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David Henry Hauer Beck

Nicknames: "Hamel", "Hamer", "Bock"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Roxbury, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Centerville (Now Fremont), Alameda, California, United States
Cause of death: "bladder trouble"
Place of Burial: Centerville Pioneer Cemetery Plot #23, Fremont, Alameda, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Christian Beck and Magdalene Ahl Beck
Husband of Lauretta Roundy Beck
Father of William Peyton Beck; Ellen Samantha Acker; Charles Henry Beck; Julia Rebecca Beck Ralph; Martha Jane Beck Draper and 5 others
Brother of Samuel Beck; Elizabeth Beck, d.s.p.; John Ahl Beck; Christian Beck; Jeremiah Beck, d.s.p. and 3 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Conwell Rice; Magdalene Beck, d.s.p.; Maria Catherine Beck; Joseph Beck; Margaret Robertson and 1 other

Occupation: Saddler, Harness-maker, farmer, pioneer, merchant
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About David Henry Hauer Beck

David Henry Hauer Beck (1819 - 1898), seventh son and eighth child of John Christian Beck (1787 - 1863) and Magdalene Ahl (1790 - 1822) (daughter of Dr. John Peter Ahl, surgeon in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War) was born at Roxbury, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on 22 June 1819; he died at the age of 79 of "bladder trouble" at Centerville, California on 8 October 1898. He married Laurette Roundy (1821 - 1907), daughter of Shadrach Roundy (1788 - 1872) and Betsey Quimby (1793 - 1880); they had ten children.

Children of David and Laurette Beck

  1. William Peyton Beck (1842 Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois - 1936 Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California)
  2. Ellen Samantha Beck (1844 Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois - 1932 Livermore, Alameda County, California)
  3. Caroline Hillis Beck (1847 Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa - 1926 San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California)
  4. Charles Henry Beck (1849 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa - 1928 Livermore, Alameda County, California)
  5. Julia Rebecca Beck (1850 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory - 1915 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California)
  6. Martha Jane Beck (1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory - 1945 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California)
  7. David Henry Beck (1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory - 1862 Centerville, Alameda County, California)
  8. John Christian Beck (1859 Fremont, Alameda County, California - 1907 Oakland, Alameda County, California)
  9. Vesta Laura Beck (1863 Centerville, Alameda County, California - 1919 Oakland, Alameda County, California)
  10. Franklin Pierce Beck (1866 Centerville, Alameda County, California - 1941 Centerville, Alameda County, California)

Biographical Sketch

Early Life

When two years of age his family moved from Pennsylvania to Williamsport, Maryland; three months later his mother died. The Becks remained in Maryland for about five years, then moved to Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), just across the Potomac River and only a few miles southwest from Williamsport. About four years later the family on into the wilds of the Middle West and established themselves at Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, where John Christian Beck’s brother David was already living. David Henry Hauer Beck was now eleven years of age. While living in Connersville, he learned the saddlery trade.

Nine years later, in 1839, John Christian Beck moved from Connersville, Indiana to Hancock County, Illinois, accompanied by David Henry Hauer Beck, now twenty years old. Here David Henry Hauer Beck engaged in the saddlery business.

Marriage and Upheaval

Two years later he married Laurette Roundy, daughter of Shadrack Roundy and Betsey Quimby. Laurette was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormons were at this time established at Nauvoo, having been driven out of Jackson County, Missouri in 1839. In June 1844, LDS prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., was killed by a mob which stormed the jail at Carthage. Although she ceased being an active member of the LDS Church when she married David Henry Hauer Beck, this must have been a very difficult time for Laurette, as David's uncle, Jacob Beck, was one of the group that killed Joseph Smith, while her father, Shadrack Roundy, was one of Smith's bodyguards.

The LDS church remained in Nauvoo until February 1846; when they were once again driven out. Led by Brigham Young, now set out for the West, arriving at what is now Salt Lake City, Utah on 24 July 1847. Salt Lake City became an important stop on the Oregon Trail because, located in the desert, it was a convenient stopping-place for emigrant trains who could rest there while preparing for the remainder of their journey.

