Fourth child - Sophia Coots Wenzel (1851-1927)
Sophia Coots Wenzel was born on November 26, 1857 in Baltimore,
Maryland. She was baptized on September 12, 1858 in Baltimore at the Old
Otterbein Church. Her middle name Coots is assumed to be a family name.
Perhaps Coots was the last name of George Wenzel’s or Catherine Kibler’s
mother. Sophia Wenzel married George F. Frock, son of Samuel Frock and
Mary A Wieland, on June 7, 1877 in Baltimore. George F Frock was the
brother of Samuel S Frock, who married Sophia’s sister, Ollie. George
and Sophia had eight children:
- John Sand Frock was born on March 23, 1878 in
Baltimore County, Maryland. John married Laura Estelle Coulter on
April 30, 1901 in Baltimore County. She was born on May 4, 1880.
John and Laura had 6 children, George S. (1904-1987), Mildred M.
(1907-1972), John E. (1909-1939), Evelyn G. (1911-), Clarence L.
(1913-1990), and Dorothy N. (1918-1988). John Sand Frock died on
June 2, 1938 in Baltimore County, Maryland, at age 68. Laura died 3
years later in July 1941 at age 61. Both are buried at Sater’s
- Mary E. Frock was born in November 1879 in
Baltimore County, Maryland. She was married twice. The name of her
first husband is not known, but the marriage took place in 1897. Her
second marriage was to Andrew J Wernsdorfer around 1902. Andrew was
a plumber in 1930. Mary died in 1937 in Baltimore County. Andrew
died in 1940. Both are buried at Sater's Baptist Church.
- Samuel William Frock was born on December 23,
1882 in Baltimore County. In 1904, he played baseball for the town
of Ridgely on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Ridgely had only about 800
residents, but the team recruited widely and won the Maryland
‘amateur’ championship, although several players were paid. Perhaps
the most notable attribute of the team was that it included five
future major leaguers: Sam Frock (p), Bill Kellogg (1b), Buck Herzog
(2b), future Hall of Famer Frank Baker (3b), and Simon Nicholls (ss).
Sam Frock was Major League Baseball pitcher from 1907 to 1911.
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Major League Baseball Statistics.
Sam Frock pitched in 8 games for the
World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909. He was on the World
Series roster, but did not appear in any games during the series. On
April 18, 1910, he was traded to the last place Boston Doves. The
Doves became the Boston Rustlers in 1911 and in 1912 became the
Boston Braves. In 1910, Sam Frock ranked high in the major leagues
in several pitching categories. He was third in the league in
strikeouts and games pitched. He was second in the league in number
of strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, with 5.98 strikeouts every 9
innings. Unfortunately, the Braves were horrible again in 1910 and
finished the season with a record of 53 wins and 100 losses. Sam
Frock probably injured his arm with the excessive work in 1910. He
was not able to pitch effectively in 1911 and called it quits after
4 games. Sam Frock was listed as 6'0 tall, 168 pounds during his
major league playing days. In the early 1920s, Sam Frock managed the
Laurel, Delaware Blue Hens of the Eastern Shore League.
Sam Frock married Josephine Shea circa 1905. She was born on June
10, 1883. They had 3 children, Elizabeth (1906-1994), Fillmore
(1908-1954), and Dorothy (1909-1911).
1920 Census - Baltimore City,
Maryland - 3612 Central Avenue
Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
Sam Frock 36 manager -baseball team Maryland
Josephine Frock wife 36 Washington DC
Elizabeth Frock daughter 13 Maryland
Philmore Frock son 11 Maryland
Sam Frock died on November 6, 1925 in
Baltimore County at age 42. Josephine Frock died on February 18,
1932 in Baltimore County at age 49. Both are buried at Loudon Park
- Sophia B. Frock was born in 1884 in Baltimore
County. In 1911, she married Roland C Bryan, son of Edgar Bryan and
Emma A Bachran. Roland was an electrician at a power company. Roland
died October 16, 1962. Sophia died on June 24,1973 in Baltimore
County. Both are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetary.
- George W Frock was born on March 12, 1884 in
Baltimore County. He died as an infant on July 6, 1884 and is buried
at Sater's Baptist Church.
- Clarence Emory Frock was born on May 16, 1885 in
Baltimore County. His nickname was Bud. He married Bessie Eleanor
Plitt on August 9, 1919. She was born June 24, 1894. Bud and Bessie
had 1 child, Charlotte E (1920-1987). Bud and Bessie lived at 817
14th Street in Baltimore at the time of the 1930 Census. Clarence’s
occupation was house wiring. Bessie’s mother was born in Canada.
Bessie died at age 54 on August 7, 1948. Clarence died on November
16, 1950 at age 65. Both are buried at Parkwood Cemetery in
- George Washington Knell Frock was born on May 3,
1889 in Baltimore County. In 1909, he married Azalia H Williams. She
was born around 1892 in Maryland. George and Azalia had 4 children,
Doris L (1911-1975), Milford C (1915-1917), George M (1918-), and
Robert C (1921-). The family lived at 3611 Pearce Avenue in
Baltimore at the time of the 1930 Census. George was a proprietor in
the heating industry. George died on June 4, 1967 at age 78. Azalia
died on March 21, 1973. Both are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery.
- Elsie Mae Frock was born on August 23, 1891 in
Baltimore County. In 1910, Elsie married John William Greeley. He
was born January 9, 1889 and was known as Bill. Bill and Elsie had 7
children, Virginia M. (1911-1995), Sophia (1913-1982), Josephine P.
(1914-), William E. (1915-1916), William C. (1917-1979), Mary L.
(1920-1991), and Betty J. (1922-1922). In 1930, they lived at 3612
Malden Street with Elsie’s step-mother Helen and 5 of their
children. Bill was employed as a cable splicer for the telephone
company. Bill Greeley died July 28, 1957 at age 68. Elsie died on
November 3, 1971 in Baltimore County, Maryland, at age 80. Both are
buried at Sater's Baptist Church.
Sophia C Wenzel Frock and George F Frock
appeared in the following Census record:
1880 Census - Baltimore County - 8th
Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
George Frock 23 labor Maryland
Sophie C wife 23 keeps house Maryland
John son 2
Mary daughter 7 months Maryland
Mary was born in November. Sophie’s parents were born in Germany.
Sophie C Wenzel Frock died on February
20, 1893 in Baltimore County at the age of 25. Later in 1893 George
Frock remarried to Helen Gertrude Yeakle (or Ikeburger). She was also
known as Gertie. Gertie was born in 1860. George F. Frock worked for the
City Police in 1900. Sophia, George, and Gertie are buried at Sater's