John Rainsberger (Riemensperger) (1759 - 1850)

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Nicknames: "Johannes Riemensperger", "John Rainsburgh", "John Rainsburg"
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Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Carroll, Ohio, United States
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Christopher McAnall
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About John Rainsberger (Riemensperger)

From John's Revolutionary War Pension Files (cf. photo attachments):

State of Ohio

Carroll County Court of Common Pleas at August Term 1834

On this nineteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty-four personally appeared before the Court of Common Please of Said County John Rainsburg a Resident of Orange Township in Said County aged Seventy-Five years, who being duly Swarn according to law, doth on his Oath make the following declara-tion, in order to obtain the benefits of the pension made by the act of Congress, entitled an “Act for the relief of the Surviving Officers and Soldiers of the Revolution” & an “act supple-mentary thereto passed June 7th 1832”.

That he was ordered into service as a Militia Man in the year 1776 & Served in the Regiment of Maryland Militia, under the following Officers Capt. Ludowick Camp, Colonel Baker Johnston, Major Miller – That he remained in service three months at that time – At this time he resided in Frerick Town, Frederick County, Maryland – He marched then into New Jersey & was engaged in party near New Brunswick in that Fall – He was dis-charged from that tour of duty in March 1777 – He again was drafted, at the same place where he continued to reside, Frederick Town, & marched in the Company commanded by Capt. Frazier, in the Same Regiment commanded by Major Miller & Baker Johnston – Marched to the Neighborhood of Philadelphia, & was in the battle of German Town in Pennsylvania. He remained in Service three months also at this time, & left the Service about the middle of November being discharged near German Town.

He knew Genl. Smallwood & Col. Weltner of the “Dutch Battalion” in Regular Service. He was again drafted from the Same place to guard the Prisoners Sent up to Frederick Town & remained in the Service a third time & hired Thomas Woolford to complete his touer of duty, as evidence of which he encloses a certificate of his Lieut. Henry Brim – He has no other documentary evidence in his possession. He also hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity, except the present, & he declares that his name is not pension now of any agency in any State – I know of know person by which he can prove his Service.

Swarn to & Subsribed the day and year first aforesaid

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And the Said Court do hereby enclose their opinion, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary Soldier, & Served as he dates.

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The Court also propounded the following interrogatories to the afore named applicant:

1. Where & in what year were you born?

Answer – I was born in Frederick County in Maryland in the year 1759 – month of January.

2. Have you any record of your age, & where is it?

A. I have a record & it is at my house in Orange Township in Said County.

3. Where were you living when called into Service; where have you lived since the Revo-lutionary War, & where do you now live?

A. At Frederick Town, Md. – when called into Service. Continued to live there twelve years after I was discharged – Then removed to Redstone Settlement in Pennsylvania – Staid there about three years, & then came to Ohio, where I now reside as is aforesaid.

4. How were you called into Service? Were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a Sub-stitute?

A. The first time there was a call made & the whole Battalion was ordered out en masse. The second & third time I was drafted.

5. State the names of some of the regular of-ficers, who were with the troops where you served – such Continental & Milita Regi-ments as you recollect, & the general circum-stances of your Services.

A. Capt. Michael Bayer – Capt. Feister – Capt. Charles Baltzel – Colonel Weltner & General Smallwooder. Of the Continental Re-giments I remember the “Dutch Battalion”. He remembers the Battles of Brandy Wine & Germantown.

7. Rate the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, & who can testify as to your character for veracity, & their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.

A. Revd. Dewalt Rothacker, Judge George Davis, and Thomas Thorley.

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We Dewalt Rothacker, a clergyman residing in Carroll County, And George Davis, & Thomas Thor-ley residing in the same County & in the neighborhood of John Rainsburgh hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with John Rainsburgh, who has sub-scribed & swarn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be seventy-five years of age – That he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a solider of the Revolution, & that we concur in that opinion.

Swarn & Subscribed this

20th August A.D. 1834

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John Rainsberger's Timeline

1759
April 29, 1759
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1776
November, 1776
- March, 1777
Age 17
Maryland, United States
1777
August, 1777
- November, 1777
Age 18
Maryland, United States
September 11, 1777
Age 18
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States
October 4, 1777
Age 18
Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
1778
1778
Age 18
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1787
April 24, 1787
Age 27
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1788
January 21, 1788
Age 28
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1789
December 12, 1789
Age 30
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1791
December 3, 1791
Age 32
Frederick, Maryland, United States