The Becraft Family of Morehouse

by Joanne Murray

Part 2 of 2

			 
5) Nancy Becraft, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Becraft, was born 22 
January 1828 in Schoharie Co., NY and died 19 September 1847. She was baptized 1 
February 1828 in the Schoharie Reformed Church. Nancy married about 1846 in 
Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY John S. Houghtaling. He was born about 1830 in NY. 
John and Nancy had one child, Peter Houghtaling, b. about 1847. Nancy seems to 
have died in childbirth or shortly after at the age of 19 years, 4 months and 3 
days. She is buried in the Mountain Home Road Cemetery, Morehouse, NY. In 1850, 
John was living in Morehouse in the home of Havilla Winchell and their 2-year-old 
son was living with Nancy’s brother, Frederick. It is assumed that Peter died 
shortly after the census was taken. Neither John nor Peter appears on a Morehouse 
census after 1850.

6) John Becraft, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Becraft was born 27 October 
1829 in Schoharie Co., NY and died October 1908 in Oneida Co., NY. He married 
Almira (Unknown). She was born April 1831 in New York. John was baptized 20 December 
1829 in the Schoharie Reformed Church. He moved with his parents to Morehouse, 
Hamilton County in 1840 at the age of 11. In 1850, John was single and living in 
Morehouse with his sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Adoniram Tucker. By 
1860, he had married Almira and they were living in Wilmurt, Herkimer Co., NY where 
they were keepers of a boarding house. Most of their lodgers were employed cutting 
logs for Hinkley & Ballou. By 1870, John and Almira had moved to Utica, Oneida 
County, where they continued to live until at least 1900. John worked as a porter 
and as a shipping clerk. John’s sister, Catherine, may have lived with them for a 
while after the death of her husband. Almira was a witness to Catherine’s identity 
when Catherine applied for a widow’s pension. The same address on Lansing Street, 
Utica, was given for both of them. 

      Children of John and Almira (Unknown) Becraft:
        6.1  Nettie (Mary E.) Becraft, b. 1859 in New York and died before 1900. 
             She was living with her parents and employed as a clerk and a sewing 
             machine operator in 1880.
        6.2  Harlan B. Becraft, b. March 1863 in New York and died 7 August 1955 
             in Miami County, Indiana. He Married 1st, 30 March 1886 in State 
             Bridge, NY, Mary E. Gilbert. She was born October 1862 in New York. 
             He married 2nd, Mary Unknown. She was born 1873 in Indiana and died 
             23 April 1955 in Miami Co., Indiana. In 1880, at the age of 17, 
             Harlan was still single and living with his parents in Utica, Oneida 
             Co., NY. At that time, he was employed as a tailor. In 1886, Harlan 
             and Mary were married at the home of the bride by Rev. M. Wells. It 
             was a double wedding; Mary’s sister, Katie J. was married to Frank J. 
             Kretz on the same day, at the same place. After the wedding, Harlan 
             and Mary lived in Utica where Harlan worked as a teamster, and then 
             as a life insurance agent. Sometime between 1891 and 1900, they moved 
             to Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY. Mary can be found on the 1910 Syracuse 
             census with her three children. Her marital status is “married”, but 
             Harlan is not listed in the household. Between 1900 and 1920 Harlan 
             moved to Howard County, Indiana. In 1920 he was living there with his 
             2nd wife and was a hotelkeeper. In 1930, Harlan and Mary still lived 
             in Center Township, Kokomo City, Howard Co., Indiana. Harlan was 
             employed as a newspaper salesman and Mary lodged boarders at their 
             home. 
             
