Seeking the origins of the family of Isaac BECKER & Elizabeth FRATTS of Schohatrie & Otsego Counties, New York (ca 1782-1850).
1. Isaac BECKER & Elizabeth FRATTS came from Schoharie County, NY, where he reportedly was born in 1782 in the township of Cobbles Kill. Around 1817-19 (when their son Alexander was a very small boy), this family reportedly moved west from Schoharie County into the township of Roseboom/Cherry Valley, in Otsego County NY. Census returns suggest they had 5-6 daughters and at least 3 sons; among these children reportedly were:
i. Alexander Hamilton BECKER, b May 1815 in Roseboom/Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY;
d 10 Jan 1881 in Hartwick or Middlefield,Otsego Co., NY
ii. Hiram BECKER
iii. Maryanne BECKER
In the 1820 US Census for Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY, is listed, very probably, this Isaac BECKER:
BECKER, Isaac: 2-1=0=0-1-0=3-0-0-1-0=0=2=
1 Male/26-44 [Isaac BECKER]
1 Female/26-44 [Mrs. Isaac BECKER, probably Elizabeth FRATTS]
2 Persons engaged in agriculture [Isaac BECKER and Eldest Son]
In the 1830 US Census for Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY, are two sequentially enumerated and probably related BECKER families:
BECKER, Nicholas: “1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0=1-1”
1 Male/30-39 [Nicholas BECKER; eldest son or younger brother of Isaac BECKER?]
1 Female/30-39 [Mrs. Nicholas BECKER]
BECKER. Isaac: “0-0-1-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0=1-1-1-2-0-0-1”
1 Male/40-49 [Isaac BECKER]
1 Female/40-49 [Mrs. Isaac BECKER, probably Elizabeth FRATTS]
In the 1840 US Census for Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, is listed the family of:
BECKER, Elizabeth -- 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0=0-0-1-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0=
1 Female/40-40 [Mrs. Elizabeth BECKER, apparently widowed]
[It would appear that Isaac BECKER has died (ca 1831-39); widowed Elizabeth BECKER is now Head of Family]
2. Isaac BECKER's son, Alexander Hamilton BECKER m. (ca 1837, NY) Rachel HOUCK
Rachel HOUCK was b. 1819, Otsego Co., NY; d 1898, Otsego Co., NY
Their childen included:
i. Isaac BECKER, b 1838, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co. NY; d 1891, Cooperstown, Otsego Co., NY
ii. John Marcus BECKER, b 1840, Cherry Valley, Otsego NY, d 1920, Hornell, Stuben Co., NY
iii. Marcus Aurelius BECKER, b 1842, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY; d 1911, Pleasant Valley, Otsego Co., NY
Any help or suggestions you are able to provide regarding the Schoharie County NY origins of this BECKER-FRAATS Family will be gratefully appreciated.
PS: Here is a 1893 biographic sketch of Isaac's grandson, Marcus Aurelius BECKER, which gives some information about Isaac BECKER & Elizabeth FRATTS. The compiler of this biographic sketch implies that Isaac BECKER and Peter BECKER are somehow related; however, I have as yet been unable to establish any connection between these two BECKER families.
From an on-line "BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW"
"This volume contains Biographical Sketches of the
Leading Citizens of Otsego County, New York." Published in 1893
1. "Marcus A. Becker was born in the town of Roseboom, March 12, 1842. He is the son of Alexander H. and Rachel (Houck) Becker, the former of whom was a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Fratts) Becker, natives of Schoharie County, N.Y., who came from there to Otsego county when Alexander was a very small boy. They settled in the town of Roseboom (then Cherry Valley) and there spent the remainder of their lives. A fuller narration of the Becker family is presented in connection with a biographical sketch of Peter Becker of Cooperstown, N.Y. Alexander H. Becker died in the town of Hartwick, when in his sixty-seventh year, and while on a visit. His wife died at the home of her son Marcus. She and her husband were the parents of three children, all of whom are yet living.
