Person:John Hansbrough (11)

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John Hansbrough
b.24 NOV 1771
d.02 NOV 1814 King George Co., VA
Facts and Events
Name John Hansbrough
Gender Male
Birth[1] 24 NOV 1771
Marriage 09 AUG 1798 to Nancy Banks
Death? 02 NOV 1814 King George Co., VA
Reference Number? JWH #244

244. JOHN HANSBROUGH: (223 Peter) Born November 24, 1771; murdered in King George County on November 2, 1814. He was a large land and slave owner at the time of his death. He died intestate and his estate was the subject of several law suits. He married Nancy Banks on August 9, 1798. They had six children.

Children (HANSBROUGH) 311. MARIUS - and- 312. MARIA - were twins. 313. ALEXANDER HAMILTON - 314. PETER A. - born May 21, 1809. 315. Julia - probably died young. 316. John - was underage on March 21, 1826, when his guardian submitted his account book to the Culpeper Court. NFI.

The Murder of John Hansbrough.

On August 16, 1814, a British fleet of 21 ships of the line under Admiral Cochran arrived in Chesapeake Bay and was joined by a second fleet under Admiral Malcom. The ships carried several thousand land troops under General Ross, one of the Duke of Wellington's most active officers. After defeating the American forces at Bladensburg on September 24, 1814, the British forces occupied Washington, D. C. and burned the White House and other public buildings. Forseeing possible trouble, John Hansbrough had sent his wife, Nancy, and their six children to her father's home in Madison for safety. He remained behind to protect his property from raiding parties from the fleets which were operating on both banks of the Potomac River. On November 2, 1814, John was murdered while collecting wood on the "Lunsford Hills." Some hides, feathers, and clothing was stolen. Some of his stock was killed and the meat stolen. Whether John was killed by a raiding party, a roving band of Indians known to be in the area, or by a marauding gang of escaped slaves is not known.

References
  1. John W. Hansborough. History and Genealogy of the Hansborough - Hansbrough Family. (Name: Name: 1981, John W. Hansborough;;)
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    244. JOHN HANSBROUGH: (223 Peter) Born November 24, 1771; murdered in King George County on November 2, 1814. He was a large land and slave owner at the time of his death. He died intestate and his es tate was the subject of several law suits. He married Nancy Banks on August 9, 1798. They had six children. Children (HANSBROUGH) 311. MARIUS - and- 312. MARIA - were twins. 313. ALEXANDER HAMILTON - 314. PETER A. - born May 21, 1809. 315. Julia - probably died young. 316. John - was underage on March 21, 1826, when his guardian submitted his account book to the Culpeper Court. NFI.