Biography of William Hancook
Howard County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM HANCOOK, born November 16, 1828, in Delaware, is the eldest of three sons born to John and Claracy (Billings) Hancook; his father died in 1834, and in 1835 his mother moved with her family to Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. There his mother was married to William Truitt, after which, she and her husband located in Raysville, Henry County, Ind. Mr. Truitt rented a farm, and our subject worked until 1839, when he removed with his parents to Rush County, where he received a limited education in the common schools. In 1849, he was married to Sarah J. Gorman, daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Corbin) Gorman. Her father worked at the carpenter's trade until 1822, when he was married, and began farming. Mr. Hancook, soon after his marriage, purchased forty acres of land, where he remained until 1852, when he removed to Howard County, and purchased 120 acres of land in Union Township. Here he erected a log cabin, and began to clear from the forest a home. He still resides here, and now owns eighty acres of as beautiful land as can be found in Union Township. Mr. and Mrs. H., have five children - John W., Hannah A., William D., Mary E. and Jessie F. Mr. Hancook has been an active member of the Masonic order since 1864, and his wife has received the degree bestowed upon her sex. He is an active worker in the Republican party, and has held offices of honor and trust. He is at present Trustee of Union Township, serving his third term. Mr. and Mrs. Hancook are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are among its most active members.

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


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