Another Rager/Reager/Reiger/Rueger/Ruger researcher sent the following summary to a relative of mine a while back. I take no credit for this, and if this is violating a copyright, I apologize in advance.
I would like to know what the title of the source is that Lester LeMay (who prepared the summary) is quoting. It refers to the author and page number, but not the title. This may also provide someone out there with an interesting piece of historical info.
I have family group sheets for a couple of the descendants of folks mentioned below. They are not results of my research, but I would be happy to pass along what I have.
---Kristina Rager Hartman
"REIGER, REAGER, RUGER family History
The family name was spelled Reiger until the late 1600's when it was Germanized to Reuger or Ruger. In the American Colonies it was Anglicized to Reager but often misspelled Regar, Riger, Reyger, Rigar, Reger, depending on the writer at the time.
The early Reiger-Reager families came from the Alsace provice in France, Strazsborg, arriving there some generations previously from Bohemia and Spain. During the Spanish Inquisition, they fled, some settling in Graz, Austria, some in the province of Austria. In Graz, Austria, there is a castle known as the Reigersburg Castle. Later during the Catholic inquisition they fled to Switzerland. They were manufactureres of perfumes, shoes, and some were tailors.
This is where we find Antoni Reiger who was Baptized Antoni Reuger to identify the family as being German. They joined the Lutheran Church but because of excessive tithing and taxing by the church, they made a plan to get to America. They asked for and were granted permission to visit friends in the Palatine, Germany, but they sort of forgot to stop and continued on until they arrived in the Port of Philadelphia 24 Sept 1737, aboard the VIRGINUS GRACE, John Bull Master, from Rotterdam via Cowes.... Isle of Wight. (Rupp. p: 106-7)
They were naturalized the same day. They being: Antoni Ruger Sr., Antoni Ruger Jr., Burckhart Ruger and Jacob Schaub.
Antoni, migrated southwest to Dolben Hagen (now Wolmesdorf) Berks Co. PA. They remained there about six months, then migrated to Lancaster Co PA. where in 1733 Antoni Jr. and Burckhart each received a land grant of 200 acres. By 1748 they had sold this land and moved farther south to Augusta Co. VA. In Augusta Co. Anthony Regar received a land grant from Lord Halifax. Antoni SR remained with Anthony Jr while Burckhart traveled north to Berkley Co. settling near Shepherdstown on a farm of 212 acres.
In 1742 Leonhardt Michael Reiger joined them from Switzerland, coming on the ship FRANCIS AND ELIZABETH. (Rupp 156). The children of Antoni (1689-1770) and his first wife, Juditha Schaub are: (1) Anthony Jr. who was b. 8 Jul 1713 at Canton Basel, 10 miles southwest of the city of Basel, Switzerland; (2) John b. 1715; (3) Elsbeth, b. 20 Dec 1716 and remained in Switzerland; (4) Burckhart b. 19 Sept 1717 and d. 1782 in Shepherdstown, W.VA. He married Margaret Heyer; (5) Barbara b. 5 Apr 1719 married Valentine Post; (6) Leonhardt Michael b. 1721.
Antoni Reiger, Sr. married second Barbara Wurtz Schaub who d. 1769. Children by this wife were (1) Anna Maria b. 1730 who married Christopher Franciscus 1750 in Lancaster, PA and (2) Hans Jacob b. 22 Apr 1734 and died 1762 in Fredricksburg, VA.
This summary was prepared by Lester LeMay"
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