Anna Roxanna “Annie” <I>Hummel</I> Claflin

Anna Roxanna “Annie” Hummel Claflin

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Jun 1889 (aged 84–85)
Greater London, England
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 145626782 · View Source
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Her exact date and location of birth aren't known for certain, but her granddaughter Zula Woodhull believed she was born in 1804 in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. The town of Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania was once called Youngsmantown. Perhaps Youngsmantown was misheard as Youngstown.

Newspapers from the 1870's say she was born three miles from New Berlin which sounds more plausible. Her father had a tavern at Dry Valley Crossroads in Union County which is not far from East Buffalo and Union Townships where her father appeared in census records. At the time of her birth that portion of Union County was Northumberland County. Her family attended Dreisbach Church.

Biographer Barbara Goldsmith incorrectly claimed that Anna Hummel Claflin was illegitimate. Goldsmith and other biographers said Anna's father was Captain John Jacob Hummel, also known as Jacob or Jake Hummel. Capt. John Jacob Hummel's family has long denied that claim. Apparently Goldsmith and other biographers have confused John Jacob Hummel with his brother John Hummel also known as Johannes Hummel.

Anna's parents were John Hummel (1763-1854) and Margaret Moyer (1770-1827). Anna's daughter, Victoria Claflin Woodhull said her mother was descended from the Moyer family. It was John Hummel and not John Jacob Hummel who married into the Moyer family. On John's death record Roxanna appears as "Rosanna" which was the name of the ship that carried the Hummels to America in 1743.

She was the mother of 10 children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. Her son Malden (also spelled Maldon) was born around 1832 in Pennsylvania after Mary and before Hebern. He died in 1864 in Chicago.

Roxanna, who is referred to as Anna or Annie in family letters, died at Doughty House in Richmond, Surrey, England at the home of her daughter, Lady Tennesee Cook. The cause of death was senile decay, a sad ending for someone who was once known to have a prodigious memory.

Cemetery records show she was buried under the name Annie Claflin on June 13, 1889 at the age of 85. She was re-buried on May 11, 1894. "Exclusive Right of Burial was granted by The London Cemetery Company on the 10th April 1894 to Sir Francis Cook of Doughty House, Richmond Hill...."



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