President Andrew Jackson

Larry Hanna from Missouri has an interesting family connection with 19th Century U.S. General and President Andrew Jackson.

His ancestor Janet Hutchinson married James Crawford; they had five daughters (Martha, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, and Jennie) and seven sons (Thomas, Alexander, John, George, Joseph, William and James, Crawford Jr.).

Elizabeth Hutchinson, Janet’s sister, married Andrew Jackson Sr. and had three sons, Hugh, Robert, and Andrew Jr.

The Crawfords settled at Waxhaw Creek, South Carolina; the Jacksons, on nearby Twelve Mile Creek. On the death of her sister’s husband in 1767, Mrs. Jackson took up her permanent abode in the Crawford household. A few days later she gave birth to her third son, the future general and president of the United States, whom she named Andrew after his deceased father.

Thus, the Crawford children were first cousins to the Jacksons, through their mothers.  From that generation, James Crawford Jr. married Christiana White. Their children were Sarah, Isabella, Henrietta, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jane, William White, James Leslie, and Andrew Jackson Crawford. Margaret married George H. Hanna; Jane married William P. Hanna and Elizabeth married James Hervey Hanna, who is Larry’s great-great-great-grandfather!

Memories of pre-WW II Idaho

My family was in Idaho in 1943. My father [Walter Ross Hanna] was in basic training at Farragut NTS while my mother and I stayed in Coeur d’Alene for 3 months until he was shipped out to Hawaii.
I truly can’t say I remember much of the time but I think it was most enjoyable form my point of view since I was only 1 year old.

-Larry Hanna


Sunken Roads: A granddaughter’s tribute

Charlotte Juergens wrote and produced a documentary about visiting Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the Allied Invasion, retracing her grandfather Parker Hanna’s route as a soldier in the D-Day landing.

More information can be found at


Burns Night in Idaho

Peter Scarborough from Idaho wrote on January 30, 2016:

S12622205_10207104965959748_5339510054742021778_oome modest decorations for our Burns Night Dinner, I know it is a week late, but one of our guests had prior commitments. I will be kilted, and we are serving haggis, cauliflower/cheese soup and tatties.


Hanna of the Close

Posted by admin on April 5, 2012

Keith Hanna’s book on Ulster-Scots Hannas (portions of which were aired as part of a BBC special) is available for roughly £13 from Keith Hanna directly ( and from Selections Shop in Kilkeel:

Selections Shop,
15 Greencastle Street
Kilkeel, County Down
BT34 4BH

Tel. Cliff Coulter on 028 41764435.



Hannas of Kilkeel part of BBC History Program

Posted by admin on February 25, 2012

UPDATE – March 2018 – The BBC documentary listed below is available at a new address online (NOTE: regional web restrictions may prevent access outside the UK; e.g. if you are connecting to the internet from the USA, you will most likely not be allowed to see it).

Keith Hanna informed us in February of 2012 that the BBC will soon be broadcasting a documentary about internal migrations in the UK, featuring content from his book on the Hannas of Kilkeel.

Keith tells us…

the BBC heard of my book and called me last month. They took footage at Hanna’s Close as well for a Michael Wood History Documentary series in May to be broadcast on BBC2 about Internal Migrations in the UK. They are doing an episode on the Ulster Plantation and the Hanna’s migrating from Sorbie to Kilkeel in the 1690s features in the Ulster episode. My brother Glyn Hanna and cousin Maynard Hanna were both interviewed for the episode and various footage taken at Hanna’s Close and at a local Burns Night celebration. It might be worth letting the Clan Hannay Society know just before the episode is broadcast. I don’t know if the BBC shot footage in Sorbie. The BBC historian said my book was a well documented example of the migration of Scots to Ulster in the 17th Century.