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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Calvin Beatty

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


CALVIN BEATTY. One of the best farms in Newcomb Township lies on section 5, and is the property of the subject of this biography. It embraces 280 acres of finely improved land with first-class farm buildings which, with their surroundings, constitute a pleasant spot for the dwelling-place of our subject and his family. Mr. Beatty in seeking his location traveled many miles from his native State, having been born in Sussex County, N.J., where he was reared on his father's farm and lived at home until twenty-seven years of age. He is the son of George B. and Elizabeth (STITES) BEATTY, natives of the same State as their son, and locating after their marriage in Sussex County, where the mother died in about 1842. The father is still living, having arrived at an advanced age. Their family of six children included five sons and one daughter, our subject being the fifth in order or birth. Calvin Beatty first opened his eyes to the light on the 6th of February, 1840, and in 1867 became a resident of Illinois, locating in Henry County, where the first year he worked by the month, and later was engaged in farming. In the fall of 1869 he came to this county and purchased a tract of land in Newcomb Township, which is now included in his present homestead. After leaving his native State he was married in Sussex County, July 26, 1868, to Miss Ella, a daughter of John and Ann (CURRANT) MCKINNEY. Mrs. B. was born in the same county as her husband, Feb. 19, 1844, and remained with her parents until her marriage. They are now deceased, both dying in Sussex County, N. J. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Beatty, five in number, were named as follows: George L., Lillian M., Lulu G., Saddie M. and Hattie S. Mr. Beatty has been prominent in the affairs of his township since coming here, being at this time Justice of the Peace, which office he has held for a period of seven years. He and his excellent wife united with the Protestant Methodist Church, he in 1884 and she in 1886, of which he has been Steward and Trustee, and has served as Class-Leader for the past three years. Politically he votes with the Democratic party, and is a man whose opinion is generally respected. The father of our subject, George B. BEATTY, held the office of Justice of the Peace, in Sussex County, N. J., for a period of thirty years, finally being obliged to relinquish it on account of ill health. Only three sons of the family lived to mature years-Charles J., Christopher and Calvin. Charles J. who died in Georgia, was married and became the father of three children, one of whom died in infancy, and one, George H., a bright, promising young man, lived to be twenty years of age, and died in Sussex County, N. J.; the other son, Charles Halsey, is living in new Jersey with his grandfather. Christopher remains a resident of his native county in New Jersey, where he is carrying on farming.

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