                   Children of Harlan B. and Mary E. (Gilbert) Becraft:
                     6.2.a  Gilbert H. Becraft, b. April 1895 in NY. In 1920 he 
                            was single, living with his sister and brother-in-law 
                            in Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY and employed as a foreman 
                            for the railroad.
                     6.2.b  Emily V. Becraft, b. March 1892 in NY. She married 
                            Otto W. Rothenburg. He was born 1889 in Massachusetts. 
                            In 1920 they were living on Gertrude St. in Syracuse, 
                            Onondaga Co., NY where Otto was employed at a bakery.
                     6.2.c  Vivien E. Becraft
                     
        6.3  H. Abbie Becraft, b. April 1873 in New York. She lived with her 
             parents in Utica, Oneida Co., NY where she was employed as a 
             bookkeeper in 1900.

7)  Peter H. Becraft, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Becraft, was born 23 
March 1832 in Schoharie County, New York and died 11 April 1893. He married 1st, 
about 1860, Irelia (Unknown). She was born about 1832 in New York. He married 2nd, 
between 1872 and 1878, Louise Bouquin. She was born about 1847 “at sea” to Francis 
and Justine Bouquin. Peter was baptized 9 June 1832 in the Schoharie Reformed 
Church, Schoharie Co., New York. He was about 8 years old when his family moved 
to Morehouse, Hamilton County, NY. In 1850 he was living in Morehouse with his 
brother Jacob’s family. In 1860 he was listed on the Morehouse census as head of 
household. He was 26, single, and employed as a carpenter. His mother and a nephew, 
Elias, were living with him. By 1870 Peter was married to Irelia. They had three 
sons, and one more on the way. The family was living in the town of Kirkland (P.O. 
Clinton) in Oneida County, NY. Peter owned real estate worth $2,000.00 and still 
listed Carpenter as his occupation. Irelia may have died after the birth of their 
fourth son and Peter married, for his second wife, Louise Bouquin. Her parents had 
come from France or Switzerland and had settled in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY by 
1850. Louise had apparently been born at sea on the journey to America. In 1870, 
Louise’s sister, Sophia, was living in the home of William Becraft, Peter’s brother. 
In 1880, her sister Adel (Della) lived with Peter and Louise.
      By 1880, Peter had married Louise and they had a son together. They were 
living in Utica, Oneida County, New York where most of this family would stay for 
the next several decades. Peter continued in the occupation of Carpenter and was 
listed as such in the Utica directories of 1887 through 1891. He died in 1893 and 
was buried in Clinton, Oneida Co., NY. Louise was still living in Utica as a widow 
in 1930.

      Children of Peter and Irelia (Unknown) Becraft:
        7.1  Louis Henry Becraft, b. 3 April 1861 in New York and died 18 April 
             1931 in Clearfield, Davis, Utah. He married 1st, 6 October 1890 in 
             Utica, Oneida Co., NY, Estella A. Philpott. She was born November 
             1867 in NY and died 19 June 1912 in Ogden, Weber, Utah. He married 
             2nd, between 1912 and 1920, Charlotte Cunningham. She was born about 
             1887 in California. Sometime between 1890 and 1893, Louis and Estella 
             moved to Ogden, Weber Co., Utah where they had two sons. In 1900 Louis 
             was employed as a dealer in bicycles and in 1910 as a proprietor of a 
             paper shop. After Estella’s death, Louis married Charlotte and they 
             moved to Clearfield, Davis Co., Utah. In 1920 Louis gave his occupation 
             as farmer. Four years later, Louis and Charlotte had a daughter together. 
             In 1930 they still lived in Clearfield and Louis was employed as a state 
             highway worker. Although Louise Bouquin Becraft was not Louis’s 
             biological mother, it is apparent that he considered her his mother 
             as he listed his mother’s place of birth as “at sea” on the 1900, 1920 
             and 1930 census.
             
                   Children of Louis Henry and Estella A. (Philpott) Becraft: 
                     7.1.a  Chester A. Becraft, b. 25 December 1893 in Ogden, 
                            Weber, Utah. He married in 1914, Ella B. She was born 
                            24 August 1892 in Utah and died March 1962. In 1920, 
                            they lived in Huntsville, Weber, Utah and had one son. 
                            Chester was employed as an auto mechanic.
                     7.1.b  Louis H. Becraft, b. 11 December 1896 in Ogden, Weber, 
                            Utah. He married Dottie. She was born 1889 in Utah. 
                            In 1920 they lived in Ogden, and had one daughter. 
                            Louis was employed as a locomotive driver for the 
                            railroad.
                            
