CHILDREN OF HENRY BECK
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HENRY BECK, a son [birth date and parents are unknown] He died in 1715 at Chesterfield,
Burlington Co., New Jersey. He married first, June 1691, at Chesterfield, Burlington Co.,
New Jersey, ALICE RAWORTH (RAHOGD). She was born, at Yorkshire, England, the
daughter of William Raworth and Alice Taylor. She died at Chesterfield, Burlington Co.,
He married second, 5 Aug. 1708, at Frankford, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, ANNE
GODFREY, the daughter of Thomas Godfrey and ?. She died Sept. 1716 at Chesterfield,
Burlington Co., New Jersey.
Children of Henry Beck and Anne Godfrey:
b. at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.
md. June 134 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., JOSEPH WILLETIS.
b. July 134 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
d. intestate 11 Jan. 1757 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N.J.
md. Oct. 1735 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J., MARY TAYLOR.
Children of Henry Beck and Alice Raworth:
b. 1691 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N.J.
d. by 25 Mar. 1715. prob. at Mansfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
md. ALICE BUFFIN
b. at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
d. (bond of adms.) 17 Feb. 1728/9 prob. at Mansfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
b. at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.
d. between 25 July and 20 Aug. 1777 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
md. by lic. 8 Apr. 1743, HANNAH GIBBS.
Henry Beck died at Chesterfield before March 24 1715 when the inventory of his personal
estate was accepted. The inventory showed a total value of 369 pounds, l1s. 0d., including a
negro woman and her three children, 100 pounds. The will (undated) was probated at
Burlington on March 30, 17l5. Henry Beck left his widow, Ann, and four children: James
and Raworth by his first wife and Godfrey and Sarah (the latter two underage) by his second wife.
Between the 1st and 28th of September 1716, Ann Beck also died, leaving her estate to her
two children, Godfrey and Sarah, who were still underage at this time. On the fourth day of
the second month 1717 Jacob Doughty, one of the executors of Ann Beck, applied for advice
to the Friends of Chesterfield Meeting before he put Sarah out as an apprentice to Margaret
Howell of Philadelphia. Godfrey, "the boy", he kept with him. On the second day of the
twelfth month 1720 several members of the Society of Friends were appointed:
"To speak to the executors of Widow Beck's last will in order to know how they have
disposed of her children being orphans and that a suitable education
be procured & the estate preserved for the future advantage of the Children as much as may
be and make return to our next M M ...".
Not until the fifth day of the eighth month 1721 did the committee report to the meeting:
... "that Jacob Doughty ... hath the boy with him and ... is chiefly concerned in
that part of the business seems willing to keep the boy to have more schooling
and then shall take Friends advice and direction in the management of things
relating to the said children ... he being present ..., takes kindly to Friends care
and message to him and says he shall always be willing to take this advice in
matters relating to the orphan children ..."
SARAH BECK, DAUGHTER OF HENRY BECK
SARAH BECK, daughter of Henry, deceased, and Joseph Willits, son of Joseph, had been
married in June 1734.
GODFREY BECK, SON OF HENRY BECK
GODFREY BECK, son of Henry Beck and Anne Godfrey, was born July 1714 at
Chesterfield, Burlington Co,, New Jersey. He died intestate 11 Jan. 1757 at Chesterfield,
Burlington Co., New Jersey. He married 6 Oct. 1735, MARY TAYLOR. She was born 17
Aug. 1718 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey, the daughter of Samuel Taylor and
Ann Folkes. She died intestate 17 Jan. 1757 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey.
Children of Godfrey Beck and Mary Taylor:
b. Oct. 1762 at Chesterfield,Burlington Co., N. J.
. md. Oct. 1762 at Chesterfield, NATHAN ROBBINS
b. at Chesterfield, Burlington Co, N. J.
md. at Chesterfield, EPHRAIM ROBBINS
On October 12, 1728 Godfrey Beck of Burlington County (then aged fourteen years and three
months) petitioned the court that Robert Taylor of the same county be appointed his
guardian. Godfrey Beck son of Henry, deceased, and Mary Taylor, daughter of Samuel, were
married by Friends ceremony in October 1735. In 1747 Godfrey Beck is mentioned in a civil
list of offices of Chesterfield Township as a surveyor of highways. A town meeting of
Chesterfield township was held at Godfrey Beck's house in 1755:
"At a Towns Meeting held this 13th day of Octr. 1755 at the house of Godfry
Beck concerning one Mathias Ostendine and by majority of Voats it was a
Greed that the Overseers of ye Poor should Imploy Docor Moor to Cure Him
the Best Manner he could and to pay him out of The money that is raised for
the Yous of ye Poor".
Godfrey Beck's name was on the ledger of John Imlay, who had the general store tn the
nearby area in the early days. This ledger, dating from 1751 to 1757, formed "almost a
complete directory of Bordentown and surrounding country".
