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proaching him he feebly asked her to kneel beside his
bed: placing his hand upon her head, he said: **God
bless you, my daughter; you came from as brave and
true a stock as ever draw a breath of life.'* The time,
the place, the solenniily of her surroundings, the passing
away of the great hero, made an impression upon her
which lasted through life.

The happiness of her first wedded life was of brief
duration. In a few years her devoted young husband


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After some 5'ear.s of vvidowliood the beautiful Mrs.
Saunders, at her magnificent home, ** Melrose," near
Nashville, married the popular orator and distinguished
statesman, Governor Aaron V. Brown, one month after
his inauguration. From this period commenced her
public career of unsurj>assed distinction and splendor*
Melrose, her home, became a type of genuine Southern
hospitalit3\ Their entertainments were numerons and
brilliant. The gubernatorial residence was visited bj'
men of distinction from every section of the United
States, as well as from foreign countries.

In this connection it is well to mention that Gov.
Brown and President Polk were intimate i>er.sonal and
political friends, the former having acted as groomsman
for the latter in marriage. In the conduct of the Mexican
war President Polk had no warmer snpporter than Aaron
V. Brown, called the * 'Great War Governor."

Mrs. Brown*s brother, Gideon J. Pillow, who had
been President Polk's lav/ partner and life-long friend,
was made Major-General and second in command of the
American Army in Mexico. In this war he was the con-
fidential adviser of the President. In that brilliant cam-
paign Gen. Pillow received two wounds — the one at Cerro
Gordo, the other at the storming of ChapuUepec — which
action closed the war.

The next pnblic position held by Gov. Brown, after
the expiration of his gubernatorial term, was that of
Postmaster- General under President Bnchanan. As the
wife of a Cabinet Minister Mrs. Brown's great beanty,
hospitality and splendor of her entertainments made her
the leader of Washington society. On gala occasions her
house — the finest private lesidence in Washington — was
a scene of attractive magnificence that elicited the praise,
not only of all visitors, but also received the commenda-
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President Buchanan frequently called upon lier to
preside at the White House. He had been Minister to
England and had seen many of the court beauties of Eu-
rope, but alwa) s declared that Mrs, Brown was the most
beautiful and queenly woman he had ever seen.
comi)liinents from the President were plea.shig to her
husband, who entertained for liis wife .sentiments of the
most romantic devotion to the last moment of his life.

Lord Napier, the British Minister at Wa.shington,
always declared that Mrs. Brown was the most graceful
and beautiful woman he had ever met, and Lady Napier,
his gentle wife, was attached to her above all other wo-
men. Although Mrs. Brown was .so admired by the
high placed, the wealthy and the powerful, by the plain
people she was devotedly beloved. She was their beau
ideal of a ]>erfect woman.

During her brilliant career in Wa.shington her acts
of charity and kindness to the jwor in Tennessee, as well
as to those around her were continuous and unceasing.
Upon the death of Gov. Brown, which occurred before
I he expiration of his term as Postmaster General, his
w'idow returned to "Melrose.'' Very shortly thereafter
the Civil War connnenced, during which eventful pericxl
she was a cons|)icuous figure. She regarded the attempt
to dissolve the Union as a political error, but .she never
expressed her opinions offensively to any one. Her love,
however, for these in whose she was born and
reared and lived, was never affected b}' her political .sen-

All of hei kindred who were old enough to wear a
sword or bear a musket were in the Southern army. Her
gifted son, Granville P., the only child of her .second
marriage, was killed on his mother's plantation in Ar-
kansas, while defending a slave, being about 15 years old
at the time of his death. Her other son, Maj. J. E.
Saunders, was far away with Gen. Lee's army, and with
two daughters, Misses Narcissa P. and Cynthia P. Saun-

