Hannah Pettingell, Daughter of…???

The book,  A Pettingell Genealogy, written by John Mason Pettingell published in 1906, states Hannah is the daughter of Eliphalet Pettingell and Sarah Dill. Nope.

Hannah is my 4th great grandmother. She married Edward Hammond on 19 April 1796 in Sullivan, Hancock, Maine.

Born 15 Oct 1768 in North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Maine, she was not baptized until 10 November 1771. She was actually the daughter of Elisha Pettingell (brother of Eliphalet) and Rebekah Prince. Elisha and Rebekah had a habit of waiting (for the most part) at least a year after the birth of a child before having them baptized – a little unusual for the time:

Hannah, born 15 Oct 1768, baptized 10 Nov 1771

Jacob born 3 Jan 1771, baptized 12 Aug 1772

Jane (the second child of this name) born 5 Apr 1773, baptized 14 August 1774

Levi, born 7 Mar 1775, baptized 12 May 1776

Lucretia born 25 Jun 1778, baptized 16 Aug 1778


Birth of Hannah Pettingell microfilm 10812 arrowHannah’s gravestone reads: “Hannah, Wife of Edward Hammond, died June 13, 1862. AEt. 93 ys.” This is consistent with a birth date of 15 Oct 1768.

Gravestone of Hannah (Pettingill) Hammond

Note that the Pettingell Genealogy does not list birth dates, but baptism dates. No date of birth or baptism is given for the Hannah listed as a daughter of Eliphalet and husband to Edward Hammond. I have no doubt that Hannah who married Edward Hammond is the daughter of Elisha Pettingell and Rebekah Prince. John Mason Pettingell got it wrong – and so did 125 family trees on Ancestry.com.


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3 responses to “Hannah Pettingell, Daughter of…???”

  1. Michael Copeland says :

    The handwriting on the Bible leaf looks like that of an older person. We all, old and young alike, have to train ourselves, when a New Year has come in, to write the changed numeral. The writing of the year is normally such a routine matter that it is taken over by autopilot. Initially the training works, but a few days in it is easy to make the mistake of accidentally writing the previous year.

    At least five years before these notes were penned Sarah had had to retrain herself to put 18 and not 17 for the year. Sarah was, by this stage, some five years older, and probably more inclined to be forgetful. She was, by mistake, faithful to her mental training to write 18, and did so without realising.

  2. Michael Copeland says :

    My comment was meant to be with the article “A Family Bible Mystery – Solved!”.

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