James Newton Gailey - May 24, 1869 - April 30, 1930
and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock - July 25, 1871 - July 21, 1943
My grandfather was born into the Brock and Gailey families in the small north
Jim and Eleanor had three children, my grandfather, James Dolphus Gailey, born November 8, 1898, Grace Amanda Gailey, born March 1, 1900, and Nellie Mae Gailey, born December 5, 1903, all born in Parker County.
Captain James R. Brock
“Captain James R. Brock and his family were living in
My ancestor, John Henry Brock, was the youngest of three sons born to James R. and Elizabeth. Their other children were Thomas Jasper, Newton Vanburen and Margaret Jane. When
Even though James R. was fifty-four years old he joined with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Thomas Jasper was in Company I, 11th Regiment, Texas Infantry, Newton Vanburen was in Company E, 6th Texas Cavalry; and John Henry, who was still a student, joined Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Margaret Jane, the youngest child at age twelve, was left behind to live with the J. G. W. Bivins family until her father and brothers came home from the war. Newton Vanburen, John Henry and their father, James R. all returned home to join Margaret after the war; however, Thomas Jasper was killed during his long journey home, traveling by foot.
John Henry was born in Red Bud,
After the men returned they took Margaret and went back to
Brannon Crossing on the
John Henry later moved to Olive Branch and bought several lots. A skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker, he built most of the town. He built the first cotton-gin, two two-story mercantile stores, the
Polly Sanders Elam Brock
December 25, 1843 - August 25, 1924
Children born to Polly and John Henry were Joel Walter, who married Sally Barnett; Eleanor Elizabeth, who married Jim Gailey; Lucy, who died in her late teens; James Thomas, who married Emma (?); Margaret “Maggie Maude,” who never married; Alice, who married J. W. White; and Henry Newton, who married Ollie Bell Bish. They also reared three of the Gunn children – Dom, Ponnie, and May – children of Polly’s sister, Ann America and her husband, J. M. Gunn.
John Henry Brock died of a heart attack on September 18, 1911, and is buried in the
Hall and Habersham Counties were adjacent to one another in this 1822 Georgia map. The two counties were formed in the year 1818. Both my Gailey and Brock ancestors lived in these counties before moving to Texas.
The Brocks moved to Rusk County near the state line of Texas and later to Van Zandt which is further west, and finally to Parker County, still farther west. The map to the right shows the counties formed in 1860.
Palo Pinto County History 1978 "A Word of Mouth History
Book", Brock, Buckner, Elam Families by Juanita Brock McEntire
- Family Bible belonging to James Dolphus Gailey and genealogy reports prepared by Raymond R. Stone, son-in-law, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
- Original photos in album belonging to Judith Richards Shubert.