Brock, John C.

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John C. Brock, who was born to William and Elizabeth Donaldson Brock on April 12, 1843, grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As a child, he attended the local African Methodist Episcopal Sabbath School. By the 1860s, Brock worked as a farm laborer and as secretary for the AME Sabbath School. In April 1864, he joined Company F of the 43rd USCT regiment. He received a promotion to commissary sergeant on April 12, 1864 and later to quartermaster sergeant on January 5, 1865. While serving with the 43rd USCT, he also worked as a wartime correspondent for the Philadelphia (PA) Christian Recorder. The paper published a series of letters in which Brock described his experience and perspective on the Civil War. After the war, Brock married Lucinda Jane Dickson on December 25, 1867 in Carlisle. They later moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania and had seven children. In the 1880s, he became a minster of West Chester’s Bethel AME Church. Brock died in West Chester on August 16, 1901. (By Don Sailer)

Life span
04/12/1843—08/16/1901
Dickinson Connection:
Brock's son, John R. P. Brock (Class of 1901), was the first African American graduate at Dickinson College

Life Summary

Full name
  John C. Brock
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
No. of Spouses
  1
No. of Children
  7
Family
 
William Brock (father), Elizabeth Donaldson Brock (mother), Lucinda Jane Dickson Brock (wife, 1867), John R. P. Brock (son), Ralph Elwood (son)
Education
  Other
Other Education
  AME Sabbath School, Carlisle, PA
Occupation
  Military
  Clergy
  Educator
  Other
Other Occupation
  Farm Laborer
Relation to Slavery
  Free black
Military
  Union Army

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