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'CAPT' JOHN W. BECK AND REBECCA ANN MILLER


1.  BECK, John W 'CAPT'. - b. 1746, Virginia d. August 29, 1816, Ohio Co., West Virginia, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia, son of John Beck, a Quaker and Sophia (King) Beck of Beck's Addition, Queen Anne Co., Maryland, m. June 13, 1784, Kent Co., Maryland, Rebecca Ann Miller, b. April 1, 1763, St. Paul's Parish, Kent Co., Maryland, d. August 22, 1853, Ohio Co., West Virginia, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia, the daughter of Nathaniel Miller and Elizabeth Beck Miller. (The Stanley Sonde Farm, Potomac Road, was formerly owned by the Becks.)

John W. Beck was an officer in the Virginia Continental Line. John Beck served as a volunteer in Lord Dunmore's War and was subsequently with McDonald. He then joined the regular Army with Colonel John Gibson's Virginia Regiment serving from January 1, 1780, to December 6, 1781. He also served for some time at Fort Pitt and was with General McIntosh at the time Fort McIntosh was built west of the Ohio River. Captain Beck commanded the Fort at Wheeling for nine months and the Fort at Holliday's cove during a summer. On December 31, 1782 when John left the Army he took five years full pay from the Government rather than half-pay for life. In 1785 he filed for 890 acres on Buffalo Creek (In actuality he filed warrants that totaled over 3110 acres). See Source Image and actual Land Bounty Certificate Here.

Notes:

A search of our DAR Patriot Index provided the information found below.

BECK,   John
Birth:  VA   1746
Service:  VA
Rank:  LT
Death:  VA  29 Aug 1816
Patriot Pensioned:   No     Widow Pensioned:   Yes
Children Pensioned:   No     Heirs Pensioned:   Yes
Spouse:  (1) Rebecca Miller

* I received the above lookup request from the DAR February 5, 2003. It does appear that there is conflicting information where 'CAPT' John Beck was born. After studying more records/books about the Beck family, I am now of the opinion that Capt. John W. Beck who married Rebecca Ann Miller was born in Virginia. Since his father was also named John Beck, it is easy to confuse the son with the father. Which is understandable. The old census images only show the head of the household and the number of and ages of females and males in the home. All pertinent military and other records show John W. Beck the husband of Rebecca Ann Miller was born in Virginia.

Also Capt. John W. Beck was very prolific in filling Land Bounty Warrants due to his long service of 7 years during the American Revolution. I found actual hand written warrants signed by Patrick Henry Governor of Virginia and another governor in the on line digital archive of the Library of Virginia. He amassed over 3,000 acres in his filings with himself & family. Many families of the time found this to be a way to amass acreage that could be sold later. This was more or less legal, but could be construed to be somewhat unfair advantage. 

Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution:
Beck, John (Va). Sergeant 13th Virginia, 8th February, 1777; Regiment designated 9th Virginia, 14th September, 1778; Ensign, 31st October, 1778; 1st Lieutenant, 15th December, 1779;  commissioned Captain Lieutenant, 7th Virginia Regiment, February 10, 1981. This is recorded in the Hall of Congress in Washington, D. C. (War Dept. Records); transferred to 7th Virginia, February, 1781; retired 1st January, 1783.

Land Bounty Warrants:
Warrant No. 852, Name of Officer: John Beck, No. of Acres: 2666 2/3 acres, Character of Service: Lieutenant, Dept. of Service: Virginia Continental Line, No. of Years: 3 yrs, Date of Warrant: June 17, 1783.

Name of Officer: John Beck, Rank: Lieutenant, Line: Continental, No. of Acres: 444 2/3, When Warrant Obtained: June 7, 1807, Time of Service: 7 yrs.

Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files:
W 3755, BLW #275-200-3 Jun, 1791 served at Lt. in VA line.
March 18, 1840, Ohio Co., VA. Rebecca Beck, aged 76, declares she is the Widow of John Beck who was a lieutenant in the Virginia Continental Line. Rebecca was placed on the Wheeling pension roll at $320 per annum. Certificate 5915 under the Act of 1838 was issued.

