I am trying to identify the parents of one Mathias Beck, beyond the scant information that I already have. The only information that I have to go on, which surprisingly has yielded nothing more, comes from Mathias' death certificate: his father was Jacob Beck, and his mother M. Geiser.
Mathias was born in Wurttemburg, Prussia, 10 Jun 1837, and married (7 Apr 1870, in Winona, MN) Emilie August Mathilde Thiele, who according to family stories he met on the ship coming over from Prussia - I have found out since that the ship was the Leipzig, and landed in Baltimore in 1869, though the partial passenger list doesn't particularly line up otherwise.
One family story says that Mathias and his siblings (none of whom I know the name of) were forced into exile after their father, a baron, gambled away the family money, and then died. They were offered to either join the military, or leave for good. However, a search for "Baron Jacob (von) Beck", or anything similar, brings up so many unrelated pages that it's impossible to find anything helpful.
If it helps, Mathias' children with Emilie Thiele are as follows (if dates are needed, I can supply those too):
Magdalena Mary Beck John Benjamin Beck Anna Martha Beck Emma Christine Beck William Carl Beck David Emmanuel Beck