Eliza Jane BLACKWELL Alice Miney WILSON Sarah Emaline WHITE Mini tree diagram
James Walter HANCOCK

James Walter HANCOCK1,2,5,3,6,7,4,8

about 18731,2,3,4 - 29th Aug 19533,4

Life History

about 1873

Born in Navarro County, Texas.1,2,3,4

12th Sep 1897

Married Eliza Jane BLACKWELL in Hunt County, Texas.7,6

about 1904

Death of Eliza Jane BLACKWELL in Horatio, Hempstead, Arkansas.7

after 1943

Married Alice Miney WILSON.9

12th Jul 1943

Death of Sarah Emaline WHITE in Sebastian County, Arkansas.9

29th Aug 1953

Died in Holdenville, Hughes, Oklahoma.3,4

Cerebral Hemorrhage

30th Aug 1953

Buried in Holdenville Cemetery.5,3,4

Other facts


Married Sarah Emaline WHITE


  • There are different individuals in various genealogies confused or mixed for the last husband of Alice Miney Wilson.  We know his name was Hancock, from Alice's later records, such as Social Security reporting her as Alice Hancock, and her burial order form, found on one of the genealogies.

    Thanks to Ann Ragsdale for providing a death certificate and Obituary for James Walter Hancock.  Other than these I have not seen on any genealogy or search any definitive documentation for the last husband of Alice Miney Wilson, named Hancock.  Several genealogies have him listed under the name of James Walter Hancock, but attached no documentation of had documentation for other individuals in various families named Hancock.

    James Hancock enlisted in the US Army in 1894 in Ft Worth, Texas, and served about 1.5 years.  This record reports his birth place as Navarro County, Texas

    U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
    Walter Hancock
    Enlistment Age 21yrs  2mos
    Birth abt 1873 Navarro County, Texas
    Enlisted 11 May 1894 in Ft Worth, Texas
    Brown Eyes, Dark Hair, Ruddy complexion
    23rd Infantry, Company F
    Discharged 16 Dec 1895

    An Oklahoma Death Certificate for James Walter Hancock in Holdenville places him in the correct location for the residence of Alice Miney and related Barnetts.  A related short obituary mentions the only fact in public records, other than the Holdenville location, that I have found to definitively tie him to Alice Miney Wilson Middleton Barnett Hasty Hancock.  The place of the funeral matches that on the burial order form for Alice at her later death, with funerals for both being announced in Harvest Time Tabernacle in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

    HANCOCK, James W.    Age: 78    Sex:M
    Born (Unreported)
    Died: 8-29-1953 Holdenville, Ok
    Buried: 8-30-1953 Holdenville, Ok, Blk C, Lot 40, Grave 4, Book 2, Pg 97
    Owner of Plot: J. W. HANCOCK    Deed: 9-22-1948
    Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage    Dr. 183
    --  From the Holdenville Library, Holdenville Cemetery card file

    J. W. HANCOCK, 78
    Dies; Rites Today
    James Walter HANCOCK, 78, died Saturday morning [29 August 1953] in a local rest home. Services will be at 4 p.m. today in the Harvest Time Tabernacle, with Rev. A. L. SHUMARD officiating.
    Mr. HANCOCK, who had been in ill health for about three years, came to Hughes County in 1925 from Braden, Okla.
    Survivors include his wife, three sons, Lee, Oklahoma City; Emett, Chandler; Auther, La Vaca, Ark.; and 12 grandchildren.
    Bearers will be Frank KISER, Lon BAKER, B. HARRIS, Elvie CRUM, T. J. LANKFORD and Leonard HILDERGRAST.
    Burial will be in Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Hudson Funeral Home.
    --  From Holdenville Daily News, Sunday, 30 August 1953, courtesy of Ann Ragsdale, Ancestry Trees, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6318518/person/-53599245

    Hancock was also previously married two times.  His first wife is given by a couple of genealogies as Eliza Jane Blackwell.  She died in 1904 after bearing two children, Victor Lee and Emmett Thomas.  Both are mentioned as survivors in the obituary of James Walter Hancock in 1953, named as Lee and Emet [sic], and Emmet is reported as the informant for his father's death certificate in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

    Genealogies report his second wife as Sarah Emaline White.  She appears in censuses as Emma (1910) and Sarah (1940).

    The obituary cited above also seems to tie our James Walter Hancock to the Hancock family in Arkansas, through the residence of one of his sons, Arthur ("Auther").  The census of 1910 in Ellis County, Texas, reports that James was born in Arkansas.  But other censuses report Texas as his state of birth.This Arkansas family is referenced by some genealogies, and rules out other extraneous families in other states that some other genealogies attach to this James Walter Hancock.  Note that this obit does not report a place or date of birth.

    Some genealogies report details of birth, death and marriage that seem to come from family sources, but do not match the documentation records they attach.  Alice herself is well-documented in genealogies with photos and other documents and personal information.

    The Walter Hancock in the 1880 census referenced by some genealogies is thus likely the wrong Hancock for the husband of Alice Miney Wilson Middleton Barnett Hasty Hancock.  At lest one genealogy has attached an 1880 census record for a Hancock family with a son named Walter, who has a brother James.  Several genealogies have the name of Alice's wife as James Walter.  But in this census record Walter has a brother named James, so he is not James Walter.

    I have not been able to determine exactly when Alice married Walter Hancock

    This makes me question Walter's parents, who are missing or vary among the genealogies.  His death certificate reports no name for either of his parents.  It does, however, report his birth place as Texas.  There are several Hancocks named James, James W, Walter or other variations in various Texas counties at about the right time or age.

    The census documentation attached to some genealogies for Walter as a child of George and Julia Hancock in Tom Green County, Texas, is likely the wrong family, since this Walter had a brother named James about 3 years older than him.

    1880 Federal Census, Tom Green County, Texas, 3 June, Precinct 2, District 119, page 9, Hse #79, Fam #81
    Hancock, George  W M 51 Laborer Miss Penn Penn
    Hancock, Julia W F 41 Wife Keeps House  Ark Penn Penn
    Hancock, Thomas W M 16 Son Tex Miss Ark
    Hancock, John W M 10 Son Tex Miss Ark
    Hancock, James W M 8 Son Tex Miss Ark
    Hancock, Walter W M 5 Son Tex Miss Ark
    Hancock, Mattie W F 3 Dau Tex Miss Ark

    A gravestone with no dates seems to be James' grave marker in Holdenville Cemetery, Hughes, OCUnty, Oklahoma, where he was living when he died.

    James W. Hancock
    Birth unknown
    Death unknown
    Hancock James W. C/L 40 SP4 2 97
    Burial Holdenville Cemetery, Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma
    Created by Danny Chancellor Jul 29, 2013
    Find A Grave Memorial# 114603801, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hancock&GSiman=1&GScid=156627&GRid=114603801&


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