Biography of John J. Hancook
Howard County, IN Biographies





JOHN J. HANCOOK is the second son of the three children of John and Claracy (Billings) Hancook. He was born February 1, 1831, and was reared upon a farm, receiving a common school education, At the age of twenty two, he was married to Marilda J. Simpson, daughter of Solomon and Lovicia (Conaway) Simpson; natives of Indiana. Seven years after his marriage, he came to Howard County, and purchased forty acres in Union Township; he has since added to this until now he has a good farm of eighty acres, with all necessary improvements to make home pleasant. Mrs. Hancook was a member of the Christian Church, and died in January, 1865, leaving three children - Sarah L. Tolle, born October 14,1854; J. J. and J. M., born July 22, 1858. Mr. Hancook was next married, April 29, 1867, to Samantha A. Ballenger, widow of Robert Ballenger, who was captured at the battle of Franklin, Tenn., and died in the Andersonville Prison. Mr. and Mrs. Ballenger had one child - Anna E. Shockley. To Mr. and Mrs. Hancook was born one child - William B., March 5, 1872. Mrs. Hancook is the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Bingaman) Cuthrell, natives of North Carolina and Indiana. Mr. Hancook is an active politician in the Republican ranks, and has held the office of Assessor of Union Township four successive terms. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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