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Hancock, Creed T.


Creed T. Hancock, for many years a resident of Weimar, son of Mrs. S. T. Hancock, and well and favorably known to all, died at the residence of his mother at 2 a. m. Saturday, after an illness of some duration, and the remains were committed to mother earth in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, Saturday afternoon at 4:30. Creed Hancock was justice of the peace of this precinct for quite awhile a few years ago, and later was assistant sergeant at arms in the Texas Legislature. Practically all his life was spent in Weimar. He was of genial, cheery disposition, kind and courteous to all, and well liked by all who knew him. He is survived by an aged mother, four sisters, Mrs. Ella Holloway, Mrs. Lois Dickson, Mrs. Cornet Chapman and Miss Orelia Hancock, and one brother, Davis Hancock of Waller county. To the bereaved ones our sincere sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1917, page 8

Hancock, Davis W. Sr.

Death of Mr. D. W. Hancock, Sr.

After much suffering, Mr. D. W. Hancock, Sr., departed this life last Sunday evening. His disease was typhoid pneumonia, complicated with hemorrhage of the bowels and nervous prostration. He had been afflicted with hemorrhage of the bowels for nearly two months, and was confined to his bed about two weeks before his death with typhoid pneumonia. Prior to being attacked with typhoid pneumonia he was generally up and about, and occasionally rode on horseback from his residence to Weimar, a distance of about one mile. This exercise was probably imprudent, but he was a man of so much energy that he could not remain still in one place as long as he was able to go. His disease baffled every effort of medical skill and consigned to the grave one of the best men in this community, and one of our most prominent citizens. We have know him personally for eleven years and if called upon to write his epitaph, we would write: “Here lies an honest man.” He had lived in this county between forty and fifty years, and in the community about eleven years. When only a boy he came from Kentucky, his native state, and settled in the vicinity of Frelsburg. Afterwards he went back to Kentucky and married; then returned to this state and county. He reared a family of nine children, eight of whom are living, the youngest being a son about thirteen years of age. He was regarded as one of the best farmers in this country, and in this occupation acquired independent circumstances. A large number of friends followed his remains to the Odd Fellows’ graveyard last Monday evening, Rev. Q. T. Simpson conducting the funeral services. He was in the sixty-fifth year of his age when he died. His death is lamented by the whole community and his bereaved widow and children and other sorrow-stricken relatives have the warmest sympathies of all.

The Weimar Gimlet, November 4, 1886
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Hancock, J. D.


J. D. Hancock, 88, of Cat Spring, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital
Born Aug. 25, 1906 in Dublin, Texas, he was the son of Elbert Washington and Willie Mae (Green) Hancock. On May 29, 1932, he married Willie Pearl Hunt. Mr. Hancock was employed as distribution director for the Houston Post for 60 years.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Thomas M. Price and Rev. Jess M. Erb officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery in Columbus

Serving as pallbearers were John Walkowski, Deirdre Fletcher, Wes Hancock, Deborah Walkowski, Dean Hancock and Jay P. Hancock.

Mr. Hancock is survived by his wife, of Cat Spring, daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and David Walkowski of Missouri City, son, John E. Hancock of Cat Spring; grandchildren, J. P. Hancock and wife, Theresa and their daughters Heather and Kandra, Wes Hancock, Dean Hancock, John David Walkowski, Ronda Wesson and husband Wade, Deirdre Walkowski Fletcher and Deborah Walkowski; and great-grandchildren Waylon, Wyatt and Kayla Wesson.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1995, page 16

Hancock, John Arnold

Died, in this city, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the faintly residence, John A. Hancock youngest son of Mrs. D. W. Hancock, aged 18 years. Deceased had been ill for several days with an attack which the family supposed to be rheumatism. At noon, however, he was taken with congestion and at 3 o'clock poor Johnnie's soul had winged its flight to a purer, better world. He was a bright, good boy, and very popular with his associates. His remains were interred at the Odd Fellows' cemetery Sunday afternoon. a very large crowd of sympathizing friends of the family being present to witness the burial ceremony, which was performed by Rev. H. M. Haynie of the Methodist church. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, November 14, 1891

