William Becker

William Matthew Becker (1866 - 1927)

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William Matthew "Bill" Becker
Born in St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Apr 1893 in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansasmap
Died in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 19 Sep 2019 | Created 9 Jul 2012
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William Matthew "Bill" Becker was born April 2, 1866, in St Joseph, Missouri, a son of Johan Wilhelm "John William" Becker and Margaret "Molly" (Warner) Becker. On April 26, 1893, Bill married Norah McElvany, daughter of Samuel Houston McElvany (1852 – 1930) and Elsa Jane (McSwain) McElvany (1851 – 1883) [1]

The 1900 Census finds Bill and Norah living in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas, with the first three of their children, Samuel, Eugene, and Hugh. [2]

Bill and Norah were the parents of the following children:

  • Samuel E. Becker (1894 – 1910)
  • Eugene Vernon Becker (1895 – 1993)
  • Hugh Mcelvany Becker (1896 – 1986)
  • William Joyner Becker (1902 – 1985)
  • Albert Russell Becker (1905 – 1992)

The 1920 Census finds Bill and Norah living on South Presa Street, in San Antonio Ward 7, Bexar County, Texas, with their three youngest children, Hugh, Joyner, and Russell. [3]

According to his Death Record, Bill was living with his family at their residence at 244 Oriental Street, San Antonio, Texas when he died April 21, 1927, at sixty-one years of age. The length of residence in the city or town where death occurred (San Antonio) is 14 years, indicating that he moved there in 1913. William was employed by the government, in a civil service capacity. [4] William is buried in the Mission Burial Park, at 1700 S.E. Military Drive, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, 78221. [5]

Researcher's Notes

The Find A Grave memorial indicates that William was born in Dent County, Missouri, however, his family was living in St Joseph, Missouri at the time of his birth, (see his father's profile) and his birthplace on his death record is St Joseph, Missouri. (see image)


  1. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957" from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks.
  2. Year: 1900; Census Place: Jonesboro, Craighead, Arkansas; Roll: 55; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0015; FHL microfilm: 1240055 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  3. 1920; Census Place: San Antonio Ward 7, Bexar, Texas; Roll: T625_1779; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 91; Image: 1078 Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
  4. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3QD-RVH : 13 March 2018), William Becker, 21 Apr 1927; citing certificate number 11435, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,114,275
  5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153840778/william-matthew-becker

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