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Hannah Forsyth Beck
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1812
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1872
Spanish Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA

Daughter of John Forsyth and Margaret Hodson

Married Joseph Ellison Beck, 17 Dec 1835, Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey

Children - Thomas Harrison Beck, Anna Lucilla Beck, Alfred Roger Milton Beck, Margaret Francena Beck, Rebecca Rocena Beck, John Forsyth Beck, Joseph Ellison Beck

History - Hannah Forsyth Beck was born March 4, 1817, in Reckliss, Burlington, New Jersey. She was the daughter of John Forsyth and Margaret Hodson.

Her father was a contractor and builder. He had taken a contract for a large building seventy-five miles from his home. He was not heard from and it was supposed he had been killed. There was one son, Washington Forsyth.

The mother was very anxious for the children to have an education. They were sent to a boarding school and they only saw each other at weekends. Grandma Hannah Forsyth was a college graduate. She was very industrious, refined, and a good cook.

Hannah married Joseph Ellison Beck December 17, 1835 and later went to the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Grandpa Beck was born May 31, 1810. He was the son of James Beck and Hannah Antram. Unto them were born seven children: Thomas Harrison, Anna Lucille, Alfred, Margaret, Rebecca, John Forsyth, and Joseph Ellison who died in infancy while on their way to Utah.

Grandma was the only one of her family to accept the gospel. They were staunch Latter-day Saints. On one occasion he, Joseph Ellison Beck, sent a purse of gold containing money to help a missionary, Orson Hyde. He blessed and promised Grandpa he would never want. He was not a wealthy man, but he always had money.

He was a good farmer and butcher. He worked in a packing house and was offered one-third of the business if he would leave the Church and stay, but he refused saying he was going West. Their people tried to persuade them to stay. They fitted themselves out for the long journey.

They joined or belonged to the Jim Pace Company of five wagons. A young man came with them. His name was Joe Risley. He helped to get the meals while Grandpa and the boys took care of the oxen. The stove was taken out of the wagon every night to cook their meals.

They arrived in Salt Lake City October 8, 1850. They lived in the 9th Ward. Grandpa was going for wood one morning and met George Sevy who said he was on his way to the gold fields in California, but if he could get work he would stay awhile.

There wasn't much work to do, but he was told to come to their home. He lived with them until they came to Spanish Fork, Utah the spring of 1852 and worked for them for two years. My father, John Forsyth Beck, says his mother taught him the gospel and he joined the church. Grandma was a real helpmate taking her share of pioneer life doing for others as well as her own. They lived on the Enoch Reese farm up in the bottoms.

The Indians became very troublesome. One night they had stolen the cattle and gone to the canyon with them. Grandpa and the oldest son, Harrison, went for the horses and found
them, but the Indians had got away with the cattle. He always had nice horses and enjoyed riding.

Grandma and the children walked to the Fort in Palmyra in the middle of the night. They lived in the Fort about one year. In the year 1854-1855 the grasshoppers had taken their
crops and the family lived on bran bread and milk for awhile. It was late to plant grain again, but Grandpa Beck we at to Salt Lake and bought a half barrel of buckwheat, it being the only grain that would mature in a short time. When harvested it amounted to 50 bushels. My father says be remembers the buck wheat cakes and honey and how good they were.

Joe Risley had married and sent a boy down from Salt Lake. He said if anyone had food the Beck family would. The family moved to the Fort where A.R.M. Beck home now stands in Spanish Fork. The gate was locked at night and served as protection from the Indians. They lived in a two-room house where the Second Ward Church now stands. Grandpa Joseph Ellison Beck owned the South half of the block and gave it to the Church. President Brigham Young sent to Bishop Butler to get a good farmer on the Indian farm then an Indian reservation and Grandpa was chosen.

At the time of the John D. Lee trouble, sixteen children were sent to them to care for until relatives could be located for them. They were brought by government officers. They were taken care of as their own. They farmed the Indian reservation one year tinder Church management, then the government hired Grandpa Beck for two years. They moved to the home in the lane in 1859.

Grandma was very busy, she used to spin and did her own coloring with rabbit brush. She made candles and soap. She was everything a mother could be and very good neighbors to new emigrants, They were not public people, but always set a good example.

They always paid their donations and tithing. The tithing was sent with the boys as it was harvested. They felt that was a good way to teach the gospel. Although their people tried to discourage them when they came to Utah, yet they never forgot them. A large box was sent to them, groceries, clothing and a new stove. Father remembered it and everything was appreciated.

Grandma suffered from a stroke for several years and died 13th December, 1872. As children we remember Grandpa as being kind-hearted and we all enjoyed the reunions. We were welcome to apples and I believe he grew every kind.

- Written by Mrs. Hannah Beck Creer 
Family links: 
  Joseph Ellison Beck (1810 - 1903)*
  Thomas Harrison Beck (1836 - 1910)*
  Anna Lucilla Beck Snell (1838 - 1918)*
  Alfred Roger Milner Beck (1839 - 1921)*
  Margaret Francena Beck Murray (1841 - 1920)*
  Rebecca Rocena Beck Berry (1842 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Spanish Fork interment list says she was born in Reckless, Burlington, New Jersey. Today it is Chesterfield Township, Burlington County, named for Joseph Reckless who owned the
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
Spanish Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 01.12 .06
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Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: May 11, 2005
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