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Ransom Samuel Brock
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1830
McMinn County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 1891
Stephens County
Texas, USA

The Brock and Newnham families took off for the gold rush in California as many Missourians did. They settled in Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, California and began mining for gold. Ransom's uncle, Samuel Lee Brock, and Sarah's family, the Newnham's, also went with them. The families left California after the death of Sarah Newnham who was murdered, she is buried in El Dorado Cemetery. The families returned to Missouri, were you can find them in the 1870 Census.

The two families left Missouri in 1872 and headed for Texas where the farm land was rich and the cattle grazing territory was wide open. During my research, I found a book in the Fort Worth Public Library, Early Settlers of Stephens County, Texas and found the Brock's and Newnham's mentioned in the book. Records indicate Ransom and his family bought a farm on Caddo Creek about 8 miles south of Caddo and 33 miles southeast of Breckenridge. They raised cotton and cattle on the property up until the 1890's. The book further mentioned a severe winter of 1885, a devastating drought in 1886 and a massive flood in 1888. Life in the new territory wasn't easy and up until the mid 1870's the settlers had to contend with vicious raids by the Comanche Indians.

In 1877 their youngest child Joel was born, named after his grandfather, Joel Brock. This was truly a pioneer family that traveled from Tennessee to Kentucky to Missouri to California and eventually Texas. The Brock's and the Newnham's were very close as families. Three of the Brock and Newnham siblings married into one others families and all made their home and final resting place in Stephens County, Texas.

Family links: 
  Joel Brock (1797 - 1875)
  Martha Bennett Sexton Brock (1803 - 1880)
  Sarah Ann Newnham Brock (1839 - 1903)*
  Ozias M. Brock (1856 - 1930)*
  Martha Patsy Brock Lynch (1858 - 1924)*
  Benjamin Brady Brock (1860 - 1935)*
  William Elmer Brock (1862 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Jennie Brock Knott (1867 - 1912)*
  Joel Frederick Brock (1877 - 1951)*
  Ransom Samuel Brock (1830 - 1891)
  Martha Bennett Brock Newnham (1846 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
Macedonia Cemetery
Stephens County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Donna Sutiff
Originally Created by: Ed Sanders
Record added: Oct 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43626407
Ransom Samuel Brock
Added by: J. Barry Turnage
Ransom Samuel Brock
Added by: J. Barry Turnage
Ransom Samuel Brock
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- Donna Sutiff
 Added: Jan. 6, 2012

- J. Barry Turnage
 Added: Jul. 13, 2011

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