John, Beaty Sr.
John Beaty, Sr. was born about 1725 or 1730, in Ireland. About 1750, he came over to
Pennsylvania and married Margaret Montgomery. The identity of John's parents is not known.
The identity of Margaret's mother is not known. But her father probably was the Thomas
Montgomery who died in 1803, in Washington County, Virginia. If so, then Margaret had 2
sisters: Abigail Montgomery, who married Samuel Preston; and Ann Montgomery, who appears
to have had no husband or children at the time of their father's death. His will, dated
May 19, 1803, refers to "my daughter Margaret Beaty," and "my daughter
Abigail Preston," and "my daughter Ann." Also "the children of
Margeret Beaty and Abigail Preston." And also, he mentioned John Beaty. And, as
executors of his will, he appointed William Stuart, John Beaty and Samuel Preston. The
witnesses were William Snodgrass, William Ryburn and John Evens. The securities were
Robert Preston and David Craig. And by June 21, 1803, Thomas Montgomery had died. In the
will, he mentioned "being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing
memory." Then, on August 21, 1823, James Beaty and John Beaty Jr. sold their share of
the land that they inherited from their grandfather, Thomas Montgomery, to their brother
Alexander M. Beaty. And, in the deed, it is stated that these 3 brothers "are a
part" of the children of Margaret (Montgomery) Beaty who are mentioned in the will.
John Beaty, Sr. and his wife Margaret were still living on the tract of land, on August
21, 1823. The will and deed both, it appears, are still on record in the office of the
County Court Clerk, in Washington County, Virginia.
On May 5, 1834, Andrew Beaty, born in Pennsylvania, in 1758,
(another of the Beaty sons, and an ancestor of mine) appeared before a Justice of the
Peace, in Fentress County, Tennessee, to apply for the back pay on his Revolutionary War
pension of thirty dollars per year, which was supposed to have started March 4, 1831. And,
on May 29. 1834, he was given a certificate of $105.00 in hack pay. In order to collect
it, he gave an oral history of his military service. He stated that he first enlisted in
the spring of 1777, in "what was called Washington County, Virginia," for a
period of 8 months. He signed up for another 3 months in March 1779. Then, in 1780, he
enlisted for 3 more months, and fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Several other men
who were in that battle settled in Fentress County later on. Among them were Robert
Crockett, born August 13, 1755. He was a grandfather of William Nelson Crockett, Jr. who
migrated here to Casey County, Kentucky. He was also an uncle to Davy Crockett, and a
brother to the William Crockett who lived at Boatland, in Fentress County. And Andrew
Beaty was personally acquainted with this Robert Crockett. Actually, Andrew Beaty was
living in what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee, when he entered military service. (The
state line between Virginia and Tennessee was in dispute for a number of years). Andrew
married Elizabeth Cooper there, after the war ended. Her father, John Cooper, died on
Beaver Creek there, in 1800, leaving 150 acres of land to his sons, Andrew Cooper and
Thomas Cooper, and to his daughter, Elizabeth (Cooper) Beaty. Andrew Beaty stated that he
moved to Cumberland County, Kentucky, in 1799. James Beaty, William Beaty and Alexander
Beaty each had a land grant there, of 200 acres, on Lick Creek. And their brother, Martin
Beaty, had one on Beaver Creek containing 2l0 acres. All of the land grants were dated May
Andrew's older brother, James Beaty, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War too. He was
residing in Rowan County, North Carolina, when he entered military service, in Charlotte,
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in the latter part of 1775. And he served, off and on,
during the whole war. In his military records, he stated that he was born in 1752 or 1753,
in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania. That he had a twin sister and an older
brother. He said that he continued to live in Rowan County, North Carolina, a number of
years after the war ended. Then he resided ten years or more in Sullivan County, and in
Greene County, Tennessee. Then he went to Cumberland County, Kentucky, and lived there
about 20 years. That he went from there to Rutherford County, Tennessee. (However, he must
have stopped off briefly in what is now Fentress County. For he is listed in the 1820
census of Overton County, Tennessee). Then, apparently, he and his brother William spent
the rest of their lives in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Another brother, Martin Beaty, spent the rest of his life in Kentucky, after going there
(presumably) in 1799. He drilled salt water wells for a number of years. He accidentally
struck oil, near Burkesville, Kentucky, in 1819. This was said to have been the world's
first oil well. Later, he became prominent in education, and in politics; serving a term
as a state senator. He died in Owsley County, Kentucky, in 1856. He said that he was from
Washington County, Virginia. Beattyville, Kentucky, was named for these Beatys, it is
said. John Beaty, Jr., David Beaty, Sr. and George Beaty were in Fentress County by about
1810. It is said that they came there from North Carolina. The other Beatys arrived in
Fentress County a little later.
So, the records indicate that John Beaty, Sr. and his wife, Margaret (Montgomery) Beaty,
were the ancestors of all, or of most, of the Beatys in the Fentress County area. (But
probably not including all of those in southern Kentucky). It appears to me (with the
information that I have at present) that the children of John Beaty, Sr. and Margaret
(Montgomery) Beaty were as follows: Thomas Beaty; James Beaty.
born in 1752 or 1753, and Phoebe Beaty, twins ?; Andrew Beaty,
born in 1758; William Beaty; Pleasant Beaty; Alexander Beaty, born in 1768; Martin Beaty;
John Beaty, Jr., born in 1780; David Beaty Sr., born in 1783;
and George Beaty, born in 1785. All of the children may have been
both David and George as having been born there.
Fentress County historian, Albert R. Hogue, stated that John, Jr., David and George were
first cousins to Davy Crockett. But I don't see how that could have been. And it was said
that William Beaty was kin to Andrew Jackson, whom he fought under in the Battle of New
Orleans, during the War of l812.But l don't know how that was either.
Here is where some members of this family probably are buried: The parents -- John Beaty,
Sr. and Margaret -- probably are buried in Washington County, Virginia. James and William
probably are buried in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Andrew is thought to be buried in the
Joel Beaty Cemetery, at Riverton. Martin probably is buried in Owsley County, Kentucky.
John, Jr., David and George probably are buried in the Buffalo Cove area. And I don't
really have much of an idea as to where Thomas and Phoebe are buried, Alexander and
Pleasant may be buried in Fentress County, or in northeastern Pickett County, Tennessee.
by Roscoe Hollis Wright