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  • ID: I9164
  • Name: Joseph Ellison BECK
  • Given Name: Joseph Ellison
  • Surname: BECK
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 041168789FD9D4119D63EB989C4D76366A3F
  • _FSFTID: KWNR-17N
  • Change Date: 31 DEC 2000
  • Note:
    Beck, Joseph Ellison, a veteran Elder of the Spanish Fork Ward, Utah co., Utah, was born May 31, 1810, in the State of Pennsylvania, the son of James Beck and Mary Beck. He was raised as a Pennsylvanian farmer and joined the Church in 1847. In Pennsylvania he married Hannah Forsyth (daughter of John Forsyth and Margaret Hodson) who bore her husband seven children. Emigrating to Utah in 1850 Bro. Beck located temporarily in Salt Lake City and resided there till 1852, when he moved to Spanish Fork, Utah co., where he resided until the time of his death. In 1858 at the time of the "move" he furnished two teams for moving purposes, and he and his son, John F., went to Salt Lake City and helped to move the saints into Utah Valley. Joseph was ordained to the different offices in the Priesthood and held the office of a High Priest at the time of his demise. His first wife having died, he married Margaret Robins (daughter of Isaac Robins and Margaret Robins) who became the mother of eight children. Elder Beck took part in the so-called Walker Indian war in 1853 and also in the Tintic war a few years later. During the Black Hawk war he did considerable military service as a guard. Bro. Beck was always energetic in performing his duties as a member of the Church and as a citizen of the community in which he resided. His main avocation in life was that of a farmer. He died Oct. 12, 1903, at Spanish Fork, Utah.

    Beck, Joseph Ellison, 1849, NA, NA, Roster found in Heart Throbs of the West, Volume 10, Pages 441-472

    In 1854 farm reservations were opened for the benefit of the Indians. Among them, the Spanish Fork Reservation, including nearly 13,000 acres. Early in the spring of 1854 the Utes sent "Bowlegs," an Indian, with fourteen head of stolen cattle to the Spanish band, and sued for peace. Soon afterward, Petetneet, the chief of the Spanish band, went down with four lodges and camped in the fort; shortly after, his entire band returned to its former camping ground on the creek. This place (Spanish Fork) was the permanent home of Peteetneet and his band when the Whites came to this country. It was their hunting grounds. By council of Governor Young, the people of Palmyra built Peteetneet a house, and it was this band that was afterwards settled on the Spanish Fork Indian Farm or Reservation by the government. Governor Young was superintendent over Indian Affairs in Utah. Spanish Fork Indian Farm having been established, Joseph Ellison Beck, a pioneer of 1850 living in Spanish Fork, was chosen to superintend the Indian Farm Reserve located three miles west of Spanish Fork. He served one year in this capacity under church supervision, and then the United States Government took over the farm. Mr. Beck was retained as superintendent for some time under Doctor Garland Hurt of Kentucky, Indian agent for Utah. Doctor Hurt arrived in Salt Lake in 1855. He was a medical doctor. He lived with Joseph E. Beck and his family while a two story adobe house was built to be used as a trading post where supplies were kept. Beck then moved his family to this house on the Reservation which became known as the Indian Trading Post. The Reservation took part of what is known as Leland and followed the west side of the Spanish Fork River into Lake Shore. The Indians were thickly settled there, and in making new roads, skeletons, beads, and all sorts of trinkets were found just north of where the agency home stood. Provisions were hauled from Salt Lake City and stored in the upstairs, and Mr. Beck then sold, traded, or rationed them out to the Indians.
    By the treaty of 1854, made by Governor Young, the Indians were given titles to certain lands. A promise was also made that the pioneer settlers would help the Indians with food, in breaking up the land, and would teach them the art of farming. Men were called by church authorities as they had been called for immigration, to come to this reserve and teach the Indians how to farm. They plowed the land, built log huts, and built ditches and canals for irrigation. It was no easy task for the settlers to feed the Indians and to teach them to work, in fact, it proved to be a great hardship. Pioneer men from surrounding localities such as Provo, Springville, Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson, Benjamin, and Spring Lake, were called to help farm the Reserve, and in 1859, 2,500 bushels of wheat were raised.
    Pioneer John F. Beck told that the white boys and Indians would practice shooting with their bows and arrows placing a marker up against the mud wall. The Indian boys always proved to be the "Best Shot." Superintendent Joseph E. Beck related a story of the trouble with the Indians in the south. Soldiers were sent from Fort Douglas to drive the Indians away. A friend of Doctor Hurt from Springville learned of their coming and carried the news to the agency house. Doctor Hurt went to the upstairs window and gave an Indian war-whoop and the Indians were soon on the job. He ordered them to flee to the west mountains and to stay in hiding until he gave further instructions. It was not long before they were all out of sight, and when the soldiers appeared, Doctor Hurt gave them the understanding that these Indian were peaceable, and that they were very friendly with the white people. He begged of them to return to Salt Lake and to make no disturbance. They remained two days and then went back. Doctor Hurt had informed the chief of the Indians to watch for him on his white horse and this would be a signal of peace and would mean they would be safe and could return. When the soldiers left, Doctor Hurt mounted his white horse and rode toward the west mountain and soon the Indians were back again on their own camping grounds.
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  • Birth: 31 MAY 1810 in New Hanover, Burlington, New Jersey
  • Death: 13 OCT 1903 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
  • Burial: 15 OCT 1903 Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
  • Ancestral File #: 1C31-R6



    Father: James BECK b: 23 OCT 1777 in Hanover, Burlington, New Jersey
    Mother: Hannah ANTRAM b: 18 AUG 1781 in Mansfield Twp, Monmouth, New Jersey

    Marriage 1 Hannah Hodson FORSYTHE b: 4 MAR 1817 in Recklesstown, Burlington, New Jersey
    • Married: 17 DEC 1835 in Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey
    Children
    1. Has No Children Rebecca Rocena BECK b: 25 DEC 1842 in Freehold Twp, Monmouth, New Jersey
    2. Has No Children John Foresyth BECK b: 12 MAY 1844 in Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey
    3. Has Children Anna Lucilla BECK b: 21 JUL 1838 in Monmouth, Monmouth, New Jersey
    4. Has No Children Thomas Harrison BECK b: 1 OCT 1836 in Burlington County, New Jersey
    5. Has No Children Joseph Ellison BECK b: 12 JAN 1846 in Burlington County, New Jersey
    6. Has No Children Alfred Roger Milton BECK b: 28 NOV 1839 in Freehold Twp, Monmouth, New Jersey
    7. Has No Children Margaret Francena BECK b: 12 JAN 1841 in Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Ancestral File (R)
      Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)pyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
      Name: Footnotepyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliographypyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
      Repository:
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

      Repository:
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
    2. Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported on 21 Oct 2003
      Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Cory Stimpson , http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GED&db=:1876585&id=I32958. Created on 21 Jan 2002. Imported on 21 Oct 2003./worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GED&db=:1876585&id=I32958. Created on 21 Jan 2002. Imported on 21 Oct 2003.
      Name: Footnote/worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GED&db=:1876585&id=I32958. Created on 21 Jan 2002. Imported on 21 Oct 2003.
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography/worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GED&db=:1876585&id=I32958. Created on 21 Jan 2002. Imported on 21 Oct 2003.
    3. Abbrev: LDS Historical database by Vern Taylor
      Title: LDS Historical database compiled by Vern Taylor Dec 2003
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ldshistorical&id=I1
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ldshistorical&id=I1
      Name: Footnote
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ldshistorical&id=I1
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ldshistorical&id=I1
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