The Hanna Family have been long time settlers along the Pee Dee River. It is believed that a Robert Hanna was a passenger on the ship, Nancy, which brought Protestant settlers to SC in 1767. The ship listed 240 passengers upon its arrival in Charleston, and the following persons from Belfast, Ireland were aboard: Robert Hanna, age 40; Mary Hanna, 41; James Hanna, 18; Sophia Hanna, 13; Elias Hanna, 12; and Richard Hanna, 11. The Captain of the ship was Samuel Hanna, supposedly no relation to the family. The ship's arrival was announced in the SC Gazette.
The son, Richard Hanna, was believed to have signed a Confession of Faith and Petition for incorporation of the Presbyterian Congregation of Indiantown (probably present day Kingstree area) in 1788 along with 42 other heads-of-families. It is also known that this Richard Hanna was one of Francis Marion's fighters in the American Revolution.
A Hugh Hanna, Sr. also fought with General Marion during the Revolution. He left a will dated 1841 with his death recorded in the Winyah Observer in 1843 saying he was 83 years of age. Hugh Sr. is buried at the Hanna Family cemetery in Vox, an area named by John J. Altman, who had in mind the Latin word "vox" as indicating "voice of the people".
Question: Were Richard Hanna and Hugh Hanna related?
As far as this researcher is aware, there has not been any definite connection between the two Hanna Patriots, Richard and Hugh. Actually, some evidence points to the idea that Hugh Hanna may have been a descendant of a different group of Hannas which were settled early in Pennsylvania. Still, both of these men had descendants that made their homes up and down the Pee Dee River. In one spot in present day Florence County, their settlement was so thick that the area eventually was called by the name Hanna. This area is referenced as 'Hanner' on Mouzon's Map of 1775. Today a community in Florence County is still known as Hannah, only a few miles from the town of Pamplico. Some individuals (whether informed or uninformed I do not know) refer to the area as Hannah-Pamplico.
There is a book, The Ancestry and History of the Hanna Family of Hannah South Carolina, which gives great detail on this family line.
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