Note:

1850 CENSUS, Ohio Co., Virginia (now WV), District 44, August 8, 1850, Page 26:
BECK, Rebecca, 87/F/$6,500/Maryland
BECK, William F., 54/M/Farmer/Virginia
BECK, Francis A., 52/M/Farmer/Virginia
BECK, Susan M., 46/F/Virginia

Children of John W. Beck and Rebecca Ann Miller:

2.  BECK, Elizabeth - b. March 9, 1785, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. September 15, 1796.




2.  BECK, Mary - b. October 8, 1786, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. September 23, 1843, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia, m. January 24, 1811, Ohio Co., West Virginia, REV Simon Lauck, b. 1783, d. December 5, 1849.

Children of Mary Beck and Rev. Simon Lauck:

3.  LAUCK, Rebecca Catherine - b. December 5, 1818, d. April 2, 1896, bur. Short Creek Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, m. January 27, 1842, Brooke Co., West Virginia, Samuel McColloch, b. September 15, 1802 d. July 28, 1879, Short Creek, Ohio Co., West Virginia, bur. Short Creek Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia.

Note: For descendants, See Samuel McColloch

3.  LAUCK, Emaline Beck - b. Abt. 1821, d. _____ , m. Abt. 1841, John Frederick Counselman.

1850 CENSUS, Virginia, Brooke Co. District 4, August 17, 1850:
COUNCILMAN, John F., 31/M/Farmer/$4,058/VA
COUNCILMAN, Emeline, 27/F/VA
COUNCILMAN, William F., 8/M/VA
COUNCILMAN, Clarinda, 3/F/VA

1860 CENSUS, Virginia, Brooke Co., District No 1, Wellsburg P. O., June 11, 1860 Page No. 31:
COUNCILMAN, Frederick, 41/M/ -, Farmer, -, $385/VA
COUNCILMAN, Emeline, 38/F, -,-,-,-, VA
COUNCILMAN, Wm. F., 17/M, -, Farmer, -,-, VA
COUNCILMAN, Clarinda, 12/F, -,-,-,-, VA, -, X
COUNCILMAN, Mary, 8/F -,-,-,-, VA, -, X

1870 CENSUS, West Virginia, Brooke Co., Buffalo TWP, Wellsburg P.O., June 17, 1870, Page No. 37:
COUNCILMAN, Fred, 51/M/W/Farmer/$16,000/$3,000/VA,
-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-, X
COUNCILMAN, Emeline, 46/F/W/Keeping House, -,-, VA
COUNCILMAN, Wm. F., 26/M/W, -,-,-,-, VA, -,-,-,-,-,-,-,-, X
COUNCILMAN, Clarinda, 20/F/W, -,-,-,-, VA
COUNCILMAN, Mary, 17/F/W, -,-,-,-, VA, -,-,-,-, X
COUNCILMAN, J. E., 7/M/W, -,-,-,-, WV,




2.  BECK, Rebecca - b. December 14, 1788, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. November 23, 1821, after giving birth to Susanna, m. Garrett Burns.

Children of Rebecca Beck and Garrett Burns:

3.  BURNS, George - b. 1812, d. 1880, m. 1838, Margaret Ann Luke.

Note: George Burns settled in the Cameron, WV (Marshall Co.) area where he operated a farm and taught school for 26 years. He was an invalid for the last 7 years of his life.

Children of George Burns and Margaret Ann Luke:

4.  BURNS, Robert Luke - b. 1840

4.  BURNS, William F. - b. 1844, d. _____ , by occupation was a fireman and served in the Civil War.

4.  BURNS, Joanna - b. 1849, d. _____ , by occupation was a music teacher.

4.  BURNS, James A. - b. 1850, d. _____ , by occupation was a laborer.

4.  BURNS, George - b. 1854, d. _____ , m. July 4, 1882, Margaret Hall.

3.  BURNS, Alexander - b. May 16, 1814, d. January 24, 1874, bur. Grove United Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington Co., West Middleton, Pennsylvania, m. November 8, 1836, Elizabeth Cotton, b. 1820, d. 1891, bur. Grove United Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington Co., West Middleton, Pennsylvania, daughter of Dr. Henry Cotton of West Middleton, Pennsylvania.

