Elizabeth Kramer was born on June 26, 1846 in Ohio. Her parents were of foreign birth is all that is known. She married Clem Koester between 1860 and 1865.

In 1870, she was 25 years old, living in Douglas Township, Effingham County, Illinois. Living with her at that time was her husband Clem who was 32 years old a farmer, and her three sons Henry of 5 years, Barney of 3 years, and Agornises of 6 months.

Elizabeth was 78 years old when she died on August 29, 1924.