Difficulties in Salt Lake City

David Henry Hauer Beck remained in the saddlery business at Warsaw, Illinois until 1846, when he moved his family to Bonaparte, Iowa; later going to Council Bluffs. In 1850 he moved the family to Salt Lake City, where he bought a farm. He had difficulties with the Mormons, who likely knew that his uncle was one of the mob who killed Joseph and Hyrum Smith. On one occasion they entered his stables and took his best team of horses. Although he armed himself with a rifle, he was advised not to make war on the Mormons as they would likely hang him. He concluded that discretion was the better part of valor; and in 1859 emigrated to Portland, Oregon, where his older brother was in the hardware business.

Leaving his family and cattle at Portland, he went into California on horseback. This territory, only recently acquired from Mexico as a result of the Mexican War, was still inhabited largely by Mexican rangers. They remained very hostile toward all immigrants. As he entered the Livermore valley in Central California the Mexicans pursued him and attempted to to lasso him; but his horse, "Biter", proved to be too fast for them and he escaped with his life. He then bought a ranch near Mission San Jose, and one near Centerville, California.

California Pioneers

After bringing his family from Portland in 1859, David Henry Hauer Beck settled on his ranch at Mission San Jose, where he continued farming and stock-raising for a period of about three years. In 1862 he moved to Centerville. Here he remained for thirty-five years, engaged at first in the harness-and-livery business; and later, in 1878, in the general mercantile business until his death.

David Henry Hauer Beck was a man of splendid character. He was never affiliated with any church organization. By political faith he was a died-in-the-wool Democrat. According to one of his children: "He was 100% honest, and thought everybody else as honest as himself. Consequently, he lost money in bad debts; but not to the point of utter exhaustion of resources. He was a good father; and always a generous provider for his family."

Notes

  • Middle name is "Hauer". This was misread in an early LDS membership record and mistakenly recorded as "Hamer". This error has spread as people who didn't know copied the record with the error, and now there are many places on the internet where his name is recorded as "David Hamer Beck", or even "David Henry Hamer Beck". Please note that "Hamer" was never a part of his name; "Hauer" is a name that has been used many times in his family line.
  • Name is variously "Bock" instead of Beck; "Hamer" or "Hamel" instead of Hauer
  • LDS records at new.familysearch.com mistakenly attribute three children to David and Lauretta Beck that are not theirs: Leroy Beck, Francis Xavier Beck, and Mehetible Hattie Hulce . Please do not propagate this error.

Sources

  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel: David Hamel Beck.
  • Find A Grave Memorial #32600946
  • Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1880; Census Place: Centerville, Alameda, California; Roll: 62; Family History Film: 1254062; Page: 510B; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 0592.
  • Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Year: 1870; Census Place: Washington, Alameda, California; Roll: M593_68; Page: 277B; Image: 558; Family History Library Film: 545567.
  • Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Year: 1860; Census Place: Washington, Alameda, California; Roll: M653_55; Page: 213; Image: 215; Family History Library Film: 803055.
  • Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1850; Census Place: District 21, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Roll: M432_188; Page: 136A; Image: 277.
  • Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Microfilm: 0954177
  • Jesse Glenn Beck. A Partial Beck Family History. np, 1941. Note: Although useful as a starting point, and certainly entertaining, this genealogy is rife with errors and should be used with great caution. Every fact should be independently checked and sourced, as Mr. Beck appears to have been well-meaning but not particularly meticulous in his research.
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David Henry Hauer Beck's Timeline

1819
June 22, 1819
Roxbury, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
1841
April 25, 1841
Age 21
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
1842
January 24, 1842
Age 22
Warsaw, Hancock, Illinois, United States
1844
June 17, 1844
Age 24
Warsaw, Hancock, Illinois, USA
1847
May 30, 1847
Age 27
Bonaparte, Van Buren, Iowa, United States
1849
October 24, 1849
Age 30
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
1850
August 25, 1850
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
1854
September 20, 1854
Age 35
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
1857
June 8, 1857
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
1859
September 24, 1859
Age 40
Fremont, Alameda, California, United States