Christos Christou, Jr.

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  • ID: I22913
  • Name: William Independence RASIN
  • Surname: Rasin
  • Given Name: William Independence
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 Jul 1841 in , , Kent Co, Md
  • Death: 18 Jun 1916 in , , Newport News, Va
  • Burial: I.u. Church Cem.,Worton, Kent Co, Md
  • _UID: A65A77305DCF3F4AB15BF17BC05C5DDA27A3
  • Note:
    Capt in Conf. Army (Called the Winder Cavalry of the MD Line. Capt. W.I. Rasin
    had a famous horse named Beauregard who survived his Civil War service until
    1883 and was ridden to Appomattox by Rasin per Famous Horses of the Civil War.
    (Per a clause in the surrender terms at Appomattox each Confederate cavalryman
    was entitled to take his horse home with him.)

    Per the listing of the First Maryland Cavalry CSA Capt. William J. Raisin
    served in Company E was officially formed on August 6 1863 (although it was
    organized by April 1863 since it served in the Greenland Gap skirmish). this
    regiment was between Sep and Nov 1863 assigned to Lunsford Lomax's Brigade and
    took part in Bristol VA Campaign in Oct 1863. In Nov 1863 they formed the
    Maryland Line at Hanover Junction and remaind so until June 1864. They
    received commendations for their part in the defeating the Kilpatrick/Dahlgren
    raid on Richmond. They saw action at New Market VA on May 15 1864, Beaver Dam
    Station, Pollard's Farm on May 27 1864, The South Anna River on Jun 1 1864 and
    at Trevilians Station on on June 11 1864. A report of Capt. Frank Bond dated
    May 25 1863 states Companies E, Capt. W.I. Rasin commanding and D Lt. W.H.B.
    Dorsey commanding were dismounted toopen fire with their long range guns upon
    the house. This they did, but with little effect, and being deceived by the
    flag of truce sent by order of the commanding general by the hands of one of
    the prisoners, they rushed the house, thinking the enemy surrendered, and only
    discovered their error when a well-directed volley was poured into them at a
    distance of 20 years... At Greenland we were fired upon by three bushwackers
    killing Capt. Rasin's horse. We succeeded in capturing them after a chase down
    a steep mountain.

    !OBIT: The Chestertown Transcript June 24, 1916. Capt. William J. Rasin. On
    Sunday, June 18, 1916, Capt. Wm. J. Rasin, died at his late residence in
    Newport News, VA in his 75th from a general breakdown. He was the son of the
    late MacCall Rasin and Margaret Boyer of Kent Co. In his very early youth he
    went west, and during the first year of the war between the States came east
    with the purpose of going into the Southern army. He was arrested by a
    government detective at Stoneton, the residence of Mr. C. H. Price and taken to
    Washington, where he was confined in what was then known as the Old Capitol
    prison. From this he made a daring escape and worked his way through the
    Federal lines to Richmond, bearing valuable secret news to the Confederate
    government. He soon entered the army as a cavalryman in the Maryland line and
    fought valiantly to the close of the war, being onece most severely wounded. At
    the close of the war he came back to Kent for a short period. He married Miss
    Mary Garnett of Buckingham county, VA by whome he is survived. Immediately
    after the war he engaged with the late Harry McCoy in a lucrative business in
    Baltimore, during which time Capt. Rasin accumulated a considerable amount of
    property and became the owner of a large landed estate in Kent. Closing out his
    business in Baltimore he retired to his farm, Chantilley near Tolchester Beach
    in 1874. During his residence at Chantilley, his energies were devoted to the
    management of his large peach orchard, which was a paying industry at that
    time. In 1880 he returned to Baltimore and entered the revenue office in that
    city. Being an expert accountant he was made cashier, and during the greater
    part of two administrations held that important position, handling with great
    credit to himself the money that passed through his hands. A change in the
    office threw him out of employment. In 1900 he moved to Newport News and
    obtained employment with the Furness Witty Steamship Company. He was among the
    trusted employees of that company at the time of his death. Capt. Rasin was a
    man of unusual characteristics. He was one of the most high toned men I have
    ever known, unselfish, honest and generous to a fault. Few men understood him
    because of his retiring nature. those who knew him best loved and honored him
    as one among God's truly noble men. He finds a lasting place in Old I.U.
    cemetery among his friends and near the loved members of his family. Remains
    were brought to Still Pond on Wed. Funeral services were held from I.U.P.E.
    church on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. S. Hepburn. The
    pallbearers were: Mr. Edward W. Sr., William and Edward Hepburn, Philip and
    Medford Brooks and Alwyn Stavely. Undertaker Wm. H. Krusen in charge of funeral

    He moved to MO with his uncle in 1848 when his dad died. He attended school in
    St. Louis and began his business career in Leavenworth, KS in 1858.
  • Change Date: 7 Mar 2003 at 00:00:00

    Father: McCall Medford RASIN b: 9 Jun 1795 in , , , Maryland
    Mother: Margaret Ann BOYER b: ABT 1810

    Marriage 1 Mary A GARNETT b: ABT 1841
    • Married: 1867
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