Hannah Plumer1

#21713, (circa 1784 - )

Family 2

Dr. Ruggles Sylvester b. c 1780, d. b 1850
Her married name was Sylvester.2 
Her married name was Fetterman.1 
Birth*circa 1784She was born circa 1784 at MassachusettsG.3 
Marriage*She married Washington Wilfred Fetterman.1 
Marriage*before 1849She married Dr. Ruggles Sylvester before 1849.2 
15 August 1850She appeared on the census of 15 August 1850, as Hannah Sylvester, head of household, age 66, b. MA, real estate value $17,000.4 
2 June 1860She appeared on the census of 2 June 1860 in the household of Sarah De Bulan at 4th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG, as Hanna Sylvester, age 76, b. MA, real estate value $25,000.5 
1864She lived in 1864 at Hazelwood, Peebles Twp. (now Pittsburgh), Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.2 
9 January 1866She left a will on 9 January 1866 at Scott Twp., Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.6 


  1. [S1935] Papers of the Fetterman Family, MSS#151, biographical sketch, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  2. [S1940] Thurston's Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities (n.p.: Geo. H. Thurston, Year 1864-1865, p. 315, img. 166/315. Hannah Sylvester, wid. of Dr Ruggles, Hazelwood, Peebles tp.
  3. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. N P (46), b. PA, lawyer; Ann Maria (42), b. PA.
  5. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. S B Fetternan (64), b. PA, real estate value $180,000, personal estate $30,000. Also Mary Moran (age 45, cook) and Mary Loughrey (age 19, housemaid), both b. Ireland.
  6. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, index and images, online Ancestry.com, Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Register of Wills, Will Book Vol. 11, p. 536, File No. 314, imgs. 312-313/711, and Will Packets, imgs. 1149-1154/2836. Last will of Mrs. Hannah Sylvester of Scott Twp., Allegheny Co. PA, 9 Jan 1866. Real property included the coal underlying the McKain Farm in Scott Twp. The will names:
    1. deceased sons Charles and George, directing that their graves (and hers) be marked "by suitable head and foot stones."
    2. grandson William J, to receice one-third part of the coal and five acres of land in Scott Twp.
    3. grandchildren [ch. of her son William and Sarah] Gilbert L B, George W, Wilfrid B, Gertrude (now McMasters) and Frances C (now Loughlin/Laughlin), an undivided one-third part of the coal.
    4. grandchildren [ch. of son Nathaniel and Anna] Hannah M (now Silk), George H, Washington Wilfrid and Nathaniel P, one-third part of the coal.
    5. grandson Charles S, to receive fifteen acres of land in Scott Twp. conveyed to her by John Gillfillan, Esq., trustee of R C Mc Farlane, and Rebecca McFarlane.
    6. son N. P. and his wife, to receive all the rest and resudue of her real estate.
    7. misc. personal property and education funds bequests.
    8. Catherine Baldwin, fifty dollars.
    9. great-grandchildren Thomas and Elizabeth Fetterman, the ch. of grandson George [initial illegible, but not George H as he did not have children with these names], five hundred dollars each for their education.
    Witn. J C Boyd and J McKnight. Will proved 18 jan 1866 and letters of administration issued 20 Jan 1866.