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Mary "Polly" Beck Kesterson
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Birth: 1820
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 13, 1872
Delaware County
Oklahoma, USA

She was born in Georgia and when she was abt 18 she came west with her mother, step-father and other family members on the Trail of Tears to what is now north east OK. It is possible that they came by their selves in a small wagon train. Surry Eaton had money and slaves and it would not be hard for them to put a train together and make the long journey west. Records show that he brought 6 slaves west with him. Mary Beck's first husband was Aaron Downing. When she applied for transportation and subsistance money for the trip west she did so alone. Aaron applied for this money at a different time separate from her so it appears that they were no longer together as huband and wife. The Eaton's and other family members setteled on the Beck Mill property because Surry's wife's sister was married to Jeremiah Clinton Towers who built the mill in th late 1840s. In the 1851 Drennen Roll Mary is married and living with her husband, Stephen Hildebrand, in Tahlequah District. I do not know where, or when he moved to the mill with his wife. Stephen bought the mill from Towers and ran it till his death. He died 10 Jan 1867. Mary then hired James Kesterson to work the mill with her. She married him 18 March 1871. Ezekiel Proctor had some kind of beef with James and came there 13 Feb 1872 and got in an arguement with him and pulled his gun on him. Mary jumped in front of James and was shot and killed. She was then buried that day or the next in the little cemetery on the mill property. She was my 2nd great grand mother. Willora Glee Krapf 
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  Jeffrey Beck (1772 - 1822)
  Susannah Buffington Beck Eaton (1782 - 1860)
  Stephen P. Hildebrand (1816 - 1867)
  Mary Beck Kesterson (1820 - 1872)
  Sina Eaton Duncan (1825 - 1879)**
*Calculated relationship
Joseph Beck Family Cemetery
Delaware County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Willora Glee Krapf
Record added: Jul 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73101814
Mary Polly <i>Beck</i> Kesterson
Added by: Willora Glee Krapf
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