Papers from Taylor Beatty of Thibodaux, La

Papers from Taylor Beatty of Thibodaux, La at University of North Carolina


Manuscripts Department
Library of the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill



Taylor Beatty of Thibodaux, La., Confederate military
judge, sugar planter, lawyer, and judge. He was the
son of Charlotte Beatty (1810-1847) and the grandson of
Walker Reid (b. 1783).

Chiefly diaries of Taylor Beatty documenting his activities during the Civil War as friend of General Braxton Bragg, judge of the military court of Lt. Gen. Hardee's Corps, and participant in the battles of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., October 1861; Shiloh, April 1862; Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 1862; Chickamauga, Ga., September 1863; Resaca, Ga., May 1864; and Franklin, Tenn., November 1864. Also documented are the years 1883 through 1917 when he was a sugar planter in Louisiana and owned the Dixie and Vivian plantations, and a lawyer who attended court in Louisiana at Houma, Napoleonville, Thibodaux, and New Orleans. Other items in the collection include a volume that belonged to Walker Reid, containing Kentucky land entries, genealogical information on the Belt, Berkly, Blincoe, Botts, Gaines, Newman, Reid, Ward, and Wigginton families, and spiritual reflections. Also included is a diary of Charlotte Beatty for 1843 documenting daily activities involving her house and garden and visits with her friends.

On-line Catalog Terms

Beatty, Charlotte, 1810-1847.
Beatty, Taylor, b. 1837.
Belt family.
Berkly family.
Blincoe family.
Botts family.
Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876.
Chickamauga, Battle of, 1863.
Confederate States of America. Army--Officers.
Dixie Plantation (La.).
Franklin (Tenn.), Battle of, 1864.
Gaines family.
Kentucky--History--19th century.
Kentucky--Religious life and customs--19th century.
Lawyers--Louisiana--History--19th century.
Louisiana--Social life and customs--19th century.
Military courts--History--19th century.
Murfreesboro, Battle of, 1862-1863.
Newman family.
Plantation life--Louisiana.
Reid family.
Reid, Walker, b. 1783.
Resaca, Battle of, 1864.
Shiloh, Battle of, 1862.
Sugar growing--Louisiana--History--19th century.
Thibodaux (La.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Vivian Plantation (La.).
Ward family.
Wigginton family.
Women--Diaries--History--19th century.
Women--Louisiana--Social life and customs--19th century.

Size 25 items (1.5 linear feet).

Provenance Purchased from Taylor Beatty of Thibodaux, Louisiana, in April 1941.

Copyright Retained by the authors of items in these papers,
or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Biographical Note
The chief figure in these papers is Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), son of Charlotte Beatty (1810-1847). He was a Confederate veteran, lawyer, and judge, and spent most of his life in Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. He married Fannie Pugh (fl. 1883-1917) and had four children: Kate (fl. 1880s), Charlton (b. 1869), Charlotte (b. 1883), and Taylor (fl. 1891-1917). He owned Dixie and Vivian Plantations.

His mother, Charlotte Beatty, also lived in Thibodaux. She was the daughter of Walker Reid (b. 1783), who moved to Kentucky in 1804 and settled in the town of Washington in Mason County. It appears that he moved to Kentucky from Virginia.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of chiefly of diaries of Taylor Beatty that document his activities during the Civil War. Also documented are the years 1883 through 1917 when he was a sugar planter in Louisiana and a lawyer who attended court in Houma, Napoleanville, Thibodaux, and New Orleans.

Also included are 18th-century land grants, a volume that belonged to Walker Reid containing Kentucky land entries and genealogical information, and a diary kept by Charlotte Beatty in 1843 documenting her daily activities.

The collection is arranged as follows:

Series 1. Land Grants and other Loose Papers
Series 2. Walker Reid Volume
Series 3. Diary of Charlotte Beatty
Series 4. Diaries of Taylor Beatty
Series 5. Typed Transcriptions of Series 2, 3, and 4
Series 6. Microfilm


Last update: July 08, 1999