Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Margaret Griffith Hanlin (1804 - 1884)

My great-great-grandmother, Margaret Griffith, was born in 1804, probably in St. Clair, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Thomas Griffith and Rebecca Jane Blackburn.

Based on the age of their oldest child, it seems that Margaret married James Hanlin around 1822.  Margaret and James were living in Jenner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1840 according to the US census.  James died there in 1842.

In 1850, Margaret was still living in Jenner with her sons, John, Jesse, James, Joseph and Levi, and her daughters, Rebecca and Eliza.  There is a Mary A. Hanlin, age 3/12, listed with the family on the census.  I have not identified how that person is related to Margaret.  Margaret owned real estate valued at $4,000.  Her sons, John and Jesse, were farmers.

In 1880, Margaret was living in Jenner with her unmarried son, Joseph.  They lived near Margaret's other son, Levi who is my great-grandfather.  Margaret died in 1884.  When her estate was probated in 1885 her oldest son, John, renounced his right to act as administrator of her estate and appointed James Stufft.  James was Margaret's grandson, son of Rebecca Hanlin Stufft and Jacob Stufft.

Monday, January 19, 2015

James Hanlin (1798 - 1842)

My great-great-grandfather, James Hanlin, was born December 24, 1798 based on the calculation of his birthdate from the information on his gravestone.  He was (probably) born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania to Alexander Hanlin who emigrated from Ireland.  I have not found his mother's name.

James married Margaret Griffith, daughter of Thomas Griffith and Rebecca Jane Blackburn, around 1822 based on the age of his oldest child, John.  James and Margaret had ten children.  Their youngest, Levi, was my great-grandfather. In 1840 they were living in Jenner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania where James died on May 15, 1842 at the age of 43.  Margaret survived him and died in 1884.  James' estate record names his children John Hanlin, Mary Ann Reed, Rebecca Stufft, Eliza Boyles, Jesse Hanlin, James Hanlin, Joseph Hanlin and Levi Hanlin.


James is buried in the Jenner Township Baptist Church Cemetery.

Children of James and Margaret (Griffith) Hanlin:

John Hanlin                   1823 - 1901
Mary Ann Hanlin     ca 1824 - 1903
Rebecca Hanlin            1825  -   ??
Elizabeth Hanlin           1829  -   ??
Jesse Hanlin             ca 1830  - 1893
William Hanlin             1832 - 1834
Abner Hanlin                1834 - 1839
James Hanlin                1837 - 1898
Joseph Hanlin               1839 - 1885
Levi Hanlin                   1841 - 1913

Monday, January 12, 2015

Joseph Monroe (1757 - 1824)

Joseph Monroe was born in 1757 in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He was the son of William Monroe and Eunice Dean.  He married Rebecca _____.  I am descended from their daughter, Sarah, who was born circa 1793 and married Charles Ohara Middlebrook.

My fifth great-grandfather, Joseph, served as a Private in the Revolutionary War in the 7th Regiment, Connecticut Line under Captain Lemuel Cliff and Colonel Herman Swift.

Joseph died on March 24, 1824 at the age of 67 in Ridgefield.  He was buried there on March 26, 1824.