Raber Coat-of-Arms
RABER
Family History

Generation No. 1
1. Johann Leonhardt RABER was probably born in Wurttemberg, Germany about 1706. In 1735 when he was about 29, he married the former Anna Margaretha KLEIN, in Germany. Anna was born in 1720 in Hessen, Germany. Johann immigrated into Philadelphia on 9 September 1738 on the ship, 'Two Sisters'. He was educated because he signed his name quite legibly to the Oath of Allegiance, and a facsimile thereof can be viewed in Vol. II of Strassburger and Hinke. He was elected as one of the deacons of Zion Moselem Church in 1740, and he later served as 'treasurer' of Windsor Castle Church indicating his education included basic mathematics. His name appears in various land and tax records of colonial Philadelphia and Berks County, and he died testate in the summer of 1778. A copy of his estate file can be obtained from the Registrar of Wills for Berks County, and all his known children are named in it except for Philippina which implies she died young. Because of his age at marriage to Margaretha, it is possible Johann had a previous wife. Anna probably immigrated on the 'Samuel' in 1739 with some of her relatives. She was not on the 'Two Sisters' with Johann in 1738, but she appears in the Zion Moselem Church records during 1740 along with some other people named Klein. He and Anna had at least twelve children. Johann later died in Windsor Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania in Jul 1778, he was 72. Anna died on 27 Sep 1787 in Windsor Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania and is buried at the Zion Windsor Cemetery, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. The family name spelling has been noted as both RABER and REBER.
 
Children of Johann Leonhardt RABER and Anna Margaretha KLEIN are:
  2. i. Johann George RABER was born 6 December 1740 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  3. ii. Johann Adam RABER was born 4 June 1743 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  4. iii. Maria Dorothea RABER was born 24 December 1744 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  5. iv. Johanna RABER was born 10 May 1746 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  6. v. Anna Elisabetha RABER was born 14 October 1747 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  7. vi. Maria Christiana RABER was born 21 July 1749 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  8. vii. Catharina RABER was born 15 March 1751 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  9. viii. Philippina RABER was born 16 January 1753 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  10. ix. Magdalena RABER was born 8 October 1754 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
  11. x. Frederick RABER was born about 1756 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
* 12. xi. Johannes RABER was born on 6 January 1758 and died on 27 March 1836
  13. xii. Leonard RABER was born about 1762 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania

Generation No. 2
12. Johannes RABER was born on 6 January 1758 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. He was baptized as a child in the Zion Moselem Church, Berks Co., Pennsylvania on 20 February 1758. He later married the former Catharina SCHMIDT around 1778 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. She was born on 15 Apr 1763 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Together they had at least thirteen children. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Johannes passed away on 27 March 1836 in South Manheim Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania followed by his wife Catharina who died on 27 December 1836 in South Manheim Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania. Both Johannes and Catharina are buried in the Summer Hill Cemetery, South Manheim Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.
 
Children of Johannes RABER and Catharina SCHMIDT are:
* 14. i. John RABER was born on 4 November 1779 and died on 27 March 1836.
  15. ii. Adam RABER was born on 14 December 1781 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. He was married to Christina (1774-1853). He passed away on 12 May 1860. Both Adam and Christina are buried in the Summer Hill Cemetery, South Manheim Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.
  16. iii. Georg RABER was born on 17 December 1783 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania and died 7 February 1849. He is buried in the Summer Hill Cemetery, South Manheim Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania.
  17. iv. Jacob RABER was born on 11 January 1786 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  18. v. Catharine RABER was born on 10 July 1789 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  19. vi. Benjamin RABER was born on 29 December 1791 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  20. vii. Abraham RABER was born on 24 April 1794 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  21. viii. Joseph RABER was born on 30 November 1796in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  22. ix. Samuel RABER was born on 21 November 1798in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  23. x. Daniel RABER was born on 26 February 1802 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  24. xi. Solomon RABER was born on 23 February 1804 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  25. xii. Elisabeth RABER was born on 18 May 1807 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.
  26. xiii. Esther RABER was born on 1809 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania.

