Hood County Texas Genealogical Society
GEORGE FRANKLIN BROCK
1844 - 1907
From History of Texas, Published in 1896
George Franklin Brock, a farmer of Hood County, was born in Mississippi, May 28, 1844, and is a son of John Hill and Eleanor (Lloyd) Brock, both natives of North Carolina. They were married in that state, and in 1843 removed to Mississippi, where they spent their remaining days. The father was a cooper and house carpenter by trade. He was three times married, our subject being a child of the second marriage.
George F. Brock received but meager educational privileges, and early in life was thrown upon his own resources, so that whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own labors. He was one of the soldier boys of the late war, joining the army when only seventeen years of age. He enlisted on the 5th of September, 1861, for service in the Confederate ranks and was assigned to the Fifteenth Mississippi Infantry, with which he remained until hostilities were over, participating in all the battles in which his company took part. On the close of the war he returned to his native state and in 1867 came to Texas. In March of that year he arrived in Galveston and for a short time worked on a farm in that region and was employed in other capacities, accepting any labor that offered if it would yield to him an honest living. In 1868 he went to Young County, where he was in the employ of different stockmen until 1870. In 1873 he began farming for himself in Ellis County, living on rented land until 1874, when he purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres, about ten miles south of Granbury. He moved upon this place in the autumn and immediately began its development. He has since carried on general farming and now has a well-cultivated place, to the further improvement of which he gives the greater part of his time and attention.
On the 18th of March 1875, Mr. Brock married Miss Sarah, daughter of James and Nancy (Howard) Rogers, both of who are natives of Texas, as is Mrs. Brock, who was born in Erath County in 1858. Her parents are now living in the Indian Territory. They have reared a family of eight sons and three daughters, all of whom are living at this writing, Mrs. Brock being the eldest of the number.
Our subject and his wife have seven living children and lost three in childhood. The living are Mary, George, John, Rosalie, Allen, Laura and Earl.
In his political views Mr. Brock was formerly a Democrat, but now is independent of any party associations. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and their true worth and straightforward lives commend them to the confidence of all.
George Franklin died April 25, 1907 and was buried in the Nubbin Ridge Cemetery in Hood County, Texas. Sarah A.E. Rogers Franklin, his wife, died September 22, 1928 and was buried next to her husband and infant children.
History of Texas, 1896, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.
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