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The National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 was founded October 9, 1912 in New York City, New York by Mrs. Frank Crowell. The Society is a hereditary society formed to honor the soldiers and patriots who were dedicated to preserving the Union during the Civil War.

Hannibal Farrell Chapter was organized by Mrs. Jerry Moore on September 12, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Moore named the chapter after her grandfather Hannibal Farrell.

There were ten charter members:



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Our Chapter Namesake

Hannibal and Nancy (Brindley) Farrell

Hannibal O'Farrell was born December 2, 1841, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the son of Barney O'Farrell, born in Ireland, and Elizabeth Smith, born in Pennsylvania. It is said that Hannibal was named "after Hannibal who crossed the Alps." According to a family report, the "O" in the name was dropped at a later time. Hannibal died July 11, 1910, in Pleasant Township, Switzerland County, Indiana, of "organic heart disease".

Hannibal was married to Nancy (Nannie) B. Brindley on July 29, 1869, in Switzerland County. She was born March 8, 1850, in Craig Township of that county and died September 20, 1922, in Kokomo, Indiana.

At the time of her pension application, July 23, 1910, Nannie reported that she and Hannibal had ten living children:

  1. Oscar Newton born June 5, 1870
  2. Hannibal "Chub" born June 20, 1872
  3. Dora Belle born January 30, 1874
  4. John Robert born October 20, 1875
  5. Minnie Leona born November 13, 1877
  6. Esan Othniel born February 20, 1882
  7. Edith Orion born March 25, 1884
  8. Sylvia Ada born Mary 29, 1886
  9. Mary Cordelia born June 25, 1889
  10. Harrison McKinley born July 1, 1894


On August 22, 1861, at 19 years of age, Hannibal joined Company A, 3rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Cavalry. Shortly after joining, he contracted a bad case of mumps and was hospitalized at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was honorable discharged August 31, 1864 at Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time of his discharge, Hannibal was described as "twenty-two years of age, five feet nine inches high, florid complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair, and occupation, when enrolled, a farmer". He had joined with his own horse, Ginger, valued at $100, and owned all the horse equipment, valued at $28.08. According to the Company Muster-out roll, dated September 7, 1864, Ginger had been "killed in action at Beverly Ford, Virginia, on June 9, 1863." According to family, Ginger died when "she took a musket ball to the gut."



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