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Abraham and Catherine Beam Rader Family

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Contacts - Tina Murphy, descendant of James Edgar Rader. Paula Nevels, connected with many Mercer County families! Doris Roark furnished much information on the branch that went to Kansas. We are very grateful to Nikki Nickell who pointed us to Jim Rader's Web Site which seems to clear up a number of inaccuracies in old Rader family histories. Nikki also shared much of her own research with us.

The progenitors of the Mercer County Rader families were Abraham and Catherine Beam Rader. Abraham Rader was born August 18, 1791 in Virginia and died January 18, 1856 in Mercer County, Illinois. Catherine was born September 30, 1792 in Pennsylvania and died November 5, 1849 in Mercer County, Illinois. They were married on September 28, 1813 in Rockingham County, Virginia. Both are buried in New Boston Cemetery in Mercer County. There is considerable information available in various sources on this family. Please be aware however that much misinformation is out there, particularly in old family histories and in county histories. We will try to indicate the source of our information, and especially when it is from our own research in primary sources.

A major source for the Mercer County Raders is "The Nobles and the Raders" by Robert Melville Danford, New York City, July 1, 1967. It too contains inaccuracies on this family. It is especially confusing in listing descendants of George Rader coming to Mercer County from Indiana and then attributing to the George Rader who cannot possibly be the right one. For more on the George Rader confusion, see Jim Rader's Web Site linked above. It gets really confusing as Abraham and Catherine Beam Rader did pass through Indiana on their way to Mercer County as they had children born in Indiana, according to census records.

Abraham Rader is believed to be descended from Johann Adam Rader, born about 1660 in Germany and his wife Catherine Tauber, born about 1662 in Germany. They were the original Rader immigrants and Abraham would probably be their gr-gr-grandson. Exactly how Abraham is descended is still open for proof. We have no further information on the ancestors of Catherine Beam but are relatively certain that her name was Catherine Boehm (sp?) and Beam is the anglicized version of the German name.

Abraham and Catherine’s birth and death dates are supported by New Boston Cemetery records (tombstones): Catharine, wife of A. Rader, died 11/5/1849, age 57 yr 2 m 5 dy; Abraham G., died 1/18/1856 age 64 yrs 6 mo. Buried with them a son: George Rader, son of A & C Rader, died 4/25/1848 age 28 yrs. Additionally there was a notice in the New Boston Non-Pareil on 3/29/1856: “Estate of Abraham G. Rader, dec. Public Notice is hereby given, that I shall attend before the county court of Mercer county, at the May term thereof, A. D. 1856 for the purpose of settling and adjusting all claims against the estate of Abraham G. Rader late of said county, deceased, when and where all claimants are required to present their demands for adjustment. All persons indebted to said Estate are also notified to make payments to the undersigned without delay. This 8th day of February A. D. 1856. Charles Rader, Administrator" [son of Abraham Rader] Catherine's death is also documented: Oqawka Spectator 14 November 1849, death notice: "Mrs. Catherine Rader, wife of Abraham Rader, died 5 November 1849 at her residence near New Boston. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church."

The list of children of Abraham and Catharine Beam Rader, as compiled from various sources is: Peachy Rader (1814); Mary (Polly) Rader (1815); Catharine Rader (1817); Sarah (Sally) Rader (1818); Christian Rader (1819); George Rader (1820-1848); John Rader (1823); Joseph Rader (1824); Ester Rader (1827); Charles Rader (1828); Susan Rader (1831); Nancy Rader (1836). The first problem we had with this list of children is that many of the birthdates are much too close together. Children were normally spaced about two years apart to allow for completion of nursing of one before another arrived. However, this family was from Virginia and may have owned slaves which might have allowed for wet nursing so that the children were more closely spaced. Your Webmaster has an ancestor who had 13 children in the space of 15 years in this situation. We will discuss what information and evidence that we have on each of the children.

