The only reason I included this article was because of something I heard a couple of years ago from an ex-student of mine that married a Klock. I asked about the possible family connection, since I knew our name was often spelled that way, instead of ” Clock”, several centuries ago. The way my student heard the story was: that ALL Clocks and Klocks in America are related. Another reason I listened to the story was because my Dad (Charles L Clock) always said that our ancestors were from Germany (not Holland). And my great grandfather’s autobiography says that he believes our family came from Germany. So I listened to the history of the German Palatines that moved from Germany, down the Rhine River, to The Netherlands, to Britain, then on to New York. I was thinking that just might be us. It also explained the town of Clockville/Klockville, NY which I noticed when I was doing my research on Jacob Wilkie Clock (my great grandfather) in 1986 …when I could not tie the town to our family. And if I remember correctly, Klockville/Clockville is in the Mohawk Valley region of NY…. right where large numbers of Palatine German immigrants settled!
But after reading this article (below) and comparing it to all that is presently known about our Clock/Klock ancestors …it doesn’t really add up that they were German Palatines. For numerous reasons, perhaps the most important being …the year of their arrival in Br America was decades after my family did. Read the article below and see if you agree with me ….or my old student from Newport High School. Which? Why?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The German Palatines were natives of the Electoral Palatinate region of Germany, although a few had come to Germany from Switzerland, the Alsace, and probably other parts of Europe. Towards the end of the 17th century and into the 18th, the wealthy region was repeatedly invaded by French troops, which resulted in continuous military requisitions, widespread devastation and famine. The “Poor Palatines” were some 13,000 Germans who came to England between May and November 1709. Their arrival in England, and the inability of the British Government to integrate them, caused a highly politicized debate over the merits of immigration. The English tried to settle them in England, Ireland, and the Colonies. The English transported nearly 3,000 in ten ships to New York in 1710. Many of them first were assigned to work camps along the Hudson River to work off their passage. Close to 850 families settled in the Hudson River Valley, primarily in what are nowGermantown and Saugerties, New York. In 1723 100 heads of families from the work camps were the first Europeans to acquire land west of Little Falls, New York, in present-day Herkimer County on both the north and south sides along the Mohawk River. Later additional Palatine Germans settled along the Mohawk Riverfor several miles, founding towns such as Palatine Bridge, and in the Schoharie Valley.
1875 MAP OF CLOCKVILLE, upstate NY (near Oneda & Syracuse):
PRESENT DAY T SHIRT DESIGN: