Name: Jacob BECK
Father: Daywalt\Debolt BECK b: in Germany
Marriage 1 Mary WINKLER
John BECK b: 17 OCT 1777 in Rowan County,NC
Name: Daywalt\Debolt BECK
Birth: in Germany
Note: Emigrated to Philadelphia in 1750 on "Phoenix" out of Cowes,England
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Archiver > BECK > 1998-09 > 0907169120
Subject: Re: [BECK-L] Another Beck Book -Reply
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 11:25:20 EDT
Hello, cousin Ken - how nice of you to inquire about our ancestor,Davault/Debolt/Dewalt Beck, born in Germany, who arrived Philadelphia on the Phoenix on August 28, 1750 - Capt. John Mason, Captain. Davault Beck was born
in Germany about 1715 and arrived in Philadelphia 28 August 1750. He lived in Hereford Township, Berks County. He attended Zion's Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township, now Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In 1763 he and his wife were sponsors at the baptism of George Marsteller's daughter, Anna Catherine;
in 1768 they were sponsors at the baptism of their grandson, John Philip Beck.
I recommend the book as reference: Moser of North Carolina, written in 1996 by David Trimble of Austin, Texas:
In 1767 Davault Beck paid taxes on 100 acres, two horses and one cow. He then moved to Abbott's Creek in Rowan (now Davidson) County, North Carolina, where he paid taxes in 1768. He made his will December 17,1773 leaving his property to his wife Catherine and his six children. He had it recorded in the county court records on August 3, 1774. However, he did not likely die until much later. He may have felt it necessary to record his will due to making a trip or having a dissension among the children, but he deeded land to Jacob in 1783 and recorded a deed to himself dated 4 November 1784.
He evidently supported Governor Tryon in the Regulator Rebellion and on February 10, 1773, he made a claim against the government because of it. He evidently also supported Britain at the outbreak of the American Revolution, but on August 6, 1778, he swore an oath of allegiance to the revolutionary government. On November 4, 1784, he received two land grants for 200 acres and 500 acres, both on Pounder's Fork of Abbott's Creek, and on April 24, 1786, he sold 200 acres to his son John for 12 British pounds and 200 acres to his son George for 6 pounds. On February 12, 1785, the county court appointed
him to view and straighten the Virginia road.
This article was published in the Dispatch of Davidson County, North Carolina on February 9, 1910:
Captain Beck in 1905, with penmanship remarkably legible for a man so old, wrote out for Rev. S. W. Beck, a history of the Beck family in this country.
In this he shows that the father of all the Becks was Davault Beck who came from Germany, settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and then came to the Beck's Church
section of Davidson County in 1757. (Ed Note: This date seems to be incorrect
- more likely it was 1767.)
Another article published in the Swain County, North Carolina Heritage and printed in the Yell County, Arkansas Historical & Genealogical Record, written by descendants:
"Fanny Jane Beck Phillips's great-great-grandfather was Daywalt/Debolt Beck.
He, with other German emigrants, left their native Germany for Rotterdam, Holland in search of passage to the American Colonies. The group left Rotterdam for Cowes, England, located on the Isle of Wight, in order to take
passage to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was here they boarded the ship Phoenix1 under the command of Captain John Mason. They arrived August 28, 1750. Daywalt Beck and his family, that included wife Catherine and sons, Jacob and Phillip, settled in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. His name and other members of his family can be found in the Lehigh Church (Zion's Lutheran Church) records.
About 1768, the Beck's with other Pennsylvania Deutsch families, left their homes for the Carolinas. They settled on Abbott's Creek in Rowan (now Davidson) County, North >>>Carolina. The oldest son, Jacob Beck, married Mary Winkler, daughter of Ludwig Winkler. The name of Jacob and his family can be found in the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Sandy Creek Meeting House.
Davault Beck was an immigrant from the Palantine. Prior to 1871, what is now Germany was a number of separate states, such as Wurttemberg, Prussia, Bavaria, etc., whose boundaries changed frequently as a result of war and
other causes. The Palatinate was one of these states, and was located along the Rhine River, roughly where the modern German state of Rhineland-Pfalz is located. In the
18th and early 19th century, the term "Palatine" was used in America to describe immigrants from the area and other adjoining German-speaking areas.
Palatines to Ameria is an organization for people researching the origins of their German-speaking ancestors, no matter where they originated. Many of
them came here after spending time, from a few months to a few generations, in other countries.
Davault Beck made his will on December 17, 1773, with Leonard Kern and Henry Garner executors. Witnesses were H.B.G. Workman, Dan'l Little and Patrick Clos. This will was proved on 3 August 1774 in open court, leaving his
property to his wife, Catherine and his six children, Jacob, the eldest son, Phillip, John and George, and daughters Moserine and Catherine.
He did not die until about 1794/95 as he deeded property to his son Jacob and to himself in the early 1790's. Davault Beck probably died about 1794/95 near Abbott's Creek in Rowan (now Davidson) County, North Carolina. We do not know why he felt it necessary to record his will early, unless he was making a trip or there was some dissention among the children, etc., but he deeded land in
1783 to Jacob and recorded a deed to himself dated 4 November 1784. Davault Beck had placed his footprints in the North Carolina soil for many years and left many descendants.
Ken, I am a descendant from Davault through his son, George Beck, b. 1762. George was the son who took his wife, Elizabeth Claver and their children, John Jacob, George, Jr., Andrew M.,Suzanne, David and William to Howard Twp., Washington Co., IN, where, in 1807/08 they built the gristmill named Beck's Mill. The original mill was rebuilt in 1863, and the remains still stand there
on Beck's Hill near Beck's Cemetery. This area is named on may maps-atlases.
The following was printed in Biographical Sketches of Early Pioneers of Washington Co., Indiana; however, deeper research has proven additional details.
"George Beck, Sr. was born in North Carolina in 1762. His ancestry is supposed to go back to Germany, where Jacob >>>Beck, a relative of the Hapsburg family, left his home and came direct to North Carolina. This Jacob Beck had
a son, Dewalt Beck, who was the father of George Beck, Sr."
Major George Beck built Beck's Mill in Howard Township, Washington County, Indiana. It is today one of the county's most historic landmarks. Refer to the following stories of Beck's Mill and Beck's Hill from the histories which have been written.
He made his will July 26, 1847 and placed his mark upon it. The document was probated August 30, 1848, recorded in Will Record 1, page 589. He only mentioned by name one son, Andrew Beck, the other heirs "equally divided
amongst all my children."
Last Will and Testament of George Beck, Sr. (in portion spelled as written):
In the name of God, amen. I George Beck, senr of Jackson township in the county of Washington and State of Indiana being well in boddy and of perfect mind and memory this be given unto God. Calling into mind the mortality of my
body knowing that it is appointed for all men to die I now make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and firs of all I gave and recommend my soule unto the hands of the almighty God that gave it and my body I deam to the earth to be buried in a desent Christian burial at the discreation of my children nothing
doubting but a the general resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it has plesed God to bless me in this life I give bequeath and dismiss the same in
the following manor aforesaid. I bequeath to my son Andew a part of the southwest quarter of Land in Section Eleven ......etc.
Signed: His mark: George X Beck
>>>>>It is great to have contact with you, cousin! Have you a family outline of your descendancy from Davault's first son, Jacob Beck who married Mary Winkler?
Nell Beck Truitt in Florida
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