In May 1, 1750 Godfrey Beck of Chesterfield Township conveyed to Thomas Taylor for
eleven hundred pounds all the lands which Godfrey Beck purchased of Roweth Beck,
Richard Smith, and what was willed to him by his father, Henry Beck, together with ten acres
and seven acres from Robert Chapman and Richard Satterthwaite, respectively; in all, two
hundred and seventy-four acres.
Godfrey Beck, innholder, of Chesterfield, died intestate, as did his wife, both deaths
occurring at about the same time. An inventory taken January 11, 1757 listed the estate at 287
pounds, 15s. 5d., with bills, bonds, and book debts, 174 pounds, 1s. 8d,; and a servant lad's
time, 5 pounds. On January 17, 1757 the bond of Roweth Beck and Samuel Taylor again
acting as fellowbondsman.
Several years after the death of Godfrey Beck, his daughters were summoned to answer a
charge of a breach of covenant regarding lands their father had granted to Thomas Taylor:
"1763. Writ of Inquiry. James Taylor. Inquiring taken at the house of Squire
Lewis, Innkeeper in Reckless Town, Burlington County, February 3rd, third
year of the reign of George III." "Whereas Ann Beck and Mary Beck
daughters and coheiresses of Godfrey Beck of Chesterfield in the County of
Burlington, yeoman, were lately summoned to answer James Taylor, heir and
devisee of Thomas Taylor, his late father, deceased, of a pleas of breach of
covenant, etc. That the said Godfrey Beck in consideration of eleven hundred
pounds had granted unto the said Thomas Taylor two tracts of land in the
township of Chesterfield containing in the whole two hundred acres and one
hundred square perches. One of which tracts the said Godfrey Beck held by
virtue of the last will of his father, Henry Beck, deceased, and several
conveyances from Raworth Beck and Richard Smith."
JOHN BECK, SON OF HENRY BECK
JOHN BECK, son of Henry Beck and Alice Raworth, was born in 1691 at Chesterfield,
Burlington Co., New Jersey. John Beck was probably the child with whom Alice Raworth
was pregnant at the time her case was mentioned in the Women's and Men's Minutes of the
Chesterfield, N. J. Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends in May, June, July, and August
and when the case was brought before the Burlington Court on May 3, 1691.
John Beck died before 24 March 17l5, probably at Mansfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey.
He married, probably at Mansfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey, ALICE BUFFIN. She was
born at Mansfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey, the daughter of Michael Buffin and Christian
Children of John Beck and Alice Buffin:
b. 1713 at Mansfield, Burlington Co., N. J.
md. Oct. 1737 at Chesterfield, SUSANNAH SHREVE
md. 2nd (by license) 22 Feb. 1747/8 at Chesterfield, DEBORAH WOOD
md. 2 Nov. 1750, MARY GRIFFITHS
A John Beck was named among the witnesses to the marriage of John Black and Sarah
Rockhill on the fourth day of the tenth month 1706 at the Chesterfield, N. J. monthly Meeting
of the Society of Friends. John Black, who was a half-brother to Alice Raworth, was the son
of William and Alice (Taylor) Raworth; and thus uncle to John Beck.
John Beck, the eldest son of Henry, died about the time that his father made his will, which
was proved March 30, 1715. Prior to this time he had received a plantation as "his full share"
of his father's estate:
"...and whereas My sone John Beck Late deseased had Rec. his full
share of Mt Estate in a plantation formerly Conveyed to him by Mee and as hee
ye sd John Beck Conveyed sd Land to Mee My Heirs and assigns as May apear
by Certain deeds Executed and where as it was Intended yt I should Reconvey
ye same to him and his Heirs and assigns as May appeare by a sertain
obligation with a condition Endorsed I therefore Hereby authorize my Lovin
Wife Ann Beck as fully and amply as I my selfe could do if Living uppon fleet,
of one hundred Pounds acording to ye tru intent of sd agreemt to Reconvay ye
said Land and Premises to ye Heirs of said John Beck aforesd--and to his
Heirs and assigns forever..."
On April 14, 1715 the Inventory of the estate of John Beck of Mansfield, Burlington County,
made by Sam'l Goldy, Thomas Curtis and John Hancock, showed a total of 109 pounds 18s.
4.d. This was sworn to by Alice Beck, the administratrix.
At his death, John Beck left a wife, Alice, whose maiden name was Buffin, and an infant son,
also named John. Alice (Buffin) Beck married second George Morris, at Burlington Co.,
New Jersey. The will of Michael Buffin of Mansfield, dated April 7, 1722, mentioned wife
Christian and "daughter Alls, wife of George Morris". . She died at Mansfield, Burlington
County, New Jersey before l4 Oct. 1731 and probably by 7 May 1728.
