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Joseph Lee Adcock

Born - Tuesday, January 17, 1865

Rockport, Atchison County, Missouri

2ndMarried - Thursday, December 23, 1897

Peru, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died - Monday, August 2, 1948

Brock, Nemaha, County, Missouri

Buried - Thursday, August 5, 1948

Tecumseh Cemetery

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

Block -183   Lot - 3




Well Known Brock Resident Died


Joseph Lee Adcock, 84, died at 1 o'clock Monday

morning of a heart attack.


The retired Brock poultry and cream station operator formerly

lived at Rock Port, where he was born January 17, 1865, the

son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adcock.

On December 23, 1897, he married Minnie Combs at Peru, Nebraska.

He was a member of the Christian church and the Masonic lodge at Brownville

Surviving are the widow and these children: Mrs. Foster Arnold,

San Francisco; Joe, Nebraska City; Charles, Kearney;

Clarence, Brock: Elmer, Peru; Harold, Bancroft, Nebraska;

Marion, Falls City; Ralph, Douglas. Three children, Cecil,

Vernon and Helen predeceased their father.

Also surviving are 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Casey Brothers mortuary at

Johnson. Funeral services are to be held Thursday (today) at

1:00 p.m., at the Brock Christian church with Rev. Ward Merritt

officiating. Interment will be at the Tecumseh cemetery,

with Masonic Rites.


Nemaha County Herald


August 5, 1948


Master Mason







Joseph Lee Adcock was born near Rock Port, Missouri,

January 17, 1865, the son of Joseph I. Adcock and Louisa Barger.

He passed away August 2, 1948 at the age of 83 years, six months and 15 days.

He came to Nebraska at an early age and has lived in

the state since. At the age of 21, he was united in marriage

to Sarah Brush of the London vicinity. There were three

children born to this union. Lula, Joe and Dollie, the latter now deceased. The mother of these children passed away when they were small and they were reared by their grandparents.

In 1897 he was united in marriage to Minnie Combs, near Peru, who with six sons survive him. He was preceded in death by Cecil and Vernon and two infants.

Joseph operated the Brock Poultry and Cream station.

Mr. and Mrs. Adcock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last December.

Joseph operated the Brock Poultry and Cream station.

He was engaged in the produce business in Brock for the past 15 years, until retiring last fall.

The deceased has been a member of the Masonic lodge for 47 years and has held the Jordan medal for several years, which was bestowed upon him by the Brownville Lodge No. 4 A. F. & A. M. He was a kind father and a good neighbor.

He is survived by his widow, daughter, Mrs. Lula Arnold, San Francisco, California; sons, Joe of Nebraska City; Charles M. , Kearney; Lester C., Brock; Elmer C., Peru; Harold E., Bancroft; Marion (Bill), Falls City and Ralph, Douglas. There are also 31 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews,

and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 5, at 1:00 p.m.,

at the Brock Christian church with Rev. Ward Merritt of Humboldt, officiating. A quartette composed of Mrs. John Marrs, Mrs. Floyd Christy, S. B. Young,  and Everett Rutledge sang. There accompaniment was played by Mrs. Chandler Christy.

Pallbearers were: Dean Walker Jr., Omer Hannaford,

Hanson Aldrich, Wm Hawley, Al Jennings and John Marrs.

Interment was made in the Tecumseh cemetery with the

Masonic rites at the grave in charge of the

Brownville lodge No. 4 A. F. & A. M.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of Casey Brothers, Johnson.

Those attending from a distance were: Joe and Sharon Adcock

of Nebraska City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adcock, Kearney;

Ross Adcock, Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Adcock,

Holdrege; Dean and Dale Adcock, Ainsworth; Mrs. Hedrick,

Ainsworth; Mrs. Doris Stern, Johnstown; Mr. and Mrs. Harold

Adcock, Virginia and Jerry of Bancroft; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer

Adcock and family of Peru; Marion (Bill) of Falls City;

Ralph Adcock and Gene of Douglas; Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Combs, Hastings; Mrs. Brommer and sons, Hastings; Mrs. and Mrs. A. L. Steiner, Burchard and Mrs. L. E. Seaman of York.