Children of Alexander Burns and Elizabeth Cotton:

4.  BURNS, Henry Cotton - b. July 27, 1837, d. June 14, 1915, m. Eliza Jane Wilson.

4.  BURNS, William Fletcher - b. November 24, 1838, d. October 31, 1902, m. Lora A. Ross.

4.  BURNS, Rebecca Margaret - b. August 1, 1841, d. February 26, 1926, m. William T. Ackison.

4.  BURNS, Sarah Louisa - b. December 4, 1843, d. February 1919. Never Married.

4.  BURNS, Virginia Ellen - b. April 28, 1845, d. February 18, 1941, m. John Smith.

4.  BURNS, Laura Corene - b. January 5, 1847, d. July 21, 1922. Never Married.

4.  BURNS, Dr. Alexander Clarkson, Jr. - b. November 28, 1848, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, d. February 2, 1907, bur. Spring Hill Cemetery, Cabell Co., Huntington, West Virginia, m. December 24, 1878, Lawrence Co., Ohio, Diana Templeton, daughter of Creed and Rebecca Templeton, October 20, 1849, Lawrence Co., Union TWP, Getaway, Ohio.

4.  BURNS, Horace Roscoe - b. November 28, 1850, d. August 23, 1912, m. Anna M. Wells.

4.  BURNS, Orson Camaro (twin) - b. January 31, 1853, d. July 29, 1946, m. Laura B. Lynch.

4.  BURNS, Orin Ebert (twin) - b. January 31, 1853, d. April 30, 1940, bur. Huntington, West Virginia.

4.  BURNS, Decima Camilla, b. September 4, 1856, d. December 12, 1942, m. James Templeton.

4.  BURNS, Frank Clarence - b. May 6, 1861, d. December 24, 1925, Bellingham, Washington. Never Married.

3.  BURNS, Elizabeth b. _____ , d. _____ , m. Joseph Boyd. It is said that they lived in Haynesville, Ohio, but this needs more confirmation.

3,  BURNS, Susan - b. November 23, 1821, d. April 3, 1862, bur. Short Creek Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, m. April 1, 1847, Abraham McColloch, b. November 19, 1797, Short Creek, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. February 25, 1882, bur. Short Creek Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia. They had six children: Susan Virginia, William Emery, Abram I., John Waterman, James McHenry, and Sarah Rebecca.

Note: For descendants, See Abraham McColloch




2.  BECK, John Wesley - b. July 4, 1791, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. March 10, 1872, Ohio Co., West Virginia, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia, m. December 15, 1818, Elizabeth Cox, b. December 25, 1797, d. September 10, 1884, Ohio Co., West Virginia, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia.

Notes:

1850 CENSUS, Virginia (now WV), Ohio Co., District 44, August 8, 1850, Page 26:
BECK, John W., 59/M/Farmer/$3,000/VA
BECK, Elizabeth, 56/F/PA
BECK, William F., 25/Farmer/VA

1860 CENSUS, Virginia, Ohio Co., West Liberty P.O., June 27, 1860, Page No. 76:
BECK, John W., 68/M, -, Farmer/$4350/$400, -, VA
BECK, Elizabeth, 65/F, -,-,-,-,-, PA

1870 CENSUS, West Virginia, Ohio Co., Liberty TWP, Wheeling P.O., August ?, 1870, Page No. 8:
BECK, Wesley, 79/M/W, -,-,-,-, VA, -,-,-,-,-,-,-,-, X
BECK, Elizabeth, 77/F/W/Keeps House, -,-,-, VA (should be PA)

Children of John Wesley Beck and Elizabeth Cox:

3.  BECK, John - b. May 18, 1818, Ohio Co., West Liberty, West Virginia, d. September 15, 1885, m. Rachel Humphrey, b. July 16, 1825, d. February 28, 1913.

