The play The Dear Departed (1908) by William Stanley Houghton is about the essencelessness of love by the daughters for their old father. In the play, there is an old man named Abel who one day slept few hours more than usual to which his daughters, Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Jordan, thought him dead. They were dividing every inch of property when suddenly Abel walks down from his room and Victoria, Mrs. Slater’s ten years old daughter, exclaimed

Oh Grandpa, I’m so glad you’re not dead

Abel was astonished and asked who was dead; Mrs. Slater replied

No one you know, father. A relative of Ben’s”

Ben was husband of Mrs. Jordan. Abel asked of what relation of Ben’s and Mrs. Slater said “His brother”. Ben jumped up and said to Mrs. Slater

Hang it, I never had one.

What does “Hang it” mean?

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    I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on English Language Learners. – Chenmunka Feb 21 at 18:15

Archive.org has an edition of The Dear Departed from 1910, in which the relevant passage goes as follows:

ABEL. Why, Ben, you're in mourning! And Lizzie too. And 'Medlia, and Henry and little Vicky! Who's gone dead? It's some one in the family. (He chuckles.)
MRS. S. No one you know, father. A relation of Ben's.
ABEL. And what relation of Ben's? MRS. S.: His brother.
BEN (to MRS. S.) Dang it, I never had one.

"Hang it" in the edition cited by the OP is probably a euphemism for "Dang it" (or a typesetting error).

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