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The following is from the Klock Family Newsletter.
Klocks of Franklinville

Jacob Klock and his family left Herkimer Counry and moved to Franklinville, New York in 1866. The Village of Franklinville was established in 1824. Jacob Klock purchased a farm from William Nottingham that was known as the Cooley Farm. Jacob brought with him a family that were sturdy, honest, industrious and had a rich history of dairy farming. Jacob also saw the value of the stands of sugar maple trees that were on the farm. Before there arrival of Jacob and his family, sap from the maple trees was gathered and then boiled out of doors. The Klock were the first people in area to build a sugarhouse in their sugarbush ( Sugarbush is the term used for the location of the stand of the sugar maple trees used for gathering sap.) That sugarhouse stands today in full view of the fine old sugar bush.

Maple syrup is a seasonal operation and since the sap only runs in the spring. The Klocks therefore had a large dairy operation. This Dairy operation continued into the next generation by Jacob's sons. Harry and Perry. They were a patron of one of the many local cheese factories. More often than not they were the first ones there every morning with the days milk production which in those days was carried in cans and delivered to the factory by horse and wagon.

Jacob Klock was bom on the 29th of Sept. in 1802. He married Abigail Ayers Woolever on Jan. 7, 1830. Jacob and Abigail had six children. Harvey, Perry, Mary, Adeline, Sarah and Emily. After Jacobs death on Jan. 3, 1887 Harvey and Perry continued working on the family farm for many years.

From Mount Prospect Cemetery Records, the principal cemetery in Franklinville, New York, the following Klocks are burried there:

Perry A. Klock 1844-1918
Nellie Klock 1852 -1924
Floyd H. Klock 1877 -1926
Myrtle L. Klock 1881 -1925
Earl D. Klock 1880-1918
Augusta Klock 1885 -1947
Harvey Klock 1841 - 1912
V. Klock 1850-1919
Ivah Bard Klock 1870-1929

Jacob Klock and his wife Abigail may be burried in a smal cemetery in the area or even on the family farm which was common in those days.

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