DAVID C. BEATTY
Mr. Beatty is one of the extensive land-owners of Morris county, his realty holdings aggregating four hundred and fifty-six acres. His early years were passed upon a farm and it is largely through agricultural pursuits that he has gained such an enviable financial standing. His homestead comprises of one hundred and eighty-seven acres of rich land, and the well tilled fields, divided by good fences, the substantial buildings and many improvements all indicate the progressive and practical spirit of the owner whose unaided efforts have brought him a well earned success.
Born in Warren county, New Jersey, on the 19th of January, 1841, our subject is a son of Jacob Beatty, and the grandson of John Beatty. The latter was also born in Warren county, and residing there among it's early settlers he worked as a laborer. Jacob Beatty was born in Warren county in 1803 and in early life was a boatman on the Morris & Essex canal. Later he carried on business as a huckster and subsequently engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1855. He married Catherine Hill, daughter of James Hill, a Scotchman. He died in 1883, at the age of eighty-four years. Her children were David C. and Jacob H., the latter a mason and contactor and the present mayor of Hackettstown, New Jersey. Fraternally he is a freemason.
When thirteen years of age David C. Beatty took up the duties of business life as a farm hand, working through the first season for five dollars per month. He continued to serve in that capacity until eighteen years of age, when he learned the carpenter's trade under the direction of a Mr. Seguine, near Little Washington, New Jersey. He followed his trade as a journeyman for nineteen years, and then, in 1876, purchased the farm upon which he now resides. He has been very successful in the management of his farm, adding continually to his capital, and from time to time making judicious investments in real estate.
On the 6th of February 1869, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Beatty and Miss Margaret, the daughter of Philip and Euphemia (Pitenger) Hence. Her parents had eight children, four of whom are living: Mrs. Beatty; Mrs. Wesley Apgar; John R., of Morristown; and James M., who is living in Rockaway, New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Beatty have one son, George McClellan, who was born October 2, 1869, and was educated in LaFayette College, of Easton, Pennsylvania, where he fitted himself for civil engineering. He is now employed by the Crane Iron Company, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Beatty is a Democrat in his political affiliations. He and his son are members of the Masonic fraternity. Honorable in business, true to his duties of citizenship, Mr. Beatty during his long residence in Chester township has gained many friends.
Transcribed by Christopher Cresta
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