De Beck, Alexis Maria Joseph George (1864-after 1924)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 611

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 611

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1152

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1152

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 611

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 611

 

Alexis Maria Joseph George De Beck was the vice president of J.C. Thorn and Company Limited, a firm of financial agents that dealt in real estate, mines, and timber. He lived at 1034 Gilford Street in 1911.

Alexis Maria Joseph George De Beck was born on March 13, 1864, in Baja, which is now in southern Hungary. His father was Joseph de Beck. His mother was Catherine Wertheimer.

(Alexis may have had a sister, Clotilde, who was born on October 21, 1877, in Austria. Her father was Josef Beck; her mother was Catherine Werthheimer. Clotilde was married to Adolf Magnus-Levy, a well-known medical researcher who was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1865. Clotilde died in New York City in July 6, 1948. Adolf died in New York on February 5, 1955.)

By the 1890s, Alexis had moved to England. On May 1, 1896, he became a naturalized British citizen.

Alexis Maria Joseph George De Beck, naturalization, The London Gazette, June 2, 1896, page 3251; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26745/page/3251: [selected portions of document].

Alexis Maria Joseph George De Beck, naturalization, The London Gazette, June 2, 1896, page 3251; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26745/page/3251: [selected portions of document].

In 1896, in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, Alexis married Lilian Mary Winifred Norton. She was born in 1876 in Kings Norton.

In 1897, Alexis’s name appeared in a list of directors of the Components Tube Company Limited. He was also a managing director of the Singer Cycle Company (Russia) Limited.

The Components Tube Company, Limited, The Financial Times (London, England); Edition 2,746, January 30, 1897; page 8.

The Components Tube Company, Limited, The Financial Times (London, England); Edition 2,746, January 30, 1897; page 8.

In 1899, Alexis offered to run as a Conservative party candidate, although the party declined his offer.

“Mr. Morley’s Attitude,” Evening Express, October 21, 1899, page 4; http://newspapers.library.wales/view/3464693/3464697/95/.

“Mr. Morley’s Attitude,” Evening Express, October 21, 1899, page 4; http://newspapers.library.wales/view/3464693/3464697/95/.

Alexis and Winifred moved often during their marriage. They lived in England for a short time, and they were in Germany about 1901. By 1902, they had moved to New York City, and they were still there in 1905.

By 1909, Winifred sued in the New York Supreme Court for a divorce from Alexis.

The New York Times, July 3, 1909, page 16.

The New York Times, July 3, 1909, page 16.

In 1910 the court granted the divorce. Winifred continued to live in New York City until at least 1940. Her two daughters, Violet and Sylvia, lived with her for some of that time.

In 1910, in Paddington, London, England, Alexis married Hermance E. H. Marcelle Grether. (According to the 1911 Canada Census, Hermance was born in France in September 1889. She may have been born in Marseilles, but this is not certain.)

In 1911, Alexis and Hermance arrived in Canada. They lived at 1034 Gilford Street in Vancouver for a short time: “Mrs. A.M. de Beck, 1034 Gilford street, will be at home every Monday, commencing Feb. 20, from 4 till 6 o’clock,” Vancouver World, February 15, 1911, page 19.

Alexis’s and Hermance’s marriage did not go smoothly. They may have been divorced, perhaps in New York State; if they were, the details of the divorce are not clear. Hermance was in Paris, France at the end of the First World War. She travelled from Marseilles to New York in May 1919.

On October 9, 1919, in Carmel, Maine, Hermance went through a marriage ceremony with George Leroy Nelson. He was born on February 4, 1892, in New Sweden, Maine. His father was Charles J. Nelson, a Swedish immigrant farmer. His mother was Bertha E. Law (Stenstrom). George had registered with the United States military during the First World War, and he had served for several months with the United States Army in Europe.

Mrs. George Leroy Nelson and Lieutenant Nelson, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, June 22, 1920, page 18, column 7.

Mrs. George Leroy Nelson and Lieutenant Nelson, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, June 22, 1920, page 18, column 7.

In 1920, Hermance and George were charged with having burned their house in Carmel, Maine, so that they could collect the insurance money. The American newspapers told a somewhat lurid and exaggerated story of Alexis’s and Hermance’s relationship, along with Hermance’s and George’s plan to get the insurance money.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

“Yank Officer and Titled Bride Accused of Burning Cottage,” Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920, page 12, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038531/1920-06-18/ed-1/seq-12/.

