Benjamin Franklin Becraft (1733 - 1833) MP

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Birthplace: Frederick County, Province of Maryland
Death: Died in Decatur County, Indiana, United States
Managed by: Ben M. Angel
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About Benjamin Franklin Becraft

From "Descendants of George Becraft Sr" by Robert J. Becraft (Castle Wrks at AOL):

9. Benjamin Becraft [10047] (George Sr 1) was born circa 1733 and died in 1813 in Montgomery Co, KY at age 80.

Benjamin married Elizabeth McDaniel [10032] [MRIN: 1471], daughter of James McDaniel Sr [91] and Rebecca [92].

The child from this marriage was:

	61	M	i.	Benjamin Becraft Sr [85] was born in MD, died in Apr 1833 in Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN, and was buried in Sand Creek Cemetery, Near Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN. 

Burial Notes: alternate burial place

Jackson Family Cemetery, Marion Twp., Decatur County, Indiana

Noted events in his life were:

• He signed a will on 15 Aug 1832 in Decatur Co, IN.11 FHL 977.216 P2c Court Records of Decatur Co., IN

account due to Benjamin BECRAFT, 15 Aug 1832

Will of Benjamin BECRAFT [Sr.] (Probate Order Bk. B, p. 142) written 8 Apr 1828, proved 13 May 1833, wife Elizabeth; children Rebecca, Peggy JACKSON, Benjamin, William, Nancy BARNES, Ann EVANS, Susan MYRES; grandchildren: children of deceased son James, and of deceased daughters Betsy and Polly; executor: John NEWMAN; administrator: John ELDER appointed 1833 (Order Bk. B, p. 160)

Probate Order Bk. C, p. 163, 5 May 1838: William EVANS administrator appointed for estate of Benjamin BECRAFT, dec'd.

Order Bk. C, p. 195, Benjamin BECRAFT Jr., dec'd.; William EVANS clerk at sale of personal property, 11 Aug 1838

Book F, p. 85 Widow of Benjamin BECRAFT is now deceased, James ELDER executor of Benjamin's will, 10 Feb 1847

Complete Record Book C, p. 144: Aug 1834 Susannah MYERS and Benjamin BECRAFT only children of Benjamin BECRAFT, Sr. by his first marriage; other children James and Betsy were long since dead; they died in KY and Susannah doesn't know if they had any children; Susannah states that her mother died in MD around 40 years ago.

Children of Elizabeth BECRAFT, a devisee in Benjamin BECRAFT'S will, were William, Rebecca (wf. of John NEWMAN), Peggy (wf. of Burrel JACKSON), Nancy (wf. of William FISCUS), and Ann (wf. of John EVANS) of KY, and Polly now deceased. Benjamin was around age 95 when the will was made.

• He signed a will on 13 May 1833 in Decatur Co, IN. State of Indiana) Sct

Decatur County)

At the probate Court begun and held for the County and State aforesaid on Monday the 13 day of May in the year of or Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three.

Present the Hon. Angus C. McCoy, the Probate Judge of said court.

In the Name of God Amen. I Benjamin Becraft being very weak in body but by the blessing of God of sound mind and memory, but calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the mortality of my body do make the ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following to wit:

First of all I commend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the grave, to be decently interred and the necessary expenses of my burial to be discharged by my executor and as to my worldly estate with which it has pleased God to bless me, it is my will that it be disposed of in the following manner to wit:

Item 1. I give and bequeathe to my beloved wife Elizabeth all my personal and real estate during her natural life but at her death it is my will that my real estate and such of my personal estate as remains shall be sold by my executor and the money arising from said sale to be divided as follows (viz.) I consider that I have already furnished my daughter Rebecca Newman with 100 dollars, my daughter Peggy with 75 dollars, my son Benjamin, I have heretofore given as much as I intend to give him and give no further part of my estate. My son William I have furnished 75 dollars therefore it is my will that the money arising from the sale of my estate be so divided among my children Rebecca Newman, Peggy Jackson, Nancy Barnes, Ann Evans and William Becraft so as to make/give them equal with [to?] what they have already received. (PART OF WILL NOT CLEAR AT THIS POINT)

Item. It is my will that my daughter Susan Myres have no share of my estate.

