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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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James K. Beck, a substantial farmer and stock dealer of Lawrence County Mo., was born in Arkansas April 1, 1848, and is a son of Dr. Daniel and Elmina (Fogleman) Beck, both of whom were natives of North Carolina, of German and German-English descent, respectively. James K. Beck was reared on his father’s farm, and early engaged in farming on his own account. Although he started in life with but little property, he has by industry and good management accumulated much. He and his brother, L. L. Beck, together own 1,000 acres of the best land of Lawrence County, over half of which is under a fine state of cultivation; and besides tilling the soil, they are extensively engaged in raising cattle and other stock. In 1874 James K. Beck was married, in Lawrence County, to Laura S. Anderson, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Colley) Anderson, pioneer settlers of Lawrence County. Mrs. Beck is a native of the county, and was born in 1857. Both Mr. Beck and his wife are consistent Christians, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They are the parents of six children: Gertrude F., Wilson D., Thomas K., Katie E., Elizabeth R. and John (deceased.) Mr. Beck contributes liberally to the support of churches, schools and all other enterprises that tend to the upbuilding of the community.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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