GEORGE BEAKE (b: 13 Nov 1830; bapt: 3 Feb 1833 at St Mary Church, Weston Zoyland, Somersetshire; he d: 10 May 1898 in Grayslake, Illinois, U.S.A.) His father was William Beake Occ; Farm Labourer (1798-1859) and his mother Elizabeth nee Salter (1798-1860). George mar: 1858 to Levenah (Levina) Tucker in Lake County, Illinois, U.S.A. (b: 26 Aug 1839 Bridgwater, Somesetshire, England; she d: 13 Sep 1889 in Grayslake, Illinois, U.S.A, 17 days after her 41st birthday) Bur: Avon Centre Cemetery Grayslake, Lake County, Illinois, USA.
George became an American citizen 5th Feb 1868.
George Beake's Time Line
Birth 13 Nov 1830 Weston Zoyland, Somerset, England
Residence 1841 Weston Zoyland, Somerset, England
Residence 1851 Westonzoyland, Somerset, England
Marriage 1858 Lake County, Illinois, U.S.A.
Census 1860: Avon, Lake County, Illinois; George Beak (25Y; occ: laborer on William Tucker's farm;) living with his father-in-law Wm Tucker (60) wife Emma Tucker (52) their children Charles (16) Frank (14) Emily (8) Levina Beak (nee Tucker, wife, 21; occ: servant)
Source Grayslake and Avon Township by Charlotte R Renehan
From about 1836 permanent settlers came into the Grayslake area and it came to be known as Avon Township. They found fertile prairie, groves of virgin timber, and pristine lakes and they broke the soil and tilled the land to make a subsistance living. The coming of two railroads promoted the growth of villages and made it easy for city people to come and enjoy the recreational activities offered by the lakes. These people stayed, and the farmland began disappearing.
1870: Residence Town of Avon, Lake County, Illinois, USA; Head: George Beak (Estimated Birth Year: 1834; Age: 36y; Color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, Indian): White; Birthplace: England; wife Labina Beak (F 31y; Keeper House, b: England); Children b: Illinois: Emily Beak F 8y; Matilda Beak F 6y; Tillie A Beak F 2y
Census 1880: Residence Avon, Lake, Illinois, United States; George Beak (50, Farmer, Ethnicity American) wife Lavenia (41, Keeping house) Emily J Beak (18, at home) Matilda A Beak (16, at home) Netta A (12, school) Clifton L Beak (6, school)
1 Emily Jane Beak (b: Sep 1862 in Illinois d: 31 May 1943 in Gray's Lake, Illinois) mar: 07 May 1887 at Fox Lake, Lake County, Illinois, U.S.A. to George Steven Thurlwell (b: 2 Feb 1860 in McHenry, County, Illinois to parents John Thurwell(1827-1902) and mother Hannah nee Woodhead (1829-1872). George lived Jun 9 1880 at Nunda, McHenry; residence 1900 Avon Twp, Lake, Illinois; residence 1920 Libertyville Township, Lake Illinois; George d: 1925 in Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, U.S.A) Their family;
2 Matilda Ann Beak (b: Aug 1863 in Avon, Grayslake, Illinois; d: 18 Jul 1950 at Fort Steilacoom, Pierce, Washington aged 87Y) mar: abt 1882 to Joseph Garwood (b: Abt 1859 Avon, Grays Lake, Illinois - mother Catherine ?; d: 1922) The Antioch News, Illinois, Lake County, Jan 26, 1922. "One killed, one seriously injured in death crossing - Joseph Garwood agd 55Y of Grayslake is dead"
Matilda and Joseph's son:
3 Netta A. Beak (b: 1867 in Avon, Grayslake, Illinois; d: 9 Jan 1932 Waukegan Twp, Lake, Illinois; bur; Avon Centre Cem. Lake, Illinois) mar: 1886 to Benjamin J Loftus (b: 1863 Illinois, d; 31 Aug 1948 Waukegan, Lake, Illinois) the oldest son of parents - father Christopher Loftus (1836 England; d: 1909 Fremont Twp, Lake) who mar: 5 Aug 1863 at Cooke, Illinois to Ben's mother Dorothea (Dora) nee Brandt (1849/?) Netta and Ben's family:
v Clifford L. Beak (b: 1874 in Illinois; Adopted son; d; 6 Apr 1927 Chicago, Cook, Illinois)
George Beak (widower) 2nd mar: was on Feb 1, 1882 at Brooklyn, Wisconsin to Mary Ann Richards (b: 31 Dec 1848 Weston Zoyland, Somersetshire; she came to the US and lived with her brother in Wisconsin. George and Mary Ann went to live in Illinois in the spring.
George's death, on 29th August, 1899, Mary Ann may have remarried to W S
Carter - can you help with information? She d: 12 Apr 1920 at Janesville,
I am grateful for the assistance given by Doug Beak- can you help him document his Beak ancestors?
My gt-grandmother, pioneer ancestor Elizabeth Beake (she mar: Richard Pelvin and came to New Zealand with her 5 children in 1863) told family her two brothers immigrated to America. If you are a descendant of James or George Beake, please I would love to hear from you!