The 8 children of James Peter Drock and Esther Buel eventually
hooked up with their cousins, the Drock / Little children, in
Caneadea, Allegany County, NY, around 1838.
are all colors, although the majority seem to be white. Of those,
I've only found one line that retained the name of Drock. Moreover,
I haven't found a single branch of these descendant lines that
knew anything about our early history.
else, I had absorbed the story that we were Native American. Maybe
we were... but if that is so, then I have absolutely no explanation
for why all lines (bar none!) believe we came from a different
tribe. I've been told we were Mohawk, Seneca, Cherokee, and Blackfoot,
among others. But since we came originally from New England (NH
and CT), I don't think any of these are right. My vote is still
out, but I think it's possible that Susanna (Simon Drock's wife)
was of the Mashantucket Pequot in southeastern CT.
What I can say
is that these folks were Patriots, adventurers, farmers and blacksmiths.
They were slaves and freedmen, landowners and debtors. They were
the epitome of America.