From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996.
The progenitor of this Hancock family line was William Hancock who was born about 1580 in England. He was a member of The Virginia Company Of London which was created by King James I for the purpose of colonizing in America. The first settlement was established at Jamestown in 1607. As an investor in the Virginia Company, William traveled to Jamestown in 1619 aboard the "Margaret" of Bristol. He was a member of a group that founded Berkeley Hundred. On 22 March 1622 the settlement was attacked by Indians and William, along with many others, was massacred.
Shortly after 1630, three of William's sons came to America. Augustine, Simon and William became prominent planters in Virginia and established a family line that today includes many thousands of their descendants. From Virginia, their descendants migrated throughout the southeastern and midwestern states and today are living in all parts of the country.
The information found here about this Hancock family is the result of the efforts of many researchers. No genealogy is ever complete. So the work goes on. It is our hope that this information will be helpful to those just getting started with their research and that it will encourage others to carry on the work.
1. William1 Hancock was born in Devonshire, England ABT. 1580. William died March 22, 1621/22 in Berkeley Hundred,
He married an unknown person.
William became the father of Simon Hancock in England, ABT. 1610. William became the father of Augustine Hancock in England, ABT. 1605. William became the father of William Hancock in England, ABT. 1615.
William was a member of "The Virging Company", which was a company chartered by the King of England and it's purpose was to start a colony in America. William left his family in England and traveled to America in 1620. He came in search for timber for his shipbuilding business according to an old Hancock Bible record. He lived at Thorpe's House at Berkeley Hundred Plantation. William, along with about 350 other settlers were massacred by Indians at Berkeley Hundred Plantation on Good Friday, March 21, 1691/1692.