The Beatie/Beattie Family History
By Jim Becker 7/8/1999
Edited and formatted for Internet by Bernie Becker 2/3/2008



John Beatie   John (1718-1790)and Francis (1715-1791)Beatie of Northern Ireland
John Beatie_LWTl The Last Will & Testament of John Beatie (1718-1790)
Col Robert Beattie Col. Robert Beattie (1787-1870) and wife, Pauline (1800-1869)
Madison_Beattie Madison Beattie (1811-1885)
Fount Beattie    Fount Beattie (1840-1923), a Mosby Ranger
Wm Beattie LWTl The Last Will & Testament of William Beattie (1760-1860)
Hathaway The Hathaways of Western View
John Mosby Beattie John Mosby Beattie (1886-1971)
Beattie family History Return to the Beattie Family History Website


The early Washington County, Virginia Beatie/Beattie Family History was originally documented by Madison Beattie (1811-1855) (who was John Beatie's youngest grandson) in a letter written to Lyman C. Draper . 

Early records were provided in January 1932 by Mary Pauline (Jane) Beattie (10/23/1865-5/10/1950), the first daughter of Fountain Beattie (11/10/1840^41-3/25/1923), to her niece, Mary Louise (Marian) Beattie Kulesher Ralph. 

Some of the Beatie/Beattie family members later migrated from Southwestern Virginia to Northern Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, and California. 


Early History

John (1718^1728-8/18/1790) and Francis (~1715-1791) Beatie, brothers, came from Armagh^Ulster, in Northern Ireland and are of Scot-Irish descent. 
(Alonzo Claibourne Beattie, the great-great-grandson of John Beatie, stated in 1930 that the reason John Beatie used only one "t" in his name was that he expected a legacy from Ireland.) 
John married Ellen Gilmore, whom he affectionately called "Elinore", in Ireland. They both immigrated to America at a time when Northern Ireland had suffered a century of religious turmoil resulting from King Henry VIII's decision to cede from the Catholic Church and the Pope. 
Upon arriving at the new country they initially settled in Maryland for a few years, which means they probably came to America via either the Baltimore or Philadelphia Harbor. (a search of ship passengers has failed to uncover just where and when they arrives) 
In 1768, they made the long trip into the wild mountains of Southwest Virginia into what is now  Washington County (this was the first County, City, or State to be named for George Washington).  Later they moved to Rockbridge County, Virginia. 
Indian attacks were common in 1773when  they finally settled at Holston Valley where they built a log house on the rise just above Ebbing Spring. At that time, their youngest son William was age 13.
The settlers of that area were of Presbyterian Faith where the Rev. Charles Cummings would preach in Washington County. Among the Presbyterian families in the area were: The Beatie or Beatties, Moores, Edmistons, Edmondsons, Logans, Allisons, Carsons, Cowans, Dysarts, Lowrys, Buchanans and other Scot-Irish descendants. 

These families came to America because of religious persecution back in Northern Ireland. They were all devout Protestants attending services first at Ebbing Spring Presbyterian Church and later at the Old Glade Spring Presbyterian Church. 
In 1773 the Fincastle Court ordered John Beattie and five others, to view the nighest and best way from the Town House in Chilhowie to the 18-Mile Creek (Abingdon), and make report thereof according to law. On several occasions John was ordered by the Washington County Court to appraise estates; in 1778 he was ordered to be surveyor in room of James Kincannon, and often served on Juries. A grandson writes that when John Beattie first settled, the Indians were very troublesome and they had to often resort to the Fort, this was probably Thompsonís Fort. In 1783, John Beatie bought 2,193 acres of rich bottomland near Emory, Virginia for 410 pounds from the widow of James Wood. This was part of an original land grant from the King of England to James Wood, and it ran from Emory to Glade Spring. On this land, a mile and a half east of Emory, on what is now the Hillman Highway, John and Elinore built their log house and in 1852-3 their grandson Madison built his brick house.


According to Madison Beattie (1811-1885), John and Ellen Beatie had three sons and four daughters (five if you count Martha (1740^48-1760^90))#Fn1 who married James Gilmore and had two daughters Elinor and Martha Gilmore. They were mentioned in Johnís Will where he gave his two granddaughters Elinor and Martha Gilmore "six pounds ten shillings each, to purchase them saddles and bridles in two years after my decease"):

* Their first daughter, Mary (1741-1841), married David Sayer^Sawyer (1733-1819) of Wythe County, New River, Virginia. She lived to the advanced age of one hundred years, and raised a large family.

