Philadelphia Hancock was a popular aunt of Jane Austen, one of her father’s sisters. She was born in Tonbridge in 1730 but lived with relations after her parents died. A spirited girl, she travelled to India at the age of 20 to find a husband. The man she married was Tysoe Hancock, a surgeon in the East India Company. She and their only child, Eliza, returned to England where the two of them saw much of Jane and her family. Mother and daughter were helped financially by the famous Warren Hastings, a friend of Mr Hancock. Philadelphia died in London at the age of sixty.
Tysoe Saul Hancock
wife of Tysoe Saul Hancock
Whose Moral excellence united the
practice of every Christian virtue. She bore
with pious resignation the severest trials of a
tedious and painful malady and expired
on the 26 Feby 1792 aged 61