Sitka Cemetery Headstones for Becker
BECKER. CAROLINE ... 25 MAY 1844 - 16 AUG 1918.
BECKER. DANIEL SR. 19 DEC 1844 - 7 JUL 1914.
BECKER. JACOB SON OF DANIEL AND CAROLINE BECKER 18 FEB 1871 - 14 MAR 1871.
BECKER. FREDERICK 30 APR 1836 - 16 JUN 1903.
BECKER. JACOB K. ... 1849 - 1936.
BECKER. JOHANN. HOLZHAUSEN KREIS, GLADENBACK, HESSEN-DARMSTADT 2 FEB 1822 - 20 DEC 1892.
BECKER. JOHN (ED) ... 1882 - 1962.
BECKER. LIZZIE WIFE FREDERICH BECKER. 14 OCT 1872 - 20 AUG 1892 AGE 19 Y. 10 MO. 6 D.
BECKER. ELLANORA E. 24 SEP 1907 -4 AUG 1908
BECKER. ALBERT D. 1 JAN 1913- 1 APR 1913.
BECKER. ALBERT. 1903 - 1904.
BECKER. EDWARD. SON OF FREDRICH & ELIZABETH BECKER. 6 JAN 1898.
BECKER. EMMA. DAUGHTER OF FREDRICH & ELIZABETH BECKER. 23 NOV 1879 -15 APR 1887.
BECKER. ELIZ. FREDERICHS WIFE. 12 MAR 1799? -7 NOV 1883.
The four Beckers listed below were important to my family. Jacob K. Becker married my great grandmother's older sister Margaret (Gratia) Fickeisen. They settled on a farm near Sitka Church and Cemetery on Rt. 26 and raised two sons. The one son, also here buried, who went by the name "Ed Becker," assumed the upkeep of the farm as years went on.
Jacob K. Becker (1849 -1936)
The obituary of Jacob K. Becker states: "Jacob Becker, aged 87 years,
retired farmer of Lawrence Township died at his home at Sitka early Monday
morning [of 26 Sep 1936]. Death was due to infirmities. Mr. Becker was
a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Becker. He was born on November
united in marriage with Miss Margaret Fickeisen on January 8, 1875 and
she died 11 years ago. Mr. Becker had worked in the old Cow Run oil field
in his earlier life and had spent his entire life in that neighborhood.
He retired from his farming activities
Margaret (Fickeisen) Becker (1851 - 1925)
The obituary of Margaret Fickeisen Becker states: "Mrs. Margaret Becker, aged 74 years, wife of Jacob E. Becker, of Sitka, died at her home on Friday evening at 7 o'clock. Death was due to complications. She had been in declining health for several months. She was seriously ill for only a week. Mrs. Becker was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Fickeisen, of Fearing township She was born at Syracuse, N. Y., on March 16, 1851, and when a child came with her parents to Washington county. On January 14, 1875, she was united in marriage with Jacob K. Becker, and for the past fifty years the couple has made their home on the farm where she died. Since the age of 14 years, she had been a member of the German Lutheran church at Sitka. Besides her husband, Mrs. Becker is survived by a son, John Edward Becker, who lives at the Becker homestead. Three grand-children, the son and daughters of Jacob D. Becker, who died four years ago, are Elmer Becker, and Misses Wanda and Oma Becker, of Reno. Four brothers and four sisters also survive. They are Charles Fickeisen and John Fickeisen, of Whipple; Jacob Fickeisen and Mrs. Eva Noe, of Marietta; Daniel Fickeisen and Mrs. Anna Biehl, of Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Catherine Miller, of Luebeck, W. Va.; and Mrs. Carrie Scheffler, of Galion. Funeral services will be held at Sitka on Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in the churchyard.
As a point of human interest, my mother remembers that Margaretha was the last person mentioned by my great grandmother Eva, her younger sister, just before Eva died. It was as if she was there at the bedside. "Gratia! Oh, Gratia." Eva said like a child. Then she sang in German and was gone. My mother also remembers that Margaretha was kicked in the head by a cow when her boys were teens, and it was surmised that it led to her loss of memory and infirmaties of old age. Mom remembers she used to sit in the rocker and twist the buttons on her dress.
Johann Eduard Becker (29 Jan 1882 - 25 Mar 1962)
Youngest son of Jacob K. and Margaretha Fickeisen Becker, assumed the family homestead as years went on. Family lore has it that he had two wives, the second one being Cora Giles.
Wondering how much family lore was still lurking untapped in my 94 year old mother's memories, I called Lorene and asked her if she would mind telling me a story about Ed Becker. This is what I got.
She told me that the Beckers had no kids, but that they loved kids. She said that Ed was a jolly person. He was "always a singin' a song," and he also played the banjo. Then I asked her if she knew a story about the way things used to be. She said that one time when she was about 12, she and her grandmother went out to the Becker farm and Ed was stacking hay in to small stacks with little caps called "hay doodles." She remembers being able to jump over these hay doodles without knocking their tops off. She remembers that Ed was impressed with that. She said that Ed's second wife was a mormon from Utah that finally decided to stay with him.
Matilda R. Becker (1882 - 1933)
This was the first wife of Ed Becker. There is some confusion about her name. I have it listed as Raeuber, but family lore has the name as Schreiver. In fact, Ed's brother Jacob, not buried here, may have married Tillie's sister.