Person:Hannah Semple (1)

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Hannah Sample
b.abt 1731
m. abt 1711
  1. Elizabeth Sempleabt 1718 - 1780
  2. ASST QTR MR, CAPT Samuel Sempleabt 1725 - 1808
  3. Moses Samples, Sr.1730 - 1824
  4. Hannah Sampleabt 1731 - 1814
  5. Sheriff Robert Semple1733 - 1808
  6. Susanna Samplesabt 1741 -
  7. William Sempleabt 1742 -
  8. Sarah Samplesabt 1743 -
  1. Lt. John Wardest 1765 -
Facts and Events
Name Hannah Sample
Gender Female
Birth? abt 1731
Death? 08 Nov 1814 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

Hannah Sample

  • Hannah Ward's last will and testament is dated Dec. 3, 1813. It was recorded on Nov. 4, 1814, in W.B. 2, p. 54, Allegheny County records.
  • A vast store of knowledge of Pittsburgh's history died with Edward Ward. His wife outlived him by many years. The Pittsburgh Gazette of November 8, 1814, reported her death as follows
"Died—On Tuesday, the first inst., Mrs Hannah Ward, relict of Major Edward Ward." In her last will and testament, she made a bequest to her "Sister Susanah Connely", and while the name is spelled "Connely" and not "Connolly" in the will,it is this will that helps to establish that it was her sister Susannah who married the notorious John Connolly, a traitor to America. Hannah also made a bequest to Edward Semple and Sarah Semple, "children of Steele Semple and Julia, his wife, deceased." Hannah's only bequest to her "Son John Ward" was "one dollar." While her will indicates that he was still living, he may not have been. When and where he died is not known. He was, apparently, still alive in 1807.
References
  1.   Margaret Pearson Bothwell. The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine: Edward Ward Trail Blazing Pioneer. (Pennsylvania, June 1960), Vol 43. No. 2, June 1960.

    Edward Ward Trail Blazing Pioneer
    Page 101 - Edward Ward Was A Half Brother to Colonel George Croghan (1720-1782) - Edward's Father's name was Thomas Ward
    Page 102 - Edward Ward was a Single man in 1750 and later married Hannah Sample, daughter of Samuel Sample.
    :Page 108 - Acquired land in 1786 along with his son John.
    :Page 109 - John Ward, Edward's son, and Mary, John's wife (on August 4, 1797), sold lots 22 and 23 on Coal Hill to James O'Hara and Isaac Craig. (D.B. 17, p. 294, Allegheny County records). Sometime prior to John's conveyance of those lots to O'Hara and Craig, they had been taken "in execution as the property of Edward Ward" and sold to Abraham Kirkpatrick, but Kirkpatrick, for some reason, executed a deed, in which his wife joined, in John's favor, in 1794, for those lots.
    :Page 111 - A living descendant of Edward Ward's, Frank Joseph Forsyth, when he made application to the S.A.R. to be enrolled in it, was unable to give the date of birth or of marriage or of death of Edward Ward, and he made the same error as to the name of Edward's wife that some other of Edward's descendants had made when they applied for membership in the D.A.R. The error was this: they stated that Mary Archer was the wife of Edward Ward and the mother of Edward's son John. As this article discloses, the name of Edward's wife was Hannah Sample.
    :Page 113 - In 1774 John Ward had land for him surveyed in Kentucky.
    :Page 115 - December 1776 - Edward Ward was sworn in as a justice of the peace of the Court of Yohogania County at its first session.
    :Page 119 - 1780 to 1781 - A memorial, which was signed by
    John Ormsby, James Robinson, Edward Ward, Thomas Smallman, Devereux Smith, John Irwin, George Wallace, A. Fowler, Wm. Reddick, and some other very worthy citizens of that day, expressed alarm because "Colonel Brodhead, Commanding Officer at the Garrison of Fort Pitt" was exercising martial power "over this Town."
    :Page 120 - Before Colonel Brodhead's recall, Edward Ward's troubles were multiplied when his son, Lieutenant John Ward, was tried at a general court martial held at Fort Pitt on June 29, 1781.
    :Page 121 - Several years passed and, in 1787, Edward Ward's lots Numbers 146 and 147, and his house which had been built on one or on part of both lots, were sold at sheriff's sale 96 to James O'Hara, and became, together with a part of lot No. 145, his homestead on Water Street, the historic street that now bears the name Fort Pitt Boulevard.
    Page 123 - Hannah Ward's last will and testament is dated Dec. 3, 1813. It was recorded on Nov. 4, 1814, in W.B. 2, p. 54, Allegheny County records. A vast store of knowledge of Pittsburgh's history died with Edward Ward. His wife outlived him by many years. The Pittsburgh Gazette of November 8, 1814, reported her death as follows "Died—On Tuesday, the first inst., Mrs Hannah Ward, relict of Major Edward Ward." In her last will and testament, she made a bequest to her "Sister Susanah Connely", and while the name is spelled "Connely" and not "Connolly" in the will,it is this will that helps to establish that it was her sister Susannah who married the notorious John Connolly, a traitor to America. Hannah also made a bequest to Edward Semple and Sarah Semple, "children of Steele Semple and Julia, his wife, deceased." Hannah's only bequest to her "Son John Ward" was "one dollar." While her will indicates that he was still living, he may not have been. When and where he died is not known. He was, apparently, still alive in 1807.