Generation No. 3
14. John Raber was born on 4 November 1779 in Windsor Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. He was married on 11 March 1804 in the Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church in Jackson Twp., Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania to the former Margaret MARBURGER. She was born about 1780 in Pennsylvania. Together they had eleven children. Margaret passed away around 1825 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. John passed away on 14 May 1853 and is buried in the Summer Hill (St. Paul's) Cemetery in South Manheim Twp, Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
 
Children of John RABER and Margaret MARBURGER are:
  27. i. John RABER was born on 15 January 1805 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  28. ii. Isaac RABER was born on 28 March 1806 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  29. iii. Daniel RABER was born on 25 April 1808 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
* 30. iv. Joseph RABER was born on 23 January 1811 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania and died on 27 August 1889 in Indiana.
  31. v. Elisabeth RABER was born on 29 August 1812 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  32. vi. Esther RABER was born on 28 September 1814 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  33. vii. Sarah RABER was born on 31 October 1815 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  34. viii. Sophia RABER was born on 6 October 1817 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  35. ix. Christina 'Dina' RABER was born on 15 February 1820 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  36. x. Susanna RABER was born on 7 June 1821 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.
  37. xi. Hannah RABER was born on 25 October 1823 in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania.

Generation No. 4
30. Joseph RABER was born on 23 January 1811 in Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania. He later married the former Elisabeth DECKERT on 12 August 1837 in the Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church, in Jackson Twp., Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania. She was born on 18 March 1817 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Together they had eight children. They moved from Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania to Wells Co., Indiana in March 1861. Joseph passed away on 27 August 1889 in Wells Co., Indiana. She died on 22 May 1890 in Wells Co., Indiana. Both are buried in the St. Paul's Cemetery, Murray, Indiana.
 
Children of Joseph RABER and Elisabeth DECKERT are:
* 38. i. William RABER was born on 1 September 1838 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  39. ii. Augustus RABER was born on 12 October 1839 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  40. iii. Maria Rebecca RABER was born on 10 July 1841 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  41. iv. David RABER was born on 7 March 1843 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  42. v. Lucinda RABER was born about 1847 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  43. vi. John C. RABER was born on 16 October 1849 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania and died around 1921. He is buried in Emanuel Church Cemetery, Rock Creek Twp., Wells Co., Indiana.
  44. vii. Eliza RABER was born about February 1853 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.
  45. viii. Israel RABER was born about August 1859 in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania.

Generation No. 5
38. William RABER was born on 1 September 1838 in Myerstown, Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania. He was married to the former Catherine MYERS on 10 October 1857 in Berks Co., Pennsylvania. She was born on 6 October 1839 in Tulpehocken Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Together they had eight children. Both died on 17 October 1914 in Wells Co., Indiana and both are buried in the Emanuel Church Cemetery, Rock Creek Twp., Wells Co., Indiana.
 
Children of William RABER and Catherine MYERS are:
* 46. i. Franklin RABER was born on 7 June 1858 in Jackson Twp., Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and died 27 May 1930 in Indiana.
  47. ii. Mary Elizabeth RABER was born on 21 September 1859 in Jackson Twp., Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
  48. iii. Albert A. RABER was born on 27 October 1861 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana. He is buried in the Emanuel Church Cemetery, Rock Creek Twp., Wells Co., Indiana.
  49. iv. Emma E. RABER was born on 28 October 1864 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana.
  50. v. John Henry RABER was born on 10 February 1868 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana.
  51. vi. David E. RABER was born about 1874 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana.
  52. vii. Amanda RABER was born on 8 May 1875 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana.
  53. viii. Joseph Willis RABER was born on 19 December 1879 in Rock Creek Twp., Wells County, Indiana.

Generation No. 6
46. Franklin RABER was born on 7 June 1858 in Jackson Twp., Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania. He married the former Catherine Strouse MARQUART on 10 May 1879 in Huntington Co., Indiana. She was born around 1860 in Ohio. Together they had two children. Catherine dided on 30 Nov 1910 in Huntington Co., Indiana. He later re-married to Ida Belle FLETCHER. Franklin died on 27 May 1930 in Huntington Co., Indiana and is buried in the Emanuel Reformed Church Cemetery, Wells Co., Indiana.
 
Children of Franklin RABER and Catherine Strouse MARQUART are:
* 54. i. Marion Caleb RABER was born on 17 April 1881 in Indiana and died on 13 March 1958 in Indiana.
  55. ii. Elizabeth RABER was born on 28 March 1889 in Wells Co., Indiana. She was married to Carl SHEARER around 1909 in Indiana.

