Klock Family Newsletter Issue 7, Feb. 2002

Hendrick Klock

Hendrick Klock was a Pioneer in the Mohawk Valley. He was born in 1663 in Kassel Massen, Germany. He came to American in between 1704 according to the Biographical Review of Madison County, New York published by the Biographicial Review Publishing Company of Boston, Mass. and the Bible record of Joseph G. Klock. Hendrick died in the Mohawk Valley in 1760 and is buried in Old Klock Church Yard Cemetery, in St. Johnsville, New York. His headstone that stands next to the new one above reads:


The name Hendrick Klock appears under various spelling, Hendrik, Henry, Honorich, Hans, and Hendrick. Hendrick was known as a Dutch Indian Trader and later Yeoman from Schoharie. He was good friends with an Indian Chief by the name of King Hendrick. He was married to Maria Margaretha (some say her last name was Schopferin) Maria was born in 1672 and died in 1721. Hendrick was married four times, and survived his last wife by 15 years. Honorich Klock Jr., Jacob (the Col.), Barvalis (Barbara) and Johannes are believed to have been born before Hendrick and his family arrived in the Mohawk Valley.

On August 26, 1725 Hendrick Klock and Christian House jointly purchased Lot #13 of the Harrison Patent from Harnamus Wendell. Lot #13 was a 650 acre parcel of land in the Mohawk Valley. Harmanus Wendell died before the deed was signed. On August 24, 1732 the land was deeded to Hendrick Klock by Jacob Wendell by way of quit claim deed. Then on May 24, 1743 Hendrick Walrath deeded his interest in Lot 13 to Hendrick Klock. Lot 13 is described in the deed as the lowermost half and bounded on one side by lot 12 owned by Christian Nellis Sr. Christian Nellis and his brother, William Nellis were the first white settlers in and about the Palatine Church District. The Klock and Nellis families married into each other’s families many times over the years, creating several family ties. Hendrick Klock took the oath of Naturatzation in Albany on October 11, 1715. This made it possible for his children to inherit his land.

All but one of the sons of Hendrick Klock was in the Revolutionary War. They are named in the list of Col. Jacob Klock’s regiment. Several of his grandchildren were also in the American Revolutionary War. In the last issue of the Klock Family Newsletter, I wrote an article about Fort Stanwix. I talked about John Klock who lived at what is now known as Fort Klock. He marched with the militia on August 6, 1777 to try and relieve Fort Stanwix. John Klock survived and returned home. His uncle Adam Klock and two children of Magdalena Bellinger ( Klock ) and Johannes Bellinger, Magdalena was the daughter of Honorich Klock, Adam was the son Hendrick Klock, Adam Klock, John Bellinger and Fredrick lost their lives in the battle of Oriskany. There may have been other descendants of Hendrick Klock that lost their lives in the Revolutionary War. If you know of any more, please let em know.

Hendrick Klock had nine children. The chronological order of the children can not be established. The children are as follows:

Honorich Klock
Jacob Klock ( the Col.)
Barvalia Klock
Johannes Klock
Johanguergh Klock ( also know as Old George )
Conrad Klock
Adam Klock ( Killed at Oriskany, Aug. 6, 1777)
Honjost Klock
Magdalena Klock

The information for this article was taken for the Klock/Clock Genealogy Book by Helen Laura Clock Williams, the Family Tree of Betty Hoagery of Newark, De. And the Fort Klock Web page.


I would like to invite you to write an article for the Klock Family Newsletter. I would love the help. Just send it to the address on the front page of this newsletter. When I make a mistake, let me know so I can correct it.

Oriskany Monument

In a swampy ravine several miles west of the present village of Oriskany, Sir John Butler was sent to ambush Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer and his men. The Mohawk Indians let by Chief Joseph Brant also accompanied the loyalists and helped set the trap for the militia. General Herkimer was wounded but he continued to direct his men from protection of a tree. The stubborn resistance by the militia forced the British and Tories to withdraw. The remaining militia returned home to the Mohawk Valley and General Herkimer was carried back to his home where he died 10 days later after an unskilled amputation of his leg.

