|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1823|
The first Rahn/Rohn/Rhone to leave the ancestral home in Hamburg, Germany, was John/Johannes Rhone, or Rahn, who was born in that city in 1698, during a winter so severe as to be referred to in the history of the Fatherland as "the cold winter". There is now no record of his ancestry, and nothing is known of his immediate relatives except that two brothers came to America some time after his emigration, one locating in the East, and the other in the South.
John/Johannes Rhone was a youth when he first came to America, and after spending a few years in Pennsylvania he returned to his native land, where he married, his bride accompanying him on his voyage to the New World. At that time emigrants were forbidden to carry money put of the country, on account of some movement political, commercial or military, and in order to evade the edict our pioneer invested his patrimony in Bibles and merchandise, which he brought with him, a few copies of these Bibles still remain and are cherished in the family as priceless heirlooms.
On his return to Pennsylvania, John Rhone located in Tulpehocken township, Berks county, near the Norskill Lutheran Church, where he followed the blacksmith's trade for many years. At the close of the Revolutionary War he moved to Franklin county and engaged in farming. While there his first wife died, but he afterward re-married. He was a temperate man, a consistent Christian, and a strict Lutheran in faith. He died March 1823, at the extraordinary age of 125 years, extending over portions of three centuries. To the last he retained his strength of mind and body, and when 105 years old he paid a visit to his native land. His remains were interred at Pleasant Hall, Franklin county, with those of his wives. He had eighteen children, most of whom lived to maturity, and some attained great age, one daughter in Cumberland, Md., when 103 years old. But little is known of the others.
From: COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
Anna Catharina Rhone (1710 - 1754)*
Helena Christina Ritterin Rhone (1735 - ____)*
Johannes Heinrich Rohn (1731 - 1795)*
Pleasant Hall Cemetery
Created by: Carman DM
Record added: Jan 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104040816
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