Thomas J. Hancher

 1. Nicholas Hancher (1705-1777) m Rebecca Smith (c1707-?)
 2.. John Hancher (1734-1793) m Sarah Caudy (1739-1807)
 3... William Hancher  m Ann Dunn (c1756-?)
 4.... John Hancher (1796-1853) m Nancy Ann O'Rourke (1807-1882)
 5..... Thomas J. Hancher (1836-1919)
        +Fanny Jane Winkler (c1842-1920)
 6......  Elba Hancher (c1861-?) 1,2
 6......  Emery Hancher (1864-1953) 1,2
 6......  Jeannette Hancher (c1868-?) 1,2,3
 6......  James Hancher (c1879-?) 3
Thomas J. Hancher     [ID 09377] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Thomas J. Hancher1,4,5 [Thomas Henshaw6].

Born Mar 25 1836, Ohio.3,4,5,6,7  

He married Fanny Jane Winkler, 1858, Princeton, Illinois.1,5,7  Fanny was born about 1842, Ohio.1,3,7  

Thomas and family were shown in the 1860 census (Jul 26 1860), Ohio Township, Bureau County, Illinois:7

Thomas Hancher, age 24, born in Ohio; married within the year.
Fanny Hancher, age 18, born in Ohio; married within the year.
Living nearby in 1860 were his widowed mother, Nancy Hancher,8 and his sister Julia with brother Barney.9  

Thomas and family were again shown in the 1870 census, Independence Township, Jasper County, Iowa:1

Hancher, Thomas, age 35, born in Ohio; farmer; $2000 real estate; $1200 personal property.
Hancher, Fannie, age 27, born in Ohio; keeping house.
Hancher, Ellie [middle initial unclear], age 9, born in Illinois; attended school.
Hancher, Emery [middle initial unclear], age 6, born in Illinois; attended school.
Hancher, Jennie M, age 2, born in Iowa.

Thomas and family were shown in the 1885 Iowa State Census, Independence Township, Jasper County, Iowa:10

Hancher, Thomas, age 48, born in Ohio; farmer.
Hancher, Fanny, age 42, born in Ohio.
Hancher, Jennie, age 16, born in Jasper County, Iowa.
Hancher, James, age 6, born in Keokuk County, Iowa.

In 1916 Thomas was living in El Campo, Wharton County, Texas.11  

Thomas J. Hancher died Mar 28 1919, at his home, El Campo, Wharton County, Texas; age 83y 3d.5,12  

Thomas' obituary was published in the "El Campo Citizen" (El Campo, Texas) on Friday, April 4, 1919:5

A GOOD MAN GONE

At his residence in this city last Friday evening, Mr. T. J. Hancher passed away at the ripe old age of 83.  

Deceased had been in apparently good health, and on the day of his passing, had continued his work about the place as usual, with no warning of the rapidly approaching end of his earthly existence.  

He was an excellent Christian gentleman, whom to know was to love and respect.  

Thomas J. Hancher was born in the State of Ohio, March 25th, 1836.  Died in El Campo, Texas March 28th, 1919, age 83 years and three days.  

In the year 1858, at Princeton Illinois, he was united in marriage to Fanny Jane Winkler who survives him.  

To the union was born three children, Elba Hancher Allison, deceased in 1903, E. G. Hancher of El Campo and Jeannette Hancher Titus of Galveston, Texas.  

Grandpa Hancher spent more than fifty years of his life in the State of Iowa, coming to El Campo, Texas, four and one-half years ago.  He was a pioneer of both the States of Iowa and Illinois.  

He lived a very active and useful life to the very hour of his death; he was a faithful Christian husband and father, having united with the Christian Church nearly sixty years ago.  For many years he was an officer in the great University Place Church of Christ, Des Moines, Iowa.  

The funeral service was conducted from the Christian Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. Arrowood, and the remains interred at the O.D.H.S. Cemetery.

Fanny died Sep 13 1920, El Campo, Wharton County, Texas; buried O.D.H.S. Cemetery.12,13  

Fanny's obituary was published in the "El Campo Citizen" (El Campo, Texas) on Friday, September 17, 1920:13

MRS. T. J. HANCHER

Mrs. T. J. Hancher, who has been quite ill for more than a year passed away from earthly suffering at the home of her son, E. G. Hancher, Monday morning, September 13th.  Funeral services were conducted from the residence on Tuesday evening by Rev. Dobbs and the remains interred at the O.D.H.S. Cemetery by the side of her aged husband, who preceded her by one year in the great adventure.


Sources

  1. 1870 census, Independence Township, Jasper County, Iowa; page 299B, line #23, dwelling #133, family #133.
  2. Obituary of Thomas J. Hancher.
  3. 1885 Iowa State Census, Independence Township, Jasper County, Iowa; page 360, line #12, dwelling #45, family #45; USGenWeb Archives.
  4. Contribution from Larry Hancher.
  5. Obituary of Thomas J. Hancher; posted Nov 10 2011 by "mfflournoy" to the Wharton County, Texas message board:
    http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wharton/741/mb.ashx.
  6. 1850 census, 2nd District, Campbell County, Kentucky; roll 195, pg 109, family #562.
  7. 1860 census, Ohio Township, Bureau County, Illinois; page 493, line #19, dwelling #3382, family #3424.
  8. 1860 census, Ohio Township, Bureau County, Illinois; page 493, line #31, dwelling #3385, family #3427.
  9. 1860 census, Ohio Township, Bureau County, Illinois; page 491, line #22, dwelling #3370, family #3412.
  10. 1885 Iowa State Census, Independence Township, Jasper County, Iowa; page 360, line #12, dwelling #45, family #45; USGenWeb Archives:.
  11. Obituary, newspaper articles and notes on a 1939 Hancher/Henshaw etc. family reunion, contributed by Larry Hancher
  12. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. Obituary of Fanny (Winkler) Hancher; posted Nov 10 2011 by "mfflournoy" to the Wharton County, Texas message board:
    http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wharton/742/mb.ashx.


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