Tag Archives: Hancock

Matthew Cowlin

Matthew Cowlin
b. 11 August 1840, Glassmoor, Whittelsey, Cambridge, England, to Joseph and Mary (Hancock) Cowlin
d. 24 September 1925, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio

m. 1 July 1866, Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan
Maria E. Loomis
b. 28 April 1846, New York
d. 7 June 1894, Sheridan County, Nebraska

Children with Maria E. Loomis:
• Alice Jane (1866-1928) married James Alfred Stevens
• Laura May (1874-1951) married Clarence Albert Benedict
• Matthew Willard (1876-1951) married Lenore (Blain) Small

The family came to Hobart, Lake County, Indiana, from Cazevonia, Madison County, New York, in 1865 and they left in 1885 for Box Butte, then Sheridan County, Nebraska.

Submitted by:
Mary Alice Benedict Grindol
Galesburg MI

Thomas Summers Dean

Thomas Summers Dean
b. 7 May 1834, Plainfield, Coshocton County, Ohio, to Nathan and Catherine (Williams) Dean
d. 19 November 1910, Pomeroy, Garfield County, Washington

m. 8 May 1858, Delaware County, Indiana
Sarah Catharine Powell
b. 20 April 1835, Shidler, Delaware County, Indiana, to James and Emily (Hancock) Powell
d. 8 April 1896, Lowry City, St. Clair County, Missouri

Children with Sarah Catharine Powell:

  • William Edmond
  • Emily Ann
  • Elizabeth Jane
  • Thomas Summers
  • Joseph Cooper
  • Catharine Ruth
  • Highland Zebulon
  • Matilda Helm

Thomas came to Indiana about 1838. The family left the state about 1860–1865 for Vernon County, Wisconsin. They moved to St. Clair County, Missouri, about 1880. Thomas was a physician. After Sarah’s death, he went to the gold fields of California by way of the Panama Canal. He later moved to Washington where at least three of his children had moved.

Submitted by:
Diane Hitchcock-Owens
Larkspur CO

Solomon F Custer

Solomon F. Custer
b. 1816, Montgomery County, Ohio
d. 27 March 1885, Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana

m. 16 November 1836, Wayne County, Indiana
Frances “Fanny” Alger
b. 30 September 1817, Behobeth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, to Samuel and Clarissa (Hancock) Alger
d. 29 November 1889, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Children with Frances Alger:

  • Mary Clarissa (b. 1840)
  • Lewis A. (b. 1844)
  • Suphronia Alice (1848–1875) married [–?–] Vickers
  • Benjamin Franklin (1849–1929) married Anna Rebecca Overholtz
  • Lafayette Paul (1854–1930) married Hannah Elizabeth Stephens
  • Clarissa (1847–1857)
  • Sarah Suphronia (1860–1939) married John Luther Bond

According to family tradition, Brigham Young came back East from Utah with Fanny’s brother John to ask her to marry him. She refused, saying, “You are a fine young man, but I want to be an only wife.”

Submitted by:
JoAnn L. Kester
Tipp City OH

John Luther Bond

John Luther Bond
b. 14 December 1853, Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana
d. 22 December 1931, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 14 September 1875, Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana
Sarah Suphronia “Phronia” Alger
b. 10 February 1860, Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri, to Thomas and Sarah Ann (Edwards) Alger
d. 14 June 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Sarah Suphronia Alger:

  • Clyde L. (1877-1955)
  • Wilson Claude (b. 1879)

John and his family emigrated from Indiana in 1904 to Los Angeles, California.

Phronia’s father died in the Civil War when she was two years old. Three months later her mother gave birth to another child. For reasons unknown, Phronia was given to her aunt and uncle to raise, and her mother took her other children, including the new baby, and went on to Salt Lake City where she joined her husband’s parents, Samuel and Clarissa (Hancock) Alger. LDS records in Salt Lake City show that Sarah Ann, Joseph J., Clarisse E., John W., and Polly A. Alger arrived in Salt Lake City with Captain Peter Nebeker’s ox train on 29 September 1866.

Phronia was brought to Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana, and raised with the other children of Solomon and Frances (Alger) Custer.

When Phronia and her husband and their sons moved to California in 1904, they visited with her biological mother in Arizona. The mother and daughter hadn’t seen each other in over forty years. Phronia’s mother died soon after this meeting.

The Algers were Mormons, with the exception of Fanny (Alger) Custer, who raised Phronia. Samuel Alger, Phronia’s paternal grandfather, traveled from Bristol, Ontario County, New York, to Willoughby, Astubula County, Ohio, to Mayfield, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Kirtland, Ohio, to Nauvoo, Illinois, to Independence, Missouri, to Missouri River, to Iowa, and on to Salt Lake City, Utah. The family is said to have traveled west to Nauvoo, Illinois, with Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet who was killed at Carthage, Illinois, while living at Nauvoo.

Submitted by:
JoAnn L. Kester
Tipp City OH