Hancock, John Samuel "Sam"

Mr. Sam Hancock, for a number of years tax assessor and collector of Colorado county, died at his home in Caddo, I. T. Monday last. Mr. Hancock, who is a brother of Mrs. W. W. Walker of Schulenburg, was extensively kown in this section of Texas , where he passed the earlier years of his life. At the time of his death, the cause of which we did not learn, he was engaged in the newspaper business being editor of the Caddo Herald.--Schulenburg Sticker.

Mr. Hancock is also a near relative of the Hancock family of this city, and is well and favorably remembered by the older inhabitants of the county, who regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Hancock, Marina/Rhina

Jan. 4, 1889 [sic], sister Irene Hancock, aged 64 years. She was severely burned at her home in Columbus, Texas, and died after a lingering and painful illness. She was a consistent Christian. [Place of interment unknown.]

Rev. E. E. Cooper, pastor

Southwestern Christian Advocate, March 25, 1886, p. 8
Submitted by Bill Stein

BURNED TO DEATH.—Last Monday a horrible accident occurred by which Rhina Hancock, colored, lost her life. She was sitting with her back to the fire, engaged in quilting, when her dress caught fire and was in a blaze before she knew it. As soon as she discovered her dress was on fire, being much frightened, she ran out of doors in the wind, and was burned from head to foot, all her clothing being consumed, and her skin burned off in many places. Dr. Harrison, assisted by Dr. McDaniel, attended and dressed her with bicarbonate of soda, relieving her pain, but her injuries were such that she died about 1 o’clock that night. She was sixty-five years of age. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 7, 1886

Hancock, Mattie T. (Fisher)

DIED, in this city at the residence of her father, Mr. R. L. Fisher, yesterday morning at 2 o’clock, of congestion, Mrs. Mattie A., wife of Mr. Sam H. Hancock. She was reported very ill a few weeks ago, but was seemingly convalescing rapidly , and her many relatives and friends in this city had fondly hoped that she would soon recover, but ‘twas a vain hope, for she relapsed, “God’s finger touched her and she slept.” She was a lady of refinement, a consistent member of the Baptist church in this city and was beloved by all who knew her. She bore her sufferings as only a true chiristian woman can, and passed quietly away “to that bourne from whence no traveler returns.” Her remains were interred at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery yesterday at 4:30 p.m. She leaves a grief stricken husband and little girl and boy to mourn her sad and untimely demise, besides a large number of relatives and friends. We extend our sympathy to them in their irreparable loss.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1889

Hancock, Mildred LaNell (Curington)

Hancock Funeral Services

LaNell Hancock, 53, of Bernardo- Mentz, passed away at her home Saturday, August 21, 1993 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Funeral Services were held Monday, August 23 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Dr. Jim Woodward. Ph.D. officiating.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Born Mildred LaNell Curington on October 17, 1939 in Austin, she grew up in Houston and was a 1958 graduate of Reagan High School. On June 28, 1958 she married her high school sweetheart, John E. Hancock. She was an honorary member of the Columbus FFA Chapter and a lifetime member of the National FFA Alumni Association.

Survivors include her husband. John; mother, Millie V. Smith of Stoneham; sons, J. P. Hancock of Sealy, Wesley Hancock of Burleson County, Dean Hancock of New Hope, Pa.; daughter and son-In-law, Ronda and Wade Weston of Refugio: and infant grandchildren, Waylon, Wyatt and Kayla Weston. Also surviving are her brother and his wife, Ronald and Linda Curington of The Woodlands; father and mother-in-law, J. D. and Willie Pearl Hancock of Cat Spring: sister-in-law and her husband, Charlotte and David Wolkowski of Missouri City; nieces and nephews, Ronnie Curington, David Curington, Deirdre Fletcher, Deborah Walkowski, John Walkowski.

The was preceded in death by her father, Olom Curington and step-father, William C. Smith.