                   Child of Louis Henry and Charlotte (Cunningham) Becraft:
                     7.1.c  Geraldine Becraft, b. 1924 in <Clearfield, Davis> Utah.
  
        7.2  Leonard Becraft, b. 1865 in New York. Leonard was listed as a mechanic 
             on Oswego St. in the 1887 to 1890 Utica directories.
        7.3  George Becraft, b. March 1868 in New York. He married 1st in 1890 
             Adeline Hughes. She was born in March 1870 in NY. He married 2nd, 
             Christina. She was born 1870 in NY. George had 7 children, the first 
             five were definitely with Adeline, and all 7 may have been. George and 
             his family lived in Utica, Oneida Co., NY. The 1888 directory gives 
             his occupation as fish pole maker, but in 1891 he was listed as a 
             carpenter. In each census year from 1900 to 1930, his occupation was 
             house carpenter. 
                   Children of George and Adeline (Hughes) Becraft:
                     7.3.a  Ruth Becraft, b. June 1891 in <Utica, Oneida Co.> NY
                     7.3.b  Earl Becraft, b. 8 January 1894 in <Utica, Oneida> NY 
                            and died April 1966 New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY. He 
                            married after 1930 Mildred. She was born 10 November 
                            1905 and died December 1981 in New Hartford, Oneida, NY
                     7.3.c  Pearl Becraft, b. January 1899 in <Utica, Oneida> NY.
                     7.3.d  Clifford Becraft, b. 1903 in <Utica, Oneida> NY and 
                            died 29 August 1981. He married 1st, 1926 Evelyn Mary 
                            Cavanaugh (or McKenaugh). She died in 1969. He married 
                            2nd, Mildred M. (Smith) Wegelin. She died 28 December 
                            1981. In 1930 Clifford and Evelyn lived in Utica where 
                            he worked as a clerk for a gas & electric company. At 
                            that time, they had 2 daughters.
                     7.3.e  Floyd Becraft, b. 3 March 1904 in <Utica, Oneida> NY 
                            and died January 1881 in Orange Co., California. He 
                            married in 1926 Marion C. She was born 27 January 1907 
                            in NY and died 15 December 1965 in Orange Co., 
                            California. In 1930 they lived in Utica, Oneida, NY 
                            and had one son. Floyd was employed as a house carpenter.
                     7.3.f  Grant Becraft, b. 4 October 1905 in  
                            NY and died February 1991. He married in 1929, Mary. 
                            She was born 1904 in NY. In 1930 they lived in Utica 
                            where Grant worked as a salesman of meats and Mary 
                            worked as a stenographer in a law office. At that time, 
                            they had no children.
                     7.3.g  Clinton Becraft, b. 13 October 1907 in <Utica, Oneida> 
                            NY and died July 1970. He married Thelma. In 1930, 
                            Clinton was a private in the U.S. Army stationed at 
                            Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY.
                            
        7.4  Frank Becraft was born February 1872 in NY. He married in 1896, Emma 
             J. Glover. She was born in March 1874 in NY to Edwin and Eliza E. 
             Glover. Frank and Emma made their home on Oswego St. in Utica, Oneida 
             Co., NY where he worked for at least 30 years as a fishing rod 
             manufacturer. Emma worked as a shipping clerk until her children 
             were born. 

