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Hancock, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Hancock, Massachusetts, USA? 

Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Hancock was first settled in 1762 as the Plantation of Jericho. The town was officially incorporated in 1776, and renamed for John Hancock.

In 1790, the Shakers established Hancock Shaker Village. The Shakers were a religious order which believed in pacifism, celibacy and communal living. Worship could take the form of singing and ecstatic dance, which is why they were called the "Shaking Quakers," or "Shakers." The utopian sect is renowned today for its plain architecture and furniture.wikipedia


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Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - Hancock, Mass. from the South
Hancock, Massachusetts, USA

Hancock, Mass. from the South
Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - Main Street Hancock Shaker Village (1907)
Hancock, Massachusetts, USA

Main Street Hancock Shaker Village (1907)

"Hancock Shaker Village began in the late 1780s, when nearly 100 Believers consolidated a community on... Read MORE...
Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - Shaker Village, West Pittsfield, Mass.
Hancock, Massachusetts, USA

Shaker Village, West Pittsfield, Mass.

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22. HANCOCK. [Pop. 922. Inc. 1776.]
Before its incorporation, this long strip of land was called Jericho, because walled in by...Read MORE...

1859
HANCOCK, a township of Berkshire co., in the state of Massachusetts, 143 m. W of Boston, bounded on ...Read MORE...

News  1871 - Shakers Elope
One of the latest excitements is that of an elopement among the Shakers of Hancock, Mass. The...Read MORE...

Hancock Massachusetts, 1890
Hancock is a long, narrow, and mountainous township in the northern half of the western side of...Read MORE...

1916
Hancock, a post-village of Berkshire co., Mass., in Hancock township (town), on Kinderhook Creek, 8 ...Read MORE...

1960 - The (Hancock) village was closed by the Shakers in 1960, and sold to a local group, who now operate the property as a museum.

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Babbitt
flag  Bidwell BABBITT (1816, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 17 December 1875, Adams, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Fairfield
 immigrant - US to Canada   Emma FAIRFIELD (31 May 1863, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 23 August 1950, Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Montcalm, Québec, Canada (Saint-Lin-de-Lachenaie))
 immigrant - US to Canada   Marie "Maude" Zenobie FAIRFIELD (10 December 1867, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 6 March 1954, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Hungsford
flag  Phoebe HUNGSFORD (1827, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 4 April 1879, Lee, Massachusetts, USA)

Sprague
flag  Powell N. SPRAGUE (1817, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 4 March 1862, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)

Trask
flag  William TRASK (1801, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 15 April 1868, Monson, Massachusetts, USA)

Whitman
flag  James Dorr WHITMAN (22 September 1854 , Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 24 September 1887, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Timm
flag  Louisa TIMM (1854, , Massachusetts, USA - 31 May 1860, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA)

WHITMAN
flag  James Dorr WHITMAN (22 September 1854 , Hancock, Massachusetts, USA - 24 September 1887, Hancock, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
 

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