Joseph Hahn Family from Pennsylvania to Missouri

Joseph Hahn Family

When Joseph Hahn was born on June 6, 1770, in Pennsylvania, the population of the British colonies along the eastern coast of America from New Hampshire to Georgia was 2,148,076. Joseph was born a few years before the United States was. The American Revolutionary War began in 1775. It was the rebellion of thirteen of the North American colonies of Great Britain who formed the United States of America and declared themselves independent in 1776. A vote on whether to end hostilities was taken in Parliament in 1782 and it passed by just nineteen votes. Limited fighting continued throughout 1782, while peace negotiations were conducted. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the war and recognizing the independence of the United States of America. Joseph probably missed out on the fighting but it was an exciting and difficult time for everyone living in the colonies.

Joseph Hahn was my 4th great-grandfather. He was married three times and had nine sons and five daughters. He married Susanna Seward in 1803 when he was 33 years old. Susanna gave him four sons before the War of 1812 came along and gave Joseph his war. He signed up and served as a private in the 2nd Regiment (FINDLAY'S), Ohio Volunteers and Militia. He didn't serve for the duration. In her claim for bounty land, his third wife, Abigail Hahn said that Joseph signed up to serve under Capt. Jno. Robertson from 27 April 1812 to 26 April 1813. She said he only served four months because "he was taken prisoner at Detroit and remained thus imprisoned for the term of eighteen days when he was discharged from said imprisonment upon parole of honor and therefore she thinks her said husband never received any certificate of discharge she also thinks he was never exchanged." So, she claimed he reported back to his unit and was sent home. And she made this declaration for the purpose of obtaining any bounty land to which she may be entitled under act of law passed by Congress September 28th, 1850. It doesn't say how this turned out for her.

His wife died after giving birth to his daughter and he married Dorcas Fields, age 19, of Hamilton, Ohio. Dorcas and Joseph had six children; three boys and three girls. The last was born in 1827. Dorcas must have died in 1827 or 1828 perhaps in childbirth.

In 1828 Joseph married Abigail Bloomfield, age 34 years, of Montgomery County, Indiana. Together they had three children; two sons and a daughter.

According to the Annals of Knox County, "Joseph Hahn came from Pennsylvania in 1835 and settled in Section 33 on a farm extending from the south line of the township to the center, much of the way one mile wide. It sloped gently to the south and was a most excellent farm with good drainage, fine soil, good timber and was close to the store of Goff, the Baptist church, and the second school house built in the township. All of these public buildings Hahn assisted in building and maintaining. He had served in the War of 1812 and was well fitted to engage in pioneer enterprises.

In 1837, the U.S. recognizes the Republic of Texas and Michigan becomes a state. The Panic of 1837 was a major recession, lasting a decade, which resulted when profits, prices and wages went down while unemployment and speculation went up.

Joseph Hahn died on December 8, 1847, in Rio, Illinois, having lived a long life of 77 years. He did his best to obey the Lord's admonition to be fruitful and multiply having had nine sons and five daughters. Many men had fourteen children with one wife but it took Joseph three wives. They say the frontier was rough on women.

The 1850 US Federal Census has a record for a family in Township 13 N 1 E, Knox, Illinois, headed by Abigail Hahn, age 55, female, value of real estate owned is $1,800, she said she was born in New Jersey. Also in the household is Moses Hahn, age 21 (born abt 1829), male, farmer, value of real estate owned is $1,000, born in Iowa. The third person in this household is Mary Soveridge, age 16, female, born in England. With the help of her eldest son Moses, Abigail carried on after Joseph died.

Also on this page of the 1850 US Federal Census for Township 13 N 1 E, Knox, Illinois, is a record of the Richmond and Priscilla Dalton family. Richmond Dalton was age 38, male, farmer, 2,000, born in Kentucky. Priscilla was age 28, female, born in Iowa. Their children were: Joseph a male age 10; Elizabeth a female age 7; Abigail a female age 6; Euphamia a female age 5; Lucetta a female age 4; Alis a female age 3; Nahamison a male age 2; and Theron a male age 10 months. Priscilla was Joseph Hahn's second daughter with Dorcas Fields. For more on this family look in the Dolton section of this web site.

The 1860 US Federal Census has the following record for the Moses and Mary Hahn family living in Rio, Knox, Illinois. Moses Hahn, age 32, male, farmer, value of real estate was $5,200, value of personal estate was $500, born in Iowa. Mary Hahn, age 24, female, born in England. Belindee (or Belinda) Hahn, age 8, female, born in Illinois. Emily Hahn, age 5, female, born in Illinois. Lemuel Hahn, age 3, male, born in Illinois. Stephen Sealley, age 26, male, laborer, born in Pennsylvania.

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