Nathan had at least two sons, Isaac (1759) and Gabriel, who lived
a small village in the Rhineland Palatine region of modern
1809, when Jews there were required to adopt permanent surnames, Isaac
and Gabriel's sons (since Gabriel was deceased), Raphael and
Isaac, took the surname BECKER (also spelled BEKER in some early records).
Isaac BECKER married
Moses, and had at least three children: Gabriel (1794), Löw, and Gitel.
BECKER married Philippina, daughter of Joseph, son of Isaak, and Ella,
daughter of Joseph, in Dörnbach in 1814 and
had at least
one son Isaac (1820).
Isaac BECKER married Helena DREYFUSS from Marienthal in
1850 and had at
least six children: Emilie (1850), Rosa (1854), Simon Max (1855), Henry
(1862), Moses W. (1863), and Otto Godfrey (1867). The whole family
immigrated to America. Isaac and Helena died in Chicago in 1897 and
Emilie BECKER immigrated to America in 1864 and
married Joseph ALTSCHUL from Oberlustadt, Bavaria, son of Samuel and
Regina nee BEHR,
in about 1867. Joseph's brother, Adolph, who
lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was the great-grandfather of Julius Lester, the well-known African
American Jewish author. Joseph and Emilie had at least five children,
including Rose (1871), Oscar (1873), and
Charles A. (1874). Emilie resided primarily in Chicago and died in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, in 1925.
Rosa BECKER married Samuel WALDBOTT about 1870 and
had at least three
children: Eugene S. (1872) and Camill R. (1874). She died in Chicago in
Godfrey Becker 
W. Becker 
Max Becker 
Simon Max BECKER, known as S. Max, immigrated to
America in 1872.
1881, he lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1882, he immigrated to
Chicago, Illinois, as a dealer in wool and furs, and married Lilly
HIRSH in 1891. They had at least three children: Robert Gabriel (1892),
Florence E. (1897), and S. Max, Jr. (1905).
Robert Gabriel BECKER married Florence SCHNADIG and
died in Chicago in
Florence E. BECKER married Irving G. LEDERER in
1917 and died in
Chicago in 1983.
Simon Max BECKER, Jr., known as S. Max, married
Marion Louise GOODMAN,
daughter of Milton and Sadie, in 1946. He died in Chicago in 1977.
Moses W. BECKER married Louise DECKER in Chicago in
1893 and had at
least five children: Clara (1894), Erwin A. (1896), Gertrude (1898),
Alfred (1900), and Richard Max (1902).
Richard Max BECKER died in San Francisco in 1971.
Otto Godfrey BECKER, also known as O. Godfrey,
married Florence R.
WILER in Chicago in 1897 and died there in 1922.
Löw "Lion" BECKER married Esther KAUFMANN
in Dörnbach in 1819. He married Sara DALSHEIMER
in Dörnbach in 1820.
Gabriel BECKER married Reichel
(1757), daughter of
and had at
least two children in Dörnbach: Isaac (1782) and Raphael (1784).
After Gabriel died in Dörnbach in 1798, Reichel
Hirsch LEVI (later known as David LEVI). She died in Dörnbach
BECKER married Philippine LIEBENSTEIN
from Börrstadt, daughter
of Kalmann and Michele, in Dörnbach in
1810 and then
moved to nearby Börrstadt in 1815. They had children: Regina (1817),
Ester (1819), Gertruda (1822), and Ester
(1824). After Philippine died
in 1832, Isaac married Judith GRÜNEWALD
from Neuhemsbach, daughter of Jakob and Esther nee
in Börrstadt in
1832. They had children: Elisabetha (1833),
(1835), Johannetta (1840), Ester (1842), and Lena (1846).
After Isaac died in Börrstadt in 1856, Judith and several of her
daughters immigrated to the United States. In 1860, Abraham, Eva, Judith
(known in America as Henrietta or Yetta), Sarah, and Magdalena (Lena)
sailed together from France to New York.
"Rachel" BECKER married Samuel OBERBRUNNER in 1859 in
Cleveland and had
children Amanda (1860)
and Isaac S. (1864). She died in 1882 at age 63.
"Eva" BECKER, who remained single and lived with her
sister Lena for the
final thirty five years of her life, died in 1911.
"Eliza" BECKER, who immigrated earlier than the rest of
the family in
1851 and married Marx HAYS in Cleveland in 1854. They had children:
Emma (1856), Sarah (1858), David (1860), Isaac (1862), Moses M. (1866),
and Jacob M. (1869). She died in 1920.
BECKER, a dry goods merchant, married Rosina
1862 in Cleveland and had children: Carrie (1857)
and Addie (1866). He died in Cleveland in 1887.
(Becker) Rose 
Addie BECKER married Philip BETTER from Hungary in
Cleveland in 1886
and had two children, Albert (1887) and Harold (1890). She died there
Carrie BECKER married Abraham GREENWALD from
Kentucky, son of Jacob and
Barbara, in Cleveland in about 1879 and had at least two sons, Jacob
(1881) and Gilbert (1885).
BECKER immigrated to America in 1859. She married Leopold ROSE in
Cleveland in 1868 and had children: Edward (1868), Albert (1870),
Charles (1872), and Minnie (1874). She moved with her
family to Chattanooga,
Tennessee, in about 1875 and had at least one more child, Gilbert
(1876). Fanny died in 1907.
BECKER married Leopold BENEDICT,
and Klara nee
about 1866 and had children born in Cleveland: Isaac
M. (1867), Abraham L. (1868), Edward Andrew (1870), Robert Joseph
(1873), and Eleanor (1876). She died in 1900.
BECKER married Adolph SIMON in 1869 in Cleveland and
(1871), Minnie M. (1873), Alexander A. (1875), Elanore (1878), Eugene
(1880), Henrietta P. (1884), Gilbert G. (1887), and Ruby E. (1890). She
died in 1914.
BECKER married Sare THAL (1785) from Imsbach, daughter of
Saloman and Dine Koppel, in Dörnbach in 1809 and had
Gabriel, Philipp, Regina, and Sara.
Thank you to Nancy
Grossman (firstname.lastname@example.org), professional genealogist,
for her help in
uncovering the history of this family.
Tribune, November 24, 1918.
 Belden, Albert L. The
Fur Trade of America and
Some of the Men Who Made and Maintain It: Together with Furs and Fur
Bearers of Other Continents and Countries and Islands of the Sea.
New York: Peltries Pub. Co, 1917.
 The David
Gross Family Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special
Collections, UNC Asheville 28804