and another, and finally die. It took Father many months to get on to the trick of calming the car somewhat to make the transition smoothly. Alas, he never mastered it."
Willy Kramer in Berlin
More than 200,000 Jews emigrated from the countries of the former Soviet Union to Germany after the wall came down. Willy Kramer's parents had come earlier, from the Latvian capital of Riga. But Willy himself never felt fully at home in his new country.
Willy Kramer grew up in Berlin and in 2007 wrote Berlin Fucking City, a series of short stories which revealed something of his love-hate relationship with the metropolis. His stories are quite violent and the city he depicts is one of outsiders.