John Hancher

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. John Hancher (1734-1793)
     +Sarah Caudy (1739-1807)
 3...  William Hancher  1
 3...  Mary Hancher (1754-1840) 1
 3...  Nicholas Hancher (c1768-1846) 1,2,3,4,5
 3...  Margaret Hancher (c1775-1825) 1,6
 3...  Susannah Hancher (<1775-1803) 1
 3...  Lydia Hancher (1776-1856) 1
 3...  Elizabeth Hancher (<1778-?) 1,6
 3...  Sarah Hancher (<1780-?) 1,6
 3...  David Hancher (<1782-?) 1,2
 3...  Rhuannah Hancher (<1784-?) 1
 3...  Elloner Hancher (<1786-?) 1
 3...  Rebekah Hancher (<1788-1850) 1
John Hancher     [ID 00303] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

John Hancher1,7 [John Henshaw].

Born 1734, Frederick County, Virginia.2,8,9  

At Hopewell Friends MM (Virginia) on 8 Mo. 20 1759, John Handcher condemned his marriage out of unity (or marriage contrary to discipline).10  Assuming this Quaker record refers to this particular John, then he apparently married about 1759, but the exact marriage record is not yet known.  

On 4-23-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly Meeting of Hopewell held the 23d of the 4th Month 1759 the representatives being called they appeared
...  
At this Meeting it was taken under Consideration that the affair of Samuel Littler also the affair of John Hancher Should be Renued they haveing here to fore requested Some longer time of Consideration There for this Meeting appoints Henry Rees and William Jollife Junr to treat with them again & make report to Next Monthly Meeting.  The Meeting Concluded

On 5-21-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly Meeting of Hopewell held the 21st of the 5th Month 1759 The representatives being Called they appeared
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The Case of Samuel Littler & of John Hancher is Continued under the Care of the friends before appointed

On 6-25-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly Meeting held at hopewell the 25th day of the 6th month one thousand seven hundred & fifty nine the representatives being Called one of them appeared
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John Hancher appeared at this Meeting & Signiefied that he Desired to make Sattisfaction for his out goings in Marriage there fore the Meeting Concluds to have it under Consideration Til Next Monthly Meeting

On 7-23-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly Meeting of hopewell held the 23d day of the 7th month 1759 the representitaves being Called they appeared
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The business Concerning John Hancher is Left under Consideration another Month

On 8-20-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly Meeting of Hopewell held this 20th day of the 8th month 1759 The Representitaves being Called they appeared
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at this Meeting John Handcher Brought in a paper Condemning his out goings in Marriage which was Read & this Meeting after Delibrate Consideration Excepts & Continues him under Care as his futer Conduct may Render him Worthy & appoints William Jolliffe to Read it at the of a first days Meeting

On 9-24-1759 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

at our Monthly Meeting of hopewell held the 24th day of the 9th month 1759 The Representetives being Called they appeared
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The friend appointed Read the Testimony against Ann Thomas at the Close of a first days Meeting Report he has so done & also Read John Handchers paper Condemning his out goings in Marriage at the Close of a first days Meeting
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The 20th of the 8th month 1759
Where as I have been brought up & Educated in Sum Degree according to the good order used amongst friends but through unwatchfullness have given way to a Luse & Libertine Spirit So far as to be married to one of another profession by a hirelin priest which action of mine I am hartely Sorry for with all other miss Conduct of Mine & desire that friends pass them by & continue their care towards me as my futer Conduct may Render me worthy
John Handcher

In 1766, a John Hancher purchased land in Virginia from Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron.  Valley Virginia Henshaw attributed the land purchase to another John Henshaw, but it is more likely that it was this John Hancher/Henshaw who made this purchase:12,13

THE RIGHT HONORABLE THOMAS LORD FAIRFAX, Baron of Cameron that part of Great Britain called Scotland; PROPRIETOR OF THE NORTHERN NECK OF VIRGINIA, To all to whom this present writing shall come sends GREETING.  

Know ye that for good causes for and in consideration of the composition to me paid and for the annual rent hereinafter reserved I have given, granted and confirmed to John Hancher of Frederick county, a certain Tract of Waste and ungranted Land on a Drain of the Opeckon in the said County and bounded as by a survey thereof made by William Baylis.  

