|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1819|
West Yorkshire, England
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1905|
Husband of Elizabeth Peacock
Father of William, John William, Hannah, Ambrose, George (Dode), Charles Jr, Elizabeth Ann, Thomas G, Joseph, Ruth Ellen
Husband of Amelia Mary Wilkinson
Father of Walter
Charles Alcock Sr. was born in Yorkshire, England, Ocotber 27, 1819, and died in Douglas township, Bremer county, Iowa, Febraury 27, 1905, aged 85 years and 4 months. His early life was spent in his native land; and there on the 20th day of March, 1845 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Peacock, and soon afterward came to America, locating in Grant county, Wisconsin, where he engaged in mining until the spring of 1869. He then came to this county and bought the farm on which he died. This union was blessed with ten children, the eldest dying in infancy. Mrs. Alcock died November 3, 1870, and on the 21st of the same month the oldest daughter, Hannah, followed the mother to the "better land."
December 31, 1875, he was married to Miss Mary Wilkinson, who, with one sister, Miss Ruth Alcock, of Platteville, Wisconson, and eight children survive him. His sons are John William, Charles, thomas and Joseph, of Frederika; Ambrose of New Hampton, Iowa, and George of Forest Lake, Minnesota. Mrs, Elizabeth Clary and Mrs. Nellie Ferrls are the surviving daughters; also twenty-seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchilden.
The funeral servies were held on March 1, conducted by the Rev. J. B. Bird. The tender and loving hands of his six sons lowered to their final resting place by the side of the wife of his youth the mortal remains of him who has been to them all that the word "Father" implies. The land for the cemetery in which he lies was donated by him 35 years ago, and he has always been interested in having it well cared for.
The following, which is from the Dubuque Telegraph, was written in 1897, and those who knew Mr. Alcock will say it is all true.
Bremer's Grand Old Man
Fredika, Bremer County, Iowa, August 24.
A couple of miles out from the beautiful little village of Frederika, or what is more commonly known as "Henry's Mills," in thiscounty, on the dark waters of the Wapsipinacon river, lives the most remarkable man I have seen in the west. It is, however, doubtful, notwithstanding he has lived here on the same farm more than a quarter of a century, that one of ten in the county has ever heard of him, even in this the smallest county in area of all the counties in the great state of Iowa. He has lived so quietly, seemingly content to be only and wholly a scholar, that others engaged solely in the scramble for the dollar have forgotten him.
It was late when I called at his house. The next morning he showed me his cabinet of minerals, his large library of books, treating on almost every known subject; his paintings, his coins of different countries, some centuries old; and to listen to his learned disquisitions upon political economy and the exact sciences was interesting. But when he spoke of the poets and poetry, he seemed to lift one up upon the clouds with his head among the stars.
"I was a miner," he said, "of the lead mines of Yorkshire, England, I have never been to school since I was twelve years of age. They worked children in the lead mines of England when I was young and some of the mines there were one thousand feet deep. I worked in the lead mines of Wisoonsin for many years after coimg to America, but none of the lead mines of Wisconsin are more than about a hundred feet deep. In 1867 I came to Bremer county and bought 320 acres of land which I still own. My six children are married and my wife and I live alone."
He is 81 years old, he told me, the age of Queen Victoria, Gladstope and Senator Mortill of Vermont, and yet he looks to be no more than 50. slightly bent by stooping so much in the mines, he walks off like a boy. He lives in a cottage by the side of the big white house that his son occupies. He likes the country. "Keep close to nature,: he said to me as we walked out among the fruit-laden trees, "and man will live longest." Charles Alcock is learned without knowing it --the brightest example of country life I have met with in Iowa.
Elizabeth Peacock Alcock (1826 - 1870)
Amelia Mary Wilkinson Alcock (1821 - 1907)*
John William Alcock (1849 - 1908)*
Hannah Alcock (1851 - 1870)*
Ambrose Alcock (1854 - 1920)*
George Ralph Alcock (1856 - 1940)*
Charles Edward Alcock (1859 - 1944)*
Elizabeth Ann Alcock Clary (1861 - 1929)*
Thomas G Alcock (1864 - 1941)*
Joseph Alcock (1867 - 1941)*
Ruth Ellen Alcock Ferris (1867 - 1938)*
Created by: Diane Zabel
Record added: Jul 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28097505
My 4th great grand uncle. R.I.P. from Wisconsin.|
Added: Apr. 26, 2015