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Page content last modified: January 11, 2009, corrected Elisha's place of birth from New York to East Haddam, Middlesex Co, CT (based on the Vital Records of East Haddam 1743-1857, Barbour Collection, page 154: Vol. LR7, page 5).
May 27, 2007, added approximate dates of death for Mary Beckwith Carpenter and Jesse K. Carpenter, 1860 through 1880 census transcriptions.
June 3, 2006, added information on the death of Lorenzo Dow Beckwith.


Elisha Beckwith
Son of: Elisha Beckwith
Abigail Willey
b: Jul 24, 1764 East Haddam, Middlesex Co, CT
m: Feb 26, 1795 Hancock, Worchester Co, NY
d: Oct 5, 1846 Pharsalia, Chenango Co, NY

Some researchers refer to this man as Elisha Huntley Beckwith, but we have found no, no, no! evidence that his name was anything more than Elisha Beckwith.  This mythical name appears to have originated from unsupported entries on and continues to be proliferated on the Internet.

Published Notice of Probate
Will & Probate Documents

Mary (Polly) Walker
Dau. of: James Walker
b: 1780 New York
m: Feb 26, 1795 Hancock, Worchester Co, NY
d: aft June 1, 1850

The biography of son Emory Walker Beckwith stated that Mary died in Hancock County, Illinois. According to the 1850 Census, she was living there in the home of her son, John.  John and family had left Hancock County by the time of the 1860 Census.  Mary was probably buried at the Hadley Cemetery in Fountain Green Township, but most of the tombstones there have been destroyed so we have no physical evidence.

Elisha and Mary's Children


Philura Beckwith
b: 1795-1796 New York
m: bef Sept 1808 (probably)

Spouse: Joseph H. Borden
Son of:
b: 1781 New York

Census Records 1840 and 1850

Joseph H. Borden was born about 1781 in Madison Co, New York, a son of Joshua and Elizabeth Pierce Borden, according to "Record of the Borden Family: A Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Rich and Joan Borden", "who arrived in Portsmouth [Rhode Island] in 1638". The author was Hattie Borden Weld, 1040 W. 36th St., Los Angeles, California. The preface is dated July 1, 1899.

It must be noted that Mrs. Weld reported that Joseph died in 1806, but then listed children born to Joseph and Philura between 1808 and 1833. (Perhaps the entry was simply a misprint.)

In addition, Mrs. Weld stated Philura's birth date as Apr 12, 1788.  This would indicate that Mary Walker was not Philura's mother, a circumstance not substantiated by any evidence Beckwith researchers have located.  However, we cannot ignore this piece of data, because the 1840 census listing for the household of Joseph "Bordon" of Oxford Township, Chenango County, New York, contains an entry for a female aged between 50 and 59 (ergo born between 1781 and 1790).

When the will of Philura's father was probated in 1846, Philura was named as the 'wife of Joseph Borden residing in oxford Chenango Co'.

Philura's age in the 1850 Federal Census is in conflict with the birth year of 1788.  Jos. H., 56, and "Lura" Borden, 55, were in the home of John B. Borden, reported by Mrs. Weld as their son.

Elisha Huntley Beckwith
b: Mar 9, 1797 New York
m: ca. 1825 in New York
d: Sep 6, 1843 Hancock Co, IL
burial: Hadley Cemetery, Hancock Co, IL

Although he was named as Huntley H. in the probate documents related to his father's will, his tombstone reads Elisha Huntly Beckwith.  To descendants who remained in Hancock County, he was known as Elisha Huntley Beckwith.  These descendants became aware of Hadley Cemetery, long abandoned, despoiled by time and livestock, when a distant cousin from California inquired about it in the 1960s.  It was at this time that they found the physical confirmation of the final resting place of their great-great-grandfather.

Abigail Huntley, was the maiden name of Elisha Huntley Beckwith's great-grandmother.

Mary (Polly) Beckwith
b: ca. 1799 New York
d: btw 1870 and 1880 Lime Creek Twp,
Washington Co, IA (probably)

Spouse: Jesse Knight Carpenter
Son of:
b: ca. 1795 Vermont
d: aft June 1, 1880 Lime Creek Twp,
Washington Co, IA (probably)

Census Listings 1830-1880

Two children of Elhannon and Charlotte Carpenter (Mary and Jesse's son and daughter-in-law), and Charlotte's parents are buried at Wassonville Cemetery, Washington County, Iowa.

John D. Beckwith
b: Aug 3,1802 New York
d: Apr 6, 1875 Parker Co, TX
burial: City Greenwood Cemetery,
Weatherford, Parker Co, TX

We welcome the research of Mary and Julie Martin, descendants of John Beckwith and Lucretia Lank.  With their assistance we have been able to add details regarding to John and Lucretia.

Emory Walker Beckwith
b: Aug 1808 Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY
m: Mar 24, 1841 Parke Co, IN
d: Feb 15, 1895 Rushville, Schuyler Co, IL
burial: Ebenezer Cem., Schuyler Co

From the collection of
Naomi Ericson


Emily Caroline Beckwith
b: July 6, 1810 New York
d: Adair Co, MO

Spouse 1: John Beardsley
Son of:
b: 1797
m: Nov 11, 1827 New York

Spouse 2: Hart Humphrey Gleason
Son of: John Streeter Gleason
Caroline Charlotte Richardson
b: 1808 New York
m: Aug 28, 1847 Henderson Co, IL
d: mid 1855 LaHarpe, Hancock Co, IL

Spouse 3: William Smoot
Son of:
b: ca. 1816 Ohio
m: ca. Jan 21, 1851 Hancock Co, IL
Smoot Marriage License
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Census Listings


Charles Beckwith
b: May 27, 1812, Chenango Co, NY
m: ca. 1834
d: May 27, 1892 Cherokee Co, TX
burial: Jacksonville City Cemetery,
Jacksonville, Cherokee Co, TX


Millicent Beckwith
b: Aug 17, 1814 Chenango Co, NY
m: Jul 10, 1831 Chenango Co, NY
d: Jan 6, 1893 Hancock Co, IL
burial: Webster Cemetery, Webster,
Hancock Co, IL

Lorenzo Dow Beckwith
b: ca. 1818 New York
m: bef Nov 8, 1845 (probably)
d: Feb 1893 Canton, MO
burial: Webster Cemetery, Webster,
Hancock Co, IL


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