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The Grave of Levi Ward Hancock

Levi Ward Hancock was an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The grave of Levi Ward Hancock is located at the Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County. Levi Ward Hancock was born on 7 April 1803 and died on 10 June 1882. His parents were Thomas Hancock III and Amy Ward. He married Clarissa Reed on the 20th of March 1830. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 16 November 1830 in Kirtland, Ohio. In the summer of 1831, he served a mission in Missouri. In January of 1832, he returned to Missouri for a mission, including Ohio and Virginia.

Levi Ward Hancock was a member of the School of Prophets in which he attended 22—23 January 1833 in Kirtland, Ohio. He was set apart as a Seventy in the LDS faith on 28 February 1835. He was soon appointed to become president of the Seventy for the Church. This forced Hancock to move to Missouri in 1838. A year later he led a group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Hancock County, Illinois. Levi Ward Hancock made it to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. He was constantly moving to different locations in his life. In 1851, he moved to Payson, Utah. During the 1860’s, Levi Ward Hancock settled in Southern Utah following his son Mosiah. Hancock died at the age of 79 in 1882 in Washington, Washington County, Utah, where he is buried.


Levi W. Hancock's gravestone.
Levi W. Hancock's gravestone. Hancock was buried here following his death on June 10th, 1882. Source: Photo in possession of author.
Levi Ward Hancock and his sons.
Levi Ward Hancock and his sons. For Levi Hancock, family was an important part of life . Source: “Levi Ward Hancock and His Sons.” Hancock Legacy: Preserving the Past for the Future ,
Photograph of Levi W. Hancock
Photograph of Levi W. Hancock Baptized in late 1830, Levi Hancock was among the first people to join the Church of Jesus Christ. Source: “Levi W. Hancock.” Wikimedia Commons,



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