Born in 1843, she was the oldest daughter of Cornelia and Allen Plumb Ripley. Cornelia was the daughter of a Canadian minister and his wife; Allen a young man who had a calling to the church after being tutored by a Methodist Minister.
The Ripley family was moved through out the Synod in Hannah’s early days. Their annals reflect the family staying only a year or two in Medina, Knowlesville, Kempville (Olcott) and about a dozen other places. Hannah’s brother, Allen Jr, was born when she was about 10 years old.
Cornelia Ripley died in 1869. A few years later, the Ripley family dedicated the Ripley Memorial Chapel to her. It is said that the buttresses at the front of the church contain carvings of her face.
In 1875, Hannah married William Douglas Farwell. The couple settled in New York City where he was in the Woolens business, according to the city directory. Their daughter Cornelia was born in 1876. As thecouple prospered, they purchased a second home in Greenwich, Conn, where William died. Cornelia soon married Cornell Woolley, and Hannah then returned to Buffalo.
She settled on Fargo Avenue, just a few doors up from her father and his new wife. Florella Celesta Morse, a second cousin once removed to Cornelia Ripley, was just three years older than Hannah.
In 1894, Hannah married Dr. Charles Arthur Ring. The following year they purchased a farm in Niagara County which they christened Appleton Hall. Summers were spent on the farm, but during the winter they boarded at various hotels in Buffalo.
On Sunday, June 17, 1907, Hannah died in Appleton Hall. In his will, Charles left $500 to Anna Holtz for the “care and protection given to my wife through the four years and four months of her illness.” It was said that Charles was devastated by her death for “they were devoted to each other to a degree unusual in our times.”
A Toast to Hannah – a name that means God’s gracious gift. She was a gracious lady.