On May 7, 1728 letters of guardianship were issued to George Morris for John Beck, an
orphan of about fifteen years of age. On July 19, 1736 George Morris paid five shillings for a
release and quit claim from John Beck for property held for him until he came of age. The
quit claim stated:
"Whereas George Morris of Mansfield..., yeoman, intermarried with Alice
Beck widow and relict of John Beck late of Mansfield, to the hands of which
said Alice and George came certain lands, testaments, goods and chattels of the
said John Beck deceased, and whereas Alice is since dead, and John Beck
eldest son and heir at law of the said John Beck hath attained his age 21 years
... release and quit claim to George Morris".
Probably Alice Beck was dead before May 7, 1728 when guardianship papers were issued to
George Morris as guardian for John Beck and before October 14, 1731, when a marriage
license was issued "to George Morris, Burlington Co., yeoman, and Rebecca Decow,
Mansfield, spinster". In a deed dated October 24 1745 "Rebecca Morris, now wife of George
Morris, signs Quit Claim".
In a deed dated November 13, 1773 of Asa Beck and Hannah his wife to William Smith, the
statement was made that "John Beck, ...was eldest brother and heir at law of the aforesaid
James Beck, the said several ancestors of the said Asa Beck all dying intestate". The land of
James who died intestate passed up to his father Henry, deceased, then by law down to the
elder son, John, deceased, and down to his son, John, and down to his son Asa.
JAMES BECK, SON OF HENRY BECK
JAMES BECK, a son of Henry Beck, was named first in his father's will. He shared with his
brother Raworth in his father's plantation and in "twelve Hundred Acres of Land, ... lying on
the West sid of Northampton River in ye county of Burlington", both properties to be divided
equally. James Beck was joint executor, with his stepmother, Ann, of the will of his father,
On April 27, 1722 James Beck, cooper, of Burlington County, bought of Thomas Wetherill,
for one hundred pounds, two hundred and fifteen acres of land in Hunterdon County. On
June 6, 1726 James Beck, cooper, of Chesterfield Township, conveyed this same land to
Richard Smith. The will made by Richard Smith of Burlington on March 3, 1750 mentions a
"tract of land at the Mountain bought of James Beck, dec'd". In 1773 the land was conveyed
to Asa Beck (grandnephew of James) and Hannah, his wife.
On February 17, 1728/9 George Morris signed a bond as the administrator of the estate of
James Beck, who had died intestate. An inventory of the personal estate of James Beck,
cooper, of Mansfield Township, Burlington County, accepted February 27, 1728/9, showed a
total value of one hundred and nineteen pounds, eleven shillings, two pence. An account of
the estate by the administrator was given on October 31, 1729.
RAWORTH BECK, SON OF HENRY BECK
RAWORTH BECK, son of Henry Beck and Alice Raworth was born at Chesterfield,
Burlington Co., New Jersey. On April 8, 1743 "Raworth Beck, yeoman, Mansfield, and
Hannah Gibbs, spinster, of same place, daughter of Isaac Gibbs, Jr., of same, yeoman", took
out a license to marry. They were married by license the same day. Hannah was born at
Mansfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey. She died before 20 July 1767.
Children of Raworth Beck and Hannah Gibbs:
md. by license 22 Aug. 1777, ELIZABETH MCGALLARD.
d. by l4 Apr. 1791 at Chesterfield, Burlington Co., N. J.;
md. by license 24 Apr. 1779, SARAH SHREVE.
md. by license 10 Nov. 1763, ASHER WILLIAMS.
md. JEREMIAH WARDER SHREVE.
v. AMY M.,
md, by license 23 May 1778, JOSEPH NORCROSS.
d. by 19 Feb. 1777
b. 5 Apr. 1759
Raworth Beck, a son of Henry Beck, held offices in Chesterfield township as overseer of
roads in 1743 and overseer of poor in 1750.
On 4 September 1746 Roworth Beck purchased twenty-eight acres of land in Chesterfield
township from Richard Satterthwaite. The first tract included ten acres next to land formerly
belonging to Henry Beck, on the road to Crosswicks. The second tract, included fourteen
acres of meadow next to land formerly belonging to Joseph Reckless.
Roweth Beck was a witness on September 30, 1748 to the will of John Taylor of Chesterfield
(a son of Samuel Taylor and Susannah Horseman). On July 20, 1767 Raworth Beck was
mentioned in the account of Samuel Black, the surviving executor of Isaac Gibbs, Sen'r of
Mansfield, as "being paid a legacy in right of his wife" who must have died prior to this time.
At the time of Godfrey Beck's death in January 1757 Roweth Beck was appointed one of the
administrators to the estate along with Samuel Taylor Jr. and John Taylor. On July 25, 1777
Roweth Beck of Chesterfield, yeoman, made his will, which was proved August 22, 1777.
"Research rotes or the ancestry of Joseph Ellison Beck : an account of Henry Beck of
Burlington County, New Jersey, and some of his descendants and related lines"
Compiled by Rhean L. M. Beck for J. Milton Beck Jr.
Bakersfield, California, 1959, 107 pages
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