Bennett Greenspan, of familytreedna.com, wrote to Jerry Taylor (administrator of the Brock DNA Project) abt three years ago, "I have looked into a Jewish database that we have and this line IS found as a 12/12 match with 10 people in the database of Jews One from Turkey (likely Spanish origins) one from Iran, and many from the Island of Majorca from a group of people who where forced to convert to Christianity called the Cheutas. I do not believe that these Brocks are descended from a NA male, rather from a Jewish colonizer of Spanish descent."
I've kept an eye open for any
mention of Majorca in my Melungeon readings; haven't found one
yet but did find reference to Minorca (another Balearic Island
of Spain) in the book by Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman, MELUNGEONS:
THE LAST LOST TRIBE IN AMERICA.
Five descendants of (Mahala) Susanna Brock Callahan completed membership applications in the Daughters of the American Revolution saying Susanna's parents were HENRY BROCK and wife Christene _____, the first on 30 Jun 1925 and the most recent on 21 May 1982.
The first was a Supplemental application in 1925 by Miss Laura Cornett Brice, of Marshall, MO, on descent from HENRY BROCK, ASSIGNEE OF GEORGE BROCK of Washington Co., VA, Virginia Line in the Revolutionary War, born ca 1730 in Eastern Virginia, who died after he and wife Christine sold his land in Washington Co. on 28 1801.
Henry's wife's maiden name was Christene (Christianna) Funkhauser, born in Germany, married in 1752, according to a descendant's rootsweb data, or 1782 according toothers. Applicants state that Henry and Christene died aft 28 Feb 1801 in Washington Co., VA, as he was mentioned in his father's will that date; but in fact, they moved to Fayette Co., KY.
Their marriage is listed in U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, published 2004 by Generations Network, Provo, UT [database on-line on ancestry.com], and probably based on these applications.
I have copies of three of the five DAR applications on Henry through Susanna and Ned Callahan's daughter Charlotte, who married Robert Cornett and died in KY. In the section headed "Children of Revolutionary Ancestor," none list any other child of Henry but Susanna Brock who md. Edward Callahan.
The first white settlers arrived in what is present-day Washington Co., VA, in the 1760's. Abingdon, VA, its seat, was known as Wolf Hills before "Abingdon" was selected as the name of the county seat. Washington Co. was formed from Fincastle Co. in 1777, and Abingdon was formed 1778. The original Washington Co. contained some of present-day surrounding counties and what is now Sullivan Co., TN.
There were Funkhousers in Washington Co., VA, by 1772. Early Settlers of Washington Co, VA, before 1772 included William Davidson, William Blanton, two Wilsons, Benjamin Logan who settled Lincoln Co., KY, and three Funkhousers among a large German contingency.
In 1786 the northwestern part of Washington Co. became Russell Co., and JESSE and GEORGE BROCK were on Russell's 1798 taxlist.
1. Miss Laura Cornett Brice's handwritten, notarized, 1925 DAR supplemental application 131491 on the Patriot Henry Brock, Assignee of George Brock, states on p. 3 under Ancester Services that Henry "served in the capacity of soldier of the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, and received a certificate of 'full pay, Agreeable to an act of Assembly passed at the Virginia session 1781. Nov 26, 1777, he as Assignee of George Brock had land surveyed (by virtue of the Land Office Preemption Warrant No. 2385 - Feb 1783 - in Washington Co., VA, and in 1801 he and Christine his wife sold land in Deed Book 2, p. 404.'
"His daughter Susanna Callahan has an interesting description in the history of Washington Co., VA, by Hon. Lewis Preston Summers, Page 629 --- how she, a shrewd business woman, came into town every Court day to the town of Abingdon --- being perfectly capable of running her own affairs --- her husband Edward Callahan, with his well-taught dog at his heels, would wander off to transact his own business.
