Thursday, January 13, 2011

Family Group Record for Marcus Wayland Beck Sr.

Yesterday I posted information on James W. Beck. The following family group sheet, follows this family, beginning with James' son Marcus Wayland Beck. If you are a descendant of this Beck line your emails are welcomed.

Family Group Record for Marcus Wayland (Sr.) Beck

Husband: Marcus Wayland (Sr.) Beck

Born: 28 Apr 1860 - Harris County, Georgia
Died: 21 Jan 1943 - Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia

Buried: Jackson City Cemetery, Butts County, Georgia
Father: James W. (Lt. Col.) (Rev.) Beck (1831-After 1895)
Mother: Margaret J. Willis (Wells) (1835-After 1885)
Marriage: 13 Dec 1888 Place: Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia

Appointed: Judge to Georgia Supreme Court
Appointed: Baptist Deacon, Fulton County, Georgia
Political Party: Democrat

Military Event: Spanish American War
Military: Major-US Army - 3rd GA Infantry
Religion - Baptist

Wife: Caroline (Carrie) Ellis
Born: Oct 1860 - Georgia
Died: After 1937 - Poss. Mildgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia

1 M Leroy E. Beck
Born: Jan 1890 - Georgia

2 F Martha Beck
Born: Feb 1892 - Georgia
Spouse: Lyle K. Baltherton (1885-)

3 F Rachel Beck
Born: Apr 1894 - Georgia
4 M Frank K. Beck
Born: Jan 1898 - Georgia
Died: Bef 1910 - Georgia

5 F Corporal Marcus Wayland Beck Jr.
Born: 26 Dec 1898 - Georgia
Died: 14 Jun 1918 - Chateau Thierry, France
Buried: - Jackson City Cemetery, Butts C0unty, Georgia

General Notes on Marcus Wayland Beck Sr.

Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends
Knight, Lucian Lamar
Atlanta, GA

Marcus Wayland Beck Diaries

Associate Judge of the Georgia Supreme Court and Presiding Judge

Marcus Wayland Beck was born April 28, 1860, in Harris County, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated in 1881 with an A.B. and in 1882 received an LL.D. degree. After being admitted to the bar in 1883, Beck began practicing law in Jackson County.

Beck became active in Democratic politics and served as a Georgia state senator from 1889 to 1890. After leaving the Senate, he became Solicitor General of the Flint Circuit in 1892 and in 1894 served as judge for that same circuit. In 1898, Beck resigned this position in order to join the Spanish American War. He became a major in the 3rd Georgia Infantry and served in the army of occupation in Cuba.

After the war, Beck moved to Griffin until 1905 when Governor Terrell appointed him as associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On October 1, 1917, he became the presiding judge, a position he maintained until illness forced him to retire in 1937. It is this role that Beck is most well known for his judicial opinions. He was also appointed as the first member of an advisory appellate council that consulted with both the courts and the Attorney General concerning judicial questions. During his career, Beck was also on the Board of Consulting Editors of the American and english Encyclopedia of Law and Practice.

On December 13, 1888 Beck married Caroline R. English in Marietta, Georgia and the couple had four children. He died in Milledgeville, Georgia on January 21, 1943.

Scope and Content:
The two diaries reflect Beck's day-to-day personal and judiciary activities as Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1905-1937) and as Presiding Judge (1917-1937).

Organization and Arrangement:
The collection consists of two bound diaries handwritten by Marcus W. Beck from q1899-1921 (1934). They are arranged in chronological order.

Marcus Wayland Beck

Marcus Wayland Beck, while in college, was not would be called a "boner". He seemed to attach no special importance to the matter of class standing. I do not mean to say that his answers in class were not satisfactory or that his examinations were not up to high notch; he simply regarded class honors as myth and moonshine. But to his credit I wish to say that he did more general or outside reading than any student in college. He was well-informed on all topics of the day, and was considered by the students as best authority on any question which arose for discussion.

Marcus Beck decided that he would become a lawyer, as he came back to the University after graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and in 1888 graduated with the Bachelor of Law degree. During his younger days he was attracted by politics and public affairs. He continued throughout life to be a great student, but practically all of his life was that of a jurist and not a politician. He served in the stage senate 1890-1891, as solicitor-general 1893-1894 and as Judge of the Superior Court of the Flint Circuit 1894-1898. In 1905 he was named as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia in which he served until 1937, a period of thirty-two years. During seventeen years of that time being the presiding judge.

Digital Library of Georgia; University of Georgia Online Archives; History of the University of Georgia by Thomas Walter Reed: Chapter IX-The Administrator of Chancellor-Patrick H. Mell - Pg. 1154

excerpt from Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends., Knight, Lucian Lamar, Atlanta, GA; Pg. 347
Dr. James W. Beck, a noted scholar and a gifted divine, was for years principal of the Jackson Institutute, prior to which time he was president of Bowdon College. His son, Judge Marcus W. Beck, occupies an honored seat on the Supreme Bench of Georgia, while his daughter, Mrs. Leonora Beck Ellis, has achieved fame both as an educator of Southern girls and as an author of rare gifts.

