There are many ways
to mix ancestry. One can have Asian and European ancestry.
Or one can have African and Indian ancestry. Any combination imaginable
is not only possible, but exists.
There are a lot of
families (including this one) that have many combinations. However,
the Drocks first emerged noticeably as a tri-racial group, a combination
of European, African, and Native American. The Drocks and
related families functioned as isolates. Basically, this
means that the families settled with or near each other, intermarried,
and intertwined over the generations. Thus, from 1809 until approximately
1900 (and possibly later), the family tree is very tightly branched,
and there is a great deal of intermarriage among first cousins.
Allegany County, New
York is where the Drock family stayed the longest. They owned
land along the river in Caneadea, subdividing a large parcel several
times. The Little's, too, settled here, on the parcel beside the
Drock's. And they proceeded to choose spouses from the families
they were most familiar with, had the most in common with... each
This part of New York
was not known for its large African population. In the larger
(relatively speaking) villages in the county, there were a very few
families who were not white. There was a part of the county known
as 'Snowball Hollow', facetiously named after its residents, who were
primarily black. The social divisions were very clearly drawn,
just as they had been in Delaware County. The family continued
to remain static, unable to advance economically or socially.
To learn more
about mixed or African ancestry, or tri-racial isolates: