Hannah was widowed when she married John Fling and had 2 children Benjamin Franklin Yeoman and Anna Elizabeth Yeoman. Only Anna resided with her and John and Anna was listed as a Fling, but she was born Anna E. Yeoman.
I've been told through someone who says she is her decendant that her parents were Levi Baldwin and Sarah Lawrence and directed to find some information in a book, which we looked up in the Pennsylvania archives. In doing so we found this:
Hannah had a hard life. Shortly after her last child was born, Ben and Anna's father died. She then married John Fling. Within months of marrying John Fling, he threw her and 2 her children out of the house and onto the streets. (Source: Chester County Wills and Registers, West Chester, PA)
4/30/1846 Hannah Fling, her children: Benjamin Yeoman, under age 6 and Anna E. Yeoman, just about 4 years old, were turned out by her husband, the children's step father and they entered into the County Poor House. John Fling sent for her to to come back, since she was pregnant with their first child. On 8/4/1846, Hannah came and took Anna out of the facility, leaving Ben behind. John did not want Ben in his home. Ben was taken out on 6/8/1846, by Josiah Philips and apprenticed by him. After living with him for a number of years, Ben moved to Pocopson as a boarder to Sarah Webb. (1860) Shortly after he married Emiline E. Taylor. Anna Yeoman Married James P. Douglas and moved away. Hannah stayed married to John Fling & had 7 children to him.
Anna wrote a poem when her mother passed which was published in a national paper and her local obituary:
~~In memory of Hannah S. Fling who departed this life July 25, 1899.
Our mother steeps beneath the sod, From all pain and sorrow free; With patience she waited the call of God. "There is rest for the weary; come unto me."
Long years of suffering, she did endure, And with God's promise given, That in heaven above, where all is love, there is no sorrow in heaven.
Through all pain at times she'd smile, A smile of heavenly birth, And when the angels called her home, She smiled a farewell to earth.
Heaven retaineth now our treasure, Earth the lonely casket keeps, And the sunbeams love to linger, Where my sainted Mother sleeps.
Her daughter, A. E. Douglas~~
So this begins our life story and our quest to find the answers of who was Hannah Baldwin Fling's first husband who was a Yeoman. Was he Charles Yeoman, whom entered the Poor House in 12/08/1844 and died in such on 12/31/1844?
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