Hannah Shelly was a member of the Eastern Pequot Shelly family line, although it is unclear whether that was her birth surname or one assumed through marriage. Hannah served as an indentured servant for William Chesebrough of Stonington, Connecticut. In 1807, she and Sarah Shelly were accused of stealing a piece of salt pork from him and selling it to Hosea Wheeler.
Hannah received cash, food, cloth, and a from the state-appointed overseers from 1822 to 1836. In 1835, the funding included cloth, school books, and fees for the education of her children, which indicates that she was in a family relationship. Four years later, she married Moses Brushell on June 23, 1839, as his second wife.
Stonington Town Records, Brown and Rose, Black Roots, 371. New London County Vital Records, North Stonington, Marriages, Microfilm #1309964, Item 1, 1758-1864, pg.181, POCD, MPMRC.