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Alexander D. Beck[1]

Male 1831 - 1912


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  • Born  19 Jun 1831  Beck's Mill, Howard Township, Washington, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  02 Mar 1912  [3
    Buried  River View Cemetery, West Millgrove, Ohio U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Obituary for Alexander D. Beck from the 07.March.1912 issue of "The Unique Weekly" of Risingsun, Ohio.
      "Alexander D. Beck was born June 19, 1831, and departed this life March 2, 1912, aged 80 years, 8 months and 11 days. He was married four times. He leaved one son, J.H. Beck of Wills Point, Texas, a number of grandchildren and a widow, Mary J. Beck.

      He was a member of Company B, 31st Indiana Infantry, and was a member of W.C. County Post, 476 G.A.R. of West Millgrove, Ohio.

      He joined church at about the age of 20 years, and while not having a church near at hand he did not have any opportunity to attend church much, but during his last illness he spoke often of his church and desired if possible to have a minister of the Church of Christ or the Disciple Church.

      The funeral was held Tuesday morning at West Millgrove, conducted by Rev. Smith of Prairie Depot. Interment made in West Millgrove Cemetery."

      [From "Beck & Tittle Footprints" by Nell Truitt prepared 01.October.1998]:
      Alexander D. Beck's birth is recorded in the Beck family Bible which is the possession of Dr. Robert J. Beck in 1998. "Elick" as he was lovingly called in his youth, was the first son born to his parents and he shared the name of his maternal grandfather, Alexander, a Scotch-Irish Baptist. Therefore, we assume the middle initial "D" was for Devin.

      A.D. Beck, listed in the 1880 Texas Census, named North Carolina as his father's birthplace, and indicated his mother's birthplace was unknown. Alexander was eighteen month old when his mother, Susan, died giving birth to his younger brother, John J. Beck. Alexander never really knew his mother. His father married Rebecca Barker two years after his mother died. She raised the young boys and their sisters and gave birth to five more children by Andrew.

      Evidently, Alexander grew up in the vicinity of Beck's Mill, a small settlement in Howard Township, southern Washington County, south of Salem Indiana, where his grandfather, George Beck, Sr. had brought his family from North Carolina in 1807. Alexander's father was 13 years old in 1808 when the family made their home in the vicinity of Organ Spring along Mill Creek and built a fifteen foot square log-structure, grist mill.

      Growing up on Beck's Hill, Andrew M. may have seen many exciting times, as Indians came to the settlement and professed great freindship for their "white brother." They were given food and meal, and in the night, they would take the horses. Young Alexander D. Beck learned to read and write at the small school, built in 1811 at Beck's Hill, and helped his father at the mill and on their farm in many ways.

      Alexander Beck is listed wtih his family in the 1850 Census Index, page 101 of Washington County, Indiana at age 19 and is listed in the 1860 census in Martin County, Indiana. As a young man 21, in 1854, he went to Kaufman County, Texas, with his father and step-mother when they left Indiana and located there. However, he was in Lawrence County, Indiana the following year where he married Mrs. Catherin Horsey Greenwood. She gave birth to his four children.

      Alexander D. Beck served in the Civil War. On the 26th day of September, 1864, he was drafted and enrolled at Columbus, Indiana as a Private in Co. B - 31st Regiment of the Indiana infantry. He served for a few months at Lick Creek, Tennessee. He began suffering from Chronic Diarrhea and Rheumatish there, spent time in the hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee and Jeffersonville, Indiana and was released. All the remainder of his life he had some problems with this diarrhea, as evidenced in his Pension Paper filed in 1891-1898.

      After his wife, Catherine, died, Alexander married Sarah Francis Survance, who raised his three remaining children. The family placed their belongings into an ox-drawn wagon and made the long trip to what is now Wills Point, Van Zandt County, Texas. After Sarah's death, A.D. Beck married Mrs. Lucy F. (Cole) Palmer, age 34. She died ten months after they were married. Alexander then wed Mrs. Mary Jane (Mackey) Russell in Wills Point, Texas. Within a year, they left and moved to the Mackey Estate (her parent's property) in West Millgrove, Ohio.

