Issue # 10. May 2002

The Home of Jacob G. Klock

Jacob Geroge Klock (Johanguergh Klock, Hendrich Klock) was born on March 9, 1738 in the Mohawk Valley of New York. Jacob was married twice; his first was Hannah (Anna) Nellis, the daughter of Christian Nellis and Barvalis ( Barbara Klock. Barvalis was the daughter of Hendrick Klock. His second wife was Maritje Beekman. Maritje was born January 16, 1748. Jacob and Miritje were married on September 30, 1884. She was the daughter of Lieut. Cornelius Beekman, and the granddaughter of William Beekman, who came to America with Peter Styvesant and helped settle New Amsterdam which later became New York City. Two streets in Lower Manhattan still bare his name, William and Beekman Streets.

Jacob and Hanna Nellis had six children; Margaretha, Anna, Johann, Magdalena, Catharine and Christian. Jacob and Maritje Beekman had 7 children; John Beekman, Benjamin, Polly, Matilda, Cornelius, Elizabeth and William.

Jacob G. Klock was a lawyer and lived in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. He was a member of the Assembly for Temporary Government of the Southern District of New York during the Revolutionary War. Jacob Klock was also Chairman of the Tryon County Committee of Safety in 1777. He represented Tyron County in the First Session of State Assembly from 1777 to 1778. He served as Commissioner of forfeiture of the Western District for 1778 to 1785/88. He was appointed Judge of Montgomery Country in February 1778 and it is believed he served as Judge until he died in September of 1814.

This article is based on information from an article Klock of the Mohawk Valley, New York and information found on the Fort Klock Web Page.

For more information about Judge Jacob Klock check the Fort Klock Website.

Lita Brown

Lita Brown (Nancy Brown, Carl Klock, Geroge Grantison Klock, Isaac Klock, Christian Klock, John J. Klock Jr., John J. Klock, Johannes Klock, Hendrick Klock) graduated from Concordia University on May 3, 2002.

Lita Brown is the daughter of Keith and Nancy Klock Brown of Millington, Michigan. Leta earned a major in English and Music. She also has a major in German. She will be going to Fort Wayne, Indiana to start teaching this fall. Lita has a degree to teach secondary education. This is from 6th grade and up. But before she starts her teaching career, she will be taking a trip with some other College students to Russia. She will be doing some work for her church in an orphanage in Russia. Last summer she went to China with a group of young people on another church mission.

I met the Brown Family last summer at their home in Middleton, Michigan. My wife, Darla and I wanted to do some research in Tuscola County and we also wanted to meet our new cousins. Nancy took us around to the different cemeteries in the area and showed us where her parents and other family members were buried. I got the days mixed up and we arrived a day early. She was caught a little off guard for our visit. But we had a nice visit with here and her family. The cow loose in the front yard surprised my wife and I. The Browns live in the country used to have a working Dairy Farm. A few years ago they had to give up the dairy farming business. They sold all the cows… well all but one. This cow was blind and they didn’t have the heart to sell this cow. She was born on the farm and never lived anywhere else. The cow stays on it’s own property, most to the time. On the other side of the road are several new homes. Like a sub-division. The township wants to rezone the area to residential and raise the taxes. But as long as the Brown Family has farm animals the township cannot rezone. So if the cow wanders across the road once in a while, the neighbors just bring her home. They are happy to have the cow in the area to keep their taxes down.

I met Nancy over the internet. Nancy was surprised to here from me. She did not know she had any Klock relatives left. She had never met another Klock. When her father, Carl died in 1979, that ended the Klock line in her family. I wrote an article in the newsletter a few months ago about her Grandfather, George Grantison Klock. George had three daughters and one son, Carl. Carl had three daughters and no boys to carry on the Klock name in their family. Thus when her father died, so did the Klock name in her family.

We had dinner with Keith, Nancy and her family that night. They made us feel at home and we had a nice visit with them. I hope that they will be able to attend the Klock Family Reunion this June 29, 2002. I look forward to seeing them again.

Congratulations again to Lita and good luck in Russia and on your new teaching career.

James Klock

James J. Klock was born in Neenah, Wisconsin on February 11, 1932 and died on February 9, 2002 after a brief illness. He spent most of his growing up years in Neenah before moving west to Santa Barbara, California in 1951. He met and married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Franz. They married in 1952.

In 1952 James enter the armed services where he proudly served two years in the Army Reconnaissance team in Korea. Today the team would have been called “Special Ops .”

Back at home Jim entered UCLA. He graduated in 1960, having majored in Accounting. He earned his CPA designation in 1962. He worked as a CPA until his retirement in 1988 from his firm, James J. Klock & Company. Clients and friends recall his ready smile and his good jokes.

Jim was active in the Jaycees, Kiwanis, and as a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus.

Jim enjoyed traveling with his wife Betty and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also loved spending time on the golf course. He had no less that three “ Hole in One’s “ which attests to his skill or luck according to his golfing buddies.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty and four children; Steve and Lisa of Buelton, California; Deborah Klock of Redding, California; Kym Kivela and John of Santa Maria, California; and Marcus and Angel Klock of Canoga Park, California; Richard Klock of Washington State and numerous nieces and nephews.