Item. It is my express (sic) will and desire that my beloved wife Elizabeth shall at her pleasure have the right to dispose of my household property or give the same to any of my children and in such proportion as she thinks proper.

Item. As to the children of my son James deceased an my daughters Betsy and Polly deceased, it is my will that they have no share of my estate as I consider I gave my said deceased children such share as I intended them in the life time. And I do hereby appoint and ordain my trusty and well beloved friend John Newman, executor of this my last will and testament. Hereby revoking all or any wills heretofore by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 8th day of April in the year of our Lord 1828.

His

Benjamin X Becraft (Seal)

Mark

Witnesses

Thomas Hooten

James Parnell

William Lowe

• He had an estate probated Probate Order Book B, pg. 142 on 13 May 1833. Will of Benjamin Becraft deceased approved May 13, 1833. Will is on pg. 143- dated Apr. 8, 1828. Mentions wife Elizabeth, daughters Rebecca, Peggy Jackson, and sons Benjamin & William, daughters Nancy Barnes, Ann Evans & Susan Myres. Deceased son James & daughters Betsy & Polly.

John Newman Ex. Witnessed by Thomas Hooten, James Parnell & William P. Lowe.

Page 154, inventory of B. Becraft estate included $300 cash & bank notes, 3 promissory notes & usual household & farm items of the time. Date June 6, 1833.

According to a history of Decatur County, he lived to an age of 106 years of age and his wife lived to 104 years.

• He had an estate probated Probate Order Bk C, p. 163 on 5 May 1838. William Evans administrator appointed for estate of Benjamin Becraft, dec'd.

Benjamin married Unknown [197] [MRIN: 68]. Unknown died from circa 1780 to 1789 in MD.

Benjamin next married Elizabeth McDaniel [93] [MRIN: 69], daughter of William McDaniel [109] and Unknown. Elizabeth was born about 1763 in MD,17 died in 1847 about age 84, and was buried in 1847 in Sand Creek Cemetery, Near Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN.17

The above came from correspondence as a result of a GenForum query on Benjamin Becraft's family:

http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/print.cgi?ky::41588.html

Posted By: Michele Molina

Subject: 1790 - 1820 BENJAMIN BECRAFT & WIFE ELIZABETH MCDANIEL MONTGOMERY CO KY

Post Date: July 26, 2010 at 07:55:45

Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/ky/messages/41588.html

Forum: Kentucky Genealogy Forum

Forum URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/ky/

Need some information on these people;

Benjamin Becraft date of birth unknown was born in Frederick County Maryland. Married Elizabeth McDaniel who was born @ 1763 in Maryland.

Had these children

Nancy Becraft born @ 1791 Montgomery County Kentucky. Died 1891 in Decatur County Indiana. Would like to know did she marry???? Have kids????

Rebecca Becraft born @ 1793 Montgomery County Kentucky married John Newman. Did she have kids?????

William Becraft born @ 1795 Montgomery County Kentucky married Nancy Casseldine. Did they have children??????

Ann Becraft Born @ 1796 Montgomery County Kentucky married John Evans. Did they have children????

Polly Mary Becraft born @ 1804 Montgomery County Kentucky Married Thomas Raybourn. Did they have kids????

Margaret Peggy Becraft born @ 1806 Montgomery County Kentucky married Burell Jackson did they have kids???? (Ben responding to this one.)

Would welcome ANY and All information on any of these people. Benjamin Becraft and wife Elizabeth had all their children in Montgomery County, Kentucky, but eventually they and some of thier children went to Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana.

