Beck Ancestry

Wilhelm (William) Edward BECK Sr. William was born on 4 Apr 1841 in Wertenberg, Germany and died of stomach cancer on 17 Feb 1913 in McCook County, SD. He married Romana BURKERT in 1862 in IL. (1)

Romana (Romona) BURKERT Romana was born on 21 May 1837 in Germany and died after a lengthy illness on 22 Feb 1908 in McCook County, SD. Romana immigrated from Germany in 1860 (1)

William and Romana BECK are buried in the St Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Minnehaha County, SD.


  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) BECK  Lizzie was born in Rockford, IL, on 15 May 1862 and died on 14 Sep 1910, at the age of 47, in McCook County, SD. She is buried in the St Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Minnehaha County, SD. (1)
  2. Henry F. BECK, Sr Henry was born on 27 Apr 1865 in Rockford, IL, and died on 25 Mar 1958 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, SD. Henry married Eva G, ROST (1) Henry and Eva are buried in Saint Michaels Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, SD.
  3. William Edward BECK Jr. William was born on 3 Jan 1866 in Rockford, IL, and died on 15 Dec 1938 at the age of 72 years. He is buried in the St Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Minnehaha County, SD. (1)
  4. Mary BECK  Mary was born in in Rockford, IL, in 1868 and died in 1937. She married Christopher Adolph STALTING. (1)
  5. Anna (Annie)Marie BECK Anna was born on 14 Jun 1874 and died on 6 Jul 1965 in Sious Falls, SD. She married Herman Julius STALTING in January 1895. Anna is buried in the Canistota Cemetery, Canistota, SD. Anna and Herman were members of the St Joseph's Catholic Church. They had one son, Earl Stalting. (1,2)

Chris Stalting, Henry Beck, Henry Beck Jr, Beck;s son-in-law

Chris STALTING, Henry BECK, Henry BECK Jr, Henry's son-in-law


  1. Anna Wigent, May 2004.
  2. Obituary, Annie Stalting, Canistota Clipper, July 1965
  3. CANISTOTA Our Heritage and History (1884 - 1984), published in 1984 by The Canistota Clipper, Wendell Anderson, Owner, Canistota, SD.


William BECK came to America in 1862, first going to Chicago and then to Rockford, IL. In 1872 he moved his family to Waterloo, IA. In 1878 he moved again to Spring Valley Twp, McCook County, SD. "William had a large herd of cattle, but the deep snows and blizzards of 1880 just about cleaned them out. With his progressive spirit he recuperated from the bad winter He was a man of strict integrity, affable, and gentle" (1)

In 1894, A group of settlers from the Wellington Township, formed a committee to erect a Catholic Church in the Western Wellington Township. William BECK was a member of that committee. He was also one of the first trustees of the church. Lizzy BECK donated the crucifix which stands in the church cemetery. In 1937, Chris STALTING donated 40 acres to the Wellington Parish for the purpose of the u[keep of the cemetery. (3)

The Dakota Territory was the name of the northernmost part of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States It became an incorporated territory on March 2 1861, and divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889. At times, the territory of Dakota Territory included parts of present-day Montana and Wyoming, the territory was reduced in 1863 to the present boundaries of the Dakotas.

The territorial capital was Yankton from 1861 until 1883, when it was moved to Bismarck. The admission of the two Dakotas, rather than one Dakota, was the result of Republican control of the Congress who wanted two new states, rather than one, who favored Republican candidates and would add to their heft in the Senate and the House.


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