STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN!
I, Hugh Hanna, planter of the District of Williamsburg and State aforesaid; being of sound mind and memory, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following; to wit.
Item 1st. I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Calvin Hanna two (2) tracts of land on the Kill Branch; one of which he the said Calvin is now living on and; and the tract adjoining. I likewise give and bequeath unto the said Calvin Hanna the following named three (3) Negroes, viz; Cupid, Young Scipio, and Elvira with the future increase of said Elvira, for and during his natural life, and at his death to the lawful issue of his body, begotten by him, if he dies leaving no lawful issue, begotten by him, I give and bequeath the above two (2) tracts of land, and the above named three (3) Negroes, with the issue of Elvira to my surviving children or, their children.
Item 2nd. I give, devise and bequeath unto my two (2) sons Samuel D. Hanna and Joseph F. Hanna, all of my remaining lands.
Item 3rd. I give devise and bequeath unto my son Samuel D. Hanna, the following named three (3) Negroes viz. Peter, Venus and Dinah, with the future issue and increase of the said females.
Item 4th. I give devise and bequeath unto my son Joseph F. Hanna the following named three (3) Negroes viz. Sam, Lizza and Crissa with the future issue and increase of the said females.
Item 5th. I give devise and bequeath unto my two (2) sons Samuel D. Hanna and Joseph Franklin Hanna the following named two (2) Negroes viz: Mercury and Juno.
Item 6th. I give and devise and bequeath unto my two (2) sons Samuel D. Hanna and Joseph F. Hanna all of my Plantation tools and my wagon and team.
Item 7th. I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Paisley the following named three (3) Negroes viz; Young Mercury, Nellie and Young Juno with the future issue and increase of the said females.
Item 8th. I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Barr, one (1) Negro boy, Young Sam.
Item 9th. I give devise and bequeath unto all of my children the remaining part of my Negroes; to be equally divided between them, the two sons of my son Hugh viz James Hanna and Hugh Hanna to have one share, the same their father would draw if living. Said share to be divided between them.
Item 9th. I give devise and bequeath unto all of my children all of my stock of cattle to be equally divided among them.
Item 10th. I give devise and bequeath unto all of my children, all the money I may leave after the expense of my burial is discharged, to be equally divided among them.
Item 11th. Should any of my children die without lawful issue, then
all the above
mentioned property assigned to them to be equally divided among my surviving heirs.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends, James Graham,
Sr., George Barr, William Hanna and James H. Stone, executors to this my
last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills heretofore made
by me, or for me at my request. I do hereby give my Executors or either
of them full power to execute this my last Will. Also full power
and authority to call in three freeholders to assist to appraise and divide
my Estate without petitioning any court of Law or Equity for a division
and such division made by any one or more of them shall be as binding on
my heirs, as if it had been made by the authority of any Court in this
State. In witness to all and each of the things herein contained, I hereunto
set my hand and seal this thirteenth (13) day of November
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-one (1841).
Signed in the presence of HUGH HANNA (L.S)
Robt. G. Thomson
Joseph A. Thompson
James H. Stone
NOTE: This Will is on file and was probated in the office of the Probate
Kingstree, County Seat of Williamsburg County, S. C.
Hugh O. Hanna
Attorney At Law
Hampton, S. C.
OBITUARY OF HUGH HANNA, SR
Obituary from Winyah Observer, issue of 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").
Buried at Hanna Family Cemetery, Vox, SC. His tombstone reads, "General Francis Marion's Brigade, Revolutionary War."
Source: Judith Eaddy (Hanna) Richards
Papers from an anonymous author citing the "History of South Carolina", American Historical Association, Inc., New York, NY, 1934 have provided the following information regarding Hugh Hanna, Sr. (b. abt. 1759) and Hugh Oliver Hanna, Sr., his great-grandson (b. February 2, 1894):
"Hugh Oliver Hanna's parental line is of interest. There is a possibility that he is connected with the ancestry of the late Senator Mark Hanna, illustrious figure at Washington, for Thomas Hanna, a Scotch-Irishman, and great-great-grandfather of the Senator, is progenitor in America, settled in Pennsylvania in 1765 and at his death left children James, Robert, Hugh, Martha, and Thomas. Robert Hanna was the Senator's (Mark Hanna) great-grandfather and in all probability some of the Hanna's of South Carolina are descendants from the brother Hugh Hanna. General Green coming from the north, recruited some of his army in Pennsylvania a decade after the progenitor, Thomas Hanna, had settled there. It is thought by many of the family that this Hugh Hanna was the Hugh Hanna, (Sr.) of the American Revolution."
"Hugh Hanna (Sr.), soldier in the Revolution, came south with General Green, joined Marion's Brigade, and was wounded in battle. The bullet extracted was preserved by descendants. He 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. These are established as facts, and if this Hugh Hanna was the brother of Robert Hanna, and son of the progenitor in America (Thomas Hanna), then the line connects from Thomas Hanna to the line of the late Senator (Mark) Hanna."
Note: General Green of the Continental Army was known as "The Fighting Quaker". It is believed that some of the children of Thomas Hanna were reared in the homes of Quakers following his death.