D.U.P. Sto­ries

The Rock­ing Chair

Serve Daily - - LIBERTY SHALL BE MAINTAINED - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

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.

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