|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1844|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1925|
Wayne County Democrat
Aug. 27, 1925
VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR PASSES AWAY
John Hanna, Pioneer Resident of Wayne County, Dies at Home in Corydon
John Hanna, Civil War veteran and a highly esteemed pioneer of Wayne County, passed away last Thursday at his home in Corydon, after an illness of a short duration, heart trouble being the cause of his death. He was nearly 81 years of age and had been a resident of this county for fifty-five years.
Although his health had been gradually failing for some time, his condition did not become alarming until about two weeks before he passed away.
His death came as a shock to his many friends and acquaintances, among whom he will be missed greatly. He was a man who made friends easily, for he possessed many traits which endeared him to those with whom he came in contact.
Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. N. Sours, pastor of the Christian church. Burial was made in the Corydon cemetery.
H. K. Evans, C. W. Steele, H. H. Carter, W. H. Tedrow, Ernest Allred and A. G. Dotts, all of whom are Sons of Veterans, acted as pallbearers.
The following obituary was read during the funeral services:
Comrade John Hanna was born in Lawrence County, Pa., August 29, 1844, and was honorably discharged from this life near the close of the twentieth day of August, 1925, being at the time of his release 80 years, 11 months and 22 days old.
He spent the early years of his life in Pennsylvania, where he grew to young manhood. In February, 1864, though still a youth, he heard and answered the stirring call of his country to help keep the Union intact. Co. E, 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was at home on veteran furlough, and Mr. Hanna enlisted and returned with them immediately to the thick of the fighting. He took part in the Battle of the Wilderness, one of the major conflicts of the war, and also in the battle of Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia, the scene of one of the most desperate battles of the Civil War. Mr. Hanna was wounded on May 12th, probably in the last attack of the campaign at Spottslvania in their attempt to regain their lost ground. It was thought that a Confederate sharpshooter's bullet was responsible for the wound, and it is believed that the bullet first struck Mr. Hanna's brother, who was marching at his side, glancing off and lodging in Mr. Hanna's left elbow. He spent some time in a hospital, from which he was discharged in December, 1864, being unable to go back into service. The wound cost Mr. Hanna the partial use of his left arm, it being stiff and without complete muscle action for the rest of his life.
After the war, Mr. Hanna journeyed to Illinois, where he located near Galva, managing a farm during the last two years of a five-year sojourn in that state. In 1870, he came to Wayne County, Iowa, and soon purchased land near Promise City. Coming this early to Iowa made Mr. Hanna one of the pioneers of Wayne County, for he experienced many of the hardships incident to clearing and improving his land and to the development of the county.
On February 3, 1875, Mr. Hanna was united in marriage to Miss Alice Spaw, to which union five children were born: Mrs. Clara Aitken of Clearfield; H. C. Hanna of Davenport, L. J. Hanna, residing near Seymour; Miss Marcia Hanna of this city; and R. W. Hanna of Austin, Minnesota, all of whom, with their mother, survive, together with ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of friends. Mr. Hanna resided on his farm near Promise City for thirty years, during which time he united with the Little Flock Baptist church. Retiring from active farm life, he moved to Promise City where he made his home for three years, locating in Corydon in 1907, where his fellow townsmen came to know him in the strength and worth of his manhood.
On March 6, 1908, John Hanna was mustered into Post 192, Department of the Iowa, G.A.R. and was a faithful member, holding the office of Senior Vice-Commander at the time of his death.
The wound received during the war was a source of a determination upon Mr. Hanna's part never to allow his affliction to be a motive for sympathy on the part of others. Although not having the full use of his left arm, he never allowed this to interfere with his taking a full share of work, and until the very last he was determined to "carry on" with unflinching courage.
Nancy Alice Spaw Hanna (1855 - 1946)*
Clara M Hanna Aitken (1875 - 1933)*
Judd Hanna (1881 - 1957)*
Marcia Alice Hanna (1884 - 1972)*
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