Johannes was born on 12 Mar 1736 in Altenriet Germany according to his parents'family record found on p.779 of LDS reel 1056590 for Altenriet. Working charts #29 and #07 (date may have been 1738), Mock Archives, Barbara Dittig, Editor. According to p.779 of LDS reel 1056590 for Altenriet, Johannes was born on 12 Mar 1736. According to his birth record found on p.1073 of LDS reel 1056590 for Altenriet, Johannes was born on 12 Mar 1736.


Working chart #07.


Apparently Johannes was referred to as Valentine, hence the middle name is in parenthesis. Alexander Mack, born in 1679 and possibly the uncle or great uncle of Johannes, had a son named Johann Valentin Mack. Alexander Mack and his family came to America on 15 Sep 1729 on the ship Allen, from Rotterdam and Cowes, sailing on 7 July 1729. His home was Scriesheim, Ger.

There are at least four signatures of his name by Johannes Mock. These occur on land records. In both instances it appears that his surname may have been MACH. In two other cases the name appeared to be Johannes Mack. Others have thought that his name was MACK. In the land records he is referred to as John Mock, although he signed his name as Johannes Mach (?). The last name is all but indecipherable.

Apparently he emigrated to America in 1766 and settled in Rhinebeck, NY. A Johannes Mack is listed as a member of Captain Van Aernam's company of militia in Rensselaerwyck in 1767.

Adolph Gerber in the "Adolph Gerber Lists of Immigrants" wrote about Johannes and his young family: "They went away. He had always been somewhat frivolous, had not liked to work, but tried in vain to get rich by other schemes, but in spite of everything was worth 300 gulden. Otherwise, he was peaceable and obliging toward everyone.

"See p.187 of Adolf Gerber's "Emigrants from Wurttemberg: The Adolf Gerber Lists", edited by Donald Herbert Yoder. In the PA German Folklore Soc., Vol 10, 1945, pp.132-237. See p.187.

Johannes Mack and wife Judith Veizhans and daughters Anna Barbara and Elisabetha Margaretha emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1766 according to "PA German Immigrants, 1709-1786: Lists Consolidated from Yearbooks of the PA German Folklore Soc. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980, 394p. See p.87.

Johannes Mack emigrated to North America in 1766 according to Trudy Schenk and Ruth Froelke, "The Wurttemberg Emigration Index, Vol 2, Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1986, 240p. See p.129.

Johannes Mack emigrated to America in 1766 according to Charles M. Hall, "Pal-Index: A Surname Index of Eighteenth Century Immigrants", Salt Lake City: Global Research Systems, 1979, 149p. See p.72.

In Johannes' petition of 1786 from Caldwell's Manor for losses sustained as a result of his loyalism to the Crown as a soldier in the King's Loyal Rangers, beginning in 1777. He describes his property as being in Albany County, and Philip Derick witnessed that it was located 9 or 10 miles from Albany.

Johannes and family settled in St. Armand Quebec in 1792 (about two miles from Philipsburg on Missisquoi Bay). His property was on Lot 13 (105 acres for 10 pounds/2/8, according to record CN 601-74 in the Missisquoi Hist. Soc., L Chaboillez, notary), and in 2 Sep 1794 he took possession of the west half of Lot 125, drawn up in the Henderson Survey. Johannes later moved to Shefford County, where he died on 6 May 1815. Bernard C.Young


1. Refer to the following pages of LDS reel 1056574 for the Evangelical church of Neckartenzlingen for records involving Johannes Mack: 620, 623, 627, and 634. Also refer to reel 1056575, pages 1185, 172, 188, and 559. Refer to reel 1056576, pages 951 and 965. The last record made for Johannes Mack in this register was Dec 1765. This would indicate that he emigrated to America during 1766. Page 965 gives Georg as Johannes' father and his mother was born with the surname of Ott. Johannes was listed as 30 years old.

2. Public Archives of Canada, Audit Office 13, Series II, (MG 14), Vol.14, pp.368, 369, Reel B-2187. This is the petition of John Mock, formerly of the County of Albany, Province of NY, but since 1777 in Canada and a soldier in Edward Jessup's Rangers. Losses claimed were 951 pounds, including one farm, 225 bushels of wheat, four oxen, six steer, eight cows, two heifers, 52 sheep, 16 swine, one wagon and harness, and household contents. One witness was his son-in-law, Christian Snider. Caldwell's Manor, 20 Feb 1786. Henry Ruiter, Justice of the Peace.

3. PAC, AO12, Series I (MG 14), Vol. 26, pp.304 to 306, Reel B-1161. Also Report No.49 of the Bureau of Archives, case 788, pp.937, 938. Claim of John Mock, 22 June 1786. Lived at St. Johns in 1783, a native of Germany, came to America 20 years ago, joined General Burgoyne at Ft. Edward and served in that campaign as a soldier, now settled at Missisquoi. Had a farm near Albany of about 130 acres. Witness Philip Dayrick said he had a farm 9 or 10 miles from Albany.