Pallbearers were Jay P. Hancock, Wesley B. Hancock, Wade 'Weston, David Walkowski add John David Walkowski.

New Ulm Enterprise, August 26, 1990, page 4

Hancock, Orelia Sophie


Miss Orelia Hancock, a life long resident of this county, died very suddenly at her home in this city some time Sunday evening. Her lifeless body was discovered by a neighbor, Mrs. Rabb, about 1:30 Monday afternoon. It was necessary to make a hurried preparation for burial, which was done and her remains laid to rest late Monday evening in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, Rev. A. E. Riemann, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, officiating.

Miss Orelia had spent the day with her sister, Mrs. Cornet Chapman, and returned home late Sunday evening. It is not known just what time she died, but from all indications it is thought she was preparing to retire for the night when she evidently was taken suddenly ill with a stroke of apoplexy, falling to the floor, where she lay until her body was discovered by her neighbor, Mrs. Rabb, who happened to call at her home to take her something to eat. Mrs. Rabb immediately notified other neighbors and Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, who held an inquest.

About three weeks ago Miss Orelia was taken suddenly ill with a stroke of apoplexy, and due to the fact that she was at the home of her sister her life was saved by receiving prompt attention at the lands of friends and the family physician. Although exact time of her death is not known, it is believed by neighbors that she must have died about 6:30 Sunday evening. Her body was not discovered until 1:30 Monday afternoon.

Miss Orelia S. Hancock was born at Frelsburg, this county, in 1866, and was 60 years old at the time of her death. She joined the Baptist Church at Center Grove, when she was 35 years old, being baptized by Rev. Isaac Sellers, and she was loyal to her religion to the end.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lois Hancock and Mrs. Cornet Chapman of this city; one brother, Davis Hancock of Wallis.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury June 18, 1926

Hancock, Sam H. Sr.

S. H. Hancock, Sr.

The family and friends were deeply shocked Sunday afternoon to receive intelligence that Sam H. Hancock, Sr., was dying in San Antonio. His son, Sam Hancock, Jr., of Houston, left on first train for his bedside, but arrived about two hours after his father died, death occurring about 4 o’clock Monday morning. The remains were prepared for burial, and at 4 p.m. were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery in this city, Rev. Isaac Sellers, a life-long friend of the family, performing the burial service. A large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends were present, and at the close of the beautiful services the grave was fairly hidden from sight by the floral offerings. Sam Hancock was born near this city June 23, 1857, being 57 years old at the time of his death. During the early part of his life he followed farming as a livelihood, and was remarkably successful, being regarded as one of the best farmers of this section. He early in life was married to Miss Mattie Fisher, a sweet and lovable woman, daughter of R. L. Fisher and wife. She preceded him to the grave some twenty-five years ago. At the outbreak of the Spanish American war Sam Hancock joined a company of volunteers being raised in Fayette and Colorado counties, of which Will Holman of LaGrange was captain, Jake Wolters first lieutenant, and Mr. Hancock second lieutenant. This company was ordered to do patrol duty along the Mexican border, with headquarters at Brownsville, and during the war did some effective service. It is believed by my many friends that exposure and hardships encountered during this service caused Mr. Hancock’s health to fail, for he was never again a robust man. Sam Hancock was of cheerful temperament, a true friend, a man whom to know was to love, generous to a fault, and possessing the friendship of everyone who knew him. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored. He leaves an aged mother, Mrs. D. W. Hancock, two brothers, Creed and Davis Hancock, three sisters, Mrs. Louis Dickson, Mrs. S. D. Chapman, and Miss Orelia Hancock, and three children—Mrs. Nell Delane of Washington, D. C., Miss Lois Hancock of this city, and Sam Hancock, jr., of Houston, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

The Weimar Mercury, November 27, 1914
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Hancock, Sophia T.

Death of a Noble Character.