In May 1920, the Maine Superior Court convicted Hermance and sentenced her to one year in the county jail at Bangor, Maine. On September 30, 1920, she received a pardon, with a condition that she could not violate any of Maine’s criminal statutes.

State of Maine, List of Pardons, etc., 1919-1920, pages 905-906: http://lldc.mainelegislature.org/Open/Laws/1921/Laws1921_p0903-0936_MiscCommunications.pdf.

State of Maine, List of Pardons, etc., 1919-1920, pages 905-906: http://lldc.mainelegislature.org/Open/Laws/1921/Laws1921_p0903-0936_MiscCommunications.pdf.

In 1921, Hermance applied to the Supreme Court of Maine to annul her marriage to George. According to the news reports, she alleged that the New York court decision that granted her divorce from Alexis was invalid, because the court did not have jurisdiction over Alexis, who was a naturalized British citizen. (In the news article below, the timeline of the marriages and the divorces seems inaccurate. Hermance and Alexis were married in 1910, and they were living in Vancouver in 1911. It seems unlikely that they would have been divorced in 1910 and still living together in 1911.)

“Mr. A. De Beck; Matrimonial Tangle in the United States; From our Own Correspondent,” Daily Mail (London, England), Issue 7763, February 25, 1921; page 5.

“Mr. A. De Beck; Matrimonial Tangle in the United States; From our Own Correspondent,” Daily Mail (London, England), Issue 7763, February 25, 1921; page 5.

The result of the Maine court decision is not available, but it appears that Hermance’s and George’s marriage did end in some way. On October 10, 1923, in South Portland, Maine, George married Marion Shrimpton (Reynolds). George may have been married yet again, on May 1, 1925, in Dover, New Hampshire, to Gladys V. Willman. In 1930, George was divorced and living in Portland, Maine. In 1940, he was a real estate salesman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He may have died in 1960.

No further information is available for Hermance.

 

Alexis’s legal issues

In addition to his matrimonial issues, Alexis was involved in several business ventures, some of which led to legal problems.

In 1914, he sued the Canada Newspaper Company for libel after the company had published information that Alexis had disappeared after some financial companies had failed. The case was settled after Alexis proved that he did not have anything to do with the failure of the companies.

In 1919, a jury ordered Alexis to return five hundred pounds sterling in relation to the purchase of land in Canada.

In 1921, Alexis’s creditors petitioned him into bankruptcy in England.

Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck, bankruptcy, The London Gazette, August 9, 1921, page 6323; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32416/page/6323/data.pdf.

Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck, bankruptcy, The London Gazette, August 9, 1921, page 6323; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32416/page/6323/data.pdf.

The bankruptcy case was eventually resolved, and the trustee was discharged in 1924.

Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck, notice of release of trustee, The London Gazette, July 11, 1924, page 5386; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32955/page/5386/data.pdf It is not clear what happened to Alexis after 1924.

Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck, notice of release of trustee, The London Gazette, July 11, 1924, page 5386; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32955/page/5386/data.pdf
It is not clear what happened to Alexis after 1924.

It is not clear what happened to Alexis after 1924.

 

Alexis and Winifred had the following children.

 

Violet de Beck

Violet de Beck was born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, in 1898.

She went to New York with her parents in 1902. In 1905, she was living with them in New York.

From 1905 to 1925, she coninued to live in New York.

Violet worked as a medical researcher in New York.

Violet de Beck - American Journal of Physiology - 1924; http://ajplegacy.physiology.org/content/70/2/225

Violet de Beck – American Journal of Physiology – 1924; http://ajplegacy.physiology.org/content/70/2/225

In 1933, she became a naturalized United States citizen.

She married Albert Arthur Epstein, after his Albert’s first wife, Fannie, died in 1940.

 Albert Arthur Epstein, The American Jewish Year Book, Vol. 67 (1966), page 534


Albert Arthur Epstein, The American Jewish Year Book, Vol. 67 (1966), page 534

Violet died in Carmel, New York, on January 25, 1957.

Albert died at Mount Kisko, New York, on January 14, 1965.

 

Sylvia Winifred de Beck

Sylvia Winifred de Beck was born in Berlin, Germany in 1901, although she sometimes said that she was born in England.

She worked as a nurse.

She became a naturalized United States citizen.

On September 4, 1936, in New York City, Sylvia married John Percy Ellison (often called “Percy”).

In 1940, Percy and Sylvia were living in Manhattan, New York City.

In 1942, when Percy registered with the United States military draft system, Sylvia was living in New York City.

