Johann Jacob Beckenbach




Johann Jacob Beckenbach

 Johann Jakob Beckenbach, the son of Johann George Beckenbach and Anna Katharina Sauer was born 18 Jun 1797 in Altenbach, Germany.  His wife’s name was Margarita. 

Children of Johann Beckenbach and Margarita were:

1.  Catherine Beckenbach, born in Baden, Germany; died in Baden, Germany.

2.  Phillip Beckenbach, born in Baden, Germany; died in Baden, Germany.

3.  Johann Nicolas Beckenbach, born 1832 in Senbach, Baden, Germany; died 01 Jan 1886 in Kansas City, MO, USA.  Nicolas came to the United States three years before his brother, Peter, arriving on 5 August 1851 from Antwerp, Belgium aboard the ship, Mayflower.  Whether he was still in New York when his brother arrived three years later or whether he had already settled in Nashville, Tennessee isn’t known.  However, he married Louisa E. Huth in Nashville in 1860.  She was born Jul 1838 in Prussia, and died 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Sometime after the birth of their three children, Louise, Adolph Otto and Nicolas Frederick, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Nicolas opened as grocery store.  Their home was above the store.  Nicolas died in Kansas City 01 January 1886 and Louisa died in 1904.  They are both buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

4.  Johann George Beckenbach, born 02 Mar 1834 in Baden, Germany; died in Baden, Germany.  It was his descendants that my sister, Madelene Lenann Beckenbach, my father, Edwin Ford Beckenbach, and I visited with in 1967 when we went to Germany.  In 1924, George’s grandson, Jacob, wrote to his cousin, Peter J. Beckenbach.  The letter paints an interesting picture of Germany following World War I.

“Your dear letter of June 4 was received with much joy.  I am certainly very thankful.  Above all things I should like to tell you my relationship to you.  The father of my mother, John George Beckenbach, is the brother of your dear father, Peter.  Your dear father often wrote to us after settling in America, up until his death.  Since that time we did not hear anything from you.  Your father also sent his photograph, presenting him in his appearance of later years.  We still have this photo.  All of the brothers and sisters of your father, who remained here in the old country, have died.  The last sister died during the world war.  Some of the children of John Beckenbach are still living.  The girls are all married, excepting one, the youngest.  Then there are still two brothers, the oldest and the youngest, both of whom are located here.  We still have a picture in our possession of the entire Beckenbach family that shows your father and your mother, father holding the youngest boy by his hand, and mother holding the hand of the daughter.  Then there is yet a picture we have which shows the two oldest boys and yet another which shows the two youngest, one of whom must be you.  These pictures must be from the seventies, am I right?

“We hope that you have a better living in America, than we here.  During the late war many of our relatives died the death of heroes on the field of battle.  For example, alone from the family of John George Beckenbach, seven fell in battle.  Since 1918, we Germans have become a very poor people.  Our money is worth nothing.  A week’s wages is not nearly enough to buy even the most necessary articles of food.  We cannot even think of buying any clothing or shoes.  We just simply have to get along with the wearing apparel we have.  Even the greater factories, manufacturers of important necessities, close down sometimes indefinitely and consequently we laborers are without work or pay.  I am employed at the Automobile Factory of Benz & Co. but we have been idle much of our time.  These are the terrible consequences of the war.  The old homestead of your father at Altenbach has gone over into the possession of other people since the widow of John George Beckenbach, because of crop failures, could not pay the taxes on the property any longer.  The place was sold at public auction.  Since that time the children all are living here in Mannheim, on the River Rhine, an industrial city of about 300,000 inhabitants.

“Now, dear cousin, please inform me as to your life, if you are married or not, and if you have any children or not.  We certainly are interested in you and your well being.  Above all, I am very glad that we again have re-established connections, by receiving your letter.  Please inform all of your brothers and sisters and give them my address.  I shall be glad to write to them, if it is desired.

“Jacob Beckenbach, Mannheim, Waldhof, Stellbergstrasze No. 8, Baden, Deutschland.”

     5.  Peter Beckenbach, born 15 Sep 1836 in Altenbach, Baden, Germany; died 13 Feb 1878 in Columbia, Maury, Tennessee.  He is the subject of the next generation.



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