LINEAGE OF THE RAGER FAMILY
TODD COUNTY, KENTUCKY
By tradition, the first Rager in Todd County was a John U. Rager. The earliest record of any Ragers is a deed to John U. Rager, November 13, 1820 from T. Donnelly.
The existing family members all trace themselves to either Fog, John U., Burkit or Henderson Rager. Fog's and John's descendants believe that these two men were brothers. Burkit's descendants believe that Burkit and John were brothers. As all three were buried in the same cemetery near Louis Rager Springs [ Fog's son ] it is most probable that they were all three brothers. Only John and Burkit have tombstones and neither carries birth dates. But marriage licenses show that these men's sons were marrying from 1866 [M.V. Rager, Burkit's son] ,1868 [ William M. Rager, John's son] '1868 [Nancy Rager, Fog's daughter] on. This makes it unlikely that these men were buying land forty-eight years earlier in 1820, but rather that this purchase was by their father whom we shall now refer to as John U. Sr..
There were four marriage licenses issued to a John U. Rager in 1843, 1864, 1867, and 1882. The first of these may be assumed to be to John U. Jr. as one of his sons married in 1868. The last is also his as this is the woman with whom he is buried.
A James F. Rager received marriage licenses in 1834,1855, and 1871. This may be Fog Rager as his Christian name in not known.
Marriage records began in 1830. Either Burkit married before then or married outside Todd County as he received no marriage license there.
In this same time period William, Henderson, and Levy Rager also received marriage licenses suggesting that there may have been six brothers, but there is no family tradition to uphold this. No descendants of William or Levy were found.
On many marriage licenses the name John U. appeared as a witness. His name was alternately written John Hue.
By following along the property transfers or looking for a will of John U. Sr. (if such exists) in the Todd County Courthouse, the relationship of these people might be more closely established.
We apologize for any inaccuracies you may find in the lineage.
Tim and Sally Fleming
3 Annwood Lane
A1 John U. Rager Sr. Wife is unknown. He had three sons, Burkit, John U. Jr., and Fog. He may have had sons William, Levy, and Henderson. Any daughters are unknown.
Children of John U. Sr. and _________
B1 Burkit B. Rager. Married and had two sons, M.V. and Harley H.
B2 John U. Rager Jr. Married to Ruth Jane Perry in 1843 and Julia E. Dukes in 1882. He had two sons, William M. and Irvin, two daughters, Drucilla and Maura.
B3 Fog Rager. Descendants remember his wife as Sally. (James F. Rager married Sally Leftrich in 1834, Mary Jane Stark in 1855 and Mary Jane Adkin in 1871.) He had eleven children, Dallas, Nancy (Babe), Netter, Jack U., Josh, Louis, Leroy, J. Poke, Starlin Wills, Pressley (Buckin), and Burkit B. (Goodie).
B4 Henderson Rager. He had sons Andrew and Sam.
Children of Fog (B3) and Sally
C1 J.P. (Poke) Rager. Married Sarah Willis in 1880. Married Elfeader Latham in 1901. He had one child, Eunice, by the second marriage who died young.
C2 Josh Rager. Married Rosie. He had three children, Kesie, Sally and Bernard.
C3 Pressley Rager. Married Millie Blake in 1883. He had eight children. Victor, Ader, Lillie May and Vinney died in infancy. Henry, Houston, Emma and Warner lived into adulthood.
C4 Starlin (Wills) Rager. Married Lizzie Blake in 1884. He had three childre, Cora, Dora and Judge.
C5 Jack U. Rager. Married Louise Wilson Martin in 1897. He had one son, Titus.
C6 Burt B. (Goodie) Rager.Married Nannie Dukes.He had ten children, Rosie, Hugh (Cracker Jack), Wallace, Robert, Colonel, Eiler, Sidney, Cecil and two sons who died young.
C7 Leroy Rager. Married twice. Second marriage was to M.E. Dossett in 1874. He had two children, Sadie and Bud by his first marriage, and four children Effie, Lee, Walter, Marion by his second.
C8 Louis Rager. Married Martha Deason.He had seven children, Eck, Jake, Meg, Bobbie, Georgann, Alice and Jannie.
C9 Netter Rager. She never married.
C10 Nancy (Babe) Rager. Married William M. Rager in 1868. She had sixteen children, Jessie Clark Sr., Gean, Gent, Isaac, Crede, John, Lonnie, Pearl, Netta, Gosswood, Annie, Sarah, Susie, Clare, Ida and Rosa.
C11 Dallas Rager. Married Irvin Rager in 1873. She had five children, Lee, Collie, Joe, Ginny, and Hayes.
Children of John U. Jr. (Jack) (B2) and ________.
C12 Maura Rager. She did not marry.
C13 Drucilla Rager. She did not marry.
