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Tobias Beck

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Roxbury, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: February 11, 1894 (78)
Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Christian Beck and Magdalene Ahl Beck
Husband of Olive Parmelia Beck
Father of Francis Marion Beck; Christian Beck, d.s.p.; Tilghman Howard Beck, d.s.p.; William Howard Beck, d.s.p.; Mary Elizabeth Beck, d.s.p. 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 Magdalene Beck, d.s.p.; Joseph Beck; Margaret Robertson; Elizabeth Conwell Rice; Andrew Jackson Beck and 1 other

Occupation: Saddle and harness-maker
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About Tobias Beck

Tobias Beck (1815 - 1894) - Son of John Christian Beck and Magdalene Ahl, Tobias Beck was born 2 December 1815 at Roxbury, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; he died at age 78 on 11 February 1894 at Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana; and is buried at Falls Memorial Gardens, Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, Plot: Sec OP, lot 202. Tobias Beck married Olive Permelia Vandergrift (1821 - 1897) on 18 April 1839 in Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana. They were the parents of eleven children, only four of whom lived to maturity.

Marriage and Children

  1. Olive Permelia Vandegrift Beck (1821 - 1897)
    1. Francis Marion Beck (1843 – 1926)
    2. Christian Beck, d.s.p. (1845 – 1845)
    3. Tilghman Howard Beck, d.s.p. (1846 – 1863)
    4. William Howard Beck, d.s.p. (1846 – 1846)
    5. Mary Elizabeth Beck, d.s.p. (1852 – 1853)
    6. Alice Jane Beck (1854 – 1939)
    7. Boy Twin Beck, d.s.p. (1854 – 1854)
    8. Girl Twin Beck, d.s.p. (1854 – 1854)
    9. Ella Beck, d.s.p. (1858 – 1863)
    10. Julia Augusta Beck (1859 – 1938)
    11. Joseph Tobias Beck (1860 – 1897)

Tobias and Olive settled in Wabash on 10 April 1844and lived there the rest of their lives. Tobias was a saddle and harness maker

Biographical Sketch

From "History of Wabash County, Indiana," pub. 1884, pg. 244 TOBIAS BECK was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1815. He was of German descent, his father and mother both speaking the German language. There were no free schools in the States where he spent his youth; his father had a large family, and was in very moderate circumstances, hence Mr. Beck's opportunities for an education were limited, being confined to a few terms in winter before he was twelve years old.

In 1823, he moved with his parents to Williamsport, Maryland, where he furnished fuel for the family, carrying it from the forest on his back. His father having removed with his family to Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1827, he there worked in the woolen mills at Martinsburg for 75 cents a week, and boarded himself. In 1815, he came with his parents to Fayette County, Indiana, and two years afterward to Franklin County, Indiana. Here he learned the saddle and harness maker's trade, and at the expiration of two years, began to work for James Sulgom, of Indianapolis, in whose employ he remained until 1844, when he came to Wabash, Indiana.

Here he began business for himself, working at his chosen trade until 1874, after which he resided upon his farm near Wabash until 1879. he then retired from active business, and returned to the city to enjoy the fruits of the labors of his earlier years.

On the 18th of April, 1839, he married Miss Olive Vandegrift, of Connersville. He is the father of eleven children, only four of whom are now living. Mr. and Mrs. Beck are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and are highly esteemed by their neighbors and friends.


  • 1850: Residing Noble Twsp, Wabash Co, Indiana. Husband of Olive; parents of Francis and Tilghman. Occupation: Saddle and harness maker.
  • 1860: Residing Noble Twsp, Wabash Co, Indiana. Husband of Olive; parents of Francis, Tilghman, Alice, Joseph and Julia. Occupation: Saddler.
  • 1870: Residing Wabash, Indiana. Husband of Olive; parents of Alice, Julia and Joseph. Occupation: Saddler.
  • 1880: Residing W Maple St, Wabash, Indiana. Husband of Olive. Retired.


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Tobias Beck's Timeline

December 2, 1815
Roxbury, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 13, 1843
Age 27
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Age 29
Wabash County, Indiana, USA
May 6, 1846
Age 30
Wabash County, Indiana, USA
November 4, 1846
Age 30
Wabash County, Indiana, USA
May 3, 1852
Age 36
Wabash County, Indiana, USA
November 3, 1854
Age 38
Age 38
August 21, 1857
Age 41
Wabash County, Indiana, USA