Amon Brock (b. 5 Nov 1775, SC or Copper Creek, Russell Co., VA, d. 1863, Pulaski Co., KY)

Md. 1st his cousin Mary "Molly" Osborn, 26 Sep 1805 in Knox Co., KY, md. 2nd Charity Emiline Taylor, 5 Apr 1855 in Harlan Co., KY

Updated 26 Jun 2011

Amon moved with his parents, Jesse (Revolutionary veteran) and Rebecca (Howard) Brock to Kentucky Co., VA, abt 1798; the area that became Knox Co., KY, in 1799, Clay Co. in 1806, and Harlan Co. in 1820.

The Harlan Co. Court House square plaque placed by the Mountain Trail Chapter DAR, "To the memory, of the Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution"; the list includes Amon's father JESSE BROCK, grandfather SAMUEL HOWARD, and future father-in-law, EPHRAIM OSBOURNE Jr. . . . "moved to Harlan County before 1800."

According to descendants' information on birthplaces of Amon's children, he had moved from Harlan to Clay Co., KY, by abt 1844. He and his family were listed in Clay Co. in the 1870 federal census, all children were born in KY, and none in the household over 8 could read or write.

When Leslie Co. was organized out of Clay Co. in 1798, the Brocks were in it, Amon as well as his brothers and relatives. An astonishing number of Brock marriages were recorded in the first Leslie Co. Index to Marriages. The first of many pages of Brock marriages is shown here, men on the left, women on the right (but not to each other). To get the name of Elijah's bride and the exact date, one must look at the actual Book and page listed in those columns. Oddly enough, in Clay Co. courthouse they have a Groom index, but no Bride index.

Amon Brock was enumerated in the 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 Harlan Co., KY, federal census. In 1850 he was said to be 62 years old, b. SC, although some descendants have his birthplace as Russell Co., VA. Amon's wife Mary was 57 years old, b. VA. Four children still living at home were listed as b. in KY.

Amon Brock died in 1863 in Pulaski Co., KY, en route to his brother's in Indiana because the Civil War was being fought in his area and he wanted to take his second wife and children from both marriages to safety, along with two neighbor girls by the last name of Rose. He died 3 miles from Somerset, KY, and was buried by the soldiers camped nearby, four of whom were his grandsons.

As related by his grandson Elijah (youngest son of Amon Brock), "When my grandfather's death occurred en route to Indiana, he took sick three miles this side of Somerset Kentucky, Pulaski County. The Civil War soldiers were at that time encamped at Camp Nelson and four of my brothers were among the soldiers and the two Rose girls who were en route to Indiana with my grandfather's family went and notified my brothers about the death of my grandfather and my four brothers [Calvin, Amon, Aaron H., and James S. Brock, all in 49th KY Infantry] together with their Captain Ben Howard with fifty other soldiers buried my grandfather three miles this side of Somerset, Kentucky. After the burial of my grandfather they returned to Wallins and did not go on to Indiana as they had planned. I had an Uncle who died in Indiana, whose name was Ephriam Brock and who was my oldest Uncle ~ as was the custom in those days to go to Indiana to wait until peace was made ~ it was not far from Indianapolis where they were staying."

He was 75. His family went back home and didn't travel on to Indiana.

Amon md. 1st wife, his cousin, Mary "Polly" Osborn, 26 Sep 1811, Knox Co., KY, mother of his 1st 10 children;

md. 2nd wife, Charity Emiline Taylor-Rose, 5 Apr 1855, Harlan Co., KY, and had 3 more children:


1. Aaron N. Brock (8 Dec 1805-9 Mar 1905), md. Barbara Shepherd.

2. Mahala Brock (1814- ), md. John Brummett. The only daughter for whom I know grandchildren; would like to have descendants of the other girls.

3. Ephraim Brock (1815-aft 1864), md. Nancy Shepherd.

4. Jemima Brock (b. ca 1819-22), md. John Colson "Colts" Caldwell.

5. Solomon Brock (1825- ), md. (1) Elizabeth "Betsy" Simpson, (2) Nancy Saylor.

6. Amon Brock, Jr. (1826- ), md. Mahala Ann Patrick.

7. Enoch Brock (1829- ), md. Lucy Helton.

8. Mary Matilda Brock (1833- ), md. Elijah North.

9. Rebecca Ann Brock (1834- ), md. M. Robert Saylor.

10. Hester Ann Brock (1836- ), md. Leonard Saylor.

11. Agga Brock (ca 1855- ).

12. William Brock (ca 1857- ).

13. John Calvin Brock (ca 1859- ).

Aaron Brock, Sr., Chief Red Bird