Gen. Ebenezer Hancock

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Gen. Ebenezer Hancock

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Hancock, Jr. and Mary Thaxter
Husband of Elizabeth Lowell and Eliza Elizabeth Lowell
Father of John Hancock; Thomas Hancock; John Hancock; George Hancock; John Hancock and 1 other
Brother of Mary Perkins and John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"

Occupation: keeper of the powder house, paymaster general of Continental Army, fire warden, selectman, inspector of the Mass. mint.
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About Gen. Ebenezer Hancock

Biography

Ebenezer Hancock was son of Rev John Hancock 1702 – 1744 & Mary (HAWKE) THAXTER HANCOCK 1744 – 1827 he was born 15/26 Nov 1741 Braintree, MA & died 12 Mar 1819 Boston. He was a grandson of Rev John Hancock and Elizabeth Clarke.

He was Harvard College graduate in 1760. Ebenezer Hancock was Deputy Pay-Master General under William PALFREY. Patriot in Purple which states that Ebenezer beat his brother, John, by naming a son after George WASHINGTON before him.

He was married, 7 June 1767, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts by Rev. Chas. CHAUNCEY D.D. to Elizabeth LOWELL. Elizabeth Lowell was daughter of Ebenezer Lowell & Mary (REED) LOWELL (Not Mathew Lowell). Elizabeth LOWELL was born 1747 (or 1744) & died testate 18 Jul 1827 at 80y. Mrs. Mary (REED) LOWELL died, Apr 1799, in Boston, Massachusetts and her funeral was held at the "house of her son-in-law, Ebenezer HANCOCK, Esq., in Marlborough St. in Boston, Massachusetts" according to The Columbian Centinel of Boston. (Note that he never married Susanna Grigsby).

Children:

1 Thomas HANCOCK b 27 Nov 1769, bpt 10 Dec 1769, He married Keziah Nichols (1771 –) on 8 Apr 1790 and had two children Mary Ann and Billy S. He was declared 22 Jul 1818 non compos menta at request of father when he was 48 years old. In 1823 his estate was sold. Possibly he had a stroke? His brother, John, became his guardian. Thomas d 16/26 Oct 1841. Burial Granary Burial Ground.

(Source: Boston Town Records, Marriage & Civil Records, Selectmen Meeting, Boston, MA of 22 Jul 1818, City Document #105 p. 140. Thomas Hancock Death 16 Oct 1841 Boston age 72 Date Wednesday November 10 1841 Paper Massachusetts Spy Worcester MA Volume 71 Issue 45 Page 3)

2. George Washington HANCOCK 1776 – 1793 died young and unmarried.

3. John HANCOCK b & probably d 7 Jun 1772 as baptism was given as an obituary.

4. John HANCOCK, Esq. b 22 Feb 1774 Cambridge, MA, bpt 27 Feb 1774, mar 19 May 1799 Boston, Suffolk Co., MA by Rev. Samuel PARKER to Betsey SCOTT, & d 2 Jan 1859. He was appointed administrator of his Grandmother LOWELL's estate, with his father acting as his bond surety. He had several children.

5.Hannah HANCOCK mar William GLINES. They had a son: a. Joseph GLINES married Mary HILL

The Salt Lake City IGI records their marriage and the births of Thomas, George Washington, John and Hannah only, no others.

(Please note Vachel Hancock was not from this family. He was the son of John and Rachel Hancock who were married in Virginia about 1767. Vachel's birth is recorded in Virginia. The family moved to Hillsborough District, Randolph County, North Carolina. John Hancock made his will 23 Sep 1787 and it was probated in Randolph County March 1788. The will leaves half the land to Vachel and the other half to son John. Vachel married Elizabeth 1788 in Randolph, NC. Vachel was listed on the Census for Randolph Co. 1790 and 1800. By 1810 he was buying land in Harrison County, Indiana. Floyd county was created from Harrison and he died there in 1819. I have his estate papers and information on his children. The DAR application that links Vachel to Ebenezer Hancock of Massachusetts. is incorrect).

Note his grandparents, John and Elizabeth also had a son Ebenezer born 7 Dec 1710. He died unmarried in the Diphtheria epidemic of 1741.

Ebenezer’s brother Gov. John Hancock was born Nov 1741 and named for his Uncle who raised them.

Biography by Roland Henry Baker, III

Burial

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Sources

N.E. Historical & Genealogical Register gave death & Harvard graduation;

American Ancestry, Vol. 8, pp. 212-213;

Boston Marriage & Civil Records;

DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 22, p. 2;

DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 33, p. 144;

DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 126, p. 53;

Media Research Bureau, Washington, D.C.;

New England Historical & Genealogical Register 110, 1956 p. 314;

Marriage Record,

30th Report Boston Record Commissioners, p. 65;

History of Lexington, MA, Vol. 2, p. 268;


  • 1790 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Residence
  • 1810 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Residence
  • Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots 1 citation provides evidence for Name
  • Famous families of Massachusetts 2 citations provide evidence for Residence
  • Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Marriage
  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth
  • New York, Genealogical Records, 1675-1920 1 citation provides evidence for Name
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death
  • U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830 6 citations provide evidence for Name, Residence
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death, Birth, Burial
  • Web: Massachusetts, Find A Grave Index, 1620-2013 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death, Birth, Burial

Citations:

Birth

  • 1741 15 Nov
  • Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Ebenezer HANCOCK, s/o John & Mary (HAWKE) THAXTER HANCOCK (Jr.), b 15/26 Nov 1741 Braintree, MA

Harvard College Graduate

  • 1760 — Age: 19
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • N.E. Historical & Genealogical Register

Deputy Pay-Master General

  • 1761 — Age: 20
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • He was Deputy Pay-Master General under William PALFREY.

Marriage to Elizabeth "Eliza" Lowell

  • 1767 7 Jun — Age: 25
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • (sometimes appears as Powell) by Rev. Chas. CHAUNCEY D.D. to Elizabeth LOWELL, & d 12 Mar 1819. Elizabeth, dau/o Ebenezer & Mary (REED) LOWELL, b 1747 & d testate 18 Jul 1827 at 80y. See below for proof of her parents.

Named a son after George WASHINGTON

  • 1776 — Age: 35
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • (Source: Patriot in Purple which states that Ebenezer beat his bro., John, by naming a son after George WASHINGTON;

Residence

  • 1790 — Age: 49
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

Ebenezer HANCOCK's wife was dau of Ebenezer Lowell and Mary Reed

  • 1799 — Age: 58
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Mary (REED) LOWELL d Apr 1799 Boston, MA & her funeral was held at the "house of her son-in-law, Ebenezer HANCOCK, Esq in Marlborough St." according to The Columbian Centinel of Boston Mortuary Notice. Therefore his wife was dau/o Ebenezer Lowell & Reed

Residence

  • 1810 — Age: 69
  • Boston Ward 7, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

Death

  • 1819 12 Mar — Age: 77
  • Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • N.E. Historical & Genealogical Register

Burial

  • Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find A Grave Memorial# 28426716
  • Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy: Apr 4 2017, 18:25:27 UTC
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Gen. Ebenezer Hancock's Timeline

1741
November 26, 1741
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
1768
1768
Age 26
Massachusetts, United States
1769
November 27, 1769
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 27, 1769
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1774
February 22, 1774
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
February 22, 1774
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1776
January 1776
Age 34
United States
1819
March 12, 1819
Age 77
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 12, 1819
Age 77
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States