Descendants Stories from our SAR Members

These are the Idaho Society Members Stories of their Patriot Ancestors, which each member was required to prove their individual lineage to become a SAR member 

Randall and Joel Hudspeth  (Patriot was Capt. Jonathan Hanby, Virginia Militia)

SAR Member Randall Hudspeth reading his Ancestors Story - Capt  Hanby

Capt. Jonathan Hanby, Virginia Militia (5th great grandfather of Randy Hudspeth, 6th for Joel Hudspeth)

Family history.  Jonathan’s 2x great grandfather, Richard Hanby b.1626 in Westminster, England  came to Virginia in 1652 after he was given a land grant for 2500 acres on the North Side of the York River. When he died in 1682, his eldest son, William Hanby (1652-1702), Jonathan’s great grandfather, inherited the plantation. When he died in 1702, his eldest son, John Hanby Sr.(1680-1734), who was Jonathan’s grandfather inherited all of the land. During his lifetime he sold the land and move west to Pittsylvania County where be bought 500 acres.  When he died, his only surviving son, John Hanby Jr. (1705-1766) inherited all the land.  By 1766 he had amassed a large plantation of over 2500 acres in Pittsylvania County and mostly grew tobacco. Upon his death, his 2 sons,  Jonathan Hanby (1741-1817) and his brother David Hanby (1745-1827) each inherited half of the plantation land.  Jonathan Hanby’s land bordered on Peter’s Creek.

In 1775, the Pittsylvania County Militia Officers were nominated.  Captain Jonathan Hanby, for a term of 9 months in 1777, and in 1778 for 5 months.  He again led troops as Captain and fought at the “Siege of 96” across the border in North Carolina with General Greene,  Major John Ward and Colonel George Waller of the Virginia Militia. 

After the Rev War ended he developed his land and Pittsylvania County was divided to make Henry County and the plantation land was in Henry County. In August 1779, Jonathan Hanby, along with Patrick Henry and several other prominent men, was recommended to His Excellency, Governor Thomas Jefferson, as a proper person to serve the Commission of the Peace of Henry County. In 1790 Patrick County was formed from western Henry and that is where his plantation land was.  In 1792 Jonathan Hanby was named Justice of the Court of Patrick County.


He married Sara Dalton, daughter of Samuel Mayo Dalton, (also a SAR Patriot) who was the wealthiest man in the region.  Jonathan & Sara had 10 kids, 6 girls and 4 boys.  Only 3 sons, Samuel, Gabriel and the youngest William, survived him when he died in 1817, but his wife lived until 1844.  His youngest son, William Hanby, married the granddaughter of Colonel George Waller, and he died in 1841, before his mother who was living in his home and was the beneficiary of income from the Jonathan Hanby plantation.  William’s two sons, Gabriel ( my 3x ggf), age 22, and Henderson, age 18, wrote a letter explaining to the Patrick Co. magistrate that they needed to resolve their grandmothers land holdings and detailed all of the relationships.  This letter became the basis for my proof of the link back to Jonathan Hanby, because one of these two grandsons became my 3x grandfather.  He left Patrick Co. and migrated to Northwest Arkansas where they own thousands of acres of forest land and became known as the lumber barons on Nothwest Arkansas.  Today in Berryville, Arkansas, the Hanby lumber mill and lumber yard is still operational.


Jonathan Hanby died in Patrick Co. Virginia  in 1817 and is buried at Greasey Chapel on Peter’s Creek south of present day Stuart, VA.  His headstone was replaced in 1982 during a commerative ceremony by the Patrick County DAR chapter.  My second cousin, Carol Hanby, got her DAR membership through Jonathan Hanby.  She worked with our second cousin, 3x removed, David G. Hanby, a g. grandson of Henderson Hanby, was the Patrick Co. Clerk and he located the original 1841 letter in the county archives.  I used her DAR application and the letter from my 3x great grandfather to support our SAR application.

Randall Hudspeth standing at the Grave of Jonathan Hanby (Patriot)

Grave Marker of Jonathan Hanby (Captain American Revolution)