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ders, Mrs. Brown was left at Melrose, siirroiiiuled 1)3'
many slaves, by lawless men and large bodies of troops.
In this unprotected condition, however, she was treated
b}^ the commanders of both armies with the greatest
kindness and most distingnished consideration, they
kindly and without solicitation furnishing her guards for
the protection of herself and daughters. Throughout
the war Melrose was visited by the conunanding Generals
of both sides, as well as by nearly all the more promi-
nent officers. Her guards invariably became much at-
tached to the kind lady whom they were protecting, and
many of them maintained a correspondence with her to
the close of her life. Some of these soldiers in after life
named their children after her or seme mtmber of the

Immediately after the cessation of hostilities, at the
urgent request of a nmnber of Confederate officers and
prominent citizens, who desired pardons from Pre.sident
John.son, Mrs. Brown went to Washington. She had
heard so much of the President's prejudice toward the
Southern people that she dreaded to call upon him. Mrs.
Brown was therefore agreeably surprised when the Pres-
ident sent his daughter in his carriage to the hotel with
a cordial invitation from himself and wife to make the
White House her home during her stay at the Capitol.
This invitation was at first declined, but it being urgently
and repeatedly renewed, it was finally accepted. While
there Mrs. Brown described the wretched condition of
the Southern people, and by her pathetic eloquence and
touching appeals moved Mr. Johnson to tears. She suc-
ceeded in procuring pardons in the case of every appli-
cant, and it was believed and stated by many prominent
men that her visit had much to do with conv^erting his
prejudice toward the Southern people into sympathy,
and in formulating his policy towards the South.

It may not be uninteresting to mention as a singular

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fiiculent that a niagnificeift floating palace, in tlie sliape
of a pleasure boat liad been fitted up for tlie use of Presi-
dent and Mrs. Lincoln. Among the staterooms were
two — one for the President, the other for his wife, fur-
nished with ro\^al mngnificence, and which had never
l)een occupied. The vessel was awaiting their first trip
at the time of Mr. Lincoln's assasination. While Mrs.
Brown was at Washington President Johnson gave an ex-
cursion party, and tlie former was one of the guests.
She was assigned to Mrs. Lincoln's stateroom. At the
breakfast table next morning the President asked her if
she had slept well. Her reply was, **Mr. President, I
did not sleep at all. but rested delightfully on that down-
y couch;" adding, "Strange, is rt not, that I, a poor
Southern woman, here in behalf of those luihappy peo-
])le, should, instead of Mrs. Lincoln, have first occupied
that splendid state-room?" He replied **that the ways of
God were mysterious and strange." The friendship form-
ed during this visit continued until Mr. Johnson's
death. He rarely failed to pay his respects to her at Mel-
rose on his visits to Nashville. After the war she resumed
to a great extent her hospitable and charitable mode of
life. Were all the acts of charity and kindness of this
estimable lady related by the recipients thereof the recital
would fill volumes.

Mrs. Brown was called upon by man}' bodies of emi-
nent men and distinguished strangers visiting Nashville.
Her house and grounds were open alike to the rich and
poor, fhe great and the humble. Church and school
gatherings, pleasure parties and picnics were continually
ill the beautiful groves and grounds, and for every per-
son she had a pleasant smile and kindly greeting. In-
deed, by her course of life the name of her illustrious hus-
band was held in honor before the public almost as con-
spicuously as it could have ])een had he been living and
in the full jxjssessioti of all his s[)leiidid faculties. Alx)Ut

