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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Moses Brock. This enterprising and successful planter was born in Grainger County, Tenn., July 2, 1846, one of a family of ten children born to the union of James and Sarah (Bullen) Brock, natives of Tennessee, born February 25, 1825, and September 27, 1823, respectively. They were married October 12, 1842, and had ten children, viz.: Elizabeth, Moses, Joseph, William, James W., Louisa, John, Sarah (deceased), Emanuel and George T. In 1850 they emigrated from Tennessee to Arkansas, locating in Pike County, and remained here for two years. They then went to Madison County and remained one year, and then went back to Tennessee, but in 1884 came back to Arkansas and settled in Pike County again. His father served in the Confederate army in the late war, as sergeant of Company C, Twelfth Tennessee regiment, and engaged in many battles, among the principal ones being Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Pegmont, Kings, Salt Work. While in Scott County, Va., he was wounded by a bushwhacker, a ball passing through his right thigh, received a furlough, came home and did not return again. As soon as he was able to work he resumed farming, which he had carried on quite extensively, owning a large farm in Tennessee before the war. Both he and wife, now quite aged people, are residing with their son, the immediate subject of this sketch, on his fine farm in Missouri Township. They are both worthy members of the Baptist Church. The subject of this sketch was educated in East Tennessee at the private schools. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, and participated in about the same engagements as his father. Shortly after the war, October 12, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie B. Johnson, a native of Tennessee, daughter of Francis and Pleasant Johnson, and the fruits of this union have been ten children, viz.: James P. (deceased), Sarah F., Elizabeth P., John L., Nora (deceased), Cary B., Mabel C, Evie A., Joseph (deceased) and Samuel (deceased). Mr. Brock has been very successful in his chosen calling, and now owns about 340 acres of good land, 140 under cultivation, and a gin at Stilltown. He is a member of the Blue Lodge in the Masonic fraternity, in which he has held the office of senior warden. He takes an active interest in educational and religious matters, as well as in any thing pertaining to the welfare of society in general. His wife died August 11, 1889, a worthy member of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 71 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Pike County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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