Steely Hager and his wife Mary had the following children.
Sterling A. Hager b 1826 in Lincoln County, TN d. after 1880 in Cooke County, TX.
Was in the Civil War where he was a prisoner of war. Married in 1847 in Lauderdale County, TN Mary Jane Huckaby. Sterling lived in 1850 in Johnson County, Arkansas, in 1860 in Franklin County, Arkansas, in 1870 in Dallas County, Texas and in 1880 in Cooke County, Texas. His son Richard Thomas Hager made the MCR claim. Richard Thomas Hager married in 1877 in Johnson County, Texas.
John A. Hager b 1828 in Lincoln County, TN d after 1880.
Did not serve in a civil war unit that I have found. In 1848 married Emily Armett Clay in Lauderdale county. Is found in the census of Lauderdale in 1850 and 1870 and in Little River County, Arkansas in 1880. In 1880 he has two grandchildren living with him that I cannot find in 1870 or 1880.
Samuel Thomas Hager b 1834 in Lincoln County, TN d 1897 in Stephens County, TX
Civil War in same regiment as Ben F. Hager. Lists his birth as Lincoln Co, TN, enlisted at Greenwood in 1862, residence was in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Occupation was a Sadler. Samuel Thomas Hager was listed as 33 years of age, 5 foot 7 inches with black hair and eyes and a dark complexion. He isn't found in any census until 1880 where he is found with his family in Travis County, Texas. He married Rachel Caroline Bush in 1857 in Johnson County, Arkansas. Both Ben and Samuel are listed as AWOL on the same dates.
Benjamin F. Hager b 1836 in Lincoln County, TN d 1864 in Scott County, AR
Enlisted in Civil war on same day and unit as Samuel Thomas Hager. AWOL dates are also identical. married in 1855 in Lauderdale County, TN and in 1857 in Hot Spring County, Arkansas. Had no children. His civil war papers list him as 23 years of age (off by a longshot), 5 foot 10 inches with black hair and eyes and dark complected. His birth is listed as Lauderdale County, TN and his residence as Sebastian.
William Daniel "Dan" Hager born 1840 in Weakley County, TN d 1880-1884
Did not serve in civil war. Married Eda Martha Burnett/Barnett in Sevier County, AR in 1865 and Martha E. Hall in 1875 in Johnson County, Texas. Residence in 1860 in Franklin County, Arkansas, in 1870 in Shoal Creek, Johnson County Arkansas (near Perry County) and in 1880 in Little River County, Arkansas. His youngest daughter has guardianship records in Saline County by 1884, and his eldest daughters married by 1882. No probate records found in Little River County.
Mary Ann Whitley (Polly) Hager is living with her sons Benjamin and Dan in 1860 and in 1880 with her son Dan Hager.
Thanks to other researchers, we have a picture of William Daniel Hager and his brother Sterling A. Hager. Richard Thomas Hager in his testimony states his father was Sterling Hager and his mother was Mary, and that his father's father was Steely Hager and his father's mother was Mary Ann. Another testimony names Dan Hager as a son of Mary Ann in this document.