No further information is available for Sylvia or Percy.

 

Sources

 

Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D1B-VLZ : accessed 27 May 2016), Alexis Maria J De Beck, 1896; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1896, quarter 4, vol. 6C, p. 850, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Mr. Morley’s Attitude,” Evening Express, October 21, 1899, page 4; http://newspapers.library.wales/view/3464693/3464697/95/: “The Press Association Birmingham correspondent says that, in connection with Mr. John Morley’s attitude on the Transvaal question, it is stated that his seat in Montrose Burghs will be contested whenever opportunity arises. On Friday, after reading the report of Thursday’s debate in Parliament, Mr. A. M. De Beck, of Birmingham, wired the Conservative head-quarters in London that he was willing and anxious to oppose Mr. Morley at the general election. Later in the day he received an official intimation in reply to the effect that it is believed arrangements have already been made to oppose Mr. Morley.”

News and the British World: The Emergence of an Imperial Press System, 1876-1922; by Simon James Potter; Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2003, page 109: “The Canadian News, founded in 1912, meanwhile aimed to attract both investors and potential migrants. A penny paper, edited by A.M. de Beck, the News was keen to establish its credentials as a reliable financial guide. . . . In addition to financial news, the paper offered readers the services of its own emigration bureau.”

The Universal Magazine (1900 monthly), Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Universal_Magazine_(1900_monthly): “from November 1900 to November 1901 the publisher was A.M. de Beck Ltd. In early 1901 de Beck bought out and merged The Ludgate Monthly into The Universal Magazine, but the new magazine lost money every month and de Beck was given a liquidation order in December 1901.”

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9D4-RSB : accessed 27 May 2016), Alexis M Beck, St Martin In The Fields, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing St Martin In The Fields subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPF4-CM1 : accessed 27 May 2016), Alexis M De Beck in household of Louis Bourcy, Manhattan, A.D. 21, E.D. 09, New York, New York; citing p. 14, line 7, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,096.

The New York Times, July 3, 1909, page 16: “Supreme Court Justice Giegerich appointed John J. Hynes referee yesterday in a suit brought by Lillian Mary Winifred De Beck against Alexis De Beck.”

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DX6-VV8 : accessed 27 May 2016), Alexis K J De Beck, 1910; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1910, quarter 4, vol. 1A, p. 191, Paddington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGT-WC4 : accessed 28 May 2016), Alevesde Beck, Jan 1911; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-4822, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPZX : accessed 27 May 2016), Alexis De Beck, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“High Court Of Justice. The Sale of Land in Canada; Neville v. The Dominion of Canada News Company (Limited)” Times [London, England] November 28, 1914, page 3. The court concluded that Alexis Maria de Beck and the Dominion of Canada News Company were not liable to C.W Neville to recover 940 pounds sterling. However, the court was not satisfied with the conduct of the defendants, and refused to order costs to the defendants even though they were successful in the case.

“Newspapers and Financial Criticism.” Financial Times  [London, England] July 8, 1915: n.p.: The court of appeal dismissed Mr. Neville’s appeal in the case of Neville v. The Dominionof Canada News Company Ltd.

Collective Biographies of Women; An Annotated Bibliography, by Alison Booth; http://womensbios.lib.virginia.edu/browse?section=5: De Beck, Alexis Maria. Women of the Empire in War Time. Souvenir edition. Illustrated. London: Dominion of Canada News, 1916. Dedication “In Honour of Their Great Devotion and Self-sacrifice.” A large collection profiling the activities of various women’s leagues during wartime (i.e. The St. John Ambulance Brigade, the Canadian Red Cross Society, Scottish Women’s Hospital for Foreign Service, The Women’s Volunteer Reserve, Work of the Women’s Police Service). The magazine-like book also features short paragraphs on Lady Fremantle, Lady McBride, Mrs. A.M. De Beck, Adeline Duchess of Bedford, and the Duchess of Westminster. There are larger profiles on Edith Cavell, Lady French, Mrs. St. Clair Stobart (renowned for her nursing campaign in World War I), and Lady Jellicoe. Finally, the book includes essays like “The Blinded Officers, Their Care and Treatment,” “Work of the Women of the Stage in War Time,” “Women’s Freedom League Settlement,” “Is Motoring really a New Profession for Women?” and “The Girls’ Life Brigade” written by women essayists. The book also contains illustrations of these women and some advertisements.

“Mr. De Beck; Financial Supporter Withdraws.” Daily Mail [London, England] 4 May 1918: 3. Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004.

