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A thorough search of records in Dartmouth and the region around it has revealed no birth record for Hannah, which is not surprising. Many residents of Dartmouth in the 18th century had no municipal birth records, including her husband and her children. She was very likely the daughter of Ephraim Landers and Elizabeth Burgess, who were married in Dartmouth about 3 years before she was born. After her first child, the next 4 were named Phebe, Elizabeth, Ephraim and Henry. Phebe and Henry were Abner's parents' names, so it's quite reasonable that the other two were named for Ephraim and Elizabeth Landers. Their first child was Luther and their last Jethro. Elizabeth Burgess had a brother Luther and Henry Jenne had a brother Jethro. Elizabeth (Burgess) Landers was a widow by 1774, and she may have been the older woman in Abner and Hannah's household when it was enumerated for the 1800 census.
      Hannah was admitted to the First Congregational Church in what is now Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on 29 July 1801.(1) The following October her three surviving children, Phebe, Luther and Elizabeth, were baptized.

children of Abner and Hannah (Landers) Jenne/Jennings:

i. Phebe, b. abt 1787
ii. Luther, b. abt. 1789
iii. Elizabeth b. abt 1792
iv. Ephraim, b. June 1796, d. 3 October 1798
v. Henry, b. June 1800, d. 11 March 1801
vi. Jethro b. abt June 1803 (bap. 30 June 1803)

vital records sources: There is no record found of Hannah's birth. Her marriage intentions are from the Dartmouth vital records. Her death date and age at death was found on her gravestone, Nasketucket Cemetery, Fairhaven, MA.

1. First Congregational Church, Fairhaven, records, vol. 1, p. 13 (modern pagination), New Bedford Whaling Museum, Inc.

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