George Bushong Hancher

                                                      ┌── William Hancher
                                                      │    1788-1870 
                          ┌── James Knicely Hancher ──┤
                          │    1819-1897              │
                          │                           └── Sarah Knicely
                          │                                1792-1833 
George Bushong Hancher ───┤
B: 1851                   │                           ┌── George Bushong
D: c1916                  │                           │
                          └── Sarah Bushong ──────────┤
                               1825-1858              │
                                                      └── Sarah Pyle
M: May Bell Rankin

George Bushong Hancher     [ID 13442] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 1851, Tennessee.1,2,3,4  

George attended Jefferson Academy in Blountville, Tennessee.  He graduated from King's College in Bristol, Sullivan county Tennessee.  He entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.  He was ordained as a Lutheran minister by the Holston Synod.  In 1882, he was called by the trustees of Keystone State Normal School in Kutztown, Pennsylvania to take the position of professor of mathematics and vice principal.  He became the principal of KSNS in 1893.  He served as KSNS principal until 1899.4  

After KSNS, Rev. Hancher was a supply pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, and later served at Lutheran churches in Philadelphia, Chicago and at Mount Carroll, Illinois.  He gave the invocation at the 62nd Commencement excercise at the Frances Shimer School, Mount Carroll, Illinois on June 6, 1915.4  

He married May Bell Rankin, 1896.4,5  May, daughter of Rev. William Bradshaw Rankin & Jane Carpenter, was born Apr 19 1865, New York.5  

George met May Bell while she had been teaching at Keystone State Normal School in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.5  

Three children, two living to adulthood:4

George Rankin Hancher, born Feb 10 1898, Pennsylvania.
Mary B. Hancher, born Mar 6 1909, Illinois.

George Bushong Hancher died about 1916, buried Apr 30 1916, Garden Section B Lot 315 Space 7, Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.4  

May died May 11 1936, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; buried May 13 1936, Garden Section B Lot 315 Space 8, Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.5  


  1. 1860 census, 13th District, Greene County, Tennessee; page 255, dwelling #378.
  2. 1870 census, Mill Point P.O., 6th District, Sullivan County, Tennessee; roll M593-1565, page 428, line #22, dwelling #48, family #48.
  3. 1880 census, District 6, Sullivan County, Tennessee; roll T9-1281, ED 25, page 495D, line #29, dwelling #48, family #51.

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