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"James Wilson" aka James "Paddy" Hanna
Posted by: Leo (ID *****2361) Date: September 13, 2013 at 21:23:38
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On June 6, 1883 a warrant issued out of the U.S. Court, Western District of Arkansas, for the arrest of James A. "Paddy" Hanna alleging him to have killed/murdered his brother, Jeremiah "Jerry" Hanna. Paddy was married to Cyntha A. McGhee and Jerry to Cyntha's sister, Joanna McGhee.

The story of events as he knew them was retold by Paddy's son, Grover Hanna in a lengthy Indian Pioneer History Project interview, Vol. 27, pp.331-339. In his retelling of the story Grover dates the event to election day in Southwest City MO, 1881. Grover claims the shooting was an accident that occurred when they were all ("all" seems to be Paddy, Jerry and Joanna) attacked on their way home by a fellow named Scraper with whom Paddy had had words during the day in SWCMO. Grover was not, of course, a witness to the events, he merely repeats what he was told. He says in the interview that his mother was about four months pregnant with him when Paddy left and and that he was about fourteen when Paddy died. This last, of course, raises a Q about how Grover could have been mistaken in the year. In the interview he sets out his birthday as Sept 21, 1881.

Paddy fled to Arkansas where he lived the rest of his life under the name "James Wilson," marrying there and having children. On his death bed he told his family the circumstances that had brought him to AR, his name, where he had lived and, presumably, his wife's name. He was buried at Salisaw and sometime later his AR wife and children came to Dodge IT (near Grove and for all intents and purposes now abandoned), found Grover's mother and told her what had happened. The two women are said by Grover to have become good friends.

In looking for information about the Hannas it has occurred to us that someone in AR may know the story of "James Wilson" and perhaps even have pictures of him. Since he apparently had children who presumably continued on in their lives as Wilsons, he may have living descendants. Any light that can be shed on this period in Paddy's life would be most helpful.

Leo (email: lldurham@aol.com)


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