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44. Hannah Mashon (Meshon)(Mershon) (Married Francis Mettler (#43) on 20 February 1821 in Washington, Warren, New Jersey.) (Source of purple is The Association of the Descendants of Henry Mershon.)

Born: October 5, 1803 [This date is calculated from her tombstone information and the website titled "Calculating Ancestor Date of Birth" ] of Aaron Mershon (#87) & Sarah Phillips (#88) in Warren , NJ. (Source of light blue information is Donna Patterson, G-G-Great Granddaughter of Francis Mettler and Hannah via e-mail to Susan Snyder in 2014.)

Died: 21 December 1895, aged 92 y 2 m 16 D. in Laurelville in Hocking, OH. She is buried at Belleview Cemetery in Adelphi, Colerain Township, Ross County, Ohio with her husband. (GPS: 39° 28.024' N, 82° 44.617' W). Her tombstone is shown at the bottom of this page.


[Her siblings, included:

a) Catherine W. Mershon: (Married: David J. Beers); Born: 23 June 1799 in New Jersey; Died: 07 January 1883 in New Jersey

b) Andrew Mershon: (Married: Sarah Curl); Born: 1805 in New Jersey; Died: 15 March 1874

c) Aaron Mershon: (Married: Jane or Jan Brinks on 20 January 1838 in Warren, New Jersey); Born: 1813 in New Jersey; Died: 27 March 1859

d) Peter Mershon: (Married: Rebecca __ ); Born: ? Died: 1835

e) Mary E. Mershon: (Married: Abraham Fangoner on 24 November 1831 in Warren, New Jersey); Born: About 1809; Died: ?

f) Margaret Mershon: (Married: William Cowl in 1846 ); Born: 1825; Died: ? ]



According to A Standard History of Ross County Ohio Vol. II, 1987, p. 854-855, Ohio Historical Society, “Grandfather Mettler [Francis] in 1838 started with his family and a wagon and team over the western trails for Ohio. At that time the greater part of the southern part of the state was heavily timbered, and the more fertile bottom lands, not having been drained, were fertile sources of malaria and other diseases. In consequence of this condition, Francis Mettler settled on the hills of Hocking County, in the vicinity of Rock House. He devoted his remaining years to clearing and cultivating the soil, and died there at the age of seventy-five. He married a Miss Mashon and they became the parents of a large family of fifteen children.” Two of their sons were Peter [Note: He is referred to in A Standard History of Ross County Ohio Vol. II] and Andrew [He is buried at the family site with Francis and Hannah]. One of his daughters was Levina (Alvina (#22). Another daughter was Sarah Mettler, born 4 October 1831, who came to Hocking County at about 9 years of age. She married James R. Bushee (a blacksmith) on 9 November 1851. [Note: The source of this information about Sarah is History of Hocking County, Chicago Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883, p. 1113.] [Note: Actually, Francis died in 1875 at the age of 78, not 75. He and Hannah were married and had children before moving to Ohio. For example, Levina was born in 1824 in New Jersey. It is not known if she was their first child. Hannah would have been about 21 and Francis 28 when Levina was born.]

Fourteen of their possibly 15 children are listed in this paragraph. The source of many of these names was a posting on by Rick Ratliff family tree. Children include: Levina (Alvina (#22), Aaron, Harriett, Francis, Eliza, Peter, Sarah, Mary, Bartlett, Emilene, Andrew B., Samuel, Amanda, and James. [Note: Some of these names have been confirmed by the 1850 Census of Hocking County, A Standard History of Ross County Vol II, 1987, and History of Hocking County, Chicago Inter-State Publishing Co., 1883, p. 1113. However other names need further confirmation.]

The 1850 Census for Laurel Township in Hocking County, Ohio lists Hanna-age 47 with her husband-age 56, and seven of their children.

The 1860 census for Benton Township, Hocking County, Ohio (Post Office: South Bloomingville) shows Francis Medler (age 63) is the head of the household. Living with him are Hannah Medler (age 56), Andrew Medler (age 20), Samuel Medler (age 16) and Amanda Medler (age 13). On the census page, with just one family listed between them, is John Thatcher (Hannah's son-in-law) with his wife and 10 children.

1870 Census: The scanned image that is posted online at the website from the 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. is very difficult to read, but it has been transcribed by as stating: Frank Medler, age in 1870: 73, Birth Year: About 1797, Birthplace: New Jersey; was living in Laurel, Hocking, Ohio. The Post Office was Gibisonville. The transcription states that Frank Medler was 73 and Hannah Medler was 66. [Note: According to Wikipedia, Gibisonville is an unincorporated community in Hocking County, located on Ohio State Route 678, 9 miles west-southwest of Logan. Gibisonville was laid out in 1840 and named for its founders, Samuel and William Gibison. "A post office was established at Gibisonville in 1850, and remained in operation until 1969." This census record is likely for Francis Mettler born about 1796 in New Jersey. Hannah born in 1803 would have been 67 in 1870.]

The 1880 census page shown below for Saltcreek Township in Hocking County and enumerated on the 9th day of June shows Hannah is living with her son Andrew (age 40), his wife, Mary (age 35), and their seven children (Emma R.-age 15), Ella M - age 11., Ettia I.- age 11, Thomas E. - age 9, Hattie J. - age 6, Motss S. age 3,and Annie L. -age 5m.. The census lists Hannah as a 76 year old grandmother, who is widowed, and a laborer who was born in New Jersey. Both of her parents are also listed as having been born in New Jersey.


After her husband's death in 1875, Hannah lived 20 additional years. Sometime after Francis' death in 1875, Hannah, applied for a pension for Francis' service in the War of 1812. That application is below and lists his service under Captain Benjamin Coleman's Company, New Jersey Militia. It is unknown by this webmaster whether or not Hannah received the pension.


Hannah is buried next to her son Andrew, Andrew's wife (Mary J.), several of her grandchildren (Herbie, Claud, Edith, and Ella), and her husband, Francis.

At the gravesite, there are two stones with Hannah's name. Below is one of the stones. Broken in half, one side of the stone says "Francis Mettler Died Oct.? 1875 Aged 78 Y". The rest of that side of the stone could not be read.

The opposite side of the stone says "Hannah Wife of F. Mettler." A third side of the stone (shown below) says "Our Parents."


The bottom half of the stone states:


Remember friends as you pass by

As you are now so once was I

As I am now so you will be

Prepare for death and follow me






Below: A second stone bearing Hannah's name, taller than the first stone, and adjacent to it, is transcribed to the right of the photograph.





DEC. 21, 1895


92 Y. 2 M. 16 D.











Lifetime Events Summary for Hannah Mashon:

Hannah's age
Oct 1803
War of 1812
9 - 12
February 1821
Children's births
1824 - 1853
~21 - 50
Birth of daughter Levina Mettler #22
December 1824
Moved from NJ to Ohio
35 - 37
Civil War
58 - 62
Husband's Death
October 1875
December 1895

The webmaster's DNA has matched no less than 15 other members in a Hannah Mashon/Mershon DNA Circle in

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