William C Beatty

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WILLIAM C. BEATTY of Bethel township, Armstrong county, is one of the old residents of that section, where he has passed practically all his life. He was born in Bethel township April 7, 1838, son of James Beatty, of that township, who married Catherine Richards, of Armstrong county. Mr. and Mrs. James Beatty had a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, five of whom still survive, viz.: Mary (deceased), Michael (deceased), William C., Miles, Ruth (deceased), James, Samuel (deceased), John, Daniel and Catherine. The grandfather, William Beatty, was born east of the mountains in Pennsylvania, and settled in what is now Bethel township, be and his wife, Isabelle (Colwell), being pioneers in Armstrong county.

William C. Beatty grew to manhood in Bethel township, and is now engaged in farming there, having a tract of twenty-eight acres near Kelly Station. He is an industrious man, has prospered in his work, and has always been ranked among the reliable citizens of his district. On June 23, 1859, he married Mary M. Bruner, of Bethel township, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Stitt) Bruner, of that township, and of the seven children born to this union five survive, two sons and three daughters, of whom we have the following record: James H. died when two and a half years old; Emma Jane, born March 19, 1862, married Edward Drury, of New Kensington, Pa., by whom she had one child, a son, Ivan D.; Stephen Smith, born Sept. I3, 1865, has been at Natrona, Allegheny county, for twenty-five years, engaged in the soda works; Samuel Edward, born Jan. 5, I870, is a driller by occupation; he is unmarried; Jonathan, born April 5, 1874 died in February, I883; Ruth, born Oct. 13, I875, married Charles Teerkes, and they reside at Beaver Falls, Pa. (they have one son) ; Zoe V., born Aug. 13 1885, is the wife of Harry Schall, of Armstrong county, a mail carrier, by whom she has had three children, two sons and one daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Beatty are members of the Bethel Lutheran Church.

On Aug. 20, 1862, Mr. Beatty enlisted for service in the Union army, joining the 139th Pennsylvania Infantry, and he made an honorable, record during his army experience of nearly three years, receiving his discharge July 5, 1865. He was a member of Company B, under Capt. James L. McCain, and Col. F. H. Collier, and served as sergeant. Among the important engagements at which he saw active service may be mentioned Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg., Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, and the battle of the Wilderness, where he was wounded, a shot through the left arm crippling him. Subsequently he was transferred to Company G of the 6th Veteran Reserve Corps. He is an honored member of John A. Hunter Post, No. 123, G. A. R., Leechburg, Pa. In politics he is a Democrat.

Source: Page 760, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Doris Rizza for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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