Rev. John Hancock, Jr.

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Rev. John Hancock, Jr.

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Hancock and Elizabeth Mary Hancock
Husband of Mary Thaxter
Father of Mary Perkins; John Hancock, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Gen. Ebenezer Hancock
Brother of Thomas Hancock, Esq.; Elizabeth Bowman; Rev Ebenezer Hancock; Sarah Hancock; Lucy Cooke and 1 other

Occupation: pastor of first church of North Precinct, librarian of Harvard.
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Rev. John Hancock, Jr.

Biography

John Hancock, Jr son of Rev John Hancock 1671 – 1752 and Elizabeth Mary Clarke 1674 – 1760 , was born June 1,1702 in Lexington, Mass. and died May 7, 1744 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. John Hancock, Jr. was a colonial American clergyman and father of politician John Hancock who signed the Declaration of Independence. Hancock graduated from Harvard College in 1719, and served as librarian there from 1723-1726. He was ordained on November 2, 1726 and settled in Quincy, Massachusetts as pastor of church of the North Precinct (now named the United First Parish Church, nicknamed "Church of the Presidents") of the town of Braintree (now Quincy) between 1726 and 1744, and during this time, performed around 75 marriage ceremonies. He was pastor there until his death."<ref>Wikipedia entry for John Hancock, Jr: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock,_Jr.</ref>

On December 12, 1733, Rev. Ebenezer Gay of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, officiated at the wedding of John and Mary. In 1744, Rev. Gay preached a sermon at the funeral of Rev. Hancock. Rev. Gay was an old friend of the family and had been classmates at Harvard with Mary's first husband Samuel Thaxter.

He married to MARY HAWKE 1711 – 1770 on 12 DEC 1733 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. They were parents to three children:

Mary Hancock 1735 – 1779

John Hancock 1737 – 1793

General Ebenezer Hancock 1741 – 1819

Burial Find A Grave Memorial# 28417483 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28417483 Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA Inscription: Here rest the remains of: REV JOHN HANCOCK 5th Minister of the 1st Cong. Church of this Town, and father of JOHN HANCOCK the Patriot, decd May 7th, 1744 in the 42d year of his age, and the 18th of his ministry Note: Ministerial tomb was rebuilt in 1812 which is why it references the patriot John Hancock. Also interred in this tomb are Rev. Anthony Wibird, Rev. Joseph Marsh, Ann Marsh, Rev. Moses Fisk, Sarah Fisk and Anna Fisk.

Sources

1) Stephen M. Lawson, ancestry of John Hancock http://kinnexions.com/kinnexions/cousinsg.htm#JHancock

2) Scituate Genealogy, by David Pane-Joyce, 2002 http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/scituate/rr02/rr02_336.html

3) John Ott Database, 23 Sep 2003 http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=haystack&id=I65651

4) Sterling Haring Database, 21 Mar 2002 http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=:1981245&id=I3629

5) Daniel T. Rogers (b. 1943) family tree site http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dantrogers/pafg2105.htm#41943

Son of Rev. John and Elizabeth (Clark) Hancock. Husband of Mary (Hawke) (Thaxter) Hancock.

Harvard Class of 1719. Librarian of Harvard 1723-1726. He was pastor of the church of the North Precinct (now named the United First Parish Church, nicknamed "Church of the Presidents") of the town of Braintree (now Quincy) between 1726 and 1744, and during this time, performed around seventy-five marriage ceremonies. On December 12, 1733, Rev. Ebenezer Gay of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, officiated at the wedding of John and Mary. In 1744, Rev. Gay preached a sermon at the funeral of Rev. Hancock. Rev. Gay was an old friend of the family and had been classmates at Harvard with Mary's first husband Samuel Thaxter. Inscription: The ministerial tomb is a box tomb with a sandstone ledger on the side. On the ledger is inscribed: Here rest the remains of REV. JOHN HANCOCK, 5th Minister of the 1st Cong. Church of this Town, and father of JOHN HANCOCK the Patriot, decd May 7, 1744, in the 42d year of his age, and the 18th of his ministry.


Note: Ministerial tomb was rebuilt in 1812 which is why it references the patriot John Hancock. Also interred in this tomb are Rev. Anthony Wibird, Rev. Joseph Marsh, Ann Marsh, Rev. Moses Fisk, Sarah Fisk and Anna Fisk.

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Rev. John Hancock, Jr.'s Timeline

1702
June 1, 1702
Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1735
April 8, 1735
Age 32
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
1737
January 23, 1737
Age 34
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
1741
November 26, 1741
Age 39
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
1744
May 5, 1744
Age 41
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
May 7, 1744
Age 41
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States