"On one occasion, John Campbell, Clerk, rendered her a favor --- fifteen years afterword, John Campbell's son David (Governor Campbell) was riding in that part of the country and was benighted at Susanna (Brock) Callahan's house and she treated him with a kindness and hospitality which, he said, 'I shall never forget and in a manner too which showed she knew how to act her part.'
"In 1825 Elizabeth Callahan married Michael Widener, 'the biggest man physically in Washington Co.,' who was Washington's interpreter, to whom he gave the name 'Mikey.'
"Joel Callahan as Lieutenant at King's Mountain and many Callahans as well as Brocks served in the Revolution."
On p. 4 of the application, she lists the following references:
Chalkley Records, Vol. 3, pp. 93, 386 (309) and Vol. 2 p. 509. *
Laura Cornett Brice, the first applicant under patriot Henry Brock, was b. abt 1868, as she was 12 years old in her family's census enumeration 9 Jun 1880 in Salt Springs Pct., Saline Co., KS, in hh 49-53 as John J. Brice head 49 farmer MO-KY-KY, Charlotta wife 45 keeping house MO-KY-PA. Jennie daughter 23 school teacher MO-MO-MO, Seldon son 22 farmer, Ralph son at home 18, Annie daughter 15 at home, Laura daughter 12, Elizabeth daughter 9 all children MO-MO-MO; p. 390.
* [NOTE, however, that the Henry Brock in Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, Vol. II (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1912) was not in southeastern Virginia, but a different family, in the militia company in Augusta Co., VA, with other grandsons of Rudolfo Brack/Brock, the Swiss immigrant reported on my Earliest Brocks in Virginia page.]
2. DAR application No. 650224 dated 1980 descends through Charlotte Callahan's daughter Mary "Polly" Cornett, and cites previous DAR applications, as well as, When They Hanged the Fiddler by Jess D. Wilson, pp. 139-141. She gave Henry Brock's wife as Christine Funkhauser, but the DAR registrar struck the surname as unproven.
3. The DAR supplemental application to No. 660999, dated 1982, cites previous applications for proof of service, as well as Pioneer Families of Clay Co., KY, by Morgan and Morgan, 1970, p. 104.
The Preemption Bounty Warrant cited on the above application is proven by this entry in The Washington Co. Surveyors Record 1781-1797 on New River Notes website: Historical and Genealogical Resources for the Upper New River of North Carolina and Virginia, by Rhonda Robertson, 1998):
"Page 413 - Henry Brock, assignee of George Brock - 50 ac - Preemption Warrant #2385 dated February 11, 1783 - on the top of Walkers Mountain & waters by the waters of Beaver Creek, a north branch of Holstein River - on the top of the mountain - on the north of Walkers Mountain - on the summit of Walkers Mountain - November 26, 1794."
Henry Brock still owned this land in 1795: "Page 467 - John Preston, Sr. - 5000 ac - exclude Jacob Shutters 150 ac, Robert Walker 110 ac, HENRY BROCK, 50 ac, Elijah Gillenwaters 100 ac, John Thomas 150 ac, John Fleenor 100 ac, William McMillion, 60 ac = treasury warrant #1296 dated May 28, 1795 - on Walkers Mountain and the south branches of the north forks of Holstein River also the waters of Beaver Creek, a north branch of Holstein River - near the head of Richard Moor's Mill dam - crossing Mill Creek corner to James Fulkersons land - in a valley - near the foot of Walkers Mountain - leaving Fulkersons line - lines of Nicholas Fleenor - corner to John Fleenor's land - corner to Henry Grimes - corner to Jacob Taylor's land - corner of Godlove Havemarter - by the head of a spring where Hovewaster now lives and a corner of John Davis' land - corner to Massey Ervins survey on the north side of Walkers Mountain in the Rich Valley - corner to Robert Smith - corner to Nathan Smith's survey - corner to Robert Henderson - corner to Gasper Fleenor's survey - corner to John Young - in a gap of Walkers Mountain - October 2, 1795."