FAMILY OF
JOHN BECKETT & CATHERINEDREW BECKETT

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CATHERINEDREW 1862-1931
The photo above is from a tin type taken in thelate 1870's.  It was not labelled but is almost certainly CatherineDrew at about age 16.
CATHERINEDREW'S YOUTH & BACKGROUND

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JOHNBECKETT'S YOUTH AND BACKGROUND

John Beckett's father was Samuel Beckett.  Samuel decends fromthe Beckett family which immigrated from Ireland in the 1820's or earlier. Further detailed information regarding John and his ancestry is in thepossession of his great great grandson, Herb Beckett of Washington, Indiana [812.257.0097] and will be organized and posted in the near future.

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WILLIAM BECKETT is a son of Samuel and Mary (THORNLEY)Beckett. The father, who was born in Virginia in 1789, came with his parentsto Kentucky when an infant, and there grew to manhood. In 1818 he and familymoved to Daviess County, Ind., where he afterward became the possessorof 700 acres of excellent farming land. His death occurred during the war.The mother was born in Kentucky and died in 1839.

Our subject was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1817. After reachinghis majority he began working for himself, and after laboring several monthsas a farm hand, began hauling goods from the river towns to Daviess County.Later he located on eighty acres of land given him by his father, whichhe has increased to 560 acres.

In 1842 he wedded Mary A. GRAVES, born in 1825. They have these children:Charles T., James R., Angeline, William A., Robert, John E. andEliza A.

His wife, who was a member of the Catholic Church, died in 1876, andtwo years later he married Caroline GRAVES, who bore him two children:Mary J. and Matilda C.

Mr. Beckett is a member of the Catholic Church, and a Democrat in politics.

Data Entry Volunteer: Diana Flynn
"A HISTORY OF KNOX AND DAVIESS COUNTIES, INDIANA" 1886 GOODSPEED PUBLISHINGCOMPANY, CHICAGO
DAVIESS COUNTY, IN. BARR TOWNSHIP PAGE 810



 
COURTSHIP& MARRIAGE OF JOHN AND CATHERINE

Although Catherine Drew was a first generationIrish American and a staunch Catholic, tradition is that John Beckett wasnot Roman Catholic.  The tradition is that they were married [about1882] in the "Antioch Church" in Daviess County, Indiana.  It is notcertain whether this was an Orthodox Catholic or a protestant congregation.


 
THE 1880 CENSUS FOR THEHOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREWBECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
This needs to be checked since the date oftheir marriage is not certain and MAY have been pre 1880
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Beckett, John.Husband.IndianaIndianaIndiana
Beckett, Catherine.Wife.IndianaIrelandNew York
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THE 1890 CENSUS FOR THEHOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREWBECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Beckett, John.Husband.IndianaIndianaIndiana
Beckett, Catherine.Wife.IndianaIrelandNew York
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CATHERINETAKES IN HER ORPHANED BROTHER
James H. Drew
In 1890, Catherine's father, James Drew died leaving two sons at home withtheir widowed mother, Theresa A. Drew.  In his last will and testament,James left a horse to his son, George Bernard Drew, age 20, "provided heshould stay at home and take care of his mother."  The youngest son,James H. ("Harry") Drew was age 10 and is not mentioned in the will. The family tradition is that Catherine, who got married about this sametime to John Beckett, was extremely dutiful and helpful to her mother andlittle brother and took her mother in to care for her during hard times. Two years later, her mother,Theresa, also died, leaving "Harry" an orphanat age 12.  Catherine and John Beckett then took "Harry" into theirown home and raised him along with their own sons.  Harry must havethrived under their care, as he graduated from the Barr Township schoolsystem with very high grades and left Daviess County to attend IndianaTeachers College (which later became Valparaiso University.)  Harrycontinued to do well in his schooling and earned his teacher's certificate. In addition, he attended law school and became an attorney.  His realtalents, however, were in business, and he became very successful in thebrass foundry business.  As far as we know, he never practiced lawnor used his teaching degree.  We do know that he was always verygrateful to his sister, Catherine, and spoke fondly and frequently abouther.


 
THE 1900 CENSUS FOR THEHOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREWBECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Beckett, John.Husband.IndianaIndianaIndiana
Beckett, Catherine.Wife.IndianaIrelandNew York
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THE 1910 CENSUS FOR THEHOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREWBECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Beckett, John.Husband.IndianaIndianaIndiana
Beckett, Catherine.Wife.IndianaIrelandNew York
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SUMMARY OF CHILDREN OF JOHNBECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW
 
FRANCIS ("FRANK") BECKETTMany descendants!  One line is: Francis >>Austin>>HerbSr.>>HerbJr.
AUSTIN BECKETT
CHARLES BECKETTWas deputy Sheriff of Daviess County in the early 1920's 
JOHN M. BECKETTMany descendants.  Lived in Indianapolis for a time.  Buriedin Arizona
GLADYS BECKETT Career schoolteacher in Elnora, Indiana.  Descendants?

Additional information to follow [from Beckettfamily archives.]

 

 
LATERYEARS
Letters written by James "Harry" Drew's mother-in-law, Katie Greenen, toHarry's wife, Blanche Greenen Drew, in 1911 and 1912, mention that CatherineBeckett was visiting Harry and his family in Indianapolis, and how gladshe was that Harry was keeping in close touch with his sister, Catherine.  Tradition is that she visited often, as her own family was grown by thistime.

 
CATHERINE'SDEATH

Information to follow from the Beckett familyarchives.

Catherine died in 1931.  According to her gggrandson, Herb Beckett,both she and John are buried (with headstones) in the McCracken OddFellows Cemetery in Barr Township... a traditional Beckett family burialground.  Herb says that there also McCrackens and Drews buried there;and believes Catherine's parents may be there also.


 
JOHN'SDEATH

Information to follow from the Beckett familyarchives



 

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