C14 William M. Rager. Married Nancy Rager in 1868. See his sixteen children under C10, Nancy Rager.
C15 Irvin Rager. Married Dallas Rager in 1873. See his five children under C11, Dallas Rager.
Children of Burkit (B3) and ________.
C16 Martin V. Rager. Married Miss Mansfield in 1866. He had two children, S.B. and William A.
C17 Harl H. Rager. Married Diana Nayhan in 1870. He had eight children, Rosie, Myrtle, Liz, George, Isaac, Charles, Bob and Docia.
Children of Henderson (B4) and Sarah.
C18 Andrew Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
C19 Sam Rager. Married and had at least one son Mars.
Children of J.P. (C1) and Elfeader.
D1 Eunice Rager. She did not marry.
Children of Josh (C2) and Rosie.
D2 Kesie Rager. Born in 1888. Married Mr. Settles. She had twelve children. She lives on the Clifty-Elkton Road.
D3 Sally Rager. Born in 1890. Married Mr. Martin. She had four children. She lives on the Greenville-Ware Road.
D4 Bernard Rager. Dates and children not known.
Children of Pressley (Buckin C3) and Millie.
D5 Henry Rager. Born 1876. Married Nettie Groves in 1904. He had three children, Erna, Earl, and Presley.
D6 Huston Rager. Married Elvie Groves in 1915. He had five children, Imma, Bob Thomas, Bernice, Emma and Dorothy.
D7 Warner Rager. Marriage and children unknown. He is living in Detroit.
D8 Emma Rager. Born 1878. Married Dr. Elcourier, Birmingham, Alabama.
Children of Starlin (Wills C4) and Lizzie.
D9 Cora Rager. Born 1877. She did not marry.
D10 Dora Rager. Born 1878. She did not marry.
D11 Judge Rager. Marriage and children unknown. He lives on the Clifty-Greenville Road.
Children of Jack U. (C5) and Louise.
D12 Titus Rager. Married and had one son who lives near Hopkinsville.
Children of Burt B. (Goodie (C6)) and Nannie.
D13 Rosie Rager. Married Mr. Lear. She lives near Greenville.
D14 Colonel Rager. Married, many children. He lives on Greenville-
D15 Sidney Rager. His widow lives in
D16 Cecil Rager.
D17 Robert Rager. Decesed.
D18 Wallace Rager.
D19 Hugh (Cracker-Jack) Rager. Deceased.
The children of Goodie have numerous children and grandchildren living near Greenville.
Children of Leroy (C7) and ______
D20 Sadie Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D21 Bud Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
Children of Leroy (C7) and M. E.
D22 Lee Rager. He did not marry
D23 Effie Rager. Married Jonah Latham. She had three childre, Victor, Alma and Sadie.
D24 Marion Rager. Born in 1883. Married Leonor Powell in 1903. He had six children, Turie, Mary, Winfred, Walton, Paul and Harold.
D64 Walter Rager. He married and had three daughters.
Children of Louis (C8) and Martha.
D25 Eck Rager. Born in 1881. Married to Annie. Children unknown.
D26 Jake Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D28 Bobbie Rager. She did not marry. She is living, address unknown.
D29 Georgeann Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D30 Alice Rager. She married a Dukes and lives with her children on the Greenville-Weir Road.
D31 Jonnie Rager. Married. Lives on Allegre Rd., Elkton.
Children of Nancy (C10) and William M. (C14).
D32 Jessie Clark Rager Sr. Married Docia Rager (D53) in 1893. His son is Jessie Clark Jr.
D33 Crede Rager. Married Mattie Dunn in 1919. Children unknown.
D34 John Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D35 Isaac Rager. Married Merl Willis in 1913. Children unknown.
D36 Gent Rager. Married Mary Edna Rager in 1909. He lives near Elkton.
D37 Gean Rager. Married Calie Rice in 1906. Children unknown.
D38 Bonnie Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D39 Pearl Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D40 Netta Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D41 Gosswood Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D42 Annie Rager. Married Walter Contress. Lives on Taylor Rd. near Hopkinsville.
D43 Sarah Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D44 Susie Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D45 Clare Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D46 Ida Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D47 Rosa Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
Children of Dallas (C11) and Irvin (C15).
D48 Lee Rager. Married Frank Martin. She had ten children, Bessie, Oakrum, Flossie, Joe, Clint, Vernie, Elvie, Helen and two who died in infancy.
D49 Collie Rager. Born in 1881. Married Willie Roe in 1899. He had seven children, Carrie, Holbert, Ernest, Laurie, Gertie, Flo Ella, and Beulah.
D50 Joe Rager. Married Bobbie Shelton. He had seven children, Queen, Lyman, Dawsie, bonnie, Edgar, J.R. and Mose.
D51 Ginny Rager. Married John Lewis. She had one daughter, Lonnie.
