HUGH HANNA, M. D., a retired physician of Washington county, now living on a farm in Chartiers township, is the son of Hugh and Dorothy Hanna, the former of whom was born in Ireland, and came to Washington county at an early day, settling in Cecil township. He was there married to Dorothy Whitely, a native of Peters township, this county, and the following children were born to their union: William (a wagon-maker in Monongahela City), Thomas (who went to California in an early day and was killed in 1866, whle in Nevada), Frederick (a saddler and harness maker, deceased in Peters township when in the prime of manhood), Eleanor (deceased, wife of Samuel Smith of Canonsburg), Nancy (married to James McLoney, of Odessa, West Bethlehem township, this county), James (farming in North Strabane township), Hugh, and Samuel (who died when about two years of age). The father of this family conducted a woolen mill on the "Craighead" farm in Cecil township for many years, and afterwards devoted his time to agricultural work in Peters and Nottingham townships, this county. He was an active worker in the Democratic party, and held various offices of trust in said townships. At the time of his death, which occurred in 1842, he was a member of the U. P Church at Peters Creek. His wife died in 1858, while residing in Nottingham township.
Hugh Hanna, M. D., was born in Cecil township, Washington Co., Penn., and received his education in the district schools of Nottingham township, and at an academy in Somerset township, taught by J. C. Messenger, the family having moved upon a farm in that vicinity. He began life as a school teacher in his native township, where he remained several terms, then taught one winter in Fallowfield township, and three winters in Peters township. He next taught three terms in Union township, at the end of which timehe went to Allegheny county, at the end of which time he went to Allegheny county, remaing there one term. During this period of his life, the young man passed eveyr leisure hour reading medicine, afterward attending one term of lectures at Ann Arbor (Mich.) University. In 1869 he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, graduating March 12, 1870, and then commenced the practice of medicine in Allegheny county, Penn. In the fall of 1871 he went to Canonsburg, this county, and November 1, 1876, he was married to Lizzie A. Wallace, a native of that town, a daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Arnold) Wallace. Thomas Wallace was a native of Washington county, Penn., and moved to Knox county, Ohio, where he died in 1865; his wife died in October, 1883, at Cambridge, Ohio.
Dr. Hanna remained in Canonsburg until 1878, when, after having been identified with the medical profession about eight years, he retired to a farm in Chartiers township. This farm is a part of the Henderson homestead, and was in the possession of that family over one hundred years. Dr. Hanna first purchased 101 ¾ acres, but has since added to it, and now owns 131 ¾ acres of good productive land. He and his wife have three children: Howard Thomas, Leota May and Birdie Bell, the latter of whom has become a good reader and mathematician under the instruction of her father, never having attended school. Dr. Hanna raises a fine breed of stock on his farm. The place is within the coal belt near McConnell's Mill. In politics the Doctor is a Democrat, and at this writing is a member of the school board. He started in life with but little, the success he has achieved being due to enterprise and industry. Mrs. Hanna is a member of the United Presbyterian Church at Houstonville, this county.
Text taken from page 945 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed June 1997 by Anna Lynn Cauffield Burns of Anaheim, CA as part of the Beers Project.
Published June 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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