4. Missisquoi Historical Society Reports, Vol.19, 1986. ISBN #0-9190 85-42-03, published by the Society, Stanbridge East, Quebec, PO Box 186, JOJ 2HO Canada. See three articles by Ian Smith. One is an interesting account of how Johannes dressed as a woman to avoid capture after the battle of Saratoga and then killed a sentry and escaped to Canada. This story was "from the lips of Valentine Mock, as told by his grandson".

5. Albany Dutch Reformed Church Baptismal Records, Albany, NY.

6. Notarial papers from the repertoire of Notary Leon Lalanne, 1792.

7. PAC No. 46829: Johannes settled in Shefford County as early as 1794. On 10 Feb 1801 he was granted lots 19 and 22 in the sixth range, and lots 19,20,21, 22 in the fifth range, amounting to 1200 acres. His sons each received 200 acres.

8. Johannes Mock sold lot 22, range 6, Shefford Township, comprising 200 acres with grist mill and saw mills to Samuel Berry on 17 April 1815 (just before Johannes' death) according to Ian R. Smith, who saw the document in Sherbrooke. Witnesses were Ezekiel Lewis and Malcolm MacFarline. Eventually these mills were bought by Col. PH Knowlton, Hiriam Foster, and Mark Whitcomb, who expanded the mills.

9. "Missisquoi Bay" by G.H. Montgomery mentions land problems in this area at an early date.

10. "A Sketch of the Life of Captain John Savage".

11. "History of the Eastern Townships" by Mrs. C.M. Day mentions Johannes Mock on p.354.

12. "Loyalist Lineages of Canada" Vol.II, Part 2. Page 772, Johannes Mock, b.Germany, d.6 May 1815, res. Rhinebeck Dutchess Co. NY and Shefford, Quebec.

13. V-1200-1-8, Missisquoi Hist. Soc., is a record of claimants for land. It lists Johannes Mock, resident of Missisquoi Bay, member of Jessops Corps of Loyal Rangers, residing in Canada since 1777. Also listed are Joseph Mock and John Mock Jr., who served in Rodgers corps, as well as Christian Snyder, who was in Rodgers Corps. This may indicate that the Mock sons were born in the 1760's.

14. V-39-1-61 of Missisquoi Hist. Soc. A record by Philip Ruiter as follows: "Ebenezer Eastman paid (?) by cash for interest and quit rent from the 1st day May 1796 to 1st day May 1797 for half that Lot No. 125 deeded to John Mock. 13 shillings.

15. V-155-1-47 of Missisquoi Hist. Soc. A handwritten record: "Warden--- was first known as Mocks Mills from John Mock, one of the associates (note--of Capt.John Savage), he commenced the erection of a grist mill here in the fall of 1795, it being the first mill of the kind built in the township.""John Mock received 1200 acres of land in Shefford Co. in 1801--Feb 10th, when the township was erected by Letter Patent."


16. V944-1-2, Notes from Krans family written by H.S. Krans, Missisquoi Hist. Soc., "On Feb 26, 1801, Peter Krans bought a one Johannes Mock 100 acres land adjoining the land deeded him by Calvin May."

17. Phillip Ruiter's Day Book, V39-1-34, Missisquoi Hist. Soc., p.34, May 9, 1793, John Mock interest and quit rent 13 shillings. p.71 Sep 12, 1798, John Mock paid by cash 11.6. Page 94, on June 8, 1794, for 105 acres of land John Mock paid 10 pounds. Interest and quit rent from 1 May 1792 to 1 May 1793 was 13 shillings.

18. "The Earliest Settlements and Settlers of Missisquoi County", p.61 lists John Mock on Lot #4 with a hut built for his family--early March 1784. The rights to this land were contested because it was felt that the occupants were there illegally.

19. "The Savage Family of Shefford" by N. Broadhurst, ISBN 1-895435-02-1. John Mock is mentioned on pages 24, 39-41, 43, and 45-46. Mocks Mill was mentioned on p.42.

20. "McLaughlin's Warden, 1795-1990", by Paul Sicard, 272 Principale, Warden, Quebec. This booklet gives information about Johannes Mock and his two sons settling in "Mock's Mills".

21. Sale of land and mills, 13 Oct 1847, Ref(obtained in Granby): 408, No.1032. Lots 22 in 5th range and 22 in the 6th range and dwelling house and grist mill and saw mill. Sold to Paul H. Knowlton, Hiram S. Foster, and Mark Whitcomb by Carr Leavitt and John D. Lane. (Also Lewis T. Washburn?)

(Notes by Giles Carpenter)