||Henry Beck migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Henry Beck was the first of his name in America. He was from Dover, Hertfordshire, England; he came to America in July of 1635, age 18, on the Blessing and settled on Sagamore Creek near Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire. An eighteenth-century written record from his grandson Henry Beck (son of Thomas & father of Mary) of Greenland, Rockingham Co., NH claimed that "My grandfather Henry Beck was born In the Paresh of geywareck in warickshear In old england."[sic] This means that this Henry was born in Guy Warwick, Warwickshire, England. According to Stearns, Beck is an ancient name in the East of England.
In Hotten's Immigrants to America, page 108, is written: "Theis under written names are to be transported to New England imbarqued in the Blessing, John Lester Ms, the parties have brought Cert. from minist, and justices of their conformitie in Religion and that they are no Subsidy Men". Henry Beck was one of these men.
In the Portsmouth Church Records of 1693, it states: "Henry Beck occupied a seat under the pulpit." He married Anne Frost of Piscataqua, and had the following children:
"Beck's Slip", otherwise known as "Harford's Ferry" is at Beck's Point on the Fore River in Dover, Strafford co., NH. It is indeed named for this Henry Beck. The point was part of his land grant and he had and ran the ferry rights from this point in Dover to Kittery (now Eliot), York co., ME. He also used it as a shipping & receiving point for goods and trade. He may have begun his business there as early as 1636. 
Beck signed the "Combination Document" at Dover, Strafford co., NH in 1640. Dover was settled from Hilton's Point in 1623 on back through Dover Neck in 1633 and the Back River District in 1642. Scales describes this as "...one of the best farmland sections of the town & the dwellers therein have always been among the best citizens of the town. "Land grants of 20 acre lots were made in 1642 and Henry received lot #21. He appeared on the tax list during the 1640s. The "town rate of 4d. on a £ was made" with Henry Beck being assessed at £40 16s. 0d. and taxed at £0 13s. 7d.
On 16 June 1648, Henry received a land grant in Cocheco Marsh (now mostly Rollinsford), Strafford co., NH of Lot #9... "Henry Becke, 6 yeackers"
Henry received a 10 acre land grant of one of the "out lots" in Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH -- a.k.a. Strawbery Banke -- on 13 January 1652. He lived there until he moved to New Castle (also known as Great Island and Goat Island), Rockingham co., NH by 11 August 1685 (when he deeded house and land there to Richard Welcome, of Star Island).
Around 1660, he moved to the Sagamore Creek area of Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH and was definitely there by 28 June 1659, when he sold land in Dover and listed Sagamore Creek as his current residence. In the Court Records of Portsmouth in 1668, "Henry Beck of Sagamore Creek in ye town of Portsmouth, planter" & his wife Ann are mentioned.
Stearns records several real estate transactions of Henry's: "...On June 28, 1657, 'henrie beck' of Sagamore Creek (Portsmouth), sold to Thomas Laiton, of Dover, land in Dover. Henry and Ann Beck sold land in Portsmouth to Joseph Walker, September 1 1668. They deeded to Thomas Beck (their son) land, buildings and personal property January 6, 1679, all then being of Portsmouth.."
On 14 December 1658, Henry first subscribed 5 shillings for the support of the Portsmouth ministry (church unknown) and continued this for many years.
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