Biography - GEORGE W. BROCK

George W. Brock, one of the reliable and representative farmers of Newman township, residing within the corporate limits of the city of Newman, was born twelve miles southwest of Crawfordsville, Indiana, September 8, 1846. His father, Seth Brock, was a native of Warren county, Ohio. He was a carpenter by trade and farmed also, owning farms in Wayne and Montgomery counties; he later removed to Mason county, Illinois. He was a strong pro-slavery man, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church; was born in 1813 and died in 1873. He wedded Mary A. Palmer, who was a daughter of Jesse Palmer, a native of North Carolina, but who became one of the early settlers of Indiana. Elijah Brock (grandfather) was born in Ohio.

George W. Brock was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. At the age of sixteen years, on account of a severe spell of sickness, he lost the use of his right side. He married at Camp Butler, Miss Malinda Vanhook, daughter of Thomas and Matilda (Mann) Vanhook, and the result of this union was one child living, Ada Lucy, aged fifteen years, and three dead: Phillip L., Harry C. and Ethel Ellen. Mrs. Brock, who was a most estimable woman, died February 16, 1899. She was a devoted member of the Christian church at Newman and her loss was deeply felt in church circles.

Mr. Brock owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Newman township, and three acres inside the corporate limits of Newman. He is one of the useful citizens of Newman township, careful and prompt in business, and at his home courteous and hospitable.

Extracted 22 Jul 2019 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 230-231.

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