Abraham Rader is found in Mercer County in 1840 in future New Boston Township (T14NR5W): Abraham G. Rader, 1 male 5-10; 1 male 10-15;, 2 males 15-20; 1 male 20-30; 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5; 1 female 5-10; 1 female 10-15; 2 females 20-30; 1 female 40-50. The History of Mercer County, 1882 (page 83) tells us that Charles and Christian Rader settled on Section 27 in New Boston Township in 1839. This is interesting and probably erroneous as Charles was only 11 years old, however, the history may simply mean that their father settled there in 1839. Public land records in Mercer County show only an entry for Peachy Rader as purchasing the N2SW of Section 3, Township 13N Range 4W on 5/8/1839, 80 acres at $1.25 per acre. Because of these two bits of information we are not certain if Abraham's 1840 census record shows the whole family, or whether some of the sons were elsewhere.

Abraham Rader is found in New Boston Township in 1850: #424 Abraham Rader, 59, farmer, born Va; Charles, 21, born Va; and Nancy, 14, Indiana. Thus the names and ages of children Charles and Nancy are verified. Next door to Abraham: #425 newlyweds Christian Rader, 28, farmer, born Va; Rachel A. [Horton], 20, born Indiana. Note a slight discrepancy in the age of Christian Rader but it does not help with the dilemma of the children's ages. George, who is verified on his tombstone as son of Abraham was born about 1820 and John is verified on his tombstone in Kansas as 1823, so regardless the birthdates will be close.

More on the Proposed Children of Abraham and Catharine Beam Rader

(1)Peachy and Elizabeth Robbins Rader

Son Peachy Rader was born 6/20/1814 in Rockingham County, Virginia. He died 8/11/1897 and was buried on the “home farm near Aledo in Mercer County, Illinois.” He is actually buried in the Peniel Cemetery (more below). Peachy Rader purchased public land: N2SW Sec 3, T13N R4W (future Abington Township). He paid $1.25 per acre for 80 acres on 5/8/1839. He is found alone in T13NR4W in the 1850 census, age 35, farmer, born Va.

A Mrs. Kenneth McCaw of Aledo submitted information on Peachy Rader for the book Prairie Pioneers of Illinois. Peachy Rader married Elizabeth Robbins on 30 April 1854 at New Boston (confirmed in Illinois marriage records). Elizabeth was born 27 October 1833 in Brown County, Ohio and died 23 April 1907 in Aledo Illinois. She is buried in Peniel Cemetery. She was daughter of Hiram and Barbara Robbins who came to Mercer in the early 1850's.

Peachy and Elizabeth Robbins Rader had children: James Scott Rader, born 1855, died 1925, m 3/14/1878 Ann Marg Bell; Charles H. Rader, born 1859, died 1940, m Jane Bell; Robert Fulton Rader, born 1860, died 1874; Catherine Jane Rader, born 1862, died 1948, married 2/6/1884 George Volentine; Benjamin Franklin Rader, born 1864, died 1890, married 3/23/1887 Elizabeth Pfitzenmair; John Harvey Rader, born 1865, died 1936, married Emma Gary, daughter of John and Charlotte Chrisman Gary; William P. Rader, born 1869, died 1896; Mary Elizabeth Rader, born 1871, died 1949, married 2/14/1894 Fred Volentine; Sarah Olive Rader, born 1875, died 1949, married 1/22/1896 John McFadden; Minnie P. Rader, born 1879, died 1932, married 1904 David I. Ogden. Mary and Fred Volentine were ancestors of Kenneth McCaw. (Note: the Noble/Rader History gives Emma Nylin as the wife of John Harvey Rader but Paula Nevils has determined that the correct name is Emma Gary. Mrs. McCaw followed the Rader History. Emma's sister Mary married a Nylin which is probably where the confusion arose.)

