The Descendants of Robert Beaty and Catherine Crawford

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The Descendants of Robert Beaty and Catherine Crawford

1. Robert Beaty b. Cavan, Ireland, Occupation: Land Surveyor. Co. Cavan, m. Catherine Crawford. Robert was a land surveyor in County Cavan, Ireland. The Beaty children did not all arrive in Canada together. They arrived over a period of nearly 20 years, eventually settling in Ontario.


2. i John Beaty b. cir 1780.

3. ii Charles Beaty b. ___ 1789.

4. iii Robert Beaty b. cir 1792.

5. iv William Beaty.

6. v James Beaty b. Oct 02 1798.

7. vi Margaret Beaty.

Second Generation

2. John Beaty b. cir 1780, Killashandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland., Occupation: Farmer, m. Sep 11 1823, in Trafalgar Township, Ont., Elizabeth "Betsy" Stewart, b. Cir 1807, Bundoran, Parish of Inishmacsaint, Co. Donegal., Ireland., d. May 20 1874, Toronto, Ontario, Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont. John died Apr 23 1870, Trafalgar Township, Ont., Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont., Other: Resided, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont. Settled in Halton township, Trafalgar Dist., Ont. in 1817, and drew the patent on Concession 4, Lot 7. John is listed on 1871 census microfilm number C-9956 Beaty John 2 - 82 - IRE - DIF - 038 - B - 4 - D - 01 referencing to the above film number for all details.

Elizabeth: Elizabeth was the daughter of , daughter of George Stewart and Nancy Thompson, of Bundoran, Parish of Inishmacsaint, Co. Donegal., Ireland... See articles in notes of James Beaty, Q.C.

John Beaty, Esq.

"John Beaty grew up in the County of Cavan, Ireland, emigrated to Canada in 1818, drew land in 1819, and settled in the Township of Trafalgar in 1820. He was one of the first settlers in the new survey of that township, it being at that time almost an unbroken wilderness, so that Mr. Beaty was sometimes three weeks without meeting another person. Wishing to secure a partner for life, and there being no clergymen of the Church of England residing within eighteen miles, it was therefore legal for a justice to perform the ceremony. Accordingly, the lady's consent being obtained, Mr. Beaty duly advertised his intention according to the law at that time by posting up on the trees on the highway four copies of the following notice, which we copy as being somewhat of a curiosity in those days:

"Marriage Notice

Wheras John Beaty and Elizabeth Stewart, both of Trafalgar, are desirous of marrying each other, and there being no parson or minister of the Church of England living within eighteen miles from them, or either of them, these are therefore to notify all persons who know any impediment why they may not be joined together in matrimony, to give notice thereof to Jas. McBride, of Trafalgar, Esquire, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the district of Gore.

Given under my hand at Trafalgar, 11th September, 1823

(Signed) Jas. McBride J.P."

The notices were duly posted up, and a friend came along about an hour afterwards and pulled them down, so that the law was complied with and none of the curious of the community were enlightened as to the intention of the parties. Miss Stewart (afterwards Mrs. Beaty) was a native of Ireland, who came to Canada in 1820. Of this union were born thirteen children, nine daughters, and four sons. Robert Beaty, banker and broker, Toronto; James Beaty, Q.C. and Alderman, Toronto; William C. Beaty, Esq., Secretary of the Halton Agricultural Association, are the sons who are living. James Beaty, Esq., late M.P. for Toronto, and proprietor of the Daily Leader, is a brother. He took part on the Loyalist side in the rebellion of 1837, arrived in Toronto just before the battle of Gallow's Hill, went to Chippeway and witnessed the running over the Falls and the burning of the Caroline. He [John] died April 23rd 1870, having lived in Trafalgar 50 years, and leaving his farm in the posession of one of the members of his family [ farm left to son William Crawford Beaty ]."

[Illustrated Historical Atlas of Halton County]


8. i Robert Beaty b. Jul 28 1824.

9. ii Stewart Beaty b. Sep 1826.

10. iii William "Bucky" Crawford Beaty b. Jan 06 1828.

11. iv Catherine Beaty b. Nov 02 1829.

12. v James Beaty b. Nov 10 1831.

13. vi Mary Ann Beaty b. Jan 12 1834.

14. vii Elizabeth Jane Beaty b. Aug 09 1836.

15. viii Margaret Beaty b. Jul 02 1838.

ix Martha Beaty (id) b. ___ 1839, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., d. ___ 1840, Other: Infant Death.

