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The major focus of my genealogical research for the past ten years has been tracing the Rather Family in the United States. Most families of this name (also spelled Wrather) are descended from Samuel and Anne Rather, who were in Virginia by 1739.

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Other known family groups are:

Carl Wilhelm Rathert (in the U.S., used the surname Rather) emigrated in 1848 with a wife and three children from Rinteln, Germany. They settled in Calumet township, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, had other children, and left many descendants.

Henry Rather, born in Bare-Prussia in 1845. By 1873 he was in St. Louis, Missouri. He had eight children, and left many descendants.

Others of the name:

Numerous African-American families descended from persons named Rather exist, and are being traced.

My database also contains numerous persons of the name, whose connection is at present unknown.

If you have any additions, corrections, or questions about anyone listed in this database, please contact me. Information on living persons will not be displayed in this database, though I am interested in maintaining it in my database. 

Family information is under construction


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