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powder mill explosion 1806?
Posted by: Linda York (ID *****8082) Date: April 24, 2004 at 18:10:06
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I am looking for information to verify a family story
John Christopher Beck ./ Johan Christopher Beck
was a powder maker / gunsmith in Lebanon County
late 1700's --- his mill supposedly blew up in 1806
( another researcher has 1820 ?)


John Christian Beck sold his joiner's tools and household furniture in Jan 16, 1787, it is probable that he did not return to the joiners and gunsmiths trade if he was a gunsmith. He is found working again apparently at his original profession of powder maker because, as stated above, he was killed in an explosion at Myerstown in 1806. It is also interesting to note that John Christian Beck ( Sr and Jr)and John Phillip Beck (Sr and Jr) of Lebanon Co are buried at Salem Lutheran church at Lebanon, Pa
Also they paid taxes in Lebanon Twp., Lancaster Co, as early as 1750, 1758, 1780 and up to 1806
John Christian Beck took the oath of allegiance in Pa 6-20-1778
John Philip Beck took the oath of allegiance in Pa 8-15-1778

Jesse G. Beck recorded that John survived for 2 weeks following the explosion in his own powder-mill in LancasterCo., Pa and died then, not from the injuries sustained, but from shock. Jesse recorded that his wife's name was Laura Durfee.
The Orphans' court records of Dauphin county show that Christian Beck of Lebanon township was survived by his wife and 4 minor children and that he owned a tract of about 5 1/2 acres of land in Annville Township which the administrator desired to sell to pay the debts of the decedent and "to maintain and educate his minor children." The court made an appropriate order for the purpose.


If anyone has copy of these records -- or anything to verify the date / place of 1806 --information would be appreciated


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