* Their second [third?] daughter, Nancy (born in Virginia in May 1754 and died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1833) was known as Agnes. In 1775 in Botetourt County, Virginia she married James Dysart (born in Brookhall in County Donegal, Ireland in 1744 and also died in Kentucky on 5/26/1818). James was Captain of a company at the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina (10/7/1780) where he was badly wounded in the left hand. During the Revolutionary War he was active in frontier service, heading his company. In 1781 he was made a Major and subsequently a Colonel, and in 1799 represented Washington County in the Legislature of Virginia. He was fond of reading and had quite a library of books. He built the log house that was the original "Brook Hall", named after his ancestral home in Ireland. In his old age he removed to Rockcastle, Kentucky and died at the age of seventy-four. (See page 11 of Beattie History from the Roanoke Times July 23, 1970 article on The "Long Hunter" From Washington County for more information). Nancy and David had three sons and three daughters.


i. ELEANOR4 DYSART, b. September 24, 1776, VA - Washington Co - Brook Hall; d. June 4, 1850, KY; m. WILLIAM CARSON, VA - Washington Co.

ii. SAMUEL DYSART, b. October 14, 1778, VA - Washington Co - Brook Hall; d. December 30, 1831, KY - Rockcastle or Lincoln Co.

iii. JOHN BEATTIE DYSART, b. November 10, 1780, VA - Washington Co; d. March 1858, Andrew Co.

iv. FRANCES DYSART, b. February 25, 1785, VA - Washington Co; d. February 27, 1831, KY.

v. JOHNSTON DYSART, b. February 22, 1787, VA - Washington Co; d. August 5, 1826, KY.

vi. ELIZABETH DYSART, b. December 11, 1791, VA - Washington Co; d. March 29, 1879.


* Their third [fourth?] daughter, Sarah Ellen^Elinor (1758-1790), married James Jr. Logan (died in 1827) from Kentucky and they too raised a large family. Their children are: Robert, John, Matthew (1785-9/30/1828), Beaty (8/1/1788-8/13/1872), and Sarah (~1790).

* Their first son, David (1744-4/25/1814), married Mary Beatie (~1762-1819^20) a cousin, maybe daughter of uncle Francis Beatie) and settled in Washington County. David was Captain of a company and was engaged in Frontier work, and led his men at Kings Mountain with credit. They had five sons and one daughter: (James (~1783~1821), William (~1788~1843), Armstrong (5/17/1792-1/20/1820), John, David Jr. (~1794-1847^8) who on 11/9/1809 married Nancy Clark born around 1788 and latter moved to Missouri), and Mary known as Polly (11/10/1794-6/30/1858).

* The fourth [second?] daughter, Jane (1750^53^60-8/21/1814), married James Robert Buchanan (9/25/1747- ) and had a daughter Margaret (12/29/1778-2/19/1853) and latter in 1784 Jane married Matthew Ryburn (1753-3/6/1818) of Washington County Virginia and they raised a nice family (2 sons and 6 daughters). They were: Margaret (12/29/1778-2/19/1853), Nancy, Elen (9/21/1781), Mary (10/22/1782), Jane (12/8/1785-11/17/1858), Sarah (12/29/1788-3/18/1873), Beattie (11/11/1790-5/3/1851), Ann (10/4/1792-12/21/1869), and Matthew (6/25/1795-6/16/1836).

* The second son, John (1752-10/7/1780), never married and held the office of Ensign in his brother David's company at the battle of Kings Mountain where he lost his life. The battle was a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The battle fought on October 7, 1780 destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis' army and effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas. The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and gave General Nathanael Greene the opportunity to reorganize the American Army.

* The third and youngest son, William, was born around 4/4^6/5/1760 and died on or near his 100th birthday on 4/4/1860. He entered the Revolutionary War at the age of sixteen and fought in the battle of Kings Mountain as a Private in his brother David's Company. He married Mary Allison (1763-4/16/1830) on 4/7/1780 when he was nineteen and she was sixteen. In 1781 he was granted 350 acres on a branch of the Holston River. The Will of John Beatie is in Will Book One, page 160 Ė Court House, Abingdon, Virginia. William was 30 years old when his father died on 8/18/1790. He inherited "all that tract of land I now live on, with its appurtenances, together with all my farming utensilsÖ all my work horses, except my wife shall choose one of them, together with the residue of my household and kitchen furniture." William Beattie remained on this property at Glade Spring till his death. From Williamís Will, we see that he owned land in Rockcastle County, Kentucky which was to be sold and the proceeds given to his sons Fountain F., Josiah N., William, John and James G.

Note: There is a William Beattie Allison who was born in 1800 and died on 5/7/1849. He owned a log cabin that was on the 1985 Tour of Homes in Washington County, I am not sure of his connection with Mary Allison.



