Hannah and her husband were able to afford private tutors or schooling for the older children. Henry Hill was the only boy left in Hannah's care. He wrote of his desire to go to Scotland, or any place where he could learn to be a doctor. As of 1750, the girls had not been sent away to school, but they did have an instructor. Later, at least one of the girls was a student of Anthony Benezet, an abolitionist, in Philadelphia.

Hannah and baby Sarah

Although Hannah was prepared for the role of motherhood, it must have been challenging for her to raise five young siblings. When their parents left, Sarah was a baby and Margaret was not yet two. Childhood was treated very differently during the eighteenth century. Crawling was forbidden because it was believed that only beasts and the insane crawled on all fours. Therefore, after changing Sarah, the baby was tied in her stays and placed into a long petticoat, preventing her from crawling. Since childhood was an undesirable stage of development, children were often treated and dressed as little adults.

In addition to tutoring and caring for the children, Hannah would have tended to her family's garden and prepared their meals. She also prepared items to be shipped to family members in Madeira.

As a dutiful young married woman, Hannah was respected by her sisters. In the family letters, she was sometimes referred to as a mother. She protected, comforted, and nurtured the younger children.

This project was developed through a Teaching American History Grant partnership between Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Historic London Town and Gardens.