Surname: Beaty

Biography of Robert Beaty

The subject of this brief sketch is truly one of the representatives of the self made and successful business men of Toronto, and an eminent example of the rewards of industry and perseverance, when supported by upright and manly qualities. Robert Beaty, banker, broker, and real estate dealer, is a native Canadian of Irish descent, and was born at Ashdale Farm, township of Trafalgar, county of Halton, Ontario, on the 28th of July, 1824. His ancestors, parents, and items of interest relating thereto, will be found in the sketch of his brother, Mayor James Beaty, Jr., Q.C., D.C.L., which appears elsewhere in this volume: The early life of Robert was spent upon the old homestead, and the influence of his home was eminently fitted to prepare him for a prosperous and honorable career. As stated previously in his brother’s sketch, habits of industry and strict morality were rigorously enforced, and a continued and careful educational training was kept up by well directed reading and conversation. When of suitable age, Robert attended the common schools in Trafalgar, and in 1842 he entered Upper Canada College, where he spent three years in acquiring a good business education. On leaving college in 1845, he entered commercial life in the employ of his uncle, James Beaty, ex M. P. for Toronto, who at that time was engaged in the leather business. In 1852,...

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Biography of James Beaty, Jr.,Q.C., D.C.L.

The subject of this sketch, Mayor of Toronto for 1879 and 1880, was born at Ashdale Farm, township of Trafalgar, County of Halton, on the 10th of November; 1831. His father, John Beaty, emigrated from the County of Cavan, Ireland, to Canada, and engaged in agriculture, residing at Ashdale Farm for over fifty years. He died at the age of eighty years, in 1870. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth Stewart, and early in the present century, while still a young woman, she came with her father, George Stewart, from Bundoran, Ireland, to New York. Mr. Stewart, after accumulating considerable property, left the landed portion of it to be confiscated; and during the war of 1812 came to Canada in consequence of his attachment to British rule. He lived to the age of 102 years, and his wife lived to be over 96 years old. The family of John Beaty consisted of four sons and nine daughters, of these, one brother and two sisters of our subject are dead; his surviving brothers are Robert and William C., the former a banker in Toronto, of marked financial ability, and director in various public companies, and the latter a farmer residing on the old homestead, and a public man of great usefulness. The remaining sisters are all married except the youngest. The parents were intelligent people, and the children were...

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Biography of William I. Beaty

Nancy, daughter of William and Marina Mayo Bembry, born April 17, 1829, was married to William I. Beaty of Lowndes County, March 12, 1856. William I. Beaty was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. Nancy, who survived her husband only a few years, was left with three small children: Josephine, Brown, and W. J., better known to his friends as Zollie. At Nancy’s death the children were brought back to the old Bembry homestead and were reared by their grandmother, Marina Bembry. Josephine married J. F. Sparrow, of Pulaski County, January 14, 1881, and since her husband’s death has made her home with her son, E. C. Sparrow, at the old homestead near Hawkinsville. Their only daughter married B. B. Dykes of Bleckley County. E. C. Sparrow married Annie Mae Buchan of Pulaski County. William J. Beaty married Mary Ella Collins, October 23, 1889, and moved to Florida, where he and his brother were extensively interested in citrus fruit groves. Some of these groves were located in what is now the city of Lakeland. After the disastrous freeze of 1895, W. J. and his wife returned to Pulaski County, where he became engaged as a contractor, having built and remodeled many homes in this county. Their children were: Brown, deceased, Grace, and Augustus, deceased. Grace was graduated from Wesleyan College in 1916, and for several years...

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