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John Hancock Jr. (1702 - 1744)

Rev. John Hancock Jr.
Born in Lexington, Middlesex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 12 Dec 1733 (to 7 May 1744) in Braintree, Norfolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Died at age 41 in Braintree, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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John Hancock, Jr son of Rev John Hancock 1671 – 1752 and Elizabeth Mary Clarke 1674 – 1760 , was born June 1,1702 in Lexington, Mass. and died May 7, 1744 in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts. John Hancock, Jr. was a colonial American clergyman and father of politician John Hancock who signed the Declaration of Independence. Hancock graduated from Harvard College in 1719, and served as librarian there from 1723-1726. He was ordained on November 2, 1726 and settled in Quincy, Massachusetts as pastor of church of the North Precinct (now named the United First Parish Church, nicknamed "Church of the Presidents") of the town of Braintree (now Quincy) between 1726 and 1744, and during this time, performed around 75 marriage ceremonies. He was pastor there until his death."[1]

On December 12, 1733, Rev. Ebenezer Gay of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, officiated at the wedding of John and Mary. In 1744, Rev. Gay preached a sermon at the funeral of Rev. Hancock. Rev. Gay was an old friend of the family and had been classmates at Harvard with Mary's first husband Samuel Thaxter.

He married to MARY HAWKE 1711 – 1770 on 12 DEC 1733 in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts. They were parents to three children:

  1. Mary Hancock 1735 – 1779
  2. John Hancock 1737 – 1793
  3. General Ebenezer Hancock 1741 – 1819

The elder Rev John Hancock (1702-1744) died when John was a child, and his mother took him and his siblings to live with in-laws in Lexington.

She later sent John to live with Lydia and Thomas Hancock, his aunt and uncle.

John and Lydia had no children and hence adopted the boy. (John Hancock b.1737–d.1793(6)

Burial Find A Grave Memorial# 28417483 Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Inscription: Here rest the remains of: REV JOHN HANCOCK 5th Minister of the 1st Cong. Church of this Town, and father of JOHN HANCOCK the Patriot, decd May 7th, 1744 in the 42d year of his age, and the 18th of his ministry Note: Ministerial tomb was rebuilt in 1812 which is why it references the patriot John Hancock. Also interred in this tomb are Rev. Anthony Wibird, Rev. Joseph Marsh, Ann Marsh, Rev. Moses Fisk, Sarah Fisk and Anna Fisk.


1) Stephen M. Lawson, ancestry of John Hancock

2) Scituate Genealogy, by David Pane-Joyce, 2002

3) John Ott Database, 23 Sep 2003

4) Sterling Haring Database, 21 Mar 2002

5) Daniel T. Rogers (b. 1943) family tree site

6) John Hancock Biography U.S. Governor, U.S. Representative (1737–1793)

&Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017-2019. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized images provided by Case 8081: Will

  1. Wikipedia entry for John Hancock, Jr:,_Jr.

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Death date : Death: May 7, 1744

Quincy Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA

SOURCE : Find A Grave Memorial# 28417483

posted by Maggie N.
Rev John Hancock and Mary Hawke Thaxter Hancock were the parents of Ebenezer Hancock and John Hancock (the signer of the Declaration of Independence). John (the famous one) was raised by his uncle, because the Reverend his father died when John and Ebenezer were young children. Ebenezer (the other son) became the Paymaster for his brother during the Revolutionary War. John (the famous one) had no children who survived childhood, however, Ebenezer's issue continued the bloodline. This information is from our family bible, along with family stories.
Should read 1744.
posted by Raymond Nichols DD
Something about the birth and death is incorrect. It indicates he married, but also indicates he died when he was nine.
posted by Jillaine Smith

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