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 Hannah <I>Clarke</I> Wardlaw

Hannah Clarke Wardlaw

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Nov 1825 (aged 47)
Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 83238899 · View Source
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Hannah Clarke was the daughter of Francis Clarke, who immigrated from northern Ireland to Pennsylvania. After his marriage and the birth of three children, the Clarke family moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1781 where he was a merchant. On 31 January 1783, he petitioned to become a citizen of the State of South Carolina.

Born in Philadelphia on the same day as the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, Hannah spent the years of her early girlhood in Philadelphia and Charleston, until her father's death in 1786, when Hannah was eight years old. Her mother remarried and Hannah moved to Abbeville with her stepfather, John Quay, her mother, and younger siblings, William Clarke and Mary Clarke. There her stepfather owned a plantation and also had built the four room log building known as the "Quay house". Now clapboarded and with the addition of several rooms, the original log portion remains as the oldest structure still standing in Abbeville. It was operated by Quay as a tavern and a stage stop for many years.

James Wardlaw and Hannah Clarke married on June 9, 1796 in Abbeville County, South Carolina. James was twenty-eight and Hannah was three weeks from turning eighteen when they married at the plantation home of the bride's stepfather.

About two years after their marriage, James and Hannah Wardlaw bought the Quay Tavern from Hannah's step-father. Over the years several rooms were added and improvements made to turn the former tavern into a family home. This is the home now known as the Quay-Wardlaw House, where most of their children were born, and where both James and Hannah died.

Their twelve children are linked below.

They had been married twenty-nine years when Hannah died on Nov 14, 1825, leaving her husband and nine surviving children aged four to twenty-six.

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"Here lies the body of Hannah Wardlaw. Born 26 June 1778. Died November 14, 1825. She lived a pattern of domestic excellence and was suddenly cut off in the midst of quiet usefulness and deserved enjoyment. A husband and nine children, besides numerous relatives and friends, were left to mourn their bereavement of her affection and worth, but not without the consolation of well-founded hope that her piety here has secured her eternal happiness in a better world."





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 83238899
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Clarke Wardlaw (28 Jun 1778–14 Nov 1825), Find A Grave Memorial no. 83238899, citing Upper Long Cane Cemetery, Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by MLPBailey (contributor 47041226) .