John Hanna, Sr

John Hanna, Sr

Death 20 Oct 1847 (aged 75)
Hardin County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Hardin County, Tennessee, USA
Plot No headstone available at this point
Memorial ID 137974662 · View Source
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Husband of Rebecca Cunningham/Hanna

According to the research of James Herman "Jim" Hanna, John Hanna was most likely born in Ireland possibly of Scottish descent and immigrated to America about 1794. Records indicate he applied for citizenship May 27, 1796 in the district of Pennsylvania. He possibly married Rebecca Cunningham of Pennsylvania in 1796 when she was 19 since the first son was born in 1797 or 98. They moved to Kentucky where other children were born, and by 1813 they were in Campbell Co., TN. (near the Cumberland Gap), for the birth of Thomas.

The following is an excerpt from the "History of Hardin County" pg.21. "In the year 1820 John Hanna, with his wife--Rebecca--and their nine children, seven sons (William, James, John, David, Alexander, Hugh, and Thomas) and two daughters (Hannah and Elizabeth) left Union County, Tennessee, came down the river in a flatboat, and landed at what is now Cerro Gordo in the month of March. They then moved out from the river and settled between Indian Creek and Smith's Fork where they apparently occupied the 149 acre tract. However, John Hanna died in 1847 before the land grant was officially made to his widow in 1850."

NOTE: For special facts regarding the CABIN please click on the picture donated by JUDITH AND TOMMY WILLIS, a descendant of John and Rebecca Hanna

My grandfather, Elgin L. Smith, g.g.grandson of John Hanna, said that his father and mother were proud of the Hannas; they said the Hannas were good people so I honor their lives through these memorials.

WHEN: Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, Sept.
Open 11 am with potluck at noon
Meet and talk with other Hanna descendants, See a collection of pictures of your ancestors and one of the first cabin. Also on display, the original gourd brought to the US from Ireland by John Hanna in the early 1800's.

Contact: Jacque Brandau: or
Judith Willis:

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  • Created by: Jacque Brandau
  • Added: 29 Oct 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 137974662
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Hanna, Sr (2 Sep 1772–20 Oct 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 137974662, citing Union Chapel North Cemetery, Hardin County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Jacque Brandau (contributor 48056828) .