In the following sentences

"What was become of Peter?"

Source: Charles Haddon Spurgeon, quoting Acts 12:18 KJV.

What became of my second Brother I never knew any more than Father or Mother did know what was become of me.

Source: Robinson Crusoe

What is the usage of was become of...?


This is an old-fashioned usage meaning

What happened to


What was the fate of

Compare the Oxford English Dictionary:

become of (after ‘what’) was used formerly in sense of ‘come out of, result from,’ but has also taken the place of ‘where is it become,’ etc., in 1b, in reference to the later locality, position, or fate of a person or thing (emphasis mine).

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