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Dr. A. B. (Alexander B.) Hanna and descendants


Posted By: Tom Schmidt (email)
Date: 12/6/2005 at 22:06:41

Does anyone know what happened to the descendants of Dr. Alexander B. Hanna (b. 1826, d. 1903), a physician in Clayton & Winneshiek counties in the 1870's & 1880's? (Sadly, Dr. Hanna seems to have passed away while at the County Home, per the Elkader Register of Nov. 19, 1903.)

We believe that his older son, "Dixie" (who may have been named "Richard C. Hanna") married Virginia Stroud/Hagensick on July 16, 1877 with the wedding officiated by her original adopted father, C. W. Hagensick (Justice of the Peace). We also believe that Dixie/Dixi C. and Jenny (as she was apparently called) had at least one daughter, Alma, in about 1878 and that the 3 of them lived in Elkader in 1880. They may have had more children(?).

However, we have been unable to discover what happened to any of that family after about 1880. We're also a little light on details regarding Dixi's brother, George, or his sister Mina/Minnie. We think that Minnie may have married a Mr. Sadler and they may have moved to Michigan, but that's a little speculative to us at this point. George may have moved to the Dubuque area to farm - Richard may have moved to Dubuque county, too, but there's no sign of Jenny or Alma there. (There is a Richard C. Hanna in a hotel in Dubuque in 1900.)

There is another Alma Hanna in the census by 1900, but her grandfather was Norwegian while "our" Alma Hanna's grandfather, Alexander, came from Ireland.

(Virginia's saga in Garnavillo in the 1856-1877 timeframe is quite unusual, from what we've been able to piece together this past year.)

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