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 Posted: Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 04:58 pm
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Old Blu

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Barlow wrote: Is Hancock Maryland named after General Hancock, and if so, what was it called in 1863?  Maybe Howard, since Howard preceded Hancock at Gettysburg.

Here is the story behind the name.

“By the time of the Revolutionary War, the settlement boasted some twenty odd houses. Many names have been associated with the general area - Tonoloway Settlement, Northbend, and William's Town among them. It is generally held that the name Hancock derived from Edward Joseph Hancock Jr., who operated the ferry here prior to his enlistment in the 8th Pennsylvania regiment. After the war, Hancock migrated to Wayne County, Indiana.”

Hope that helps.

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