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Pvt William Ezra Beckstead
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1827
Dundas
Ontario, Canada
Death: May 17, 1909
Colton
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Born in Williamsburg, Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Son of Francis Beckstead and Catharine Lang

Served as a Private in the Mormon Battalion, Company C. Two nephews served in Company A, Gordon Silas Beckstead and Orin Mortimer Beckstead.

Married Mary Winn, 7 January 1849, Davis District, Pottawattamie, Iowa

Children - Mary Melissa Beckstead, William Beckstead, Mitchell Beckstead, Serria Beckstead, Nancy Agnacia Beckstead, Margarita Beckstead, Matilda A. Beckstead, Martha Jane Beckstead

Mary should not be confused with her sister, Jane Winn. Jane married Arthur McArthur Foster and moved to Oklahoma where she died 12 December 1911 in El Reno, Oklahoma. Jane Winn was NEVER been married to William Ezra Beckstead.

Married Dolores Garcia formerly Nunes, 1 Apr 1873, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California

Children - Joseph Amelio Beckstead, Samuel Beckstead, Sarah Beckstead, Lucinda Beckstead, Victoria Beckstead, Louisa Thoma Beckstead

History - William Ezra Beckstead enlisted in the Mormon Battalion, as a private, in the "General Rendezvous", 16 July 1846, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was in Company C, under Capt. James Brown. He was mustered out with the Company on 16 July 1847, in Los Angeles, California." (Source: Iowa Adj. General's Office, Roster of Iowa Soldiers, Vol. 6:854.1911)

The "Historical Record," Vol. 9, by Andrew Jensen, includes information that on 29 July 1847, President Brigham Young, and others of the Church officials, went out of the City to meet the Battalion detachment under Captain James Brown, which included 140 members of the Battalion - 17 August 1847 - "Most of the wagons going to Winter Quarters with ox teams started during the day and traveled to the mouth of Emigration Canyon - waited for the remainder of the company" - 17 September 1847 - "This morning, Thomas Brown, Ezra Beckstead, Maddison Welsh, Benjamin Roberts, David M. Perkins and William Bird, started to go through to Winter Quarters consequence of having no bread." It is obvious from the foregoing that William Ezra was returning to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to meet his loved ones.

William Ezra was one of the early settlers in the Colton-San Bernardino, California area, where he died 17 May 1909.

Mormon Battalion, Company C 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis Beckstead (1773 - 1841)
  Catharine Lang Beckstead (1794 - 1868)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Winn Beckstead (1828 - 1864)
  Dolores Garcia Beckstead (1846 - 1915)
 
 Children:
  Matilda Ann Beckstead Colwell (1848 - 1875)*
  Martha Jane Beckstead Grant (1850 - 1912)*
  Martha Jane Beckstead Vallon (1851 - 1912)*
  Louisa Beckstead Larsen (1874 - 1967)*
  Victoria Beckstead Vallejo (1877 - 1962)*
  Lucinda Beckstead Moreno (1881 - 1959)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Ezra Beckstead (1827 - 1909)
  George Wesley Beckstead (1835 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: B1-2-4, Space 2
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Feb 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17969462
Pvt William Ezra Beckstead
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