HILL CEMETERY, COLUMBIA TENNESSEE BECKENBACH,
Peter, 15 Sep 1836 - 13 Feb 1878. " Father. ". (Altenbach, Baden, Germany
native; h/o Elizabeth Altmeyer, mar. 16 Oct 1859 in Davidson Co. Nashville, Tn.,
she died 17 Jun 1895; arrived in New York 15 Aug 1854.) Block 'D'
married Elizabeth Altmeyer 16 Oct 1859 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
She was the daughter of Christian and Katarina Altmeyer and was born 16 Oct 1838
in Birkenfeld, Germany. She died 17 Jun 1895, probably in Paducha, Kentucky.
On 15 August 1854, Peter, age 18, arrived in New York aboard the ship, American
Congress, an American Clipper-Ship, having first traveled from Germany to
London, England. He may have met his brother in New York and they traveled
together to Nashville or his brother was already in Nashville and he joined him
there. Whichever it was, Peter met and went to work for his future
father-in-law, Christian Aultmeyer, making shoes and boots. Both Peter and
Christian are listed on the 1860 census of Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
as shoe makers.
By 1863 both the Altmeyer and Beckenbach families had moved to Columbia, Maury
County, Tennessee, about 50 miles southwest of Nashville. Here they continued
their trade of shoe making and all except the oldest of Peter and Elizabeth's
children were born.
15 Sep 1836 - 18 Feb ?. Wife of Peter Beckenback Ref: Maury Co. Tn. Cemeteries
by Fred Hawkins.
Note: Peter Beckenbach (my great-grandfather) only had one wife but she
remarried and moved to Kentucky after his death. I've never been able to find
where she is buried and it never crossed my mind that her sons might have
returned her to Rose Hill. Her second marriage was a disaster and it is even
rumored in the family that her sons may have had something to do with "getting
rid" of her second husband. Family records say that she died in 1895. Her full
name was Elizabeth Aultmeyer Beckenbach Thompson. Is there any other clue that
you might know about that would verify that this is her? Suzy & Rob. Is this
grave next to Peter Beckenbach.) From
Suzy and Rob. Compiled and sent here by Mary Bob McClain Richardson,
11 Nov 2012.