Univerty Georgia website:

Has three pages for Marcus Wayland Beck (application to UGA, saved under Documents-Beck)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Closer Look at Rev. James W. Beck

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Valerie (Johnson) Freeman
June 3, 2003, 1:58 am

Author: "Memoirs of Georgia" published in 1895 by the Southern Historical Association

Rev. James W. Beck

Rev. J. W. Beck ~ One of the most distinguished educators in the state and a learned and brilliant gentleman, is the Rev. James W. Beck, of Concord, Pike Co., Ga. He was born in Wilkes County, Ga., Oct. 23, 1831, and is one of the most noted Baptist ministers in the south. Rev. T. J. Beck (father of James W.) was born in 1805, and deprived of the advantages of an early education, succeeded by indefatigable efforts in surmounting all obstacles and preparing his talented mind for a work which has not been surpassed in the history of the church. He preached his last sermon at Richmond, Virginia in 1862, and died that year.

Rev. J. W. Beck, who in his youth accompanied his father when on the round of his ministerial duties, was educated up and down the valleys of Georgia, and attended Mercer University in 1857-8-9. His life has been identified with the cause of education and devoted to the service of the church. He was president of the Bowdon College from 1878 to 1883, and president of Jackson, Butts Co., Ga., institute from 1884 to 1890.

He entered the service of the Confederacy at the opening of the war, enlisting in Company B, Second regiment, Georgiavolunteers, as a private soldier. He was afterward elected captain of Company K, Forty-fourth Georgia regiment, and was made Major of the regiment for meritorious service on the field. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel for bravery at the battle of Gettysburg. He then commanded the 44th Georgia regiment till the end of the war, and was in battles all around Richmond, at Fredericksburg with the Second Army corps and at Chancellorsville with Jackson. He with 400 men, having 360 muskets, marched 5,641 Union prisoners take at the battle of Chancellorsville, to Richmond, Va., in one week. Rev. Beck is a royal arch Mason and for three years was state lecturer for the Farmers' alliance. He was married in 1853 to Margaret Willis in Meriwether County, by whom he has three children: Marcus W., the present judge of the Flint Circuit Court; Lenore Beck, president of the Capital Female college at Atlanta and also president of the Woman's Press association Georgia, and Walter L., business manager of the Griffin Wheel Company Chicago. All are graduates of colleges and bright in mental accomplishments.

Additional Comments:
Meriwether Co., GA Marriage Records:

Beck, James W. - Wells, Margaret J. on 18 May 1853.

Muster Roll of Company B, Second Regiment
Georgia Volunteer Infantry

Army of Northern Virginia
C. S. A.
Meriwether Co., Georgia
"Jackson Blues"
This company was also known as "Georgia Blues."
Beck, James W. - 3d Sergeant July 12, 1861. Appears last on roll for October 31, 1861

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by
Lynn Cunningham

"The Pike County Journal"
Zebulon, Ga., Tuesday, July 22, 1890
Attention 44th Ga. Regt. The surviving members of the 44th Ga. Regt. will have a reunion at Jonesboro, Clayton county, on the 24th day of July 1890. Every surviving member of this old Regiment [is] earnestly requested to be present. Gen. Phil Cook, Col. BECK, Col. Estes and several other old warriors will be there to greet old comrades. The surviving members of the 10th and 30th Ga. Regiments are cordially invited to join us on this occasion. Railroads throughout the state will carry all who wish to attend at reduced rates. Comrades, a few more years and the Last Confederate Soldier will have crossed over the River; let us therefore meet with pleasant greetings while we may.SS.M. Buchanan, Secty.

(Transcribed 10/7/02 Lynn Cunningham
This file has been created by a form at

Excerpt from Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends., Knight, Lucian Lamar, Atlanta, GA; Pg. 347
Dr. James W. Beck, a noted scholar and a gifted divine, was for years prinicipal of the Jackson Institutute, prior to which time he was president of Bowdon College. His son, Judge Marcus W. Beck, occupies an honored seat on the Supreme Court Bench of Georgia, while his daughter, Mrs. Leonora Beck Ellis, has achieved fame both as an educator of Southern girls and as an author of rare gifts.

James W Beck
b. 23 Oct 1831 Wilkes Co GA
d. after 1895 Milledgeville, GA
buried: Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Baldwin County, GA

Spouse: Married Margaret J. Wells 1853 in Georgia
b. 1835 Meriwether Co GA
d. after 1885 Poss. Pike Co GA

Marcus Wayland
Leonora J.
Walter L.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Family Photo Album

Next time your looking at your grandparent's photos, pause a moment to consider this ...


Pull out that old family photo album and scan the faces. The people on these pages brought you to this point. Their lives are the cornerstones of your life. Their sacrifices are your mandate to continue invest in yourself—and in all that comes next. Just as they formed your foundation—your work lays a foundation for lives after you.

Your family album is a picture of the tenacity and strength in your DNA. It is a study in perseverance. Secrets of survival that course through your veins.

To settle for less than you are capable of is to squander not just your life—but their lives—and your legacy to future generations. One generation's position is the next generation's reposition. Picture that.
(T.D. Jakes)