Nemaha County Herald


August 12, 1948





Conferred First Degree of Masonic Lodge on Both Son and Grandson

In the annals of Free Masonry J.L. Adcock has established something of a unique record, in the conferring of the First Degree upon his son, C.W. Adcock, and his grandson, Ross Adcock.

Mr. Adcock's interest in the Masonic lodge work dates back to a period in his youth, when he, with his mother, attended a Masonic funeral.  At that time he told his mother that someday he was going to be a Mason.  That desire was culminated on December 2, 19, 1900, when at Rockport, Missouri, the place of his birth, 78 years ago, he was taken into the Masonic order.

Mr. Adcock recalls with interest his reaction at being told that he must commit to memory a great portion of the ritualistic work.  he thought at that time  that he had been handed an awful package, but with time and effort the memory work was soon done.  Since that time he has held several offices in the Masonic order.  He was a charter member of the lodge at Huntley, Nebraska, of which lodge he was the Senior Warden and second master.  He was a member of the Peru Lodge No. 14 and is now a member of the Nemaha Valley Lodge No. 4.  

Mr. Adcock said that when his oldest son became of age, he took him a petition asking him if he would fill it out, which the son did, and the father was permitted to confer the degree work upon him. 24 years later when his grandson , Ross, was accepted into the Masonic order, Mr. Adcock was granted the privilege of conferring the First degree upon him at Hastings, on April 11.

From Nadine Fahrlander




Tecumseh Cemetery


1stWife - Sarah M. (Brush) Adcock

Born -  Thursday, November 7, 1867

Died - Wednesday,  June 6, 1894

Peru, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - London Cemetery

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Section-2    Plot-23



Daughter - Lula J. (Adcock) Arnold

Born - Sunday, July 29, 1888


Daughter - Dollie M. (Adcock) Hampton

Born - Thursday, February 6, 1890

Son - Joseph Quincy Adcock

Born - Saturday, September 3,1892



Back Row-Elmer, Clarence, Harold, Joe Q, &  Marion

Elmer Claud Adcock Minnie (Combs) Adcock Joseph Lee Adcock Harold Edwin Adcock Joseph Quincy Adcock Ralph Adcock Charles Monroe Adcock Marion Adcock Lester Clarence Adcock Adcock Family

Front Row - Charles, Joseph Lee, Minnie,& Ralph

2ndWife - Minnie Jane (Combs) Adcock

Born - Wednesday, September 23, 1874

Corning, Cedar County, Missouri

Died - Friday, August 26, 1955

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - Monday, August 29, 1955

Tecumseh Cemetery

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

Block -183   Lot - 3



Son - Charles Monroe Adcock

Born - Sunday, October 9, 1898


Veteran World War IISon - Lester Clarence Adcock

Born - Wednesday, April 17, 1901


Son - Cecil L. Adcock

Born - Wednesday, September 23, 1903


Daughter - Bernice Adcock

Born - Sunday, January 29, 1905

Died - Tuesday, March 21, 1905

Buried - Thursday, March 23, 1905

Tecumseh Cemetery

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

Block -183   Lot - 3

1Month   22Days

Tecumseh Cemetery


Son - Elmer Claud Adcock

Born - Tuesday, January 2, 1906

Son - Vernon Richard Adcock

Born - Saturday, May 23, 1908

Son - Harold  Edwin Adcock

Born - Tuesday, November 2, 1909


Son - Glen Adcock

Born - Friday, January 13, 1911

Died - Friday, February 24, 1911

1 Month  9 Days

Veteran World War II Son - Marion Francis "Bill" Adcock

Born - Monday, May 6, 1912


Son - Ralph Adcock

Born - Friday, January 30, 1914


Daughter - Helen Evelyn Adcock

Born - December1916 - Nebraska

Died -1929

Buried - Tecumseh Cemetery

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

Block -183   Lot - 3

Tecumseh Cemetery



Father - Joseph Quincy Adcock

Mother - Louisa Anzella (Barger) Adcock





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