John Hancock

John D. Hancock (abt. 1733 - 1802)

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Captain John D. Hancock
Born about in Fluvanna County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Patrick Springs, Patrick County, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2010
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Categories: Continental Army, American Revolution.

Captain John Hancock served Continental Army during the American Revolution
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1733 Birth

Captain John D. Hancock was born around 1733 or 1735 in Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia or Albemarle County, Virginia. [1]


Church of England

1755 Marriage

John D. Hancock (or Hancocke) married Elizabeth Maddox on October 16, 1755 in St. James Northam, Goochland County, VA. She was born January 1 or 3, 1732/33 in Fluvanna, Virginia and died 1805 in Amherst County, VA or in Goochland County, Virginia or Patrick County Virginia. ELIZABETH MADDOX was the daughter of JOHN MADDOX and ELIZABETH SHERWOOD. [1][2] [3] Reverend William Douglas (of "Douglas Register of Goochland") officiated. This is their listing in the Douglas Register:
"Hancocke, John & Eliz. Maddox, both in this parish, 1755, Oct 16," p2

1762 Land transaction

MARCH 18, 1762, John Handcock enters the vacant land between the lines of Benjna Dickson, Jas. Roberts, Wm. Wright and Geo. Currie and Brs. Sandy Creek not exceeding 400 Acs. (1762, 18th March). [4]

1774, Jun 5 - "In consideration of the sum of 10 shillings of good and lawful money, John Hancock was granted one certain parcel of land, containing 87 acres, lying in Co. of Albemarle, on the S. branches of Cunningham's Creek, beg. at Wm. Moore's corner to pointers in Colonel Hopkins' line, So. on George Hilton's line, East to Thomas Jefferson's line, then on to Wm. Moore's (Morris') line North to beg." [Vol 42, p. 709.][5]

1756-1778 Children

Children of John Hancock were:

  • Benjamin Hancock was born 1756 and died 25 Oct 1817.
  • Lewis "John" Hancock was born 1757 and died 5 Oct 1828.
  • William L Hancock was born 1759 and died Nov 1849.
  • Nancy Hancock was born 17 Jan 1763 and died 17 Jun 1848
  • Rhoda or Rhodice Hancock was born about 1766 in Virginia and died about 1850.
  • Major Hancock was born 18 Jul 1770 and died after 1849.
  • Susannah Hancock was born about 1772 in Fluvanna, Va and was christened 11 Nov 1770 in St James Northam, Goochland, Va.
  • Elizabeth Maddox Hancock was born 3 Jan 1773.
  • Judith Hancock was born 18 Jul 1778.[6]

1777 Land transaction

AUGUST 1, 1777, [John Handcock] deeded land to his son Benjamin Hancock on Cunningham Creek and to Lewis Hancock 87 acres adjoining, among others, Thomas Jeffeson.

(1776-1781) Military Service

May have served as a Private in the Revolutionary War or in the Virginia Militia as a LT. under Captain Thomas Blackburn (Revolutionary War)

1802 Death

John Hancock died between November 10, 1802 and December 1802 at 69 years of age in son Benjamin's home in Patrick Springs, Patrick County, Virginia.[7] Buried on the northeast slope of Bull Mountain, [8][9] perhaps at the Liberty Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.[10]

1802 Will

NOVEMBER 10, 1802

Patrick County, Virginia, John Hancock's will in Patrick County, Virginia mentions his son, Major Hancock. November 10, 1802, Patrick County, Virginia.

"In the name of God Amen. I, John Hancock, of the county of Patrick, being in good health and in my perfect sense... I do make, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament;... my body I give to the earth to be decently buried according to the will of my executor hereinafter mentioned, and as for all the rest of my temporal estate, I give and bequeath as followeth:
Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Lewis Hancock the land whereon I lived in the county of Fluvanna, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I so lend to my well beloved wife, my sole estate in doors and out doors during her natural life, and after her decease, to my son, William Hancock should have a part of the land whereon I now live; that is from the end of the mill dam on the ridge to the north line to him and his heirs forever.
Item. The remainder part from there down, I give and bequeath to my son Major Hancock to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Hancock all my wearing clothes. [He had previously given Benjamin a farm of 182 acres on Cunningham Creek in Fluvanna Co., VA]
Item. And after the decease of my wife, my will and desire it that the rest of my estate be equally divided between my five daughters and my son William Hancock, to-wit: Nancy Corn, Rodie Lane, Elizabeth Mayo, Judath Mayo, and Susannah Hancock.
Item. And proportionable part with them to be given to my daughter Mary Morrison's two eldest children, to-wit: Allen Morrison and Jency Morrison, to be sold and equally divided among them.
Item. And I do appoint my son William Hancock my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Interlined before assigned
John Hancock L. S.
Barna Bas Balisle
C. John Scott X his mark
Mary W. Thompson X her mark
Patrick County, December Court 1802.[11]
Returned Dec. Ct. 1802, p.46
Inventory of John Hancock estate,
Includes: Cattle, horses, plantation equipment, household furniture, sheep and books.
Also, cotton due from George Lain.
83/4 gal. brandy due from W. J. Mayo, also same amount due next Oct.
Total: $382.17
Appraisers: David Harbour, Moses Harbour and Danridge Slaught [12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Donna Cooper, Donna Cooper's Family Connections,
  2. Source: S627 Title: Family of John D. Hancock,
  3. "Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 May
  4. Entered record book in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin and Patrick Counties, Virginia. Transcribed by Marian Dodson Caritito (Dallas Public Library).
  5. John Hancock family by Mary Jo Freeman -
  6. Richard Rasmey's "John Hancock and his Descendents of VA"
  7. Source: #S513
  8. Source: S618 Title: The Earliest Documented Ancestor of HANCOCK / HANDCOCK - DNA Testing Abbreviation: HANCOCK / HANDCOCK - DNA Testing Publication:
  9. Source: S627 Title: Family of John D. Hancock,
  10. FAG -
  11. Source: #S513
  12. Will of John Hancock; Pioneer Families of Franklin Co, VA.
  • J.W. Hancock Title: Benjamin Hancock's Family of birth and death.
  • Colonial Virginia Soldier, Veteran, and Prisoner Rolls
  • Virginia Marriage Index

* Virginia Grave Index


Thanks to Raymond Nichols for starting this profile. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by Raymond and others.

Thanks to Janet Dabney for WikiTree profile Hancock-1657 created through the import of Carroll-Dabney-Simons-Wells Fa.ged on Oct 8, 2012.

Thanks to Michael Lechner for the WikiTree profile Hancock-1373 created through the import of 60a.GED on Jan 11, 2012.

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On 31 May 2018 at 04:55 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

mother was an Armager or a Jameson.

On 31 May 2018 at 04:53 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

note that this is not John the signer but a distant cousin.

On 15 Apr 2018 at 11:57 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

Possible son of Jane Armager. Who may be the mother of Armager AKA Major.

On 7 Jan 2018 at 03:35 GMT Raymond Nichols R-CTS1751 wrote:

sources say john d was a private in the revolution...

On 12 May 2016 at 23:11 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

Hancock-186 and Hancock-60 appear to represent the same person because: dates are similar, wife is the same

On 27 May 2015 at 15:36 GMT Karen (McWhorter) Wilhelm wrote:

Hancock-2060 and Hancock-3270 have been merged into Hancock-186.

On 18 Jan 2015 at 21:15 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Hancock-2060 and Hancock-186 appear to represent the same person because: same person, need to validate mother's name

On 16 Jan 2015 at 18:24 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Hancock-186 and Hancock-3270 appear to represent the same person because: Intended to be the same person, dates are estimates

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