Brenda, As far as I can tell Joseph Rauscher or his family came from Alsace-Lorraine. I have yet to get proof of this yet though and I am not sure when they came to New York State. Mariann (called Anna in a few places) his first daughter married Joseph F. Ott Jr whose family according to LDS records came from Alsace-Lorraine. I did find the following which looked interesting but so far have not tied this info to the family yet:
Country of Origin:France Family Number:30007876 Ship Name:Laurens Port of Departure:Havre Port of Arrive:New York Arrival Date:May 4, 1840 Nat'l Archivers Series No.:M237 Microfilm Number:41
Peter Rauscher -Male - Age 39 Cathar. Rauscher - Female Age 39 Peter Rauscher -Male - Age 13 Cathe. Rauscher -Female - Age 10 Joseph Rauscher -Male - Age 8 Fritz Rauscher -Male- Age 5
Does any of you Rauscher have a connect to this info. Have some other info on Rauscher's that I have collect up and would like to exchange anything that I have. How far back does your info go?///Chuck R.