Do you have an Obituary you would like me to put in the Newsletter? Maybe a birth or marriage announcement, or a child that graduated from College. Send it to me and I will be happy to print it in the Klock Family Newsletter.

Henry H. Klock, Veteran of the Civil War.

The Civil War pit brother again brother, father against son. The Klock family was no exception. A lot of Klocks fought on both sides of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and I wuld not be surprised if there were Klocks on both sides of World War I and II. There are still a number of Klocks that live in Germany.

Henry Klock was born November 27, 1835 in Manheim, Herkimer County, New York. He graduated high school and then moved to Alhambra, Illinois where he started teaching in a public school in Madison County, Illinois. Then he enlisted in the 9th Illinois Infantry, Company F. on July 25, 1861. His orders sent him to be a Clerk in the Adjutants Office. He was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on January 31, 1862. He fought with the Regiment through most of its battles. He was wounded at Shilo and at Corinth. He still worked as Adjutant for his regiment and was devoted to his duties of his office.

After the war he moved to Alabama and Kansas, according to Cutler’s History of the state of Kansas. He moved to Kansas in the spring of 1868, and located in Ottumwa, Coffey County and started teaching again. He taught school for four years and began a mercantile business. He married in 1868 a Miss. Emeline Butler who was a native of Iowa. Emeline and Henry had three children; Ross V.; Mary A.; and Grace R.

Henry Klock was also Justice of the Peace, School Examiner and the Postmaster for eight years. He was a member of Advent Christian Church and later became minister of that Church. He was also a member of the GAR. He died on September 7, 1918 at Ottumwa, Kanas.

I do not have this Henry H. Klock on my tree so I cannot say for sure if he was a descendent of Hendrick Klock. He was born in Herkimer County, New York. It is a pretty good bet he was. If you have any information on his line, please let me know.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Jacob C. Klock and the G.A.R.

Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Union Veterans of the war formed an organization that was called the “Grand Army of the Republic”, the G.A.R. This organization became a social and political force that would help control the destiny of this nation for more than 60 years. Membership was restricted to men who had actually served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps., and Revenue Cutter Services during the Civil War. This limited the life span of the G.A.R. Then in 1881 the G.A.R. formed the Sons of Veterans ( SV ) to carry their traditions and membership. Memberships was then open to any man who could prove ancestry to a member of the G.A.R. or to a veteran eligible for membership in the G.A.R.

Many G.A.R. Posts sponsored camps of S.V. In 1925 the name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. ( SUVCW ) and in 1954 a federal charter was issued. The SUVCW is legally recognized as the heir to the G.A.R.

Today the National Organization is led by George L. Powell who is the Commander-in-Chief. Their 121 National Encampments is set for August 8-10, 2002 in Springfield, Illinois.

The SUVCW is one of five “Allied Orders” of the G.A.R. The other four Orders are; Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Women’s Relief Corps; Auxiliary of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The South also has its own organization called Sons of Confederate Veterans. This organization is the direct heir of United Confederate Veterans and is one of the oldest hereditary organizations for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV serves as a historical patriotic and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.

The G.A.R. Post Klock #70 in Fort Plain, New York was named in honor of Major Jacob Clinton Klock. The post was chartered June 24, 1876. Jacob C. Klock was a descendant of Col. Jacob Klock of the Revolutionary War. Col. Jacob Klock was the son of Hendrick Klock.

Jacob C. Klock joined the 153rd. New York Volunteers in September 1862 at Fonda, New York. At age 26 he was a Captain, and by the age of 28 he was a Major. He was in the Battle of Opequan Creek or Winchester. They fought to gain possession of a ravine. The Union Army won this battle but at a high cost. The 19th corp. suffered a heavy loss. 1,940 men were killed or wounded.

Captain Jacob Klock and Captain Dewandilaer were found in the home of a rebel Congressman. Captain Klock was severely wounded. He was able to return home to St. Johnsville, New York after being promoted to Major. He died October 1864. The G.A.R. Post # 70 in Fort Plain, New York was named Post Klock in his honor. This G.A.R. Post was open from 6-24-1864 until 1937. The rest of the G.A.R. in New York disbanded in June of 1948. The Original G.A.R. organized in 1866, would only admit men who had served honorably in the US military during the Civil War. No one else could be a member and that is why the organization ceased to exist. The G.A.R. never really approved any organization to follow in it’s footsteps, so the S.U.V. and the present day G.A.R. are sort of self appointed. Most members can prove they are related to Civil War soldiers.

Crickett Shopshear

Crickett Marie Shopshear ( Mary Shopshear, Sandy Henry, Carl, Jacob, Ira, Isaac, Christian, John J. Jr., John J., Johannes, Hendrick Klock ) will graduate from Evart High School, in Evart, Michigan on May 19, 2002. She is the daughter of Mary and James Shopshear. She is my Great Niece. Congrads Crickett on a job well done.

Love Ya, Uncle Dave

Joshua Wayne Klock

Joshua Wayne Klock, (David, Carl, Jacob, Ira, Isaac, Christian, John J. Jr., John J., Johannes, Hendrick Klock) will graduate from Marcellus High School on June 2, 2002.

Joshua is the son of David and Darla Klock of South Haven, Michigan.

The last page of the Newsletter is Genealogy: The Family Registry written by George Nellis in 1866.

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