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John Joseph BECK

Male 1877 - 1953  (75 years)


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  • Name John Joseph BECK 
    Born 19 Dec 1877  White Sands, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 4 Apr 1879  Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Apr 1953  Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • In Memoriam: Mr. John J. BECK. The death of Mr. John J. BECK in his 76th year, which occured at his home in Murray River, Sunday morning, April 19th, 1953, came as a shock to his family and friends, although he had been in ill health of the past six years.

      He was born in White Sands and was the son of the late Benjamin BECK and Mary MACLEAN. He was well and favourably known throughout Kings and Queens counties, for in addition to his farming activities, he was engaged with his brother Hubert in the coastal shipping trade, operating a sailing vessel. The brothers also owned a general store at Murray River, for a number of years, and he was a Justice of the Peace for Kings county.

      Besides, his sorrowing widow (nee Annie CAMPBELL, formerly of Nine Mile Creek), he leaves to mourn his passing, eleven children: Mary (Mrs. ZERNIKO, N.Y.,); Olive, Cambridge, Mass.; Hubert, Cambridge, Mass.; Katherine (Mrs RYDER, N.Y.); Vivian (Mrs. J. B. JENKINS, Summerside); Benjamin, Summerside; Constance (Mrs. Fred BROOKS, Summerside); Hazel (Mrs. Gordon SULIS, Saint John); Elwood and Elsie at home; Jennie (Mrs. Martin MACPHERSON, Uigg); also sixteen grandchildren.

      Also surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Louis HERRING (Josie), Murray River; Mrs. Murdock MACLEOD (Lilian), Dedham, Mass.; one brother, Hubert, New Glasgow, N.S. Three sisters and one brother pre-deceased him.

      The funeral was very largely attended in spite of the wet weather and was held from the home. Mr. Arnold MacNamara of Tyne Valley, a representative of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society conducted the funeral service, taking for his text "The resurrection and hope in God's Kingdom". Mr. MacNamara used many scriptures to point out the real hope that it held out in God's word concerning the resurrection and the blessings that are in store for obedient mankind on a paradise earth. Hymns sung were, Grateful Praise, and Praise the King of Eternity. The text at the grave was taken from 1 Cor., chapter 15, verses 12-26. Interment was in Murray River cemetery.

      Guardian of the Gulf, 25 November 1953.
    Buried Murray River Community Cemetery, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Buried plot A54, with wife, Annie, and daughter Olive.
    Notes 
    • John Joseph BECK was born in White Sands in December, 1877, the son of Benjamin BECK and Mary MACLEAN. John grew up in White Sands and went into business in Murray River. He and his brother Hubert operated Beck Bros. General store which was located on water frontage at the northeast corner of the bridge. They had their own wharf where vessels would tie up to load and unload cargo. John was also a sea captain and owned and operated his own schooner for a time. Syd Munn remembers that his Uncle John used to have a horse named "Barney" that was used to move goods to and from the vessels that came in. Beck Bros dealt in groceries, dry goods, feed, lumber and farm equipment. Their father, Ben, had a store in White Sands when they were growing up and they probably got their start and training in the business at home. Later they hired him to help out around the store in Murrray River.

      John married Annie CAMPBELL and they had 11 children. He bought a farm about a mile outside Murray River on the road to Montague, just beyond a big swamp. When speaking of him, people often referred to him as "John BECK in the swamp" for identification purposes. John and his family lived in a camp on the property while his house was being built. His father, Ben, built the house and the land was slowly cleared. Syd MUNN said when he was a boy of 10 or so, he and his father, John Archie, would go out there to cut wood for their winter's supply. Syd said they would borrow a horse from Uncle Vere to haul the wood home.

