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Almira Dubois Russell Hancock
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Born: 1832

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Father: Samuel Russell 1810 – 1859
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri)​

Mother: Adaline E. Dubois 1814 – 1884
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri)​

Husband: Major General Winfield Scott Hancock 1824 – 1886
(Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania)​
Married: February 14, 1850, in New York City, New York


Russell Hancock 1850 – 1884​
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri)​
Ada Elizabeth Hancock 1857 – 1875​
(Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania)​
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1850 – 1886: Wife of Winfield Scott Hancock​
1886 – 1893: Widow of Winfield Scott Hancock​

Died: April 20, 1893

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Age at time of Death: 60 or 61 years old

Burial Place: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri


The Widow of the General Expires after a Lingering Illness

NEW YORK, April 20 - After a lingering illness Mrs. Almira Hancock, widow of Major-General Winfield S. Hancock, died this afternoon at the residence of the General's niece, Mrs. Eugene Griffin, in Grammercy Park. Mrs. Hancock's strength slowly wasted away under a under a succession of sorrows that subdued her naturally cheerful disposition. Mrs. Hancock's only daughter, Ida Elizabeth, a beautiful and accomplished girl, died at the General's official residence on Governor's Island on April 24, 1883. Her only son, Russell, died in Mississippi on December 30, 1884. These bereavements were followed by the death of her husband at Governor's island on February 9th, 1886. Thus one after another the immediate members of her family passed away from her.

In the summer of 1891 Mrs. Hancock went to Europe, where the change of air and scenery soon wrought a marked improvement in her health, but it was only temporary. Overexertion in Europe and particularly the preparations for her return developed a serious form of nervous prostration, which was aggravated by the winter voyage. After her arrival here last November she had a relapse, from which she never rallied. She continued to grow weaker, until death resulted from complete exhaustion of the vital forces.

Mrs. Hancock's qualities of mind and heart commanded the admiration and affection of her friends and relatives. She had a charming personality, a sunny disposition, and a grace of manner that fascinated everyone who came within her influence.

Three grandchildren - two girls and a boy, children of Russell Hancock - her only brother, Olive Russell, and her two cousins, Mrs. Emma Bouvier of this city, and Mrs. Ward, wife of Captain Ward of the army, are the nearest surviving relatives. Mrs. Hancock was a descendent on her mothers side from two of the oldest Huguenot families of New York.

Published Friday April 21, 1893 in the San Francisco Chronicle
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