16. x Martha Beaty b. Oct 12 1842.

xi Eleanor Beaty b. ___ 1843, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., d. ___ 1845, Other: Infant Death.

17. xii Sarah Beaty b. cir 1847.

18. xiii Rebecca Beaty b. cir 1848.

3. Charles Beaty b. ___ 1789, Co. Cavan, Ireland., m. (1) Frances (Fanny) Crawford, b. ___ 1788, d. May 09 1850, Toronto, Ont., Buried: See Note!, m. (2) Hannah Rowland. Charles died Sep 29 1864, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. Emmigrated to Toronto, 1837 or later.

Frances: Fanny was originally buried in Potter's Field, Toronto, but was re-intered in 1855 at Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

Children by Frances (Fanny) Crawford:

19. i Frances (Fanny) Beaty.

ii Margaret Beaty b. Sep 30 1815, Ireland.

iii James Beaty b. Jan 05 1817, Ireland.

iv Elizabeth Beaty b. cir 1821, Co. Cavan, Ireland., m. William Beatty, b. cir 1817, Ireland., Occupation: Surveyor of Customs, d. Mar 03 1876, Hamilton, Ont., Other: Resided, Hamilton, Ont. Elizabeth died Apr 10 1883, Hamilton, Ont., Other: Resided, Hamilton, Ont.

v Catherine Beaty b. Dec 15 1822, d. Apr 21 1913, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont., Other: Unm,Resided, Hamilton, Ont.

20. vi John Beaty b. Jun 08 1825.

21. vii Charles Beaty b. Apr 27 1828.

viii Mary Beaty b. cir 1835, Co. Cavan, Ireland., m. May 21 1863, in Toronto, Ont., Joseph Slemin, b. cir 1828. Mary died Nov 07 1863, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

ix William Beaty b. cir 1837, d. Nov 30 1861, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont., Other: Unmarried.

4. Robert Beaty b. cir 1792, Co. Cavan, Ireland., m. (1) Elizabeth (Rogers?), d. Apr 21 1832, m. (2) Feb 17 1833, Sarah Morrow, Other: Resided, Trafalgar Twp., Ontario. Robert died ___ 06 1837, Other: Resided, Trafalgar Twp., Ontario. Robert came to Canada in 1818 or earlier. He was a farmer in C5 L4, Trafalgar Township and also owned a village lot in Oakville, Ont. His second marriage was to Sarah Morrow (Morraw) - Christian Guardian, March 6, 1833 "On Feb 17th, Robert Beaty to Mrs. Sarah Morraw, both of Trafalgar, (Rev. S. Belton"

Elizabeth: Death date from Colonial Advocate, May 03, 1832.

Children by Elizabeth (Rogers?):

22. i William Beaty b. Sep 18 1818.

ii Robert Beaty b. Feb 28 1825, Occupation: Farmer, d. Jun 13 1908, Buried: St. Stephens Cem., Hornby, Ont., Other: Unm, Resided, C5L4, Trafalgar Township, Ont.

23. iii Charles Beaty b. cir 1827.

iv Margaret Beaty b. bef 1827.

v Jane Beaty b. cir 1830, m. Oct 13 1856, in Elm St., Toronto., William Sanderson Broughton, b. Apr 08 1830, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England., Occupation: Machinist,Owned Shoestore, d. Apr 15 1914, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. Jane died Apr 11 1896, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. Wilson's Marriage Notices, 4th Aug. 1858 - "On the 13th inst. at the residence of Warren Taylor, Elm Street, William Saunderson Broughton, of Toronto, & Jane, second daughter of the late R. Beaty, of Trafalgar (Rev. J. Gemley)"

William: William and Jane had 1 son who died young, and 3 daughters.

vi Frances Beaty b. ___ 1832.

Children by Sarah Morrow:

vii George Beaty. George was likely infirm, and was baptised Dec. 13, 1836.

5. William Beaty m. (1) Ellen Brooks, m. (2) Martha Smith.

Children by Ellen Brooks:

24. i Margaret Beaty.

25. ii Arthur Beaty.

26. iii James Beaty.

27. iv Robert Beaty.

28. v Mary Beaty.

Children by Martha Smith:

29. vi Catherine Beaty.

30. vii Frances (Fanny) Beaty.

