John, Sr., and Margaret (Montgomery) Beaty
John Beaty, Sr. was born in Ireland but had emigrated to the U.S. and was living in PA
in 1750. He was married to Margaret (Montgomery), the daughter of Thomas Montgomery.
Thomas was living in Washington Co., VA, later Sullivan Co., TN, at the time of his death.
John and Margaret were the parents of eight children: Thomas, b. about 1750; twins James and Phoebe, b. February 15, 1752 or 1753; Andrew,
b. 1758; William, b. May 1, 1760; Alexander, b. 1768; Pleasant; and Martin. Margaret died
about 1770 and John, Sr. remarried and he and his second wife had three children: John,
Jr., b. 1780; David, b. 1783; and George,
b. about 1785.
More is known about John's children who settled in Fentress Co, TN and the surrounding
areas than about the others. James, Andrew, William, Alexander, and Martin came to the
Lick Creek Valley in Clinton Co., KY after the Revolutionary War. Later James and William
went on to Rutherford Co., TN. Alexander later settled across the KY line in Fentress Co.
The three youngest brothers, John, Jr., David, and George, settled on the east fork of the
Obey River in Fentress Co.
Three of the sons of John served in the Revolutionary War: James (pension application
#S2990), Andrew (pension application #S2989), and William (DAR #114,033). James served
with the SC forces in four campaigns, three against the British and one against the
Cherokee Indians. Andrew entered the service from the Washington Co., VA district and
served in three campaigns. He fought in the Battle of King's Mountain during his third
campaign. The inscription on William's tombstone in Murfreesboro, TN reads: "Captain
William Batey, born May 1, 1760. A soldier of the Revolutionary War and for many years a
member of the Baptist Church."
Many Beatys in Fentress County and surrounding areas trace their ancestry to this family.
by Gerald DeHaven