|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1729|
North Carolina, USA
Hannah was born in February 2, 1729, in Chester County, PA, where her family belonged to the Society of Friends (Quakers). Most likely her great grandmother, Joan (Burgess) Moon, lived with the family, because a picture of their house was painted onto a ceramic bread platter that John had brought with her from England in 1882. (See photo.) Her grandmother died early in 1739.
Around time of her grandmotherís death, the family moved to a new Quaker settlement in Frederick County, Virginia, part of which is now in Berkeley County, West Virginia. There they belonged to the Hopewell Friends meeting, which had begun in 1734. Their farm was near present-day Arden, and it adjoined the farm of another Quaker family, Thomas and Ruth Brown. The two families were close, and three of the Moon children married three of the Brown children. Richard Moon and Susannah Brown were married on February 6, 1746; Hannah Moon and William Brown on Feb 4, 1748; and Margaret Moon and Thomas Brown on August 10, 1748.
The Quakers kept careful records, but the minute book for the years 1734-1759 were lost when a fire destroyed the home where they were kept. But among the few records surviving is this one, reprinted in the book "Hopewell Friends History" p. 50: "At our Monthly Meeting of Hopewell at Opeckan the fourth Day of the second month A. D. 1748. ... The friends appointed to see Wm. Brown & Hannah Moons Marriage Accomplished report that it was decently Consumated." Their first child, named Thomas Hood Brown, was born on December 28, 1749. Two days later, Williamís father Thomas made out his will.
Hannahís father Simon died early in 1749, and his will was proved on February 9 of that year. Thomas Brown, the father of William, died in May of the next year, leaving William 200 acres of farmland. William evidently sold the land, and the couple moved to central North Carolina, where new Quaker settlements were being developed. Hannah and Thomas settled in the Cane Creek community of what is now Alamance County, but at that time part of Orange County. A Monthly Meeting of Friends was started there in 1751. Other siblings came later and settled in the New Garden community, where a meeting for worship began in 1751, and a monthly meeting in 1754.
At a later date the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting made of list of the birthdates of Hannah and William and their children, and it lists the first as happening in December, 1949, in Cane Creek. If that is correct, then Hannah and William moved to North Carolina before the death of Williamís father Thomas Brown.
Hannah and William were blessed with a total of thirteen children, all of whom grew up and married. The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 1, by William Wade Hinshaw, lists them as follows::
Thomas, born 10-28-1749
Samuel, born 5-30-1751
William, born 1-26-1753
Rachel, born 10-2-1754
Hannah, born 6-5-1756
Richard, born 1-6-1758
Sarah, born 1-28-1760
Mary, born 9-18-1762
Ebunazar, born 5-3-1763
Anne, born 12-17-1765
Joseph, born 9-23-1767
Joel, born 1-29-1769
Deborah, born 4-8-1774
See the photo section for the actual record.
Simon Moon (1700 - 1749)
Lauretha Humphrey Moon (1704 - 1747)
William Brown (1726 - 1800)*
Thomas Brown (1749 - 1827)*
Hannah Brown Stout (1756 - 1833)*
Mary Brown Noblitt (1762 - 1850)*
Joel Brown (1769 - 1853)*
Anna Moon Bowen (1722 - 1789)*
Richard Moon (1724 - 1795)*
James M. Moon (1724 - 1798)*
Hannah Moon Brown (1729 - 1799)
Margaret Moon Brown (1731 - 1776)*
Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Nov 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100486286