Written by members of the Minnow Ford Lodge
J.M. Hanna was born in North Carolina and with his parents at about two years old came to Tennessee, and settled Maury Co. in the year 1806. There he ripened into manhood and on the 4th day of April 1824 was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth F. Gilmer. From this union sprang four daughters and three sons that reached maturity, Viz; Jane, Martha, Euph and Magg. (Sons) William, Jo, and James. Uncle Jo as he was familiarly called, moved to this County, Giles, about the year 1827 or 8, and engaged to some extent in teaching school and farming. He was constable in the 3rd civil District for a number of years, once elected magistrate of afore said District. Uncle Jo had the painful misfortune to lose his much esteemed wife Elizabeth F. on Feb. 27, 1878.
In his 76 year of age he was again 2nd time united in marriage to Mrs. P.F. Crowson, and on the 20th of Dec 1879 Mollie A. Hanna was born of this union. Uncle Jo attached himself to the Campbellito Christian Church on the 26th day of August 1887 and remained a member up to the day of his death. In the latter part of the same year he connected himself with the Farmers Alliance, and was a warm and zealous advocate of its principles.
In the fall of 1867 Uncle Jo entered the Confederate service in Capt. Thomas Hanna’s Company (K) Col. Cook’s regiment and remained with this command until the downfall of Ft. Donnelson.
Uncle Jo was warm hearted, and possessed many good traits of character. He was remarkable witty and abounded in fun, and with these preponderating traits made himself a splendid auctioneer. On the 24th day of April last 1888 Uncle Jo closed his long career and eventful life. His virtues we should revere and practice, and his faults and imperfections cover with mantle of charity. Resolved that in his death his family has lost a kind husband and father, and the lodge and community a cheery and warm member. Resolved that this lodge tender to his bereaved family a copy of these preambles and resolutions with their condolence. Resolved that this lodge bury our brother with lodge honors and wear the badge of mourning for thirty days. Resolved that these preambles and resolutions be spread upon the minute book of the Minnow Ford Lodge, and a copy be sent to the Democrat of Giles Co. for publication.
Submitted by: Sandra Hoyt