Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wolterman Genealogy - Week 25

John Reger (spelled Rieger in Germany), father of Joseph Reger about whom I wrote last week, was born 1 July 1832 in Huettlingen, Jagstkreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Johannes, as he was baptized, was the 7th of 8 children born to Joseph and Ursula (Strobel) Reger.

The 1910 census record indicates that John emigrated to the United States in 1853 when he was about 21 years old. I haven’t found immigration information on him, so I am not sure if he came over with his entire family or not. But his parents and surviving siblings did settle in the same area as him, which was Carroll Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

In 1858, John married Josephine Fehrenbacher in Carrolltown, Cambria County. He was 26 and she was 19. They had the following 13 children: Anna born and died 1859; Katrina born 1862; Joseph born 1863; Bertha born 1864; Ellen born 1865; Rinehart born 1868; Phimemina born 1869; Josephine born 1871; Mary born 1873; Johanna born 1874; Ann born 1876; Emma born 1878; and Charles born 1879. The first 4 children were born in Pennsylvania, and the remainder in Norfolk, Renville County, Minnesota.

John made his living as a farmer, and the on the 1900 census he indicated that he owned his farm. Josephine died at the age of 61 on 3 August 1901 in Park Rapids, Hubbard County, Minnesota.  She was buried at Straight River Township Cemetery.

Josephine Fehrenbacher Reger's stone

John Reger;s stone
John later moved to North Dakota, where the 1910 census showed him to be living with his daughter Anna and her family in Ellsbury, which is located in Barnes County. He died at the age of 90 on 3 November 1922. He is buried in the Page Cemetery which is located in Cass County, North Dakota.

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