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Re: John R & Ab Blocker
Posted by: shirley tomlin (ID *****0956) Date: May 10, 2003 at 09:39:44
In Reply to: Re: John R & Ab Blocker by Joan E. Rambo of 65481

No, it was before that.

I moved to San Antonio in June 1959 and moved back to Beaumont in June 1963. My uncle who lived in Austin had heard this show was about the Blockers.

Then while living in San Antonio, there was some conversation about family history and I had mentioned that a great grandmother was a Blocker and the people there jumped on it and said that this show was about the Blockers.

See we are having trouble tying my ggrandmother to a Blocker family. My grandfather died in 1937 when I was less than 2 years old. We found out from an aunt by marriage that he told her he was a Jew. He had a set of grandparents on his father's side that came from Prussian Poland. One of my aunts remember him saying that he and my grandmother did not agree on religion. Other things bore this out as I learned things. It had always been said that he was sleeping in the same room with my Uncle Pete (his son) and he asked him which way was east. Uncle Pete told him and he turned in bed and said something. Uncle Pete asked him what he said and he didn't reply. Uncle Pete woke up about 3 in the morning and found him dead. I have learned that when Jews are dying they face east and say in Hebrew, "Hear Old Israel the Lord your God is one."

My aunts remembered that he always set a place for Elijah at the table. They laughed and said he could scare Ab Blocker to death talking about Elijah coming back. My older sister said it sounded like a ghost story when he did.

I can see in my mind scenes where this "nephew" came up and joined them. Someone asked the boss(person portraying John R)

what he was doing. He said he is praying that that is the way Jews pray. (Christians think of prayer as lifting your heart & mind to God). Jews believe you throw your entire being into prayer and they bob back and forth.

Then there was scene around a campfire where he mischeveiously ask the boss if he could set a place for Elijah. Then he started on the story of Elijah returning and the character who was supposedly portraying Ab Blocker told him not to be telling in ghost stories.

My mother had said that one time her grandmother's half brother who was a big rancher came by to visit them. However, when I check census records Abner Pickens Blocker, the father of John R. & Ab had only one wife, Cornelia Randolph Murphy. John R came from South Carolina and lived in Alabama briefly and then came to Texas.

Now I could be dead wrong but something at the back of my mind tells me that my aunts said that the older Abner Pickens Blocker married my gggrandmother while still married and she didn't know he was married. I'm not going to say for certain that this is true that they had a bigamous marriage.

Someone told my cousin that this might have been true of Abner Pickens, Jr (Ab) but Abner Pickens Blocker, Sr. was a
very upright person.

There is a book put about by the University of Texas press about cattlemen and has a lot about the Blockers. Abner Pickens Blocker, Sr & wife were described as very cultured people.


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