William Henry Beck

9 February 1845–22 May 1923 (Age 78)
Greencastle, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Beck was born on 9 February 1845, in Greencastle, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Gerhardt Beck, was 34 and his mother, Lydia Belle Lieberneight, was 34. He married Mary Elizabeth Speck on 10 January 1866, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Chapel, Howell, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Goldsberry Township, Howell, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 22 May 1923, in Mountain View, Howell, Missouri, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Mountain View, Howell, Missouri, United States.

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William Henry Beck
Mary Elizabeth Speck
Marriage: 10 January 1866
William Frederick Beck
Henry Luther or Harry Beck
Anna Rebecca Beck
Charles Gerhart Beck
Lydia Belle Beck
Mary E. Beck
George Washington Beck
Melvin David Beck
Raleigh Agusta Beck

Spouse and Children

10 January 1866
Pennsylvania, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Gerhardt Beck


    Lydia Belle Lieberneight




    Sidney Beck


    Susan Catherine Beck


    Anna Maria Beck


    Frederick Beck


    Marthery Beck


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 18

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.
1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 21

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from northern Middle English bekke ‘stream’ (Old Norse bekkr).2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France, for example Bec Hellouin in Eure, named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’, from the same Old Norse root as in 1.3 English: probably a nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Middle English beke ‘beak (of a bird)’ (Old French bec).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William H Beck, "United States Census, 1910"
  • W H Beck, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William H Beck, "United States Census, 1900"

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