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Brock Family History


BROCK: to badger, resider of the swampland


From the first Brock coming to America, to the present day Brocks now residing all over the United States and Canada, our family has proven to be resilient. It is believed that his wife was Cherokee, and that they lived part of their lives with her People. Their children were considered Cherokee, both Native American and European. DNA of descendant males shows their patrilineage was Askenazi Jewish of Northern Europe.

Aaron Brock, born abt 1721-32, was also known as Chief Red Bird. Since the Cherokee traveled mainly between what is now North and South Carolina, when Aaron moved into Kentucky, he was in fairly new territory. Aaron and his Indian wife, Susan, lived in a sycamore tree in Kentucky where there was bountiful hunting. Present day Kentucky has a wildlife refuge supposedly named after our ancestor, and that area is known as Red Bird, Kentucky. But, the Indian way of life was changing, and Aaron and Susan's son, JESSE Brock, born 1751 in Cumberland Co., Virginia. He married Rebecca Howard, a girl of English ancestry, and they lived among her people. Jesse served the Patriot cause in the American Revolution, probably as a Scout, and later filed a Pension application, stating that he was drafted into service twice and volunteered for yet a third term.

Jesse Brock had at least two sisters, Mahala Susanna (1749-1820) who married Edward "Ned" Callahan; and Mary "Polly" (1757-1855) who married Ephraim Washington Osborn(e); and perhaps brothers James and John

Jesse and his wife, Rebecca moved between Virginia and the Carolinas, then settling in Knox Co., Kentucky, by 1798, where their son AMON was a farmer, the second of eleven children.

Amon was born 1775 in North Carolina. He married his first cousin, Mary "Polly" or "Molly" Osborn, 1805 in Knox Co., KY. They lived in the part of Knox Co. which became Harlan Co. and had ten children. Amon received several federal land grants.

When Polly died in 1853, Amon remarried to Charity Emeline Taylor and had six more children. During the Civil War, three of Amon's sons served in the Union army; when Amon died on his way to Indiana taking his children and wife to safety with his son Ephraim in Indiana. His sons were nearby and buried him in Pulaski Co., KY.

AARON N. Brock, oldest son of Amon and Polly, moved by 1843 to Clay Co., KY, and later was in Leslie Co. when lines changed. He married Barbara Shepherd in 1837, carried on the family tradition of farming, and was the father of three Brock sons who came to West Virginia after the Civil War, including CARLO.

Carlo Brock, born 1852, was the first to bring our family to Wayne Co., West Virginia. He married Polly Ann Jackson 1872 in Magoffin Co., KY. Their reason for moving to West Virginia is unknown to us, but he and his 1st cousin Jordan Brock were here in 1874 marriage. Carlo unfortunately died in an accident when digging a well in Wayne Co., when it caved in on him about 1881, leaving his widow and five children. His oldest son MILLARD Lee Brock was raised in Wayne County; his mother Polly remarried twice and had six more children.

Millard was raised in the area of Wayne Co. known as Lower Gragston Creek, and continued to live there after his first marriage to Dicy Combs. After Dicy and Millard's oldest two children, Nellie and Bertha, died from diphtheria, Dicy herself passed away from the same illness. Millard married Vina Hicks and proceeded to have eleven more children.

Most of us here today descend from Carlo, and we still know very little about him. People today are moving further and further from the areas where they were born, and more and more family history is being lost. Let's make sure that we at least record what we presently know to be fact, and, although the stories may not be true - we need to pass on those family stories, even if they are more fiction than fact. Please share your memories.

No source of any kind has been found that Aaron Brock's wife or mother was named Susanna; she is not mentioned in the oldest printed family histories of his family.

Map of S.E. Kentucky:

Southeastern Kentucky Counties where the Brocks and Allied Families lived: Manchester the seat of Clay Co., Hyden the seat of Leslie Co., Hazard the seat of Perry Co., and Harlan, the seat of Harlan County, which is 18 miles from the line separating it from Lee Co., VA.

Seat of Knox Co. is Barboursville, KY, 21 miles SSW of Manchester.

Salyersville is the seat of Magoffin Co., KY, where Millard Brock was born.

  • Leslie Co. was created in 1878 from parts of Clay, Perry and Harlan Cos.
  • Clay Co. was organized in 1806 from parts of Madison, Floyd, and Knox Cos.
  • Perry Co. was created in 1820 out of Clay and Knox.
  • Harlan Co. was created in 1819 out of Knox.
  • Knox was created 1799 out of Lincoln Co., one of three original Kentucky counties in 1780 in Kentucky when it was no longer Kentucky Co., VA as designated in Dec 1776.
  •  Following pages used by permission of Kenneth B. Tankersley, Ph.D.:

    CHIEF RED BIRD ~ Excerpt from his book-in-progress, Kentucky Cherokee: People of the Cave

     Yahoo Falls by Kenneth B. Tankersley

     Kentucky's Native Past, by Kenneth B. Tankersley

    NOTES: Kentucky Treaties, by Kenneth B. Tankersley

     Cherokee Syllabary, by Dr. Tankersley




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