JOHN WILSON BARKLEY, a farmer and stockman of Monroe township, is an extensive horseman.  For some fifteen years he was a teacher and is now a member of the township board of education, and also president of the farmers' institute of New Richmond, Ohio.  His wife was Julia Bettle, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Bettle, mentioned elsewhere in these volumes.  Of their four children, Nancy, the youngest, died in infancy; Mary Marguerite, John, Francis Virgil and Mildred Bettle are at home.
     Miss Emma M. is a resident of Lawrence, Ind., where she is a teacher in the public schools.
     Elizabeth M. (Barkley) Carnes, mother of A. L. Carnes, was born at New Hope, Brown county, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1830, and passed from this life Feb. 1, 1903, at the home in Monroe township.  Her parents were Hugh and Elizabeth (Donham) Barkley.
SHARON WICK'S NOTE:  Source is forthcoming.
HORACE J. BECK.  In Mr. Horace J. Beck we find a splendid representative of the self-made man, a man who without any special pecuniary advantages has worked his way steadily upward in the commercial world.  Mr. Beck was born in the house which is his present home, at Bethel, Ohio, July 9, 1837, his parents being John D. and Eliza (Edwards) Beck, the former a native of Ohio.  He was a blacksmith at Bethel and died in 1861, aged fifty-two years.  Eliza (Edwards) Beck was born in Essex county, New Jersey, and died in 1889, aged eighty-four years, and to this union were born ten children:
     Timothy E. was a resident of near Bethel, Ohio, until his death.
     William Gerard remained with his father in the shop until his death.
     Caroline C. was the wife of Miller W. Fagely, of this county.
     Horace J., our subject.
     Marcus A. died in Bethel and was a blacksmith.
     Samantha, deceased, was the wife of Reuben White.
, deceased, was a farmer in Illinois.
     John H. is a resident of Amelia, Ohio.
     Moses died when a young man, at Bethel, Ohio
     Edwin, passed away at Bethel, Ohio.
     Horace J. Beck was educated in the schools of Bethel and assisted his father in the shop for a time, after which he accepted a position as clerk in the general store of Sinks & Clare, at Bethel, and was thus employed for some thirteen years.
     In 1880, Mr. Beck was united in marriage to Miss Phoebe Winterrowd, who was born in Indiana in 1852, and is a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Hagerman) Winterrowd, both of whom were natives of Indiana.  They were the parents of eight children, four still living:
     Phoebe, Mrs. Beck.
is operating the old home farm in Indiana.
     Clara is the wife of George Muchk of Indiana.
     Julia is Mrs. Charles Klein, of Indiana.
     Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beck have had four children, all being born in the same home in which their father first saw the light of day.  They are:
     Estel, whose birth occurred in 1882, lives door to his father in a substantial brick home.  He is an employee in the shoe factory at Bethel, Ohio.  He married Louise Reed and has one son.
     Angie C. is the wife of Oliver House, a brickmason, of Cincinnati.  Her birth took place in 1884.
     Clara was born in 1886 and is Mrs. Allen Harris, living near Bethel, Ohio.
     Florence was born in 1888 and lived but four months.
     For the past fifteen years Mr. Beck has been engaged in the insurance business, representing the Phoenix Insurance Company of New York, with office in his home.  He has a nice farm of eighty-seven acres near Bethel, which he has kept rented.
     In religious matters, both Mr. and Mrs. Beck are consistent members of the Baptist church, of which he has for many years been a deacon, also superintendent of the Sunday school, until he was unable to attend to the duties of that office.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 477
JOHN H. BECK, retired, residing in the village of Hamlet, Clermont county, Ohio, is a native of this county, born Jan. 1, 1845, son of John D. and Eliza (Edwards) Beck.  The father was a blacksmith at Bethel for years, being a son of Levi Beck, a veteran of the war of 1812.  John D. Beck died Mar. 29, 1861, while Mrs. Beck passed away June 12, 1889, she being the last representative of the Edwards family in this section.  The Becks are of English descent.
     The maternal grandfather of our subject, Capt. john Edwards, was a Revolutionary soldier and lived and died in New Jersey.  He was a warm personal friend of Gen. George Washington, who often died at the Edwards home.  A son, Timothy Edwards, accompanied by his wife, nee Martha Miller, came from New Jersey to Ohio very early in the nineteenth century, settling on the Miami river.  Later removed to a farm near Bethel, in Clermont county.
     John H. Beck is one of twelve children, of whom but one other is living, Horace Beck, of Bethel, Ohio.  Mr. Beck received his schooling at Bethel and before coming of age enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry, spending a year with the Army of the Cumberland.  Returning to Bethel, he attended school for a time and then engaged in farming with one of his brothers.  Was married, Nov. 21, 1877, to Miss Alice S. Gardner, born Dec. 16, 1851, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Eppert) Gardner, both natives of Clermont county.
     The Gardners are of Welsh descent, while the Epperts are of Pennsylvania German extraction.  Mrs. Beck's grandfather, Samuel Gardner, was born July 22, 1785, and died in 1879, aged ninety-four.  He came to Ohio while the Indians were still plentiful, being on friendly terms and trading with them, also hunting a great deal.  His parents, Nathan and Pattie Gardner, lived to be one hundred and three and one hundred and one, respectively.  George Gardner was born near Mt. Pisgah, May 6, 1824, and died Aug. 13, 1908, while his widow, who resides at the old home in Mt. Holly, was born Apr. 20, 1834.  He enlisted, in November, 1861, in Company K, Fifty-second Indiana infantry, being discharged from hospital in 1862.  A brother, Nathan G. Gardner, served in the army, also three brothers-in-law - Samuel Eppert, who died in Andersonville prison, Madison and Perry Eppert, besides several cousins.  Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were members of the United Brethren  church.  Ten children were born to them, of whom six are living:  Alice S., wife of our subject:  Carthena, wife of Uriah Butler, residing at Mt. Pisgah, Clermont county; Martha, now Mrs. Lewis Furlong, of Newtown, Ohio; Laura, Mrs. Harmon Fagin, of Plymouth, Ill.; Edgar B., of Terre Haute, Ind.; and Elmer C., who resides at Los Angeles, Cal.