Beginning at a Red Oak and Hickory Corner to William Jolliffe, Thence leaving the said Jolliffe's Corner and running N. 41 E. One hundred and twenty poles to a Hickory on the brink of a Hill, Thence N. 49 W.  One Hundred and forty Poles to a large Spanish Oak in a Valley.  Thence S. 41 W. Two hundred and twenty Poles to a Spanish Oak on a level.  Thence S. 49 E. Ninety Poles to a Locust stake near a marked Spanish Oak in William Jolliffe's line and thence with his Line N. 69 E. One hundred and twenty Poles to the Beginning containing One Hundred and Seventy Two acres of Land Together with all rights, members and appurtenances thereunto belonging Royal Mines excepted and a full third part of all lead Copper, tin Coals Iron mine and Iron ore that shall be found thereon To have and to hold the said One Hundred and seventy two acres of Land together with all rights Profits and Benefit to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining Except before Excepted.  To him the said John Hancher his Heirs and Assigns Forever.  He the said John Hancher his Heirs and Assigns therefore Yielding and Paying to me my Heirs and Assigns or to my certain Attorney or Attornies Agent or Agents or to the certain Attorney or Attornies of my Heirs or Assigns Proprietors of the said Northern Neck yearly and every year on the Feast Day of St. Micheal the Archangel The Fee Rent of One Shilling Sterling money for every Fifty Acres of Land hereby Granted and so proportionally for a greater or lesser quantity Provided that if the said John Hancher his Heirs and Assigns shall not pay the reserved annual Rent as aforesaid so that the same or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid by the Space of two whole years after the same shall become due If Legally demanded that then it shall and may be lawful for me my Heirs or Assigns Proprietors as aforesaid my or their certain Attorney or Attornies Agent or Agents into the above granted Premises to re-enter and hold the same as if this grant had never Passed.  Given at my office in the County of Frederick under my Hand & Seal, Dated the Tenth Day of September in the Sixth Year of His Majesty King George the Third's Reign A. D. 1766.

He also bought out some settlers, and located on Mill Creek, Frederick County, Virginia, about 13 miles west of Winchester.12,14  John and Nicholas built two houses on this land, one of which survived into the 1900s (and may still be standing).  They also built a log grist mill and a saw mill.12  

He married Sarah Caudy, Sep 11 1768, Frederick County, Virginia.6,7,9  Sarah, daughter of James Caudy & Mary Hutchison, was born 1739, Capon Valley, Hampshire County, Virginia.1,7  Sarah's parents were Dutch (they were both born in Holland about 1708).1  

On 3 Mo. 21 1771 at Hopewell Friends MM, John Handcher witnessed and signed the marriage certificate of Henry Lewis and Lydia Barrett.15  

At Hopewell Friends MM on 9 Mo. 3 1781, John Hancher was disowned for fighting and neglect of meeting16 (disownment order dated 5-31-1781, recorded at Hopewell 9-3-1781).10  

On 2-5-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At our Monthly meeting held at Hopewell the 5th day of the 2d mo 1781.  The Reppresentives being Called they appeared except One, for which a sufficient reason was given.  
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Preparative meeting brought Complaint to this meeting, that John Handcher, hath for a considerable time past much neglected the attendance of Our religious Meetings, Likewise hath been Guilty of striking a Man, Therefore this meeting appoints Abel Walker, James Steer, William Grubb, and Anthony Lee, to Treat with him, and report of their service to next mo meeting.

On 3-5-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewel monthly Meeting held the 5th day of the 3d mo, 1781, the representatives being Called they appeared.  
...  
The friends appointed to Treat with John Handcher, report that there appears to be some amendment, his case is continued, under the care of the same Friends.

On 4-2-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewel mo Meeting held the 2d day of the 4th month 1781.  The representatives being Called they appeared.  
...  
The case of John Handcher continued under the care of the same Friends.

On 5-7-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewell mo meeting held the 7 day of the 5th mo 1781.  The representative being called they appeared.  
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The friends appointed in John Handsher case report they had an opportunity with him, and are of the mind He is not in a proper disposition to make satisfaction.  He hath also been Guilty of Drinking too much strong drink by his Own Confession, Therefore his case is continued under the care of the same friends, who are requested to draw a Testimony against him, if there appear no hopes of amendment and produce it to next mo meeting, for approbation.

On 5-31-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewel mo meeting held by adjournment the 31st day of the 5th mon. 1781, the representatives being called they appeared.  
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The friends appointed to Treat with, & draw a Testimony against John Handcher produced one to this meeting which was read approved & signed, the meeting appoints Abel Walker & William Grubb to take the necessary care according to Discipline

On 7-2-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewel mo meeting held the 2d day of the 7th mo. 1781.  The representatives being called they appeared.  
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The friends appointed in John Handcher's case report the service is not fully performed, his case is continued under the care of the same Friends.

