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Martin W. Brock (1838-?)
Born in Danby, Tompkins Co., N.Y. & long-time resident of Bay City.

1892 Biography - Added August, 2011.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan 1892


We have here another of the thorough going and representative farms of Monitor Township, Bay County, who have done much to develop the agricultural resources of this section of Michigan. He is the son of Zachariah Brock, who was born in Delaware, February 9, 1797, and whose wife, Emiline, to whom he was united October 15, 1826, was born February 8, 1809.

The brothers and sisters of our subject are: Mary M., who was born August 27, 1827, and married January 21, 1843, to Jospeh Pulfrey; George F., born February 15, 1833; Cintha A., who became Mrs. Swartout; J. Marcus, born December 29, 1834; Phoebe Jane, born April 3, 1837, became Mrs. Milton Randall and died September 21, 1867.

Zachariah Brock came to Michigan in 1857 and engaged in farming in Oakland County. He died October 6, 1878, in Bay City, at the home of his son, Martin, and his wife departed some six years earlier while on a visit to Oakland County. Martin W. Brock was born, July 21, 1838, and on the 4th of November, 1860, he was united in marriage with Sarah J., daughter of Andrew and Mary Elizabeth Armstrong of Steuben County, N. Y. Mr. Armstrong is a native of Scotland and his wife was born in New Jersey. Two of the four children who have been granted to Mr. and Mrs. Brock, are still living, namely: Ackerson and Martin W., Jr., while one child died in infancy and another, Emagene, died in 1870, when five years old. Ackerson was born April 5, 1867 and is now serving as clerk in the store of M. Livingstone, of West Branch, Mich., while the younger son is still attending school, being only fifteen years old.

The subject of this sketch, came to Michigan from Tompkins County, N.Y., in the year 1856, and commenced learning the carpenter's trade in Oakland County. For eight years he worked at that trade and then came to Bay City and took charge as Superintendent of a planing mill. He was elected Sheriff of Bay County, in 1874, and held the office for two terms. He subsequently returned to West Bay City and somewhat later moved on the farm where he now lives.

The Hon. Mr. Brock received his election to the State legislature in 1886 and served therein for one term. He was four years on the Aldermanic Board of West Bay City, and before that part of the municipality was taken out of the township he was its Supervisor. The first two terms he received by election on the Republican ticket, but when he came to the third election he was endorsed by all parties as his course in office had been universally approved. He was Township Treasurer for two years and in the social orders to which he belongs he has also been trusted with office. He was Treasurer of the Masonic lodge for two years and he is identified with the Knights Templar and the Order of Odd Fellows. The beautiful farm upon which he moved in 1880 was purchased by him at that time and its thirty-one acres are all finely cultivated.

1883 biography. -- Added June, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


Martin W. Brock was born in Danby, Tompkins Co., N. Y. His early days were passed partly in New York and partly in Pennsylvania. He came to this state in 1856, remaining in Oakland County until October, 1865, when he removed to Bay County. He was elected an alderman when Lake City (afterward Wenona) was incorporated, and continued to hold that office for four years -- he was a supervisor from 1871 to 1874. In 1874 he was elected sheriff of Bay County, holding that office four years. Is now manager of the West Bay City Manufacturing Company, and also farms. He was married in 1860 to Miss Sarah J. Armstrong, of New York State, and they have a family of two children living.

Political Bio. -- Added Aug. 2008.

Early History of Michigan - Political Biographies (1888)


Representative from the Second District of Bay county, in 1887, was born in Danby, Tompkins county, New York, July 21, 1838. His early life was passed partly in New York and partly in Pennsylvania.

He came to Michigan in 1856, remaining in Oakland county until October, 1865, when he removed to Bay county. Was elected alderman of what was Lake City, afterwards Wenona, now West Bay City, and continued to hold that office for four years; he was supervisor from 1871 to 1874. He was elected sheriff of Bay county and held that office four years, was manager of the West Bay City Manufacturing Company. He is also a farmer. In 1885 he was elected treasurer of the township of Monitor.

He was married April 5, 1860, to Miss Sarah J. Armstrong, of New York. Mr. Brock was elected on the Republican ticket by a vote of 1,470 to 795 for McDougal, Democrat; 337 for Flynn, Greenbacker. and 66 for John Todd, Prohibitionist.

Additional Notes.

    1870 - Census: Bangor Twp., Bay, Michigan.

  • Brock, Martin - b. 1838 New York - carpenter.
  • Sarah J., b. 1838 New York
  • Ackerson, b. 1870 Mich.
  • Zachariah, father - b. 1796 New York.
  • Emiline, mother - b. 1810 New York.
  • Mary, (?) - b. 1843 New York - school teacher. (Assume sister)

    1880 - Census: Monitor Twp., Bay County, Mich.

  • Brock, Martin W., farmer - b. 1839, New York
  • Sarah, wife - b. 1837, New York
  • Ackerson - b. 1870, Mich.
  • Martin W. - b. 1877, Mich.

    1944 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Arenac

  • Martin Wm. Brock, died Jan. 28, 1944, born in 1877 in Alger, son of Martin W. Brock and Sarah Jane Armstrong.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
West Bay City Mfg. Co.
People Referenced
Armstrong, Andrew (f-inlaw)
Armstrong, Mary E. (m-inlaw)
Armstrong, Sarah J. (wife)
Brock, Ackerson (son)
Brock, Cintha (sis)
Brock, Emagene (dau)
Brock, Emiline Mrs. (mother)
Brock, George F. (bro)
Brock, J. Marcus (bro)
Brock, Martin W. (subject)
Brock, Martin W. Jr. (son)
Brock, Mary M. (sis)
Brock, Phoebe J. (sis)
Brock, Zachariah (father)
Flynn (Greenback)
Livingstone, M.
McDougal (Democrat)
Polfrey, Joseph (bro-inlaw)
Randall, Martin (bro-inlaw)
Swartout, Mr. (bro-inlaw)
Todd, John (Prohititionist)
Subjects Referenced
Alger, MI
Bay Co., MI
Bay Co. Sheriff
Danby, NY
Lake City, MI
Mich. legislature
Monitor Twp., MI
Oakland Co., MI
Steuben Co., NY
Tompkins Co., NY
Wenona, MI
West Bay City Mfg. Co.
West Bay City, MI
West Branch, MI
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