In the name of God, AMEN. I, John Beatie of Washington County, Virginia, being at present though weak of body yet of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed for all men once to die and after death to come to judgment do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following first and principally I recommend my Soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as for such worldly things as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath as follows viz Imprimus. I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Elenor One hundred pounds in cash to be paid her six months after my decease together with her choice of one of my horses or mares her saddle and bridle all her wearing apparel two feather beds with their furniture all the linen that is in my house her choice of two cows of my stock and as much of my shelf and kitchen furniture as she shall choose forever. I will also that she shall hold my dwelling house during

her natural life and she shall be found sufficiency of bread and meat for herself and said negro together with sufficiency of wood cut hauled and her fires put on in a commodious manner with sufficiency of flax seed sewed for her each year to be done by my son William out of the benefits of the estate I now live on during her natural life together with my large bible.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son William all that Tract of Land I now live on with its appurtenances together will 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 to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I will that tract of wood land lying and being in said County adjoining lands of Jonas Smith and Francis Beatiie it being part of the original Tract I now live on together with a smaller tract adjoining the latter and lands of James Kincannon may be sold to the best advantage of my Executors to help to discharge the legacies herein given and bequeathed.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Agnes Dysart fifty pounds to her only use and behoof forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my two granddaughters Ellenor and Martha Gilmore six pounds ten shillings each to purchase them saddles and bridles in two years after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son David twenty pounds. Also I give and bequeath to my son in law David Sawyers the sum of twenty pounds. I will also that my wearing apparel may be equally divided between my two sons David and William and that all my grain hay and my stock of hogs that may be in my possession at my decease shall be and remain to the only use and behoof of my said son William and further my Will is that after all my just debts funeral charges and legacies are fully paid and satisfied the overplus whatever it may be may be divided among all my children namely my two sons Daviid and William and my four sons in law David Sawyers, James Logan, James Dysart and Matthew Ryburn who shall be all equal shares in said overplus only my son Williams share shall be only one half as

much as any of their others share.

And lastly I do make constitute and ordain and appoint my two Sons in Law James Dysart and Matthew Ryburn Executors to this my last Will and Testament revoking and making void all former Wills by me made certifying this and this only as my last Will and Testament and those my Executors as witness my hand and seal this eighteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and ninety.

Signed sealed and published by the) John Beaty L.S.

Testator as his last Will and )

Testament in the presences of us )

Francis Beatty

John Stuart

James Duffy

As a Court held for Washington County the 14th day of September 1790. The last Will and Testament of John Beatie decd was proved in Court by the oath of Francis Beatie John Stuart and James Duffey subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.



On William Beatie's Tombstone in the Cemetery at Glade Spring Presbyterian Church at Old Glade in Glade Spring, Virginia is carved "Wm. BEATTIE Sr., DIED, Apr. 4, 1860, Nr About 100 Yrs". The church is on Rt 11 south of Glade Spring and six miles west of Chilhowie on the Lee Highway. The Tombstone lays flat on the ground and is to the left of the church building as you face it (line c, 4th window) near a tall monument for Elizabeth Beattie and Col. William Byars. A bronze Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) marker was added in 1996 by Captain Robert Coontz USN Retired (703 751-0655) a descendent of the Beattie/Byars line at 1325 Kingston Ave in Alexandria, VA 22302. William was believed to be the one of the last survivors of the men who fought at Kings Mountain.


William and Mary Allison Beattie raised thirteen children, the following gives their description:

* Elizabeth Beattie (12/26/1784-11/26/1835) and Col. William BYARS (11/13/1776-2/14/1866) were married on 2/26/1807. It was said that Elizabeth was "a noted beauty". There was also an accusation of her giving birth to a "black Birth" which was retracted.

"I, Sarah Lemmon of Washington County in the State of Virginia do hereby freely, voluntarily, and without the advice or persuasion of any person, acknowledge that the slanderous words by me spoken and circulated against the Character of Elisabeth Beattie Daughter of William Beattie Viz that the said Elisabeth Beattie has been delivered of an untimely Birth and that it was black is false and malicious that I never believed it otherwise and am sorry that I every spoke the same as I never believed them to be true. Given under my.....this 23rd day of August 1804.

Sarah Lemmon (her mark)


Note: From Washington Co.,VA archives.

Elizabeth was given one dollar in her fatherís Will, which seems to evidence his displeasure over something. William Byars was a Major and then Colonel in the War of 1812. From 1827-1830 he built Brook Hall, a 27-room brick house (still standing in 1999 and habitable, near Abingdon, VA), after living in a log house by the same name for 23 years. In 1829 he was a Member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention and in 1833 he ran for Congress. Their grave marker is next to Pvt. William Beattieís marker at the Old Glade Spring Presbyterian Church. The marker includes their son, Littleton, who died at 4 yrs. and 11 mos. They had 4 sons and 4 daughters: Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth M. (1809-6/21/1892), Littleton (6/14/1809-5/19/1814), John (8/8/1811-8/19/1890), Amanda Jane (3/25/1823-7/6/1904), James Monroe (12/28/1826-3/21/1897), and William B. (1826-1895). 

Note: Their great-granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Douglass Byars Coontz Caldwell, who was born in Bristol, Virginia and her son, Captain Robert Coontz USN Retired, owned and restored the Old Deery Inn in Blountville, Tennessee from 1940 on. Francis Marion Becker Jr. and his sons James Carlin and Peter Michael and his family visited Bob and his wife Patricia at the Deery Inn on April 18, 1998.


