Hugh Hanna: First Hanna in Vox
Hugh Hanna was the first known Hanna in the Lynches Lake and Vox region outside of Johnsonville Johnsonville. He is the ancestor of most of the Hanna decendants in this area (excluding the families of Richard Hanna in the Hannah community.)
Hugh Hanna (Sr.) was born approximantely 1759, possibly in Ireland. A soldier in the American Revolution, he came south with General Nathanael Greene and joined General Francis Marion's Brigade where he was wounded in battle. The bullet extracted was preserved by descendants but its current location is not known. Hugh was a large land and slave owner and farmer on Lynches Lake. He erected the first water wheel for operation of a rice and grain mill.
A 1790 land plat record shows Hugh Hanna was granted 246 acres on Lynches Lake.
His obituary was published in the Winyah Observer, September 3, 1842:
Died at his residence in Williamsburg district in the neighborhood of Indiantown, on the 7th August, Mr. Hugh Hanna, in the 83rd year of his age. The deceased was in our district, we believe the last survivor of that noble band of patriots who fought under Marion (General Francis Marion, "Swamp Fox").
Hugh Hanna fathered several children with two wives. The compiled genealogy information is as follows:
Hugh Hanna (1759-1842) first married Sarah Burrows (1776-1807), daughter of John Burrows and Elizabeth Scott.
Their children were:
Hugh Hanna, JR (1790-1839) m. Elizabeth Kirkpatric Barr
William Hanna (1794-1846)
Margaret Hanna (1798-1871) m. James H. Barr, Jr
John Hanna (1801-1829)
Sarah Hanna (1804-1823)
After Sarah's death in 1807, Hugh married 1810 to Elizabeth Barr (1782-1835)
Their children were:
James Henry Hanna (1811-1861)
George Washington Hanna (1812-1855) m. Mary Brockington
Samuel Davis Hanna (1816-1863)
Joseph Franklin Hanna (1817-1891) m. Mary Ellen Timmons in 1856
Calvin Hanna (1819-1885) m. Cadness Ann Eaddy, Susannah Jane Parsons
Elizabeth Ann Hanna (1821-1870) m. William Paisley, Wilson Rogers
Questions about Parentage
It was speculated but not proven that Hugh Hanna was the brother of Robert Hanna, and son of the progenitor in America (Thomas Hanna). Even recent DNA evidence has not been able to support this claim. In fact the book A history of the Hanna family : being a genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Hanna and Elizabeth (Henderson) Hanna, who emigrated to America in 1763, written by Charles Elmer Rice and published in 1905, claims that Robert Hanna's brother Hugh was an apprentice in Bucks County, PA and married a woman named Rebecca. This Hugh died in 1821 and has an existing tombstone in that area, dispelling the possibility that would be our Hugh in South Carolina.
Information compiled by Josh Dukes