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Jeremiah L. Becker obituary

contributed by Anne LaMont

November 19, 1886
(The Middleburgh News)

     Another honored and study pioneer of Henry county, expired at Cambridge Monday morning, November 9th, at 2 o'clock a.m.
     Jeremiah L. Becker was born in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, New York, October 7th, 1812, and was consequently 84 years, 1 month and 9 days old at the time of his death. Mr. Becker was united in marriage Oct. 31, 1831, with Ann Eliza Lawyer of Schoharie county, N. Y. he removed to the west in 1856 and settled in Andover township. Thence he removed to Weller township, where he lived during the greater part of his active life in Illinois. Mr. Becker retired from farming fifteen years ago and came to Cambridge. For several years he has been in failing health. His wife died six years ago. Mr. Becker was noted for his probility of character, kind and generous heart as well as his unswerving patriotism. he was a successful business manager, a good citizen and devoted husband and father.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Becker were born eleven children, six of whom are still living: Mrs. Elizabeth Wilber, of Cambridge, Ill.; Mrs. Anna Hunter, of Munson, Ill.; Jacob, of Kearny, Neb.; Catherine L. Carpenter, of Middleburgh; Jerry, of Utah; and George B., of Cambridge. One daughter, Mrs. John Cook, died in Middleburgh, N. Y., some twenty years ago; Harrison died at Columbia, Kan., twenty-five years ago; Mrs. Helen Price died at Cambridge, Ill., about fifteen years ago; Cassius died at Weller Ill., in 1865 after his return from the army, and Harmon, who died several years ago.
     The funeral was attended at the family residence at 10 o'clock Wednesday, Nov. 11th, rev. William Wallace preaching an impressive and interesting sermon. the afflicted family have the sincere sympathy of all in their bereavement. - From an Illinois paper.

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