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ten or twelve years ago she was iioininated by the I^a-
dies Mount Vernon Association for the Union, Vice Re-
gent for Tennessee, but declined the ixjsition. Being urg-
ed to accept, she did so. In this position, nor in any of
a fiduciary nature, would she receive into her hands one
dollar under any circumstances. A year or two ago she
was made an honorary niem]»er of the Ladies' Hermitage
As.sociation. Mrs. Brown never sought prominence.
She was always modest, retiring and unselfish. Honors
were thrust upon her from her girlhood to the day of
her death. She never assumed an air of superiority over
any human Ijeing. In her manners she was a blending
of natural dignity, grace, graciousness and gentleness.
Her diction and pronunciation were exquisite. Her
voice was clear, soft and pleasing. She was a woman of
great moral and physical courage. No prs.ssure could
move her against the convictions of her own conscience,
though her .sensitiveness was extreme. No danger or
emergency was ever so great as to make her lose h .m' self
passession, and her courage approached the sublime.
Wealth and prosperity did not .spoil a di.sposition which
the trials and sorrows of this life could not .sour. De-
scended from among the most illustrious families of
America, she never made her lineage a subject of boast or
mention. She possessed ability and extraordinary beauty
without vanity; large wealth without .selfishness; and
her veracity vvas ah.solutely unquestioned. Throughout
her whole life she was given to kind words and good deeds.
In the beautiful of her character we might declare
her to have been the Washington of women.


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Thomas Hanna, sixth and youngest child of Thomas
Hantia and Klizahetli Henderson, was born in Ireland in
the year 1760; eniij^rated, with hisj^artnts, to Anitrica in
:763. He left Bucks County, Pennsylvania, sometime
prior to 1793 as at that date we find he had settled in
Buffalo Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
He married, in 1786, Jank Cowdkn, who was born in
1759. In 1835 Thomas and Jane Hanna removed to
Harrison County, Ohio, where he died April 9, 1839,
the date of Jane Hanna's death we do not have, but
both Tliomas and Jane Hatuia were buried in the Cadiz
(Ohio) cemetery. To them were 'H>ni six children, one
of whom, (thc5lh) 77/^///^^, died in infancy, the sixth
child and youngest son was given the same name.


1. Klizabctli, born 17SS, married Saimiel McCinie, died 1827.

2. John Cowdeii. born 1790, married three times, died 1865.

3. Mary. l)orii 1792, married Rev. Jose])!! Scroggs, died 1848.

4. James, born 1794, married IMary Dickson.

5. Thomas, born 1796, died in infancy, 1797.

6. Tliomas II., born >799, married Jemima Patterson, died 1864.

{]) Kmzabkth Hanna, born i78Sand named for lier paternal
grandmother, married vSamukl McCunk in Washington County,
Pa. lvlizal>eth and Samnel McCnne had seven children.

(A) Margaret McCnne, accidentally killed when a child.

(B) James McCnne, married a Patterson, lived near Cand>ridge,
Gnernsey County, Ohio.


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(C) Thomas McCuiie, a Minister in the U. P. Church never mar-
ried and died many years ago.

(I)) Samuel McCune, died a child.

(E) Maryraret McCune II, died a child.

(P*) Mary McCune, married David Patterson, both now deceased,
but a son and a daughter live in Clevelaiid, Ohio.

(G) Elizabeth McCune, born 1824. married Samuel Brownlee a
prosperous farmer of Washington Co., Pa. on Sept. 2fj, 1848. He
died some 25 years since. Elizabeth Urownlee, now 80 years of
age, lives with her childrtn. Kli'/-ibeth and Samuel Hrownleehad
issue seven children:

(a) Mary Hrownlee, marrit^l James G. Maxwell of Washing-
ton Co., Pa., they have two sons: the Rev. Montrose B. Maxwell,
Pa.stor of the United Presbvterian Church at Hirmingham, Mich.,
and Dr. Clark Maxwell, a Physician, Pittsburg, Pa.

(b) Ella Brownlee, married Rev. W.J.Buchanan of Mon-
mouth, Illinois, the financial agent of Monmouth College. They
have two daughters and three sons.

(c) Martha Brownlee, married Hugh Gabby of Pawnee, Neb.

(d) Clark Brownlee, the only son, died at the age of 17 years.

(e) Ivouis Brownlee, died while a student in Monmouth Col-

(f ) Etta Brownlee died in the 22nd year of her age.

