Hannah Best

17 June 1766–4 December 1840 (Age 74)
Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Hannah

When Hannah Best was born on 17 June 1766, in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States, her father, Jerge Sebastian Best, was 43 and her mother, Elizabeth Katherina Hoyle, was 33. She married Peter Hoyle Smith on 16 November 1784, in Lincoln, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 4 December 1840, in Lincoln, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Mauney Cemetery, Stanley, Gaston, North Carolina, United States.

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Peter Hoyle Smith
Hannah Best
Marriage: 16 November 1784
John G. Smith
John Smith
John Alexander Smith
Peter Chimicun Smith
Ann "Annie" Smith
Catherine Smith
Elder Daniel Smith Sr.
Mary J. Smith
Benjamin Bennett Smith
John R Smith

Spouse and Children

16 November 1784
Lincoln, North Carolina, United States


    John G. Smith


    Peter Chimicun Smith



    Catherine Smith



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World Events (8)


Age 10

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 10

North Carolina is the 12th state.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 20

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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Story Highlight


Hannah Bess and Peter Smith , son of Wilhelm Schmidt of Germany who moved on from North Carolina to Missouri. Peter served in the Revolutionary War. He was skilled in metal and iron works. They lived …

Sources (3)

  • Hannan Best, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Hannah Best, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Peter-Hannah Smith Family Profile

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