Dillard Osborn Beaty
Dillard Osborn Beaty was born at Little Crab, Fentress County, Tennessee on March 12,
1890. His parents were Serintha Catherine Bowden (January 11, 1862 - February 24, 1935)
and Louis Cyrus Beaty (February 14, 1858 - August 25, 1925). His grandparents were Mahala
Allred (September 23, 1827 1894) and John Andrew Beaty
(August 18, 1827 - 1869). His great-grandparents were Jane Mullinix (1802 - January 7,
1893) and William Thomas Beaty (1808 -1878). His great-great
grandparents were Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of Margaret Steele and John Cooper, and Andrew Beaty. Andrew Beaty, the son of Margaret Montgomery and John
Beaty, was born in Pennsylvania in 1760. He lived in what is now Sullivan County,
Tennessee during the Revolutionary War. He was a soldier of that war and served under
Shelby. He was in the Battle of King's Mountain. Andrew Beaty died July 19, 1836.
D.O. Beaty attended elementary school at Boatland, Fentress County, Tennessee; Fentress
County High School, Jamestown, Tennessee; Pleasant Hill Academy, Cumberland County,
Tennessee and Neal Law College, Knoxville, Tennessee. He practiced law and operated a
lumber and automobile business at Jamestown, Tennessee. He served as County Trustee for
Fentress County 19281936. He was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church, serving as
Sunday School Superintendent, 1938-1952, and as a member of the official board, 1928-1952.
He was a Member Free and Accepted Masons, holding Scottish Rite degrees; Order of the
Mystic Shrine, Alhambra Temple; Knights Templar.
He served in the House of Representatives, 74th, 75th and 77th General Assemblies,
1945-1949, 1951-1952, representing Fentress, Clay, Overton, Pickett and Putnam Counties.
He was a Democrat. The D.O. Beaty bridge on U.S. Highway 127 at the Fentress-Cumberland
Counties line and the D.O. Beaty School in Fentress County, Tennessee were named in his
He and Martha Ellen Smith (July 31, 1889 February 5, 1960), daughter of Frances Luann
McDonald and Luther Travis Smith, were married at Jamestown, Tennessee on October 13,
1914. They had eight children: Dillard Osborn, Jr., Franklin, Tennessee; Luther Louis,
Fairfield, Ohio; Houston Roberts, Jamestown, Tennessee; Frank, Manchester, Tennessee;
Frances Catherine (Mrs. Robert C. McDonald), Nashville, Tennessee; Margaret Ellen (Mrs.
W.E. Echols), Nashville, Tennessee; Patrick Henry, Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and Nell Carolyn
(Mrs. Elwood W. Tompkins), Oakdale, Tennessee.
There are twenty grandchildren: Children of Dillard O. Beaty, Jr. and Margaret Smith:
Dillard Osborn, III, Dorothy May (Mrs. David McMahon), and Keith Andrew. Children of
Luther Louis Beaty and Mary Jean Boss: Rebecca (Mrs. Bernard Schroeder), Mark, and Tim.
Children of Houston Roberts Beaty and Kathleen Smith: Robert Thomas, Sam Houston, and
Martha Jane (Mrs. James Wiley). Children of Frank Beaty and Willodene Bicknell: Frank,
Katherine (Mrs. David Lea), and Henry. Children of Margaret Ellen Beaty and William Edward
Echols: Ellen, Nancy (Mrs. Charles Lunsford), and Julie. Children of Patrick Henry Beaty
and Doris Jean Hatfield: David, Gregg, and Chris. Children of Nell Carolyn Beaty and
Elwood W. Tompkins: William Lawrence, and Jane Ellen.
There are twenty-nine great-grandchildren.
Dillard Osborn Beaty died at Nashville, Tennessee on March 5, 1952. Both he and his wife,
Martha Ellen Smith Beaty, are buried in the Taylor Cemetery, Jamestown, Tennessee.
by Frances Beaty McDoneld
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