Marcus A. Becker remained home until he was about fifteen years old, and then entered a store in Cherry Valley to learn the tinsmith's trade. He continued to work at this trade and to attend to other business of a commercial character until he married, which event occured January 14, 1863. The maiden name of his wife was Edith Pearson, and she was born in the same town as our subject, June 19, 1842. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Keeling) Pearson, the former of whom was a son of John and Rebecca (Lewis) Pearson, Sr., born in England, and came to the United States when a young man, settling in the Mohawk Valley, when he met and married Rebecca Lewis, who was born in the Mohawk Valley. In an early day they removed to Otsego County, and lived here until they died, he at the age of seventy six, and she at the age of eighty. They were the parents of four children. John Pearson Jr. died near where the subject of our sketch now resides, age eighty-six years. John and Mary Pearson were the parents of eight children, five of whom are yet living. Mary Keeling was born in Staffordshire, England, and when about sixteen years old came with her parents to the United States. They settled in Otsego County, and there spent the rest of their lives. She was the daughter of Isaac and Helen (Ratcliff) Keeling, both of whom were born in Staffordshire, England. They died in Otsego County, he at the age of eighty-five and she at the age of sixty-seven. The Keeling family, as also the Pearsons, were in general engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Marcus A. Becker and his wife have four children, Viz: Vernon, born Nov. 15,1865, and married Emma Butler; Nellie, born Jan.14,1868, married D. Baldwin, and the mother of one son; John P., born July 19,1870 and Eugene, born Dec.08,1872; the two last at home. Each of these children has received a good education, and has to some extent followed the profession of teaching, Nellie graduated from the schools at Albany with high honors a short time previous to her marriage. All the members of the Becker family are possessed of intelligence and refinement, and are in all respects worthy members of society. After his marriage, Mr. Becker opened a store in Cherry Valley, and continued in that business until he was burned out two years later. He then erected a saw and carding mill, which he conducted for some time. He then went into the hotel business in the village of Westford, and also engaged in farming, which he conducted until about 1870, when he removed to his present location, where he has lived ever since. Beside farming, he deals extensively in agricultural machinery, having handled this class of goods for thirty years. Mr. Becker is a Republican in politics, and is now a Justice of the Peace. He cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. He has been a successful man in business, having made every dollar that he now possesses. He and his wife are members of the Methodest Episcopal Church and are highly respected members of the Community."
2. "Peter Becker, who is probably the oldest man now living in Otsego County, was born in the town of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York on Aug. 29, 1805. His father, Rinier Becker, was born in the same town, May 24, 1773, residing in Schaghticoke until 1824, then moving to Otsego County, and resided here until his death, Aug. 23, 1854. His father, John A. Becker, was born in Holland, Aug. 5, 1749, was there married to Sara Van Hoessen, and came to America before the Revolutionary War, settling in Schaghticote. He was a gunsmith, and followed his trade in that town until his death. Rinier Becker bought land in Schaghticoke, and engaged in farming, residing there until about 1827, when he came with his family to Otsego County, making the removal with a team. He located in Middlefield, and lived there until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Caroline Van Vachten. She was born in Schaghticoke, N.Y., and died in Middlefield.
The subject of our sketch was reared in Schaghticoke, came to Otsego County with his parents, and married here at the age of twenty-seven, in1833, to Mary Carr, who was at the time in her twentieth year. He determined to learn the trade of stone and brick mason, and worked as a journeyman a short time on the George Clark building at the head of the lake. In 1833 he removed to Cooperstown, and was there engaged in business until 1850, since which time he has lived retired from active business. He was married, Jan. 10, 1833, to Mary Carr, who was born in Hartwick, Otsego County, Aug.31, 1813. Her father, Benjamin Wheeler Carr, was born in New Haven, Conn., and his father, Robert Carr,was born in the North of Ireland, there grew to manhood, and married. He then came to America, and settled in Connecticut a few years, coming thence to Hartwick, Otsego County, being one of the early settlers of the town and county. His removal was likewise made with teams, and he followed a route indicated by "blazed" trees. There were but three houses in Cooperstown at the time of his arrival, and the surrounding country was a wilderness. For some time there was no mail nearer than Ft. Plain and people lived off the products of the land, and upon wild game which was plentiful. All the cooking was done by the fire-place, as stoves had not then come into use. The father of Mrs. Becker bought a tract of timber land, cleared a farm, and resided there until his death, Mar.13, 1850. The maiden name of his wife was Lois Tilson. She was born in Wales and came to America with her parents. She died on the home farm, Feb. 20,1837. Mr. and Mrs. Becker are members of Christ Episcopal Church. Mr. Becker cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson, and has been a Democrat ever since. He has been a man of remarkable bodily health and strength. He is in his eight-eighth year, and with the exception of slightly impaired sight and hearing, is healthy and active. They have lived together sixty long, happy years."
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