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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 348 - 349.


civil war flags.jpg "John BEATY, residing at Goshen, Ringgold County, is a native of Ireland, born May 5, 1835, a son of John, Sr., and Sarah (Jenkins) Beaty, who were also natives of the same country. They immigrated to America when our subject was fifteen years old, sailing from Liverpool in 1850, and landing at New York. They at once proceeded to Ohio and there our subject lived until 1862 when he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-second Ohio Infantry.

He was in the battle of Gettysburg, and several other engagements of minor importance during the two years he was in the service. He was honorably discharged at Washington when he returned to his old home in Ohio.

He remained there but a short time, when he went to the State of Illinois, where he was married August 11, 1864, to Sarah A. Nelson, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Jacob and Susan N. (Reed) Nelson.

They are the parents of five children - Adam N., born June 13, 1865; Steven E., born September 11, 1867; Anna B. born November 2, 1870; William J., born July 17, 1876, and Clyda J., born August 18, 1878.

Since coming to Ringgold County, Iowa, Mr. Beaty has prospered in all his undertakings, and is now the owner of 480 acres of valuable land located on section 27 of Lincoln Township. He is now engaged in dealing in fine horses, two of his horses being imported and quite celebrated.

Since coming he has served as school director, and held the office of postmaster. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and respected members of society."

NOTE FROM CHRISTY JAY: "There is a notation written in pencil by the name of John Beaty which states: 'Great Grandma Carlton's brother that wrote all the Civil War letters we have.' There is another notation written in pencil by the biography of David Carlton which states 'Jean Carlton's father, brother of your great-grandpa.' "

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