Name: Forrest Daniel HANCOCK
Birth: ABT 1774 in Campell Section, Beford Co, VA
Death: BEF 9 APR 1847 in Warren Co, MO
Change Date: 21 JUL 2010
William's son, Forrest Hancock was one of the original "Mountain Men". The Absence of records on Forrest leads to the belief that he spent much of his life in the wilderness. We do know that he spent some time with the Mandan Indians in the Dakotas and had business dealings with the famous explorer Manual Lisa. Hunting and trapping, Forrest and Joseph Dickson had left Missouri during the summer of 1804, being the first men to follow the Lewis & Clark trail. The journal of Lewis and Clark was helpful in locating information on Forrest Hancock. Lewis and Clark had separated, and were headed downstream toward St.Louis. On Tuesday, August 12, 1806, their journal entry reads:
"Being anxious to overtake Capt. Clark who from the appearance of his camps could be at no great distance before me, we set out early and proceeded with all possible expedition at 8 A.M. These men informed me that there was a canoe and a camp he believed of white men on the N.E. shore. I directed the perogue and canoes to come to at this place and found it to be the camp of two hunters from Illinois by name of Joseph Dickson and Forrest Hancock. These men informed me that Capt. C. had passed them about noon the day before. They also informed me that they had left Illinois in the summer of 1804 since which time they had been ascended the Missouri, hunting and trapping beaver; that they had been robbed by the Indians and the former wounded last winter by the Tetons of the birnt woods; that they had hitherto been unsuccessful in their voyage having as yet caught little beaver, but were still determined to proceed. I gave them a short discription of the Missouri, a list of distances to the most conspicuous streams and remarkable places on the river above and pointed out to them the places where beaver most abounded. I also gave them a file and a couple of pounds of power and some lead. These were articles which they assured me they were in great want of. I remained with these men and hour and a half when I took leave of them and proceeded. (These two trappers are not only the first white men whom the expedition has seen since leaving the Missouri villages in April 1805, they are also the first to follow the trail which the expedition had blazed.) " An entry of August 1806 states that John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, requested permission to join Dickson and Hancock in their trapping expedition. Eventually, they would enter the Yellowstone basin.
(from The Hancock Brothers from Virginia)
He had a nephew named Forrest (son of Stephen) who this may have been about, but it seems to early to have been his nephew.
Forrest farmed 400 acres of land in Femme Osage Township, near his father Stephen and brother Stephen, although the farm was listed as delinquent in taxes in1817. Dave Fleming, one of the first locaters at Mine's Camp, in present Cooke City, Montana, was reportedly the stepson of Forrest. He stated that when he was about ten years old, his stepfather took him on an expedition into the mountains, since after the death of his mother there was no one to take care of him in the settlements.
Father: William HANCOCK b: ABT 1739 in Goochland Co, VA
Mother: Mary ?Molly? MERCHANT b: ABT 1743