Biography of Herman D. Beckerman
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Beckerman, Herman D., was born Ankum, Hanover, Germany, in 1834. Herman H., his father, was an only son, a farmer by occupation, who married Marie Kock, by whom he had these children: Herman, Dietrich, Margaret, Anna, Arnold, Elizabeth, and Minnie, all of whom, including the father, came to America, but the father returned to Germany after two years' residence here. Herman D. landed in New York in 1854, when twenty years of age, and was married three days after his arrival to Mary Krumpleman, who came over on the same ship from Germany. He engaged employment in a sugar refinery, where he remained for three years, when he went to Illinois and engaged in farming, having purchased, through his brother, 160 acres of his land, and two years later, having found the title to the land worthless, he returned to New York where he again engaged in the sugar refinery at an advanced salary and with a better position, where he remained four years longer. The next seven years he spent as cartman, when he purchased a team and engaged in the business for himself, and being successful in this, he purchased more teams and went in more extensively for seven years, and while thus engaged he purchased a tract of 112 acres of heavily timbered land in Wheeler, where he now resides, and in 1875 removed to this place and began clearing and farming. He has added to his original purchase from time to time, and now owns 358 acres of fine farm land, one farm of 154 acres lies in the town of Avoca, and on his home farm he has made many improvements, and erected buildings essential to a well equipped farm. He has received several injuries from vicious horses, at one time having an arm broken, and at another seven ribs and both collar bones, yet he recovered and attends actively to his business. His wife died in April, 1869, before he left New York. Their children are Elizabeth, wife of T. P. Sharer of New York, Peter, Jacob, and Anna, who died when twenty two years of age. Peter resides on the Avoca farm, is married and has five children. Jacob resides on the home farm, is married and has one son.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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