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Jens Rasmussen (Guinea Gut/Bethany & other plantations)

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Jens Rasmussen (Guinea Gut/Bethany & other plantations)

Posted: 1240336605000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rasmus, Rasmussen
My ancestor, Jens Rasmussen, appears on 80+ pages of the Oldendorp record. He arrived on St. Thomas probably between 21 Feb 1736 and 13 Apr 1744 as he served Governor Moth before becoming a "waiter" on the Carstens plantation at Mosquito Bay. He was not Moravian but a close friend and accompanied Zinzendorf and the Carstens back to Amsterdam. There, Nicolai Tonis engaged Jens to manage his plantation in the middle of St. John. Later, Jens bought Jinnegoot (Guinea Gut) plantation for himself and later sold it to the Moravians (renamed Bethany)[I have a copy of the document]. He then bought a plantation in the vicinity of Cinnamon Bay (Annenberg?). He sent his two sons, John (born 8 Jan 1757 on St. John--my ancestor) and Nathaniel (RASMUS/RASMUSSEN) to Bethlehem, PA to be educated by the Moravians. Jens died circa 1785 as a document leaves his slave, Christian, to my ancestor, John RASMUS. John served in the American Revolution and remained in Pennsylvania. Does anyone know what happened to Jens and his family and what other plantations he owned? Also, do you know the location of the former Tonis plantation, in the middle of St. John? Can you suggest where to look for other information?
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