District Court of the United States, for the
Southern District of Mississippi
In the matter of the petition of James | In Bankruptcy,
Brock of Pike county, Mississippi, |
to be declared a bankrupt and to be | No. 608
discharged from his debts.
NOTICE is herby given that JAMES BROCK of,
Pike County, Mississippi has filed his petition in this
Court to be declared a bankrupt and to be discharged
from his debts, under the act of Congress in such case
made and provided; and that an order had been duly en-
tered in this Court appointing the
20th day of February next,
at the court room in the City of Jackson, in the county of
Hinds, in this district, as the time and place for hearing
of said petition. All person interested may then and
there appear and show cause, if any they have, why the
prayers of the petitioner shall not be granted.
WM. BURNS, Clerk
While I have no direct evidence that led to the bankruptcy of James Brock snippets about his life points to a possible explanation.
From the Book “19th Century Baptist Church Records of Marion and Pike Counties, Mississippi” by Bevin J. Creel –page 28 we find the following information.
[The following is from book 3. 25 June 1853, G. C. Fortinberry stated the report that James Brock had been “taking a drunken frollick for several days.” The church appointed B. W. Leggiett, Uriah Bowman and Jeremiah Smith to cite him to attend. 23 July 1853, James Brock was present and said he would not acknowledge the charge, nor would he deny it “and requested the church to race his name from the book.” The church voted to exclude him from fellowship.]
page 23 - James Brock came forward with respect to a charge that he got drunk, used bad language and wanted to fight. He said as for getting drunk that he denied it though he had drank some several draws that day, and said if he used improper language he did not recollect it. He stated that he had done wrong and was very “sorrow” for it. The acknowledgment was received and he retained his seat
page 24 - 27 June 1846-William Ellzey reported that on Monday 22 June 1846 he saw James Brock drunk. Brock not being present, a committee of William Ellzey and Benjamin Morris appointed to visit him.
Yes, I know this is after the declared bankruptcy but ”old habits” are hard to break. In reality, He repented and the church forgave him and life continued.
The case of James Brock was taken up. The brother was present, acknowledged that he was guilty, gave satisfaction, and was restored to his seat.
James Brock is my 1st Cousin 5 times removed.
 : "Bankruptcy of James Brock," Legal Notice, The Weekly Mississippian (Jackson, Rankin, Mississippi), 6 January 1843, - Page 4; Digital On-Line Archives, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/ : viewed & transcribed 26 April 2020).
 Bevin J. Creel, Church Minutes: 19th Century Baptist Church Records of Marion and Pike Counties, Mississippi (Mississippi: Bevin J. Creel, 2013), pages 23, 24, 28.