Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 885-886
John BEATTIE, whose death occurred at his residence in Rockford on 03 Dec 1889, was for more than 50 years a resident of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], had a beautiful home and abundant means, his accumulations made without loss or injustice to others. He was born in the north of Ireland, 21 Jun 1811, and was of Scotch parentage. In 1834 he left the land of his birth for American, and like so many other successful citizens, his only partrimony was his vigor of body and mind. He landed in NY and followed carpentering until 1837, when, in company with the late William PETERS, he moved to Rockford. Success followed his efforts, and he soon became the owner of a block of land in the principal part of the city, and this has been the home of the family for many years. He owned several business houses on West State Street, also other valuable property, and was one of the city's most prosperous men. In politics he was a Republican.
Previous to coming to Rockford, Mr. BEATTIE went to Canada, and was married in Niagara to Miss Mary A. DAVIDSON, who was then residing with her brother at that place. Miss DAVIDSON, like Mr. BEATTIE, was of Scotch parentage, born in the north of Ireland, 02 Feb 1815, and both were reared in the same neighborhood. She came with her husband to Rockford in 1838, and during all the subsequent years stood side by side with him in the journey of life. She survived him a little over two years, and died at her home in Rockford on 07 Dec 1891. She was reared in the faith of the Episcopal Church, and was a most excellent woman. Mr. BEATTIE's parents were natives of Scotland, and were representative residents of their community. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church, and their son, the subject of this sketch, the only one of the family to come to the States, also held membership in the same.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. BEATTIE were born seven children, but four of whom survive: (1) Edward W., a real estate dealer, resides in Helena [Lewis and Clark County], MT, is quite an active and extensive business man, and [p 886] is largely interested in mines. He married Miss Caroline O. BERRY, who is now deceased. (2) Mary I. and (3) Anna reside at the old home, and are cultured and intelligent ladies. (4) George D. is a partner with his brother in buisness at Helena, and is engaged in extensive business operations. The children deceased are (5) Alexander H., who had been admitted to the Bar, and had a successful professional career opening before him, but he enlisted in the 74th IL Regiment, and the wounds he received during service were in the end the cause of his death, 20 Dec 1884. He was a prosperous business man of Helena, MT. (6) John H. died 26 Feb 1863, when about 21 years of age, and (7) Anna died when young. The surviving members of the family in Rockford attend the Congregational Church.
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