Saturday, July 1, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ ALCOCK of York, Maine


John Alcock, my 10th great grandfather, supposedly arrived on the Assurance in 1635, and became a planter at York, Maine before the 1640s.  There is a surviving records of his servant, John Smith, who ran away and was returned to John Alcock by court order on 9 September 1640.  He bought fifty acres of land from William Hooke on 16 June 1643 in York, which was the first record land purchase of many he would make in the York area. 

John Alcock served as a rent collector for Sir Ferdinando Gorges in York. He was considered one of the wealthiest men in York County and had a large property on “Alcock’s Neck”.  His name was usually written as “Mr.” or “Esq.”  On 16 July 1650 he bought more land at Cape Neddick.  His estate was settled between 1671 and July 1675, but his actual death date is unknown.  “…he was suddenly surprised with death and had no opportunity to make his will or settle his estate” [MA Archives – Volume 3, page 149]

According to Bank’s History of York Maine, Volume 1, page 114 – 115 the Alcock children were Samuel, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Job, Hannah, Sarah & Lydia. His widow, Elizabeth, died in the Candlemas Massacre (also known as The Raid on York) of 1692, where she was living in her son-in-law, Rev. Shubael Dummer’s, house which burned and he was killed on his doorstep. Lydia (Alcock) Dummer, his wife, and their little boy were carried to Canada.  I descend from her sister, Sarah Alcock, my 9th great grandmother, who married John Giddings of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Some ALCOCK resources:

“The Alcocks of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire: John Alcock and His Wife Elizabeth Wrightman, Anne Alcock and her Husband Nicholas Needham, and Katherine Alcock and her husband Gregory Belcher”, New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Volume 26, Numbers 2 -3.

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Noyes, Libby and Davis, pages 59 – 60.

History of York, Maine, by Charles Edward Banks, 1967, Volume 1, pages 114 – 119, 129; and Volume II, page 68.

York Deeds, Volume 1, page 98

Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, by Charles Henry Pope, pages 2 -3.

Old Kittery and Her Families, by Everett S. Stackpole, 1903, page 275.

Banks, Charles, "The Alcock Family of Maine," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 36, 1882, page 400.

Banks, Charles, "The Bank(e)s Family of Maine," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 44, 1890, page 258.

My ALCOCK genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Alcock of Mancetter, Warwickshire, England

Generation 2: John Alcock, born about 1600 in Mancetter, died 21 June 1673 in York, Maine; married on 1 May 1627 in Mancetter to Elizabeth Wrightman. They had nine children.

Generation 3: Sarah Alcock, born about 1642 in York County, Maine; died 29 December 1711 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married about 1660 to John Giddings, son of George Giddings and Jane Lawrence.  He was born about 1639 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, and died 3 March 1691 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich.  Ten children.

Generation 4: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ ALCOCK of York, Maine”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 1, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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