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View Tree for William HancockWilliam Hancock (b. 04 Sep 1580, d. 22 Mar 1622)

William Hancock (son of Thomas Hancock and Agnes Nickolls) was born 04 Sep 1580 in Devon, England, and died 22 Mar 1622 in Berkeley Hundred, Jamestown, Virginia. He married Susan Poynter on 26 Sep 1604 in Stepney, Devon, England.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Hancock:
William was a member of "The Virgina Company", left his family in England and traveled to America in 1620. According to an old Hancock Bible record he came in search for timber for his shipbuilding business . 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, 1622.

According to a record contained in an old Hancock family Bible, William left England in 1619, aboard the ship "Margaret of Bristol" bound for America. He was coming to America in search of lumber for his shipbuilding business. Leaving his family behind in England, William sailed out through the Bristol Channel on Thursday, September 16, 1619. The "Margaret" dropped anchor in Chesapeake Bay on November 30, 1619. Then on December 4, 1619, William stepped off the "Margaret" and onto American soil at a site on the north shore of the James River, about halfway between present-day Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia. The Berkeley Hundred Plantation was built at this location.

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. 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.

More About William Hancock:
Immigration: 04 Dec 1619, Arrived in Virginia on the Barque Margaret.

More About William Hancock and Susan Poynter:
Marriage: 26 Sep 1604, Stepney, Devon, England.

Children of William Hancock and Susan Poynter are:
  1. +William Hancock, b. 1615, Stepney, Devon, England, d. 1693, Surry County, Virginia.
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