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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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G. LAWRENCE STROCK. The Strock family is an old and honored one in Cumberland county, Pa., George Strock, the grandfather of G. Lawrence, having been born near Churchtown, where he was a well-known man in the community, taking a lively interest in all things pertaining to his section. His death occurred while he was residing in Churchtown, when he was seventy-six years of age.

On the maternal side Mr. Strock is descended from the well-known family of Bowers, prominent in Cumberland county history. Jeremiah Bowers, his grandfather, was a prominent resident of Churchtown. In early life he was a farmer, later engaging in the manufacture of woolen goods in addition to farming. The last years of his life, however, were spent in well-earned retirement, and he died in Churchtown at an advanced age.

George B. Strock, the father of our subject, was born near Churchtown, followed farming throughout lifetime, and also took an active part in all matters pertaining to the county. He served as sheriff from 1892 until 1895, and was also chosen to attend to educational matters in his district as a member of the school board, upon various occasions. During his candidacy for the office of sheriff he received at the nomination practically the unanimous vote of East Pennsboro township. His various offices of responsibility and trust were held with marked ability, and he was very popular not only with the Democratic party, of which he was a stanch member, but also with the Republican party, for all men recognized his superiority and steadfast integrity of purpose and action. In religious matters, Mr. Strock was a member of the United Brethren Church, at Wormleysburg, of which he was trustee for many years, and one of its most earnest and liberal supporters.

George B. Strock was married at Churchtown to Annie M. Bowers, daughter of Jeremiah Bowers. She is now living in Mechanicsburg. The death of Mr. Strock took place in December, 1900, when he had reached the age of fifty-nine years. To Mr. and Mrs. Strock the following children were born: J. Clyde, who is living at home in Mechanicsburg; Alva May, deceased; Robert B., deceased; and G. Lawrence.

G. Lawrence Strock was born at Bridgeport, on the Hummel farm, Feb. 25, 1871. After finishing a course at Wormleysburg the young man engaged in farming with his father, thus continuing until 1892, when he began farming for himself, and he purchased his present farm of ninety-seven acres in 1900. When the property came into his hands it was in a bad state, having been greatly neglected, but he has put it in excellent condition and made it one of the finest farms in Cumberland county. His house is a very commodious one, well furnished, and a generous hospitality is always forthcoming. On the property are excellent barns and outbuildings, and the entire premises bespeak the intelligent and progressive farmer and good business man. Like his father before him, Mr. Strock is a Democrat, although as yet he has taken no active part in politics. He, too, is a member of the United Brethren Church, of which he is a steward, and he gives that society his unqualified support.

On Feb. 25, 1892, Mr. Strock was united in marriage with Irene M. Singiser, of Cumberland county, and of this marriage the following children have been born: G. Weir (now attending school), Alda May and R. Lee. The family stands very high in the neighborhood, and Mr. and Mrs. Strock have a host of friends.

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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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