Frank Heeley Hancox

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Frank Heeley Hancox
Birth: , Lancashire, England
Death: , Kimberley, South Africa
Parents: Maria Mary Hancox (née Merrett)
    1845 – 22 October 1908
Harry Hancox
Siblings: Harry Merrett Hancox
Frank Heeley Hancox
Richard James Hancox
Charles Edward Hancox
    b.1872, England.
Partners: Ethel Chard Hancox (née Nelson)
    1880 – 1993
Children: Harold Nelson Hancox
Mary Ray Hancox
Wikitree: Hancox-914
FamilySearch: GZB3-82Z
Ancestry: 312495569939

Frank Heeley Hancox was born in 1869 in Liverpool, Lancashire to Harry Hancox and Maria Mary Hancox (née Merrett) [1] He had three brothers, Harry_Merrett_Hancox, Charles_Edward_Hancox and Richard_James_Hancox.

In the 1891 Census, Frank was living with his family at 30 Edge Lane and was a Student of medicine.[2] But in 1892, he is recorded as leaving England for South Africa on the Grantully Castle[3] and nothing more shows with regard to his medical studies in England.

He married Ethel Chard Nelson in South Africa[4] and it is probable that he had a photographic studio known as Hancox and Wensch, Rembrandt Studios, 46 du Toits Road, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. There is a record of a photograph that he took of Cecil Rhodes and 9 directors of the De Beers Co. on 2 January 1899, which is held at the National Archives, Kew, London.[5]

He and Ethel had children, the descendents of whom were living in Durban in 2016.[6]

He died aged 39 on 24 February 1909 in Kimberley, South Africa.[7][8]


  1. Frank Heeley Hancox's birth certificate
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  4. "South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 February 2021), Frank Heeley Hancox in entry for Harold Nelson, 25 Jun 1903; citing Baptism,...
  5. "Photograph of 9 directors of De Beers Co, Cecil Rhodes in centre, 4 standing and 5 seated". Copyright owner and author of work: Frank Heeley Hancox, Dutoitspan Road, Kimberley, South Africa. Form completed 2 January 1899. Registration stamp: 23 January 1899. Covering dates 1899 January 2. Held by The National Archives, Kew (Legal status Public Record(s)) Dimensions 30cm x 39cm
  6. Pers. comm. between Sam Wilson and Jan Karpinski, 2016.
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  8. "South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 November 2019), Frank Heeley Hancox, 1909.
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