     After marriage Mr. and Mrs. John H. Beck settled on a farm near Bethel, their home for twenty-four years.  Then Mr. Beck purchased the pretty home at Hamlet, on the Ohio turnpike, where they have since resided.  He is a member of Grand Army of the Republic and a Prohibitionist.  He and Mrs. Beck are both members of the Baptist church, of Amelia, Ohio, of which Mr. Beck is now serving as a trustee.  Their four children, all born in Clermont county, are living: Elsie V., born Jan. 31, 1879, was married May 24, 1900, to J. Paris Goodbar, and they have one son, Paul Beck Goodbar, born, Sept. 4, 1908, and their home is in Dallas, Tex.; Gordon C., born Jun. 20, 1881, a graduate of Bethel High School and of Dennison University, taught a year at Pin Hook, Clermont county and is engaged in real estate business at Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ellsworth, born Sept. 16, 1884, is an artist residing at Westerville, Ohio, having been with the Culver Art and Frame Company the past nine years - married Miss Lenore Jenkins, July 28, 19097, and they have one son, Marston Keith, born Jan. 28, 1913; and Miss Ethel May, born May 16, 1887, is at home.  Mr. and Mrs. Beck are enjoying their comfortable home,  which is one widely known for its hospitality and pervading spirit of good cheer.  They number their friends by the score.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 479
FRANCIS E. BETTLE, one of the most prosperous and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Clermont county, owns and operates the beautiful farm of one hundred acres located in Ohio township, formerly the home of Mrs. Bettle's father, Mr. John Shaw. Mr. Bettle is well known throughout the county, having been born in Monroe township, November 1, 1836, a son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Simmons) Bettle, both of whom were of early Clermont county families.
Samuel Bettle, father of the subject of this review, was born September 1, 1800, in Philadelphia, Pa., whose parents were Everard and Mary (Trump) Bettle, also of Philadelphia. Mr. Everard Bettle, grandfather of Francis, came to Newtown, near Cincinnati, about 1808 or 1809, and shortly after bought a large tract of land, extending from the Franklin neighborhood to the river, settling in Monroe township. In the McGraw Survey, Mr. Bettle secured seven or eight hundred acres of wild land not far from New Richmond, making of himself a large land owner. He was of Quaker stock, but later joined the Methodist Episcopal church, where he took great pleasure in active Christian work. It may be said of both Mr. and Mrs. Everard Bettle that they were living examples of the faith which they possessed. Mr. Bettle passed from this life in 1835, and Mrs. Bettle's decease occurred in 1840. They were the parents of six children: Josiah, John, Evard, Jr., Elizabeth married Mr. Gleason, Mary married Mr. McDonald.
     Samuel was reared from childhood in Monroe township. He was a successful farmer, possessing two hundred and fifty acres of fine land at the time of his death, July 21, 1865. He served well and faithfully in several township offices. Both Mr. Bettle and his good wife were members of the Methodist church and helped to build the Franklin church. Mr. Bettle was a Whig in the early days. Mrs. Bettle, whose birth occurred September 20, 1806, died October 25, 1870. She was a daughter of Leonard Simmons, of an early family of Clermont county. They had eleven children born to them, eight of whom grew to maturity:
Eliza, Nancy, and Elizabeth, all deceased.
Francis E., the subject of this sketch.
DeWitt, died at five years of age.
Milton, deceased.
John, died in the Civil war, in 1862, near Shiloh, being a member of a Kentucky regiment.
Julia, widow of Thomas Willis.
George, of Monroe township.
     Francis E. Bettle received his education at a select school and at the Farmer's College, on College Hill, Cincinnati. After finishing the agricultural course, Mr. Bettle taught school for two years, then resumed farming for a time. Later, he studied surveying, which profession he has followed, successfully, for fifty years, doing a large amount of professional work for the county.
     The marriage of Mr. Bettle to Miss Nancy Shaw was celebrated May 29, 1861, in the present home, then the John Shaw homestead. The young couple resided in Monroe township until 1882, when they removed to their comfortable home, where they have lived for thirty years. Mrs. Bettle, a daughter of John Shaw, was born, February 7, 1839. To this union were born six children:
Jessie C., who married Elmer E. Hunt, of Olive Branch, this county. They have two children: Francis Wayland and Elizabeth.
     John S., of Texas, is farming near Crystal City. He married Miss Etta McCoy and they have two sons: Everard and Ossie Allen.
Ida H., at home.
Julia Viola, is the wife of John Carnes, a farmer of Monroe township. They are the parents of three children: Mary M., John F., and Mildred B.
Francis W., of St. Louis, Mo., a civil engineer, married Miss Grace Seagrist, and to this union have been born three children : Albert F., Catherine, and Margaret.
Elizabeth, the wife of Harry Layfield, a steamboat engineer in the government service, now on the rivers. Two sons have blessed this couple: William D. and Milton B.
Mr. Bettle's political views are Democratic, and he has served in the various township offices, offering to those with whom he has been associated, an example of one not only having opinions, but also having the courage to express them. He is well and favorably known in the community where he has spent his entire life, and that many of his stanchest friends have known him from his boyhood days to the present is an indication that his life has ever been straightforward and honorable.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 34


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