|Name} Hancock, Thomas||Family History} Hancock|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Male|
|Birth: Date} Exa 16 Jan 1842||Place} Chittlehampton, Devon, England|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 6 Mar 1866||Place} St. John Evangelist, Westminster, Middlesex, England (Link)|
|Death: Date} Exa 6 Feb 1922||Place} Granada, San Mateo, California|
|Burial: Date} Exa 9 Feb 1922||Place} IOOF Cemetery, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, California|
|Grave Marker} Yes||
|Parents: } James Hancock & Jane Loosmore|
Relationship No.} 19
|1st Household No.} 210 = Chittlehampton, Devon, England|
| Occupation 1} Itinerant preacher |
Occupation 2} Farmer
|Religion/Church} Primitive Methodist & Salvation Army|
Howells, Mary Anne|
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Thomas became a temperance missionary, a farmer, an itinerant preacher, and
a well-known Bible scholar. [Source 485
indicates that he had a "J" middle initial, but I have not verified this.]|
Thomas married Mary Anne Howells in March 1866. He was then 24 years old and an itinerant preacher residing at Kingston on Thames.
After having four children in England, Thomas and his family left Bristol for America on the S.S. Arragon and arrived in New York on 9 May 1873.
In January 1877, Thomas was deeded 32½ acres in Bosanquet Township, Lambton County, by the Canada Company. He worked the land as a farmer. At the time, only 20 of those acres were cleared. The farm was a couple of miles from the town of Forest.
On 14 Jan 1877, the dedication service was held for the new Primitive Methodist Church in Forest. Brother Hancock led the choir. The pastor, Rev. Thomas G. Scott, was assisted on the Forest Station circuit by six circuit or lay preachers. The table at the left shows that, in the spring of 1878, Thomas Hancock was the lay preacher assigned to preach at the Primitive Methodist churches in Forest, Ebenezer, and Zion every other week — for a total of about six services per month. The table also lists another lay preacher, Hugh Nickels, a family friend and neighbor from their days together in Devon, England.
From the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s Thomas and Mary Anne had six more children. They built a large windmill on their farm and, during the next decade, raised their children, wheat, and oats — and had hollyhocks around their yard. The Queen Victoria postage stamp at the right was used during this time.
A Year in the Life of Thomas
The following brief articles, that appeared in The Forest Standard newspaper in Forest, Ontario, Canada, from February 1895 to March 1896, provide a sampling of Thomas Hancock's life:
Thomas' grandson Wilfred about 90 years later said that Thomas was an ordained Pentacostal preacher. Thomas immigrated to the U.S. in 1900, but remained a British citizen. He first purchased land and settled with Mary Anne in Corning, California. Finally, in June 1917, they moved to Granada, California. Thomas died there in 1922 at age 80 years, three weeks, and three days.
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death} 5:20 P.M.||Fraternal/Social}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photo} Thomas circa 1900|
|Immigr'n Date} 1900||Port}|
|Education: Grade} or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
|Health Condition} Arteriosclerosis
Cause of Death} Cerebral Atroplexy
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