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William Charles HANCOX  1876 - 1943   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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William Charles HANCOX  1876 - 1943

aka William C. Hancox, W. C. Hancox, William Hancox, W. Hancox
nationality
occupation
birth .... Oct/Nov/Dec 1876, Kensington, London, ENGLAND
baptism
death 24 Oct 1943, at home residence: Soundview Avenue (now: Street), New Rochelle, Westchester, New York
burial
marriage married on .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1907 at Paddington:
Louisa/Louise WASHBROOK

b. .... Jan/Feb/Mar 1879, Holborn, London
d. .... 1972, Bergen, New Jersey (?)

children
  • (William) Gilbert

    b. .... July/Aug/Sep 1908, Paddington, ENGLAND
    d. 1 Jan 1965, Montefiore Hospital, the Bronx, New York (home: 3 Sherwood Place, Scarsdale, NY)

  • Marjorie Louise

    b. .... Jan/Feb/Mar 1912, Willesden, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. ............

  • Sigrid Frances

    b. .... Oct/Nov/Dec 1914, Brentford, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. 2/3 Nov 1963, Beacon, NY

  • Pauline Joan

    b. 3 Sep 1916, Brentford, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. 18 Mar 2002, Tarpon Springs, FL


PARENTS

father Charles HANCOX

b. .... Jan/Feb/Mar 1852, Kenilworth, Warwick, Warwickshire
d. .... Jan/Feb/Mar 1920, Kensington (68y)

mother (Mary) Jane GILBERT

b. .... 1849, Barnstaple, Devon
d. .............

marriage they got married on .... Apr/May/June 1872, Kensington
children
  • Janet Gilbert

    b. .... Oct/Nov/Dec 1874, Kensington
    d. .... Apr/May/June 1942, Hove, (East) Sussex, ENGLAND (67y)

  • William

    b. .... Oct/Nov/Dec 1876, Kensington, London, ENGLAND
    d. 24 Oct 1943, New Rochelle, New York


LIFE


recorder GRAMCO/HMV (aa / ab / ac from 11 Aug 1910; before that aa / ab / ac was I. R. Holmes' series)
Made recordings in ab/ac series from December 1910 to 9 June 1914


1881 CENSUS (123 Tavistock Crescent, Kensington, Middlesex):
Charles HANCOX (29y; b. Kenilworth, Warwickshire, ENGLAND)
Jane HANCOX (32y; b. Barnstaple, Devon))
- Jane HANCOX (6y; b. London, Middlesex)
- William (4y; b. London, Middlesex)



1891 CENSUS (Paddington, London, Middlesex):
Charles HANCOX (39y)
Jane HANCOX (41y)



1901 CENSUS (Paddington, London, Middlesex, 31 March 1901):
Charles HANCOX (49y)
Jane HANCOX (52y)
- Jane HANCOX
- William HANCOX (24y; b. Notting Hill, Paddington, Middlesex)



1911 CENSUS (Willesden, Middlesex, ENGLAND):
= Mary Jane HANCOX (61 y; mother at same address?)
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1911 CENSUS (Willesden, Middlesex, ENGLAND):
William C. HANCOX (34y)
Louise HANCOX (32y)
- William G. HANCOX (2y)




William HANCOX (46y)(engineer)
SS "MAJESTIC"
dep.: 19 Oct 1922, Southampton
arr.: 24 Oct 1922, New York
residence: Mrs. L. Hancox, 9 Lancaster Gadns, West Ealing, London W 13



William Charles HANCOX (46y)
Louise W. HANCOX (43y)
+ William Gilbert HANCOX (15y)
+ Marjorie Louise (11y)
+ Sigrid Frances (8y)
+ Pauline Joan HANCOX (6y)
SS "MEGANTIC"
dep.: .. Aug 1923, Liverpool
arr.: 2 Sep 1923, Montreal, Quebec
Immigration year of William C., wife Louise and William G. (son) and 3 daughters: Marjorie L., Sigrid F. and Pauline J. : 2 Sep 1923


recording engineer BRUNSWICK (April 1924)
(source: American Big Band Database - Walter G. Haenschen, p. 4)

The April 1924 issue of Talking Machine World magazine, in an article on page 104, states that Walter "Gus" Haenschen was in St. Louis, along with Brunswick recording engineer C. Hancox


For some reason or other the name C. HANCOX is not included in the list of BRUNSWICK PERSONNEL produced on the DAHR (Discography of American Historical Recordings) website.


