When Martha Jane Hancock was born on 18 August 1876, in Kentucky, United States, her father, George Taylor Hancock, was 27 and her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Walker, was 22. She married William Lindell Ealey on 1 April 1892, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Piney Township, Texas, Missouri, United States in 1910 and Denver, Colorado, United States in 1956. She died on 4 September 1929, in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Mechanicsburg, Sangamon, Illinois, United States.
English: from the Middle English personal name Hann + the hypocoristic suffix -cok, which was commonly added to personal names (see Cocke ).
Dutch: from Middle Dutch hanecoc ‘winkle, periwinkle’ (a type of shellfish), probably a metonymic occupational name for someone who gathered and sold shellfish.
History: Thomas Hancock, the uncle of Declaration of Independence signatory John Hancock (1736/7–93), was among the foremost of 18th-century American businessmen. He was a descendant of Nathaniel Hancock, who was known to have been in Cambridge, MA, as early as 1634. Born in Braintree, MA, John Hancock was president of the Second Continental Congress and the first governor of the state of MA.
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