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William Pitt BEATTY

Male 1766 - 1848  (82 years)


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  • Name William Pitt BEATTY 
    Born 1 Mar 1766  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jul 1848  Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Carrell, Ezra Patterson, Descendants of James Carrell and Sarah Dungan, His Wife, Philadelphia, PA: International Printing Co., 1928, pp. 110-113:

      Eleanor Polk . . . married, at Neshaminy Presbyterian Church of Warwick, November 8, 1799, William Pitt Beatty, the tenth child of Rev. Charles Beatty, pastor of Neshaminy Presbyterian Church, by his wife Ann Reading, daughter of Governor John Reading of New Jersey. He was born in Warwick, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, March 1, 1766, and was named in honor of the great English statesman and orator, whose opposition to the measures of the British ministry, which led to the War of the Revolution, endeared him to the struggling patriots. William Pitt Beatty was but 6 years of age at the death of his father, and he was reared under the guardianship of Rev. Nathaniel Irwin. He was apprenticed to the trade of a tailor, which vocation he followed in Philadelphia until 1790, when he returned to Neshaminy, and for about three years followed the same vocation there.

      In 1793, through the influence of his brother Erkuries, he obtained a clerkship in the office of the Comptroller of the State of Pennsylvania, and in 1794 he was transferred to the paymaster's office of the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Canal, and a clerkship in the office of the Delaware and Schuylkill Canal. After some other temporary employments, partly in the mercantile business, he went in 1798 to Wright's Ferry, now Columbia, Lancaster County, where he opened a store. In 1802 he was appointed Postmaster, and made Justice of the Peace, both of which offices he filled for a long time. About 1808 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Susquehanna River Improvement, and a year later filled the same positions for the York and Susquehanna Turnpike Company. In 1811 he was chosen secretary and treasurer of the Columbia Bridge Company, and in 1813 cashier of the banking institution incorporated with it. He filled the office of Chief Burgess of the Borough of Columbia several years, as well as that of treasurer of the Water Company. He was also treasurer and overseer of the engineering and construction of the turnpike between Colombia and Marietta. In 1843 he removed to Harrisburg, where he lived until the death of his wife, when he removed to Philadelphia to live with his daughter Anna Maria, and son George, where he died, July 26, 1848. He had been instrumental in organizing a band of Presbyterians of Columbia, which was served by supplies for several years, and in 1807, when a church was formed, Mr. Beatty was ordained ruling elder, and during the absence of a regular pastor, he presided over the Sabbath meetings and frequently read sermons. He served thirty-six years as ruling elder.

      He and his wife are both buried at Columbia. The records of the Beatty Family say of Eleanor (Polk) Beatty, "She was a Christian woman, a most excellent wife and mother, and useful in Society and Church."

      They had nine children, three of whom died in infancy. George, his eldest son, born November 22, 1892, was secretary to the Superintendent of the Pennsylvania Canal and Railroad in 1831; from 1832 to 1835, he had charge of the construction of a large section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and during the following year was secretary to the superintendent of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. In 1836 he went to Wisconsin Territory, was appointed private secretary to Governor Dodge, and served in that position until 1840, acting also as Superintendent of Indian Affairs of the Northwest. In 1837 he was Secretary of the Legislative Council of Iowa, and filled that position until 1843, as well as Auditor-General and Treasurer of the Territory. On November 30, 1842, he married, at Felicity, Ohio, Mrs. Eliza Ansley Salter, and they removed to New York, where they remained three years. Returning to Pennsylvania, he became proprietor and editor of Niles National Register.

      In 1851 he removed to Toronto, Canada, to take charge of the construction of the Northern Railroad of Canada, and was connected with that institution in various capacities until November, 1863, when he returned to Philadelphia.

      William Pitt Beatty, Jr., the fourth child and second son, was born at Columbia, September 8, 1808. His life was principally spent in railroad employments, having served as managing agent of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, and the Harrisburg and Lancaster Railroad, of which he was appointed collector and general superintendent at Harrisburg, and when that railroad was merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad, he was retained in the principal office of that company at Harrisburg until his death, on February 11, 1860.

      He married, January 16, 1847, Mary S. Clendenim, and had three children, the only survivor of which was Eleanor Polk, born October 28, 1850.

      John Reading Beatty, eighth child of William P. and Eleanor (Polk) Beatty, born at Columbia, September 28, 1813, was engaged in several capacities of the Passenger Lines of the Pennsylvania Canals and Railways, and had considerable experience in the construction of railways in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Canada. The latter part of Ills life was spent at Harrisburg, where he held the office of Collector of the Harrisburg and Lancaster Railroad, and also of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He died February 15, 1866, unmarried.

      Erkuries, ninth child of William P. and Eleanor (Polk) Beatty, born at Columbia, Pennsylvania, May 6, 1817, learned the printing business in his native town and was the publisher of the Columbia Spy. In 1843 he purchased the Carlisle Herald Printing Office, and removed to that town, and continued publishing that paper until 1857, when he connected himself with a company of founders and machinists, in which business he continued during the remainder of his life. During the Civil War he raised a company of volunteers within a week after the attack on Fort Sumter, and went with it to the front. He later served in the Seventh Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserves, and was several times promoted to high positions, and saw much active service, being detailed as Assistant Adjutant General, and finally was commissioned Brevet-Major and Lieutenant-Colonel for bravery and meritorious services in the field. He married, May 1, 1845, Margaret K. Piper, of Harrisburg, and had several children.

      Charles Clinton, the remaining son of William P. and Eleanor (Polk) Beatty, died at the age of 27 years.

      Ann Eliza Beatty, the only daughter of William P. and Eleanor (Polk) Beatty who lived to mature years, married, March 10, 1840, Thomas H. Pearce, who was for some time a clerk in the Collector's office of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Columbia. They removed to Philadelphia in 1842, and to New York in 1848, and returned to Columbia in 1852, where he kept a store until 1854, when they removed to Lancaster, where he was Collector of the H. & L. Railroad. In 1860 he beeume proprietor of a book store in York, and died there November 22, 1862. They had several children. His widow continued the book store in York until 1867, and then removed with her cousin, Dr. Beatty, to Steubenville, Ohio, where she died.
    Person ID I41400  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 

    Family Eleanor POLK,   b. 26 Dec 1775, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1845, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1799  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F17765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart