Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Daniel Hanawalt


The first record found of the Hanawalts is of Henry, who on October 31, 1785, warranted three hundred acres of land in what is now Oliver township, Mifflin county, and on November 21, 1792, patented another tract of one hundred acres. Henry Hanawalt, died in 1794, leaving two sons, George and John.

George, son of Henry Hanawalt, in company with his brother John, purchased in April, 1802, a tract of land in what is now Wayne township, of the heirs of James Ross. John Hanawalt moved to that purchase, but George remained at the home farm. They continued their partnership until April, 1821, when they divided the property, but each seemed satisfied with the land they were living on, so George kept the homestead and John the Ross purchase, in Wayne township. John died in 1829, George in 1832. He served in the revolution, and a relic of that conflict is still preserved by his great-grandson, Daniel A. Hanawalt. in the form of a firearm, the barrel of which was part of the musket carried by his sire, when a soldier in the revolutionary army. George Hanawalt left a widow, Catherine, and children: Margaret, married Hugh McKee; Ann, married Leopold; Susanna; Joseph, of whom further; James.

Joseph, son of George and Catherine Hanawalt, was born in Oliver township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, where he also spent his after life. He was a prosperous farmer and both he and his wife Mary were members of the German Baptist church, he being a minister. He left male issue including a son, John S.

John S., son of Joseph and Mary Hanawalt, was born in Oliver township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1840, died in the same township May i, 1883. He attended the public schools and spent his early life at the home farm. After his marriage he bought a tract of one hundred acres of partly cleared land, and thereon spent his after life. He finished the clearing, erected many improvements and brought his land to a point of high fertility. He was a member of the German Baptist church, and a minister of the branch known as The Brethren, as was his father and father-in-law. In political faith he was a Democrat, and served several terms as school director. He married Nancy Snowberger, born in New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1842, later moved to McVeytown, where she was married. She survives her husband, has never remarried and now resides at the Oliver township farm, to which she moved in early married life. She is a daughter of Daniel Snowberger, a prosperous farmer of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and a member of the German church (The Brethren); he had several children, one of them Theodore, a soldier of the Union army, was killed at the battle of Antietam. Children of John S. Hanawalt: 1. Christie Ann, married Fred J. Sunderland, and lives in Wayne township. 2. Catherine, married George White, and lives at Burnham. 3. Mary Elizabeth, married Henry Rhodes, whom she survives, a resident of Alberta, Canada. 4. Ira, drowned at the age of two years. 5. Joseph Rothrock, married Effie Rupert and resides at McVeytown, a teacher in the public schools. 6. Daniel Abraham, of whom further. 7. Charles B., married Bessie Bailey and resides at Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, principal of schools. 8. John Miller, married Essie Strawser and farms the homestead. 9. William H., married Phoebe Kirk and resides in Oliver township, a farmer. 10. Ada Margaret, married Robert Strawser, a farmer of Oliver township.

Daniel Abraham, son of John S. and Nancy (Snowberger) Hanawalt, was born near McVeytown, Oliver township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1873. He obtained his early education at the Pine Grove public school, later entering Juniata College, whence he was graduated from the business department, then taking the normal English course. After teaching school in Brown township for six years, Mr. Hanawalt located in Belleville in 1903, having been appointed station agent for the Kishacoquillas Valley railroad, a position he yet occupies. He is a Republican in politics, served six years as school director, and is now secretary of the Belleville board. He is a member of The Brethren church, his wife a member of the Presbyterian church.

He married, in December, 1903. Katherine Cummins, born in Brown township, daughter of James T. Cummins, of an old county family. Children: Emogene B., born May 2, 1906; James Milton, October 15, 1908; Robert Campbell, September 4, 1912.



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