(g) Belle Brownlee, married Prof. E. E. IClIiott, of the State
Agricultural College, Pnllman, Washington. She «lied in 1903/

(2) John Cowdhn Hanna, second cliild of Thomas and
Jane Cowden Hanna, was born July 14, 1790 and died
Sept. 15, 1865. He was pions from his early yoiith and
was chosen Ruling Klder in North Buffalo Associate
Congregation when l)nt 26 years old. He wa^< among
the first teetotalers of his day. and had difficulty in gath-
ering his crops l)ecause he would not supply the harvest-
ers the accustomed whiskey. He cast the first Abolition
vote in his Township and kept with the despised minori-
ty until he joined the tiium])hant majority under Lin-
cohi. He was interested in the Underground Railroad,
and his close covered carriage frequently mule night


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trips l>eaniig fugitive slaves on their way northward .
Mr. Hnnna was a man greatly beloved by his neighbors
and a larj>e circle of friends and his funeral proces-
sion was the longest that ever wound its way up the
long hill to the North Buffalo grave j^ard. He was three
times married, ist to Lsabklla Martin, March 19, 18 16,
she died June 14, 1828 having lx)rne five children:

(A) Margaret Haiiiia, born Peb. 28, 1817, died Sept. 17, 1844.

(3) Tlionias Hanna, born Feb. .8. 1819^1;^,! of measles

(C) James M. Hanna, born Mar. 19, 1822) ^*^'*' ^' '^^^*

(D) Jane Cowden Han ha, born Anp. 22, 1824, diet! June 21, 1843.

(E) R'iamlieth Martin Hanna, l)orn March 10, 1828, still living
and resides in Denver, Colorado, married James LeijKir who died
in 18S3. They had issue:

(a) John C. LeijHjr, Atty. at Law, Denver, Colorado.

(b) Har[>er Leiper, Head of a department on *'The Rocky
Mountain News."

(c) Robert Iveiper, Greely, Colorado.

(d) Mal>el I^eiper, married a Mr. Montgomery, the Private
Secretar}' to the Gov. of Colorado.

John Cowdkn Hanna married, 2nd, Rkbkcca M.
Allison, on Se})teniber 3. 1834. She was born in 1805
and died Novenil)er 29, 1839. She was the daughter of
Hugh Allison whose oldest brother, Gavin Alli.son was
the Grandfather of Nancy Allison McKinley. *'Mother"
McKinley was therefore, a .second cousin to the Hanna
children, the issue of John and Rebecca Hanna. The old
Allison Homestead, her birthplace, is .shown in this book.

On Octol>er 2, 1897 Mother McKinley spent the day
at the home of Charles Klnier Rice, in Alliance, Ohio, at-
tending the Annual "Old Folks' Party." It was the
last time she ever left her home, and exactly two months
from that day, or on I)eceml)er 2, 1897, she suffered the
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Birthplace of Nancy Allison (McKinley.)
Mother of President McKinley (1S09-1897.)

The Old McKinley Home, Lisbon, Ohio.

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Rev. Thomas Henderson Hauna, D. D.

Grandson of Thos. Hanna ( 1760-1829.)

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sloii 89 \7ears of age, and during the da}' she gave many
reminiscences of the Hatma family, of lier Cousins in the
John Hanna line, of the authors Great-grandparents,
Robert and Catharine Hanna, of Lisbon, Ohio, and of
their chiklren, Benjamin, Esther Hole and Catharine
Hole, all of whom she well knew, and of whom she had
the fondest recollections, they having been her earliest
playmates and near neighbors. Thus we learn that while
Marcus Alonzo Hanna, the President Maker, was not in
any way related to the President, there was an often
misquoted relationship l)etw^een the families.

The cliiidreii of John Cowtleii llaima and Rebecca Alhson
Hanna were

(e) Maria Scroggs Hanna, born Jnne 1835,

(f) Rev. Thomas Henderson Hanna, born May 5, 1837,

(g) James Rankin Hanna, born Nov. 10, 1838.

