|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1815|
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.
In 1775, a "John Hanna" built a 1 1/2 story log structure in Kerrs Creek that was surveyed by the WPA in 1935 and was planned to be torn down and replaced. This lot and others were purchased in 1739 by Hanna, and sold in 1778. No idea if he has any connection with Matthew who had all girls.
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.
During the Revolutionary War, Private Matthw Hana served in Cumberland Co. in Capt. Miller's unit. D.A.R. Ancestor #: A051193.
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 Matthew 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, Rockbridge 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.land 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...
There are no 1790 or 1800 Virginia censuses for this area.
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...
On 12 May 1800, Matthew is listed as "guardian" for Polly Montgomery, the daughter of Humphry Montgomery, deceased in Rockbridge Co., VA Marriage bond for the marriage of Polly to John McCorkle. Matthew signs this original document. I suspect Polly could be wife Martha's niece or similar. The document with his signature is on Polly's memorial, Findagrave #51717719.
On the 1810 Lexington, VA census, I found Matthew Hanna with Free White Males: 1 - age 16 thru 25; 1 - 26 thru 44; and 1 - 45 and over (Matthew); Free White Females: 1 - 16 thru 25; 1 - 45 and over (wife Martha) and 3 slaves. 3 Household Members were over age 25 and with a total number of 8 Household Members. It appears Davy Buck was one of them. He was buried here at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in 1855, aged 85 (born about 1770) 40 years after Matthew passed. Matthew belonged to the same Lexington Presbyterian church where Davy was the sexton (maintaining the church and cemetery) for 40 years. The years Davy was the sexton is unknown. Davy seems to have lived longer than any of Matthew's children, as best as I can tell.
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." http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~varockbr/rkchurch.htm, 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. (lexingtonva.gov/about)
Large flat tablet marker says:
WITHIN THIS ENCLOSURE
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
WHO DIED OCT. 31ST 1815, AGED 6_ YEARS.
WIFE OF MATTHEW HANNA
WHO DIED APRIL 14TH 1821. AGED 72 YEARS
JOSHUA, CAROLINE AND DELIA,
CHILDREN OF JOHN AND MARTHA PARRY
WIFE OF JOHN PARRY
WHO DIED DECR 26TH 1824, AGED 45 YEARS
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
AUGUST 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."
The epitaph is from The Jackson Memorial Cemetery Survey, Complete to 1960 (incorrect) by Col. William Couper, (copy from Washington & Lee University, Special Collections) page 12. I made other minor changes from the actual hard to read gravestone in person and from photos in the above transcription.
BIO researched and written by LSP
Martha Montgomery Hanna (1749 - 1821)
Mary Hanna Blain (1772 - 1824)*
Martha "Patsy" Hanna Parry (1778 - 1824)*
Agnes Hanna McKee (1779 - 1847)*
Elizabeth Hanna Wilson (1783 - 1852)*
Delia Hanna Clowney (1788 - 1850)*
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Sec. White, Lot 2A, Sp 58, on right from gate entrance
Created by: LSP
Record added: Nov 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22764455