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John HANNAH
Mary CLARK
Husband:  John HANNAH
Birth:  bef. 1732
Will signed:  1 Aug 1767, Mecklenburg
Marriage:
Wife:  Mary CLARK
Birth:  aft. 22 Jan 1738/9, Elizabethtown, Essex Co., New Jersey Colony [now Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ]
Death:  1768 or later 
Father:  Ephraim CLARK, Jr.
Mother:  Elizabeth LYON
Children:
1.  Ichabod HANNAH
2.  Richard HANNAH
3.  Hannah HANNAH
4.  Elizabeth HANNAH


Timeline
Year Location Event
bef. 1732   birth of John HANNAH
aft. 1738 NJ Colony: Essex [now Union] Co.: Elizabeth Town birth of Mary CLARK
1748/49/50 VA: Lunenberg [now Bedford] Co. John HANNAH, tithable
1750 NC: Anson Co. formed from western Bladen Co.
1753 NC: Rowan Co. formed from northern Anson Co.
c1760   marriage of John HANNAH & Mary CLARK
1761 NC: Rowan Co. John HANNAH in State Census
1762 NC: Mecklenburg Co. is formed from western Anson Co.
    birth of son, Ichabod
    birth of son, Richard
    birth of daughter, Hannah
    birth of daughter, Elizabeth
1767 NC: Mecklenburg Co. John HANNAH signs his will
1768 NC: Rowan Co. John HANNAH in State Census
1768 NC: Tryon Co. is formed from western Mecklenburg Co.
1768/9   death of John HANNAH
1769 NC: Tryon Co. Henry CLARK adm. estate of John HANNAH 
1770 NC: survey authorized to determine boundaries between Rowan, Mecklenburg, and Tryon Cos.
1772 NC: the boundary between NC and SC is surveyed in the region of Tryon Co.
From these meager records, it is very difficult to tell exactly where John HANNAH was.  In 1761, Rowan Co. covered the entire NW quarter of the state, with Anson covering the SW quarter.  Then Mecklenburg was formed from Anson and Tryon from Mecklenburg.  Trouble is, the boundary between Rowan, Mecklenburg, and Tryon was not established until after 1770 and the boundary between Tryon and SC was not established until 1772, when it was found that Tryon had contained a huge region that later became six NC counties and nine SC counties.  Everyone in the region had been confused about where they were.  (It is said that when the tax collectors made their rounds, residents would tell the NC tax collector they were in SC and tell the SC tax collector they were in NC!)  So, either this is one John HANNAH and the mix-up between his location in the census and his location in his will is due to boundary confusion or... these are two John HANNAHs (with the one in Rowan Co. not being our subject).  What would make the most sense geographically is if John HANNAH was in the part of Mecklenburg Co. that later became Tryon Co. then Union Co., SC, and finally Cherokee Co., SC, because that was where his brothers-in-law, Henry and Ichabod CLARK, lived.  We need deeds giving locations of his "Lands" to find out.

Sources:

1.  Landon C. Bell.  1931.  Sunlight on the Southside: Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783. Clearfield, Blto. (reprinted 1974, Genealogical Publ. Co., Blto.; transcribed by Thomas Walter Duda and available online in the Archives of the Lunenburg County VAGenWeb site).
On p. 85, under the heading, "A List of Tithables from the Mouth of Falling River Upwards for the Year 1748, Taken by John Phelps":
Joseph Hollingworth and John Hannah, 2 Tithes...
On the same list:  "Efrem" and "Rydarus" Clark.
On p. 95, under the heading, "For 1749, List Taken by Nicholas Haile, 'from Goose Creek to the extent of the County upwards'":
Joseph Holonsworth, Thomas Holonsworth, and John Hannah, 3 Tithes...
On the same list:  Ephraim, Henry, and "Reyderus" Clark.
In the same county, but on a different list:  George Hanna.
On p. 154, under the heading, "For 1750, List Taken by John Phelps, 'from Falling River to Goose Creek Creek'":
Joseph Hollingsworth, Thos. Hollingsworth, and John Hannah, 3 Tithes...
Also on the same list:  Ephraim, "Ash," and "Rideras" Clark.
In the same county, but on different lists:  Geo. Hanna, John Hannah.
To be tithable, a male had to be 16 years of age, so if this John Hannah is our subject and if he isn't, it's quite a coincidence he was born no later than 1732, which makes him old enough to have married Ephraim Clark's daughter, Mary.

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
Hannah, John NC Rowan Co. 1761 State Census
Hannah, John NC Rowan Co. 1768 State Census
This John HANNAH may not be our subject (see discussion under Timeline, above).

3.  Brent Holcomb.  1977.  Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, Tryon County Wills & Estates.  Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC.  On p. 127, under the heading, "Tryon County Wills":
Will of JOHN HANNAH of County of Macklenburg...to MARY me Beloved Wife all my Lands and all Household furniture and two mares and two cows and calves...to ICHABUD HANNA, my Son four mares...to my Sun RICHARD HANNAH, five mares...to my Daughter HANNAH, one Cow and Calf and two mairs [sic]...to my daughter ELEZEBETH two yearling heffers [sic], two mares and a colt and one yearling...my Brother in law HENRY CORK, Exr...1 Aug 1767...JOHN HANNAH (I H), Wit: WILLM McKOWN, ICHABOD CLARK[?], GEORGE McKOWN.
"Cork" is a mis-writing or mis-reading of "Clark" (see next source, where Henry CLARK is granted letters of administration for John's estate).  Note that, traditionally, the first witness is signing in the interest of the husband and the second witness is signing on behalf of the wife's interests, so we have double support for the maiden name of Mary being CLARK. There are other HANNAHs in this book, but no other entries for John HANNAH.

4.  Brent Holcomb.  1994.  Tryon County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, 1769-79.  SCMAR, Columbia, SC (online at Ancestry.com):
Tryon County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions...
October term, 1769...
  On motion of Ja's Forsyth it was ordered that by the Said court that Letters Testamentary issue to Henry Clark of all & singular the Goods & Chattles Rights & Credits of John Hanna Deceas'd. who took the Oath of an Executor according to act of assembly in that Case made & provided.
Henry Clark returns an inventory of the Goods & Chattels of John Hanna deceased prays an order of sale which was accordingly Granted.

5.  Herman W. Ferguson.  1990/95.  Genealogical Deed Abstracts, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Books 10-14.  Herman W. Ferguson, 600 Chad Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27803-1512.

6.  Myra Sidney (Davis) Dipple.  n.d.  Chronology of the Life of Henry Clark

7.  David Leroy Corbitt.  1996.  The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943.  North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC.

8.  Messages in the Hannah Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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