Elizabeth Williams

Female 1832 - 1920  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Williams  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Feb 1832  Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Jan 1920  Mount Vernon, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age ~ 87 years 
    Person ID I37808  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Family Ancestors John Hocking,   b. 1834, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1895, Mount Vernon, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married Jun 1852 
    Children 
    Married: 5x1. Francis John Hocking, Sr.,   b. 8 Apr 1865, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1952  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
    Lizzie Elizabeth Maycock  m. 28 Jan 1901;   Emily Steaderman  m. 23 Mar 1946;   Josie Marie Dodge  m. 1923;   Jane Jennie Tucker  m. 1887;   Mary Elizabeth Archer  m. 28 Sep 1884
    Married: 1x2. Edwin Hocking,   b. 16 Apr 1870, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1938  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
    Married: 2x3. James Hocking,   b. 1872, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1950, Mount Vernon, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Alvin Hocking,   b. 2 Feb 1875, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1923, Mount Vernon, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
     5. Elizabeth Hocking,   b. 1863, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x6. William John Hocking,   b. Abt 1868, Lake Superior, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1952  (Age ~ 84 years)  [natural]
     7. Mary Hocking,   b. 1856  [natural]
     8. Eleanor Emilie Amelia Hocking,   b. 13 Jul 1865, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Sidney Hocking,   b. Abt 1867, St Keverne, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Julia Ann Hocking,   b. Abt 1870, St Keverne, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F14042  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Article - Wednesday, November 16, 1910 Daily Argus - Woman’s World - Remarkable Mount Vernon Woman - One of Mount Vernon’s remarkable women is Mrs. Elizabeth Hocking who has passed the 78th mile stone in years and has had 11 children, nine of whom are living; 60 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Three of her sons and one daughter reside in this city. In the picture appears Mrs. Hocking, her son Frank, his son Frank Jr., and baby Cyril (Searle), the son of Frank Jr., all of New York. Mrs. Hocking has been a resident of Mount Vernon for thirty years, for the last five years living at 421 East Third street, with her son Alvin Hocking. She is bright and active, a good conversationalist and takes a lively interest in current events. Time has dealt gently with this wonderful old lady, retaining for her all her faculties, while so lightly touching her hair with silver, that she seems not a day over sixty years of age. Cornwall, England was the birth place of Elizabeth Williams, and it was there in June 1852 that she married to John Hocking. In 1866, just at the close of the Civil War she came to this country with three little children to join her husband who was then employed in digging a canal from the timber lands of Michigan to Lake Superior to be used for floating the logs to the lake. Mrs. Hocking too passage on the steamer “City of Boston” which was 15 days in making the journey, being overtaken by a severe storm and so buffeted by wind and wave that her passengers often despaired of reaching shore. Wearied from the hazardous trip across the Atlantic, Mrs. Hocking stayed in New York with friends of her husband for six weeks before attempting to go west. Upon reaching Marquette, Mich. , she found her husband living in a one room hut, with a bed, one chair and a table, hewed from rough logs, for furniture. The foreman of the gang, however, upon learning of her arrival, sent his men down to build a shanty for her use, which consisted of a cellar, a kitchen, two bedrooms and an attic. This she was able to make comfortable. Provisions at that time was bought in quantities, a barrel of flour sometimes costing $15.00. Mrs. Hocking gives a very amusing account of her first experience with the Indians. While she was preparing dinner one day, a canoe of Indians had come down the lake, but her first intimation of this was upon going to the door she was greeted amicably by an old white haired Indian who was dressed in full regalia. Mrs. Hocking was much frightened; but she soon grew friendly with her Indian neighbors who visited her frequently, especially after her son, William, was born in 1867; the first white child born in the Indian’s territory. A little white baby was a great curiosity to the squaws who flocked to see him so that Mrs. Hocking often entertained at “afternoon teas.” The rough life, however, proved too strenuous, so that her husband bought a lot in the city of Marquette and they moved there. Coming to Mount Vernon in 1880, they resided on Eleventh avenue near Fifth street for eleven years, then moved to Franklin avenue where Mr. Hocking died in 1895. Mrs. Hocking has watched with interest the city grow to its present population. Her husband was awarded the first contract for the collection of garbage, when the village of Mount Vernon was made into a city. Mrs. Hocking has traveled extensively through the United States, and now enjoys little visits among her children and grandchildren, always making the journeys along. She is interested in music and literature and is a strong advocate of total abstinence, having now in her possession several unpublished manuscripts upon the temperance question of today.

      Newspaper Obituary - Friday, January 9, 1920 Daily Argus - Mrs. Elizabeth Hocking, age 88 years, for the last 40 years a resident of this city and widow of John Hocking, at one time a city contractor, died yesterday at the home of her son, Edward Hocking, 249 North Railroad avenue, from the infirmities of advanced age. The death of her husband occurred 25 years ago. Mrs. Hocking is survived by five sons and one daughter. The funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence of her son by Rev. J. Hillman Hollister, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and the interment will take place in Woodlawn cemetery. - Deaths - Hocking - Died, on January 8 1920, Mrs. Elizabeth Hocking, age 88 years, widow of John Hocking. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, January 11, 1920, at the residence of her son, Edward Hocking, 249 North Railroad avenue, at 3 o'clock. The interment will take place in Woodlawn cemetery.

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  • Sources 
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