Johannes Friedrich Wilhelm Grabau

Male4 January 1878–20 June 1948

Brief Life History of Johannes Friedrich Wilhelm

When Johannes Friedrich Wilhelm Grabau was born on 4 January 1878, in Cedarburg, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Rev Heinrich Wilhelm Grabau, was 41 and his mother, Maria Sophia Wilhelmine Von Rohr, was 33. He married Minnie Fannie Mason on 27 February 1900, in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States for about 40 years. He died on 20 June 1948, in Williamsville, Amherst, Erie, New York, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States.

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Johannes Friedrich Wilhelm Grabau
Minnie Fannie Mason
Marriage: 27 February 1900
Dorothy Grabau
William Mason Grabau
Grace Wilcox Grabau
Frances Polina Grabau
Adele Wharton Grabau

Sources (10)

  • John F Grabau in household of Ruth E Westenfelder, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John Frederick Graban, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"
  • John F Grabau, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 February 1900Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 3

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

    Age 5

    A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 20

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Gerhardt, Hans, Otto.

    German: habitational name from any of several places in north and eastern Germany named Grabau, from Slavic grab ‘hornbeam’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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