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Sarah Evans Beck
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1792
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1877
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA

Fairfield Ledger
August 8, 1877
Pg. 3 Col. 8

"..... Mrs. Sarah E. Beck, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, died this forenoon, in the 85th year of her age. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday) evening, at 6 o'clock, from the residence of her son, Mr. J. S. Beck. Services at the house."

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 15, 1877
Page 3, col. 8.


Beck. - In Fairfield, Iowa, at the residence of her son, J. Shriver Beck (sic), on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 1877, in the 85th year of her age.

Mrs. Beck was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, June 24th, 1792, being at the time of her death in the 86th (sic. 85th) year of her age, having lived a widow forty-eight years. Her maiden name was Sarah Evans, and she was married to James Beck in the county of her birth. They first moved to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and in 1828 removed to Wheeling, Virginia, and kept what was there known as the United States Hotel, on Main street, in that city. Mr. Beck died at Wheeling, of yellow fever, in the summer of 1829. He was a contractor for the stone work of the bridges on the national road from Wheeling to Cumberland, a road which at that time had national importance, and the work on it was one of the wonders of the times as a great work of internal improvement. The name of James Beck, as architect, may yet be found on some of the bridges he constructed. After the death of her husband the life of Mrs. Beck was an eventful one in her struggle for the support of a young family, and securing for herself and then by her own industry an independent maintenance; but she was equal to the occasion - her life was one of the faithful industry and energy. Soon after the death of her husband she left Wheeling, and for a time kept hotel at a point about 12 miles east of Wheeling, which was a favorite stopping place for the immense stage travel at that day on the nations road, and during this time the "great man" of the land en route from the south and went to Washington and returning, were frequently her guests. She removed to Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and kept the hotel then known as the "Green House," in the uptown of that good and beautiful borough of western Pennsylvania. About 1842 she removed to Tazewell county, Illinois, where her sons William and Shriver were then residing, and with the instincts of her nature for an active life went again into the hotel business, and in 1843 went to Springfield, Illinois and kept the "Globe Hotel." Among her boarders there was a young lawyer in Springfield, who has since became (sic) immortal in history - Abraham Lincoln. He had been recently married, and his eldest son, Robert, was born in her house. In 1845, Mrs. Beck removed to Iowa, and in 1846 came to Fairfield, and she is affectionately remembered by "the boys" who partook of the good cheer of her table at the old "Eagle" and "National" hotels in Fairfield. The later years of her life she spent among her children - part of the time in Kentucky with her son Richard, and part in Fairfield with William and Shriver. She connected herself in early life with the Episcopal church, and in the earnest performance of duty through her long life, wherever and whatever was cast upon her as duty, she most faithfully earned that reward of the Master, "Well done good and faithful servant," and thereby she has entered on the christian's recompense. Eloquent, indeed, and tenderly expressive were the words of one of her sons, breathed from the fullness of his heart as he took leave of the dead mother, "She was a faithful mother to us." Fidelity was an eminent virtue in her character, and her memory will be cherished by those who knew her.

(See Lot #175, Old Cemetery, for DAVID J. EVANS, brother of MRS. SARAH (EVANS) BECK.)

Family links: 
  William Gabriel Beck (1819 - 1901)*
  James S Beck (1821 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Fairfield Cemetery
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: UNKNOWN - no headstone, either
Created by: Richard K Thompson
Record added: Oct 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60829974
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