* John Beattie (12/3/1786-3/1/1861) and Sarah/Sallie Edmondson (7/30/1790-12/23/1868) were married on 9/5/1811 they moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky. They had 5 sons and 3 daughters: Mary (3/1816~1900s), William (1817 in Kentucky), David G. (6/24/1820-8/29/1852), Campbell (1822), Fountain (1825), Emiline (1829), Robert F. (1832), and Florance (1836).


* Col. Robert Beattie (1787-11/11/1870) and Pauline White (12/4/1800-5/1/1869) were married on 2/13/1823 and they had 3 sons and 5 daughters. The children were: Susan W. (1/4/1824-12/31/1826), Mary E. (1/27/1826, she married Dr. A.N. Kincannon who was a surgeon in the War Between the States in the 9th Battalion MO Sharpshooters), Claibourne W. (1/28/1828-3/7/1900), Isabella H. (11/8/1830-7^10/21/1880), Rachel Elizabeth (10/3/1834-12/12/1912), Virginia (9/2/1837-10/13/1838), Walter Sneed (1/4/1839-2/16/1863), and Fountain (11/10/1840^41-3/25/23). Robert and Pauline will be addressed further following this list as Robert is the great-great-great-grandfather to the writer of this document.


* James Gilmore Beattie (1/28/1790-2/28/1874) and Elizabeth Stephenson (12/25/1795-9/10/1867) were married on 10/19^12/29/1813. Their children were: Mary A. (6/14/1815), David S. (2/1/1817), Melinda E. (9/27/1819), Elizabeth B. (8/10/1821-3/1889), William L. (10/13/1823-3/17/1881), Martha J. (1/30/1826), Samuel H. (7/21/1828-4/15/1900), John L. (9/27/1830-11/11/1908), Nancy A. (2/16/1834-7/13/1879), and Pauline S. (2/5/1836-12/15/1893).


* Samuel Beattie (2/27/1795-1/31/1831) and Mary Graham Denny (5/11/1800-9/29/1856) were married on 5/11/1820. Their children were: William N. (4/20/1821), Sarah A. (9/13/1822-10/30/1856), David F. (6/3/1824-2/15/1852), Mary E.(2/22/1826-3/9/1849), and Elizabeth J. (1828). Samuel was a native of Washington County, Virginia, where he was reared and educated. He came to Boone County, Missouri, in company with his brother David, as early as 1818. He was married in this county, May 11, 1820, to Miss Mary Denny, and the young couple made their bridal tour to Garrard County, Kentucky, on horseback, the trip requiring some three weeks. He had settled on Thrall's Prairie some time in the year 1818. Samuel Beattie was the first constable of Perche township, having been appointed to that office in 1821. He was always a farmer, and the place where he settled was latter occupied by his son, William N. Beattie. It lies one and a half miles north of Columbia court-house. He died in Boone County, January 31, 1831, and is buried by the side of his wife, on the old homestead, she having died September 29, 1856. William N. Beattie was born in Boone County, April 20, 1821 and was the oldest of five children. He was reared and educated in his native county, receiving his education at Columbia College. He was married September 20, 1849, to Miss Katharine, daughter of Samuel and Letitia (Hayes) Murrell. They had five children, three sons and two daughters. William was always a farmer and resided on the old place settled by his father. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, of Columbia. He was quite young when his father died, though he was the oldest child; and the work of the family maintenance and improvement of the farm devolved largely upon him. Since he became the sole owner of the old farm, he greatly improved and built up the place, till it became one of the finest farms in Boone County.


* David Beattie (~1796-8/28/1819) is mentioned in the Washington Co., VA Court Records, book 2, pg. 221, dated 17 August 1820: "On motion, ordered that it be certified, that Josiah Beatie of lawful age, personally appeared in court and being duly sworn in deposed that David Beatie late of Howard Co. in the Territory of Missouri, who died on the 28th day of August 1819 was the son of William Beatie of Washington Co. in the State of Virginia; he further deposed that David Beatie had never married and that he died intestate. The Court further certified that according to the law of descents in Virginia, the said William Beatie, the father, is the heir at law of the said David Beatie deceased."


* Josiah N./Nichol Beattie (5/29/1797-4/14/1845) and Eleanor Rogers White (1/1/1804-2/11/1837) were married on 7/26/1822. Their children were: William R. (6/26/1823-8/25/1823), James C (8/17/1825~1895), Hampden S. (12/31/1826-9/11/1887), Susan H. (9/25/1829-11/1/1882) Thomas F. (7/5/1830-2/13/1911), and John W. (7/23/1832). Following Eleanorís death, on 10/4/1838 he married Kezziah Ford Evans-Farris (7/24/1801-8/25/1884). Their children were: C.C. (9/12/1839), Josiah D. (1/15/1841-4/29/1867), and Mary V. (12/24/1842-9/12/1896). Josiah and his brother William Beattie Jr., built and operated the first mercantile store in "Old Town" Lexington, Missouri. Together they acquired over 1700 acres of fertile land. In 1869, Josiah and his wife Kizziah sold their share to William and moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky.


