Hancock, William C.



Hancock, William C.


William C. Hancock was a master builder elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1831. He served as Warden of the Company in 1836 and on the Managing Committee in 1839. In 1820 he was listed in the City Directory as an owner of a hardware store located at 88 North 2nd street. By 1826 Hancock was listed as house carpenter near the NW corner of Mulberry and 8th and dwelling at 14 Chester. In 1835 he was located at the NW corner of Cherry and 12th street. By 1845 Hancock was listed at 444 Callowhill. His last address was 108 North 16th street in 1854. Hancock was placed on the Carpenters' Company's list of disabled members for quarterly relief in 1853 and died in 1856.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes.

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First Name


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Deceased Date


Date Elected


Office Held

Warden, 1836-38

Committee Membership

Managing Committee, 1839-41

Business Address

NW corner Cherry & 12th Sts. (CD) (1830)


Carpenters' Co. Minutes-1853-297 W. E. Hancock placed on list of disabled members for quarterly relief. --------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #349; filed April 28, 1836; satisfaction not noted William C. Hancock & Biddle Hancock vs. Francis C. Heron. Claim for $300 against certain 12 adjoining unfinished brick houses or tenements and lots or pieces of ground situate on the south side of a 24 feet wide street running from Delaware 9th to 10th between Carpenter and Prince streets in Moyamensing township, each house being 16 feet front and 15 feet 6 inches deep, for labor done and performed. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #402; filed October 55, 1844; satisfied February 24, 1849 William Hancock & Biddle Hancock trading as W. & B. Hancock vs. David Marston. Claim for $112.60 for work and labour done & materials furnished against a 3-story brick building & lot of ground situate on the west side of 10th street, 32 feet north of Thompson street. ------------------ Case #1, Court of Common Pleas, September, 1849 William C. Hancock vs. William B. Whitecar. He sued Whitecar for a fair division of profit from a stone quarry business they began in 1846. ----------------- City Directory - 1820 - W.C., hardware store, 88 North 2nd. 1826 - William C., house carpenter, near the NW corner of Mulberry & 8th; dwelling 14 Chester. City Directory - 1835, 40 - William C., house carpenter, NW corner Cherry & 12th. (same address for Joseph.) 1845 - William C., carpenter, 444 Callowhill. 1854 - William C., builder, 108 N. 16th.