(2) Jan Juriaensen Becker, born about 1630 in Holland, died after 1694 and before 16 December 1697 in New Netherlands (New York State); married about 1660 Marie Adriaensen (Adrians), born about 1630, died before 1694.
Jan was initially a clerk in Fort Casimir (New Anstel) on the Delaware River. A wild youth, he was tried before the Burgomaster of New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1660 and fined 300 guilders for selling liquor to the Indians. He proved the Fort's commandant also sold liquor and his fine was dismissed. He later became a schoolteacher, but again got in trouble for liquor selling at Greenbush, Rensselaerswyck, New York. They moved to Beverwyck (Albany) before 1664 where he spent the final years of his life. He eventually became the City Treasurer and an Alderman. His will was dated 31 August 1694, and administered 16 December 1697. They had three children, including:
(3) Johannes Becker, Jr., born 3 June 1663 in New Amsterdam or Rensselaerswyck, New York, died about 1712 at Bethlehem (south of Albany) on the Van Rensselaer Manor estates; married 17 December 1684 at Albany Reformed Church, Anna Van Der Zee, born 16 June 1665 in Albany, New York, died 19 December 1739 in Albany, New York, daughter of Storm Albertse Van Der Zee and Hilletje Gerritse Lansing. They had 10 children, including:
(4) Pieter Becker, born in Rensselaerswyck (near Albany), New York, baptized 26 September 1708 in Albany Reformed Church; married first on 7 February 1733 at Albany Reformed Church, Sara Slingerland, baptized 21 July 1700 at Albany Reformed Church, died before November 1739, daughter of Arent Slingerland and Geertruy Van Voust. He married second on 24 November 1739, as a widower, at Schoharie Reformed Church, Annatie Vedder, baptized 21 June 1713 at Albany Reformed Church. He had three children by first wife, and three by his second wife, including:
(5) Johannes Peter Becker, born about 1742; married 19 August 1765, both from Schoharie at the Schenectady Reformed Church, Margariet Ecker, possibly the daughter of Niclaas Ecker and Catharina Schert (Scheid) named Maria Margaretha who was baptized 10 November 1742 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Johannes Peter lived in Duanesburgh, Schoharie Co., New York. He is in the 1790 census of Duanesburgh. They had three children, including:
(6) Niclaas Becker, born 27 November 1770, baptized 31(?) November 1770 at Schoharie Reformed Church, died 9 August 1839 (DAR bible 19:17). His gravestone in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery says "died 9 Aug 183? ae 68yrs. 8mo. 23days." He married Jane (Jean) Ferguson born about 1775 in Edinburgh, Scotland, died 25 July 1841 (DAR bible 19:17). Her gravestone in Cobleskill says that she died at age 65 on 26 July 1841. Niclaas Becker and Jane Furgeson lived at Duanesburg, Schenectady Co., and moved to Cobleskill, Schoharie County, about 1823. They had six children, including:
(7) John Becker,
a farmer, born 26 May 1797, baptized 10 July 1797 at Schenectady Reformed
Church, died 19 June 1862 (DAR bible 19:17) in Parish, Oswego Co., New
York; married Janet (Jane)
born about 1804 in Rennselaer Co., New York, died January 1862 in Parish,
Oswego Co., New York. In the 1855 census for the town of Parish,
Oswego Co., New York, John Becker is listed as being of age 59, born in
Schenectady County, and a resident of Parish for 28 years; Jane, wife,
51, born Rensselaer Co., resident 28 years. According to the 1850
federal census, a 19 year old female named Catharine Ristoes, born in Germany,
resided with the family.
According to the History of Oswego County, published in 1877 by L.H. Everts, the first grist mill was erected, with three run of stones, in 1828 by Paul Allen and John Becker, on the north branch of Salmon Creek, in the present village ofParish. In 1872 it was destroyed by fire, and in its place the larger mill owned by Robertson & Co. was erected, at a cost of $18,000. At the time of publication there had never been any other grist mills in the town.
John Becker was elected town clerk at the first town meeting, held the first Tuesday of May 1828, at the Parishville schoolhouse. He was also elected sealer of weights and measures.
In the winter of 1840-1841, after a "powerful revival of religion" it was thought desirable to build a church edifice during the coming season. After several meetings, a subscription was drawn up, payable to John Becker, in consideration that he should erect the church and give the land on which to build it, which he did. The church was erected in 1841, and in October of that year it was dedicated. Rev. Ralph Robinson was the preacher and Rev. Mr. Van Alstyne offered the dedicatory prayer. The church was used by Congregationalists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans for many years alternately until 1869, when it was taken over by the Methodists. When the History of Oswego County was published, it was still the only church edifice ever built in the town. The Methodists rededicated the structure on 8 December 1876, Rev. B. I. Ives preacher. Its original cost was $1,800, and in 1870 it was repaired at a cost of $1,800 more. The renovated structure accommodated 300 people. On Sunday, 17 December 1899, after the janitor built a fire and went home for breakfast, a fire broke out and the original church burned. Many confused citizens thought that fire alarms were the church bells calling them to services.
The first Sunday school formed in the town of Parish was about the year 1830. John Becker was one of the first superintendants, and held the position most of the time until his death in 1862.
John Becker was Supervisor of the town of Parish in 1860 and 1861.
John and Jane are buried with their daughter Harriet in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, town of Parish, Oswego County. Also buried there are Mary Jane Becker & her husband Merwin Avery, with their two daughters Emma Velmer Potter and Hattie M. Jenkins, widow of Charles H. Brown. Nearby lie Merwin's parents William and Jemima Avery, and her mother, Jemima, widow of Richard Ford.
Courtesy of volunteer Merry Gantley
Becker Family Monument in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, Oswego Co., New York.
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NOTE: Thanks to Lawrence Rickard for supplying this line of Becker ancestry. If you have information on 18th- or 19th-century Beckers of New York State, please email him for inclusion in his upcoming publication on the family.