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John Rachor, Sr

Also Known As: "Johann"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Zellhausen, Mainhausen, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Death: August 24, 1918 (78)
Woodbury, Gloucester, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Rachor, III and Franziska Rachor
Husband of Elizabeth Rachor
Father of Joseph Rachor; Martha Stackenwalt; John Rachor, Jr; Elizabeth Rachor; James B. Rachor and 2 others
Brother of Andreas Rachor; Peter Rachor; Frank Rachor and Anna Maria Rachor

Occupation: Beer saloon and grocer
Managed by: Tobias Rachor (C)
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About John Rachor, Sr

Source: Oswald Rachor und Josef Disser, Mainhäuser Familienblätter - 2001 (Ms-Access-Datenbank), S.238. II. 8. u Rachor 17.

Birth Date: 6. Nov 1839 is correct.


Union-Unionville-Union Grove-Union Station

Aura was settled by John Early in 1764.Because several roads converged here. It was earlier known as Union, Unionville, and Union Grove or Station. Aura is about three miles west of Clayton, and has about 200 inhabitants. On May 21, 1892 because other communities bore the same name, Union was changed to Aura. This was done at the suggestion of John Tonkins, the postmaster, who chose the name of Aura after a town in Oregon. John Early came to America from Ireland because of religious persecution. In 1764 he landed at Swedesboro and from there he came to Aura.. A stream called "Little Run" on the Aura-Glassboro Road is where he settled, and built a sawmill. He resided on the former Michael Block property, where he raised nine children. The "Map of Philadelphia, Camden, from Actual Surveys by D.J Lake and S.N Beers", published by C.K Stone and A.Pomeroy, Phila. 1860, shows the town as "Union Cross Roads", but S.Mitchells 1880 New General Atlas, reference section, page 16, calls it "Unionville". Cushing and Sheppards "History of the Counties of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland" (1883) at page 223, refers to the place as "Union Meeting-House" (now Unionville).At page 314 , the following description appears :"Union" is the name of another town in Clayton Township, and is about 3 miles west from Clayton, and numbers about 200 inhabitants. As to the origin of the name "Aura", "Origin of New Jersey Place Names", New Jersey State Library Commission, compiled by the Federal Writers Project of the WPA, 1939, reissued in 1945, states (without explanation) that it derives from Aura, Oregon. The well-known historian, Mr.William R. Farr, has the following account, in the reply to a request from the Gloucester County Historical Society, concerning Aura. This was submitted about "Aura" and "Union Cross Roads" in Elk Township: "The Post Office records show that the initial post office at this place was established as "Unionville" on September 4, 1863 with William Curry as the first Postmaster. Following him was Gabrial Abbott -1865; John Morton -1869; Henry Abbot -1871; Eli Heritage -1874; Joseph Carter -1881; John Tonkin -1888; William Hamilton -1895; Clement Gardiner -1899; Linwood Locuson -1925" To update this information it should be noted that from the time the post office was removed from Locusons store, now the Aura Bank, to Joe Gottis store, now the front part of Nicholsons warehouse, Howard Carter was postmaster. The post office in Aura was discontinued about 1945. In the early days of Aura the chief industry was the manufacturing of hay forks. The Fork and Elevator Manufacturing Company was operated by the president and manager, Mr.J.R.Fitzhugh. There was also a general store, which was built by Fitzhugh, and connected to a coal yard. The only church was the Methodist Church (Picture below) and there was also the Aura Holiness Camp, which is still in operation today on Willow Grove Road. The general store was also owned by Thomas McClure, Clement Gardiner, Linwood Locuson and, finally, Vernon Nicholson. The store was permanently closed about thirteen years ago, and now (1976) houses the Aura branch bank of The Peoples Bank of South Jersey. It has been told that if one cared to have his taxes reduced, he could cart gravel in the Fall at .10 cents a load to help repair the roads. One of the earliest settlers was Mr.Jacob R Fitzhugh. The name of Fitzhugh was originally Fitshons. The grandfather, John D. was of German ancestry, having resided in Wittenberg, Germany. He had nine children. His son, John D.,the father of Jacob R.,was born in 1801, and emigrated to America in 1812. Jacob R Fitzhugh was a self made man, born March 28, 1848, in Indiana County, PA., and remained at the parental home until he was twenty-three years old. This family worshipped at the German Church, which was latter the Grange Hall, and now the Municipal Building. The corner stone for the church was laid in 1902, and has a new 1902 nickel within, put there by Mr.Clarence Runge who passed away several years ago.