Anyone that can provide more about these people email me at; Shelly Hilgert at Yahoo

From John Jackson's page on Benjamin Becraft:

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=park20&id=I415

•ID: I415

•Name: Benjamin BECRAFT

•Given Name: Benjamin

•Surname: Becraft

•Sex: M

•Birth: 1733

•Death: Apr 1833 in Decatur County, Indiana

•Burial: Jackson Family Cemetery, Marion Twp., Decatur County, Indiana

•_UID: A8EE18B6F0EA48F29481B4B3B8C2851C0FCA

•Change Date: 24 Feb 2010 at 13:01

•Note:

From Court Records of Decatur County, 1822-1848

Probate Order Book B, pg. 142

Will of Benjamin Becraft deceased approved May 13, 1833. Will is on pg. 143- dated Apr. 8, 1828. Mentions wife Elizabeth, daughters Rebecca, Peggy Jackson, and sons Benjamin & William, daughters Nancy Barnes, Ann Evans & Susan Myres. Deceased son James & daughters Betsy & Polly. John Newman Ex. Witnessed by Thomas Hooten, James Parnell & William P. Lowe.

Page 154, inventory of B. Becraft estate included $300 cash & bank notes, 3 promissory notes & usual household & farm items of the time. Date June 6, 1833.

According to a history of Decatur County, he lived to an age of 106 years of age and his wife lived to 104 years.

Marriage 1 Elizabeth MCDANIEL b: Abt 1763 in Maryland

•Married:

•Change Date: 25 Jan 2010

Children

1. Nancy BECRAFT b: Abt 1791 in Kentucky

2. Rebecca BECRAFT b: 1793 in Kentucky

3. William BECRAFT b: 12 Oct 1795 in Mt. Sterling, , Montgomery, Kentucky

4. Ann BECRAFT b: 1800 in Montgomery County, Kentucky

5. Polly Mary BECRAFT b: Abt 1804 in Montgomery County, Kentucky

6. Margaret "Peggy" BECRAFT b: 1806 in Bath County, Kentucky

7. Benjamin BECRAFT

8. Betsy BECRAFT

Information gleaned from Bath County, Kentucky, court documents, regarding any Benjamin Becraft (not necessarily ours):

http://webspace.webring.com/people/jg/gallagher45_2000/Court.htm

1. Feb court, 1815

pp153 - inventory of appraisal of estate of Thomas McClane/McClune? dec'd ordered to be recorded

- hands to work on Mynes? mill road; includes Wm. Becraft & Benjamin Becraft Junr.

2. Oct court, 1816

pp245 - Robert Fowler vs Christopher Oakly - continued to next court

- Benjamin Becraft vs Robert Ewing - continued to next court

3. Nov court, 1816

pp250 - Benjamin Becraft, plaintiff vs Peter Beshaw?, defendant; ordered that plff recover of the defendant $5.46 & 1/2 cents with interest from the 10th day of Sept 1810? until paid

4. Oct court, 1817

pp287 - road from John N. Stockwells mill on licking; mentions Abner A. Smith & Weathers Smith [road pass thru their land?]

- allotment of hands to work under Jacob Warner surveyor of that part of the old ironworks road which lies between John Shultz' shop & the furnace; names include George Warner, Thomas Warner, Jacob Warners hands, Reazin? McDaniel, Benjamin Becraft & John McClain.

5. Jan court, 1822

pp25 - ordered that Benjamin Becraft be allowed two days attendance as a witness Reed vs Botts and traveling 12 miles

6. Oct court, 1822

pp62 - list of delinquent taxes for 1821:

persons names levies to where removed or insolvent

Cory, James 1 run off

pp63 Carpenter, Absalom 1 no property found

pp64 Power, George 1 moved to Illinois

Smith, Abraham 1 to Nicholas

Staton, Solomon 1 no property

pp65 Yarbrough, William 1 no property found

- delinquent revenues list

persons names horses total to where removed value or insolvent

Becraft, Benjamin 1 20 insolvent

pp66 - McDaniel, Henry 1 50 moved to Ind

pp68 - list of delinquent revenues for 1821:

persons names horses total value

pp69 Staton, Samuel 2 100 no property found

Staton, Solomon 2 100 no property found

pp70 Staton, Benjamin 2 80 no property found

- list of delinquent taxes for 1821:

persons names levies

pp72 McGlaughlin, Edward 1 insolvent

McClain, Solomon 1 insolvent

McClain, Charles 1 insolvent

Maupin, John 1 moved to Clay

McClain, John 1 insolvent

McClain, William Sr. 1 insolvent

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Benjamin Franklin Becraft's Timeline

