Saturday, June 25, 2022

It’s Family Time~Benjamin F. Brock and Wife, Mary Elizabeth McRae

 Benjamin Franklin Brock is a repetitive name among the Brock‘s of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Todays Benjamin Franklin Brock was born 22 August 1852 in Barbour County, Alabama. He is the son of James Brock and Martha Jane Teal. James Brock was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Martha Jane Teal across the state line in Anson County, North Carolina. James and Martha Jane migrated to Barbour County, Alabama between April 1845 and December 1847. Their first borne, William Daniel “Squire” Brock arrived 27 April 1845. Their 2nd Child, Temperance Jane, arrived in Barbour County, Alabama on 30 December 1847. James and Martha Jane Teal Brock had fourteen children. A very large family.

Benjamin Franklin Brock was child number four among the 14 children; he had 9 sisters and 4 brothers.

On 27 February 1879, Benjamin Franklin Brock married Mary Elizabeth McRae. The obituary for Mary Elizabeth McRae show's her to be the daughter of John C. McRae. 

Benjamin Franklin Brock was a farmer like his father before him. Like his parents before him, Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth raised a large family of nine children of which one died as an infant.

Benjamin Franklin Brock and Mary Elizabeth McRae had the following children:

 i. Meta Brock, born May 1880, Barbour County, Alabama; married Allen Dixon, 24 Dec 1902, Barbour County, Alabama; died 20 Mar 1969, Ozark, Dale, Alabama.

ii. J. P. Brock was born on 23 Feb 1882 in Barbour County, Alabama. He/she was buried in Aug 1898 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama. He/she died on 13 Aug 1898 at the age of 16 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama. Tombstone Inscription from Pea River Presbyterian Church, Louisville,

iii. Lillie P. Brock was born on 23 Feb 1882 in Barbour, Alabama. She was buried in Oct 1883 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama. She died on 31 Oct 1883 at the age of 1 in Clio, Barbour. 

 iv. John C. Brock, born Jul 1883, Barbour County, Alabama; married Lecie Middlebrooks, 10 Mar 1907, Barbour, Alabama; died 16 Dec 1946, Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama.

 v. Kathryn "Katie" Brock, born 28 Mar 1886, Barbour County, Alabama; married Jack P. Davis, 19 Jan 1908, Barbour County, Alabama; died Mar 1978.

 vi. Bettie Brock, born 22 Oct 1888, Clio, Barbour, Alabama; married Homer Owens, 7 Jul 1912, Louisville, Barbour, Alabama; died 28 Apr 1958, Leon, Florida.

 vii. Henry Grady Brock, born 18 Jul 1890, Barbour County, Alabama; married Mattie Honor Dickert, abt 1914, Barbour County, Alabama; died 1 Apr 1970, Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama.

viii. Bonnie B. Brock was born on 15 Aug 1892 in Barbour County, Alabama. 10 She was buried in Nov 1913 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama. She died on 13 Nov 1913 at the age of 21 in Clio, Barbour, Alabama.

ix. Benjamin Fred Brock, born Sep 1896, Barbour County, Alabama; married Virginia DuBose Brunson; died 31 Aug 1932, Clio, Barbour Co., AL.

Benjamin Franklin Brock is my 1st Cousin 3X removed. 


1. 1860 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Beat #15, Barbour County, Alabama, Page 558; Line 11, Dwelling 650, Family 638, Household of James BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed May 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653 Roll 1.

2. 1870 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Township 9 Range 24, Barbour County, Alabama, Page: 367B, Line 16, Dwelling 2049, Family 2176, Household of James BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed May 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M593 Roll 2.

3. 1900 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Faulk, Barbour Co., Alabama, Page: 313 (stamped); Line 3, Dwelling 40, Family 40, Household of Benjamin BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed 3 May 1999); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_xxx.

4. 1920 U. S. Census, Barbour County, Alabama, population schedule, Faulks, Barbour, Alabama, enumeration district (ED) 23, Page: 11B/235 (stamped); Line 82, Dwelling 215, Family 221, Household of Benjamin BROCK; digital images, ( : Viewed 3 May 1999); citing National Archives Microfilm.

5. Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Images. Ancestry, ( 3 May 2020), Alabama Department of Public Health, Eufaula, AL, Benjamin Brock; Dothan Houston, Alabama, 11 March 1927.

6. "Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-1967," database, Ancestry ( : viewed 3 May 2000), Marriage: B. F. Brock & M. E. McRae, Marriage Date: 27 Feb 1879.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Sinking Cane Massacre~Death of Lt. Robert S. “Robb” Davis and 5 Soldiers


Lieut: Robert S. Davis

BIRTH: 1838

DEATH: 15 Mar 1864

Overton County, Tennessee

BURIAL: Officer Cemetery

Overton County, Tennessee

A horrific event occurred in March 1864 in Overton County, Tennessee. Federal Troops consisting of about 200 men surprised a Lt and 6 Privates on a farm near Monterey, Tenn. One of the privates' was hidden in the loft before Federal Troops enters the house and killed the other 5 Privates. This act saved the life of Pvt. James H. Officer. Lt. Robert “Bob” Davis, of D Company 8th Texas Cavalry was wounded. Up until this point some would say that this incident was an “Act of War” but what happened next with Lt. Robert Davis is best told in the attached document.    

Document used Courtesy of Tim Burgess 

Lt. Robert S. Davis was born in 1838, a son of James C. Davis and his wife Rachel. He was the 6th of eight children born to this couple. He enlisted on 12 Sept 1861, elected 2nd Lt., 7 January 1862. The eyewitness statement of Pvt. John Holman Officer shows the killing taking place on 12 March 1864; but, the Civil War Records of Lt. Robert S. Davis shows he was Killed on 15 March 1864.  

Lt. Robert S. Davis is my 1st cousin 4X Removed


[1] My thanks to Tim Burgess for granting permission to use the above document related to the incident detailed above. 

[2] Mercer Verner Tilson, The Tilson Genealogy: from Edmond Tilson at Plymouth, N. E., 1638 to 1911 (Plymouth, England: The Memorial Press, 1911), page 167.

[3] 1850 U. S. Census, Washington County, Tennessee, population schedule, Subdivision 4, Washington, Tennessee, Page: 193(Stamped); Line 35, Dwelling 1270, Family 1298, Household of James C. DAVIS; digital images, ( : viewed 16 February 2022); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 898.

[4] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 12 June 2022); Memorial page for Lt. Robert S. Davis; (1838–15 March 1864); Find a Grave memorial # 6842803, Citing Officer Cemetery; Overton County, Tennessee, USA.

[5] "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 2 June 2022), entry for LT. Robert S. Davis, 2nd Lt.; D Company 8th Texas Cavalry; Confederate.