Census records confirm the names and dates of the children; the above information seems to be taken from those records. Peachy and Elizabeth Robbins Rader are found in Millersburg Township in 1860: Peachy Rader, 46, farmer, born Virginia; Elizabeth, 26, born Ohio; James L. Rader, 5, born Il; Charles Rader, 1; Joseph Millinger, laborer, age 42, born Gy; Lewis Willits, 14, born Il. [Lewis Willits was son of Peachy’s sister Polly Rader Willits who died in 1854.] In 1870: Peachy Rader, farmer, 55, born Va; Elizabeth, 37, born Oh; James S., 15, Il; Charles, 12, Il; Fulton, 10, Il; Catharine, 8, Il; Benjamin, 6, Il; John, 4, Il; William, 1, Il. In 1880 (to come).

Several of Peachy Rader’s family are buried in Peniel Cemetery, SE of Joy in Section 28, Millersburg Township: Peachey Rader, June 20, 1814-August 11, 1897; Elizabeth, wife of P. Rader Oct 27, 1833-Apr 23, 1907; B. F. Rader Sept 4, 1846-Jan 23, 1890; Wm. P. Rader Oct 1, 1869-Aug 23, 1895; Robert F. Rader, son of P E & died 8/19/1874 age 13 yr 9 mo.

(2)Mary (Polly) Rader Willits

Daughter Mary Rader was born 6/25/1815 in Rockingham County, Virginia and died 8/8/1854 in Mercer County. Mary married Newton Willits, son of Isaac and Rachel Willits , on 7/18 /1833 in Wayne County, Indiana. More on this family is given under Newton Willits on the Willits page, including the parceling out of Mary’s children after her death. As noted above, son Lewis was with brother Peachy Rader and family [in the same census he is also listed with brother Christian Rader so may have spent time with both families].

(3)Catharine Rader Finch

Daughter Catharine Rader was born 1/11/1817 in Rockingham County, Virginia, and died 7/28/1892 in Mercer County. She married David Finch on 12/13/1840 in Mercer County. There is much more on the Finch page about this family, including a photo of daughter Drusilla.

(4)Sarah Rader Noble

Daughter Sally Rader was born 3/4/1818 in Rockingham County, Virginia and died 1/27/1891 in Mercer County, Illinois. She married David Johnson Noble, son of Lewis and Elizabeth Burgess Noble on 7/5/1840 in Mercer County. The family of David and Sally Rader Noble is followed on the Noble page. David and Sarah Noble also raised orphans Dana and Cora Rader who were probably children of John Rader who died in 1867 in Kansas (see below). Cora Rader is with them in the 1880 census, age 18, born Kansas.

Christian Rader and Rachel Horton Rader

Son Christian Rader was born 12/30/1819 in Rockingham County, Virginia, and died in 1905 in Mercer County, Illinois. He married Rachel Ann Horton, daughter of William and Mary Denison Horton, on 3/14/1850 in Mercer County. The Hortons and Denisons were among the first settlers in Mercer County (see History Part 1). Rachel Horton was born about 1831 in Indiana and died in 1915 in Mercer County (we will be putting up a Horton page). Both Christian and Rachel are buried in New Boston Cemetery.

The newlyweds are found next door to Abraham Rader in the 1850 census, confirming that Christian was Abraham's son. Christian and Rachel Horton Rader had children Abraham, Arthur, Luther, Charles, Elmore, Victor, Lillie Dell, Rose, and Minnie D. Arthur E. Rader was born 12/11/1853 and died 9/30/1854 and is buried in New Boston Cemetery. Luther A. Rader was born 7/15/1855 and died 11/23/1859 and is buried in New Boston Cemetery. The family is found in New Boston Township in 1860: #1659 Christian Rader, 39, farmer, born Va; Rachel A., 28, born Il; Abraham L., 9, Il; Charles M., 2, Il. With them is brother Charles Rader, 30, laborer, born Va. Also enumerated with them is Lewis D. Willits, 13, born Il, and Alvin G. Willits, 22, born Illinois. The two Willits are sons of Mary Rader Willits who died in 1854.