      John was also the Justice of the Peace and handled routine legal documents for people in the area. In later years he made his living as a farmer. He was a great story teller and entertainer. Sibyl MUNN said he could keep everybody laughing all evening. He was a good mimic, and did an excellent takeoff of Herbie BEATON, an itinerant peddler, well-known through that part of the Island. "Uncle John would sit looking into the stove and do his takeoff. Honest to goodness you would swear it was Herbie", Sibyl said. He was also an excellent singer. Like all of Ben Beck's children, he spoke Gaelic which he had picked up from his mother. John died in April, 1953, at the age of 75. (written by Ivan Munn, Sept 1997) [5]
    Person ID I2797  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 

    Father Benjamin BECK,   b. 4 Mar 1847, White Sands, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1923, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Mary MCLEAN,   b. 20 Feb 1844, Little Sands, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1926, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Aft 7 Mar 1873  [6
    Address 1881  Lot 64, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address 1891  Lot 64, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address 1901  Lot 64, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address 1911  White Sands, Lot 64, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Address 1921  White Sands, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Documents
    Marriage Bonds: Benjamin Beck and Mary McClean
    Marriage Bonds: Benjamin Beck and Mary McClean
    7 March 1873
    Family ID F118  Group Sheet

    Family Annie Hildred CAMPBELL,   b. 24 Jan 1881, Nine Mile Creek, Lot 65, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1961, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1 Aug 1901  Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Married in St. Pauls Anglican Church, Charlottetown by Rev. Leopold Williams. Witnesses: John A. McLEOD and Lillian CAMPBELL. (Read)

      John Joseph BECK, Bachelor, residing in Murray River, and Annie Hildred CAMPBELL, Spinster, residing in Nine Mile Creek, by license to Rev. Leo Williams, 1 Aug. 1901. Bondsmen John Archibald and McLeod. (Archives) [6, 12]
    Address 1911  Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Mary Lillian BECK,   b. 16 Jan 1902, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1982, Glen Falls, Warren, New York, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Olive Ephemia BECK,   b. 7 Oct 1903, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1960, Summerside, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Katherine Elizabeth BECK,   b. 20 Oct 1905, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1995, Glen Falls, Warren, New York, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. Hubert Watson BECK,   b. 6 Oct 1907, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1993  (Age 85 years)
     5. Vivian Belle BECK,   b. 28 Oct 1909, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1989, Summerside, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Benjamin J. BECK,   b. 8 Mar 1912, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1970, Summerside, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     7. Constance "Connie" BECK,   b. 10 Feb 1914, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1985, Bristol, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Hazel Annie BECK,   b. 29 Feb 1916, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 2002, Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     9. Elwood Reynolds BECK,   b. 22 Jan 1918, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1991  (Age 73 years)
     10. Elsie Sarah BECK,   b. 30 Aug 1920, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1992  (Age 72 years)
     11. Jennie Harriet BECK,   b. 9 Apr 1923, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1985, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F433  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    BECK
    BECK

    JOHN JOSEPH BECK
    Dec.19,1877 Apr.19,1953
    His wife
    ANNIE HILDRED CAMPBELL
    Jan.24,1880 Aug.5,1961
    Their daughter
    OLIVE EPHEMIA BECK
    Oct.7,1903 Oct.15,1960
    Until the day break and the shadows flee away



  • Sources 
    1. [S38] BECK Family History, James Beck.

    2. [S39] Sencabaugh, Kathie.

    3. [S217] Newspaper.

    4. [S189] Cemetery Transcripts, Murray River Cemetery, Cardigan Group, Young Canada Works Project, (PEIGS, 1979).

    5. [S190] Book: Vere Beck Family Biographies, Compiled by : James V. Beck; Sharon L. Beck, Ivan Munn, (July 2003 edtion).

    6. [S239] Archives: Provincial Archives and Records Office of P.E.I.

    7. [S135] Census of Canada, 1881, (4 April 1881).

    8. [S1079] Census of Canada, 1891.

    9. [S53] Census of Canada, 1901, (31 March 1901).

    10. [S308] Census of Canada, 1911, (1 June 1911).

    11. [S984] Census of Canada, 1921, (Enumerated 1 June 1921).

    12. [S676] Personal communication.


  

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