John Andrew and Mahala (Allred) Beaty
John Andrew Beaty was born at Little Crab, TN on August l8, 1827. He was the son of Thomas Beaty and Jane Mullinix. both his parents were born in Ky,
his father in 1801 and his mother in 1802. They were married February 4, 1821. John
Andrew's brothers and sisters were: Elizabeth, b. April 22, 1882; Nancy Agnes, b. November
14, 1824; Alexander Greene, b. January 23, 1830; Nathaniel Priam, b. June 19, 1832; Thomas
Jefferson, b. July 17, 1835; Nina Jane, b. January 14, 1838; Martha Ann, b. November 11,
1840; William Hagan, b. March 11, 1843; Matilda, b. March 23, 1846; and Hiram Cyrus, b. April 5, 1849.
John Andrew married Mahala Allred about 1846. She was born September 23, 1824 and was the
daughter of Theophilus Allred and Elizabeth (Bowmen). She was a sister to Anthony Center
Looper Allred, a well-known Baptist preacher.
John Andrew and Mahala made their home at Little Crab and were the parents of ten
children: Thomas (1847-?), William (1949-?), James Robert (1850-1911), Greene (1853-?),
Peter Priam (1855-1939), Louise Cyrus (1858-1925), George Wolford
(1861-1939), Andrew Johnson (1863-1909), John Benton (1865-1938), and Mahala Jane
Three of John Andrew and Mahala's children died in their youth. They were Thomas, William,
James Robert was married to 1. Mary Jane (Greer) and 2. Lillian Belle (Bowden). He had one
child from his first marriage and one child from his second. He died March 24, 1911 and is
buried in the Beatytown Cemetery.
Peter Priam was married to Nancy Isabel (Reagan). They were the parents of three children.
He died December 4, 1939 and is buried in the Beatytown Cemetery.
Louis Cyrus was married to Serintha (Bowden). They were the parents of seven children. He
died August 25, 1925 and is buried in the Jamestown Cemetery.
George Wolford was married to Mary Catherine (Owens). They were
the parents of six children. He died August 6, 1939 and is buried in the Garrett Cemetery,
Andrew Johnson was married to 1. Mary Jane (Beaty) and 2.
Malissa Emaline (Choate). He had one child from his first marriage and eight from his
second. He died February 3,1909 and is buried in the Beatytown Cemetery.
John Benton Beaty was married to Rebecca Choate. They were the parents of ten children. He
died December 20, 1938 and is buried in the Storie Cemetery between Helena and Little
Mahala Jane was married to Sam Beaty. They were the parents of twelve children. She died
April 13, 1940 and is buried in the Beatytown Cemetery.
John Andrew had dark brown hair, except for a gray streak on the back of his head, which
earned him the nickname "Polecat John". This same hair color pattern occurred
four generations, or 114 years, later in his great-great grandson, Warren Chandler Beaty,
b. September 19, 1941.
John Andrew died about 1868 and Mahala died in 1894. They are both buried in the Beatytown
Cemetery at Riverton.
by Gerald DeHaven