1803-March 16, 1854
Some records show Isaac Beaty born in Kentucky and some show him born in Tennessee. He was
the son of James Beaty, (1752-died after 1835), and Mary Catherine
Smith Beaty. James was born in Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania of Dutch
and Quaker descent. James married Mary Catherine Smith. Nothing more is known about her.
This James was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Two other brothers, Andrew and William, served in this war. In the early 1800's, after
his military service was over, James and four brothers, Andrew, Alexander, William, and
Martin, migrated to South Kentucky near Monticello and Albany. James and William, after a
few years, moved on to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where they spent the remainder of their
lives. James died after 1835; William, (Captain), died January 11, 1836. Both are buried
in Rutherford County, Tenn.
Susannah Gwynn was the daughter of John, (1762), and Jane Holbrook(?). Gwynn, (1760). John
Gwynn had a tar camp in Fentress County in pioneer days. Son Jeremiah lived on the west
side of East Fork of Obey River on May 28, 1830. John's daughter, Sarah, (1800), married
George Owens; another daughter who reared her family in Fentress County was Pheriba,
(1803), who married Samuel Scroggins. The other Gwynns left this county about 1855. There
is a Gwynn Island in the Buffalo Cove area located on the East Fork River named for this
John Gwynn family.
Isaac and Susannah were married in Rutherford County August 5, 1824. However, all their
children were born and reared in Fentress County. Their children were: William R. Beaty,
born 7-7-1825, died 3-12-1862 in Flat Rock, KY. while serving in the Civil War. He died of
disease. This William married Mary (Pop) Sells and had seven children, some married, when
he entered service, Jane, born 10-10-1826, died after 1880, married Jonathan Hays (1826),
Mary E., born 11-15-1827, married John (Leggs) Smith, born 1830, Sarah (Sally) Elizabeth,
born 11-10-1829, married John Hill, left Fentress County, and moved to Texas in 1890s, and
reared family there, Nancy, born 5-23-1831, died 12-29-1909, married James Thomas Taylor.
They, too, moved to Texas in 18908 and reared family of nine children there. Nancy is
buried at Ector, Fannin County, Texas. John G., born 4-22-1833, died as a prisoner of
Confederates on Bell's Island on 2-17-1862, married Zilphia Holbert. James M., born
1-31-183fi, died as a prisoner of South at Bell's Island, Richmond, VA 3-221863, never
married, died while in Civil War of chronic diarrhea. Isaac, born l838 - was in Civil War,
died in service, no other information, Lucy Catherine, born 12-24-1840, died 2-21-1922,
married Joel Lindsey Reagan, (my grandparents). David C., born 1843, died of disease while
serving in the Civil War on 2-171862, never married. Eliazer Alley, born 1847, died
4-12-1875 of typhoid, married Ellen Ledbetter. This was the only son of the six sons who
did not die as a result of the Civil War. He was too young for service.
Susannah lost her husband in 1854 when he was fifty-one. She then gave up five sons to
service -- and death -- in the Civil War. It is hard for us to realize the hardships this
mother endured in a war-torn, rural Fentress County, yet she lived to the age of ninety
years. There is one odd history note concerning the preaching of Susannah's and son,
Ailey's, funeral. Rev. A.B. Wright records that he preached both funerals at the same
service in September, 1892. Alley had died in April, 1875. That was not too unusual in
those days. There were no embalming then in these rural areas, so the body was buried soon
after death, and when the preachers came into the territory in good weather, when roads
were passable, a memorial service was held for the deceased.
by Wilma R. Pinckley, Great Granddaughter of Isaac
See Also: Issac and
Susannah (Gwin) Beaty