6. James Beaty b. Oct 02 1798, Killashandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland., Baptized: ca 1820, By immersion, Toronto Bay, Ont., Occupation: Politician, Newspaperman., m. Dec 26 1822, in York, U.C., Sarah Ann Armstrong, b. ___ 1799, Belturbit, Co. Cavan, Ireland., (daughter of Mr. Armstrong and Elizabeth) d. Jul 04 1829, Toronto twp., Ont., Buried: Potters Field/Reint. 1855 Necropolis. James died Mar 05 1892, Parkdale, Ont., Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. There is a reference in Pierre Burton's "National Dream" regarding James' being the editor of the Toronto Leader re C.P.R. July, 1872. Butchart's "The Disciples of Christ in Canada Since 1830" Page 500 says the James Beaty arrived in the village of York in March 1818 from Cavan Co., Ireland. Founder of the "Leader" and "Christian Leader".

James Beaty, married Sarah Ann Armstrong on Dec. 26, 1822 at York, UC. He ran both Beaty's Leather Shop and the Leader newspaper, both located on 120 King St., Toronto, Ont., in 1852. Beaty's Leather Shop moved to 55 & 57 King Street around 1837-1843.

The Leader and Patriot and the Colonist, his publications began in 1852, and ceased publication in 1871.

He was a devoted member of the Disciples of Christ, and founded several congregations of the Church.

He was a Councilman for St. Lawrence Ward in 1836, an Alderman in St. Lawrence ward in 1846-40, an Alderman for St. David's Ward in 1853, a candidate for Legislative Council in 1856 but defeated by Paton, an elected member of the first Federal Parliament of Canada in 1867 for East Toronto, re-elected in 1872, then retired from Politics in 1873.

In business, he was the President of the Toronto Roads Co., President of the Building Society, Director of The People's Bank, Western Assurance Co., Grand Trunk Railroad, and the Northern Railway. He was a commissioner for the Provincial Lunatic Asylum and a founding trustee of Toronto General Hospital , Potters Field (?), and Mechanics Institute, and a founder of the House of Industry. He retired from business in 1877.At the time of the Pacific scandal, he suffered severe financial set backs, and retired from both business and politics within a few years. In 1875, due to "financial disabilities", he declared bankruptcy.

The following articles are taken from a 1937 Genealogy, "The Family Tree", by Joseph A. C. Robertson. His sources were "the Bible Index", one of James Beaty's publications, "The Empire", and the "Evening Telegram".


The following interview with Mr. Beaty, which appeared in the Evening Telegram some years ago, will be re-read with interest at the present time:

Probably the history of no singly individual is more closely linked with the varied phases of the City's progress than that of Mr. James Beaty, Sen., ex-M.P. For many years he filled space in the public eye. He was identified with every work calculated to advance the material interests of his adopted city. As a journalist he won a provincial reputation and his publications had a wide circulation until financial disabilities compelled him in 1875 to abandon the journalistic field. Since that time Mr. Beaty has been a passive observer of current events, but has taken no active part in Politics.

Within the last month he was prostrated by an attack of illness which threatened to prove fatal, but he rallied and is now completely recovered. A reporter found Mr. Beaty in the garden behind his residence, 49 Jarvis Street, the other day. The effects of his recent illness are still visible in his worn countenance. His mind is clear and he displays remarkable powers of memory for a man of those years far out number the scriptural limit.

"I'm the man they all thought was dead", remarked Mr. Beaty with a chuckle, when he was seated in his parlor. "Thank God that I'm in sound health again". I really did not know how many friends I had until my illness, when every person seemed to be anxious about my condition. But you want to know something about my life's history, you say. Well, I was born in the Parish of Killishandra, County Cavan, Ireland, some time in 1800, I was the youngest of five sons. When quite a boy I came out to America and landed in New York, when I was about seventeen years old. I was then a shoemaker by trade, and started a leather store at the corner of Cliff and Ferry Streets. I made money very fast in New York, but was too loyal a subject to content myself in the States. The Yankees are a clever people, you know. They'll let you buy all the property you like, but you must be a citizen before you can sell any. I could not think of settling down:-


so I made up my mind to come to Canada. I visited Kingston first. I think it was along in the twenties, but I forgot the date. At Kingston I heard a great deal about Muddy York, and I made up my mind to visit it. I waited a long tine for a chance to ride west, and at last the man who used to carry the mail agreed to take me in his rig. It was in the month of March, but there was no snow in Kingston all that winter. A storm came on while we were on our journey, and when I reached York there was four feet of snow on the ground.