1925: New York, State Census, 1925 (New Rochelle, Westchester, New York):
William HANCOX
Louise HANCOX (46y)
- Gilbert W. (sic!) HANCOX (16y)
- Sigrid F. HANCOX (11y)



1930 CENSUS (12 Soundview Ave (?), New Rochelle City, Westchester, New York):
William C. HANCOX (53y) ...............
Louise W. HANCOX (51y)
- William G. HANCOX (21y)
- Marjorie L. HANCOX (17y)
- Sigrid F. HANCOX (15y)
- Pauline J. HANCOX (13y)



1940 CENSUS (12 Soundview Ave, New Rochelle City, Westchester, New York, 12 April 1940):
William C. HANCOX (62y; b. London) Recording engineer // Radio
Louise HANCOX (60y; b. London)
- Marjorie HANCOX (26y; b. London)
- Pauline HANCOX (23y; b. London)
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1940 CENSUS (Queens, New York, 8 April 1940):
William L. GREGORY (28y; b. MEXICO)
Sigrid GREGORY (25y; b. ENGLAND)
- Abigail (HANCOX) GREGORY (5m/0y)
- Deborah GREGORY (PHILLIPS)



Sound engineer with the World Broadcasting Corporation (WBC)
World Broadcasting System, Inc., was an American recording service for the radio industry founded in 1929 by Percy L. Deutsch (1885–1968), with key in investors and creative artists (Walter) Gustave Haenschen and Milton Diamond (both of whom had worked with Deutsch at the Brunswick Record Company) and was originally was based in New York.[1] The company recorded and, through its subsidiary, World Program Service, distributed discs to radio stations for broadcast. The discs themselves were 16 inches in diameter, vertically incised, recorded at 33 1/3 r.p.m., and would play for 55 minutes per side on average. These recordings, which were made especially for radio studios that could not afford to maintain a studio orchestra, were not sold to the public.
(source: WIKIPEDIA)

It is clear that William Charles Hancox is identical to the other PIONEER on this website (C. HANCOX), who worked for Brunswick.
Although we have no irrefutable proof, the amount of circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.
While still in England W. S. Darby and W. C. Hancox both worked for The Gramophone Company.
Darby returned 1922/1923/1924 to the States to work for Brunswick and his colleague W. C. Hancox emigrated in 1923 to the USA.
At the time of emigration both families lived in (West) Ealing, Middlesex, ENGLAND.



HANCOX - William C., 67y, sound engineer with World Broadcasting Corporation, New York, [died] at his home in that city 24 October 1943. Surviving are his widow, the former Louise Washbrook, a son and three daughters (source: Billboard of 6 Nov 1943, p. 30)

To be sorted out: William Charles Hancox also in:
- US New York City Directories, 1821-1989
- New York State Census (1925)
- United States Border Crossings from CANADA to United States, 1895-1956
His exact date of birth is still unknown...
Louise Hancox SSDI: d. 26 Nov 1878, (no location cited) - .. Nov 1972, Bergen, NJ (needs confirmation from ANCESTRY)


NOTES

  • Talking Machine World of Apr 1924
  • New York Times of 24 June 1936
  • New York Times of 26 Oct 1943
  • New York Times of 3 Nov 1963
  • New York Times of 3 Jan 1965
  • Billboard of 6 Nov 1943, p. 30
  • Pied Piper. The many lives of Noah Greenberg by James Gollin (Lives in Music Series) mentions Clara Hancox, (William) Gilbert Hancox' wife


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