On Aug. 30, 1810 (B), Catherine Blair was born to Ebenezer Blair & Janet Young. Sources have her born in Charlottenburgh Twp. or Lancaster Twp., Glengarry Co. or in Cornwall, Stormont Co. On Apr. 11, 1811 she was baptized by Rev. John Bethune at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Williamstown, Glengarry Co.
On Feb. 10, 1830, Catherine witnessed the marriage of Anne Brock & Jacob Shepard at Knox Pres. Church, Toronto.
On Dec. 2, 1830, Catherine married Robert Brock, both of York Twp., York Co. The ceremony was performed by Rev. James Harris, Presbyterian, & witnessed by John Alexander & Elizabeth Brock. Rev. Harris performed the marriage ceremony for Catherine’s sister, Hannah, as well. Robert was born Sept. 27, 1803 in New York, NY to Francis Brock (1760 Ireland - 1826 York Twp.) and Judith Tige (Ireland -1837). Robert's sister, Jane, married Catherine's brother, William. In 1828, the 1st Regiment of East York Militia included Privates Robert, Fra’s, and Edward Brock (Men of Upper Canada Militia Nominal Rolls, 1828-1829, edited by Bruce S. Elliot et al, Ont. Genealogical Soc., Toronto, 1995, page 201).
On Sept. 11, 1831, James F. was born in York Co.
About 1833, Sarah was born in York Co.
In 1834, York became the City of Toronto.
In Mar., 1834, Anna (Indiana) was born in York Co.
On Nov. 23, 1836, Robert was born in Toronto.
In 1837, a Robert Brock resided at Con. 3, Lot 17, York Twp., E. of Yonge St. Neighbours were Alexander and Edward Brock on Lot 17, Francis Brock on Lot 19, John Brock on Lot 25, and Mrs. Brock on Lot 18.
On June 10, 1838, Thomas was born in Toronto.
Four sons of Francis Brock, Robert, Henry, Edward, & Samuel, were arrested & imprisoned for taking part in the 1837 Rebellion. Robert was charged with conveying supplies by wagon to Montgomery’s tavern where the rebels gathered according to Ronald Stagg in The Younge Street Rebellion. They were all recorded as residents of York Twp. Robert was listed as married & as a “farmer who rents or farms on shares.” Henry & Samuel were listed as Yeomen (freehold) farmers & Edward as working on a family member’s farm. Rebels Arrested in Upper Canada, 1837-38 recorded that Robert was held from Dec. 11, 1837 to July 13, 1838. He was not tried but pardoned on security for good behaviour for 3 years. Edward & Henry were held from Dec. 11 to 21, 1837 & Samuel from Dec. 11 to 23. The rebels had been a minority group in their communities. After the rebellion they were not welcomed and many eventually left because of persecution.
On July 9, 1840, William was born in Toronto. On July 22, 1842, William was baptized in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Toronto, by Rev. Jonathan Scott. William served with the Iowa 9th Infantry during the US Civil War. On Mar. 31, 1863, as part of the Vicksburg Campaign, Grant’s army pushed south-east from Milliken’s Bend toward New Carthage. Iowa Infantries took part in the campaign. Construction of the Duckport Canal would have allowed the army & supplies to reach New Carthage via flatboat but due to water level problems the canal was never completed. Work ceased on Apr. 25th. William’s brother, James, also took part in the Vicksburg Campaign. On May 16, 1863, William died in Duckport, Louisiana & was buried in Milliken’s Bend Civil War Cemetery.
In 1845, Charles was born in York Co. Charles served in the Iowa 16th Infantry during the US Civil War. Charles died June 30, 1862 in Corinth, Mississippi.
About 1846, Mary H. was born.
About 1847, the family immigrated to Lake Co., Illinois. Persecution of former rebels in York Twp. may have been a factor.
On Mar 18, 1849, Elizabeth was born in Libertyville, Lake Co.
The 1850 US Census, Libertyville, recorded Robert, 46, farmer, Catherine, 41, James, 19, Sarah, 17, Indiana, 15, Robert, 14, Thomas, 13, William, 10, Charles, 5, Mary H., 4, (children all born in Canada) & Elizabeth, 1, born Illinois.
On Dec. 1, 1851, Albert was born in Libertyville, Lake Co.
About 1851-54 the family moved to Monmouth Twp., Jackson Co., Iowa. The post office was Waterford.
The 1860 US Census, Monmouth Twp., recorded Robert, 57, farmer, born in NY, Catherine, 51, Robert, 24, Thomas, 22, William, 19, Charles, 14, Hannah, 13, all born in Canada, Elizabeth, 11, and Albert, 8, both born in Illinois.
From 1862 to 1865, Robert Brock served in the 24th Iowa Infantry with his brother Frank and his son James.
The 1870 US Census, Brookfield Twp., Clinton Co., recorded Robert, Hannah, & Albert.
In 1871, Catherine died in Clinton Co., Iowa & was buried in Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Clinton Co.
In 1872 (Ob), Robert moved to Fairbury.
The 1880 US Census, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., Nebraska, recorded Robert, 77, born NY, widowed, parents born Ireland, living in the household of Robert Brock Jr. (LDS).
On Mar. 10, 1883, Robert died in Fairbury, Nebraska at 79 & was buried in Fairbury Cemetery next to his son Albert. His obituary was published in the Fairbury Gazette on March 17th. The funeral service was held in the Baptist Church. Robert did not leave a will.
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