On 8-6-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewell monthly Meeting held the 6th day of the 8th mo 1781.  The representatives being Called they appeared
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The case of John Handcher continued under the care of the same Friends.

On 9-3-1781 Hopewell Friends MM recorded:11

At Hopewel Mo. Meeting held the 3 day of the 9th mo. 1781, The representatives being Called they appeared
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The friends appointed to take the necessary care in John Handcher's case, report the Service is performed.  
Whereas John Hancher, hath given way to a Luke warm disposition, so far as to much neglect the attendance of our religious meetings, and has also been guilty of striking a Man, & of taking strong drink to excess Friends having laboured with him in order to convince him of the evil of such Conduct, but their of love not having the desired effect, Therefore for the clearing of Truth and inorder to discourage such disorderly conduct, We give forth this Testimony, & do disown him from being a member of our religious society until by a more circumspect walking he manifest a true sorrow & condemns his evil conduct to the satisfaction of friends, which that he may is desired on his behalf.  Given forth at our mo. meeting at Hopewell held the 31st of the 5th mo. 1781.  
Signed by Order thereof, by Jonathan Lupton, Ck

John Hancher died Dec 2 1793, Frederick County, Virginia.9  

After John died his estate was divided as follows:17 Frederick County Virginia Deed Book 27:333, 2 Sept 1801.  Division of estate of 172 acres, granted to John Hancher 10 Sept 1766 (after survey 193 acres - each heir received 19 acres, 1 rod, 18 poles).  Receipts: Rebecca Minson, Eleanor Cooper, Mary Gard, Susannah Chew, David Hansher, Nicholas Hansher, Sarah Ellis, Margaret McGinnis, Elizabeth Johnson, Lydia Hansher.  

John was a Private in the 8th Virginia Militia Regiment, Continental Army, during the Revolutionary War and is listed as a Patriot in the DAR Patriot Index (1990 edition).18,19  

Sarah died Sep 30 1807, Frederick County, Virginia.1  

Sarah's will was recorded in Frederick County, Virginia, Will Book No. 8 (1804-1810), page 78 (as abstracted):20

HANCHER, SARAH
Will: 30 Nov 1802 / 31 Aug 1807
Widow of John Hancher
Sons: William and David
Daus: Layda and Susanna
Granddaughter: Sarah Moncer(?)
"To Layda Hancher, a single woman, horse and furniture"
To son David, land purchased of Cornelius Garde and Robert Cooper.
Executor: David Hancher
Witnesses: John Lynn, Thomas Baldwin and John Chapman


Sources

  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) computerized Ancestral File.
  2. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Virginia.
  3. Contribution from Robin Stacer ().
  4. RootsWeb WorldConnect GEDCOM from Michael Swigart ().
  5. Posting Jul 28 2005 by Marcia McClure () to the Henshaw message board:
    http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/msg/an/Fei.2ACIB/3.4.5.9.38.39.43.1.3.
  6. Contribution from Bruce Young ().
  7. http://www.ancestry.com GEDCOM archives.
  8. "The Hinshaw and Henshaw Families", by William Hinshaw; edited by Milo Custer; private printing, Bloomington, Illinois, 1911; Frank I. Miller Co., printers. LDS microfilm number 1402822.
  9. Contribution from Tommy Karns (), citing:
    Information provided by Christine McCormick.
  10. "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy", by William Wade Hinshaw, in many well-stocked libraries.
  11. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. "The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly", Vol. 4, No. 2, April 1904. The West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, Charleston, W.VA. Article "The Henshaw Family" by Valley Virginia Henshaw. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  13. Contribution from Ed Arntzen ().
  14. "Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania", Volume II. John W. Jordan & James Hadden, editors. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1912. Contributed by David H. Henshaw ().
  15. "Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick Co., Virginia",
    Genealogy Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, 1975.
  16. "Hopewell Certificates of Membership and Removal, 1759-1776".
  17. Contribution from Betty Carson ().
  18. Family group sheets created by Frances G. Brumley, citing Henshaw family bible records, Greene County, TN court & cemetery records, and several secondary sources. Contributed by Ruth Jenkins ().
  19. Contribution from Tommy Karns ().
  20. Frederick County, Virginia, Wills & Administrations, 1795-1816; http://www.ancestry.com.


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