Jun. 1, 1702 Lexington Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
May 7, 1744 Quincy Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA
Son of Rev. John and Elizabeth (Clark) Hancock. Husband of Mary (Hawke) (Thaxter) Hancock.
Harvard Class of 1719. Librarian of Harvard 1723-1726. He was pastor of the church of the North Precinct (now named the United First Parish Church, nicknamed "Church of the Presidents") of the town of Braintree (now Quincy) between 1726 and 1744, and during this time, performed around 75 marriage ceremonies. On December 12, 1733, Rev. Ebenezer Gay of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, officiated at the wedding of John and Mary. In 1744, Rev. Gay preached a sermon at the funeral of Rev. Hancock. Rev. Gay was an old friend of the family and had been classmates at Harvard with Mary's first husband Samuel Thaxter.
Inscription: Here rest the remains of: REV JOHN HANCOCK 5th Minister of the 1st Cong. Church of this Town, and father of JOHN HANCOCK the Patriot, decd May 7th, 1744 in the 42d year of his age, and the 18th of his ministry
Note: Ministerial tomb was rebuilt in 1812 which is why it references the patriot John Hancock. Also interred in this tomb are Rev. Anthony Wibird, Rev. Joseph Marsh, Ann Marsh, Rev. Moses Fisk, Sarah Fisk and Anna Fisk.