Name: Johann Leonard Rasner <<$>>-<<<
Given Name: Johann Leonard
Birth: 21 Jan 1749 in Hesse State, Germany
Death: 24 Feb 1844 in Monroe County, Kentucky
Burial: 1844 Old Mulkey Church Cemetery, Monroe County, Kentucky
The Rasner line of Monroe County, Kentucky originated in Germany prior tothe American Revolutionary War. John Rasner was born in Prussia(Germany). He immigrated to America just prior to the Revolutionary Warand settled in Virgina. He fought for 6 or 7 years in that war with theNevilles VAS Regiment, and was involved in the Battle of Bunker Hill andthe surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. John was a Hessian, and mostHessians were German mercenary soldiers who were paid to fight for theBritish. Many Hessians were captured by the Americans during theRevolutionary war, including several hundred taken by George Washington'sforces at Trenton. The Hessians were particularly despised by theAmericans, not only because they were fighting for pay, but also becausethey were very good, very fierce, and much feared soldiers. CapturedHessian officers were usually traded for American officers that had beencaptured by the British, but Hessian enlisted men were not so lucky.Most of the time they were sold into indenture (slavery) to farmers,metal forging factories and other forms of labor. However, if theyagreed to join the American forces for a period of 3 years, they couldavoid being indentured servants, plus they also were promised 100 acresof land after the 3 years were served. The Americans wanted thembecause they were good soldiers, and the Hessians didn't really have muchloyalty for the British anyway, so the vast majority took the offer.This is probably the way John Rasner ended up fighting on the Americanside, although he apparently was with them longer than 3 years.
Change Date: 15 Jul 2011 at 01:00:00
John came to Monroe county between 1810 and 1819. He worked as ashoemaker and later received a pension for his service in theRevolutionary War. In the 1974 publication REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS INKENTUCKY by Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, it shows John in MonroeCounty, Kentucky and lists him as a former private in the Virginia Line.The day of his pension being placed on the roll is Dec. 20, 1820 and hispension of $96 began on Oct. 5, 1831 "under the act of Mar. 18, 1818".
After the war ended he went back to Germany to bring back his wife andtwo children to make a home for them in the new world of opportunitycalled America. His wife had not heard one word from him during sevenlong years of heartbreaking wait. She married another man thinking thatJohn was dead and she needed help in rearing the children. When shefound that he was still living she cried and pleaded with him to take herback for she still loved him, and had only remarried for the sake of hischildren. But being hot -tempered and forgetting all the toil and tearsand the hours of uncertainty that she had borne without him, he refusedto forgive her or take her back. He said he had fought for America andhe had wanted his children to be brought up there. He took the childrenand settled first in Fenton County, Virginia. That area later becamepart of Kentucky. The only people that were there at the time were theIndians. He worked in the timber, and he never married again. He isburied in the Old Mulkey cemetery in Monroe County, Kentucky. The OldMulkey Cemetery is next to the oldest church in Monroe County.
TO SEE THE GRAVE OF JOHN RASNER;
TO SEE THE RECORD OF HIS 1793 REVOLUTIONARY WAR VIRGINIA PENSION;
Anne -<<< b: 1749
- Tabatha Rasner b: 1775
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