*See John and Rachel Beck and family here! Please look and maybe you can help with identities!

Notes:

1850 CENSUS, Ohio Co., Virginia (now WV), District 44, August 8, 1850, Page 26:
BECK, John, 31/M/Carpenter/Virginia
BECK, Rachel, 25/F/Virginia
BECK, Charity, 2/F/Virginia
BECK, John H., 4 mos./Virginia

1860 CENSUS, Brooke Co., West Liberty, West Virginia, June 8, 1860, Page 26:
BECK, John, 43/M/Farmer/$5,035/$1282/Virginia
BECK, Rachel, 33/F/Virginia
BECK, Charity A., 11/F/Virginia
BECK, John H., 9/M/Virginia
BECK, Susan, 6/F/Virginia
BECK, Mary, 5/F/Virginia
BECK, Homer, 3/M/Virginia
BECK, Calvin, 1/M/Virginia
ROGERS, David, 37/M/Pennsylvania

1870 CENSUS, Brooke Co., Buffalo TWP, West Virginia, July 1, 1870, Page 492:
BECK, John, 52/M/W/Farmer/$8,000/$1,100/Virginia
BECK, Rachel, 42/F/W/Housewife/Virginia
BECK, Susan, 18/F/W/Virginia
BECK, Mary, 16/F/W/Virginia
BECK, Homer, 15/M/W/Virginia
BECK, Calvin, 12/M/W/Virginia
BECK, Bettie, 9/F/W/Virginia
BECK, Wesley, 6/M/W/West Virginia
BECK, Birdie, 3Mos./M (Should Be F) /W/West Virginia

Children of John Beck and Rachel Humphrey:

4.  BECK, Charity - b. June 22, 1848, d. July 22, 1919, Ohio Co., West Virginia, m. 1867, George W. Zink.

4.  BECK, John H. - b. Abt. April, 1850

4.  BECK, Susan "Susie" - b. Abt. 1852

4.  BECK, Mary - b. Abt. 1854

4.  BECK, Homer - b. Abt. 1855

4.  BECK, Calvin - b. September, 1858.

4.  BECK, Bettie - b. Abt. 1861

4.  BECK, Wesley - b. Abt. 1864

4.  BECK,  Birdie Mae- b. March 19, 1870, Brooke Co., West Virginia, d. November 29, 1956, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, m. _____ Delaplaine: m. Joseph Pyle.

Note: The 1900 census record below was a little difficult to read but it is Birdie Beck Delaplaine and her children along with her mother Rachel Beck and sister Mary Beck.

1900 CENSUS, West Virginia, Brook Co., Buffalo District, June 1, 1900, Sheet No. 1a:
DELAPLAINE, B__, Head/W/F/Mar/1870/30/M/8/2/2, WV/WV/WV, -,-,-, Farmer, -,-, Y/Y/Y/R, -, F/1
DELAPLAINE, Josephine, Daughter/W/F/May 1893/7/S, -,-,-, WV/WV/WV
DELAPLAINE, John, Son/W/M/Feb/1895/5/S, -,-,-, WV/WV/WV
BECK, Rachel, Mother/W/F/Jul/1825/74/W, -, 9/8/WV/WV/WV, -,-,-,-,-,-, Y/Y/Y
BECK, Westley, Brother/W/M/Aug/1864/35/S, -,-,-, WV/WV/WV, -,-,-, Stock ?, -,-, Y/Y/Y/O/F/F/39
BECK, Mary, Sister/W/F/Jun/1824/46/S, -,-,-, WV/WV/WV, -,-,-,-,-,-, Y/Y/Y


The Census below has several errors in it with information reversed, but this is Birdie and her second husband Joseph Pyle, with Birdie's mother Rachel Beck and sister Mary Beck.

