FAMILY OF
JOHN BECKETT & CATHERINE DREW BECKETT

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CATHERINE DREW 1862-1931
The photo above is from a tin type taken in the late 1870's.  It was not labelled but is almost certainly Catherine Drew at about age 16.
CATHERINE DREW'S YOUTH & BACKGROUND

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JOHN BECKETT'S YOUTH AND BACKGROUND

John Beckett's father was Samuel Beckett.  Samuel decends from the Beckett family which immigrated from Ireland in the 1820's or earlier.  Further detailed information regarding John and his ancestry is in the possession 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 parents to Kentucky when an infant, and there grew to manhood. In 1818 he and family moved to Daviess County, Ind., where he afterward became the possessor of 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 reaching his majority he began working for himself, and after laboring several months as 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, which he 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. and Eliza A.

His wife, who was a member of the Catholic Church, died in 1876, and two 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 PUBLISHING COMPANY, CHICAGO
DAVIESS COUNTY, IN. BARR TOWNSHIP PAGE 810



 
COURTSHIP & MARRIAGE OF JOHN AND CATHERINE

Although Catherine Drew was a first generation Irish American and a staunch Catholic, tradition is that John Beckett was not Roman Catholic.  The tradition is that they were married [about 1882] in the "Antioch Church" in Daviess County, Indiana.  It is not certain whether this was an Orthodox Catholic or a protestant congregation.


 
THE 1880 CENSUS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW BECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
This needs to be checked since the date of their marriage is not certain and MAY have been pre 1880
Name Age Relationship Occupation Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Beckett, John . Husband . Indiana Indiana Indiana
Beckett, Catherine . Wife . Indiana Ireland New York
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THE 1890 CENSUS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW BECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
Name Age Relationship Occupation Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Beckett, John . Husband . Indiana Indiana Indiana
Beckett, Catherine . Wife . Indiana Ireland New York
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CATHERINE TAKES IN HER ORPHANED BROTHER
James H. Drew
In 1890, Catherine's father, James Drew died leaving two sons at home with their widowed mother, Theresa A. Drew.  In his last will and testament, James left a horse to his son, George Bernard Drew, age 20, "provided he should 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 same time to John Beckett, was extremely dutiful and helpful to her mother and little brother and took her mother in to care for her during hard times.  Two years later, her mother,Theresa, also died, leaving "Harry" an orphan at age 12.  Catherine and John Beckett then took "Harry" into their own home and raised him along with their own sons.  Harry must have thrived under their care, as he graduated from the Barr Township school system with very high grades and left Daviess County to attend Indiana Teachers College (which later became Valparaiso University.)  Harry continued to do well in his schooling and earned his teacher's certificate.  In addition, he attended law school and became an attorney.  His real talents, however, were in business, and he became very successful in the brass foundry business.  As far as we know, he never practiced law nor used his teaching degree.  We do know that he was always very grateful to his sister, Catherine, and spoke fondly and frequently about her.


 
THE 1900 CENSUS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW BECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
Name Age Relationship Occupation Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Beckett, John . Husband . Indiana Indiana Indiana
Beckett, Catherine . Wife . Indiana Ireland New York
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THE 1910 CENSUS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD OF
JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW BECKETT
[Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana]
Name Age Relationship Occupation Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Beckett, John . Husband . Indiana Indiana Indiana
Beckett, Catherine . Wife . Indiana Ireland New York
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SUMMARY OF CHILDREN OF JOHN BECKETT AND CATHERINE DREW
 
FRANCIS ("FRANK") BECKETT Many descendants!  One line is: Francis >>Austin>>HerbSr.>>HerbJr.
AUSTIN BECKETT
CHARLES BECKETT Was deputy Sheriff of Daviess County in the early 1920's 
JOHN M. BECKETT Many descendants.  Lived in Indianapolis for a time.  Buried in Arizona
GLADYS BECKETT  Career schoolteacher in Elnora, Indiana.  Descendants?

Additional information to follow [from Beckett family archives.]

 

 
LATER YEARS
Letters written by James "Harry" Drew's mother-in-law, Katie Greenen, to Harry's wife, Blanche Greenen Drew, in 1911 and 1912, mention that Catherine Beckett was visiting Harry and his family in Indianapolis, and how glad she 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 this time.

 
CATHERINE'S DEATH

Information to follow from the Beckett family archives.

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


 
JOHN'S DEATH

Information to follow from the Beckett family archives



 

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