      Alexander's burial place is in River View Cemetery, Wood County, Ohio. A large and stately gravestone marks this serene place. On Memorial Day each year, a silver star with the inscription GAR 1861-1865 is placed beside hsi stone, indicating his service in the Civil War - Grand Army of the Republic.

      Sources:
      Family Bible records of Alexander D. Beck and John Jefferson Beck (his son)
      Beck Family Bible in possession of Dr. Robert J. Beck (1988)
      1850 Census Records - Washington County, Indiana.
      1860 Census Records - Martin County, Indiana.
      1880 Census Records - Van Zandt County, Texas.
      1890 Census Records - Wood County, Ohio.
      1900 Census Records - Wood County, Ohio.
      Marriage Records - Lawrence County, Indiana.
      Marriage Records - Martin County, Indiana.
      Marriage Records - Van Zandt County, Texas.
      Pension Records for Alexander D. Beck; National Archives; Civil War Veteran - G.A.R.; Private; Co. B - 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry.
      "Historical and Biographical Records, Wood County, Ohio - 1898"
      Research by Nell Truitt; 1998.
    Person ID  I2575  Devin Timber | William Devin Progeny
    Last Modified  25 Mar 2010 

    Father  Andrew M. Beck,   b. 05 Jul 1795, Rowan County, North Carolina U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1875 
    Mother  Susan Nowlin Devin,   b. 22 Sep 1796, Pittsylvania County, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Dec 1832, Washington County, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  06 May 1821  Washington County, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F0346  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Catherine Horsey,   b. 06 Dec 1827, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1866 
    Married  18 Aug 1856  Lawrence County, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Married by R.M. Parks, Minister.
    Children 
    >1. Susan Beck,   b. 07 Jun 1857, Shoals, Martin, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Emma Beck,   b. 23 May 1859, Shoals, Martin, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1905
     3. Clara Beck,   b. 28 Aug 1861, Shoals, Martin, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1863
    >4. John Jefferson Beck,   b. 26 Jun 1863, Shoals, Martin, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1950, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Mar 2010 
    Family ID  F0962  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah Francis Survance,   b. 13 Apr 1845, Kentucky U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1882, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  05 Apr 1867  Martin County, Indiana U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Sarah and Alexander, along with his three young children born to Catherine Horsey, placed their belongings into an ox-drawn wagon and made the long trip to what is now Wills Point, Texas.
    Last Modified  25 Mar 2010 
    Family ID  F0794  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Lucy F. Cole,   b. 02 Jun 1855, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1886, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  07 Feb 1886  Van Zandt County, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified  25 Mar 2010 
    Family ID  F1060  Group Sheet

    Family 4  Mary Jane Mackey,   b. 30 Apr 1837, Beaver County, Pennsylvania U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919 
    Married  18 Dec 1887  Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Notes 
    • Within a year of their marriage in Wills Point, Texas, they moved to the Mackey Estate (her parent's property) in West Millgrove, Ohio [JNT family group sheets; 19981001].
    Last Modified  25 Mar 2010 
    Family ID  F1062  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    Alexander Devin Beck Marker
    Alexander Devin Beck Marker

  • Sources 
    1. [S04053] Truitt, Joyce Nell DC, (Descendant Chart), 14:48 hours.

    2. [S04053] Truitt, Joyce Nell DC, (Descendant Chart).

    3. [S04006] Beck & Tittle Footprints, Joyce Nell Beck LaGrone Truitt, prepared 19981001.

    4. [S04039] Ten Generations of Rev. Alexander Devin, Truitt, Joyce Nell, dated 19981101; page 12.

    5. [S04006] Beck & Tittle Footprints, Joyce Nell Beck LaGrone Truitt, prepared 19981001.
      aft. 1886 in Wills Point, VanZandt County, TX

    6. [S04039] Ten Generations of Rev. Alexander Devin, Truitt, Joyce Nell, dated 19981101; page 12.
      m: December 18, 1887