Beck, J.S.

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J. S. BECK, son of Jacob P. Beck, grandson of Peter Beck, and great-grandson of Jacob Beck, was born Oct. 24, 1856.

Peter Beck, the grandfather, lived in Armstrong county, and was in his day one of the highly respected residents of his section. He had these children: Peter, Jacob P., Esther, Susanna and George.

Jacob P. Beck, son of Peter Beck, and father of J. S. Beck, was born April 28, 1820. Farming was always his principal business in life. On April 5, 1849, he married Sophia Soxman (daughter of Christian Soxman), who was born Nov. 4, 1819, and died July 25, 1901, aged eighty-one years. They had the following children: Dr. Peter S., Susanna (who died young), George H., J. S., Christian, Dr. John A., and Dr. Joseph E. Three of the sons of this family were physicians and lived in California.

J. S. Beck attended school in the home locality and was brought up amid strictly rural surroundings on his father´┐Żs homestead. Upon the death of his father Mr. Beck took the farm, which comprises 142 acres of valuable land, considerable coal and gas being found there. It was bought in 1849 by Jacob P. Beck, who erected all the buildings on the farm.

J.S. Beck married Mary B. Russell, daughter of Robert Russell, and they have the following named children: Roy, who has taught public school, now a student at Clarion State Normal School; Veda, who also taught school in Armstrong county; Bessie; John; Joseph; and Ray, who died when four years, nine months old.

Mr. Beck is a Republican, and has served his township as school director. He has one of the most desirable farms in his locality, and is numbered among the representative men and successful agriculturists of his section of Armstrong county.

Source: Page 945, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
Contributed for use by the Armstrong County Genealogy Project (http://www.pa-roots.com/armstrong/)

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