George Beck

This information is contributed by A ggg grandaughter.

George BECK, born 1762 in Pennsylvania, served in the Continental Army in NC, some of service on Yadkin River. Shown in Roster of NC Revolutionary Soldiers, published 1932 by DAR, pp 198-225. He was the son of Davault/Debolt/Daywalt Beck and Catherine ? Beck. They arrived in Philadelphia from Germany on the Phoenix in 1750, settling in Rowan County, NC in 1768. Davault's children were: Jacob, Philip, George, John, Moserine and Catherine.

George BECK took his wife, Elizabeth Claver Beck, and children John and George, Jr. and Andrew to Howard Twp., Washington Co., IN in 1807 where he built the first grist mill in Indiana Territory. He liked to tell about the American Revolution stating, no British bullet could hit him, and they never did. In every engagement he was in, he was always found in the thickest of the fight, and came out unscratched. One occasion the patriots and the British occupied different sides of the Yadkin River, in the Old North State, and George Beck concluded he must capture a prisoner. Pickets were posted by each army along the banks of the stream, and Beck's comrades endeavored to dissuade him from the rash attempt, but to no purpose. He got a canoe, and with some assistance they carried it some distance up the river and launched it. Beck floated gently down the stream in the darkness until he had passed the outlying pickets when he slowly drew near the shore, and landed among some underbrush. Fastening his canoe he stole stealthily up the bank, when he halted, and presently a sentinel passed within a few feet of him making his rounds to see that 'all was well.' As he passed, Beck arose and with a club felled him on the spot, tied and gagged him took him to the canoe and carried him to the American lines. (Printed in the History of Washington County, Indiana records.)

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