D52 Hayes Rager. Married Dean Shelton. He had three children, Jule, Alfred and Mable.
Children of Harl (C17) and Diana.
D53 Docia Rager. Married Jessie Clark Rager Sr. (D32) in 1893. She had a son Jessie Clark Jr.
D54 Bob Rager. Married Lula M. Wilkins in 1893. Children unknown.
D55 Charles Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D56 Isaac Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D57 George Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D58 Liz Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D59 Myrtle Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D60 Roxie Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
Children of Martin V. (C16) and Miss Mansfield.
D61 S.B. Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
D62 William A. Rager. Married Lizzie Bagby in 1890. He had four children, John H., Albert, Luther and Burkit.
Children of Sam (C19) and ______
D63 Mars Rager. He lives on the road from Greenville to Central City.
Children of Houston (D6) and Elvie.
E1 Imma Rager. Married Mr. Willis.
E2 Bob Thomas Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
E3 Bernice Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
E4 Emma Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
E5 Dorothy Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
Children of Henry (D5) and Nettie.
E6 Erna Rager. Married Mr. Robinson. A son lives in Bowling Green.
E7 Earl Rager. Lives in Elizabethtown, KY.
E8 Presley Rager. Marriage and children unknown.
Children of Marion (D24) and Leonor.
E9 Harold Rager. His wife is clara. They maintain the Henderson Hotel. He has two children, Bill and David.
E10 Paul Rager. He is living in Louisville.
E11 Winfred Rager. He is living in Louisville.
E12 Turie Rager. She did not marry.
E13 Walton Rager. He had two daughters, Frances and Otha Ray.
E14 Mary Rager. She married Melvin Winn. She had two children Jo Nell and Larry. They live on the Elkton Greenville Rd.
Children of Effie (D23) and Jonah Latham.
E15 Victor Latham. He had three daughters. He lives in Dawson Springs.
E16 Alma Latham. She married Clint Powell and had three children, LW, Marvin and Irma. They live in Hopkinsville.
E17 Sadie Latham. She married a Latham and had seven children, James, William, Paul, J.D., Effie, Christine and Bobbie.
Children of Walter (D64) and ________.
E18 Opal Rager. She married more than once had had two sons Clitus and Nathan. They are in California.
E19 Thelma Rager. She married Mr. Penley and lives in Nortonsville.
E20 Pauline Rager. She married Dr. Kennedy.
Children of Hayes (D52) and Dean.
E21 Jule Rager. Married and had one son, Hanson Eddie.
E22 Alfred Rager. He did not marry.
E23 Mable Rager. She married Thomas Hare and had two children, Jackie and Gene T. She lives in Henderson.
Children of Ginny (D51) and John Lewis.
E24 Lonnie Lewis. She may live in S. Carolina.
Children of Joe (D50) and Bobbie.
E25 Queen Rager. Married Aron Lassiter. They had seven children, Wanda, Steve, Guy Mack, Robert, Ivall, Marvin, Paul W. and Howard.
E26 Lyman Rager. Married and has two children, Sherry and Karen. He lives in Pontiac, Michigan.
E27 Dawsie Rager. Married Ray Settle and has four children. They live in Detroit, Michigan.
E28 Bonnie Rager. Married Mr. Shelton and has three children. They live in Lafayette, Indiana.
E29 Edgar Rager. Married to Laverne ________ and has three children. They live in Lafayette, Indiana.
E30 J.R. Rager. Married, had two sons. He lives in Pontiac, Michigan.
E31 Mose Rager. Married and had four children, Anita, Marilyn, Fred and David. He lives in Drakesboro.
Children of Collie (D49) and Willie.
E32 Carrie Rager. Married Jim Kane and had eight children, Bob, James Jr., Danny, Billy Ray, Jackson, Evelyn, Darlene and Beulah Mae.
E33 Holbert Rager. Married Thelma Deason and had eleven children, Virginia, Betty, Gilbert, Linda, Lila Mae, Jackie, Andrae, Claude, Debbie, Marsha and Rocky. They live near Kirkmansville.
E34 Ernest Rager. Married and has ten children. He lives at Rt1 Island, KY.
E35 Laurie Rager. Married Mr. Kane. She had six children, Paul, Myrtle, Brooksie, and three died in infancy. She lives with Myrtle Foerd on the Greenville-Elkton Rd.
E36 Gertrude Rager. Married Ed Johnson and had four children. She lives in Greenville.
E37 Flo Ella Rager. Married to Sam Millett and has a daughter Webbel. They live at 444 N. College, Greenville.
E38 Beulah Rager. Married Mr. Cornett and had no children.
Children of Lee (D48) and Frank Martin.
E39 Helen Martin. She has one daughter and lives in Louisburg.
E40 Joe Martin. Married and has two children Rayburn Earl and Ray. He lives in Louisburg.
