William Hancock was born in about 1793, in Hemyock. It seems likely he was baptised at Dunkeswell or possibly Hemyock his baptism and census returns say not known.
He was married to Mary Dyer at Hemyock, 31 March 1820. It is unclear if they were both of the parish.
William was buried at Dunkeswell, 22 Oct 1870, aged 78.
Mary probably died in the early months of 1841, before the census that year in June.
In 1841, William was living with a son and daughter at a property named ‘Roughancy’, in Dunkeswell. This may be one of perhaps a terrace of cottages, as three other families are listed there. Two sons are living at properties named Stentwood and Bywood.
In the 1851 census, William and daughter, Maria were living at Botton Moore, Dunkeswell. This doesn’t seem to be the name of a property but an area. Perhaps someone could tell us?
This photo of William is dated 1869.
William and Mary had 5 children, all baptised at Dunkeswell:
Thomas Hancock was born in Hemyock on 1 March, 1821 and baptised on 22 April, 1821 at Dunkeswell. The family still have a hymn book that was given to him for his birthday. This information comes from that book.
This photo of Thomas and Hannah, nee Buttle, was taken by A E French & Son, South Street, Wellington, about 1896.
Hannah Buttle was born Yarcombe and baptised there on 16 September, 1826. Her father’s family came from Churchstanton.
Thomas and Hannah were married on the 3 May, 1852, at the Independent Chapel, Wellington.
They had eight children:
Thomas died 9 Nov, 1904. Hannah died 18 Feb, 1901. They are both buried at Rockwell Green.
Hugh Hancock born Dunkeswell about 1828 married Mary Burrows born 1831 Luppitt, they were married in Luppitt 9th July 1861 and had five children, William b 1861 Luppitt, Elizabeth bpt 8.11.1863 Luppitt,
John bpt 27.11.1864 Luppitt, James bpt 29.9.1867 Luppitt, Elizabeth Ann bpt 1.4.1872 Luppitt.
Hugh was burried in Luppitt 29.10.1900 age 73. More information at http://www.luppitt.net family trees.
Another William Hancock, son of Thomas and Hannah, had a market garden and shop in Wellington, Devon but he was the only one of his family that we know of, to leave the Somerset/Devon borders.
He married Emily Herrrin at Wellington Independent Chapel in 1885. Emily died 14 Oct, 1904, in Manningham, Yorkshire.
Their children all born at Wellington:
He went with his wife and 7 children to farm on the Dales. His wife had kidney failure and was told by her Doctor to move to an area with softer water which would benefit her.
We know today, this would make no difference and sadly she died 2 years later, William having uprooted the family, leaving his business.
Now aged 47, William remarried two years later, to Mary Illingworth, at Manningham’s Toller Lane Chapel on 2 June, 1906.
Mary Illingworth was born in Manningham.
They had two children:
Later, William moved to Sussex and so we know nothing of his 7 siblings left in this area.
Thanks to Rosalind Hodge for supplying this detailed information – and patiently correcting our errors!
Mr Claud Caple, from the South West Airfields Heritage Trust will be addressing the Hemyock History and Archiving Association on Thursday, 10th March ’11.
The subject is the World War II airfileds at Dunkeswell, Smeatharpe and Culmhead.
New members are warmly welcomed. The talk begins at 7:30pm, in the Church Rooms.
For more information, please contact Mike Cooper on 01823 680175.
The Hemyock History Group meet on the second Thursday of the month with speakers talking about interesting historical subjects.
The meetings start at 19:30 in the church rooms. For more information please send us an email on the Contact Us tab.