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One of the earliest Mack/Mock immigrants, with this surname, from Schriesheim, Germany was Alexander Mack the founder of the Church of the Brethren.This denomination is also known as the Dunkard Church or German Baptist Church. He arrived with his family, 15 Sep 1729, on the ship, Allen. Many of his descendants and those of other Mack families of Germanic origin, changed the spelling of their name to Mock. It is thought that this was to preserve the sound with an Americanized spelling.

For a more detailed genealogy of the Macks and Mocks who descend from Alexander Mack, you can view it here from Barbara Dittig's working chart which goes back to Ebert Mack, born in the mid 1500's and Progenitor of this family in Germany. Just click on the link below:

Download Here Detailed Report of Alexander Mack Family


This was one of the early Pioneer Brethren Churches located in the Dunning Creek area, near Pleasantville, West St. Clair Twp. Pleasantville was located in Bedford Co, PA. According to the book, Alexander Mack the Tunker and Descendants, by Rev Freeman Ankrum, (1943), this log church was completed in 1844. The church appears to have had its beginning when George Mack Holsinger, a deacon, and George Stull, a lay member, moved there, 1 April 1841, from Morrison's Cove, PA, and joined John Garber, a minister, and a few other lay members already living there.

It was reported that since the minister spoke only German, others from the Conembaugh Congregation near Johnstown, who could also preach in English, helped with meetings. Levi Roberts who was nearly seventy, and Peter Lutz, a much younger man, walked twenty miles over Allegheny Mountain to hold three services over a weekend. In addition, John Mineely, although crippled, would endure the horseback ride, over the same distance to render a like service every four weeks.

The land for this church was donated by Christian Mock, son of one of the Peter Mocks of Maryland. Although Christian's wife, Mary (Shearer) Mock was a member of this church, there is no evidence that he was related to Alexander Mack. In the foreground adjoining this Church is shown Christian Mock's grave. Christian and Mary (Shearer) Mock are ancestors of Paul Swan.

It appears that in 1943 when Ankrum's book was written, this old log structure was no longer being used as a church and was beginning to deteriorate, so it is unknown what its condition is today or even if it is still standing.

We are grateful to Mr Donald F. Durnbaugh, co-editor of the Brethren Encyclopedia who has granted permission to Paul Swan, to let the Mock Family Historian Home Page reproduce a copy of a picture taken of this old pioneer church in 1955.


Click here to view more photographs of the Bedford Co, PA Mock Meeting House.


In Virginia, the name was predominately but not exclusively spelled as Mauck or Mauk, and is most common in the Northern Neck and Shenandoah Valley where multiple families have been identified as early as the mid 1730s. One of the original spellings was that of Maag. It was not unusual to see the name change from Mauck to Mock when a family migrated to another region such as Kentucky, North Carolina or Tennessee.

One of our researchers, James P. Mock, has undertaken a special project to identify all early family groups with the surname of Mauck/Mauk/Mock/Mack or any other variant spelling that may occur in the Northern Neck of Virginia or more specifically in the area that makes up the Shenandoah Valley. Most of the early Maucks in Virginia lived in this region. His work has been extremely well researched and referenced. It is also fairly complete for lines that occurred there prior to about 1880. If you are looking for ancestors that lived in this area of Virginia after 1880, it may take some research on your part to get back to before 1880, and when you get there, his work may be extremely helpful to you.

Click here to visit the Mauck, Mauk, Mock Families of the Shenandoah Valley


Compiled by Ron Moore

This is a test project to see how helpful the deed indexes of various North Carolina counties for the surname of Mock may be to establish relationships and allow recognition of other potential relatives, neighbors and some who married into various Mock families. The deeds are presented here chronologically in two separate indexes for GRANTORS and GRANTEES. This appears to be a better way to show this data than with a search engine, since one can see at a glance who was buying or selling land in relationship to others with the same surname and same time period. Estates can often be readily identified.

All spelling variations of the surname Mock were searched, but by far the majority in Rowan County, North Carolina were spelled as Mock.

An attempt has been made to keep the spelling of names as close as possible to the way they appear in the index.

It is anticipated that this project may be continued for other North Carolina counties. These records were all copied from microfilm and it is easy to make errors since some records were in poor condition. The exact page where the deed is located was sometimes difficult to read, and should not always be depended on to order deeds, however, they have been checked several times both on the microfilm reader as well as with hard copies, and I believe them to be relatively accurate. If any errors are located, please call them to my attention.

Rowan County, NC GRANTOR Deed Index 1753-1921 for the surname of Mock including all spelling variations
Rowan County, NC GRANTEE Deed Index 1753-1921 for the surname of Mock including all spelling variations


This Mauck line was first recorded in Germany ca. 1525 in Lauffen which is on the Neckar River. The earliest known progenitor of this family was a Georg (Jorg) Mauckh born about 1530 and wife Margaretha. This chart was created in Germany many years ago and the original author is unknown, but it was translated and transcribed by Steve Lapp in 1996 and it is divided into three parts:

Lauffen, Germany

A few of these families did come to America, and the ones who are known to have immigrated are so indicated. There may be additional information available on these families. If you can identify others, please let Steve Lapp know. If you have any additions, corrections or comments about these charts below, please contact Steve Lapp, below:

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Mock Origins in Germany and Switzerland

by Steve Lapp

Steve has studied the migration of early German families from the Palatinate, which includes areas drained by the Rhine and Nekar Rivers. He outlined the religious and political reasons for upheaval in this area. The primary reasons these people came to America in the early and mid-1700's, included 1. Desire for religious freedom. 2. Desire to get away from conditions of serfdom, where they would have freedom and the ability to own land. 3. Desire to avoid mandatory military conscription.

Steve has located 19 distinct lines of various surnames such as Mack, Maag, Mauck, Mock, etc. that were known to have migrated to America and where their germanic origin was established, and he has pinpointed them on a map to a relatively small area in the Palatinate of Germany and in Switzerland.

He observed that the name more frequently occurred in Switzerland as Maag, whereas in Germany it more commonly was noted to be Mack, although there are multiple variations of the name occurring in both regions.

For a more detailed account of Steve Lapp's research into the European Origin of Mack/Mock Immigrants, click here. Mack/Mock Immigrants.

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