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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Hannah Bryan (1770 - 1841)

Since I voted today in a Primary election, I figured I'd start my Tombstone Tuesday posts with this one because it was one that lead me to my Presidential relation, President Lincoln.

New grave marker for Hannah Bryan
Obviously, this grave marker isn't from 1841.  I'm not certain when this one was installed but according to Find A Grave their original stones were trodden on by cows and so their ancestors replaced them.
Photo of original headstone for Hannah McDaniel
Hannah is the daughter of Benjamin Bryan and Lydia Lincoln (Lydia was the sister of Abraham Lincoln - the grandfather of the President of the same name).  So, through Hannah, President Lincoln is my 2nd cousin 6x removed.  Which I find pretty cool.

But, besides that fact, I find that the life of Henry and Hannah very interesting.  One of my goals this year is to trace more of their life.  They were both born in Virginia and Henry fought during the Revolutionary War (it's also the anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse - which Henry participated in and his company stayed behind to help with the wounded).
They were married after the war and lived for a while in an area of Virginia which is now West Virginia before moving up to Ohio around 1810.  The Gallia County Genealogical Society lists Henry as one of the First Families since they were living there before 1821.

I actually got to visit this family cemetery a few years ago when we were travelling to a friends wedding up in Michigan.  We just happened to pass through Gallia county and the name rang a bell and so we stopped back through on the way back home which was really kind of cool (I didn't realize it at the time but my great-uncle still lives in Galliopolis).

We also quickly stopped by the library and found a folder/book full of genealogical research someone had done on this family that we were able to scan - I'm still going through all of that information!  Make sure to stop by libraries in the areas where your ancestors have lived because you never know what might be squirreled away in archives or in their genealogical sections.

McDaniel's Crossroads - Walnut Township, Ohio


  1. Hello and welcome to GeneaBloggers!

    I was intrigued to see that you mentioned McDaniels in Virginia. One of my ancestors is Robert Woodson Daniel (1843-1922), but he and his father (Charles Daniel- 1819-1875) and grandfather possibly (Thomas Daniel b. abt 1795?, d. aft 1841) are sometimes listed as "McDaniel." As I read more of your posts the places did not match- my family was in Rockbridge County but sometimes it was listed just as "Virginia" so there may be a link a bit farther back. RW Daniel moved with his parents to Pike Co., Missouri abt 1845, then to Warren Co. Illinois after he married, abt 1866. Would love to chat with you about this family. You can email me at admin--at--HeritageRamblings(you know what goes here)net, my family history blog.

    1. Thank you! I'm still trying to research more into my McDaniel family line prior to the Rev. War. I'm not sure if he had family that stayed in VA/WV.

  2. Glad you voted. What a great connection to Lincoln! I like you blog. Cassandra, I will be putting my blog on geneabloggers, hopefully in a week or two. I am following my ancestor's 44 day journey from Utah to Arizona in 1884. I have a question. How were you able to get the biographical information under your name to who up on there. I have tried and it doesn't work. My blog is

    1. I believe my "About Me" section pulls from my Google+ description. I generally don't use Google+ but I think my account is linked with my Google account.

    2. Also, your blog looks really interesting and that is really awesome you have your family journals from their journey.

  3. Cassandra,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!