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Re: Jacob Raker family tree
Posted by: Denise (ID *****6376) Date: July 25, 2003 at 14:36:29
In Reply to: Jacob Raker family tree by Jeanie Stout of 135

I think I may have something for you. I have Elizabeth Raker, born Nov 19, 1812 in Little Mahanoy Twp, Northumberland county, PA (from birth records of Zion Lutheran and Reformed Stone Church in Augustaville, PA).

Baptism: January 31, 1813.

Parents: Conrad Raker (B: June 7, 1778 in Gwynedd Twp, Mongomery County; Died Sept 4, 1849 in Little Mahanoy Twp) and Barbara Rebecca Dunkelberger (born Apr 5, 1779 in Little Mahanoy Twp; Died Dec 17, 1838) Both are buried in Immanuel Cemetery, Hunters Station, PA. 13 children were born to this couple.

Parents of Conrad Raker: Hans Martin Raker and Anna Maria Schauecker.

Parents of Barbara R Dunkelberger: Frederick Dunkelberger and Catherine Hauer
(I have more on this....I will send it to you!)

I also have this...
Conrad Raker, son of the emigrant ancestor, was born in Montgomery
or Berks county and came to Northumberland county among the pioneers.
According to tradition he first settled at a "Block House," in one of
the eastern counties of the State, and he had a brother who located in
one of the upper counties of Pennsylvania. Dr. William Raker, of
Pillow, Pa., and his brother, Morris Raker, of Augustaville, Pa., were
second cousins to the descendants of the second generation from Conrad
Raker, the pioneer in Little Mahanoy township, Northumberland county.
After his marriage Conrad Raker settled at Augustaville, in what is now
Rockefeller township, whence he moved two years later to Little Mahanoy
township, settling on the Little Mahanoy creek and following farming
there until his death. His holdings comprised between five hundred and
six hundred acres, and he gave a farm to each of his sons. He was a
strong man, of "chunky build", was a great hunter and fisherman, shot
many a deer, and had a fight with a bear in which his life was saved by
his faithful dog. His adventurous spirit made him well known in this
respect. In public and church affairs he was a prominent man in his day,
serving as county commissioner in 1837 and 1838, and helping to build
two churches, the Emanuel Lutheran in Little Mahanoy township and the
Stone Church at Augustaville. In religion he was a Lutheran, in politics
a Democrat. He is interred in a private burial ground on the farm now
owned by Kerstetter & Kraemer, at Raker, in Little Mahanoy township;
this place was named in honor of the family. Conrad Raker married
Elizabeth (or Rebecca) Dunkelberger, of Northumberland county, daughter
of Frederick, and they had children as follows: Frederick, Jacob,
William D., Isaac D. and Enoch D. are all mentioned in detail below;
John moved out to Illinois, where he died; Mary (Molly)[***I have her name as Magdalena] married Elias
Peifer and died at Raker; Barbara Alice married Joseph Gass; Esther
(Hettie) married Daniel Zartman and died in Lower Augusta township; one
daughter [***Catherine??] married George Savage; and Kate. [***I also have children Sara, Maria, and Elizabeth listed] (Conrad's wife's name is
given as Elizabeth or Rebecca here, while in another account it appears
as Barbara; if it was Barbara, then the following dates, from Little
Mahanoy cemetery, would apply to Conrad and wife: Conrad Raker, born in
Montgomery county, Pa., June 7, 1778, died Sept. 4, 1849; his wife
Barbara (nee Dunkel), born April 5, 1779, died Dec. 17, 1838.)


I saw something somewhere about a Raker married to a Raker, but looking through my notes, I can't find it!

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