Posted By:Anita Lampila
Subject:Hermann Hollmann/Germany/IA/NE/1850's/1860's
Post Date:October 06, 2002 at 21:25:57
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Forum:Clayton County, IA Genealogy Forum
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Looking for more info on my gg-grandfather, Hermann Hollmann from the Kingdom of Hannover, Prussia and his parents and siblings. Hermann (full name might be Johann Hermann) was born in 1831 in Diepholz, Kingdom of Hannover. He came to this country probably in the 1850's. I have one reference that says he was in Cincinnati for about a year and then went to Clayton county Iowa where he married Eliza Kramer in October of 1858. He and Eliza and Eliza's family then came to Lancaster county, Nebraska in the early 1860's settling around what was then known as Salt Creek later named Kramer after Eliza's father, Bernard Henry Kramer. Several of Herman and Eliza's children were born in Clayton County Iowa and the rest were born in Nebraska. The Kramers were from Westphalen, Germany and came to America about 1846 on a sailship thru the port of New Orleans and lived in St. Louis for a few years before going to Clayton county Iowa. One story was that Herman came to this county with three of his brothers. I have found reference to a Bernard (possibly Barnet or other form of Bernard) and William and a sister Caroline Ostman ( possibly Ortman or Orthman). In the Lancaster County site, it has the marriage of William to Sophie Kramer (younger sister of Eliza) and Bernard, Herman and Caroline were listed as witnesses. William was married in 1870 and died a few months after his marriage. William had lived in this country about 5 years when he died. Herman's mother was Sophie Wilken (sometimes spelled Wilkie) and his father's name was Heinrich or Friedrich (I have found it both ways). Would like to find more exact info on his parents and siblings, he had about 8 siblings. Would also like to know exactly where he lived in Germany. I have much info on his life and family here in Nebraska.