* Ellen/Elenor Beattie (1801-1850s) and Richard WHITE (died 6/22/1830) were married on 3/12/1820. Their children were: Richard C. (6/21/1822-3/29/1899), Eleanor/Ellen (2/14/1824-7/29/1886), and William B. (2/15/1826-12/28/1881).


* Absolom Beattie (11/26/1802-9/1880) and Eliza Preston Davis (5/10/1810-3/16/1862) were married on 6/12/1832. Their children were: Ellen A. (1834-1917), Robert F. (11/13/1838-5/17/1905), Amanda J. (3/12/1843-12/1/1859), Eliza V. (6/23/1845-10/26/1905), Francis (6/28/1847-11/13/1872), and Nancy (5/2//1850-1022/1900). He latter married Permilia Hill (b. 1821) on 12/25/1866.


* William Beattie Jr. (4/13/1804-8/26/1873) and Rhoda White (3/17/1805-3/21/1884) were married on 7/20/1825. Their children were: Richard White (6/5/1826), Charles Fountain (10/11/1827-4/22/1882), Robert Clairbourn (2/23/1829-11/19/1893), Josiah Holt (8/5/1831), William Crawford (12/10/1832-5/5/1896), Caroline Edmondson (12/29/1834-4/8/1906), Susan White (4/10/1837-11/8/1896), Mary Elizabeth (2/26/1839-12/1/1859), Isabella Holt (2/8/1841), Thomas Walker (4/25/1843), a son who died at birth (5/3/1845), and Virginia Byers (11/18/1847). William and Rhoda lived in Lexington, Missouri where they operated a store with his brother Josiah. They latter followed their sons Charles and Robert to San Jose, California.


* Fountain Fox Beattie (7/1807-12/31/1863) and Emily Edgeworth Hamlin were married in April of 1834. Their children were: Hamlin (5/6/1835-1914), William E. (1/18/1839-8/16/1882), John Edgeworth (1847-1916), and 1 daughter who died young. They left Virginia and settled in Greenville, South Carolina and built their home on East North Street (now the Greenville Women's Club). One of their three sons, Hamlin Beattie (1835-1914), started the first nationally chartered bank in Greenville in 1873. By the time of the Civil War, Hamlin was already a prosperous merchant who ran an informal private bank at his dry goods store at the corner of Main Street and Avenue Street in the center of Greenville's business district. H. Beattie & Co. enjoyed "a substantial patronage", which included supplying the company stores at Batesville and Pelham mills with necessities. Hamilin's younger brother, Colonel William Beattie, was a store partner and an early member of the bank's Board of Directors. The third brother, John Edgeworth Beattie (1847-1916), became a bank vice president then president. For more details see the 12-page article entitled, "Cornerstone".


* Nancy Dysart Beattie (9/21/1808-8/29/1872) and Col. Robert Buchanan EDMONDSON (10/24/1801-7/15/1862) were married on 4/11/1826. Their children were: Mary E. (2/16/1827), Thomas B. (8/11/1830-5/7/1864), Margaret B. (11/14/1832-4/26/1866), Virginia E. (3/15/1835), William B. (2/7/1838-12/10/1874), and Martin V. (1/18/1841-after 1912).


* Madison Beattie (10/6/1811-7/31/1885) and Martha A. Cunningham (5/15/1824-10/29/1897) were married on 1/6/1843. They had 2 sons and 1 daughter who were: William F. (2/16/1846-4/21/1881), and George A. C. (7/10/1848-1919) who married Emma L. Williams (1849-1911), and Mary (6/18/1853-1933) who married Charles McKINNEY (1855-2/28/1894) on 6/10/1879. In 1852 Madison built a brick home (near to his and his fatherís log house) which burned down the day it was finished. (This was said to be the result of a hot coal leaving one of the fireplaces and landing on some fresh sawdust.) He then immediately rebuilt a less elaborate version, completing work in 1853 (the Madison Beattie Place was later referred to as Morningside). This house has several striking features and is an example of pre-Civil War Georgian architecture. The outside cornice work of wood is very elaborate and said to be a copy of Monticello. The entrance hall stairway is made of cherry and is circular but has a platform. The fireplaces are simply but artfully carved. There were four porches; one front, one side front, one to the rear and a sleeping porch over this one (the rear porches were latter replaced with an additional room off of the kitchen). There were eight large rooms, the upstairs rooms have 12 foot ceilings and the downstairs rooms have 10 foot ceilings. There were 18 two panel doors. There are two entrance doors with two glass panels at the top and three wooden panels at the bottom of the doors, with side lights and transom. There are narrow panels around the inside doors and deep window seats. Upstairs are two large built-in closets with five panel doors. The exterior walls are nearly two feet thick. In the Will of William Beattie, in 1860, Madison inherited "the farm on which I now live with all its appurtenances, together with all my farming tools, kitchen and household furniture. Also half of my horses, half of my sheep, all of my hogs and one-third of my cattle of every description. Also all of my hay and grain that may be on the place or due meÖ. My wagon and its gearing." Madison, like his father, continued to live on the property till his death.



