FAGER, John
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FAGER, JOHN, son of John Jacob Fager and Rosanna Lutz, was born June 10, 1768, in Oley township, Berks county, Pa. His grandfather, John Henry Fager, born in 1714, in Germany, married Susanna M. Leuter and emigrated to America, settling in Oley township, Berks county, where he died in 1778. His son, John Jacob, born 1738, in the Palatinate; died in 1815, at Harrisburg; married Rosanna Lutz, born 1739; died 1802. Their son John learned the trade of a hatter in Reading and came to Harrisburg about 1790, where for a number of years he carried on the business. He was one of the founders of the Evangelical Lutheran church at Harrisburg in 1795; served as commissioner of the county of Dauphin, and for a number of years was a member of the town council. After retiring from active business, late in life, he was the collector of tolls at the east end of the Harrisburg bridge. He died at Harrisburg on May 10, 1848, lacking one month of being eighty years of age. Mr. Fager married Sarah Cleckner, born 1772; died 1844, at Harrisburg; daughter of Frederick Cleckner, Sr. one of the first settlers at Harrisburg. They had ten children, of whom those reaching mature years were Sarah, married George Adams, of Harrisburg; Catharine, married Frederick Kelker, of Harrisburg; Samuel, George C., and Dr. John H.