Philip (Phillip) Hahn moved into Defiance County in time to meet the 1860 census enumerator. Previously living in Tuscarawas and Henry Counties, Philip and his two young children, Jacob - 1, and Elizabeth 6 months were in Richland Township in 1860. His first wife, Elizabeth Hire, died in 1859, having been married only three years. Luckily, the little family lived next door to his parents, Jacob and Barbara.
So it was as a widower that Philip enlisted in Company D, 14th Ohio Infantry on April 23, 1861, Philip signed up for a three months term of service. He was discharged on August 13, 1861 and did not reenlist.
After his release from the army in August, he wasted little time in remarrying to his wife's sister, Rebecca Hire, on November 3, 1861. In the 1870 census of Richland Township, Phillip, 40, and Rebecca, 29, had children: Elizabeth - 10; Marietta - 7; William - 5; Barbara - 4; and Hariet - 1. Apparently, little Jacob died between 1860 and 1870. They would go on to adopt one more Hahn child who was orphaned at the age of two, Philip, who would appear with them in the 1880 census.
Philip Hahn lived only until November 11, 1899. This obituary appeared in the Defiance Daily Crescent on November 11, 1899.
|www.findagrave.com noted Philip's burial in Riverside Cemetery, not Hire Cemetery.|
Rebecca Hire Hahn lived on until September 18, 1928.
"Mrs. Rebecca Hahn, 89, widow of Philip Hahn, died at home, 314 Second Street, after being sick for about eight weeks with the infirmities of age. Born March 15, 1839. Survived by two daughters - Mrs. Eliza Ort, 315 Wayne Avenue and Mrs. Jacob Filman, 318 E. Second Street. Burial in Riverside."
(This is part of a series on Civil War veterans of Defiance County who were part of the G.A.R., Bishop Post, that headquartered in the city. Formed in 1879, the post was named after a local man, Captain William Bishop, Company D, 100th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Army who died as a result of wounds received in battle. The veterans' photos are part of a composite photo of members that has survived. If you have other information or corrections to add to the soldiers' stories, please add to the comments!)