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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ANDREW GREGG STROCK. Among the oldest settlers of Cumberland county must be numbered the Strock family, the founders of which came from Germany early in the eighteenth century.

(I) Joseph Strock, the great-grandfather of Andrew Gregg, lived at Churchtown, and died at an extreme old age.

(II) Jacob Strock, son of Joseph, also lived at Churchtown, and he was accidentally killed at the age of seventy-six years. He was the father of the following children, all now deceased: George; Jacob died in Ohio; Mary Zimmerman died in Ohio; Elizabeth; Rachel Coover; Rebecca Sadler; Margaret; Joseph; David died in Ohio; and John died in Churchtown.

(III) George Strock, son of Jacob, was born in Churchtown, in 1806. After receiving a liberal education he followed farming, and in 1853, purchased a large farm in Churchtown, which he operated for twenty years. He was a well known man in his community, and a stanch Democrat. His death occurred in 1886, when he was about eighty years of age. His wife, Margaret Bricker, was a daughter of Joseph Bricker, one of Cumberland county’s representative men at an early day, and the owner of several hundred acres of land between Churchtown and Dillsburg. To George and Margaret Strock were born the following children: Andrew Gregg, Alfred B., Barbara, Jacob, George, Emma, Flora and Elizabeth. They were highly respected. Christian people, though members of no church organization.

Andrew Gregg Strock was born in Churchtown, Jan. 3, 1846, and received his education there, later engaging in farming. In 1868, he married Mary E. Brindle, of a well known family in Cumberland county. Their children are: Edith married George Kauffman, engineer at the Pennsylvania steel works, and they live in Newmarket; they have four children, all girls. Clara married Jacob Snyder, a farmer of York county. Hugh W. married Bertha Singheiser. Mary and George live at home. In 1897, Mr. Strock bought his present home of fifty-three acres of excellent land, and he also conducts a dairy in Mechanicsburg.

Mr. Strock has a brother, Alfred B. Strock, who was born in Churchtown in 1833, and has followed farming all his life. He married, in 1858, Elizabeth Buttorff, of Boiling Springs, who died in 1894, aged fifty-four. Their children are Ella; M. Stauffer, living in Kansas, Cora Hoover, living in Mechanicsburg, and Hermes, of Kansas.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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