Sons of the American Revolution
serving the Pennsylvania counties of Somerset and Cambria

John Hager (Hauger)

John Hager was born in Prussia in 1749.  He married Maria Barbara Miller around 1771.  They had nine children:  John (1773), Barbara (1775) married to George Hoyle, Joseph; Elizabeth married to Michael Cover, Daniel (1781), Simon (1782), Henry (1784), Jacob (1788) and William (1791). He was a tailor by trade.

He lived in Antrim Township, Cumberland County (now Franklin County) where he was assessed in 1779, 1780 and 1781.  In 1782 he sold his property to his former Captain William Berryhill.  In 1783 he moved to Chambersburg, Franklin County, acquiring property from John Frees.  On September 1, 1784 he acquired about 100 acres in Hamilton Township, Franklin County from William Cowan which he then sold on March 31, 1785.  John purchase 10 acres in Antrim Township from Henry Sites on May 21, 1792, which he sold on January 18, 1794.  John then sold his lot in Chambersburg on November 18, 1794. 

John acquired a tract of land in Brothersvalley Township, Bedford County (now Somerset County) on May 15, 1793 which had been warranted to Michael Dryer and was located two miles south east of Berlin Borough.  He likely moved to this Brothersvalley Township property sometime around 1794 or 1795 since his land in Franklin County had been sold by the end of 1794.  

He served as a private in Captain William Berryhill’s Company, 3rd Company, First Battalion, Cumberland County Militia during 1780 and 1781.

He died on December 6, 1813 in Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County and was buried in the German Reformed Cemetery in Berlin Borough.  The cemetery is located along the south side of North Street at its intersection with 5th Avenue.  His wife Maria Barbara is buried beside him.  She died on May 11, 1826.

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