Person:Karl Kraatz (1)

  1. Carl Kratz1857 - 1933
  2. Augusta Kratz1859 - 1939
  3. Berta De La Ludvika Kraatz1864 - 1934
  4. Edith KratzAbt 1866 - Bef 1900
  5. Clara KratzAbt 1868 - Bef 1900
Facts and Events
Name Karl Kraatz
Alt Name Karl von Kraatz
Immigrant Name Charles Kratz
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 23 Sep 1831 Rügen, Pommern, Preußen, Germany
Immigration[2][3] 1872
Census[4] 1880 Winnetka, Cook, Illinois, United States
Naturalization[5] 28 Oct 1882 Cook, Illinois, United States
Death[1] 15 Sep 1898 Winnetka, Cook, Illinois, United States
Burial? Skokie, Cook, Illinois, United StatesSt. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church Cemetery

According to family stories, Karl von Kraatz was born on the Isle of Rügen, in the north of Germany to a military family. He was an officer in the Prussian army and when not at war took care of the Kaiser's horses and helped teach the Kaiser's children how to ride. He was wounded in the Franco Prussian War, taken in by a farm family for a year, and emigrated to the United States in 1872. In the United States he lived near Evanston, Illinois, changed his name to Charles Kratz and became an American citizen as soon as possible. He died in 1899.S2

  1. 1.0 1.1 “Cook County Tombstones”, by G. W. Lundberg; FHL #6100329, in Lundberg, Gertrude W. Cook County cemeteries. (Homewood), Secondary quality.

    St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (formerly part of United Church of Christ but separated) Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois (formerly known as Niles, Illinois)
    p. 7 - Kratz, Carl, 23 Sep 1831-15 Sep 1898

  2. 2.0 2.1 Alvina's Oral History Tapes, in Knott Family email, Secondary quality.
  3. Minnesota, Kandiyohi County, Holland Township, in United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), Primary quality.

    Knott, Bertha [dau of Karl], immigrated 1872

  4. IL, Cook, New Trier, ED 228, in United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Primary quality.

    Village of Winnetka, p. 34
    Kretz, Chas., white male, age 48, married, farmer, b. Prussia, both parents b. Prussia
    , Jane, white female, 35, wife married, keeping house, b. Prussia, both parents b. Prussia
    , Clara, white female, age 12, dau, b. Prussia, at school

  5. Illinois Superior Court, Immigration and Naturalization Index, A-L, 1871-1906; FHL #1023967, in Illinois. Superior Court (Cook County). Indexes to naturalization records. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980), Vol. 08, p. 539, Secondary quality.

    Kratz, Carl, from Germany, 10-28-1882 [October 28, 1882]