(h) Hngh Allison Hanna, lx>rn Nov. 11, 1839, died 1842.

Maria (e) married WilHani G. Maxwell, a farmer of Wash-
ington Co., Pa., and an Elder in the Bnffalo U. P. Church, issue:
John C. Hanaa, married Mary Snodgrass, 1902.
James Grier Maxwell, married Wilnia McCracken.
Emma Lou Maxwell, married Rev. Neil Ferguson of Spring
Hill, Indiana, U. P. Church. They have three children;
Lois, Maxwell and Neil Cnyler,

(f) Rev. Thomas Henderson Hanna, born May 5, J837, was
graduated from Westminster College, in 1856, and from the Xe-
nia Theologicftl Seminary in 1861. He was Pastor of the Fifth U-
tiited Presbyterian Congregation, of Philadelphia, Pa., from 1867
to 1875; P*irst Church, Xeina, Ohio, 1875 to 1880, and of First
Church, Monmouth, III., from 1883 to 1903, a perio<l of over 23
years, wiieu he retired from the active pastorate. Though retir-
ed he has in no ceased his labors or become inactive, but, as
he says, in a recent letter, *is a sort of "Minister-at large," sub-
ject to the l)eck and call of any congregation in temporary need,
or of a Brother in distress."

He received his degree of I). D. from his Alma Mater also
from Monmouth College. Was Moderator of the General Assem-
bly at Rock River, Illinois, in 1897. On Oct. 16, 1862 Mr Hanna
was married to Mary E. Tkmplkton, and has i.ssue:


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Win. Findfey Haiina, born Oct. 15, 1863, now Sec'y and
Treasurer of Owens Machine Tool Co. of Springfield, Ohio. Mar-
ried in June 1900 Elizabeth K. KHiot, of Pliiladelpliia.

John Charles Hantm, lx>rn Aug. 13, 1855. Educated at Mon-
mouth College and Xenia nieological Seniinarj. Organized the
Charlks Hanna Mkmoria7« Church at Oakland, California.
Married Ella Frances Porter, of Monmouth, Illinois, Jan. i, 1891-
Took charge of the North United Presbyterian Church, Philadel-
phia the same month and died, ( f Ty])hoi<l fever, the 24th of A-
pril, 1891. His public ministry was brilliant and successful. See
.sketch, below, of Rev, J. C. Hanna.

James Aaron Hanna, the 3rd son, is General Secretary' of Y.
M. C. A. in Galesburg, Illinois. He married, in 1893, Miss Frank
Weess of Keokuk, Iowa, and has one son, Charles Weess, bom
June 10, 1896.

Tlionias Hanna, Jr. Educated at Monmouth College, Illinois^
and Allegheny Theological Seminary, and has been Pastor of the
U. P. Congregation, Steubenville, Ohio, for the past eight years.
Is unmarried,

Lyda Hanna, Educated at Monmouth College, married, June
3rd, 1896, Palmer Findley, M. D., A.ssistant Prof, of Gynacology
•n Rush Medical College. Has issue Thomas and Mary.

Hugh Allison Hanna, now in the Passenger Department of
Penua. R. R, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Sketch of Rp:v. John Charlks Hanna.

Rev. John Charles Hanna, the .second .son of the
Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Hanna and Mary E. Hanna, \va.s
born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 15,
1865. The days of his infancy were piis.sed in Philadel-
phia, during his father's pastorate over the Fifth Presby-
terian Church.

His childhood was spent in Pittsburgh; his boyhood
at Xenia, Ohio; college days and early manhood at
Monmouth, Illinois.

He was graduated from Moinnonth College in the
class of 1886. Here his literary abilities began to at-

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Rev. John Charles Hanna,

Great-grandson of Thos. Hanna (1760-1839.)

