Durham Hancock 1786

Durham Hancock


The following excerpt is taken from Vol. 3, Wiregrass Georgia by Judge Folks Huxford:

Durham Hancock, the forefather of the large Hancock connection in Colquitt and adjoining counties of today, was born in North Carolina, Sept. 8, 1786. He and his brothers, William, Steven, Jeremiah and Cader, all moved, to Tattnall County when it was first created, and resided there for fifteen or twenty years before most of them moved further into South Georgia and into Florida. Durham’s wife was Mary “Pollie” Hall, born 1783 in Georgia. They had the following children:

1. John D., b. 1809, m. Arrene VanZant.

2. Henry W.**, b. 1810, m. Mary ___________

3. Mary Ann, b. 1811, never married

4. Burrell, b. 1813, m. Susan Griner, daughter of Emanuel.

5. James T., b. 1815, m. Mary Lindsey, dau. of Robert

6. Lucinda, m. 1817, m. George W. Baker

7. Durham Jr.**, b. 1819, Margaret _________. Moved to Columbia Co. Fla.

8. Jordan, b. 1821, m. Martha _______. Moved to Polk Co. Fla.

9. Margaret, b.1827, m. W. H. Richardson, 1852.

10. Cader, b. 1829, m. Hester Ann Ivey, dau. of John.

11. Shadrach, b. 1831, m. Sarah Jane Knight, dau. of Samuel, in Hillsborough Co. Fla., Dec. 25, 1857. Died Polk Co.

Mr. Hancock served in the War of 1812, in a militia detachment under command of Lieut. John Griffis (Vol.III), stationed in Fort Chancey in Tatnall County, Jan. 12, 1814 to March 13, 1814. After moving to Lowndes County he was a private in Capt. Hamilton W. Sharpe’s militia company in the Indian War in 1836.

He served as Justice of Tattnall Inferior Court, 1813-1817; Justice of Peace, 43rd district Tattnall County, 1817-1821. He moved to Lowndes County about 1825 and settled in the 9th land district. There he served a Justice of Peace, 664th district, 1827-1829, and held the same office in the 776th district, 1833-1843. Moving to Thomas County in December, 1842, he settled in the 8th land district, and was immediately elected Justice of Peace in the 799th district, serving 1843-45. In 1856 he was cut out of Thomas into Colquitt County when it was created. He died there March 1, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Hancock separated about 1848, and she went to live with their son, Durham Hancock, Jr., in Columbia County, Fla., and died there about 1870.

CENSUS REFERENCES: 1820, Tattnall; 1830, 1840, Lowndes; 1850, Thomas; 1860, Colquitt.


*According to Francis Hancock, Durham’s second wife was Mary Ann Hood. They had no children.


**Note that in the excerpt above two of the eleven children are listed as Henry and Durham Jr. The familysearch.com record does not list those two children but lists Robert Watts and Martha “Patsy” as two of the eleven. We have decided to list the two names from familysearch.com, but are seeking a third primary source to determine the accurate list.


***Conflicting birth dates noted in parenthesis in the family chart are from www.familysearch.com archives related to Durham Hancock’s family record. Dates not in parenthesis could be from either source, but did not have significantly conflicting data.


updated: 8-25-01

by: Jay R. Hancock

Information obtained by:

Jay Hancock

Francis Hancock, Nashville, GA