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Hanby Homecoming 2019


2019 was the year descendants of Bishop William Hanby, his brother John Hanby of Delaware County, and members of Ann Miller Hanby's family returned to Westerville to learn about their mutal history and meet unknown cousins.Twenty-four people from seven states traveled to Ohio, arriving in time for a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Everal Barn in Westerville. On Thursday, July 25, the group travelled by motor coach to Norwich, where they picked up the National Road and followed the same route that young William Hanby followed in 1828 when he came to Ohio. Friday, July 26, found the group touring Otterbein University which was founded by Bishop William Hanby in 1847. Later that day was a tour of Hanby House Historic Site and a music concert of Civil War music performed by Steve Ball. The Temperance history of Westerville was shared on Saturday morning, July 27, at the Westerville History Center and Museum located at the Westerville Public Library. This was followed by a walking tour of historic places in the city. Reconvening after lunch at Church of the Master UMC, history of Unted Brethren Church was shared and three of Benjamin Hanby's songs were sung. The Saturday tour finished with a visit to Hanby-related graves in the Otterbein Cemetery. Otterbein Alumni offices provided cool beverages and snacks at the end of the day. Finally, the family members and guests enjoyed a farewell dinner at Cardone's on West Main Street. Below, find photos of some of the highlights of Hanby Homecoming 2019.


Schererrs arrive at Everal Kenfield and Eddey MEEK

Above left: Members of the Scherrer family, descendants of Benjamin and Kate (Winter) Hanby, arrive at Everal Barn in Westerville.

Above center: June Kenfield, a cousin of Ann Miller Hanby, talks with Hanby guide Janice Eddey.

Above right: MEEK perfoms for guests at the Welcome Reception.



bus passengers Natl Road Somerset

Above left: Hanby family and WHS members gather for a day-long motor coach trip to Norwich, Somerset, and Rushville, Ohio

Above center: A guide at the National Road Museum (an Ohio History Connection location) begins a tour with members of Hanby and Miller families. Many guests were unaware of the significance of this important road that helped to open "the west" for settlement.

Above right: David Snider, President of Somerset Village Council, shared interesting history of this Perry County town. Civil War General Philip Sheridan was raised in this former county seat. William Hanby would have seen many of the same buildings in 1828 that line US 22, the former Zane Trace.


Clay Haus Rushville Ball et al

Above left: Lunch was eaten at Clay Haus restaurant in Somerset which dates from before 1820. President Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay have both been entertained here. The Hanby group ate in the lower tavern area which would have been street level when William Hanby passed through on his was to Rushville.

Above center: Hanby House Site Manager Pam Allen shares information before leading the group on a walking tour of Rushville, home of the Hanbys in early 1830s.

Above right: Performer Steve Ball, Cathy Nelson of Friends of Freedom and Leslie Blankenship of Franklinton Historical Society met the motor coach at Pleasant Hill Cemetery just south of Rushville. Here are buried many Hanby and Miller ancestors. Also buried here is freedom seeker Joe Selby, whose story of escaping bondage in search of freedom inspired Benjamin Hanby to write his anti-slavery song, Darling Nelly Gray.


dedication Hanby graves Family graves

Above left: Ball and Nelson lead a dedication service for a new memorial stone to the unknown freedom seekers who are interred in this cemetery.

Above center: Descendants and guests gather around Hanby and Miller graves in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a burial ground recognized by the National Park Service Friends of Freedom program as a significant Underground Railroad Site.

Above right: Tour participants spread out through the cemetery in search of other Hanby-related graves.



Above: The new maker at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

Courtright archives Philo


Above left: Stephen Grinch, Otterbein University Archivist, begins a campus tour with historic photos displayed at Courtright Memorial Library.

Above center: Stephen Grinch and family members admired the structure of Towers Hall where Bishop William Hanby's body lay in state after his death in 1880.

Above right: Hanby Homecoming participants were impressed with the beauty and history of the Philomathean Room in Towers Hall.

Roush Hanby Wright bedroom

Above left: Hanby and Miller family members and friends on the steps of Roush Hall on Otterbein University campus.

Above center: Janet Duitsman and her daughter Carrie Harr hold photos of some Wright family members. The two ladies are descended from both Bishop William Hanby and Bishop Milton Wright.

Above right: Hanby House guide Janice Eddey shares stories from the boys' bedroom at Hanby House Historic Site.


kitchen Ball concert

Above left: Hanby House guide Gretchen Glasgow tells descendants of Millers, John Hanby, and Bishop Hanby about artifacts in the Hanby kitchen.

Above right: Visitors enjoy a break in the back yard of Hanby House. Steve Ball entertains with Civil War songs while sharing the stories behind the music.


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