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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles Brock, another prominent and successful agriculturist of Cache Township, and one whose name is synonymous with the farming interests of the county, was born in Georgia in 1825, and is the son of Thomas and Jemima (Kinzie) Brock, both natives of South Carolina. The father grew to manhood in his native state, and was there married to his first wife, who bore him four children. He then removed to Alabama and there married Miss Kinzie, with whom he returned to Georgia in 1834. He died in that State three years later. The mother then married again and died in Georgia, in 1855, at the age of fifty years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Charles Brock, the eldest of the three brothers and sisters, attained his majority in the State of Georgia, receiving very little education aside from home study, and at the age of fourteen began working for himself. After a few years he learned the blacksmith trade, and in 1851 immigrated to Morgan County, Ill., where he remained three years. From there he went to Polk County, Mo., resided there several years and was then in New Madrid County for two years. In 1866 he came to Greene County, settled in Cache Township, improved a large tract, and moved to several places where he made many improvements. He was first married in Georgia to Miss Cynthia Walker, a native of Kentucky, who died in Vernon County, Mo., in 1855, and the result of this union was three children, two now living: John R., and Martha, who is now the wife of Frank Grambling, and who resides in Boone County, Ark. The one deceased was named James. Mr. Brock was married the second time to Miss Elizabeth Walker, a native of Alabama. She died in 1876. The following children were born to this union: William, at home; Margaret, now Mrs. Jones; Nancy, now Mrs. Johnson; Catherine, now Mrs. Beaty; Rebecca, Mrs. Belk; Triphena and Triphocia (twins, and the latter deceased); Charles (deceased); Lizzie, at home; Lee (deceased), and Jesse (deceased). For his third wife Mr. Brock took Mrs. Luemma Israel, nee Cooper, in 1879. Three children were born to this marriage, Mary, and two deceased. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Brock is steward and trustee in the same at the present time. He has held the office of school director for many years, and is liberal and generous in his contributions to all meritorious enterprises. He is a Democrat in politics but is not an active partisan. He has a fine farm of thirty acres in cultivation, owning 160 acres of land.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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