Johann Michael Rager was born on 07 Apr 1759 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA as the third child of Conrath Röger and . He had four siblings, namely: Johann Conrad Sr, Eva Maria, Mary and Johann Jacob. When he was 20, he married in Aug 1779 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States (Some Family Trees give this individual's name as Mary. First Wife). When he was 53, he married another Mary in 1813. I am not sure they were all "wives".I have done limited research on this subject and can’t find where one man one women actually started. He was rumored to have seven wives and 27 children. If divorce was not available, then Michael had several "wives" at the same time. During research for this tree, I have found that each Michael named a child Michael and that Michael had a child called Michael. Some traces can lead to an individual being in two places at the same time in order to reduce this I have used the Senior, Junior, et. for direct descents of Michael. Johaann Michael Rager was not in Crawford CO PA
Spring of 1775 (age 16), Johann Michael Rager enlisted in the United States Militia at Lancaster PA. George Washington was named Commander-in-Chief Jun 1776. Michael Rager enlisted in the 2nd Regiment of the PA line which became the Eight Battalion Seventh Company of the American Army. The American Army was victorious at the battle of Trenton on 25 Dec 25,1776 and Princeton Jan 2-3 1776. The American Army wintered at Morristown until Jun 06 1777. This unit was deployed to Philadelphia area for the battles of Brandywine Sept 11,1777; Clouds Sept 16, 1777; Paoli Sept 20, 1777.The American Army engaged the British at Germantown Oct 04,1777.George Washington wintered the American Army at Valley Forge. Michael Rager was a guard at the POW until the end of his service in 1779. Michael filled for a Revolutionary War Veterans pension in 1832 at the age of seventy-four. He was granted $80.00 per year. Revolutionary War Pension Record E-84-15-1. It should be noted that his brother Jacob served in the military while his sister Mary supported the revolutionary army.
In 1790, Michael Rager Sr (age 31). traveled with Prince Gallitzin (Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin) from Huntingdon PA over the Appalachian Mountains through Blair's Gap to the McGuire Settlement( Loretto), then Michael Rager moved southward and resided in Jackson Township near the settlement of Wimber where Michael (Age 48) and sons according to the St. Bartholomew’s History and a several Cambria County historical documents established a Tavern and Livery in 1807 and it operated until 1875. This Tavern was located on a line between Cambria and Sommer Hill Townships on the Old Franklin Road (AKA Galbraith Road). The Tavern and stable was moved to Ford's Corner on what is now Route 22 around 1840 when the Cambria Turnpike became the main overland freight route between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Cambria County Land Ownership Maps 1860-1918 on Image 17 Columns 2. (The Tavern was never located on the National Pike.) Michael Rager settled on the western side of the Laurel Hill, often called Rager Mountain.
Johann Michael Rager and Maria J Magdalena had the following children:
1. 1. 1780, was born in . He died in . He married Mary (madien name unknown) about 1798. 2. 2. 1784, George Rager was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died in 1870 in Burrell, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. He married Sarah Jenkins in 1814 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States. 3. 3. 1785, John Rager was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States,. He died in 1868 in Cambria City, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States. 4. 4. 1787 was born in . He died after in . 5. 5. 1788, Catherine Rager was born in. 6. 6. 1789, David Rager was born in Pennsylvania. 7. 7. 1789, Martin Rager was born in 1789 in Pennsylvania, United States. He died in Cambria City, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States. 8. 8. 1800, Henry Rager was born in 9. 9. 1801, Samuel Rager was born in 1801 in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA. 10. 10. 19 Dec 1804. Peter Rager was born in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on 27 Jan 1868 in Jackson, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States. 11. 11. 1809, Christina Rager was born in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA. She died in Jun 1880. She married John Junkins in 1835 in Wheatfield, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. 12. 12. 1810, Abraham Rager was born in Coral, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 13 Apr 1880 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States.
Johann Michael Rager and Deborah Hart had the following children:
1. Michael Rager Jr. was born in Tannytown Md. (The Trinity church Records indicated that Debora Hart was a Fornicator and widower.) This ichael died about .The Year of Birth for this child and his son Jacob are the same year.
Johann Michael Rager and Mary had the following children:
1. 1. 1814, Daniel Rager was born in Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States. He died in 1895 in Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States. 2. 2. 1814, Thomas M. Rager was born in 1814 in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA.He died on 29 Oct 1863 in Morris Island South Carolina (Civil War). 3. 3. 1815, William Rager was born in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA. 4. 4. 15 Sept. 1817, Hezekiah Rager was born in Jackson, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States.He died on 05 Jul 1889 in Jackson Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA.He married Mary Jane Swartzwelder on 02 Nov 1842.He married Martha F. Folckemer on 05 Feb 1865 in Belsano, Cambria Co, PA (Martha was married to Rodolph S. Folckemerafarmer near Belsano PA. He was a Soldier in company E of the 56TH PA during the Civil War and died in the prisioner of war camp at Danville Prision.).