Jakob Beck, a farmer, and his wife Margaretha arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
Jacob Beck and his wife Margretha [sic] is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Margaretha née [?] Beck from Zug, widowed mother of Peter Mockstadt, is recorded on the 1798 census of Luzern in Household No. Lz35. She is believed to also be the widow of Jakob Beck who married Michael Mockstadt because they were all traveling together from Germany to Oranienbaum in 1766 and from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Beck came from the German region of Mainz.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Beck family among the Volga German colonies.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Lz35.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4284.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #5817-5818.