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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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H. J. Beck, one of the most prominent farmers of Vineyard Township Lawrence Co., Mo., was born in Fulton County, Ark., December 22, 1842, a son of Dr. Daniel and Elmina (Fogleman) Beck, both of whom were natives of North Carolina. Dr. Daniel Beck was of German descent, and came of a long line of ancestry, whose history has been identified with American history prior to the Revolutionary War, in which the grandfather of our subject served as quartermaster. Dr. Daniel Beck and wife removed to Lawrence County, Mo at an early day, where they lived long and useful lives, leaving at their deaths a large circle of friends. Dr. Daniel Beck’s death was made more sad by the tragic manner in which he was taken off. He was a man of strong Union sentiments for which he was killed by a rebel ball, September 30,1864. Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Beck were the parents of ten children, five of whom survive. H. J. Beck was reared on his father’s farm, and upon attaining his majority engaged in farming for himself. He began with limited means, but, being industrious and a man of good habits, has been very successful, and is now the owner of 425 acres of fine land under a high state of cultivation. Besides tilling the soil, he is extensively engaged in stock dealing. Mr. Beck was married in Lawrence County, Mo., April 2, 1866, to Isabel V. Orr, a daughter of William and Jane (Adams) Orr. Mrs. Beck is a native of the county, and was born in 1843. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Beck have been born five children, viz.: Alice A., Ida M., William D., Jennie and Walter L. During the Civil War Mr. Beck served three years in the Federal army, as a member of Capt. Stott’s Company, Fifteenth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. Politically he is a stanch Republican. He is an influential citizen of the county, and has done much toward bringing it to its present prosperous state.

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