Jacob Allen Klock

Jacob Allen Klock, ( Nicholas, David, Carl, Jacob, Ira, Isaac, Christian, John J. Jr., John J., Johannes, Hendrick ) was born on January 1, 2002. He was born at Allegan Community Hospital in Allegan, Michigan at 3:55 p.m. He came into this world with the fighting weight of 7lbs. 9 ounces and 21 inches long.

His father, Nicholas Klock and his mother Tiffany Burgoyne are doing well. Grandpa ( Me ) is a wreck. Nicholas is a descendant of Hendrick Klock. Tiffany Burgoyne is a descendant of the British General, John Burgoyne. Jacob is a descendant of both.

No name among the British Generals is the Revolutionary War is more well known than General John Burgoyne. A picture of General Burgoyne is above and on the right, the one with the funny hat.

I thought I would write about Hendrick Klock and Gen. John Burgoyne in this issue of the Klock Family Newsletter. Tiffany wants to put one a copy of this article in Jacob’s baby book. I have started a notebook of all the newsletter that I have written. I will save it for Jacob for when he gets older. I have four children. Jacob is the first baby I have ever seen born…. And what an experience. It was great! You should have seen my wife, Darla and Tiffany’s mother, Mary Burgoyne push when the Doctor told Tiffany to push. All were red in the face from helping Tiffany push. Nick and I were all smiles, and still are.

General John Burgoyne

General John Burgoyne arrived in this country at Quebec on May 6, 1777. He was a British gentleman, very fashionable. He was the grandson of a baron, and a Westminster boy. He eloped with the daughter of the great Whig of Durby. He served as a Captain in the French Army. For this gallantry the King of Spain gave him a large diamond ring. He returned to England and was elected to Parliament. When the war broke out in the American colonies, he gladly obeyed the summons to service. General Buygoyne found the going rough and supplies inadequate. He soon found respect for the American Military and for the courage, convictions and determination of the farmers who made up the militia. After a series of defeats, General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga on October 17, 1777. His surrender gave new hope to the American Patriots.

Jerry Lee Klock

Jerry Lee Klock (Ervin, Jacob, Ira, Isaac, Christian, John J. Jr., John J., Johannes, Hendrick Klock), was born June 27, 1952 in Sparta, Michigan. Jerry has lived in the Sparta area most of his life. He is employed at Federal Mogul, a piston manufacturing plant in Sparta for over 25 years. He is married Holly Zeilke on June 28, 1991 at his “cabin in the woods” in Morley, Michigan.

Jerry is the sportsman of the family. He is the firstborn son of my father’s brother. He loves hunting, trapping and fishing. I was talking with him a few weeks ago and he was telling me about his latest hunting trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He was hunting in and around the Kenton area. This was a deer hunting trip, but Jerry loves hunting duck, geese, wild turkey, bear, rabbits and other critters, large and small. He loves fishing as well, mostly walleye, pike, and salmon, but he has been known to dip a few smelt. He also loves to shoot carp with his bow.

Jerry sometimes works as a hunting guide for wild turkey hunts. In 1989 he was featured on the Fred Trost, Michigan Out of Doors Show for a wild turkey he shot. It was a 21 ¼ lbs. and had a beard of 9 ½ inches.

The sixteen day hunting trip in Michigan’s U. P. bagged him a 145 lbs. 6 point buck. After he returned home he got two more does at his cabin in Morley. The last doe he shot the last day of deer season at a range of about 300 yards.

Jerry told me the largest deer he has ever killed was an eight point with a spread of 16 ¼ inches. When Jerry is not out hunting with his gun or bow he is out hunting with his video camera. He also likes to film his hunting trips. He has asked me to invite any of his new cousins who love hunting and fishing as he does to come hunting or fishing with him. He has twenty acres on the Little Muskegon River and has access to more acres for hunting in the area. There are lots of lakes and streams in the area as well. “Just give me a call and we will set something up”. His phone number is 616-639-4812/

Jerry has three children, Tammy, Jerry Jr. , and John Michael. He also has five grandchildren. Jerry Jr. has followed in his fathers footsteps and is quite a hunter and fisherman in his own right. Jerry says he can’t wait till his grandchildren are old enough to take out on a hunting trip.

The last article of Issue # 7 is the Family Registry compiled by George Nellis, already on line.

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