In 1870 the Christian Rader family is still in New Boston Township, just two doors from brother Charles: #89 Christian Rader, 40, farmer, born Va; Rachel A., 35, Il; Abraham L. Rader, assisting on farm, 19, Il; Charles M., 12, Il; Elmore O., 9, Il; Victor E, 7, Il; Lillie Dell, 4, Il; Rosey, 1, Il; William Hanshaw, 18, farm laborer, born Gy; Mary Jane Jenkins, 17, housekeeper. Lillie Dell was born December 1865 and died Aug 24, 1877 and is buried in New Boston Cemetery.

The family is still in New Boston Township in 1880: Christian, 60, born Va, father born Eng, mother born Germany; Rachel Rader, 45, born Il, father born Scotland, mother In; Charles Rader, son, works on farm, 23, Il; Elmere Rader, son, works on farm, 19, Il; Victor Rader, son, 16, works on farm, Il; Rosa Rader, daughter, 11, Il; Minnie Rader, daughter, 8, Il; Mary Jenkins, 25, servant, born Il; father born Maine, mother born Ireland.

Abraham L. Rader married Charlotte Muhlenberg, daughter of Charles and Sophia Muhlenberg on 2/26/1873. They had a daughter Alva, or Alice born about 1880, died 3/7/1881 in Mercer County and buried in New Boston Cemetery.

Charles Melvol Rader married Jennie Bell on 1/15/1885 in Mercer County.

Rose Rader married Allison Leroy Willits, son of Leroy and Louise Willits, on 12/28/1886 in Mercer County. Allison was grandson of Thomas and Catherine Ainsworth Willits. Allison and Rose had at least one son, Scott Allison Willits (photo - courtesy Milly Champeau.) (Photo of home of Allison and Rose Willits - courtesy Milly Champeau.)

Marna Wilson posted the following obituary for Rachel Horton Rader:
Mrs. Rachel Ann Rader, whose death occured near New Boston this month, was the last of the early settlers in the county who really lived among the Indians. She came to Mercer County with her parents in 1828 and settled near the mouth of the Edwards river, south of the present city of New Boston. Her relatives the Dennison family, the first settlers in this county, were greatly liked by the great chiefs, Black Hawk and Keokuk and numbers of their tribes were frequenters of the Dennison home.Mrs. Rader's grandfather was the first permanent settler in New Boston and assisted Abraham Lincoln in making the survey of the town. With her relatives, she accepted the friendly advance of the Indians and took refuge in Fort Edwards, now Warsaw, and in the following year, upon the advice of runners for Chief Black Hawk, she escaped to Fort Pence in Warren County, just in time to miss a second raid. Mrs. Rader lived throughout the development of one of Illinois' most fertile counties and saw it's transition from a waving prarie of blue grass with timber studded streams into the most highly developed and wealthiest live stock areas in Illinois. Her death has deprived this county of it's last child, who in childhood was a playmate of the Indians. (Taken from The Times Record Aledo, Mercer, Illinois March 1915 )

(6)George Rader

Son George was born about 1820 in Rockingham County, Virginia and died 4/25/1848 in Mercer County. He is buried in New Boston Cemetery.

(7)John and Mary Catherine Schwartz Rader

Son John Rader was born 3/31/1823 in Rockingham County, Virginia and died 10/11/1867 at Roys Creek, Donovan, Kansas. He married Mary C. Swartz on 6/1/1845 in Mercer County, Illinois. There is a “Genealogy of John and Mary Catherine (Schwartz) Rader and their three sons, William Augustus Rader, James Edgar Rader and George Irving Rader.” It was compiled by Quincy Matthew Rader, a grandson of John Rader in about 1970. Several people have shared information with us from that genealogy. So in our narrative we will continue to try to differentiate between family “history” and primary records as sources.

