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John T. Beckett

John T. Beckett has been a resident of Clayton county from the time of his nativity and owns and resides upon the fine old homestead farm, in Clayton township, which figures as the place of his birth and which under his energetic and judicious management has been made one of the well improved and valuable landed estates of the county.

Mr. Beckett is a scion of staunch English stock in both the paternal and maternal lines and was born in Clayton on the 25th of December, 1863, when he became a right welcome Christmas arrival in the home of his parents, Peter B. and Charlotte A. (Wayman) Beckett, both natives of England. He whose name introduces this article was the fourth in order of birth in a family of four sons, of whom three are living. Peter B. Beckett was born on the 25th of October, 1821, and was reared and educated in his native land, where his marriage was solemnized. In 1852 he came with his young wife to the United States and they passed the first year in the state of Ohio. They then established their residence at Decatur, Illinois, where Mr. Beckett entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, in the service of which he continued until 1854, when he removed to Beloit, Wisconsin, where for a short interval he was engaged in the manufacturing of brick, after which he was for two years a representative of agricultural enterprise in that vicinity. During the ensuing year he was engaged in farming in Boone county, Illinois, and he then, about the year 1858, came to Clayton county, Iowa, where he turned his attention to the butchering business, of which he was a pioneer exponent and with which he continued his identification for a few years. He then purchased a tract of land in section 34, Clayton township, where he reclaimed and developed a productive farm and where both he and his wife passed the remainder of their long and useful lives—sterling citizens to whom came a merited prosperity and the greater reward of the confidence and good will of the community in which they long maintained their home. Mrs. Beckett was summoned to eternal rest in 1894 and her venerable husband passed away in 1901, their remains resting side by side in the cemetery at Clayton. Both were reared in the faith of the Church of England and their lives were guided and governed by the Christian principles which they thus professed.

John T. Beckett was reared to adult age on the farm which he now owns and operates, and in the meanwhile he gained due reinforcement for the battle of life by attending the common schools of the locality in which he gained the education that proved ample foundation for the broader and more practical discipline that has come to him through association with men and affairs in later years. Shortly after attaining to his legal majority he rented the old homestead farm, and later he purchased the property, which comprises one hundred and fifty-six acres and upon which he has made many excellent improvements of permanent order. This is one of the good farms of the county and it has been the stage of his well ordered activities during his entire adult career, the while he is known as a progressive and successful representative of agricultural and live-stock industry in his native county as well as a loyal and steadfast citizen who is well upholding the honors of the name which he bears.

He is now serving his second term in the office of township trustee, was treasurer of his school district for some time, and is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party. He is affiliated with Oakleaf Camp, No. 2875, Modern Woodmen of America, at Clayton, in which he has passed various official chairs, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Christian Science church.

In the year 1892 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Beckett to Miss Caroline Allen, who likewise was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of Hans and Anna (Olson) Allen, both of whom were born in Norway, whence they came with their parents to the United States when young. Mr. Allen became one of the substantial farmers and highly esteemed citizens of Clayton county and here his death occurred in 1896, his wife still surviving him. Mr. and Mrs. Beckett have two children: Leslie, who is now employed at Elkader, the county seat, and Veva A., who is attending the McGregor high school.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 32-33

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