History told to Mrs.Edith Hoelle by Mr.Clerence Runge of Aura, March 31, 1968, indicates that people were taken down toward Mantua Avenue, Woodbury, someplace near Rachors Point to be hanged, called "Hangmans Hill". An old German man, Mr.Rachor, who had a store in the Point, was father of John Rachor who owned the hotel latter called Newtons.Hangmans Hill and Rachors Point were at the south end of Broad Street in Woodbury, N.J

Mr.Joseoh Guest, who lived on the corner of Buck and Willow Grove Roads, organized what was known as the Aura Grange, with the help of Mr. Nicholas Black. The Aura Grange first met on the second floor of what is now Nicholsons warehouse around 1911 . Latter, the Grange moved to the Grange Hall, the present Municipal Building,(gone now ) about 1923 and purchased it from the German Church, some time latter.The building sat close to the Aura-Hardingville Road in front of where the Municipal Building is today. Some very active members in the early days were Hiram Newkirk, John Miller, Mr & Mrs.Elmer Gant, Roy Hughes, Mrs.Ned Kerns and Mrs.Aaron Knight. A small store was operated while the Grange still met in Nicholsons warehouse. Items such as cocoa, coffee, and vanilla were sold as a profit-making venture for the Grange. The Aura Grange picnic was held in the grove across from the Aura Church. Should it rain, the picnic was held on the barreling platform. This was a shipping platform where potatos and other vegetables were packed for shipping by rail . In 1968 the state demanded the charter because the attendance dropped off, and the members who were left could not support the Grange . In present day Aura we have quite a few businesses which differ greatly in appearance and function from earlier days . Throughout the town many new homes have been built, too, which demonstrates the progress made in todays society in comparison to the days of the earlier settlers.

Source: AURA

United States Census, 1860

Name: John Raker

Residence: , Cook, Illinois

Ward: Township Of Leyden

Age: 24 years

Estimated Birth Year: 1836

Birthplace: Darmstadt

Gender: Male

Page: 185

Family Number: 1249

Film Number: 803169

DGS Number: 4213435

Image Number: 00190

NARA Number: M653

United States Census, 1870

name: John Rachor estimated birth year: 1832 gender: Male age in 1870: 38y color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White birthplace: Hesse Darmstadt home in 1870: New Jersey, United States Household: John Rachor M 38y Hesse Darmstadt Elizabeth Rachor F 40y Ireland Joseph Rachor M 15y Pennsylvania Martha Rachor F 12y Pennsylvania John Rachor M 10y Pennsylvania Elizabeth Rachor F 7y Pennsylvania James Rachor M 5y Pennsylvania Matthew Rachor M 2y New Jersey Henry Rhode M 40y Denmark

Citing this Record.

"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Dec 2012), John Rachor in household of John Rachor, New Jersey, United States; citing p. 34, family 283, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 0552361.

United States Census, 1880

name : John Rachor event: Census event date: 1880 event place: Woodbury, Gloucester, New Jersey, United States gender: Male age: 48 marital status : Married occupation : Grocer ethnicity (standardized) : American relationship to head : Self birthplace : Germany birthdate : 1832 spouse's name : Elizabeth Rachor spouse's birthplace : Ireland father's birthplace : Germany mother's birthplace : Germany page : 510 page character : A entry number : 1448 nara film number : T9-0781 gs film number : 1254781 digital folder number: 004242210 image number: 00666 Household:

self John Rachor M 48 Germany

wife Elizabeth Rachor F 50 Ireland son John Rachor M 21 Pennsylvania, United States son James Rachor M 15 Pennsylvania, United States son Mathew Rachor M 12 New Jersey, United States

Citing this Record:

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Dec 2012), John Rachor, Woodbury, Gloucester, New Jersey, United States; citing sheet 510A, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-0781.

New Jersey, State Census, 1885

name: John Rachor event: Census event year: 1885 event place: Woodbury, Ward 01, Gloucester, New Jersey gender: Male age class: 20 to 60 years family number: 16 page: 3 film number: 888615 Household: John Rachor M Elizabeth Rachor F James Rachor M Mathial Rachor M Henry Rhoads M

Citing this Record:

"New Jersey, State Census, 1885," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Dec 2012), John Rachor in household of John Rachor, Woodbury, Ward 01, Gloucester, New Jersey.

United States Census, 1910

Name: John Rachor

Birthplace: Germany

Relationship to Head of Household: Self

Residence: Woodbury Ward 3, Gloucester, New Jersey

Marital Status: Widowed

Race : White

Gender: Male

Immigration Year: 1851

Father's Birthplace: Germany

Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Family Number: 162

Page Number: 7

United States Census 1910 gives also the name of a great grandson John A. Hendy

Name: John A Hendy

Birthplace: New Jersey

Relationship to Head of Household: Great Grandson

Residence: Woodbury Ward 3, Gloucester, New Jersey

Marital Status: Single

Race : White

Gender: Male


Father's Birthplace: New Jersey

Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey

Family Number: 162

Page Number: 7


John Rachor M 78y

Charles Stackenwalt M 31y

Stella Stackenwalt F 28y

John A Hendy M 11y

New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988

Name: John, Sr. Rachor

Gender: Male Death Date: 24 Aug 1916 Age: 84

Birth Date: 1832

Number: I01152-6

System Origin: New Jersey-EASy

Source Film Number: 1543563

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John Rachor, Sr's Timeline

November 6, 1839
Mainhausen, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
April 1855
Age 15
July 1857
Age 17
Age 19
PA, Vereinigte Staaten
July 1861
Age 21
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Age 23
PA, Vereinigte Staaten
April 20, 1867
Age 27
Woodbury, Gloucester, NJ, USA
April 13, 1868
Age 28
Woodbury, Gloucester, NJ, USA
August 24, 1918
Age 78
Woodbury, Gloucester, NJ, USA