As nearly as we can reconstruct them, these were the children of John and Mary Catherine Swartz Rader: William Augustus Rader (4/3/1846); James Edgar Rader (1/1850); Eline Rader (abt. 1852); Viola Rader (abt 1854); John Rader (about 1856); George Irving Rader (9/18/1857); Joseph Dana Rader (1/16/1859); Cora Rader (abt 1862). Another possible son is Ennis Mc. Rader (abt 1863), found in Mercer County in 1880. This is about the only place he fits in the Rader family but the 1880 census gives his birthplace as Illinois, not Kansas, and he is not mentioned in the Rader history, so we are not sure. Tina Murphy advises us that James Edgar Rader named a son Aaron Ennis Rader which argues for this Ennis being James's brother. Perhaps the census is just wrong and should show his birthplace as Kansas. According to the Rader History, John Rader died October 11, 1867, on his farm on Roys Creek, west of White Cloud, Doniphan, Kansas. He is buried in the Kenyon Cemetery, 16 miles NE of Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas.

Some of the children were evidently brought back to Mercer County, as we find them in the 1870 census: Edgar Rader, 20, born Il, farm laborer, with the Walter Pryne family in New Boston Township; John Rader, Jr., age 14, born Il, farm laborer, with Marshall and Nancy Rader Flemming in New Boston Township; George Rader, 12, born Ks, with the Charles Rader family in New Boston Township; Joseph D. Rader, age 10, and Cora Rader, age 8, both born Ks, with the David Johnson and Sarah Rader Noble family in New Boston Township (Cora was still with them in 1880). We have been unable to determine where the mother and other two sisters were in 1870 (Note: Doris Roark who signed our guestbook on November 20, 2002, says that Mary Catherine Schwartz Rader was listed with her oldest son William Augustus in 1870 [presumably in Nebraska, see below]).

William Augustus Rader, the oldest son, apparently went to Nebraska where he married Nancy F. Loafman on 3/1/1870 in Richardson County, Nebraska. The Richardson County, Nebraska, location is interesting as Abraham Byers, Aledo Banker, had purchased much speculative land in Richardson County, Nebraska about 1858, so we wonder if William Rader learned of Richardson County from Byers. William and Nancy Rader had two children, Ida and William. William then married Harriet Isadora Mayfield, daughter of Mathew Mayfield, on 5/19/1875 in Richardson County, Nebraska. They are found at Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kansas in the 1880 census: William A. Rader, 34, born Il, parents born Il, works on railroad; Isadora Rader, 23, born Ohio, parents born Ky; Ida A. Rader, daughter, age 10, born Ks; William Rader, 8, born Ks; Edward M. Rader, 3, born Ne; Viola Rader, 1, born Ks. It can be seen from the children's birthplaces that the family traveled between Nebraska and Kansas, likely accounted for by William's working for the railroad. Harriet's father, Mathew Mayfield is found in Rulo, Richardson County, Nebraska, in the 1880 census: Mathew Mayfield, 67, born Pa, father born Va, mother born Oh; Evaline Mayfield, daughter, 17, born Ky. More about William Rader is told in the bit of history from Tina Murphy below.

James Edgar Rader married America Molly Collins on 3/7/1876 in Warren County, Illinois. They are found in Irving, Brown County, Kansas, in 1880: James E. Rader, farmer, 30, born Il, father born Il, mother born Pa; America Rader, 24, Il, father born Pa, mother born Va; Ralph I. Rader, 3, born Il; Jennie M. Rader, 1, Il; Sarah Collins, mother-in-law, 59, born Va, parents born Va; John Collins, brother-in-law, farm laborer, 16, born Il, parents born Va. In 1900 they are still in Brown County: #158 James E. Rader, Aug 1849, 50, married 24 years, farmer, born Il, father Va, mother Ohio; America, July 1854, 45, 9 children born, 8 living, born Il, father Unknown, mother Ohio; Aaron E., Aug 1882, 17, Ks, Il, Il; Pearl H, Nov 1884, Ks, Il, Il; Lottie A, Sept 1886, 13; Oscar S, Jan 1889; Ruth C, Mar 1897.

