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William Hancock b. 1817 Family Mystery
Posted by: stephanie scott Date: May 19, 1999 at 19:08:47
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I'm hoping someone can help me solve the true identity of my great great grandfather, William Thomas Hancock. He was born Jan 17 1817, possibly in Halifax Co, married Catharine J. Holland in Campbell Co on Dec 21, 1850, and died in Campbell Co April 15, 1902. It was always said he was raised by a Hancock family but according to one who knew of him, was a Paxton, Claxton or Thaxton. The gentleman could not remember. He also said he was a "foreigner", a "Portyghee", which leads me to think William MAY have been of Melungeon descent.A photograph of him in his Civil War uniform shows him to have been one with possible Portugese/Native American traits & features. He and Catharine lived in or close by an area called Brookneal, and are buried there as well. We have been searching for his heritage for over 20 years with no luck. Any records we have only deal with him after his marriage to Catharine. Can anyone help? Thanks!!


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