1733
1733
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
1791
1791
Age 58
Maryland, United States
1793
1793
Age 60
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
1794
1794
Age 61
1795
October 12, 1795
Age 62
Mt Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
1798
1798
Age 65
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
1800
1800
Age 67
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
1804
1804
Age 71
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
1806
1806
Age 73
Bath County, Kentucky, United States
1821
1821
Age 88
Washington Township, Decatur County, IN, USA

"(Burrell Jackson) came to the wilds of Decatur County in 1821 in company with the family of his wife's parents (Becraft) and all made a permanent settlement in Washington township. Later he bought land on section 35, township 10, range 9, and farmed until his death in 1869." Source: Jackson Family History, Greensburg Public Library, Greensburg, IN

Ben notes: Coming from Bath County in Kentucky, this represents a distance of about 140 miles, or a week's journey at 20 miles a day. It's also worth noting that Washington Township (formed on May 14, 1822) originally included the territories of both Sand Creek and Marion townships. Therefore, the "move" from Washington Township to Marion Township may not have been a migration at all, but rather simply the formation of a new township, first as part of Sand Creek Township on May 2, 1825, and then as Marion Township on May 3, 1831. To date, the Section-Township-Range of the supposed first land grant location has not been identified.

According to the History of Decatur County
http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofdecatur01hard/historyofdecat...
,,,at the time when Burrell arrived around 1820, Indiana (which had its first wave of migrants already) the state population reached a total of 147,178 people, up from 24,520 the decade before. On October 6, 1818, the U.S. Government signed with the Miami and Delaware tribes the Treaty of St. Mary's, which opened all lands in southern and central Indiana to settlers up to the Wabash River ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_St._Mary's ). As a result, the Federal government sent out surveyors into Decatur County in 1820, and by October, had a land office organized for the area at Brookville (25 miles east of present Greensburg in neighboring Franklin County, taking place about a month after the last of the tribes had vacated the region).

The first lands given out in Decatur County went to John Shellhorn on October 3, 1820, who selected lands that he thought would eventually become the county seat between the Big and Little Flatrock rivers. When the Indiana legislature selected boundaries that placed Shellhorn's claim in a remote corner of Decatur County, his dream of building Rockville came to an end, and he died shortly after.

Meanwhile, the Fugits were first to arrive in Decatur County in the 1820-21 rush. Others who arrived in Washington Township around the same time as Burrell and the Becrafts were: John Davis, John Moore, John Walker, Benjamin Walker, Alvah H. Graves, Joseph Rutherford, Hugh Montgomery, Henry Montgomery, Andrew Horsely, Elijah Tremain, Samuel Logan, Erastus Lathrop, James Richardson, David Williamson, John House, J. P. Richardson, Otha White, Eli Eggleston, Philip Dayton, John Nelson, David Dalrymple, Charles D. Misner, William Hendrickson, Samuel Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Nathaniel Patton, James E. Hamilton, John Logan, William Elder, William Floyd. Robert Retherford, Joseph Retherford, James Sefton, Barlow Aldrich and Zachariah Townsend. (Those who arrived the autumn before,around the same time as the Fugits, included: Benjamin Drake, William Ross, Joshua Cobb, John Marrs, Thomas Hendricks, James Wooley, James Elder, Robert Elder, Andrew Elder, Adam R. Meek, Joseph Pryor, Allen Pryor and William Parks.)