Hillsborough County, Florida


1813 - 1867

Jordan Hancock, a son of Durham and Mary "Pollie" (Hall) Hancock, was born in Tattnall County, Georgia February 5, 1813.

On January 15, 1835, he was married to Martha Baker, who was born in Irwin County, Georgia December 4, 1817. They had the following children:

1. James Thomas Hancock, born February 17, 1838; died March 24, 1901: married Serena Willingham, May 6, 1858.

2. General Martin Hancock, born 1839; died of illness in Confederate Army.

3. Martha Jane Hancock, born July 9, 1841; died September 1, 1885; married Uriah Raiford Durrance, October 13, 1859.

4. Jeremiah "Samuel" Hancock, born 1842; married Nancy Gaskins, April 8, 1861.

5. Maria Hancock, born 1842 (twin to Jeremiah); married James M. Manley, April 22, 1858.

6. Missouri A. Hancock, born May 28, 1845; died November 6, 1881; married John M. Kilpatrick, July 4, 1874.

7. John Hancock, born ca. 1847; died of illness in Confederate Army.

8. Henry Washington Hancock, born August 13, 1848; died July 30, 1906; married Elizabeth Williams, December 8, 1870.

9. William Hancock, born ca. 1849.

10. Nancy C. Hancock, born April 6, 1851; died September 9, 1922; married Arthur Keen, November 2, 1873.

11. Arkansas Hancock, born ca. 1853; married Henry Williams, October 8, 1874.

12. Texas Hancock, born ca. 1857; married William Reese Collins, December 10, 1874.

Jordan Hancock is shown residing in Irwin County, Georgia in the 1840 and 1850 censuses. During the 1850's Jordan Hancock and family moved from Georgia to Hillsborough County, Florida. During the Third Seminole War, Jordan enlisted in the Florida Mounted Volunteer militia company commanded by Captain Leroy G. Lesley on January 10, 1856 at Fort Blount. He was mustered out at Fort Meade on August 20, 1856.

Jordan Hancock is shown on the 1860 census for Hillsborough County. Nearby neighbors included Bennett Whidden, Francis A. Ivey, Ellenda Main, David Main and Isham Stephens. Jordan Hancock is also show on the 1861 tax list for the newly formed Polk County. Jordan Hancock's name is often spelled Handcock in the early records. He died in Polk County, October 12, 1867, and his eldest son, James Thomas Hancock, served as Administrator. The inventory of the estate took place on December 18, 1867 and the property amounted to $1,275 in value. The widow received her share which consisted of property valued at $310. The remaining items were sold at auction on January 4, 1868.

Jordan Hancock was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, near Bradley Junction, Polk County. Martha J. (Baker) Hancock died in Polk County, Florida, March 18, 1895, and was also buried at Mount Olive Cemetery.

SOURCES: 1840, 1850 census, Irwin County, Georgia; 1860 census, Hillsborough County, Florida; 1861 Polk County tax list; Polk County marriage records; Polk County Minute Book "B"; Lillian Carpenter files at Polk County Historical Library; Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 5, "Durham Hancock" by Judge Folks Huxford. Compiled by Kyle S. VanLandingham.

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