Caldwell County, Texas Pioneers
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Andrew Lee and Rebecca Montgomery Brock Log Cabin
Last remnant of the Pioneering Spirit that formed Caldwell County

About 1848, the entire Montgomery family began the long move from Missouri to Texas. Just before leaving, sixteen-year-old daughter Rebecca Montgomery married William Wayland and they joined the caravan of mule wagons. As the group made their slow way south, they camped at Dallas where Rebecca’s young husband became ill and died very suddenly. After burying him there, the family travelled on to Austin where a baby girl was born to Mrs. Wayland. Two years later she moved with her parents to secure more land near Lockhart in order that her father might engage in the cattle business. Shortly after that, Rebecca married 20 year-old Andrew Lee Brock, a native of Virginia who had come to Texas via Missouri in 1849. “Started farming with a wagon and team” was a favorite remark of Mr. Brock’s in later years. While he owned only a wagon and team, Mr. Montgomery gave him two hundred acres of land about two miles from Lockhart for a wedding present. They built a log house of hand-hewn logs, Mr. Brock doing most of the work. “But, Rebecca would make me a green grape pie, when I did a good day’s work,” was a tribute from Mr. Brock. There were two rooms across the front with a long shed room across the back and a long gallery across the front. The kitchen was just back of the house, but did not join it. Mr. Brock grew cotton, corn, wheat and oats. As the cotton industry grew, he built a mule-powered cotton gin and grist mill for his own use and that of his neighbors. When the War Between the States broke out, Mr. Brock hauled freight to Laredo for the Confederacy with oxen teams. He would return with a load of supplies---coffee, salt, sugar, calico and other supplies which were sold to the neighbors. As he traveled, Mr. Brock would camp  in order  to  get  through

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Andrew Lee and Rebecca Montgomery Brock Log Cabin
Lockhart ~ Originally located near Boggy Creek.

with supper before dark, so the Indians wouldn’t locate his camp fire easily. The only damage they ever did was to steal the oxen a few times. After the war, Mr. Brock spent more time raising cattle and breeding and training race horses. He raced his horses in some of the biggest races in the country and sold horses in New Orleans, St. Louis and New York. While Mr. Brock eventually lost his race horses, he retrieved much of his loss by building and renting business houses in Lockhart, through farming and in the cattle industry. The Brocks raised four children who grew up very much as the children of other pioneer families. All but one were born in the little log house. They attended public school in Lockhart, riding to and from school on horseback. Over the years, the Brocks prospered and, as each child married, he or she was given 100 – 120 acres of land. After 53 years of marriage, Rebecca Montgomery Brock died in January 1903. Andrew Brock passed away three years later. Originally located near Boggy Creek, the Brock’s first log home was moved to Lions’ Park on US Hwy 183 in Lockhart and can be seen there today. Fund raising is under way to restore and maintain the historic structure. Sources: “Home Life on Early Ranches of Southwest Texas - Andrew Lee Brock, Caldwell County” by Myrtle Murray, The Cattleman, Jan 1939 and Lockhart Post-Register, 21 Sep 1975

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