1910 CENSUS, West Virginia, Brooke Co., Buffalo District, May 11, 1910, Sheet 10a:
PYLE, Joseph, Head/M/W/45/M2/3, -,-, PA/PA/PA, -,-, English, Farmer/Stock, -,-,-, Y/Y, R, -, ?, 1/0/0
PYLE, Birdie, Wife, F/W/40/M2/3, -,-, WV/VA/VA, -,-, English, None, -,-,-,-, Y/Y
BECK, Rachel, Sister/F/W/84/W, -, 9/8/VA,
VA/OH, -,-, English, None, -,-,-,-, Y/Y
BECK, Mary, Mother-In-Law/F/W/54/S, -,-,-, VA/VA/OH, -,-, English/None
DELAPLANE, ___ , Step-Daughter/F/W/17/S, -,-,-, WV/WV,
WV, -,-, English/None, Y/Y/Y
DELAPLANE, Jay, Step-Son/M/W/15/S, -,-,-, WV/WV/WV,
-,-, English/None, Y/Y/Y

4.  DELAPLAINE, Josephine (Blossom) - b. May, 1893.

4.  DELAPLAINE, John (Jay) H. - b. February 10, 1895, d. February 9, 1976, Los Angeles, California.

3.  BECK, William Fletcher - b. Abt. 1825, d. _____ , m. Sallie A. ____ .

1860 CENSUS, Virginia, Ohio Co., West Liberty P.O., June 27, 1860, Page No. 76:
BECK, Wm. F., 36/M, -, Farmer/$500/$700, -, VA
BECK, Sallie A., 33/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA
BECK, Elizabeth A., 5/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA
BECK, Emma, 1/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA

1870 CENSUS, West Virginia, Ohio Co., Liberty TWP, Wheeling P.O., August ?, 1870, Page No. 8:
BECK, Fletcher, 45/M/W/Farmer, -,-, VA
BECK, Sallie, 43/F/W/Keeps House, -,-,VA
BECK, Elizabeth, 16/F/W/at home, -,- VA
BECK, Emma, 11/V/W, at home, -,-, VA
BECK, Mary, 9/F/W, -,-,-, VA
BECK, Susan, 6/F/W, -,-,-, WV
BECK, George, 5/M/W, -,-,-, WV
BECK, William, 1/M/W, -,-,-, WV

4.  BECK, Elizabeth - b. Abt. 1854

4.  BECK, Emma - b. Abt. 1859

4.  BECK, Mary - b. Abt. 1861

4.  BECK, Susan - b. Abt. 1864

4.  BECK, George - b. Abt. 1865

4.  BECK, William - b. Abt. 1869




2.  BECK, Alexander Miller - b. March 16, 1793, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. April 8, 1798.




2.  BECK, William Fletcher - b. October 20, 1795, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. June 1, 1868, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia, m. Elizabeth McFadden; m. Sarah Ann Councilman.




2.  BECK, Francis Asbury - b. September 3, 1797, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. August 9, 1853, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia. Never married, inherited 150 acres in Adams Co. Ohio.




2.  BECK, George Washington - b. August 3, 1799, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. June 11, 1806, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia.




2.  BECK, James Armenias - b. May 11, 1801, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. August 4, 1802, age 1 year, 2 months, 21 days, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia.




2.  BECK, Susannah Miller - b. June 9, 1803, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. August 26, 1881. Never married.




2.  BECK, Rachel - b. August 7, 1806, Ohio Co., West Virginia, d. December 26, 1806, bur. Stanley Sonde Farm, Ohio Co., near West Liberty, West Virginia.

Sources in addition to those stated above:
  • Beck GEDCOM
  • Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Pub. Co., 1914; Francis B. Heitman.
  • Historical Register of Officiers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution; Author: Francia B. Heitman; Call Number: 2680.
  • Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution. 1938. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,1973, by John H. Gwathmey.
  • Private Cemeteries located on farms in or near West Liberty, Ohio Co., West Virginia
  • Records of the Revolutionary War. 1894. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, by W. T. R. Saffell.
  • Revolutionary War Records, Volume 1, Virginia, Baltimore: 1936, Brumbaugh, Gaius, Marcus.
  • SSDI

I have more information here than I intended to put up but I keep running across a little more info here and there and it seems to be growing.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you find errors or would like to share information.


Last Updated  ~  August 29, 2013


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