We put up at a hotel kept by a man named Jordan, near where the market now is. The Parliament of Upper Canada was sitting in an upper room of the inn at the time. I was introduced to the house as a leather merchant from New York. Toronto was then a little village hemmed in on three sides by woods. I looked around and rather liked the place, so I concluded to open up a leather store. I rented a place and commenced business. After getting started in my shop I went back to New York and was the first man to purchase leather there for use in Toronto. Business was good in those days and as the people here wanted leather I made lots of money. I soon sold my business in New York and settled here, and here I have since remained.

I bought a large property from Judge Small and commenced to build. These houses on Jarvis Street where we are now sitting were:


ever built in Toronto. It is now over fifty years since I built them, and that plate on my door with the 'Beaty" has been on since I first moved here. I always believed Toronto was going to be a great place, so I went into building houses on a large scale. Altogether since came to Toronto I have had 57 houses built, so one can see I have done something to make the city what it is today. When the city council was elected in 1834 I was in New York, so did not take any part in the election, in 1835, I think, I was elected a councillor.

"What about 1837?" was asked. "Of course I was a loyalist; but mind you, I have always said we owe a great deal to William Lyon MacKenzie, who with all his faults, loved his country. I was one of those who went out as ambassadors, I suppose, when the rebels were at Montgomery's Tavern, to try and induce them to give up here when Lount and Matthews were hanged.

"You were deeply interested in public affairs in the early days, Mr. Beaty?"

"Yes. Since I first came to Toronto. Didn't you know I carried the first Orange flag through the streets here when the brethern marched on July 12. We were very few in number then. At a meeting the night before the 12th some of the members were against walking, but I stood out for the walk and the next day no one dare molest us. The Orangemen then were few in numbers, but we were backed by all the Protestants in the town. I have always thought it was a good omen for the city's success that the founders were not ashamed to carry the open Bible, with the words on their banners - The Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. After 1837 I had something to do with nearly every movement in the city. I was one of the directors of the General Hospital and an Asylum Commissioner. I looked after the building of the Asylum, end remained in office until they commenced paying the Commissioners, I then I resigned.

"I was a director of the Grand Trunk Railway, and was present at the opening of the Victoria Bridge, when the Prince of Wales gave me a silver medal. After I started the Leader and Patriot I was brought more prominently before the public, and bad many a warm argument with my greatest antagonist, George Brown. He never agreed on any question, and although he used to rake a great cry about 'Beaty and the York Hoods', I believe he was a great and good man. We were opponents, but I always respected him.

After Confederation I stood for the Dominion House in East Toronto and defeated Dr. Aikins, but I forgot the exact majority. I sat in Parliament until the next general election in l872, when John O'Donohue (now the senator) was put up against me. That was a hard and bitter fight, but my friends stuck with me, and I was elected by 84 majority. Then Sir John MacDonald went out of office in 1873 on the Pacific scandal issue, I retired from politics and gave my time to my papers until a cataract on my eye forced me in 1275 to give up business.

Since that time I have been doing nothing of public interest, but I an hopeful that I will be spared to see Toronto become a still greater city than it is at the present."


Taken from an Article in the Bible Index

Died on March 5th, 1892, James Beaty Sr. at his residence in (Parkdale) Toronto, in his 94th year.

His religious activities were about as marked, if indeed not more so then his business, municipal, and political work. Since he went out of business, at about the age of 80 years, he has taken no general part in any public matters.

Until he was about ninety years old, he seemed to take his usual interest in reading the general and local news, and in a religious conversation and reading.

He never ceased to read the Bible with zealous interest, and his prayers and thanksgiving until the last were as clearly expressed and intelligently worded as at any time in his life. For many years the public knew little of him. The active generation of that time had little personal knowledge of him.

It was thought that he was immersed about between the year 1820 and 1825. Sister T. C. Stephens, of Owen Sound, remembers conversing with him on religious subjects, which places the date before 1828. In her father's houses James Armstrong, where the brethern met for many years, afterwards in 1840, the deceased built a frame house on Shuter Street where meetings were held until about 1862, when a brick house built by him, near the frame house, and there the meetings were held for many years.

He held unto his religious life well unto seventy years; and was constantly publicly and privately active for at least fifty years, during which period he was the chief speaker, or one of the chief speakers for all that period. He was an aggressive man and feared no man in political debates. He had an unchangeable hostility to state and church connections and ecclesiastical organizations.

The clergy he considered responsible for such departures from the simple system of Christ; and he waged constant and vigorous warfare against them. His opposition to the clergy reserves, which were laid apart in Canada for four sects by an English king, was chiefly based on his religious convictions that such national provisions for any clergy or sects were antagonistic to the principles of civil and religious liberty and directly contrary to the Christian Scriptures. These things helped to make him a politician. He succeeded with many other strong men, in doing away with the Reserves and after a fight of about thirty years. The Scriptures were his creed, and practically his religious study.

