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Biographical Sketch of Hon. David E. Beaty

Hon. David E. Beaty

Hon. David E. Beaty - was born in Butler County, Ohio, February 4, 1812. He was the oldest child of Nenian and Jane Beaty, who were farmers, the former dying in 1838, his wife surving him 19 years, until 1857. Mr. Beaty chose the occupation of his father for his own, and spent his life of a farm. He received his early education in the common schools of his county, which were somewhat limited, but having a thirst for knowledge and by patient and constant study, acquired an education which prepared him for many useful positions which he creditably filled in after years.

February 5, 1833, he was married to Miss Anna Elizabeth Ross, daughter of Amos and Lydia Ross, of Butler County, Ohio. Of this union there were born six children, three of whom survive, namely; Nenian C., of St. Louis, Mo.; Amos, now living in Dakota; and Mrs. Kate Burriss of Atlanta, Ga. Shortly after his marriage he moved to Fayette County, Ind., where he bought a farm, and two of his children were born there. In 1839, he sold this farm and returned to his native county and bought another farm. Here he lived until January 1859, when he again sold out and removed to Jersey County, Ill., and purchased the farm, known as the Mound Farm, three miles southwest of Jerseyville, where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of about a year he lived in Jerseyville. Mrs. Beaty, died Jan. 9, 1868, and her death cast a gloom over the hitherto peaceful and happy home.

On July 5, 1870, Mr. Beaty again married, his second wife being Miss Harriet M. Henderson, a native of New Hampshire. By this union one son was born, David E. Beaty, Jr., who still lives with his mother in Jerseyville.

Mr. Beaty was active in futhering every movement which he calculated would advance the interests of the farmer, as well as that of the workingman, and of the community in which he lived. The most prominent of these was the "Jersey County Fair Association", establlished in 1868, of which he was the first president. As a brave and loyal citizen, Mr. Beaty stood in the front ranks. During the war, when life and property were in constant danger, Mr. Beaty was one of six men whom the loyal people of Jerseyville chose and formed them into a "Committee of Protection," and were successful in arresting and bringing to justice some of the most desperate murderers of those troublesome and dangerous times. Thus, Mr. Beaty not only placed himself in the way of the assassin's bullet, but he placed upon the alter of his country he eldest son, Nenian C. Beaty, who enlisted in the 24 Reg. Ill. Vol. Inf., and he son-in-law, David C. Beckette, who was killed while charging the enemy at Kenesaw Mountain, he second son, Amos, went as a substiture. He Mr. Beaty been a young man, he would undoubtedly have been a commander in the front ranks.

In the fall of 1872, he was nominated for State Senator as a candidate of the Republican party, na din 1874, for Congress.

For ten years he was president of the State Board of Agriculture, and for seventeed years, until 1894, was president of the Board of Trustees of the Jacksonville Insane Asylum.

Thus in times of peace as well as in war, he was a leader of the people and of his party. He was natuarlly a good orator, and forcible speaker, which commanded attention and respect from all who heard him.

As a business man, Mr. Beaty had many qualifications which demanded our admiration. Whatever he undertook he executed with determination and energy, yet at the same time he was guided by that prudence and principle of right which reflect great credit on his acts.

His heart was ever moved by warm and generous impluses and by such conduct he won the respect of his fellow citizens. The best of all, Mr. Beaty was a christian man, and a leader in the church also, of which he was a member. On April 3, 1859, he was elected Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Jerseyville. He remained in the office fifty years, almost to the close of his life.

On Thursday, August 9th, 1894, about 11 o'clock, P. M., at his home, surrounded by wife, children and friends, he crossed over into the regions beyond

"He rests from his labors, but his works follow him"

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]