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Re: Rager's
Posted by: Colleen Murphy (ID *****0550) Date: January 20, 2004 at 16:36:53
In Reply to: Rager's by Anna Rager of 646

Elizabeth Ribblet died in 1944 - she and Sylvester are buried at Benshoffs Cemetery. Her parents were Abraham and Susan (Benshoff) Ribblet - they're buried there too. Abraham died in 1898 and Susan died in 1916. Abrahams parents were Bartholomew and Elizabeth (Dishong) Ribblet. Susans father was Solomon Benshoff - I don't know who her mother was. Solomon was a preacher and shows up frequently on marriage licenses and in obituaries. Elizabeth had a brother named John and 4 sisters - Lucy m. Jesse Croyle, 2nd husband was Robert Boring - Mary Ann m. Monroe Epley - Hannah m. Daniel Foster Rager - Catherine "Cassie" m. Alfred Dick. Hannah was killed in a train wreck at the town of Echo on 12 August 1916. Her husband lost a leg and several of their children were badly injured but did survive. Her husband died in 1921. Lucy died in 1934. I don't know about Mary Ann, Cassie or John. There were a number of John Ribblets and I will have to sort them. Bart Ribblet died in 1855. Elizabeth Dishong Ribblet died in 1890. Bart is buried at Dunkard Cemetery. Barts parents were Abraham and Catherine Ribblet - I don't know her maiden name. Bart and Liz had 8 kids - Catherine m. John Holmes, Elizabeth m. Fred Yeager, Maria Ann m. Abraham Shirey, William m. Elizabeth Connor, Fred m. Julia Ann Donaldson, Margaret m. Nat Keaton, Sophia m. George Bowser and Abraham m. Susan Benshoff. I am a descendant of Sophia and George - that's why I've done some work on the Ribblets. Maria and her husband, William and his wife, Sophia and George are all also buried at Benshoffs. Martin Rager m. Rebecca Adams - Martin died in 1893 and Rebecca in 1901 - they are also buried at Benshoffs. They had 8 kids - Sylvester was the oldest, Henry m. Emma Bowser, 2nd wife was Myrtle (Ritz) Wilty, Martin (never married), Emma J m. Dan Adams, Abraham, William W m. Rachel Eckels, Elizabeth m. William Connor. A girl named Ettie May showed up on one census as Adopted daughter - No clue as to who she actually belonged to or what happened to her. Sylvester died in 1892. Henry died in 1931, Martin died in 1911, Emma died in 1892, Abraham died in 1893, William died in 1941 and Elizabeth died in 1959. All of them are at Benshoffs. I don't know if Abraham was married or not. Martin that was married to Rebecca Adams - his parents were Martin and Elizabeth (Hoboker) Rager. Martin and Elizabeth (Hoboker) Rager had at least 11 kids - John M. m. Sarah Ann Wagner, Martin, Daniel M. m. Christina Rager, James m. Susan, Thomas m. Nancy Makins, Sarah and Eliza Jane m. Archibald Findley. The other kids show up as numbers of males or females in the household before 1850 and are not listed by name. I suspect that one of the girls was Kathryn m. Jacob Johnston - but I haven't found supporting documents yet. Dan and Christina were the parents of Danial Foster Rager that was married to Hannah Ribblet. James and Susan are buried at Mt. Union. Tom is buried at Lambaugh. Eliza, Martin and Daniel are all at Benshoffs. I don't know about John, Sarah or their parents. Martin m. Elizabeth Hoboker may be a child of the infamous Michael Rager, but I have not found a document to connect them. I have seen reference to Herbert and Nona but have never searched them. I have seen their marriage license - it is # 75-193 from 1926. Herbert Newton Rager m. Nona Leta Orner on 15 July 1926. Her parents were JP and Etta Orner, his were Sylvester and Elizabeth Ribblett Rager. This should help you out. A lot of these people are in the obituary index for the Johnstown Tribune at the library.

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