Hannah Keine1,2

ID#1528, b. 1754, d. 27 July 1860
Hannah (Keine) Church
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 1754.3

Birth place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.2,4 It has also been reported that Hannah was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania,5, which was the parent county of Lancaster County (formed on 10 May 1729.)6 At first, I thought that perhaps she would have been born in the western part of Chester County that became Lancaster County. However, once I looked up the date of Lancaster County's beginning and realized that it was already formed by the time Hannah was born in the 1750s, that theory went out the window! It will take more research to determine which of the two counties is the correct one.

Alternatively, Hannah's birthplace was recorded as England in the 1860 federal census, but that is the only source I have seen to support that idea.7 Perhaps the enumerator simply assumed that she was born in the same country reported for her husband.

Hannah's age was reported as 105 in the 1860 federal census for which the official date was 01 June 1860.7 If she was 105 on the 1st of June but 106 by the time of her death less than two months later, it follows that her birth must have occurred in June or July.

Conflicting evidence indicates that Hannah was born in 17555 or about 1760.4 At this point, it seems likely that both of those years are incorrect.

It has also been reported that her surname may have been spelled Kiene.8

Portrait of Hannah. Date: unknown. Location: unknown. Ancestry.com contributor Barbara Bua included the following information on her Loffer Family Tree:
"The photo of Hannah shown here was found in the album of Reva Ruth Anderson . Notes on the back of the picture say that Hannah was a Quaker who married Henry Church soon after they met. They were married for 82 years. It also says that all eight of Hannah and Henry's children lived to be 80 years, or more. I don't know who made these notes, or if information on children is correct."
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Hannah married Henry "Old Hundred" Church about 1778. This estimated date is based on a handwritten note on the back of a photograph of Hannah stating that she and Henry were married for 82 years. As they both reportedly died in 1860, subtracting 82 years suggests a year of 1778.10

On 27 July 1860 Hannah died at home (Wetzel County, Virginia.)11

An online obituary was published on 31 July 1860 by the Richmond Daily Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia.11 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"DEATH OF A CENTENNARIAN.--Mrs. Hannah Church, who, with her aged husband, is well known to all the excursionists on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, died on the morning of the 27th inst., at her humble home near Littleton Station, Wetzel county, Va., at the advanced age of 105 years. Her husband, Henry Church, aged 109 years, is still living, but is in very feeble health"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Hannah's body was interred in the Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia.12 The gravestone inscription for Henry and Hannah reads,
Founders of Hundred
Henry Church 1751 - 1860 109 Yrs. 9 Mos. 1 Day
Hannah, His Wife 1754 - 1860 Aged 106 Yrs
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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry "Old Hundred" Church (her husband) as the female age "45 years & over."
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)13
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her husband) as the female age "45 & upward."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)14
1830Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her husband) as a female age "60 & under 70"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1830)15
1840Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church Senr. (her husband) as a female age "70 & under 80."
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)16
1850Wetzel County, VirginiaHannah Church, female, age 90, born in Pa
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)4
1860Wetzel County, VirginiaHannah Church, female, age 105, born in England
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)7

Deceased Children of Hannah Keine and Henry "Old Hundred" Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=1 Feb 2017

Citations

  1. [S1795] Hundred Area PRIDE, online http://www.hundredareapride.com/Hundred%20History.htm, viewed 07 September 2010.
  2. [S1796] "Hundred," submitted by Ruth Hixenbaugh Jones, presented by The Wetzel County WVGenWeb, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/Communities/…. Original source: History of Wetzel County, West Virginia 1983. Information pertaining to Hannah Keine.
  3. [S928] Digital photo of Hannah, wife of Henry Church gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by K. Alan Lewis on 29 December 2008, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/466069/photo/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Lewis.
  4. [S927] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, 64th District, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  5. [S930] Henry Church sketch, by Porte Crayon, online http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx;idno=harp0019-1.
  6. [S1797] "Pennsylvania County Formation," presented by The PAGenWeb Project, online http://www.pagenweb.org/formation.html
  7. [S1114] Henry Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 7, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  8. [S373] John C. McEldowney, History of Wetzel County, WV, p. 54.
  9. [S931] "Loffer Family Tree," Ancestry Family Trees, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2737960/person/-1288701759, Barbara Bua. Note that Reva Ruth Anderson, owner of the photo album, was identified as a ggg-granddaughter of Hannah.
  10. [S931] "Loffer Family Tree," Ancestry Family Trees, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2737960/person/-1288701759, Barbara Bua.
  11. [S2315] Death of a Centennarian, Richmond Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), Tuesday, 31 July 1860, page 1, column 7. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/?spot=6741665
  12. [S928] Digital photo of Henry and Hannah Church gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by K. Alan Lewis on 29 December 2008, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/466069/photo/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Lewis.
  13. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.
  14. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  15. [S2195] Henry Church Senr. household, 1830 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Eastern District, page 167, National Archives micropublication M19_200.
  16. [S2153] Henry Church Senr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.
  17. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.