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Margaret Frame (Hanna)

Birthplace: PA, USA
Death: after 1797
Birch River, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Hanna, Sr. and Margaret Hanna
Wife of John Frame
Mother of Mary "Polly" Kenney; William M. Frame; David D Frame, Sr.; John Frame, Jr.; Andrew Frame and 4 others
Sister of Joseph Hanna and Capt. James Hanna Sr

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About Margaret Frame

Some researchers give her maiden name as Hogshead, but the identification seems unlikely. John Hogshead, her supposed father, made a will on 2 January 1756, when Margaret was a widow with young children, but did not mention her. He left land, farm animals and household goods to his sons James, John, David and Michael, daughter Rebecca, and grandson William Allen. The confusion might have originated from another Frame-Hogshead marriage: John Craig Frame (great grand nephew of this John) married Rachel Hogshead in 1814.

Probably, she was a Hanna. A summary of a later lawsuit says, "Frame vs. Hannah.--David Frame, eldest son and heir of John Frame, deceased, vs. Joseph Hanna. Bill filed November, 1760. In 1748 John and Joseph bought land jointly on Naked Creek, and there was great intimacy between the families. John's wife was Margaret. The land was bought of Jennet Stark, alias McDonald." The context implies that Margaret was a Hanna. This relationship would also make her a sister of the James Hanna, whose daughter Elizabeth married her son James. Such cousin marriages were common in frontier settlements.

On 6 August 1750 the vestry voted to pay £4 to Margaret Frame, a poor widow woman, for support for her children. On 22 November 1752 the vestry allowed Margaret Frame the sum of £6 for support of one of her children. Between 1753 and 1774 Margaret Frame was regularly allowed support for keeping an object of charity.

In 1763, as a widow, Margaret engaged John Poage to settle a dispute with Robert Hooks. Poage wrote a letter to Hooks on Margaret's behalf: Sir: -- Margaret Frame complains to me that have taken advantage of her son in a bargain of gun swapping. I find there was a little deceit used, for you refused to stand to your agreement, for if you had not known you had the best of ye bargain, you would have been willing to have taken your own again. But I desire you will take your own without giving the widow any more trouble, or you might depend that I will take care to serve both you and her justice. From, Sir, your, /s/ John Poage. This 10th February 1763. The case came to court in March 1764 in Augusta County, Virginia.

She was last mentioned in 1779 in the lawsuit of Isaac Zane vs. Wm. Frame. Petition on account 1767 10 1774. Writ, 28th March 1774. "Defendant is Widow Frame's son and lives near Stone Meeting House."


Extrapolated mtDNA Haplogroup V2, based on test results from the descendants of Elizabeth Mallory.


Chalkey, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia. Baltimore: 1965.

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Margaret Frame's Timeline

February 21, 1741
Age 16
Augusta Co, Virginia
September 8, 1743
Age 18
Augusta Co., VA
Age 20
May 14, 1748
Age 23
Bath County, Virginia, United States
December 11, 1748
Age 23
Augusta, Virginia, United States
Age 25
Age 26
Age 72
Birch River, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States