From the WASHINGTON CO., VA, Will Book (LDS film 34,361)

I, William Beattie Senior of the county of Washington and State of Virginia do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

1st, I give to my son Fountain F. Beattie one half of the money or proceeds of the sale of my land lying in the county of Rockcastle and State of Kentucky, also my negro man named Erick, one bed and its furniture, also a horse worth seventy five dollars.

2nd, I give to my son Madison Beattie the farm on which I now live with all its appurtenances togethr with all my farming tools, kitchen and household furniture, also half of my horses, half of my sheap, all my hogs and one third of my cattle of every description--also all of my hay and grain that may be on the place as due me, also my Negro man Tom, my negro man Owen, my Negro woman Peggy, my negro boy Ike and my negro girl Leah, my wagon and its gearing.

3rd, I give to my daughter Nancy now the wife of R. B. Edmondson my Negro girl Harriet.

4th, I give to my son Josiah N. Beattie five hundred dollars out of the sale of my land lying in Rockcastle county and State of Kentucky.

5th, I give my son Wm. Beattie two hundred dollars out of the sale of my land lying in Rockcastle county and State of Kentucky.

6th, I give to my son John Beattie two hundred dollars out of the sale of my Kentucky land before mentioned.

7th, I give to my son James G. Beattie two hundred dollars out of the sale of my land in Kentucky before mentioned.

8th, I give to my daughter Elizabeth now the wife of William Byars one dollar.

9th, All that remains of my property on and above my house, not before devised, such as books and such, I desire shall be the property of my son Madison.

10th, All that remains of my estate of what nature or kind soever it may be not herein before particularly dispossed of I desire may be equallly divided amongst the following of my children namely, my son Robert Beattie, Absolum Beattie, my daughter Eleanor White and Nancy Edmondson.

11th, if any money or property be yet remaining out of the sale of my land in Kentucky after paying the above divises it shall be applyed by son Madison to the payment of my debts. And it is my wish and intention that my son Madison pay all of my just debts out of his portion of my estate holding any balances that may remain from the sale of my land in Kentucky, as his property.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint Robert B. Edmondson and my son Madison Beattie executors of this my last will and testmament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of October 1834.

William Beattie


S. Dunn

Jas. Porterfield

Beattie Ryburn

I do hereby add this codicil to the foregoing my last will and testament. The Negro woman Sarah devised in said will to my son Madison Beattie has had two children Sarah Ann and Mahala. Now it is my will and intention that her said children and any future increase she may have during my lifetime shall go with their mother to my son Madison and belong to him and his heirs forever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th of July 1849.

Wiliam Beattie


S. Dunn

James S. Buchanan


This concludes the list of William Seniorís 13 children and his will. 

Col. Robert Beattie (1787-1870)

We now continue with Williamís 2nd oldest son, Col. Robert Beattie and his wife Pauline White who moved to Seven Mile Ford just north of Glade Spring where he operated a store. In 1833, they moved to the Town House community (now Chilhowie in Smyth County) which took its name from The Town House (a stage coach Inn) which he bought in 1837. Robert was the first Clerk of the Court of Smyth County, which was organized in 1832.


Fount Beattie (1840-1923) and the Mosby Rangers

Two of Col. Robert's sons, Claibourne Watkins (1/28/1828-3/7/1900) and Fountain Beattie (11/10/1840^41-3/25/1923), attended Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia. Claibourne was a member of the Echols Brigade, Kings Battery during the War Between the States. At the start of the Civil War, Robertís youngest son, Fount, enlisted in the Washington County Militia, which became Company D, First Virginia Cavalry at Abington, Virginia. Fount's brother, Walter S., and cousin, Robert F., also belonged to the unit. The commanding officer was Colonel (later General) "Grumble" W.E. Jones and another member of the unit was John Singleton Mosby - at that time a lawyer in Abingdon, Washington Co., Virginia. All three men were later to become associated with General Stuart.  Fount Beattie became one of Mosbyís closest friends as well as one of the most trusted member  of Mosby's famous Partisan Rangers --  43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States of America (CSA). When Mosby was given his independant command in 1863, Fountain Beattie was one of the original 15 members of group known as Mosby's Rangers. Mosby brought his wife, Pauline, to the area where the guerillas operated (known as Mosby's Confederacy). She stayed with the family of James and Elizabeth Hathaway in Fauquier Co., Virginia. Fount served with Mosby until the end of the war obtaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in Company E.  

