When Hannah Chase was born on 19 December 1753, in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Job Chase, was 33 and her mother, Hannah Law, was 28. She married Oliver Whitney on 9 June 1779, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 9 daughters. She died on 26 October 1797, in Malta, Malta, Saratoga, New York, United States, at the age of 43.
English (southern): metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or perhaps a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).
History: Thomas Chase came to MA from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1640s, and had many prominent descendants. Samuel Chase, born in Somerset County, MD, in 1741, was one of the first members of the US Supreme Court; Philander Chase, born in Cornish, NH, in 1741 was a prominent Episcopal clergyman, and his nephew Salmon Portland Chase (1808–73), also born in Cornish, was governor of OH, a US senator, and secretary of the US Treasury during the Civil War.