LEONARD GURLEY BROCK, residing on his well improved farm of 160 acres, which is situated in section 9, Jefferson
township, was born in Seneca County, Ohio, July 30, 1837, and is a son of Rev. Wesley and Zerilda (Hopkins) Brock.
Rev. Wesley Brock was born in Jackson County, Indiana, and was a son of David Block, who was born in England. Wesley
Brock was married first in Indiana and one son, David, was born to that marriage, who died at the age of 25 years.
After coming to Ohio, Mr. Brock was married to Zefilda Hopkins, a daughter of Hazzard Hopkins, a substantial farmer
of Logan County, Ohio, and they had eight children, seven of whom still survive. The record is as follows: Leonard
G.; Sylvester; John Wesley; Francis; Orlando Hopkins; Elonidas Gardner; Emma Alice, deceased at the age of four
years; and Wilbur Hazzard.
For many years Rev. Wesley Brock was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and our subject's boyhood was
spent in many different parts of Ohio, just as his father would be moved from station to station. In later years
Rev. Wesley Brock bought a large body of farming land, some 480 acres, in Jefferson township, Mercer County, and
he entered 160 acres in his own name and 120 acres in our subject's name, when the latter was 14 years of age.
He was a man of excellent business faculty as well as pious zeal and he is remembered in the old church annals
as a faithful worker and effective preacher. He died on November 19, 1857 and is resting in what is called the
Swamp Cemetery in Jefferson township. The mother of our subject survived him many years, dying on August 21, 1898,
aged 82 years.
Leonard G. Brock was about 15 years old when he came first to Jefferson township and he assisted his father in
clearing the land, On many occasions in those early days he killed deer on the very fields he has since cultivated.
On April 29, 1864, Mr. Brock was married to Elizabeth Langle, a daughter of Adam Langle, of Butler township, and
they had seven children born to them, viz: Lawrence Emerson, an officer in the internal revenue service, living
at Troy, Ohio, who married Jennie Steele and has one daughter; Oho, residing on the home farm, who married Effie
Richeson and has two children: Lela and Meredith Leonard; Carrie Irena, who married Rev. James Francis Olive, a
preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, who is in charge of a church at Carey, Wyandot County, Ohio, they have
two children, Millie Marie and James Francis; and four children that died in infancy. Mrs. Brock died November
Mr. Brock has lived to see many changes take place in this part of Mercer County and he has borne his part of the
burden in the general progressive movement. He has a fine farm and carries on general farming and stock raising.
He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1880. In politics he is a Republican, having cast
his first vote for President Lincoln in 1860. Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Brock accompany this sketch.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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