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Mauck, Mauk, Mock Families of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia


The first Mock recorded in Virginia was David Mock, who appears in the records of the land office of Richmond in 1638. Unfortunately the record does not show where David's land in Virginia was located. This is the only record found of David and it is not known what happened to him or if he had descendants.

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia was not discovered by European explorers until the late 17th century. Settlers started living in the valley in the early 1700's. Amongst the first land owners in the Valley were an element of Germans that arrived there with Joist Hite in the early 1730's. The first Mauck recorded in the Valley was Peter Mauck, who appears in land records with Joist Hite in 1734. Peter did not arrive in the Valley with the original Hite settlers and it is suspected he followed shortly after their arrival.

The Shenandoah Valley, at various times, has included or includes the counties of Orange, Augusta, Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Warren, and Page.

The Goals of my Research of the Mauck, Mauk, and Mock Families of the Shenandoah Valley

It seems that every generation there are dozens of genealogists researching the same documents and ancestors, with everything being repeated again by the generation that follows. While the advent of computers and the internet have done much to help these efforts, at the same time they have multiplied the problem by accepting data without the documentation to substantiate names, dates, locations, children, parents, marriages, etc.

The Mock Family Historian (MFH) has been in existence since about 1990 and makes an effort to organize and coordinate the effort of genealogists researching their ancestors with the surname spelled as Maag, Magg, Mauck, Mauk, Mock, Mauch, and other variations of the name. As I was told long ago, when someone asked these ancestors their name, they didn't need to know how to spell it, they knew what their name was.

My first year of research into my Mock/Mauck ancestors led me into the Shenandoah Valley and a dead end. Looking at the other families with variations of the surname, I quickly learned why documentation was so important. Given names of Joseph, John, Mary, Elizabeth and other Christian names were used repeatedly every generation. Leading some folks to follow the wrong ancestral line. It only takes a few people doing this to create dozens of others copying and disseminating it, with the initial one source eventually coming back around as secondary proof of itself.

This led me to stop and start over. This time documenting every piece of information possible. If a connection could not be documented, I said so. Family stories can be included, as long as they are indicated as what they are, family stories. To be accepted as fact they should require documented proof, unless the person telling the story witnessed and/or documented all of it first hand.

I decided to attempt to straighten out the many levels of confusion with these Mauck/Mauk/Mock families that lived in or passed through the general area of the Shenandoah Valley so other researchers could see the documentation, know where to verify it, and be able to focus their efforts farther back in time instead of re-inventing the wheel, or following someone else's wheel in circles.

To get an idea of what has caused the confusion, or, if you like a mind challenge, have a look at two articles I wrote on the connections between these various Mock, Mauck, Mauk families who were living in the same vicinity of one another in the Shenandoah Valley. Keep in mind the time period, methods of transportation, and the limited number of available bachelors and bachelorettes at any give time.

Hint #1: Read 1995 first, it helps grasp the concept.

Kissin' Mock Cousins 1995 article

Kissin' Mock Cousins 1996 article

Hint #2: The last page of each article has a flow chart visually depicting the connections. You might want to have this handy as you read the narrative.

The goal hasn't been perfection, it's been improvement. We're all human and make mistakes and I'm no different than anyone else in this regards. The difference is, you'll know exactly where to verify my mistakes, and correct them.

Understanding the Organization of the Information Presented on this Website

The page immediately following this one provides brief summaries for the oldest Mauck, Mauk and Mock within each family that lived in and around the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. These elders may or may not have been related, evidence of their relationship has not been found. Yet.

Each brief summary has a link to another page specific to that elder, his descendants, and the various documented records I could find. My research focused on trying to identify the descendants for each of these different families to approximately 1880, even if they had moved to other states. Some go to 1930 and later. For various reasons I was unable to locate every descendant. Some descendants didn't survive, some just vanished from the records available when I did the research. However, the total number of descendants and their elders number in excess of 1500, in addition to the spouses and their parents. Each having one or more resources verifying all of the information I could find on each one.

The idea is to make it all available so we can start focusing our efforts on those elders and their ancestors.


For approximately ten years the Mock Family Historian has had an ongoing effort to obtain Y-DNA samples from a male descendant of each of the elders of the various Mock, Mauck, Mauk and other surnames. This Y-DNA project is explained elsewhere on this website.

On the page that follows this one, some of the elders are indicated as we do not yet have a descendant who has submitted a Y-DNA sample, with a link to the DNA page that explains the value of the Y-DNA as a research tool. In a nutshell, Y-DNA is not proof positive of ancestry, but it is proof positive of who is not your ancestor. Knowing which of the 10 or 12 elders to focus your work on has definite value to you, your family, your descendants, and others working on the same elder.

Financial assistance is available for those who have documentary proof they are descended from one of the Mauck, Mauk, Mock elders of the Shenandoah Valley for which we do not have a sample for. Check out the DNA web page for further details.

Additional Mauck, Mauk, Mock Families in Virginia (& elsewhere)

In the early 19th century Mock families also settled in Rockbridge, Loudoun and Washington counties, Virginia. The Washington Co. Mocks came up from North Carolina, and the Rockbridge and Loudoun Co. Mocks are believed to have moved there from Maryland.

Further information on the Mauck, Mauk, and Mock descendants (all spelling variations) is available on the Mock Family Home Page, which I highly recommend. My area of interest is limited somewhat, to those who lived in and passed through Northern Virginia. At the Mock Family Home Page you will find researchers on all of the Mock, Mauck, Mauk, Maag, and other spelling variations of this family name, worldwide.

Changes last made on: January 3, 2011