                   Children of Frank and Emma J. (Glover) Becraft:
                     7.4.a Harold G. Becraft, b. 15 August 1901 in <Utica, Oneida> 
                            NY and died September 1980 in Utica, Oneida Co., NY. 
                            He married Jessie V. She was born in 1901 in NY.
                     7.4.b  Marion R. Becraft, b. 1909 in <Utica, Oneida> NY

      Children of Peter and Louise (Bouquin) Becraft:
 
        7.5  William Becraft, b. February 1879 in Utica, Oneida County, New York. 
             In both 1900 and 1910 William was single and living in his mother’s 
             home in Utica. He was employed as a plumber. In 1920, he was 36, still 
             single and living at his mother’s home and employed as an attendant 
             at an asylum.
        7.6  Frederick Becraft, born 7 August 1880 in Utica, Oneida County, New 
             York and died 15 February 1943. He is buried in New Forest Cemetery 
             in Utica. He married in 1901, Jessie B. Thrasher. She was born 7 August 
             1884 in Utica, Oneida Co., NY to William and Margaret (Weatherill) 
             Thrasher. In 1900, the year their first child was born, Fred was working 
             as a tinsmith and living with his mother in Utica. In 1910, Fred and 
             Jessie were renting a house on Schuyler St. in Utica. Fred was working 
             as a laborer in a coal yard. Only two children were living with them, 
             but Jessie reported that she had given birth to 6 children with 5 still 
             living in 1910. By 1920 Frederick was again living with his mother and 
             gave his marital status as single. He was working as a janitor in an 
             apartment building. In 1930, Jessie was living in Utica on Varick St. 
             She reports having married for the first time when she was 17 years 
             old. No children were living with her. In both the 1920 and 1930 
             censuses children who were most likely the children of Fred and Jessie 
             were listed as living in the House of Good Shepherd, an orphanage in 
             Utica.
             
                   Children of Frederick and Jessie B. (Thrasher) Becraft:
                     7.6.a  Leonard J. Becraft, b. 13 January 1900 and died 20 
                            November 1946. He is buried in New Forest Cemetery 
                            in Utica, Oneida Co., NY. In 1920 he was living with 
                            his grandmother, Louise (Bouquin) Becraft in Utica.
                     7.6.b  Edward Becraft, b. 1903 in NY. He was listed on the 
                            1910 census with his parents.
                     7.6.c  Louise Becraft, b. 1906 in NY. She was listed on the 
                            1910 census with her parents.
                     7.6.d  Jessie Becraft, b. 1911 in NY. Listed on the 1920 
                            census in the House of Good Shepherd, age 9
                     7.6.e  Frank Becraft, b. 29 May 1912 Oneida Co., NY and died 
                            6 October 1912 in Oneida Co., NY. Buried in New Forest 
                            Cemetery, Utica; on the Weatherill lot. Fred and Jessie 
                            are listed as parents.
                     7.6.f  Mertle Becraft, b. 1914 in NY. Listed on the 1920 
                            census in the House of Good Shepherd, age 6
                     7.6.g  William Becraft, b. 22 December 1915 and died 24 
                            October 1921. Buried in New Forest Cemetery, Utica, 
                            NY. Fred and Jessie are listed as parents.
                     7.6.h  Infant Becraft, b. and died 23 October 1917. Buried 
                            in New Forest Cemetery, Utica. Fred and Jessie are 
                            listed as parents.
                     7.6.i  Evelyn Becraft, b. 1920 NY. Listed on the 1930 census 
                            at the House of Good Shepherd, age 10.
                     7.6.j  Isabelle Elizabeth Becraft, b. 2 June 1922 in Utica, 
                            Oneida, NY and died 12 April 1992 in Utica, Oneida, 
                            NY. She married 13 October 1939 Francis Patrick Lyman. 
                            Isabelle was listed on the 1930 census in the House of 
                            Good Shepherd, age 7
                     7.6.k  Lillian Becraft, b. 1929 in NY. Listed on the 1930 
                            census in the House of Good Shepherd, age 9 months.