John Rader, Jr. was still with the Marshall and Nancy Rader Fleming family in 1880. He married Lucy F. Thompson on 10/11/1883 in Mercer County. We have nothing further on them.

George Rader married Eveline Ruth Mayfield, sister of Harriet Isadora Mayfield Rader on 9/15/1883, probably in Richardson County, Nebraska. The Rader History tells us that Ruth died in Sebetha, Nemaha County, Kansas in 1920 so they evidently returned to Kansas.

Joseph Dana Rader is found in 1880 working for a Gilchrist family in Henderson County, Il: Danna Raider, servant, age 20, born Ks, father born NY, mother born Il. He is probably the Joseph D. Rader who married Ella B. Apsey on 1/1/1895 in Warren County, Illinois.

Tina Murphy kindly shared this interesting piece of history from Brown County, Kansas, about two sons of John and Mary Rader:
Brown County World
Friday, April 2, 1920
W.A. and J.E. Rader (William A. Rader and James Edgar Rader)
Real Old Pioneers
"The later comers to Brown County have heard plenty of talk of the first old pioneers, but have not been able to see any of them. They have read hundreds of newspaper articles about their coming and of the hardships they endured, but have not seen or crossed the path of one, knowingly, for they would not recognize one if met on the street as they look about like the other people. It used to be that newcomers could be pointed to various genuine old pioneers in different sections of the county, such as J.S. Tyler, Thurston Chase, E.R. Cornelison, John Belk and J.J. Weltmer, but all these are gone now. But, here is a surprise, for right here in Hiawatha, the county seat, today dwells 2 genuine, full-blooded and full fledged old pioneers. They are W.A. Rader, residing at 1101 Shawnee Street and his brother J.E. Rader residing on the old Morehouse corner of Schilling Avenue and 9th Street.

"They left their boyhood home in Illinois early in April, 1855, with their father, John Rader and family, to follow the star of empire in search of a new home. They were boys then, W.A. 9, and J.E. 6 years old. They crossed the Mississippi at the corner of Iowa and Missouri, and "Old Muddy" at Iowa Point in a dilapidated old flatboat. They climbed the hill to Highland high prairie, which spread before them, was the vast natural beauties of the much praised Kansas. They moved on thru the trackless and houseless prairie northwest until they reached the outskirts of Roys Creek timber, where the father drove the stake for his future home, April 25, 1855, the sound from which broke forever the stilly primitive silence which had hung over that section for vast ages of time.

"They wintered in the wagon and then built a log cabin with split timber roof, floor and doors and thus commenced the strife of pioneer life in Kansas. Swarms of Indians roamed about in the timber nearby, which caused great uneasiness in the mind of the good mother while Mr. Rader was far away trying to earn something with which to keep the wolf from the door, and the 5 or 6 children were terrorized from the same cause. One day a bunch of Indians appeared and circling around the cabin, which had not yet been "chinked and daubed," peered in at the cracks. The mother had fastened the ponderous door and sat in the middle of the room with her trembling children circled around her. This was surely a primitive picture, worthy of the brush of the finest artist. Tired out, the Indians finally left.

"T.J. Kenyon and Thomas Dunn, 2 later good citizens of the county, joined the Rader caravan at Fillmore, Missouri and now the smoke only circled from the 3 habitations in all that section. These homesteads were a mile from what used to be called the Jim Mills red bridge, 10 or 12 miles northeast of Hiawatha. The only supplies to be had were at the Indian station at Iowa Point, and to go there, a little black path trodden in the sod by the Indians, and 10 miles long, had to be traveled and not a habitation on the way. It was 40 miles to a doctor or medicine. The father once went over the trackless prairie to Atchison for some aid sent there by the Boston Aid Society. It was first the Indian scare, then the border ruffian campaign, then the blighting drought of 1860, then war's dread alarm and crop failures.