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tract attention, and on three separate occasions lie waii^
chosen to represent his Society in contest. On finisliing
his college course he taught, for a 3'ear, at West Sun-
bury Academy, Coulterville, Pennsylvania, and then
entered the Theological Seminary at Xenia, Ohio, grad-
uating in March, 1890. At the ciose of his senn'nary
course he accepted an appointment by the Board of Home
Missions to Oakland, California. Before leaving for this
new field arrangements were made for his ordination to
the Gospel Ministry by the Presbytery of Monmouth.
This service was held in the First Church, Monmouth,
May 17, i8go, his father preaching the ordination ser-
mon. He reached San Francisco at the close of May
and preached his first sermon in California at the First
Church, June ist; and in the evening of the same daj'^
occupied the pulpit of the Second Church. After some
six months spent in Oakland a call came and was ac-
cepted from the North Church of Philadelphia, Pennsyl-

January i, 1891, Rev. Mr. Hanna was married, at
Monmouth, Illinois, to Ella Frances Porter, and with
his young wife entered at once upon the work of his life,
preaching his inaugural sermon in Philadelphia the sec-
ond Sunday in January, 1901. The installation followed
in the same month, January 29th. Thus inducted into
his proper official relations over the congregation, he
settled down to the ministry of the Word and the pa.stor-
ate, with a devotion that carried all the intensity of his
consecrated manhood with it. But it was not destined
to belong. His final sickness did its work rapidly, and
on April 24, 1891, death ended his brief and promising
career. After services at the North Church, his Ixxly
was lx)rne from the scene of his brief labors and laid to
rest in Monmouth, Illinois, on the 29th following. His
cousin, classmate and friend, the Rev. Thomas Hanna
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(Ill's l)eaiitiful tribute to tlie iiieiiior}' of the Rev. John
Charles Haiiiia:

**Iii this little volume of reuiembrance it is mine to
speak of Charlie, for so he is and niusit e\'er be to those
who knew him Ix^st dnring^ his ct)llege days. But to one
who knew him all his short life tho^ie years furnish bul
a small part of the memories that crowd the mind. As
I write I am carried Ixick to the other side of college
days— Tnick to the time of childhood , for even then we
were often together; and now come the college days;
and now on this side the years of seminary life. How
many a niche in memory filled by his face and his words.

None of all his classmates had brighter prospects.
None gave promise of a longer and more useful life, and
just in the ver\' morning time his sun went down. We
ivonder why, yet it is not for us to ask why. ''For even
so. Father, for so it seemeth good in Thy sight."

His was a personality that stanii)ed itself on others.
Wherever he went, in college and out, he made friends,
and these friends have l)een made better by contact with

Purity w'as Wvt soul of his life. His finely wrought
nature shrank instinctively from anything impure and
polluting. Those closely associated with him could not
but breathe and feel invigorated by this healthy moral
atmosphere he ever carried with him. In the fragrance
that his daily life shed upon others, in the warm and
earnest words of his i)ublic ministry, we know that he
still lives. Tlie day he died he was to have read a paper
at a Young People's Convention at Baltimore, entitled,
*The Advantages of Ivnly Consecration.' His heart
could have spoken from experience on that subject. That
paper, however, was never read; yet the life he lived,
the death he dieti, set forth all that it could have con-
tained then. But now could he tell of those advantages,
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Charles Weess Hanna,
Great-great-grandson of Thomas Hanna,

(1760- 1839)
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a classmate, as a friend, as one wlio lias l;een helped by
his life, I wish to place this sprig upon his tomb."

John Cowdkn Hanna married, 3d, Martha
Smith, July 3, 1845. She died November, 1890, in her
'89th year.

(3) Mary Hanna, daughter of Thomas and Jank
Cowdp:n Hanna, was born in Washington County, Pa.,
in 1792, and died July 29, 1848. She married Rev. Rob-
ert ScROGGS, D. D. , of IJgonier Valley, Pa. He was

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