“Backing Withdrawn; Alexis de Beck Loses Financial Support Now,” Montreal Gazette, May 8, 1918, page 6; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9XguAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3YUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6792%2C4026826 (link leads to column 2; article is in columns 4 and 5).

“High Court of Justice.” Times [London, England] November 21, 1918, page 2. Alexis Maria de Beck unsuccessfully sued the Evening Standard and St. James’s Gazette for libel.

“Mr. A. De Beck; Matrimonial Tangle in the United States; From our Own Correspondent, “ Daily Mail (London, England), Issue 7763, February 25, 1921; page 5:

“An extraordinarily tangled matrimonial suit, in which one figure is Mr. Alexis Maria de Beck, once editor of the National News, of London, is engaging the attention of the Supreme Court of the State of Maine.

The petitioner is Mrs. George Nelson, who is seeking the annulment of her marriage with her present husband, whom she married within the boundaries of Maine, on the grounds that she is already the wife of Mr. de Beck. She married the latter in London, but in 1910 obtained a divorce in New York on the grounds of Mr. de Beck’s misconduct. The Maine Court is now asked to declare that the New York Supreme Court, which granted the divorce, had no jurisdiction over Mr. de Beck, who is a naturalised Englishman.

Mr. de Beck, it is stated, also remarried shortly after the New York divorce, but the laws of that State forbid the re-marriage of divorced persons for five years.”

 

Lilian Mary Winifred Norton (wife of Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XDJ-74H : accessed 28 May 2016), Lilian Mary W Norton, 1876; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26MM-LHF : accessed 27 May 2016), Lilian Mary W Norton, 1896; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1896, quarter 4, vol. 6C, p. 850, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPF4-C9M : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck in household of Louis Bourcy, Manhattan, A.D. 21, E.D. 09, New York, New York; citing p. 14, line 8, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,096.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5WL-89G : accessed 27 May 2016), Lillian W De Beck, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 740, sheet 4A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,041.

“New York State Census, 1915,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9X8-1HR : accessed 27 May 2016), Winford De Beck, New York, A.D. 19, E.D. 34, New York, New York, United States; from “New York, State Census, 1915,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing p. 33, line 42, state population census schedules, 1915, New York State Archives, Albany.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJB6-H96 : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred Debeck, Manhattan Assembly District 13, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 17B,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,208.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNV1-7WG : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred de Beck, 23 Sep 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York State Census, 1925,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSQH-PZF : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, New York, A.D. 13, E.D. 05, New York, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 16, line 08, New York State Archives, Albany.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLY-SVW : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, 1927; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X42D-FM3 : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, 1930.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24NJ-75P : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, 1931; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24V4-9HD : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, 1933; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24KZ-N4M : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, 1936; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQTN-69Q : accessed 27 May 2016), Winifred De Beck, Assembly District 16, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1431, sheet 8B, family 198, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2658.

 

Violet de Beck (daughter of Alexis Maria Joseph George William de Beck)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FWC-86V : accessed 28 May 2016), Violet Mary C De Beck, 1898; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5WL-89P : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet M De Beck in household of Lillian W De Beck, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 740, sheet 4A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,041.

“New York State Census, 1915,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9X8-1HT : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet De Beck, New York, A.D. 19, E.D. 34, New York, New York, United States; from “New York, State Census, 1915,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing p. 33, line 43, state population census schedules, 1915, New York State Archives, Albany.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJB6-H9X : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet Debeck in household of Winifred Debeck, Manhattan Assembly District 13, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 17B,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,208.

“New York State Census, 1925,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSQH-PZJ : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet De Beck, New York, A.D. 13, E.D. 05, New York, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 16, line 09, New York State Archives, Albany.

“New York, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1917-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGF7-V49 : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet De Beck, 1917-1950; from “Alphabetical Index to Declarations of Intention of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1917-1950,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M1675 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 45.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JB-L2T : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet De Beck, 1933; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. (gives naturalization date as January 11, 1933 (1/11/33).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JB-L2T : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet De Beck, 1933; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d

Method of producing a coffee extract; US 2783149 A; https://www.google.com/patents/US2783149”: “This invention relates to the manner and means of producing a coffee extract for use as an essence for making beverage coffee.” “Albert A. Epstein, Carmel, N. Y., assignor to Violet de Beck Epstein, Carmel, N. Y.”

