Luke Skywalker is certainly the most famous Jedi to work for the Rebellion, but he’s not the only one. Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger were involved in a variety of Rebel Alliance missions, as detailed in Star Wars: Rebels. They even were known to Princess Leia (Rebels: "A Princess on Lothal").

What’s more, former Jedi Ahsoka Tano served as the leader of the Rebellion’s spy network from shortly after the fall of the Empire to several years before the Battle of Yavin, and was certainly in regular comunication with Bail Organa.

Even C-3PO seemed to know something about Ezra, at least:

WHOOOOSH! Then brave rebels far away began spreading the word from planet to planet to fight back. And one boy sent a message across the worlds that ignited a spark of rebellion.

Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

If Leia and C-3PO both knew about Force-users (and indeed Jedi) who had worked for the Rebellion in the past, it seems possible that they might have told Luke.

Is there any evidence that Luke knew about these earlier Rebellion Jedi?

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    As the events of Star Wars: Rebels took place about five years before the battle of Yavin, and before Luke joining the Rebellion, it is possible that Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka were not around anymore. The issue not being too urgent might have resulted that Luke was told about them only much, much later. In addition, Luke probably didn't go running around the Rebel base telling everyone he was a Jedi either (which he wasn't). – Essen Nov 14 '16 at 15:43
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    no! unless the mickey mouse ppl make another "remastered-remastered" version of the original trilogy where some unknown person (cgi rebel technician or some such) drops a line about kanan and ezra within earshot of Luke to make it all legit and all... – Cherubel Nov 28 '16 at 7:29
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    As far as I know, there is no evidence, but this may be included in future comics or novels. Or perhaps everybody will die in the last episode of the last season of Rebels, and any problem will be solved. – Neow Nov 28 '16 at 8:25

We now know that Luke would not have met Kanan or Ezra until at least after the Battle of Endor. Asoka is a little unknown, she was around of sorts but didn't seem to be taking an active role in the Rebellion anymore.

Leia knows of Kanan, she also knows of Luke's force affinity (at least at some stage before The Empire Strikes Back). I'm sure that she would have mentioned other Jedi she knew, but there is no canon reference to this happening.

However, it would not affect things in a meaningful way. We already know that the Empire "hunted down and wiped out" the Jedi, the Rebels' Jedi would just be part of this event.

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  • By the time Luke knew about The Force (ANH), Kanan was already dead. – TimSparrow May 9 '18 at 10:05
  • This was answered quite a while before the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels, I'll try and update. – Jeremy French May 9 '18 at 10:25

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