First of all, THANK YOU for all your help.
John Beckman may be the one I'm looking for, but there is a discrepancy with
William H. My William Henry Beckman died on 01/21/03 and is buried at
Exeter Oak Lawn Cemetery. He married Marry Ellen Mains in 1878 at age 25
(according to his marriage lic.), which would make his DOB 1853 (even though
his tombstone says 1859). His son (my gg-grandfather) was James. I did
notice the somewhat odd name of Washington, son of S.P. Beckman, and that
was the name of my g-grandfather. The connection is there somewhere. I'll
look over the info some more and do a little number crunching. Please let
me know if I'm missing the obvious.
Thanks again for your help.
Here's what I have available to me on the Beckmans:
1860 Census Brown County, Ill, Elkhorn Twp
1037,995 Jacob Beckman, 31,m,farmer,1900,600, Ill
,,A. A., 3,f,,,,Ill
1038,999, John Beckman,61,m,farmer,,1000,Va
,, Mrs. M,56,f,,,,Ky
,,W. H., 18,m,farmer,,,Ill
,,J. C., 8,f,,,,Ill
1860 Census Brown County, Ill, Lee Twp
1267,1207,E. E. Beckman, 42,m, farmer,1600,900, Tenn
,,W. T., 16,m,,,,Ill
,,M. E., 13,f,,,,Ill
1348,1287, S. P. Beckman, 34,m,farmer,2000,1480,Ky
,,Mrs. R., 33,f,,,,Ohio
1870 Census Brown County, Ill, Lee Twp
273,273, Jacob Backman[sic],42,m,farmer,2500,400,Ill
,, John Meets,21,m,Farm Laborer,,,Ill
278,278,William Beckman, 28,m,Farm laborer,,300,Ill
From Cemeteries of Brown County
p. 95 & 97 Cleaves Cemetery
William H. Beckman 1 Mar 1842 - 2 Feb 1917
Mary Ann Bean, Wife of William H. Beckman 4 Nov 1845- 27 Jul 1874
Levi R. Beckman 1868-1923
Pp. 105 & 108 Mt Pleasant (Fargo) Cemetery
Simon P. Beckman 10 Apr 1873 age 46 yrs, 10 mos. 29 days
P17 Linn Burial Ground, Buckhorn Twp
There is a note that John Beckman held the land at the NE1/4 of Section 4
Buckhorn Twp which he sold to the Linn's.
From Early Marriages of Brown County (These are on the web site)
Elizabeth Beckman to Henry Briggs, 4 Apr 1850
Margaret A. Beckman to William A. Barker, 12 Mar 1846
Mary Ann Beckman to Andrew J. Hall, 15 Jul 1858
O. P. Beckman to Mary Brake, 30 Oct 1853
Sarah H. Beckman to Edwin Baker, 4 Jan 1855
Simon Peter Beckman to Rachael Davis, 6 Dec 1849
James Beckman to Mary M. Burton, 12 Mar 1846
Mary Beckman to George W. Ishmael, 20 Mar 1848
From History of Schuyler and Brown Counties:
p 75, 165 and 355
John Beckman is listed as a prominent settler of Lee Twp.
He is listed in 36th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the Mormon War, 24
He moved to Lee Twp in 1832 and located in section 18.He is a native of Ky
came with quite a family. He move a few years ago to Minnisota and his son
William is still a resident of the county. [This was published in 1882.By
only Levi Beckman is in the county, based on the information in the 1880
The history must have been written some time prior to that because John is
before the 1870 census. I'm guessing that William went to Scott County]
William H Beckman was transferred to Co. A, as consolidated, mustered out
From Muster Roll of Co. E. 119th Infantry
Simon P. Beckman, discharged 8 Jan 1864, disability.
From Muster Roll of Co. E. 119th Infantry
It appears from all this that we are looking at one family, the family of
The Thomas Beckman in 1870 Census appears to be the W. T Beckman listed
E. Beckman family in the 1860 Census.
The William Beckman in the 1870 census is probably your William and he
to be the W. H Beckman in the family of John Beckman in the 1860 Census.You
be put off by the date discrepancy between the Census, Cemetery burial
and your Death Certificate. I think the Census and Histories are correct.
Death Certificate is off. The person reporting may not have known the
Thankfully, he knew the place. There are no other possibilities for your
in the county. Notice also that even though he died in Scott County, he's
in Brown County and with his wife, who died in 1874. This may also be a
when he went to Scott County.
Jacob, E. E. and Simon Peter Beckman are most likely all sons of John
You may want to check the 1850 and 1880 Censuses for Brown County. They too
on the web page.
There's a lot more that can be found on the descendants of these people. We
haven't even looked at the daughters of these families except for the early
marriages. Later marriages have to be ordered from the county at $5 per
They charge you whether they find anything or not. There is also all the
records and other court records that may give little bits of information.
What I've given you here is just a taste of what's available and the
Hope this helps.
"Brian K. Frerichs" wrote:
> Hi Ken,
> I have researched my Frerichs family for the last 5 years, however, they
> didn't arrive in the US until the 1880's. In researching my "other" side, I
> have encounted new (beginner) problems. My ggg-grandfather, according to
> his Scott County death certificate, was born in Brown County in the year
> 1859. I called the Brown County Clerk's Office and they indicated that
> birth records were only kept from 1860 on.
> Question: Where should I look to find out his father's name, father's place
> of birth etc.?
> Thanks for your time.
> Brian Frerichs
> Searching: William Henry Beckman b. 1859