        7.7  Henry Becraft was born March 1884 in Utica, Oneida, NY. In 1900, Henry 
             was 16, single and living with his mother, Louise, in Utica. He was 
             employed as a laborer in a mill. In 1910 and 1920, he was still single 
             and still living with his mother. In 1920 worked as a plumber in a 
             shop. In 1930, Henry was listed as head of household. He worked in 
             the kitchen of a private club. His widowed mother lived with him. 
        7.8  Arthur Becraft was born May 1888 in Utica, Oneida, NY and died before 
             1930. He married, in 1911, Rosetta E. She was born 7 August 1889 in 
             NY and died September 1969 in Utica, Oneida Co., NY. By 1920, Arthur 
             and Rosetta were living in Utica where he was working as a house 
             carpenter. At that time, they had one son. In 1930, Rosetta, a widow, 
             was living in Brookfield, Madison Co., NY with her youngest son. She 
             was working as a housekeeper for a private family. 
                   Children of Arthur and Rosetta Becraft:
                     7.8.a  Kenneth Becraft, b. 26 August 1912 and died 25 September 
                            1997 in Brookfield, Madison Co., NY. He married Belva. 
                            She was born 16 December 1913 and died August 1978.
                     7.8.b  Alvin F. Becraft, b. 1921 in NY

8)  William Becraft, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Miller) Becraft was born 23 
December 1833 in Schoharie County, New York and died 27 July 1909. He married, 
in 1855, Christina E. (Unknown). She was born August 1836 in New York to German 
born parents and she died 11 November 1912. 
      William, youngest child of Peter and Elizabeth, was baptized at the Schoharie
Reformed Church on 8 February 1834. Seven years later, he moved with his parents 
to Morehouseville, Hamilton Co., NY. At 16, he was living in Norway, Herkimer Co., 
as a laborer. When he was 22, he married 19 year old, Catherine. In 1860 they lived 
in the boarding house of Philip and Harriet James in Wilmurt, Oneida Co., NY. By 
1870, they were keeping a boarding house themselves in New Hartford, Oneida County. 
Their daughter was just 2 years old. Eleven of the tenants were employed in a 
cotton factory. William’s mother, “Betsey”, was also listed as living with them. 
By 1880, William had turned to farming and the family had moved to Ohio, Herkimer 
Co., NY. In 1891, William was listed in the Utica directory as the postmaster at 
a boarding house. The 1900 census shows the family in New Hanford, Oneida Co., NY. 
William was engaged in farming. Christina reports having given birth to two 
children with only one still living. Their daughter and her family were living 
with William and Christina. William died in 1909 and Christina in 1912. They are 
both buried in New Forest Cemetery in Utica, Oneida Co., NY.

      Child of William and Christina Becraft:
        8.1  Ada O. Becraft was born August 1867 in New York and died 25 September 
             1956. She married in 1889, Leon D. Dexter. He was born March 1869 in 
             New York to William F. and Cynthia Dexter. He died 23 January 1932. 
             They are buried in New Forest cemetery, Utica, Oneida Co., NY. Leon 
             and Ada O. (Becraft) Dexter had 3 children. One of the children died 
             as an infant and is buried in New Forest Cemetery.


