Guide to the Brock Family Papers, 1808–1904

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Summary

Descended from Thomas and Margaret Brock who came to Nantucket, Mass., from Paisley, Scotland, the Brock family were residents of the island, with many members involved in whaling; brothers Priam and Peter Brock were both ship captains, of the Bark “Franklin” (1831–1832) and Whaleship “Lexington” (1853). Susan Emma Brock (1852–1937) also had sailing experience; at the age of six, she accompanied her parents on the clipper ship “Midnight” on a voyage around Cape Horn. In 1926, she published the story of this voyage, titling it “Doubling Cape Horn.” She also served for many years as Curator of the Fair Street Museum in the early years of the Nantucket Historical Association. Persons represented include ship captains Priam P. and Peter C. Brock and Susan Emma Brock. Papers of Priam and Peter concern primarily their respective ships “Franklin” and “Lexington,” with a description of the death of the former captain. Collection includes correspondence and documents concerning other family members.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS55
Title:
Brock Family Papers
Date(s):
1808–1904
Creator:
Brock family.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Brock Family Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folders 1–4 gift of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Goss of Barrington, RI, in 1984 (Acc. 1984.145).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Brock family.
    • Brock, Peter C., 1805–1878.
    • Brock, Priam P., 1799–1832.
    • Brock, Susan Emma, 1852–1937.
  • Corporate Name
    • Franklin (ship).
    • Lexington (ship).
    • Richard (ship).
  • Topical Term
    • Vessels--whaling--ship captains.

Biographical Information

Descended from Thomas and Margaret Brock, who came to Nantucket, Mass., from Paisley, Scotland, the Brock family were residents of the island, with many members involved in whaling; brothers Priam and Peter were both ship captains. Priam P. Brock (1799–1832) was Master of the bark Franklin (1831–1832) out of Rochester, Mass. He and his crew were lost while fast to a whale in the south Atlantic, 23 September 1832. Peter C. Brock (1805–1878) was Master of the whaleship Lexington (1853) out of Nantucket, Mass. Susan Emma Brock (1852–1937) also had sailing experience; at the age of six, she accompanied her parents on the clipper ship Midnight on a voyage around Cape Horn. In 1926, she published the story of this voyage titling it “Doubling Cape Horn.” She also served for many years as Curator of the Fair Street Museum in the early years of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Scope and Content

Persons represented include ship captains Priam P. and Peter C. Brock and Susan Emma Brock, museum curator. Papers of Priam and Peter concern primarily their respective ships Franklin and Lexington, with a description of the death of the former captain. Collection includes correspondence, and one letter (1836) from the Falkland Islands regarding the ship Richard. Also includes documents concerning other family members.

Contents

Box 1 Folder 1: Priam P. Brock papers, 1816–1835
Box 1 Folder 2: Peter C. Brock papers, 1819–1864
Box 1 Folder 3: Walter Brock and Andrew Brock papers, 1815, 1859
Box 1 Folder 4: Annie Smith Brock Bowen and Thomas H. Bowen papers, 1862–1883
Box 1 Folder 5: George H. Brock letter and genealogy book, 1897, 1899
Box 1 Folder 6: George H. Brock letter book, 1862–1864
Box 1 Folder 7: Joseph C. Brock share and postcard, 1894, 1899
Box 1 Folder 8: Rebecca Gardner Brock receipt, 1822
Box 1 Folder 9: Susan Emma Brock papers, 1896–1904
Box 1 Folder 10: Papers of Brock family members related by marriage, 1808–1878

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff.

Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018. Updated by Teddy Leane, June 2021.

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