This material is provided by Gary Cash and Joe and Joan McCarty. It is based on the original research of Dr. Ralph L. Cash, Sr. MD and is reproduced here with Dr. Cash's express permission. 03/05/2000
Thomas Beck was born in Kent Co. Maryland, in 1763. He assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in the capacity of drummer boy and as a private soldier. When he first entered service he was too young to be regularly enrolled in the militia but he volunteered his services as a drummer boy, serving under Captain Simon Weeks in the Regiment of Commander Benjamin Chambers. Entered service in the spring of 1777 for one month. Then the regiment was called to defend the coast along Chesapeake Bay. This service was for 3 months. In 1779 served one term of 2 months and another one month guarding the coast and during the next three years was called out frequently.
He married December 19, 1792, in Kent County, Maryland. His wife's name was Ann or Nancy. (No last name given.) Pension papers Maryland W-8354.
In the year 1794, he moved to Ohio County, Va. near Wheeling, lived there for about 8 years, then moved to a farm in Livingston Co. (Now Caldwell Co.) KY where he died Nov. 10, 1840, and is buried in Beck graveyard about 6 miles west of Princeton, Ky.
Page 6 Vol. 1 Collins History of KY lists Thomas Beck age 75 as a Revolutionary Soldier living in 1840 in Caldwell Co. KY.
From the Records of Joe & Joan McCarty 3/1/00