The Rocking Chair
The rocking chai r in this pict u re was ma d e by Geo r ge Washington Hancock. It was made of red pine, and is one of the f irst chairs made in Payson. Hancock made this chai r for his wife Amy. Many of the pioneers made thei r furniture, as it was hard to bring these things with them across the plains. Come see this chair at the D. U. P. Museum in the Payson City Center.
George Washington Hancock was born March 8, 1826 at Columbia , Ohio to Soloman Hancock and Alta Adams. His parents and grandparents were among the f irst conver ts of The Church of Jesus Chr ist of Latter Day Saints, and were bapt ized in 1830, a few months af ter the organization of the church.
On May 14, 1848, George Marr ied Betsey Jane Fackrel l. Thei r f i r s t chi ld wa s bor n Mar ch 24, 1849. Two months later they star ted their journey to Utah. They ar rived in Salt Lake the last day of September 1849. Thei r second baby was bor n Febr ua r y 22, 1851. Bet sey Jane was very ill and when the baby was three weeks Betsey died, leaving George with two small children. George then married Amy Hancock, his cousin, on April 4, 1852. Amy helped raise his two small children.
Amy Hancock wa s b o r n May 12, 1835, the daughter of Joseph Hancock and Exper ience Wheeler Rudd. In 1847 her father joined the f i rst company of pioneers coming to Utah. Amy and her mother stayed behind. When he returned for them, her mother’s health was poor. In 1851 they came to Utah, ar r iving in September. Shor tly after ar r iving in Utah her mother died. her father went to California, leaving her here. She lived with friends and relatives. She mar ried George Hancock, and together they had twelve children, of whom only three grew to matur ity.
George and Amy lived in Payson u nt i l the i r de a ths. George d ied November 15, 1901 and Amy on August 27, 1921.
Ther e is addit ional h i s tor y on George and Amy Hancock at the museum. Come in and see the histor ies we have.