Mosby's campaigns crossed Northern Virginia during the early part of the War Between the States. Fount was badly wounded 1-10-1864 at Harpers Ferry in the Loudoun Heights fight, the ball remained in his hip which always gave him trouble. Both Mosby and Beattie during the war stayed at the Hathaway House near The Plains (Western View), in Zula, between Rectortown and Middleburg in Fauquier County, Virginia. This was the house where Mosby escaped capture by the Yankees by climbing out of the bedroom window and taking refuge on the limb of a large tree while the Yankees vainly searched the house for him. It was here that Fount Beattie met his bride, Annie Elizabeth Hathaway (5/1/1846-10/28/1911), whom he married on 1/4/1865 (she was 18 and he was 24). At their wedding, Mrs. Mary Hathaway Fant recalled the following toast: "Here's to Capt. Beattie, so gallant and gay, A rival with Shakespeare for Ann Hathaway." Annieís tombstone shows her birth as May 1, 1849, but her marriage license and the 1850 census indicate it was 1846 in Fauquier County, Virginia.


Anneís father, James Henry Hathaway, a Southern Patriot, designed the Hathaway residence known as Western View. It was built in 1850 on a tract originally owned by Hathaway's father-in-law James Adams. The house commands a beautiful view of the countryside with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. It is built of Salmon brick handmade at the site. The original home was stuccoed and lined to look like granite blocks, a fashionable look of the times. Latter the stucco was removed and the brick exterior remains.  Currently (year 2000) the home is referred to as Old Denton by its current owner. 
In June 1878, Fountain and Anne Beattie bought Green Spring Farm (a 339-acre tract) on Little River Turnpike, Fairfax County, Virginia with money realized from the sale of Western View on the death of Anne's father. 
J. Mosby Beattie recalls that his father sold garden produce to the local grocery store of one John Carter, located on the Little River Turnpike (Route 236) approximately where it now crosses Shirley Highway (I-395). Fount was appointed Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for the Sixth District of Virginia and served from 1875-1914. Anne Hathaway died on October 28, 1911 while they lived at Green Spring. Fount sold the farm in 1917 and moved to the City of Alexandria to their home at 422 N. Peyton Street where he died on 3/25/23.


The March 1923 Alexandria Gazette contained the following obituary:

Capt. Fountain Beattie, eighty-two years old, one of Alexandria's best known residents, died at 2 o'clock Sunday morning at his home 422 North Peyton Street. Death was due to apoplexy with which he was stricken exactly three weeks ago. The deceased was regarded as one of the bravest of Mosby's men and had an excellent war record. At the outbreak of the war he joined the First Virginia Cavalry under Col. J.E.B. Stuart and later was identified with the Forty-third Battalion, Company C, under Col. John S. Mosby with which command he remained until the close of hostilities. He was shot at Harper's Ferry and at times throughout his life suffered from the effects of the wound. He was born in Chilhowie, Smyth County, Va., November 10, 1840^41 and he married Miss Annie Hathaway of Fauquier County Virginia, who died several years ago.


From the book 43rd Battalion - Virginia Cavalry - Mosby's Command by Hugh C. Keen and Horace Mewborn, the following data was found:

