great-great-great-great-grandparents—Lewis and Celia Hancock—have been just down the road all along, and I never knew it until recently. In fact, for most of my life, I didn’t even know they existed.
Thanks to the Internet—and what some very, very distant cousins have posted—now
|Photo by James E. Brooks, 2012|
Lewis John Hancock, the son
of John D. Hancock and Elizabeth Maddox, was born around 1757 in Albemarle
County, VA. He married Celia “Celey” Duncan on Dec. 29, 1778, in Fluvanna
County. Celia, the daughter of George Duncan and Ann Hall, was born December
28, 1758 (some sources say 1754), in Albemarle County. She was the widow of Shadrack
Oglesby, whom she’d married on January 29, 1774. I can only speculate what
caused Shadrack’s early death. The Revolutionary War, perhaps? Anyhow, the
young widow, who was mother to Nancy (b. 1775) and Elizabeth Oglesby,
On December 28, 1778, the
marriage bond was signed by Lewis Hancock and Benjamin Hancock, sureties.
Benjamin was Lewis’s grandfather. Consent to marriage of Lewis and Celia was
signed by George Duncan, Celia’s father. Lewis and Celia were married the next day.
Some of their
children—Benjamin (1782), Sophia (1784), Lucinda (1790)—were born in Fluvanna,
but the several others— John Allen (1779), Field Allen (1785), my
great-great-great grandmother Frances “Franky” Hancock (May 12, 1787)—were born
in Franklin County. Given the dates and places of birth, did the Lewis Hancock
family move back and forth, perhaps to visit family members? Eventually, though, Lewis
and Celia seem to have settled in the Union Hall area of Franklin County.
Celia’s roots go back to
Scotland. Her father George Duncan (son of John Duncan—born 1700—and Mary Fleming) was born 1728 in Glasgow, Scotland, and died November 06, 1783, in
Fluvanna Co, VA.
sixteen-year-old George Duncan, came to America in the early 1740s with his father
John, his older brother Tandy, and his younger brother John D. Since his mother
didn’t accompany the family, it’s likely she had died in Scotland. Unfortunately,
George’s father died in 1745, and the church wardens of St. Anne’s Parish in
Albemarle County “bound out” the now seventeen-year-old “George Duncomb” to Thomas
McDaniel, a carpenter. Despite his servitude, George prospered and eventually became
a landowner in the Hardware River area.
George married Ann Hall, the
daughter of Richard Hall and Ann Allen, on January 26, 1750, at Dr. William Cabell’s estate, “Warminster,” and his brother John married Ann’s sister Jane. The
Hall family, unlike the Duncans, had been in Virginia since the 1600s. (In his will, Richard Hall left both Ann and Jane one shilling each.) George fought in both the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. When he was 49, he became a captain in the
Virginia Militia. George died November 6, 1783; Ann died sometime between 1804
and 1809. A web site with info about
George Duncan and Ann Hall is here: http://lindberg-work.com/work/yates-duncan/duncan/hall-duncan.html
Celia died July 19, 1806 in
Union Hall, which explains why she’s buried about a half-mile off Novelty Road. Lewis, who out-lived her, is buried in the same cemetery; one source says he
died on March 14, 1828 and another gives his death date as “20 OCT 1828 at Old
Home Place, Union Hall, Franklin Co., Virginia.” Also buried there is their son Benjamin, who died on March 20, 1860, Benjamin’s
picture is here:
|Photo taken prior to 1860.|
L to R: Charles R. Hancock, Benjamin Hancock, Elizabeth Booth Hancock
Perhaps that is the “Old Home
Place” behind Benjamin. Perhaps not.
I plan to visit the Hancock graveyard before long. It's only about a mile from me as the crow flies.
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