Sources for Becraft Family Biography

1)  Francis Becraft - Declaration for pension (Revolutionary War)
2)  Catherine (Becraft) Tucker - Declaration for widow’s pension (Civil War)
3)  Jacob H. Becraft - Declaration for invalid pension (Civil War)
4)  Francis Freeman Becraft - Declaration for invalid pension (Civil War)
5)  Claud Becraft - Application for reimbursement - Pensioner, Francis F. Becraft
6)  Schoharie Reformed Church Records, Schoharie Co., NY
7)  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie Co., NY
8)  Vital Records, 1849-1851, Hamilton County
9)  Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY property records; read by Mr. Yates
10) American Civil War Records, New York: Report of the Adjutant-General (NY Roster), pub. 1894-1906
11) Marriage certificate of Wall Foust and Ella Becraft
12) Marriage certificate of Chester Faust and Laura Faust
13) Eaton County Births; online Eaton County MIGenWeb
14) Wisconsin Vital Records death index
15) Marshall County. Indiana 1873-1919 marriage certificates; online listing Marshall county INGenWeb
16) California Death Records
17) California Birth Records
18) Social Security Death Index
19) New Forest Cemetery listing, Utica, Oneida Co., NY online Oneida County NYGenWeb
20) Morehouse Mountain Home Road Cemetery listing; read by Elaine Scantlebury, April 2000
21) Hart Family Cemetery listing, Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY; listing by Lisa Slaski and Elaine Scantlebury
22) Tree Talks - Central New York Genealogical Society Magazine, Syracuse, NY; cr 1968
23) Roman Citizen Marriages 1886; Rome, Oneida Co., NY; paper dated Fri. 9 April 1886
24) Rome Sentinel Deaths - 1908; paper dated 31 October 1908
25) Oneida County Obits; 1981, 1985, 1993, and 2000; Oneida county NYGenWeb
26) Obits; www.rootsweb.com 
27) Deaths in the town of Kirkland - 1893 - Oneida County, NY; Oneida county NYGenWeb
28) Hamilton County News; 16 August 1979 edition (reprint of older news)
29) Utica, Oneida County, NY Directories; 1887 to 1891
30) Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY Directories; 1887 to 1890
31) The History of Hamilton County, Ted Aber and Stella King; CR 1965, Great Wilderness Books, Lake Pleasant, NY
32) “Morehouse Past and Present 1835 - 1992”, by Town Historian, Carol Ford
33) Tales from the Adirondack Foothills, Howard Thomas; cr 1971 Prospect Books; Prospect, NY (pg 107)
34) Family histories from descendants of Elijah Becraft; Mr. And Mrs. Faust, Ms. Kean, and Ms. Sutton
35) Family history from a descendant of Jacob Becraft; Mr. And Mrs. Yates
36) 1890 special veterans schedule; Utica, Oneida, NY
37) New York State Censuses: 1892 and 1905, Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY
38) Federal Censuses:
1790 Rensselaerville, Albany, NY
1810 to 1850 Schoharie, Schoharie, NY
1850 to 1910 Morehouse, Hamilton, NY
1860 Brooklyn, Kings, NY
1920 Wolcott, Wayne, NY
1910 Pendleton, Niagara, NY
1920 Wheatfield, Niagara, NY
1930 Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY
1930 Brookfield, Madison, NY
1910 German Flatts, Herkimer, NY
1850 Norway, Herkimer, NY
1860 Wilmurt, Herkimer, NY
1880 Ohio, Herkimer, NY
1870 Clay, Onondaga, NY
1900 Salina, Onondaga, NY
1900 to 1930 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
1870 New Hartford, Oneida, NY
1870 Kirkland, Oneida, NY
1880 Paris, Oneida, NY
1900 New Hanford, Oneida, NY
1870 to 1930 Utica, Oneida, NY
1850 Chatham, Tioga, PA
1860 and 1880 Green Lake, Green Lake, WI
1900 Mackford, Green Lake, WI
1920 Montello, Marquette, WI
1900 Georgetown, Price, WI
1900 Kennan, Price, WI
1910 Catawba, Price, WI
1930 Fort Winnebago, Columbia, WI
1920 Chicago, Cook, ILL
1920 Rock Island, Rock Island, ILL
1930 Cambridge, Saline, Missouri
1920 Bremen, German, Marshall, Indiana
1930 Center, Kokomo, Howard, Indiana
1900 to 1920 Ogden, Weber, Utah
1920 Huntsville, Weber, Utah
1920 and 1930 Clearfield, Davis, Utah
1870 to 1930 Bellevue, Eaton, MI
1870 and 1880 Vermontville, Eaton, MI
1920 and 1930 Kalamo, Eaton, MI
1910 and 1920 Turlock, Stanislaus, CA
1920 Modesto, Stanislaus, CA
1920, Brooklyn, Oakland City, Alameda, CA
1930 Oakland, Alameda, CA

 

Last Updated: Sunday, 27-Sep-2009 18:44:34 PDT
Copyright © 2003:  Joanne Murray