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About Hannah Arnett (White)
A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY. DAR Ancestor # A003193
A noted patriot of the Revolutionary War, Hannah Arnett, nee White, is remembered as a "noble woman" who prevented a group of local men from deserting the cause of American independence in exchange for the British Crown's "protection of life and property". When her home was used by this group to discuss accepting the British offer, she burst into the meeting to denounce the men as "traitors and cowards". Although her husband, Isaac Arnett, made her withdraw from the room, she continued to berate those within, asserting that she would leave Isaac if he deserted the American cause. Stung by her passionate denunciation, the group reconsidered and refused the British offer.
Hannah Arnett's story was first celebrated in 1890 by Mary Lockwood Smith, who helped found the Daughters of the American Revolution. Arnett is also the principal honoree on a memorial monument in the churchyard "honoring the patriotic dead of many wars" which was erected by the D.A.R. in 1938.