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The subject of this brief sketch was born in Cambria county, Pa., of parents Conrad and Nancy (Morton) Rager, dec. He was united in marriage to Margaret Strausbaugh, who was born in Adams county, Pa., in 1822. Her father, Michael Strausbaugh, is dec., as is also her mother, Kate (Firrer). Mr. and Mrs. Rager are the parents of five children, born in order named, Mary, Margaret, Susan, Anna, and Robert. Comrade Rager's loyalty to the Stars and Stripes enthused him to enlist and he was enrolled June, 1863, at Ebensburg, Pa., as a private in Co. B, Batl. Of Emergency. While in service he was constantly with his command, and died in service on march to Fredericksburg. Elliot and Hiram, brothers of our subject, served their country in the hour of peril. Charles, Peter, Joseph and James, brothers of his wife, were also in service. Comrade Rager was a member of G.A.R., and his widow resides in Glenglade, Pa.


Whose parents, Jacob and Barbara (Garman) Rager, have gone to their reward, was born in Cambria county, Pa., June 14, 1844. He was united in the bonds of matrimony in 1864, in this county to Emma Sharrer, who was born in Indiana county, Pa., Feb. 27, 1844. Her parents, no longer living, were George and Margaret (Sifford). Of this union were born these children, Georgie E. dec., Jacob, Ellen J., Margaret E., Harry W., William S., Emma D., Bertha and Elsie. Comrade Rager served in Co. C, 209 Pa. V.I., 1st Brig., 3d Div., 9th A.C., and rendered some important service during that trying time. He was 20 years of age when he was enrolled from Ebensburg, Pa. He was detailed to build breastworks and corduroy roads, and also bore conspicuous part in the battles of Ft. Steedman, Hatchers Run, Petersburg and Bermuda Hundred. He was honorably discharged May 31, 1865, at Alexandria, Va. His great-grandfather served in the war for American Independence. Comrade Rager is a member of John M. Jones Post 556, his occupation is that of a farmer, and his address is Glenglade, Pa.


Was born in Cambria county, Pa., April 24, 1834, of parents Samuel and Betsey (Reighard) Ream, now dec. His helpmate on life's journey was Sally Ream, the nuptial knot being tied Jan. 11, 1855, in Somerset county, Pa. She was born there June 10, 1830. Her parents, not living, were Jacob and Polly (Berkey) Ream. Of this union were born eight children, William W., Jacob D., Mary, Joseph,

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