DR. WILLIAM D. GARLOCK
and his Illustrious Ancestors
Contributed by Lisa Slaski
Transcribed by Joanne Murray
John Christian Garlock was born in Germany in the Palatinate on the Rhine, and came with the
Palatine pioneers to the Schoharie Valley and thence to the Mohawk Valley, New York. He was the
head of what was called Garlock's Dorf in Schoharie. The name is variously spelled Gerlach,
Gaerlach, Goerlach, and Gurlogh.
(II) Adam, born in 1733, died in 1822, son of John Christian Garlock.
He lived in what is now Montgomery county, formerly Tryon county. He was a soldier in the
revolution and had land bounty rights. His brothers, William and George, were in the revolution
also and William was in the same company, Captain Copeman's, First regiment. He was also a
private in Captain House's company, Colonel Klock's regiment (page 378 Roster of State Troops of
New York). According to the census of 1790 Adam had three males over sixteen, and one under
sixteen and five females in his family, in Montgomery county.
(III) John, son of Adam Garlock, was born in what was then Montgomery
county. He married Mary Beatty. Among their children was John, mentioned below.
(IV) John (2), son of John (1) Garlock, was born in what was then
Montgomery county. He lived in Manheim, New York, now a part of Herkimer county, New York. He
married Elsie Ann, daughter of Elisha Cramer. They had a son Nelson, mentioned below, and
seven other children.
(V) Nelson, son of John Garlock, was born in Manheim, Herkimer county,
New York, June 8, 1835. He was a farmer. He married, June 7, 1854, Catherine Yoran, born February
26, 1831, daughter of Jacob Yoran and Mary Timmerman or Zimmerman, as it is sometimes spelled,
granddaughter of Jacob and Catherine (Snell) Yoran, and great-granddaughter of Jacob Yoran, who
came when he was a young child from Germany with his step-father. He was a soldier in the
revolution (see New York in the Revolution, page 190). Jacob Yoran, father of Catherine, was
supervisor of Manheim for several terms. Catherine (Snell) Yoran was a daughter of Joseph Snell, a
soldier in the revolution, killed at the battle of Oriskany with three of four sons, who were
there with him (see Hardin's Hist. of Herk. Co., pages 328-29). Johann Jost Snell, father of
Joseph Snell, was one of the original patentees of the Snell and Timmerman grant in the town of
Manheim. Mary Timmerman, wife of Jacob Yoran, was a daughter of John Timmerman, and granddaughter
of Henry Timmerman, who was a lieutenant in the revolution in a Tryon county militia regiment
(New York in the Revolution, page 187), and the father of Henry was Jacob Timmerman, of the
Snell and Timmerman patent. The grandmother of Catherine (Yoran) Garlock was Margaret Timmerman,
daughter of Conrad or Conrath Timmerman, as it was sometimes spelled, of the Snell and Timmerman
patent. Conrad Timmerman once killed an Indian with his long-range rifle when the savage supposed
himself to be out of range (see Simm's Frontiersmen of New York). Conrad Timmerman was an ensign
in the revolution in Colonel Klock's regiment of Tryon county militia (see New York in the
Revolution, page 187). Conrad married Mary Magdalen Snell, when she was but sixteen years old.
He made her acquaintance while assisting her in putting out a fire started by the Indians in her
home. She was a cousin to Catherine Snell, who married Jacob Yoran. According to family traditions
handed down, seven of the eight great-great-grandfathers of William D. Garlock were in the battle
of Oriskany. There were no Tories.
(VI) Dr. William D., son of Nelson Garlock, was born in Manheim, April
2, 1855. He attended the public schools there; entered the Little Falls Academy in 1870, and
afterward took a three-year course in Hungerford Collegiate Institute at Adams, New York,
graduating in 1874. He then assisted his father in farm work on the homestead for two years. In
1876 he entered Cornell University, taking a special course for two years, and in 1878 entered
the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, graduating with the degree of M.D. in the
class of 1881. He began to practice at Little Falls, New York, in 1881, and has continued to
the present time, winning distinction as a physician and also as a useful, intelligent and progressive
citizen. He was president of the Herkimer County Medical Society in 1890; president of the First
Branch of the New York State Medical Association in 1892. He is a member of the American Medical
Association; the Clinical Society of St. Luke's Hospital of Utica, New York; secretary of the
Fifth Branch of the Medical Society of the State of New York, 1909-10. In religion he is a
Presbyterian. He belongs to various social and benevolent societies. He married, November 22,
1881, Mary Gertrude Bidleman, of Manheim, daughter of Major Morgan and Ann (Windecker) Bidleman,
granddaughter of Peter Bidleman. Children: 1. Morgan Bidleman Garlock, a lawyer in active practice
in Utica and Little Falls, New York; married, September 12, 1897, Jessie, daughter of G. F. and
Georgianna (Sprague) Girvan, and they have a son, Sprague Girvan, born September 21, 1908.
2. Louise Garlock. 3. Gertrude K. Garlock.
Source: "Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation," comp. under the editorial supervision of William Richard Cutter. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910. Volume I, pages 610-11.