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Hancock, Thomas R.

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Hancock, Thomas R.
March 16, 2007 03:47PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, p. 376.

THOMAS R. HANCOCK'S father, Nathan Hancock, was born in Charlotte
County, Va., in 1807, where he now resides, enjoying the confidence and
esteem of all who know him. Besides being a Justice of the Peace for a
third of a century, he has been closely identified with the railroad,
agricultural and mercantile interests of that county, and has
accumulated a fair property. His wife, Paulina (Rudd) Hancock, was born
in Charlotte County in 1811, and died in 1847. She was the mother of
eight children, of whom Thomas R. (subject) was the seventh born. He is
also a native of Charlotte County, and was born in 1842. He was reared
and educated in his native county, and in early life engaged in
mercantile pursuits, which he continued until the breaking out of the
late Civil war, when he entered the Confederate Army as Second
Lieutenant in Brook Neal's Company, of Campbell County, Va., in which he
served six months, and then became a member of Company A, of the Twenty-
first Virginia Regiment. He participated at the battle of Gettysburg
and all of the battles of the Valley of the Potomac, including
Frederickstown, Wilderness, and Winchester. Of the 137 who were members
of this company, he is one of the eighteen known to have survived the
war. He served till the close of the war and was once wounded. In 1866
he came to Trigg County and engaged in the mercantile business. Since
1870 he has been engaged in the tobacco commission business, and four
years, by appointment, was Inspector of Tobacco on Staten Island. In
Christian County, December 26, 1875, he married Miss Rebecca E.
Ragsdale, a daughter of William J. and Emma J. (Tillotson) Ragsdale.
Mrs. Hancock was born in this county in 1853, and is the mother of four
children, viz.: William Martin, James Wallace, Douglas Buckner and
Thomas Ragsdale. The portrait of Mr. Hancock will be found in this
volume.
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