George W. Brock

                 Goodspeed 1890

George W. Brock, planter in Missouri Township, Pike County, Ark. was born
in Grainger County, Tenn., April 27, 1837, and was reared and educated in
his native State. He was a son of Moses Brock and Mahalah Brock, both
natives of Tennessee, the former born in 1803, and the latter in 1801. They
were married in 1833 and had a family of six children, four boys and two
girls, namely, Booker D., Nancy A., George W., Sarah E., Moses K. and John
W. Mr. Brock Sr. was a farmer by occupation. In 1850 he emigrated to
Arkansas settling in Pike County where he engaged in tilling the soil until
his death which occurred November 27, 1888. The father was married three
times, first to Zipparah Dennis, May 12, 1822. To this union were born five
children, William, James, Elizabeth, Amy and Charity. July 2, 1833 his wife
departed this life and on October 1, 1833 he was married to Mahalah Dyer
with whom he lived for more than forty-three years. This wife died April
22, 1876 and Mr. Brock then married Elizabeth Gentry, a native of Georgia,
who survives him. The subject of this sketch emigrated with his parents to
Pike County, Ark. and lived with his parents until 1860. Then he went to
Texas and traveled extensively in that State and joined the Texas Rangers
in 1860 with whom he went in the Indian Territory for six months undergoing
hardships incident only to a ranger's life. After this he returned to
Arkansas and joined the Confederate army, July 13, 1861, and witnessed the
scenes of many hard-fought battles. At the close of the late war he came
home, taking up his occupation as farmer. He was married to Miss Rebecca M.
Weir, October 28, 1862, a native of Arkansas who was born February 10,
1844. She is a daughter of Abram and Amanda Weir. This union was blessed
with twelve children, (eleven are named), viz, Amanda C., Mahalah O.
(deceased), Moses A., Thomas J., Nancy C., Talitha L., Lescar E., Rebecca
M., George P., Lula M. and Lydia O. Mr. Brock is one of the successful
planters of this county, owning a farm of excellent land with eighty acres
under cultivation. He is a Mason, belonging to Pike Lodge No. 91, in which
he has served the lodge in her official capacities. Mr. Brock is popular,
having been elected as justice of the peace for several terms. He has been
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for twenty-five years and
has been an efficient leading Elder for fifteen years, and faithfully
discharged his duties as such. He and his amiable wife are liberal
contributors to charitable enterprises, especially to the church.
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, The Goodspeed
Publishing Company: Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis, 1890, Pike County,
page 317.

Update 03.19.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0003.HTM