I recently published an account of my search for the James Beck graveyard. This will provide a little history on the man himself. He was the pastor for a time at Strawberry Primitive Baptist Church and the following excerpts are from the original minutes of the church concerning his excommunication for being a drunkard and his subsequent reinstatement several years later.
(above) Beck excommunicated due to “reports yet being in circulation against the said James Beck injurious both to his ministerial & christian character, to wit, that of his being a drunkard”
(below) “James Beck came forward and made acknowledgement to the church of his transgression, confessing the justness & correctness of his excommunication, and expressing his sorrow for the same, in such a manner as the church thinks proper to restore him to fellowship as a private member”