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Matthew Hanna
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Birth: 1747
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1815
Lexington (Lexington City County)
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA

Matthew Hanna is the son of Andrew Hanna (of County Monaghan, Northern Ireland, of Scots descent) and Elisabeth. They came to (then) Lancaster Co., PA, where his father is buried at the Paxtang Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Then Matthew came to Cumberland Co., PA in about 1771-1781, where he served under Col. Joseph Dunlap, Capt. Brady and Capt. William Moorhead.

Matthew married Martha Montgomery in about 1776 in PA and they had 5 known children. He belonged to New Monmouth Presbyterian Church, Lexington Presbyterian and First Presbyterian, all in Lexington. He was an elder at two of them.

2 Oct 1782 30 lbs 1 Acre lot, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 365. John Galbraith and Barbara his wife to Matthew Hannah; 1 Acre lot adjoining Town of Lexington. Beginning at corner of Main St., on Northeast end of Town, and runneth North 55 1/2, W 12 poles to stake, South 25, E 14 poles, S 55 1/2, E 12 poles to stake, N 26, W 14 poles to beginning....

1 Apr 1783, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 383 for 10 3/4 acres adjoining Lexington, William Brown sold to Matthew Hanna. Beginning at post on highway below the town and runneth then N 63, E 37 1/2 poles to a post, NW 48 poles to a small white oak, S 63, W 37 1/2 poles to a stake, then SE 48 poles to beginning....

7 Jun 1785, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 521 for 1/2 acre lot #14, Trustees of Town of Lexington to Matthew Hanna. Along Main Street 195', along Henry Street...

3 Aug 1787, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 670: William Brown sold to Matthew Hanna, via his attorney Andrew Moore, 4 1/4 acres, corner to John Galbreath; beginning at stake at upper end of a Meadow corner to John Galbreath land and running N 62, E 54 poles to a stake in a line of sd land at lower end of Meadow, then with line of same S 22, E 11 poles to a hickory and Spanish oak, then S 50, W 17 poles to a white oak,then S 78, W 20 poles to a white oak and red bud, N 20, W 13 poles crossing the upper end of the meadow to beginning...

3 Aug 1787 10 Acres, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 685. Andrew Moore attorney in fact for William Brown to John McKey, both of Rockbridge,10 Acres beginning at stake at road near to corner of Matthew Hanna's land and running N 44, W 50 poles to a Spanish Oak and white oak near a corner of Matthre Hannah land then N 57, E 40 poles to a hickory and 2 white oaks, then S 27, E 54 poles to a stake by the road,then along road S 62, W 24 poles to beginning...

3 Aug 1787 31 Acres, is similar to one above in line with Matthew's land, Rockbrige Co., VA Deed Book A, p 686...

5 Feb 1788 7 Acres, Rockbridge Co., VA Deed Book A, p 684. Andrew Moore attorney in fact for William Brown to Hollingsworth Johnston and Company, Merchants of City of Richmond. 7 Acres, beginning at small white oak corner to Matthew Hanna's land and with a line of S 63, W 39 poles to a white oak corner to said Hanna, then N 43, W 20 poles to 2 white oaks, then N 18, E 17 poles to Woods Creek, then down the several courses of the Creek 21 poles to a small Cedar and hickory on a large rock, then S 44, E 38 poles to beginning...

On Apr 5, 1797, James Berry sold and deeded to the Trustees of the Lexington Presbyterian Congregation: Wm Lyle, Matthew Hanna and Arthur Walkup, the church cemetery. It fronted 169' on the E side of S. Main Street, between White & Lewis street and contained 1/2 an acre in Rockbridge Co., VA. The church was then on the NW corner of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, so I believe the cemetery is SJM Cemetery, where Matthew is buried...

He owned several properties (N. Main and Henry, west side of N. Main - near W & L University, etc.) and built a hotel* at N. Main and Jefferson Streets on the north corner, all in Lexington.

He wrote his will 14 Apr 1815, while weak in body, in Rockbridge Co., VA. It was recorded in Will Book 4, page 126.

"WHO WAS MATTHEW HANNA? I asked Henry Myers, Esq., this question and he answered: "He was my great grandfather. He came to Lexington before the Revolutionary war and built the house on the corner of Main and Henry streets, now owned by Mrs. Gibbs, one of the oldest, if not the oldest house in town. I have his old family clock with his name on its face." A daughter of Hanna married Rev. Daniel Blain, professor at Washington college and well known in the annals of the Presbyterian church by a succession of ministers of the same name. Another daughter of Mr. Hanna married John T. McKee of Kerr's creek; another John Parry, father of the late M. H. Parry of Fancy Hill. So the children of Madison Dunlap, and of John C. Laird and Samuel W. McKee of Kerr's creek, together with the children of John H. Myers, M. H. Parry, and Robt. C. McClure are all great grandchildren of Matthew Hanna. These with their descendants, even to the fifth generation give this man a host of descendants in Rockbridge, and not a person in the county bears his name as a surname. From what I learn from these old papers, Mr. Hanna was a good and useful man in matters relating to the church and his name deserves to be perpetuated in connection with Old Monmouth.", Oct 2007.

According to James Willson McClung's Historical Significance of Rockbridge County, Virginia, Staunton, VA, McClure Co., Inc, 1939 and 1979, page 33: "William Alexander, Matthew Hanna and John Galbraith were among the moving spirits in laying out the town of Lexington in 1778, and were, in a large measure, responsible for its growth."

*Local preservationists were also unable to save the Old Blue Hotel, which was demolished by Washington and Lee University in 1947. (

His table gravestone says:
Within this enclosure are
deposited the remains of
who died Oct. 31st, 1815, aged 68 years
MARTHA wife of Matthew Hanna
who died April 14th, 1821,
age 72 years
Joshua, Caroline and Delia,
children of John and Martha Parry.
MARTHA wife of John Parry
who died Dec. 26th, 1824, aged 45 years
MARTHA daughter of
Dr. J.E. and Martha H. McCluer
who died March 8th, 1840, aged 72 years,
son of C.S. and Annie H. Wayne
who died Aug. 19th 1845,
aged 7 years, 9 months and 21 days
Tis sweet as year by year we lose our dear
ones out of sight, in faith to muse how grows
in Paradise our store. 
Family links: 
  Martha Montgomery Hanna (1749 - 1821)
  Mary Hanna Blain (____ - 1824)*
  Martha "Patsy" Hanna Parry (1778 - 1824)*
  Agnes Hanna McKee (1779 - 1847)*
  Elizabeth Hanna Wilson (1783 - 1852)*
*Calculated relationship
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
Lexington (Lexington City County)
Lexington City
Virginia, USA
Plot: old section, on right, from gate
Created by: LSP
Record added: Nov 08, 2007
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Matthew Hanna
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