An American Family History

Father Rasle's (or Rale's) War


Father Rasle's War was from 1722 to 1726. Father Sébastien Rasle (or Râle, Ralle, Rasles) was a Jesuit missionary to the indigenous peoples in Norridgewock, Maine.

The war was mostly fought in Maine, but some settlements on Massachusetts' northern border were also involved. Some of the men listed in service were:

The indigenous population in the United States before the arrival of Europeans included many distinct tribes and languages


Captain Isaac Clark
Captain Samuel Wright
Captain Samuel Willard
Lt. Jonathan Lamb
Sgt. Thomas Buckminster, known as the "Rutland Scout"
Sgt. Nahum Ward
Corp. Joseph War
Corp. Nathaniel Eams
Corp. Ebenezer Leland
Corp. Jonas Easton
Corp. Eleazar Rider
Trumpr Thomas Bellows
Trumpr Nero Benson
Clerk, Samuel Stone

Jermiah Belknap
John Bent
Joseph Brintnall
William Brintnall
Gideon Bridges
Hackaliah Bridges
Matthias Clark
James Cloyes
Oliver Death
Jonathan Dewing
Uriah Drury
George Fairbank
Jonathan Fairbank
Samuel Frizzell
Simon Goddard
Moses Haven
Joseph Haven
Benoni Hemenway
Benjamin Hemenway
Daniel How
Edward Learned
Isaac Leland
Joseph Leland
Asa Morse
David Morse
Joseph Morse
Jonathan Nutting
Jacob Pepper
Daniel Pratt
David Pratt,
Philip Pratt
Phineas Rice
Bezaleel Rice (married Susannah daughter of Stephen Jennings, Jr.)
Josiah Rice
Abraham Rice
Ezekiel Rice
Daniel Rider
Robert Seaver
John Stacy
Thomas Stone
Isaac Stanhope (son of Joseph?)
Samuel Walker (husband of Hannah Jennings)
Jeremiah Wedges
Mark Whitney
Samuel Williams
Thomas Winch
Georgea Wlkup
Thompson Wood

Father Rasle’s War was between 1721 and 1725. It was also known as Dummer’s War, Grey Lock's War, and Lovewell’s War. Father Sebastian Rasle was a Jesuit missionary in New England and lived among the Abneki people. In 1705, during Queen Anne’s War, tensions escalated between the settlers and Father Rasle and the Abneki. The settlers attacked the mission at Norridgewock and burned the church. Hostilities continued after the end of Queen Anne’s War and in August, 1724 Father Rasle was attacked by the settlers, scalped and killed