remember Mother had to flushing red in her face before you left us but this seem to be the beginning of her last Complanint which was a Decline which begun to appear about in May '97 she was in the greatis pains at times ... Mr Evans attended her and Mr Barton .. A day before she sent for John Hassall and spoke to him ..."
In 1803 Thomas Hancox again reported news to the family in Australia and told them that their continued to live in the same house in Coventry and that he was in better health than he had been for a long time and in the same year a report from J. Evans mentioned that he still regularly attended "the house of God." John and Ann Hancox had the following children:
1. Thomas Hancox, who married twice. First he married Catherine Wallington at Holy Trinity, Coventry on 21 Feb 1796. She died in June 1801. Their children included Thomas born in 1797 after a difficult birth described by his father in a letter to Rowland Hassall: "... the Lord in Mercy appeared about ten at night tho it was with instruments he the Doctor supposed the Child to dead as it had been in birth from 7 in the morning but the Delivering moment came & a live boy to our great surprise the mother was not stood till the Teen days & this -- still speared with her son Tho..."
Catherine Hancox later had a miscarriage from which she took a long time to recover and her husband nursed her because he was out of work for nine weeks. He eventually got shift work with Mr Lithgoe. While the family lived in Gosford Street, Coventry, they had a daughter, Elizabeth Hancox, in March 1799. Catherine Hancox died on 31 May 1801, she "sings herself away to everlasting bliss" and her son William to whom she gave birth then three weeks later "died after is mother." After being in "a very low way for some time" THomas Hancox married Elizabeth Underhill on 24 November 1802. Elizabeth Underhill had been a servant of a family friend, Mr Merridew, for many years and then worked with Reverend George Burder. She was "a pleasant woman with what is called red hair, I trust will make him a valuable wife." Reverend Burder also had a good opinion of her "she is a pious person & I doubt not will make a good wife." In 1841 Thomas and Elizabeth Hancox lived in Lockhurst Lane, Coventry. He was 70 years old and described in the Census as a weaver. She was aged 55 and they had a daughter, Caroline, aged 14, living with them.
Elizabeth Hancox, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Hancox, worked in service in Coventry and saw a little of her cousin, Thomas Hassall, when he visited his relatives. Two letters she wrote to him in 1821 survive. They are fairly unlettered but demonstrate a piety one would expect from members of such a family. She spent several evenings with him and wrote that her mistress was not angry at her having returned late from one of these outings. She invited him to visit her again and to bring with him their cousin Susan if she could be spared. She spoke of her sorrow that Thomas Hassall was returning to his family in Australia and wished him and
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