“New York State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2CHL-XZ6 : accessed 27 May 2016), Violet D Epstein, 25 Jan 1957; citing Death, Carmel, Putnam, New York, New York State Department of Health—Vital Records Section, Albany.

 

Albert Arthur Epstein (husband of Violet De Beck)

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary

By Dorland Elsevier Health Sciences, June 9, 2011, page 638

Albert A. Epstein, The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 1969; page 388; https://books.google.ca/books?id=_PgpAQAAMAAJ: “After receiving his preliminary education at schools in Moscow and at public schools and the Ethical Culture School, New York City, Albert A. Epstein attended Columbia University in 1898-99 and was graduated B.S. in 1902 and M.D. in I905.”

New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP66-HT6 : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert A Epstein in household of Barnett Epstein, Bronx, A.D. 35, E.D. 28, New York, New York; citing p. 20, line 13, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,414,863.

“United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-LG1G : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert Arthur Epstein, 1909; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #2412, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925, 968, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,497,924.

“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2436-ZCF : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert Arthur Epstein and Fannie Jeanette Frank, 07 Jun 1911; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,613,236.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6J8-DQC : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert Arthur Epstein, 1917-1918; citing New York City no 164, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,786,856.

“United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDF-TFB7 : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert Arthur Epstein, 1920; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #94871, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925, 1369, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,651,320.

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X42K-R8Z : accessed 27 May 2016), Dr. Albert A Epstein, 1930.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQTN-DFV : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert Epstein, Assembly District 16, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1431, sheet 5A, family 116, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2658.”New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WPF-ZTD : accessed 27 May 2016), Fannie Epstein, 07 Aug 1940; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,111,419.

“United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLW9-QN3 : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert A Epstein, New York, United States, Oct 1953; citing 1954 National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel, 622629, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JY92-Q6B : accessed 27 May 2016), Albert  Epstein, Dec 1965; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Dr. Albert A. Epstein, obituary, Special to The New York Times, January 16, 1965.

Albert Epstein, http://death-records.mooseroots.com/l/104696394/Albert-Epstein: Name: Albert Epstein; Date of Birth: July 6, 1882; Date of Death: December 1, 1965; Age at Death: 83; Death Place: New Jersey.

 

Sylvia de Beck (daughter of Alexis Maria Joseph George William de Beck)

New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPF4-C99 : accessed 27 May 2016), Sybel S De Beck in household of Louis Bourcy, Manhattan, A.D. 21, E.D. 09, New York, New York; citing p. 14, line 9, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,096.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5WL-895 : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia De Beck in household of Lillian W De Beck, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 740, sheet 4A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,041.

“New York State Census, 1915,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9X8-1HB : accessed 27 May 2016), Sue De Beck, New York, A.D. 19, E.D. 34, New York, New York, United States; from “New York, State Census, 1915,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing p. 33, line 44, state population census schedules, 1915, New York State Archives, Albany.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJB6-H9F : accessed 27 May 2016), Syria Debeck in household of Winifred Debeck, Manhattan Assembly District 13, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 17B,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,208.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KX9W-SSR : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia Winifred De Beck, 1925; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York State Census, 1925,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSQH-PZK : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia De Beck, New York, A.D. 13, E.D. 05, New York, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 16, line 10, New York State Archives, Albany.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLY-SV4 : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia De Beck, 1927; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X42D-FMQ : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia De Beck in entry for Winifred De Beck, 1930.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24VJ-4YK : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia De Beck, 1935; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, Southern District Index to Petitions for Naturalization, 1824-1941,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XG6S-KWL : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia Winifred De Beck, 1824-1941; from “Alphabetical Index to Petitions for Naturalization of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1824-1941,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M1676 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 35.

“New York, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1917-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGV3-KWG : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia Winifred De Beck, 1917-1950; from “Alphabetical Index to Declarations of Intention of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1917-1950,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M1675 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 7.

“New York, Southern District Index to Petitions for Naturalization, 1824-1941,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGKX-R89 : accessed 27 May 2016), John Percy Ellison, 1824-1941; from “Alphabetical Index to Petitions for Naturalization of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1824-1941,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M1676 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 36.

