Hagey, John E.
John E. Hagey
1748 – 1841
Born in Strasburg, Alsace, went to France 1777. Came
America with Genera Lafayette. Chosen as a companion
and later a body guard for the General. Served in the
French Light Horse and became famous in the Battle
White Plains and the Siege of Yorktown and was dis-
charged at Newcastle, N. Y. Went to Harrisburg, Pa.
Became a U.S. Citizen. Married Catherine Ault. Migrated
Greensboro, N.C. Moved to Knoxville, Tenn. and
then to Nashville where he lived the remainder of
his life. In 1825, his work took him to Huntsville,
for a short period. While there he learned his old
General was to visit Nashville. He walked over 100
Miles to see Gen. Lafayette 44 years after his dis-
charge. He was 77 at the time. Arrived at Nashville
while the parade was in progress. Placing himself
Properly as the General approached, Mr. Hagey
bowed before him. Arose and was recognized and
emotionally embraced by Lafayette. The crowd was
moved to tears. John Hagey was member of
McKendree M. E. Church. A devout Christian. He died
the Faith July 13, 1841. Was
given a military funeral attended by 5000 people.
Laid to rest 4 p.m. 7-14-1841.
Asleep in Jesus
This Marker by Dwight Bennett RRI Kokomo, Ind.
Great-great-great grandson of John E. Hagey.