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


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