m. est. 1705
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John Beatty was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Records of John Beatty in Augusta County, VA
Information on John Beatty
Area Home has Colorful History: Bristol Herald Courier - Monday, March 15, 1959 - by Phebe Fullerton Levenson.
“Two centuries ago, an Irishman brought his bride to the New world. They left their home and family to make the stormy voyage across the sea to settle in Maryland. From Maryland they went to Rockbridge County, Virginia and then, in 1768, they made the long trip up into the wild mountains of Southwest Virginia.
“He was John Beattie, and his wife was Ellen Gilmore Beattie. They probably settled first in the Ebbing Spring area, then in 1783, John Beattie bought 2,193 acres of rich bottom land from the widow of James Wood, for which he paid 410 pounds. This land was originally part of a land grant from the King of England to James Wood and it ran from Emory to Glade Spring.
“The Beatties had three boys and four girls. One of the girls, Agnes, married James Dysart, who built the log house that was the original Brook Hall. Their first son, David, was a Captain in the Battle of Kings Mountain, and their second son, John, was killed in that battle.
“Inherited Estate: William, the youngest child, inherited the majority of John Beattie’s property, including, as stated in the will of John Beattie: “All that tract of land I now live on, with its appurtenances, together with all my farming utensils, my two Negro men, Peter and Joshua, all my work horses, except my wife shall choose one of them, together with the residue of my household and kitchen furniture.
“William Beattie married Mary Allison, and they had thirteen children. Their eldest daughter married Colonel William Byars, who built the present Brook Hall, and several old homes in this area.
“William Beattie’s son, Madison, inherited most of his father’s property. Seven years before his father’s death at the age of 100, he had the brick home, later known as the Madison Beattie Place, built by his slaves.
“First House Burned: The original brick home burned the day it was completed. It is said that Madison Beattie began building the present home the next day, and the original house was much more elaborate than the present one. The second house was completed in 1853. At his father’s death, Madison inherited the estate, the household furnishings and the slaves.
“Madison Beattie married Martha A. Cunningham, and they had three children. Their youngest daughter, Mary married Charles mcKinney on June 10, 1879 while he was attending Emory and Henry College. The young couple settled at the old homeplace and remained there until 1925, when the estate was sold to Welfred Bell.
“The Madison Beattie Place is an eight room home, and is a beautiful example of pre-Civil War Georgian architecture. The home has three porches: one at the front and a sleeping porch at the back. The outside cornice carving is quite elaborate and lovely and is supposedly a copy of the carvings at Monticello. The cherry stairway is circular but has a platform, and the fireplaces are simple but artfully carved.
“Elaborately Furnished: Many people remember the old home when the McKinneys lived there. The house was beautifully and elaborately furnished. The McKenneys entertained frequently, and at a Christmas party in 1898, someone cut the date on a front window pane with a diamond.
“The McKinneys kept and trained magnificent race horses around the turn of the century. They had a race track in the bottom land below the house, and many colorful races were held there.
“Bought by Arlingtons: Welfred Bell, now of Abingdon, Va., bought the home in 1925, and he and his family lived there until 1937, when they sold the estate to the B. M. Arlingtons, the present owners.
“The Arlingtons, who have named their home “Morningside,” have kept the pleasing aura of the past in their home. Furnished with many antiques, “Morningside” has both the charm of a home and the dignity of its heritage.
“Many legends are told about the old estate. According to one of the most interesting, Madison Beattie, during the Civil War, instructed one of his most trusted slaves to bury the family silver and some money. The slave was seen taking the silver and money down toward the creek behind the house, and later coming back without it. Several days later, while the slaves were putting the roof on the new log crib, a troop of Federal soldiers was seen marching toward the house. In the excitement of the frightened slaves, a log fell and killed the one who had buried the valuables. Neither the silver nor the money has ever been found.
“Some descendants of John Beattie are Robert and William Beattie and Mrs. James McFanned of Childowie, Virginia, Zan McKinney of Emory, Virginia, and the wife of John Beattie’s great-grandson, Mrs. George Beattie of Bristol.
Mr. James McChesmey Prickett, Rural Retreat, Virginia, is a descendant of the Beattie-Gilmore Family. He says: “My maternal grandmother was Rachel Elizabeth Beattie, daughter of Colonel Robert Beattie who ran the old farm - the old Town House Tavern in the early part of the nineteenth century. For nearly 200 years eight generations of Beatties lived there. It seems that John Beattie, a Scotch-Irishman, settled first in Rockbridge Co., Virginia, then later moved into Washington County, prior to the Revolutionary War. He had three sons in that war. John, Jr., who was killed in the Battle of Kings Mountain; William, also in that battle, from whom most of the Beatties in Smyth and Washington Counties descend; and David, a Captain in that battle.
“William is buried in the old cemetery that nearly surrounds the Presbyterian Church near the intersection with Lee Highway of roads leading to Damascus and Glade Springs. He lived to be over a hundred years of age. He was my grandmother’s grandfather. On the site of the old church was once a stockade called Fort Beattie.
“Colonel Robert Beattie also had a store near the Preston Tavern at Seven Mile Ford. Robert Beattie was the first County Clerk of Smyth County. He had three sons in the Confederate Army. His daughter, Rachel Elizabeth married Thomas G. McConnell and became the grandmother of James McHesney Prickett. Mr. Prickett says his grandmother spelled her name Baity.”
John Beattie Birth1711/1718, ?, Ulster, Ireland Death18 Aug 1790, ?, Washington, Virginia BurialEbbing Springs Cemetery FatherArthur BEATTY (1673-1741) MotherMartha CAIRNES (1687-1743)
NameElinor (Ellen) GILMORE (GILMER), 5G Grandmother Birthca 1722, ?, Ulster, Ireland Death?, Washington, Virginia BurialEbbing Springs Cemetery
Marriage: ca 1741 Children: David (1744-1814)
Mary (ca1746-1841) Martha (ca1746-) John (1752-1780) Nancy Agnes (1754-1833) Sarah Ellen/Eleanor (ca1758-) Jane (ca1760-1814) William (1760-1860)