cover shows some Fort Wayne ancestors famous enough to be noted among Fort Wayne's first settlers, a page of genealogy records written by a previous family genealogist and a picture of the Hanna Homestead in Fort Wayne.
Family tree from Grammy and Grampy back 3 generations +1
my grandparents' wedding: portrait of the bride, newspaper clipping
portraits of the bride and groom and another clipping from the newspaper
My grandparents saved mementos from their honeymoon. Pressed roses and railroad ticket tucked away in envelopes provided by the railroad. I've added some photos of the Edgewater Beach Hotel that I found on the Internet.
tickets, a cancelled check, the invoice from the hotel.
Bessie Louise Brigham and kids (my grandmother and her brother, Uncle "Buzzie". Death certificates of Bessie and her husband, William Augustus Brigham. Two pics of my grandmother that I put into a locket.
Mavor Brigham's autobiography was one of the mysteries that started me searching for my ancestors. But the underground railroad is the more interesting part of his story.
More Brigham ancestors (from England), the boat Thomas came over on, Mavor's autobiography in its published form and some more details
Thomas Brigham's last will and testament and information on Captain Stephen Brigham's career as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
the Brigham family tree from Mavor back to Thomas and also back to the Chiltons on the Mayflower (continued on next page), some visuals, quotes and other info about the Mayflower and the Chiltons.
the above page continued
Robert Blair Hanna (Senior) with information on his career, his marriage, etc. Original campaign ribbons and newspaper clippings.
Henry Clay Hanna led a quiet life. In later life he "was not active upon his feet" due to either a stroke or a fall (depending on which source you believe). He was in his buggy crossing a bridge when the bridge collapsed and his horse was spooked. He died later that day from his injuries, and all witnesses believed if he could have walked he could have saved himself. The bridge collapse disaster was covered extensively in all 3 Fort Wayne newspapers. Also included is his death certificate and his wife's obituary.
Samuel Hanna was one of the founders of Fort Wayne. His funeral procession was a mile long and the Fort Wayne Historical Society has many documents related to his long career. Some are displayed on this and the following page, along with portraits and newspaper clippings.
More on Samuel Hanna and family, including a picture of the monument at Lindenwood Cemetery in the Hanna family plot, and newspaper articles detailing Eliza's birthday in her 80s and her obituary.
James Hanna's life is fascinating and shows quiet devotion to God and family.
I was thrilled to find James' portrait on the Internet, considering that he died in 1827. The other portrait is not of his wife but depicts my impression of her, always caring for one or more of her 9 children. James ran an ad in Toledo's first newspaper to advertise his taylor business, and this and his obituary are also included.
Robert Blair Hanna Senior's wife was Eva Theodosia Nelson. This page shows several generations of Nelsons and related ancestors of Mrs. Hanna.
Eva's mother was Helen Edsall, child of another of Fort Wayne's pioneer settlers. This page gives info on the Edsall family.
The first Hannas (using the names Hannay, A'Hanna or Hannethe) lived in Galloway, Scotland, in and around Sorbie Castle. An ancestor sold the castle to pay off debts and moved to Ireland, where a few more generations lived before Thomas Hanna brought his family to America. This page gives details of Sorbie Castle.
A letter written by me explaining how I came to make this book.
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