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Ella Collings Ellis Hanna
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1854
New Maysville
Putnam County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1891

This is believed to be a photo of Ella Collings (Ellis) Hanna. If anyone knows for sure, I would love to hear from you. - Bonita

Parents:
Hamilton Elmore Ellis
Isaminda Collings

Siblings:
Bransby Lester Ellis
Alvira Ellis
Ida May Ellis
Grace E. Ellis

Wife of Dr. L.M. Hanna

Mrs. Hanna's Funeral.
The funeral of Mrs. Ella C., wife of Dr. L.M. Hanna took place from the family residence at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 15. The services conducted by Rev. W.W. Hicks, of Warsaw, assisted by Dr. Salem B. Town, of this city. The following touching tribute to her memory was read:
In Memoriam.
Mrs. Ella C. Hanna, wife of Dr. Levi M. Hanna, died at her home on the evening of Monday, 13th instant, after a lingering and painful illness of fifty-seven days' duration. There have been few instances of more protracted and intense suffering, and perhaps not one in which the anguish of disease has been more patiently and heroically borne, even to the final scene.
Ella C. Ellis was the daughter of Dr. Hamilton E. Ellis, long and favorably known as one of the leading physicians of Putnam county. He practiced his profession for many years in Greencastle, being the senior partner in the medical partnership of Ellis and Smythe. Ella was born at the town of New Maysville, on the 8th of January, 1854. While she was still a child, her father moved to Greencastle, and here her whole subsequent life has been passed. She was the eldest daughter of the family. She had an elder brother, Branby, and two younger sisters, Ida and Grace, all three of whom still live to mourn the loss of their sister. Ella was educated, first in the public schools of Greencastle, where as a girl she showed remarkable talents and application. Afterwards she entered Asbury (DePauw) University, where she pursued a regular course of study as far as the Junior year. She was an ambitious student, and was looking forward with dlight to the completion of her college course, when a sudden weakness of the eyes compelled her to abandon her studies. This circumstance was a great grief to her and to her instructors, to whom, by her good scholarship and the graces of her character, she was much endeared. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sisterhood, and her sisters of that body are present today to render the last tribute of affection to the one departed.
After leaving the University, Miss Ellis taught in the public schools with marked success for several years. In 1880 her father died greatly lamented by the people of this community. Two years afterwards, namely in March of 1882, she was married to Dr. Levi M. Hanna, with whom for nearly ten years she has lived as a faithful and devoted wife, in tender love and perfect trust. In the year following her marriage her mother passed away. Dr. Hanna and his wife occupied henceforth the home built by Dr. Ellis, in the darkened halls of which these obscquies are held. In Dec., 1884, a daughter was born to Dr. and Mrs. Hanna, whom the fond parents named Lee. But she was taken away by death in the following August. Their son Robert was born in 1888, and the little fellow, by the casket of his sainted mother, is unable to understand or appreciate the indescribable loss which has fallen upon him. Perhaps it is well that children in their earlier years are spared the knowledge and apprehension of the awful calamity of death.
Mrs. Hanna was an earnest and devoted Christian woman. At the early age of sixteen years she was converted, and joined the Baptist church. Ever afterwards her walk and conversation gave notice to all that she had been with the Master and had learned of him. She had in every vicissitude of life a keen sense of an overruling Providence and an abiding faith in the wisdom and goodness of Him who doety all things well, however dark and mysterious His providences. She was a charter member of her church missionary society and zealous in promoting all church interests. She was a charter member of the Ladies' Aid Society, Grand Army of the Republic, also a member of a Lodge of Daughters of Rebekah, Independent order of Odd Fellows.
In her manners and intercourse Mrs. Hanna was frank, outspoken and candid with her friends. She was energetic, painstaking and faithful in the discharge of her duties, and was an ideal wife and mother. She was patient and self-sacrificing, willing to do much that others might enjoy peace of mind and happiness of heart.
Mrs. Hanna foresaw the end of her life, and was ready. Nothwithstanding [sic.] her sufferings, she preserved a peaceful frame of mind, and entered at the last calmly into rest. Her hopes of a better hereafter were unclouded, and her chief distress was the natural sorrow which comes to the faithful wife and mother in leaving her husband and her son, and younger sister Grace, for whom she tried to fill a mother's place, since her mother's death 1883.
Blessed are they whose lives have been faithfully passed, whose work has been faithfully done, whose duties have been met and discharged in love and trust, and whose departure is peaceful and serene.
(Greencastle Banner and Times, vol. 39, no. 30, July 23, 1891) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Levi Mitchell Hanna (1843 - 1908)
 
 Children:
  Lee Ellis Hanna (1885 - 1886)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Greencastle
Putnam County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Bonita Olmer
Originally Created by: Jon Rice
Record added: Nov 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31144979
Ella Collings <i>Ellis</i> Hanna
Added by: Jay Wright
 
Ella Collings <i>Ellis</i> Hanna
Added by: Bonita Olmer
 
Ella Collings <i>Ellis</i> Hanna
Added by: Bonita Olmer
 
 
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In the 1930 census, Ella's son, Robert E. Hanna, was living in Burbank, CA, age 42, with his stepmother, Missouri Hanna. Does anyone know when and where Robert died and is buried?
- Jay Wright
 Added: May. 26, 2012
 
 
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