"The Rader family and the Indians soon became good friends, and one day a bunch of them came on a trading expedition. They offered the good mother a red government blanket and 10 yards of calico for a little fat dog that was trotting happily about, and the deal was made. They built a booming log fire nearby, singed the hair of the dog off, and roasted it. They had a fine meal and went away happy.

"It would require a book to contain an account of the experiences, sufferings and privations of these 2 good old pioneers, W.A. born April 8, 1846, now 74, and J.E. born August 15, 1849, now 71. They have resided in Brown County 65 years, the full life of the county. They have seen it all, felt all it's pangs of early day struggles. Here they are today with spotless characters, surrounded by creditable children and grandchildren. They have borne the name of sober industrious and honest citizens thru all this long and trying siege. Speak to one of them and you are speaking to a square man. If one speaks to you, you can place the utmost confidence in what he says.

"The father died in October, 1867, and the mother April 2, 1911. W.A. Rader served 2 years in the Civil War, with Kansas, enlisting when he was 18. He cast his first vote as a soldier boy for honest old Abe Lincoln's second term, 1864 and yet draws a pension of $17 a month.

Be kind to these, the last of the tribe of real pioneers. W.A. Rader's children are: John, Mrs. George Carey, Mrs. Art Wells, Roy of Independence, Missouri, Ben and Ery at depot. J.E. Rader's children are: Mrs. Maude Lohnes, Mrs. Clifford Sullivan, Aaron and Pearl, clerks at Hiawatha, Mrs. Lottie Wineinger, Texas, and Mrs. Ruth Brunk, Leavenworth, Kansas."

(8)Joseph and Leanna Sellers Rader

Joseph Rader was born about 1824 in Virginia. He married Leanna Sellers on 7/23/1851 in Mercer County. They are found in New Boston Township in 1860: #1831 Joseph Rader, 36, farmer, born Virginia, Leanna, 30, born Indiana; Ida, 7, born Il; A. J. Jasper, 5, Il (why Jasper? error? adopted?); Iva Rader, 3, Il; Sallie Rader, 1, Il.

Leanna was born 9/18/1832 in Indiana and died 12/24/1870. She is buried in New Boston Cemetery but the family is not in Mercer in the 1870 census so we wonder if she died somewhere else and was brought back to Mercer for burial.

(9) Esther Rader Finch

Esther Rader married Pettis Finch on 4/28/1849 in Mercer County. There is more on the family on the Finch page.

Charles and Jane Muhlenburg Finch

Charles Rader was born 28 Decembwer 1828 in Rockingham County, Virginia. He married Jane Muhlenburg, daughter of Charles and Sophia Muhlenburg on 3 April 1864 in Mercer County. Charles and Jane Muhlenburg had children: Clair Rader; Flora Raider, born about 1867; Mary Melissa Rader, born about 1869; Orth Rader, born About 1871; Frederick Augustus Rader, born about 1876; Katherine Rader, born About 1878; Bertha Rader, b 6 Aug 1879, d 7 Sep 1879; Stella Rader, Glen Rader, Grace Rader, Infant Rader, born and died Jan 1865 and buried in New Boston Cemetery; George Rader, born about 1868, Kansas. Charles Rader died 2 May 1913 in Mercer County and Jane Rader died 14 Jan 1928 in Mercer County.

Son Frederick Augustus Rader married Edna Mary Jackson, daughter of Isom and Salinda Fisher Jackson 23 Feb 1898 in Mercer County. They had children Isom Lloyd and Grace Leon Rader and probably others.

(10) Susan Rader Noble

Susan Rader married J. Rowland Noble, son of Andrew and Vashti Sutton Noble. There is more about them on the Lewis Noble page linked above.

(11) Nancy Rader Fleming

Nancy Rader married Marshal Fleming, son of John W. and Angeline Sellers Fleming on 20 August 1853 in Mercer County. We will be adding a Fleming page and will include their information.

8/26/2007 Added more information on the James Edgar Rader family. Added the Charles and Jane Muhlenburg Rader family; the Susan Rader Noble and the Nancy Rader Fleming family.