John Hanson

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
John Hanson, son of John Hanson and Phebe Austin, was born at Dover, Strafford Co., New Hampshire, 27 November 1746.1 He died at Rochester, Strafford Co., New Hampshire, in 1803.2

John married Sally Getchel, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here).2

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at Rochester, with 1 free white male over 16, 1 under 16, and 5 free white females.3

Rochester was the parent town of Milton which was formed in 1802.

John and Sally Hanson lived in Milton, New Hampshire. John was killed while working out his taxes on the highway, being crushed by a load of stone. A family legend records Sally's premonition of her husband's death: She was washing some clothes at the brook when a drop of blood appeared in a clean place. She rinsed it off, but another drop appeared and was scarcely washed away when a third appeared. Filled with apprehension, Sally ran toward home and demanded that an approaching neighbor tell her the bad news.

Sally struggled on alone, and after the household broke up, she lived with some of her older children. She lived to a very old age.2


Sally Getchel
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  1. [S692] Ann Theopold Chaplin, "Some Descendants of Thomas Hanson of Dover, New Hampshire," New Hampshire Genealogical Record 17 (July-Oct 2000): 97-119, 151-167, at 117, further cited as Chaplin, "Descendants of Thomas Hanson of Dover."
  2. [S78] Claudia L. Bushman, "A Good Poor Man's Wife": Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth Century New England (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1981), 8, further cited as Bushman, A Good Poor Man's Wife.
  3. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), NH:97, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.