Elizabeth Maria LAUB Beck
My Adoptive 3x Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Maria Laub was born on June 2, 1797, in Darmstadt, Germany. She arrived in New York, New York, on August 1, 1832, at the age of 33. The ship she traveled on was called the Anne and Emilie; she boarded in Bremen, Germany and disembarked in New York, New York, United States. She is listed on the passenger manifest as a servant. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 for Elisabeth Laub
From New York she traveled to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. She had four sons and one daughter with Nicholas Beck between 1834 and 1844. Leonard Rhinehart Beck (1834-1905), Peter Beck (1836-1923), Nicholas Beck (1838-1930), Adam Beck (1840-1929) [my 2nd great grandfather], and Mary Polly Beck (1844-1924).
She is listed on these census records for Burnside Township in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania: 1860, 1870, 1880, & 1900.
A huge party was held in honor of her 100th birthday. Click the image to the right to read the article written about the event.
She died on August 6, 1900, in Burnside, Pennsylvania, at the age of 103.
It would have been a joy to attend that birthday party. My grandfather was not quite two years old when she died so he never passed down any stories about her. The fragments I’ve discovered have lead me to think she must have been an incredible woman.
I still have many unanswered questions about her. Why did she leave Germany, alone at the age of 33? Was she a servant of one of the passengers on the Anne and Emilie? Who were her parents? Did she have siblings? How did she meet Nicholas Beck? Where is she buried? Does she have a grave marker?
If you know the answers to any of my questions, I’d love for you to comment.