Looking for his death date and place, Might be impossible.
He was born to George W. and Julia Ann Smoot Hancock. He was their sixth child.
He was a gold miner all his life.
These are some of the names he is known by:
James Edward Hancock,
James Edward Carl,
Joseph Emmit Coyle,
Jospeh E. Mears,
James Emmit Hancock
We have been told that he took on last names of his wives, their former husbands, and even his mother's 2nd husband Luis Peter Carl.
He married Julia Mary Fortine 26 June 1893 in Perris, Riverside, California under the last name of Carl.
They had the following children: Marcelina Gertrude, Elizabeth Edna, George Alford, and Della Mae Carl.
James was married to Julia Mary FORTINE in 1893 in Perris, Riverside, California. Their first child was born 18 Jun 1893 in Perris, Riverside, California. They had five childern, the last being born 8 Jul 1901 at Perris, California. Sometime between this last child's birth and early 1903 James deserted Julia and ended up in in St. George, Utah.
He married Emma Amolia Graf under the name of Joseph Emmit Coyle.
They had the following children: Marion Emmit, Catherine Lenore, Robert Vincent, and Paul Vernon Coyle.
He became a renegade, he got another women pregnant and Emma packed up and left, her brother came from Utah to get her and the kids by wagon. she filed for divorce.
He assumed the name of Joseph COYLE, and joined the Mormon Church, being baptized 5 December 1903. He married Emma Amolia GRAFF in the St George Mormon Temple on 23 March 1904. They had four children, the first being born in Santa Clara, Utah 7 Nov 1904. Their last child was born in Beaver, Utah 27 Aug 1912. The family was living in Beaver because Joseph was working in the mines at Minserville. It has been alluded that Jospeh was unfaithful to Emma during this time and father a child by another woman in Beaver. Emma therefore took her children, sometime in Feb/Mar of 1913, went to Milford, Utah and took the train to Modena, Utah where her brother Albert met them with a team and wagon. Albert returned Emma and her children to her parent's home in Santa Clara, Utah. Emma divorced Joseph Coyle in 1915. Her temple sealing was finally cancelled 24 Apr 1922 by President Heber J. Grant. Sad to say that this cancellation came sometime after her death in child birth.
She married William Jonas Conger 16 May 1920 in Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada and they had one daughter; Wanda Mollie Conger (Diel)
He married Mary E. Dunlap 22 Jan 1917 in Big Pine, Inyo, California.
(Furnished by Ralph Vernon Cooley)
James Edward Hancock AKA: James Edward CARL, Joseph COYLE and Joseph MEARS.
He could have gone by other names during his life time. We will never know, nor do we know when, where, why or how he died or what name he was using at deaths door.
James next appeared in Big Pine, Inyo, California where he had married a Mary E. DUNLAP under the
name of Jospeh MEARS. It was here that Emma's youngest son Paul came to live with his father in
the early 1920's. Paul was desirous of joining the Coast Guard so he and his father James--Joseph?? went to court and legally changed Paul's last name to MEARS so that father James/Joseph? could sign the papers for Paul to join the Coast Guard. A name that his father had no right to.