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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Caroline Fermazin Steingraber

Caroline Steingraber was born 13 August 1852 in Rynarzewo, (Labischin) Posen, Prussia to Friedrick Fermazin and Louise Bonau. Caroline was one of four children. She died on 13 December 1937 in Fox, Kendall, Illinois.Caroline
Born: Aug.13,1850 Rynarzewo
Bapt. Aug. 18,1850
Witnesses: Eduard Zillmmer, Louise Wienkauf, August Bartung
Father - Einwohner
Entry # 271/1850 page 320-321

On 25 September 1852 her mother Louise Bonau Fermazin died of cholera along with her sister, Henriette in Labischin, Posen, Prussia.

Her siblings were:
Stephan Carl born 15 October 1847 in Labischen and who emigrated to America.
Henriette born 9, October 1843 who died of cholera 27 September 1852.  ,
August born 12 September 1841 who married Ernestine Kurtz and stayed behind in Kawiesezewo, Posen.

We are not sure when Caroline came to the USA. Her nieces came in 1896 and siblings by her father Friedrich Fermazin and Caroline Hartwig came in 1879 and 1880 to Aurora, Kane, Illinois.

Caroline married  William Steingraber about 1885 and they lived and raised their family in the farming communities  of Rost Township Minnesota and then moving to Aurora, Kane, Illinois, and later to  Yorkville, Kendall, Illinois. She was a housewife. It appears, Caroline was the second wife of William Steingraber and her step children resided in the household in the 1900 census. Prior to living in Yorkville Caroline and William lived in Aurora, Kane, Illinos with their children: Julius, Edward, Awiel, Minnie, Willie, Anna, and Johnnie.
Prior to this they lived in Minnesota.  Johnnie was born in Minnesota in 1893 so the family may have lived near Charles Fermazin who would have been Caroline's half brother. Charles and his family were living in Minnesota in 1893.

According to the 1910 Aurora City Directory Carrie Steingraber was a widow living on Summit Avenue.
 Carrie's step mother-in-law was Carrie Fermazin living at 569 5th Avenue and her step brother Charles and wife Minnie were living at 265 N. 5th Avenue. Her sister in law Augusta Giese was living at 268 Hinman Ave.

I am looking for more information on her and her family. Hopefully the 1940 census will give some more clues.

City Directory: 

Aurora, Illinois 1910-11 City Directory.

Fermazin, Giese, Steingraber.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Aurora, Kane, Illinois; Roll: T623_310; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 61.
.1900 United States Federal Census about Carie Steingraber
Name: Carie Steingraber
[Carie Sterisgraber] 
Home in 1900: Aurora, Kane, Illinois
[Kane, Illinois] 
Age: 47
Birth Date: Aug 1852
Birthplace: Germany
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Mother: number of living children: 7
Mother: How many children: 7
Spouse's Name: Wm Steingraber
Marriage year: 1884
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 16
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm Steingraber 44
Carie Steingraber 47
Julius Steingraber 27
Edward Steingraber 23
Awiel Steingraber 18
Minnie Steingraber 15
Willie Steingraber 12
Anna Steingraber 10
Johnnie Steingraber