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Ancestor & Colateral Ancestors of David J Griffiths


2560. Famliy Beck

The Becks of Parish of Mullaghbrack , County Armargh

We move now to the next ingredient of our identity.
Our Ancestry takes us right to the heart of our identity,
who we are!
By definition our ancestry is concerned with our family
names, our sense of place and our line of descent, the very
things that makes us who we are.
The line of descent of the Beck Family takes us back over 300
years in Armagh to the 1600's
We can trace our ancestors from father to son, from John Beck
who is listed in Muster Rolls, and Hearthmoney Rolls of 1664
to his son, Adam Beck's will of 14th March 1669,(NA Ref. T2710 Doc ID:4882) through to James Beck of Naseby to his descendants, us.
John and his brothers came out from England to Northern
Ireland with English troops, tradition has it that one of the
brothers was killed and buried in Dromore.
The English army was headquartered in County Down in 1595.
One of the other brothers was John Beck of Mullaghbrack in
the Barony of O'Nielan ( Lower Few). John had two sons Adam
and John.
Adam is our ancestor, from his will we see that he lived in
the townland of Belimacally, parish of Mullaghbrack. He
instructs in his will, that his body be buried in the Paric
yard near his father's grave in the church yard at
Mullaghbrack parish church. His son was named Robert and his
wife's name was Margaret. He had a bondsman by the name of
Alex Watt, the bond was for 5 more or less. His brother was
John Beck of Lisburn.
Robert, son of Adam, a farmer lived at Mecantrin
Mullaghbrack. From his will we know that he had three sons,
Robert, Adam & William. William emigrated to USA for his
health. Robert, a farmer of Mecantrim, did not appear to
have married.
Adam married Jane, 5 children known, one was Thomas, farmer
of Mecantrim married Mary. Their son William b 1776 a farmer
of Drumlack parish of Mullaghbrack married Elizabeth. William
besides farming, was a horse dealer. One of his children,
also William, was also a horse dealer but of Richhill parish
of Kilmore. Born 1815 married Ann Fallon in 1848, their son
Adam, b 1849 was a policeman in Christchurch. In 1876 he
married Mary Stokes in the Durham St Weslyan Church, then in
1889 Married Naoni Wolton. Adam was a cousin to our James
Beck of Naseby.
James' father was Charles, mother Margaret Proctor. They
lived in Richhill where Charles was a labourer.
Richhill is in the next parish to Mullaghbrack.
For well over 400 years there has been Beck in the parish of
Mullaghbrack, in the townlands of Bellimacally, Mecantrim,
Drumlack etc and later the town of Richhill, Kilmore parish,
this is our Ancestral Place.
James married Eliza Jane at Richhill, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland,
in the parish of Kilmore county Armagh.
Ann, George and William were born, George died, Thomas and
Margaret were born.
The six of them set sail in the Jessie Osborne to N Z. In
1876 they arrive in Lyttelton. Settle in Naseby. Charles and
Margaret are born. Ann Marries John Peter Bush and Margaret
marries David Edward Griffiths.
So our line continues.