Rachel and Benjamin Beckner. I am a descendant of Rachel and Benjamin. I am happy to know that you have information about them.I would very much appreciate any information you have regarding this couple and their families. I have just started seriously researching this line and have very little information about the Beckner side. Rachel and Benjamin moved to Mesquite TX where she is buried.They had several children as you know. Their daughter Sarah Ellen was born in LaPorte Co IN in 1844. The family moved from IN to west central MO, around Columbus -not Columbia--The town was the first in the area which was in the huge county of Lafayette. Shortly thereafter the county was broken into several others and Columbus was then in Johnson Co, countyseat is Warrensburg. The county west of there is now Cass Co, formerly Van Buren Co. Rachel Beckner was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Davis Brooks. This Henry is the father, not the brother of Dr Lynch Brooks who was one of the first settlers to the area and one of the first physician, postmasters etc. Lynch moved from Johnson Co to Harrisonville in Cass Co. His family is still in that area today. One Cass county record says that Lynch later moved to CA. Family info says that he is buried on his son John's farm in the county. (The Cass Co genealogy section is the largest and most organized I have ever encountered and much is to be found in it).
Henry Brooks, father of Rachel Beckner, was married 3 times. First to Rachel Frost, daughter of Joseph Frost, Sr of Bedford and Amhurst Counties in VA. Henry and Rachel moved west and settled on the North Fork of the Holston River near Abingdon. They lived there about 10 years and had 4 children. They joined the Baptist church there. Later they moved to Madison Co KY near Boonesboro, where they bought 640 areas and named the area Brookstown. Rachel died July 4, 1816 at age 71 and is buried in Madison Co KY. Henry was a circut riding Baptist minister and helped to found the Sinking Creek Baptist Church n Somerset, Pulaski Co KY and also was licensed to perform marriages by the court of Madison Co where he did preform many marriages according to county records. Also a pastor at the Otter Creek Baptist Church. Henry and Rachel were the parents of Lynch and Henry Jr, and Thomas as well as two daughters. Henry married Peggy Davis on January 16, 1817 in Madison Co KY by Robert Frier. She lived less than a year and they had no children. He then married Elizabeth Davis on March 9, 1818 also in Madison Co, KY. Apparently the Davis women were related, cousins probably). Elizabeth was 27 and Henry in his early 60's. They had 6 children all of whom were born in KY except for the youngest John. Robert D who was born and died in 1820, Nancy, born Sep 23, 1821 married John Huntsman,(died in Johnson Co MO). Rachel, born Feb 21, 1823 married Beckner (died and is buried in the Old Abby Frost Cemetery in Mesquite TX and I have a note on a letter that Benjamin was buried near Mansfield TX. No proof of this that I can find as yet) The other siblings were Amborse Dudley, born Jul 26, 1826 first married to Drucilla Anderson and after her death married Minnie Watson from MS. (He died in 1912 in Hillsboro TX), Henry D, born Mar 13, 1828 married a Miss Stockton.(He died and is buried in Johnson Co MO) and John H born in either IN or MO. (Tombstone says he was born May 13, 1828 and died Nov 22, 1848 and is buried in Hobson Cemetery, Hazel Hill Township in Johnson Co MO). Another source says that John was 18 not 20 at death. I have no record to say that he was a twin to Henry D but looks as if the could be if May was really Mar of 1828 which would also make John's birth in KY. Their father,Henry, died of Chaleramorbus on January 29, 1837 in Johnson Co MO. Their mother, Elizabeth had died the previous month, Dec 2, 1836, no cause listed. One county history book says that Elizabeth was the first person buried in the Hobson Cemetery which has now been destroyed due to cattle foraging at the site. I do not find Elizabeth listed as buried on the cemetery list. I continue to research this family as I write.
As for the children, I am told by information given me by my father's cousin Ada Margaret Smith, and provided much of it from Dr Thomas D Brooks of Baylor University in Waco, TX. The letter dated Jan 22, 1980.
Rachel and Benjamin Beckner married Oct 5, 1837 in Johnson Co MO. She then would have been 13 years old and he 30. They moved to IN before going to TX as some of their children were born there, one of which is my ggrandmother, Sarah Ellen Beckner. She was born in 1844 (1843?) in LaPorte Co IN. She moved with her parent to Dallas county in 1847. She married first S (Simeon) H Gaines on Dec 20, 1824 and had at least one child, Sim. I have seen that there are 3 children listed but I don't have proof of that myself. Simeon died a few years later, story has it that he froze in a blizzard. Sarah Ellen married Barney B Kemp in 1865. They moved to Mills Co.TX where they were active members of the Baptist church. Sarah died there in 1901.There were 12 children born to this couple. One of them was George Washington Kemp, my grandfather. He and Neva Elnore Bird were married in Farmer's Branch in 1910. My father was born to them in 1913 in Mesquite TX.
The only information I have personally on the other children of Benjamin and Rachel is that most of them were born in IN.
Henry Beckner married Lucy Chenault.
John was killed in the Civil War in MI.
Emma B married Taylor in Texarkana, TX
Josephine married Enoch Bennett in Mesquite TX. They adopted a son whose surname was Moore. He took his former name back after Enoch died. They had no other children.
Emmaline married Tom Beckley
Louise married Tom Hart.
Lydia married Marshall Pense.
All the personal infomation was provided me by correspondence no later than 1980 and most of it was written correspondence between some of them between 1950 and 1960. I am sure much more research has been done in more current years. I did find the information on Rachel's burial place recently as a Boy Scout troop had made the effort to restore the cemetery and found her tombstone.