Re John: John Learn Came to Pennsylvania via Rotterdam, sailing on the Royal Judith (03-Sep-1742).Came to there from Gross-Winterheim Germany according to a permit filed on April 17, 1742.May go back to Johannes Lehn??? Copy of his will in 1777.Letter from a Lee Mahnken(3-Dec-1969).Her grandfather was Andrew.In the letter, she says, "Evidently, the Learns originated in England.A marriage license was issued to one of our ancestors (I think t was in London).We have some information n that."Married to Caderina From Vol 2, Genealogical & personal History of Western Pennsylvania.Ed in Chief:John W. Jordan. (available on websitegeocities.com/geojenk.Go to "Detaled family History".Scroll through about 4 pages until hit Learns) This name was formerly spelled Larner, but just when the change was made is not known.
Was a 'Tunker':
Established 1708 near Schwarzenau, Germany, by Alexander Mack who founded a community of eight believers through adult baptism. They were heavily influenced by Pietism, and Anabaptist conventions from an earlier century. Schwarzenau Brethren often experienced religious persecution, and found refuge among Mennonites, an older persecuted Anabaptist group who had establish havens over many years, such as Krefeld (Germany) and Germantown (Pennsylvania). Brethren were also influenced by them, and many beliefs and practices remain similar into the modern era. Following a resurgence of persecution, splinter groups evolved and the Mack party emigrated in 1729 to Pennsylvania in the wake of co-worker Peter Becker's earlier group of 1719. The first American congregation was founded near Germantown with adult baptisms on Christmas Day, 1723. Enjoying their new world freedom from religious persecution, many congregations were established. re George:
The Massacre From Vol 2, Genealogical & personal History of Western Pennsylvania. Ed in Chief:John W. Jordan. (available on websitegeocities.com/geojenk.Go to "Detailed family History".Scroll through about 4 pages until hit Learns)
George Learn (26-Jan-1751) was murdered by Indians 03-Jul-1781.He had built a house about a quarter mile distant from that of his father (John Learn), and there he lived with his wife and two children.At the time of the massacre, his little son, John, was taken by an aunt who escaped with him to the shelter of some bushes where they remained concealed.A little dog followed them from the house and in order not to be betrayed by him, the aunt muffled his head in an apron she wore.The child lived to raise a large family and many of his descendants live in and around Ithica and Geneva, NY. (At this point the story is retold in greater detail) Some time after the settlement of the Larner or Learn family at this part, a settler, while following a path discovered the racks of Indians about two miles away and upon reaching Tannersville at once informed the family of John Larner, so that he might guard against a sudden attack of the red men.On the following day George Learn repaired to a field adjoining his home and was engaged in mowing when a band of Indians approached and placing themselves between the victim and his house, fired and wounded him.Securing a fence rail, he then defended himself with great bravery, but was finally overpowered and killed while trying to reach the house of his father (that would be John Learn).After scalping him, they went to his house, secured his wife and child and carried them to the Poconos Mountains.The settlers started in pursuit as soon as they became aware of the facts, and when they reached the mountains they found the body of the child who had been scalped.Not far of lay the body of the mother who had been butchered in the most inhumanefashion, portions of the body being suspended from the nearby trees. John Learn, heard the firing and approached to learn the cause and upon seeing the Indians, he fired upon them.This proved a fatal shot for himself as it disclosed his presence and insured his speedy.It is supposed that he killed the Indian at whom he firedas a cap with holes in it was found at the spot but the body of the Indian had been removed by his companions.