Thomas Beaty

Thomas Beaty

Thomas Beaty, my paternal great-great grandfather, was born in 1801, either in what is now Wayne or Clinton County, Kentucky. His parents were Andrew Beaty, Sr. and Elizabeth (Cooper) Beaty. His paternal grandparents were John Beaty, Sr. and Margaret (Montgomery) Beaty. His maternal grandfather was John Cooper, who migrated from Pennsylvania to Sullivan County, Tennessee, and died there in 1800. On Feb. 4, 1821, Thomas Beaty married Jane Mullinix, in what is now Fentress County, Tennessee. She was born about 1804, in Barren County, Kentucky, and died Jan. 7, 1893, in Fentress County, Tennessee. Her parents were Nathaniel and Delilah Mullinix. Her paternal grandparents were Richard and Elizabeth (Poynter) Mullinix, who both were born in Sussex County, Delaware. Jane's paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Robert Millnor, was born about 1650, in England. Her paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Rebecca (Boston) Millnor, was born about 1650, in Northampton County, Virginia. Not much is known about Jane's mother, Delilah, except that Nathaniel divorced her for being unfaithful to her marriage vows. And nothing is known about Delilah's ancestors. I think that she may have been an American Indian - a Cherokee, perhaps? Because her granddaughter, Nancy Agnes (Beaty) King, had features like those of an Indian. Jane was a 1st cousin to Isham Mullinix, born about 1810, in Fentress County, who was a grandfather of the Isham L. Mullinix, John M. Mullinix, and Sarah Elizabeth (Mullinix) Lee, who are buried in the Salem Cemetery, at Rheber, here in Casey County, Kentucky.

The children of Thomas and Jane (Mullinix) Beaty were as follows: Elizabeth Beaty, b. Apr. 23, 1822; Nancy Agnes Beaty, b. Nov. 14, 1824; John Andrew Beaty, b. Aug. 18, 1827; Alexander Green Beaty, b. Jan. 23, 1830; Nathaniel Priam Beaty, b. June 19, 1832; Thomas Jefferson Beaty, b. July 17, 1835; Nina Jane Beaty, b. Jan. 14, 1838; Martha Ann Beaty, b. Nov. 11, 1840; William Hagan Beaty, b. Mar. 11, 1843; Matilda Beaty, b. May 23, 1846; and Hiram Cyrus Beaty, b. Apr. 5, 1849. Elizabeth and Nancy were born in Clinton County, Ky., all the others in Fentress County, Tenn. Their marriages were as follows: Elizabeth Beaty married James King. Nancy Beaty married his brother, Robert King. John Andrew Beaty married Mahala Allred. Alexander Green Beaty's marriage status is not known to me. Nathaniel Priam Beaty married Ellen Brown. Thomas Jefferson Beaty married Drucilla somebody. Nina Jane Beaty may have married Hawk Reagan. Martha Ann Beaty married George Washington Hill. William Hagan Beaty married Miranda somebody. Matilda Beaty married Sampson Stephens. And Hiram Cyrus Beaty married Catherine Beaty.

Six of the eleven daughters and sons Elizabeth, Nancy Agnes, John Andrew, Martha Ann, Matilda and Hiram Cyrus - had a total of 59 children. Nancy and Hiram each had 11; John and Martha each had 10; Elizabeth had 9; and Matilda had 8. But, it appears that the other 5 sons and daughters had but a few children, if any. Alexander Green Beaty died in 1856, at age 26. Nathaniel Priam Beaty, a Union soldier during the Civil War, was killed in the Battle of Mill Springs, Ky., near Somerset, in 1862, at age 30. William Hagan Beaty, who was also a Union soldier during the Civil War, died in the Confederate prisoner of war camp at Belle Island, Va. He probably starved to death in 1864 - as several other Union soldiers did there - at age 21. Thomas Jefferson Beaty, born in 1835, probably died in the war as a soldier, too; by the age 29 or 30. And I don't have any information on Nina Jane Beaty, born in 1838. My 3rd cousin Welter Estes Webb listed her as having died unmarried, in 1855, at age 17. But Tim Lee Huddleston listed her as having married Hawk Reagan and as having died in 1885, at age 47. I don't have a listing of the Thomas and Jane (Mullinix) Beaty family in the 1860 census.

Thomas Beaty's father, Andrew Beaty, Sr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain, under the command of Isaac Shelby, who later became Kentucky's first governor. Other leaders of these frontiersmen from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, were William Campbell and John Sevier. (Later on, Sevier became governor of Tennessee.) The British had overrun Georgia and South Carolina, and were advancing toward North Carolina. A company of British soldiers were entrenched on the top of Kings Mountain, in northern South Carolina, near Charlotte, North Carolina. The American frontiersmen surrounded the mountain and slowly fought their way, Indian style, to the top. Major Ferguson, the British leader, and nearly half of his men were killed during the battle, and the rest were captured by the Americans. That was a turning point in the war in the South. One year and 12 days later, the British surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, and the war ended, October 19, 1781.

Thomas Beaty served as Sheriff of Fentress County for, at least, one term. And, for some reason, he was called Colonel Tom Beaty. I don't know why. I don't think that he had been a soldier in any war. He was only 13 years old when the War of 1812 ended. And he was 60 years old when the Civil War started. The title may have been a honorary one, as a "Kentucky Colonel," for example. I don't know when that Kentucky Colonel stuff started. (And it appears that the reference book people have not heard about it yet.) In North Carolina, during World War II, a fellow private about my age, from Chicago, named Snyder, always called me "Colonel Wright," meaning a "Kentucky Colonel." I don't have that honor. And, militarily, the rank of Corporal was the highest that I ever held.

Thomas Beaty was a brother to Alexander Beaty who married Polly Hull, a sister to Cordell Hull's grandfather; a brother to Nancy Agnes Beaty who married Jonathan Hull, a brother to Polly; and a brother to William Beaty who married Martha Westmoreland and migrated here to Casey County, Kentucky, about 1861 probably, with his family. William and Martha were ancestors of Claude Beaty, John William Wood, Victoria (Wood) Martin, Loretta (Wood) Cooper, Ethel Patton, and several others here in Casey County.

Thomas and Jane Beaty, their daughter Elizabeth, her husband James King, and some other relatives, are buried in the old grown up Joel Beaty Cemetery, at Riverton, in Fentress County. Nancy Agnes, her husband Robert King, Matilda, her husband Sampson Stephens, Hiram Cyrus Beaty, his wife Catherine, Nancy's sons Peter Priam King and Henry Robert King, their wives, and some other relatives are buried in King Cemetery in Fentress County. Some of Thomas and Jane's descendants are buried in Ann Wood Cemetery and in Cooper Cemetery in Fentress County. Some others are buried in Overton County, Tennessee. And their daughter Nancy's daughter Elizabeth Ann (King) Wright and husband John Taylor Wright (my grandparents) and several of their descendants are buried in Whited Cemetery, here in Casey County, Ky, Some of William and Martha Beaty's descendants are buried in Salem Cemetery, in Casey County, Ky., and some in Hyder Cemetery, in Adair County, Ky. William and Martha Beaty, themselves, are buried just over the county line from there, in Casey County, Ky.

by Roscoe Hollis Wright
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