Clarissa Elizabeth Hancock

Brief Life History of Clarissa Elizabeth

When Clarissa Elizabeth Hancock was born on 20 December 1878, in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States, her father, Francis Marion Hancock, was 40 and her mother, Alice Lorinda Maloy, was 21. She married Godlep L. Smith on 16 September 1897, in Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Chico Judicial Township, Butte, California, United States in 1940. She died on 15 August 1954, in Chico, Butte, California, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Chico, Butte, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Godlep L. Smith
1857–1950
Clarissa Elizabeth Hancock
1878–1954
Marriage: 16 September 1897
John Henry Smith
1898–1957
Gotlieb L. Smith
1901–
Clara Jane Smith
1904–
Rose M Smith
1905–1987
Sarah E. Smith
1907–1907
Olive Irene Smith
1909–1985
Francis Marion Smith
1912–1912
Charles Henry Smith
1914–1952

Sources (33)

  • Clarissa E Hancock in household of F M Hancock, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Clarissa E Hancock, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
  • Clarissa Elizabeth Smith, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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