Hannah Paget

Hannah Paget

Hannah Paget, who was born the 21 Apr 1803, and died the 28 Oct 1882 in Centre Hall, Centre County, Pa. She was the daughter of George and Mary Andrews Padget. In the History of Centre County, Pennsylvania, p. 292, there is a description of the family: "George Padget came up from Buffalo valley in 1812. It is said he had to leave for whipping too severely the late Gen. Abbot Green, of Lewisburg, one of his pupils. He resided at the foot of Brush Mountain, north of Spring Mills. He was a noted teacher, and taught until he was seventy years of age. He died Nov. 2, 1834. Dorothy, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Mary Gregg Padget were his daughters. (Note: Jane had died young.) Hannah and Mary G. were school-teachers. Hannah died Oct. 28, 1882, at her sister's, Mrs. Krise, in her eightieth year.

P. 408, "George Padget for many years taught the rising generation the rudiments of speech and arithmetic."

P. 39 of "Commemorative Biographical Record," When but four years of age, the latter (Judge Adam Hoy of Bellefonte) was sent to school, his first teacher being George Padget, a noted teacher of sixty years' experience in Buffalo and Penn's Valleys, and who then held school in Swartz' school house on the Eckenrode place."

Five daughters were born to Mary and George. Only one of them ever married, Dorothy Paget to Samuel Krise. A sister Jane Paget died when she was 24. The other three sisters were Elizabeth, Hannah, and Mary Gregg. Hannah and Mary were school teachers in Centre County. Their brother-in-law Samuel was also a teacher as well as their father George Paget. The submitter has two samplers made by the Paget sisters, Hannah and Elizabeth. Elizabeth's sampler is dated 1830, and also Dorothy Paget's hymnal called "The Psalms of David." It has the psalms set up as songs and was printed in 1829. Hannah's sampler shows the changes in the spelling of the name. Her father used Padget, but the daughters used Paget. On her sampler, Hannah writes her name without the "d" but leaves a space for it. View samplers

This is the column that appeared in the Centre Democrat on Thursday, Nov 2, 1882, William A. Krise regarding Hannah Paget's death: "On the morning of the 28th of Oct. 1882 the home of your correspondent was shrouded in gloom and mourning, the cause being the death of Miss Hannah Paget, a much esteemed aunt, who for nearly eight years has been a member of our family. Miss Paget was the daughter of George Paget, one of the pioneer school masters of Penns Valley, who, about seventy years ago, settled upon a tract of land at the foot of Brush Mountain, one and one-half miles north of Spring Mills, where he lived up to the time of his death in 1834. Here three of his children, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Mary, continued to live until the fall of 1873, when they moved to Centre Hall, until the Spring of 1880, when we all moved to the old homestead of Grandfather Paget. In her early days she taught school in both Brush and Penns Valley. Her sister Mary was also a teacher. In early youth she, with her three sisters, one of whom was our mother, connected themselves with the Presbyterian Church in Centre Hall and continued consistent members of it until the time of their respective deaths. Her complaint was heart disease; her age 79 years, 6 months, and 7 days." W. A. Krise ("Found in Spangler's Notebook.")

All the Padgets/Pagets were buried in the Center Hill Cemetery in Potter township, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.

Photo from a tintype.

Submitted by Sylvia Hott Sonneborn, York, Pa, great-great great granddaughter of George Padget, 3rd great niece of Hannah Padget and great great granddaughter of Dorothy Padget and William Krise


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