Pusey Hancocke

Pusey Hancocke was Rector of Eversholt from 1721 to 1742.

He’s listed by Queen’s College, Cambridge, as a fellow:

1714-1723Pusey Hancock, M.A., B.D. Censor Theologicus and Philosophicus, Dean of Chapel. Rector of Eversholt, Beds., of Wallington, Yorks. d.1777.

However, the rectors page also has information that he was buried on 29 September 1742, which would be unfortunate if he didn’t die until 1777.
The parish registers are sparse during Pusey’s rectorship. Burials are 0 in 1725, 1726, 1727, 1730, 1731 and 1732. Baptisms are 0 in 1733, 1734, 1737 and 1738. Marriages are 0 in 1723, 1727, 1728, and the whole of 1730 through 1743. Either Pusey was very bad at keeping records or he was absent, or he was a very unpopular priest.
He may have been absent. There’s a note in a notebook kept by Ben Pyne, a lawyer of Leighton Buzzard, in the 1700s:
27. Affidavit of delivering copy declaration to prisoner, Pusey Hancock, in Bedford goal at suit of Edmd. Green. undated
and that is all we have. Bedford jail inmate records aren’t obvious for Pusey’s time. No other mention of Pusey with an Edmund Green is online. We don’t know what the suit was about.

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