Beattie, Fountain 1st Lt., Company E. enlisted 5-14-1861 for one year in the Washington Mounted Rifles by Captain William E. Jones at Abington, Washington County enlisted with John S. Mosby. Mustered in Company D, 1st Virginia Cavalry upon dissolution of the Washington Mounted Rifles. Appears as "absent on sick furlough from 12-6-1861 for 10 days" on November-December 1861 muster roll. Shown as "absent on detached service with Mosby since 1-1-1863 on January-February 1863 and May-June 1863 muster rolls. Shown as "transferred to Major Mosby" on July-August 1863 muster roll. One of nine men first detailed about 1-1-1863 to Mosby. Involved in Mosby's first two raids; attacks on picket posts near Frying Pan Church on 1-5-1863 and near Cub Run on the Little River Turnpike and at Chantilly on 1-6-1863. One of 15 men from the 1st Virginia Cavalry selected for a 2nd detail to Mosby about 1-18-1863. Captured 1-27-1863 in skirmish at Middleburg. Sent 1-30-1863 to Old Capitol Prison. Paroled 3-29-1863 and sent to City Point. Involved in attacks on General Stahel's expedition into Fauquier County the end of April 1863. Brought a small mountain howitzer from General Stuart to Mosby in early May 1863, involved in 5-17-1863 fight at the Lynn Farm near Dumfries. Captured 5-30-1863 near Greenwich after raid on Catlett's Station. Sent to Old Capitol Prison. No parole record. Promoted to Sergeant, Company A upon his release from prison and given Captain Bradford Smith Hoskin's horse. Transferred July 1863 to 43rd Virginia Cavalry. Wounded in action 1-10-1864 in Loudoun Heights fight. Involved in 3-10-1864 fight at Chew's House between Kabletown and Charles Town, West Virginia; 5-9-1864 wagon raid between Fredericksburg and Belle Plain, Stafford County; 7-4-1864 raid on Point of Rocks, Maryland; and 7-20-1864 fight near the Aldie and Snickersville Turnpike. Promoted 7-28-1864 to 1st Lieutenant, Company E. Involved in 7-30-1864 Adamstown Maryland raid; 9-4-1864 fight at Gold's Farm near Berryville; 9-23-1864 attack on Reserve Brigade of Merritt's Cavalry Division near Chester Gap; 10-13-1864 skirmishes along the Valley Pike between Winchester and Martinsburg, West Virginia; 10-14-1864 "Greenback Raid" on the B&O Railroad near Duffield's Station, Jefferson County, West Virginia; 10-25-1864 attack on a wagon train and capture of General A.N. Duffie on the Valley Pike between Winchester and Martinsburg, West Virginia; 10-29-1864 fight at Dulany's near Upperville; 10-24-1864 raid on the cavalry camp at Perkin's Mill, south of Winchester; and skirmishes with Merrill's and Powell's cavalry divisions in Fauquier County about 12-26-1864. Boarded at the home of Mr. James H. Hathaway in Fauquier County during the war. Born 11-10-1840^41 at "Chilhowie" in Washington County, son of Robert and Pauline White Beattie. Married in 1865 to Ann Elizabeth Hathaway, daughter of James H. Hathaway. Had 12 children. Purchased 6-25-1878, 339 acres "Green Springs Farm" on the Little River Turnpike near Annandale. Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for Virginia's 6th District from 1875 to 1914. Joined the Lee Camp UCV (United Confederate Veterans) at Alexandria in April 1898. Appears on an 1897 list of ex-Confederate soldiers for Fairfax County. Pallbearer at Mosby's funeral 6-1-1916. Sold "Green Springs Farm" 1-23-1917, moved to the city of Alexandria, Virginia residing at 422 N. Peyton Street, where he engaged in real estate business. Attended 1918 reunion of the 43rd Virginia Cavalry in Front Royal and the 1920 reunion in Culpeper. Died 3-25-1923. Buried at Saint James Cemetery in Falls Church, Virginia.


John Mosby Beattie, called Mosby Beattie, (2/24/1886-4/1/71) was a Corporal in the Medical Department during World War I. It was said that he was an excellent horseman and he worked as the Chief Steward of the Dining Car for the Southern Railroad. His brother, James Robert, was an Assistant Chief Clerk for the Railway Mail Service. John Singleton Mosby aided each of them in obtaining these positions. J. Mosby Beattie's first wife was Mildred Goods (1895-5/20/32). Her parents adored her and she died at their home at 228 S. Washington Street in Alexandria. She is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria. The marker can be seen off of Washington Street, it is a large cross with an angle whose face was carved from Mildred's image. Mosby is buried in St. Paul's Cemetery in Alexandria, VA which is one of many cemeteries grouped together off of Wilkes St. You go left on Hamilton Ave. and proceed to the sign for St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery dated 1801 and make a left. If you go straight back to the fence and walk along to the left you will see three stones together: Mosby's, his second wife Elsie Cornwell Bunt's and her former husband (Bunt). It was said that she tended to keep him somewhat isolated from his family.


[1] Note by Jim Becker: From my document search with Katherine Beattie in Chilhowie and from John Beatie's (1718-1790) Will, it seems that he had two granddaughters named Gilmore.  With Katherine's help we found Martha and James Gilmore who had two daughters (Ellenor & Martha) we be believe to be the granddaughters John mentions.  Now the ? is how could John claim them as his granddaughters unless he had a daughter who had married a Gilmore.  So records in Chilhowie showed they existed and there was some confusion on when Martha died.  If she died in 1760 then she died the year Madison was born and that might explain the discrepancy.


Early records were provided in January 1932 by Mary Pauline (Jane) Beattie (10/23/1865-5/10/1950), the first daughter of Fountain Beattie (11/10/1840^41-3/25/1923), to her niece, Mary Louise (Marian) Beattie Kulesher Ralph. 

Kathryn Chapman Beattie (540 646-3142) of the Claibourne Watkins Beattie line at 249 West Lee Highway in Chilhowie, VA 24319-4600 provided data in October 1996 and April 1998. 

Shelly S. Nacy (910 497-5618) of the Captain David Beattie line at 201 LeBlanc Street in Fort Bragg, NC 28307 
Joann Tortarolo (909 785-4805) of the William Beattie Jr. line at 2809 Tropicana Dr. in Riverside, CA 92504. 


The Wills of John Beatie and William Beattie Sr. 
A "Field Workerís Report" by Victoria A. Gilliam of Abingdon, Virginia, dated June 17, 1937. 
Kings Mountain and Its Heroes by Lyman C. Draper, page 405; 
Kings Mountain Men by White, page 147; 
Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800 by Lewis P. Sumners, page 1381; 

These and other articles and family notes and stories provided the basis for this article


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