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Moore-Hancock Farmstead

 
 
Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 7, 2007
1. Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker
Inscription. Irish native Martin Moore and his wife, Elizabeth Ann (White), left their Austin residences and prosperous Pecan (6th) Street mercantile business and moved to a farm north of town about 1850. Their 521-acre farm, which included this property, was inherited by Elizabeth in 1846. The Moores built the original framework of these sensitively restored log structures and out buildings at this site as early as 1849. Although modified over the years, they represent a rare surviving example of local pioneer farmstead architecture.

The Moores engaged in stock raising and farming and reared five children here. In 1866 Elizabeth Moore, by then widowed, sold this homestead tract to John Hancock, a prominent local judicial and political figure. Although Hancock never lived on the farm, it is believed that his former slave, Orange, and his family lived here in the late 1860s. Hancock's nephews, William and James, lived and worked on the farm at different times during the 1870s and 1880s. Franz Fiset purchased the farm in 1899. The structures were significantly altered by several subsequent owners before falling into disrepair by the mid-1980s. Major restoration of the complex was initiated following condemnation of the property by the city in 1987.
 
Erected 1992 by the Texas Historical Commission.
Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 29, 2016
2. Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker
A view of marker in context with additional plaques visible below marker; Austin Landmark plaque visible on gate.
(Marker Number 15032.)
 
Location. 30° 19.264′ N, 97° 44.506′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Sinclair Ave, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4811 Sinclair Ave, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Austin Memorial Park Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Petrified Forest Lodge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Austin State Hospital (approx. one mile away); The Radkey House (approx. one mile away); Austin State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Seiders Oaks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Elvira T. Manor Davis House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wells-LaRue House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Texas Beyond History article. Texas Beyond History article about slavery and John Hancock's land holdings including discussion of the archeology done at this site; provides additional references. (Submitted on November 29, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Dr. Michael Collins. As indicated on the plaque below the marker, the property is owned by Michael and Karen Collins. The Michael Collins referenced is Dr. Michael
Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 29, 2016
3. Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker
Additional plaques mounted below marker.
B. Collins, Research Professor, Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, probably best known for his work on the famous Gault site. (Submitted on November 29, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 29, 2016
4. Moore-Hancock Farmstead Marker
Austin Landmark plaque on gate to home.
Moore-Hancock Farmstead (House) image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 7, 2007
5. Moore-Hancock Farmstead (House)
Moore-Hancock Farmstead (Out-Building) image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 7, 2007
6. Moore-Hancock Farmstead (Out-Building)
 
 
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