Alva G. Hancher

                                               ┌── John Hancher
                                               │    1796-1853 
                   ┌── Barney Orrick Hancher ──┤
                   │    1831-1911              │
                   │                           └── Nancy Ann O'Rourke
                   │                                1807-1882 
Alva G. Hancher ───┤
B: 1872            │                           ┌── Henry "Yancy" Thomas
D: 1924            │                           │
                   └── Margaret Ellen Thomas ──┤
                        1842-1918              │
                                               └── Susannah Bayliff
M: Sarah VanHorn
   └── John E. Hancher (c1905-) 1

Alva G. Hancher     [ID 10859] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 1872, Iowa.1,2  

He married Sarah VanHorn.1,3  Sarah, daughter of Ralph + Margaret VanHorn, was born Aug 23 1872, Greene County, Iowa.3  (c1875).1  

Alva and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 15 1920), Shell Creek Precinct, Madison County, Nebraska:1

Hancher, Alva G., head-of-household, age 47, born in Iowa; father born in United States; mother born in Illinois; owned home; occupation: lumberman.
Hancher, Sarah, wife, age 45, born in Iowa; father born in Iowa; mother born in Illinois.
Hancher, John E., son, age 15, born in Iowa; parents born in Iowa; attended school.
Broberg, Alfred, roomer, age 23, born in Nebraska; parents born in Sweden; single; occupation: proprietor, store.
Oberg, Otto, roomer, age 25, born in Nebraska; parents born in Sweden; single; occupation: real estate agent.

Alva G. Hancher died 1924, buried Powhatan Township Cemetery, Plover, Pocahontas County, Iowa.2  

Sarah died May 2 1954, Jefferson, Iowa; buried Powhatan Township Cemetery, Plover, Pocahontas County, Iowa.3  

Sarah's obituary was published in the "Jefferson Bee" (Jefferson, Iowa) on May 11, 1954:3

Services For Sarah
Hancher Held Here

Funeral services for Sarah Hancher were held at the Slininger Chapel at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, with Rev. Gilbert C. Stout, pastor of the First Methodist church of Jefferson, officiating.  

Mrs. C. C. Charles, accompanied by Shirley Winey, sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Garden."  

Interment was in the Powhatan cemetery, Plover, Iowa.  

Sarah Hancher, daughter of Ralph and Margaret Van Horn, was born August 23, 1872 in Greene County, Iowa, and passed away at Jefferson on May 2, 1954, at the age of 81 years, eight months and nine days.  

She lived in Greene County until she was united in marriage to Alva Hancher at Rolfe on October 17, 1894.  During their married life they lived at Rolfe and Newmans Grove.

(photo)Photo: Alva G. & Sarah Hancher with Alva's parents & brothers 4


  1. 1920 census, Shell Creek Precinct, Madison County, Nebraska; roll T625-993, ED 152, page 8B, line #78, dwelling #188, family #199.
  2. Iowa Cemetery Records. Provo, UT:, 2000.
  3. Obituary of Sarah Hancher; the "Jefferson Bee"; May 11 1954;
  4. Photo courtesy of Tom Miller () and Elaine Koehn.

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