E41 Clint Martin. Married, had no children. He lives in Louisburg.
E42 Vernie Martin. Married Mr. Carson and had no children.
E43 Evie Martin. Married Mr. Roberts and had no children.
E44 Bessie Martin. Married Raymond Lear and had five children, Christine, Mary Belle, Billy, Patsy and Janice Dean. She lives in Greenville on Rt. 62 near Sweeney's store.
E45 Oakrum Martin. Married and had four children, Ralph, Roy, Paul and Betty (Mrs. Ed Hunter, Owensboro).
E46 Flossie Martin. Married George Kane, and had five children, Jimmy, Gary, Charles, Beverly and Margie Mae. She lives at Epley Station.
Children of Jessie Clark Sr. (D32) and Docia (D53)
E47 Jessie Clark Rager Jr. Married and lives at Elkton.
Children of William A. (D62) and ________.
E48 Albert Rager. Married and lives at Elkton.
Children of Harold (E9) and Clara.
F1 William Rager. Wife is Martha. They have three daughters, Carolyn, Regina and Dixie (Mrs. Jerry Brooks). They live in Elkton.
F2 David Rager. Wife is Mary Jane. He has two children, Kevin and Nancy. They live in Indiana.
Children of Mary (E14) and Alvin Winn.
F3 Jo Nell Winn. Married Romie Settle and had one son, Joe. They live on the Greenville Elkton Rd.
F4 Larry Winn. Unmarried. He lives on the Greenville Elkton Rd.
Children of Victor Latham (E15) and _______.
F5 Shirley Latham. Married to Raymong Gunch. They live in N. Dakota.
F6 Barbara Latham. Married to James Agent. They live in Dawson Springs.
F7 Joyce Latham. Unmarried. She lives in Dawson Springs.
Children of Mable (E23) and Thomas Hare.
F8 Jackie Hare. Married to Harold Elliot.
F9 Gene T. Hare. Married and has five children. He s in the Air Force, Orlando, Florida.
Children of Queen (E25) and Aron Lasiter.
F10 Ray Lasiter. Married Ivall Davis, and had three children, Janice (Beck), Beverly (Mr. Roger Jenkins, Owensboro) and Patty (Mrs. Jewell Culbertson, Owensboro). He lives on the Greenville Elkton Rd. at Greenville.
F11 Howard Lasiter. Married to Mae Smith. He had six children, Patsy (Brewer), Michael, Mary, Rocky, Billy Fay, and Brenda. He lives on the Greenville Weir Rd.
F12 Steve Willard. Married Jean Buggett. He had four children, Mary Elizabeth, Jo Ann, Steve and Clifford. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
F13 Marvin Lsiter. Married to Pearl Blue. He had five children, Mack Glen, Delores, Harold, Barbara and David. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
F14 Wanda Lasiter. Married to James Henson, and has three children. They live in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Children of Holbert (E33) and Thelma.
F15 Virginia Rager. Married to Everett Miller and has four children. They live on the Russelville Rd. Elkton.
F16 Betty Rager. Married to James E. Wills, and has two children. They live on Apex Rd. Kirkmansville.
F17 Gilbert Rager. Married and has two children. He lives in Chicago Illinois.
F18 Linda Rager. Married to Bobby Loope and has two children. They live at 1510 Capp St., Augusta, Georgia.
F19 Lila Mae Rager. Married to Mr. Mock and has two children. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
F20 Jackie Glen Rager. Unmarried. He is in the army, stationed in Germany.
F21 Andrae Rager. Unmarried. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
F22 Claude Rager. Unmarried. He lives near Kirkmansville.
F23 Debbie Rager. Unmarried. She lives near Kirkmansville.
F24 Marsha Rager. Unmarried. She lives near Kirkmansville.
F25 Rocky Lane Rager. Unmarried. He lives near Kirkmansville.
Children of Carrie (E32) and James Kane.
F26 Darlene Kane. Married to James Gibson and had two children, Jan Darlene and James Oscar, Jr. They live at 2025 W. Indiana St., Evansville, Indiana.
F27 Jackson Lee Kane. Wife is Anna. They have five children, Vicky, Carrie Lee, Damon, Steve and Kathy Ann.
F28 Daniel Kane. Married and has four children, Robin, Kimberly, Nancy and Beth.
F29 James Kane Jr. Married twice and had six children, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Sedona (Mrs. Mink, Elkton), James Michael, Pamela and John.
F30 Evelyn Kane. Married to Forest Southard, and had three children Carl (Klusmeier), Susan and Jeanie Marie.
F31 William Kane. Wife is Mattie. He had three children, Randy, Yvonne, and Yvette.
F32. Bobby Gene Kane. Wife ia Mildred. He had two children, Carla and Bobby Jr.