Generation No. 7
54. Marion Caleb RABER was born on 17 April 1881 in Rockcreek Twp, Wells Co., Indiana. He was married to the former Edith Esther Johnson on 16 October 1902 in Wells Co., Indiana. She was born on 15 September 1880 in Rockcreek Twp, Wells Co., Indiana. Together they had nine children. He passed away on 13 March 1950 in Wells Co., Indiana. She died on 27 December 1972 in Wells Co., Indiana. Both are buried in the Emanuel Reformed Church Cemetery, Wells Co., Indiana.
 
Children of Marion Caleb RABER and Edith Esther Johnson are:
  56. i. Harry Earl RABER was born on 5 August 1903and died on 2 February 1974.
  57. ii. Herman Leroy RABER was born on 11 July 1905 and died 19 July 1993.
  58. iii. Sylvester Ray RABER was born on 23 June 1907 and died on 29 June 1992.
  59. iv. Stella Mae RABER was born on 6 August 1910 and died on 29 November 1934. She is buried in the Emanuel Reformed Church Cemetery, Wells Co., Indiana.
* 60. v. Verda Alice RABER was born on 22 May 1913 and died on 27 July 1993.
  61. vi. Russell Brooks RABER was born on 14 July 1917 and died on 2 March 1985.
  62. vii. Majorie Ruth RABER was born on 23 March 1920 and died on 20 June 1982.
  63. viii. Lester James RABER was born on 15 October 1922 and died on 23 December 1923. He is buried in the Emanuel Reformed Church Cemetery, Wells Co., Indiana
  64. ix. Martha Marcille RABER was born on 18 October 1925.

Generation No. 8
60. Alice Verda RABER was born on 22 May 1913 in Rockcreek Twp, Wells Co., Indiana. She was married to Leroy Eichhorn WIBEL on 4 May 1935 in Uniondale, Indiana. Leroy lived in East Lancaster, Wells County, Indiana as a child and later the family moved to the southside of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He dropped out of school because he was needed to work on the Eichhorn farm owned by his Aunt Pearl and Uncle John. Aunt Pearl was his mother's (Floa Eichhorn) sister. Leroy used to ride his bicycle from the southside of Fort Wayne to the farm that was located south of the East Rockcreek School on the west side of State Road 303. Leroy held the high jump record for many years in the Fort Wayne school system. When he was older he was in the semi-finals of the golden glove regionals. When Leroy's Uncle John passed away, the Wibel family moved into this country farm. This is where Leroy met his future wife, Alice. Together they had three children. He passed away on 17 May 1986 in Bluffton, Indiana. She passed away on 27 July 1993 in Marion, Indiana. Both Leroy and Verda are buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian, Indiana.
 
Children of Alice Verda RABER and are:
  65. i. Living WIBEL
* 66. ii. Living WIBEL
  67. iii. Joan Judith WIBEL was born 25 Aug 1940, and died 15 Aug 1997 and she is buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian, Indiana.

DOCUMENTS & SOURCES
  • U.S. 1850 Census
  • John Raber (Pennsylvania)
  • U.S. 1860 Census
  • William Raber (Pennsylvania)
  • U.S. 1870 Census
  • William Raber (Rockcreek, Wells Co., Indiana)
  • U.S. 1880 Census
  • William Raber (Rockcreek, Wells Co., Indiana)
  • U.S. 1910 Census
  • Marion Raber (Rockcreek, Wells Co., Indiana)
  • U.S. 1920 Census
  • Marion Raber (Rockcreek, Wells Co., Indiana)
  • U.S. 1930 Census
  • Marion Raber (Rockcreek, Wells Co., Indiana)
  • WWI Registration Card
  • Marion Raber
  • Berks County, PA Church Records of the 18th Century
  • Birth & Baptism (Moselem Church) dates for Johann Leonhardt Reber(Raber) Family
  • Berks County Wills (1752-85) pg125
  • Leonhardt Reber(Raber)
  • Pennsylvania Births, Berks County 1781-1800
  • Reber(Raber) Individuals
    Copies of all documents available upon request

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