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Hannah Laura Enos
(1872-1885)

 

Hannah Laura Enos was born on Sept. 26, 1872 near Normalville, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Perry and Joanna (Minerd) Enos. Her story is tragic and yet poignant.

She was considered a “good young woman” and only “got whipped” once by her father.

One day at school, in the dead of winter, the 13-year-old girl accidentally dropped her books in a stream or brook, and the schoolmaster would not help her retrieve them.  She tried to reach the volumes herself but fell off the log footbridge into the water.  Soaking wet, she went home, but came down with pneumonia.  That night she was stirring buckwheat batter, and remarked to her parents that "This is the last thing I’ll ever do on this earth."

That night she died.  It was Valentine’s Day 1885, her father’s birthday.

Hannah's burial site is unknown.

 

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