Rebecca Rocena Beck

Brief Life History of Rebecca Rocena

When Rebecca Rocena Beck was born on 25 December 1842, in Freehold Borough, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, her father, Joseph Ellison Beck, was 32 and her mother, Hannah Hodson Forsyth, was 25. She married William Shanks Berry on 22 November 1860, in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Iron, Utah, United States in 1900 and Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States in 1903. She died on 22 September 1903, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Kanarraville Cemetery, Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States.

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William Shanks Berry
Rebecca Rocena Beck
Marriage: 22 November 1860
William Alfred Berry
Armelia Rebecca Berry
Hannah Margaret Berry
Harriet Louisa Berry
Lucilla Diantha Berry
Rocena Adeline Berry
Mary Wilhelmina Berry
John William Berry
Martha Eleanor Berry
Minnie Malvina Berry

Sources (40)

  • 1880 US Census for Rebecca Beck Berry
  • Rebecca R Berry, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

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The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the governor.


Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1868: Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States


No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from northern Middle English bekke ‘stream’ (Old Norse bekkr).

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France named Bec, for example Bec Hellouin in Eure, named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’, from the same Old Norse root as in 1 above.

English: from the Middle English personal name Becke (Old English Becca or Beocca), of uncertain origin.

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

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William Shanks Berry (3 February 1838 – 10 August 1884)

William Shanks Berry was killed while on a LDS Mission by a mob in Tennessee 10 Aug 1884. Son of Jesse Woods Berry and Armelia Shanks He married Diantha Allen on 15 Oct 1864 in Salt Lake City, Salt …

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