In the passing away of Mrs. Sophia T. Hancock last Friday evening at 6:30 at the family home in this city, this section lost one of its grandest characters. Living among us for nearly seventy years, our people learned to love this noble woman, and to appreciate what a grand, self-sacrificing, sensible character she possessed. Of gentle disposition, never thinking of self but always of the welfare of those about her, there never lived a better friend or neighbor than “Grandma” Hancock, as she was lovingly termed. Left a widow many years ago, she took the family reins in her hands, managed successfully a large estate and raised a large family of children into useful, good citizens. Throughout her life she was a follower of the meek and lowly Nazarene, and the clouds never became too dark for her to lose faith in the Almighty. So considerate was she of the feelings of others that it is said she had never been known to speak ill of anyone. Gentle, considerate, charitable, ever thoughtful of the welfare of those about her, possessing natural business ability of a high order, she was indeed a remarkable woman, the like of whom is seldom met with in this day and age. Some ten years ago, unassisted, made her will, disposing of a large estate, and when same was turned over to a prominent attorney for probate process, he, it is said, remarked that is was a remarkable document, so clear and concise in its terms and provisions that no mistake could possibly be made in carrying out her wishes. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of relatives and friends throughout this section.

Mrs. Sophia T. Hancock was born Feb. 17, 1830, in Union county, Kentucky, and was nearly 90 years of age at the time of her death. Although having reached an advanced age, her mind was remarkably clear up to the very last, and she took a keen interest in the war and all current events. Her vision, too, was also remarkable, she being able to read the finest print without glasses and to do fancy sewing. She was married to D. W. Hancock and moved to Texas in 1850. Her husband preceded her in death some thirty odd years ago. She lived in Colorado county up to the time of her death, July 18, 1919. She was the mother of eleven children, six of whom are dead and five living, as follows: Mrs. Ella Holloway, Mrs. Lois Dickson, Mrs. Cornet Chapman, Miss Orelia Hancock, all of this city, and D. W. Hancock of Waller county. She also leaves 21 grandchildren, and 10 greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, of which she was a member for many years, same being conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. E. Stack, assisted by Rev. Isaac Sellers, who baptized decedent in her earlier life, and Rev. G. T. Hester, Methodist pastor. The pallbearers were seven grandsons and one greatgrandson of deceased, they being O. H. Holloway, S. C. Holloway, Ben B. Holt, Sam Hancock, J. L. Jones, Aubrey and Bee Chapman, and Julian Holloway. Interment took place at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, and was witnessed by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in their irreparable loss.

The Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1919
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Hancock, Sylvester

Weimar Local Matters

It is with feeling of sadness we are called upon to chronicle the death of Sylvester Hancock, that occurred Monday night last, at 12 o’clock, at his father’s residence near Weimar. Sylvester was a very promising young man about twenty years of age, tall, handsome, full of life, generous to a fault, a great favorite in the neighborhood. He was confined to his bed about two weeks. He had all the medical attention that could be had, but to no avail. He was laid away by kind friends in the Odd Fellows’ Rest, 3 o’clock, Tuesday evening. What a shock this is to his doting mother and affectionate father. We drop the tear of sympathy for the bereaved relations. “When we are in the midst of life we are in death.”

Colorado Citizen, January 18, 1883 

Hancock, Willie Pearl (Hunt)


Willie Pearl Hancock, 92, of Bernardo, passed away March 16 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born in Atlanta, Dec. 22, 1913 to Henry Lafeyette and Lizzie Willmuth (Tower) Hunt and married J.D. Hancock, May 29, 1932. She was a member of the Womens Society of the Methodist Church and the Methodist Hospital Womens Auxiliary in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six sisters; four brothers; daughter-in-law, LaNell Hancock; and grandson-in-law, Wade Weston.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and David Walkowski of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Pat Hancock of Bernardo; grandchildren, J.P. Hancock and wife Bernadette, Wesley Hancock and wife Stephanie, Ronda Adams and husband Sam, Dean Hancock, Deirdre Eggleton and husband Jim, Deborah Walkowski and John Walkowski and wife Rosalie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted March 18 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglassville Cemetery Association.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 2006
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