“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24D9-VDH : accessed 27 May 2016), Percy Ellison and Sylvia Debeck, 04 Sep 1936; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,674,585.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHWY-B43 : accessed 27 May 2016), John Percy Ellison in household of Clara Johnson, San Francisco Assembly District 32, San Francisco, California, United States; citing sheet 1B,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,138. (possible connection)

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:242W-4GW : accessed 27 May 2016), John Percy Ellison, 1938; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). [Address: 404 East 55th Street, New York; naturalized September 29, 1929, New York]

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7MJ-JRD : accessed 27 May 2016), Sylvia Ellison in household of John Ellison, Assembly District 14, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1290, sheet 7B, family 293, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2654.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7MJ-JR8 : accessed 27 May 2016), John Ellison, Assembly District 14, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1290, sheet 7B, family 293, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2654.

“United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XT92-138 : accessed 27 May 2016), John Percy Ellison, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). [Address: 404 East 55th Street, New York].

 

“Ritter” [sic] Norton (sister of Lilian Mary Winifred Norton)

New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPF4-C9S : accessed 27 May 2016), Ritter Norton in household of Louis Bourcy, Manhattan, A.D. 21, E.D. 09, New York, New York; citing p. 14, line 10, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,096.

 

Hermance E. H. Marcelle Grether (wife of Alexis Maria Joseph George William De Beck)

The Chattanooga News, June 18, 1920: “she was born Hermance Grether . . ., the daughter of wealthy parents in Marseilles.”

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DXX-CH5 : accessed 27 May 2016), Hermance E J M Grether, 1910; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1910, quarter 4, vol. 1A, p. 191, Paddington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGT-WCH : accessed 27 May 2016), Hermance De Beck, Jan 1911; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-4822, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPZF : accessed 27 May 2016), Hermance Marcelle De Beck in entry for Alexis De Beck, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67L-4YQ : accessed 27 May 2016), Hermance De Beck, 26 May 1919; citing departure port Marseilles, arrival port New York, ship name Roma, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCJ8-Q9X : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson and Hermance G Debeck, 09 Oct 1919; citing Marriage, Maine, United States, State Archives, Augusta.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZ5-HYB : accessed 27 May 2016), Hermance Nelson in household of George L Nelson, Carmel, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing sheet 7A,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,645.

Boston Post, April 29, 1920, page 18: “Countess De Beck and Husband Arraigned BANGOR, Me., April 28.—Countess Hermance De Beck and her soldier husband George L. Nelson, who were recently held under $9000 bonds, charged with having burned their bungalow at Carmel for the purpose of defrauding the insurance companies, were arraigned today on additional warrants brought by other companies, setting forth the same offence. Bail was placed at $10,000 each. The trial of the Nelsons will take place In the Superior Court which convenes here next week.”

List of Pardons, etc., 1919-1920, State of Maine, Pages 905-906: http://lldc.mainelegislature.org/Open/Laws/1921/Laws1921_p0903-0936_MiscCommunications.pdf: “Hermance Nelson of Carmel, convicted of burning dwelling house with intent to defraud, at the May term, 1920, of the Superior Court of Penobscot County and sentenced to confinement for the term of one year in the County Jail at Bangor. Pardon granted September 30, 1920, upon condition that she shall not be guilty of violating any of the criminal statutes of the State.”

 

George Leroy Nelson (husband of Hermance E H Marcelle Grether)

Nelson, George Leroy, http://www.hhennigar.ca/getperson.php?personID=I5167&tree=1; born 1892.

“Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 “, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCD7-GY8 : accessed 27 May 2016), George Leroy Nelson, 1892.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3W-6QR : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson in household of George R Mansir, Pittston, Kennebec, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 114, sheet 8B, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,554.

“Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KG93-XLM : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson, 02 Oct 1917; citing Military Service, United States, State Archives, Augusta.

“Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCJ8-Q96 : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson and Hermance G Debeck, 09 Oct 1919; citing Marriage, Maine, United States, State Archives, Augusta.

“Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCN2-9JK : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson and Marion Shrimpton, 10 Oct 1923; citing Marriage, Maine, United States, State Archives, Augusta.

“Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCJS-PMF : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson and Marion Reynolds, 10 Oct 1923; citing Marriage, Maine, United States, State Archives, Augusta.

“New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLZH-8FX : accessed 27 May 2016), George L. Nelson and Gladys V. Willman, 01 May 1925; citing Dover, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 2,069,768.

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8L-VVK : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson, 1930.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSK7-DR3 : accessed 27 May 2016), George L Nelson, Ward 5, Minneapolis, Minneapolis City, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 89-143, sheet 7A, family 148, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1980.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVG8-PF5Q : accessed 28 May 2016), George Leroy Nelson, 1960; Burial, Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States of America, Centre Cemetery; citing record ID 115659521, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=115659521.

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