John and John Henry Beatty Papers

William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan, John and John Henry Beatty Papers

Temporary record
Beatty, John, 1800-1894
John Henry, b. 1840
Papers, 1855-1878
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 189 items

Background note:

The son of John Beatty, a prosperous farmer in Doylestown, and Col. Reading Beatty of Philadelphia, John Henry Beatty (b. 1840) had considerable advantages from birth. After receiving a boarding school education, and while still in his teens, John Henry agreed to supervise the operation of oil wells at Franklin, Pa., for his brother-in-law, George F. Curwen. In the Civil War, Beatty served with the Union Army Commissary Department for two years, and then attended Burnham's American Busniess College in Hudson, N.Y., for a short period. After another fling with oil drilling in 1865, Beatty purchased a farm in North Vineland, N.J., where he became a fruit farmer.

The Beatty Papers include letters and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the Beatty family. Over half of the letters are between John Henry Beatty and various family members, relating news of Henry's schooling, work in oil well management, service in the Civil War, and farming.

Curwen, George F.
Fathers and sons
Farming--New Jersey
Oil industry--Pennsylvania
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


Last update: July 02, 1999