He had much difficulty in riding himself of religious views gained as a young churchman of the English church school, and with others he expressed this difficulty in the frequently used words "preconceived opinions lay aside, "preconceived opinions", when you come to read the scriptures, was his constant injunctions. His early experience in Ireland with the State established church was not very pleasant. His personal observations on seeing the widows only cow taken for the tithes never got out of his indignant mind.

He would graphically and feelingly tell such stories until his auditors would feel like tearing down every such ecclesiastical fabric. Personally he was a tall man, nearly six feet, of thin wiry texture - not nerves in the ordinary sense, but sometimes work up to great excitement, which, on the platform, served to warm him up, and excite his hearers. He controlled it well in public debate. He would be heard by the multitude in political campaigns, when such more capable men in some respects would not be listened to. He would fight down an adverse audience in a religious meeting until they would all hear him willingly, although he would be throwing bombs and hot shots all the time into their most cherished religious views. He had what is called a "commanding presence", always faultlessly but neatly and plainly dressed, and clean to a proverb; carrying his ancient and large watch chain, and almost always an umbrella or a cane; which in street conversations were freely used in gestures and mannerisms peculiar to himself, and known to everybody nearly in the city during his active life. At times, when stirred up, he would brusque and rude, in appearance at any rate, and especially to one he thought to squelch in controversy. Such excitements were shot lived, and he would be the first , as a rule, to cure old scores with an opponent. He was full of witticisms, humour, apy stores, illustrations from common life, fluent in speech, never stammering for an appropriate word, was terrible sarcastic and caustic at times, and would in controversy push an adversary to the wall before the fighting was fairly begun. He would strike at the weakness of an opponent's arguments with unerring aim. He was a constant giver to the poor. He was individual in his religious work; he would visit the sick constantly, nevering epidemics. He went through three cholera scourges, and would attend the dying and lay out and bury the dead without fear or help. He even helped with a liberal hand the poor and zealous preachers of the gospel who went on his own responsibility. He would not make bargains with them for salary. He would not send nor keep a preacher for hire.

His nephew H. B. Beaty of the Bible Index, has been in the work in Toronto nearly fifty years, and J. B. Beaty also an nephew, has also, for over forty years, been engaged in religious work. Both of them had been baptized when very young.

He has been a widower over sixty years. His niece, Miss Catherine Beaty, who later married Mr. James Earl, had managed his household and latterly, for some time his only daughter, Mrs. Mullancy, for many years a widow, had lived with him, his only son died some years ago.


Today, as all that is mortal of James Beaty is forever removed from sight, the predominant feeling of those who knew him in life and watch his career will be that of a warm hearted Irishman and true hearted patriot is laid to rest. - - The Empire.


Death of one of the Oldest Citizens A Sketch of His Career Prominent in Politics and Municipal Affairs

On Saturday afternoon, Mr. James Beaty, one of Toronto's oldest citizens passed away, at the age of 94 years. He was born on September 2, 1798, near Killashandra, County Cavan, Ireland, and came to Canada in 1818. He was engaged in the leather business in this city with Mr. W. Armstrong, his brother-in-law, and after the latter's death carried the business on himself for many years. In 1852 he published the (Leader) as a weekly paper, and in the following year as a daily, continuing the publication for about twenty-five years. He was practically the founder of the Toronto General Hospital, of which he was a trustee for many years. He was also one of the original trustees of the Lunatic Asylum and director of the Northern Railway. He was one of the charter members of the Western Assurance Company and a director for many years. In 1877 he retired from business, being then eighty years of age.

In Politics he was a reformer until the Clergy Reserve question was settled.

In l849 he ran for M.P., but was defeated, he was elected a member of the first Parliament of the Dominion of Canada for East Toronto in 1867, and was returned the second time for the same constituency. For many years he was an alderman of the City, and assisted in establishing the Merchants Institute. He always took an active part in the Clergy Reserve question in the old days in connection with Sir Francis Hincks, Hon. Robert Baldwin, and others, and subsequently took a position with the Conservative Party, like many others of that time.

In 1865 he ran for Legislative Councilman for Sangeen, but was defeated.

He was President of the Toronto Roads Company, and purchased the roads from the government and carried them on for many years. During the rebellion of 1837, although he never approved of resorting to arms to enforce the contentions of the reformers, he acted with them up to that time, and was suspected as a rebel. At one time, while going to his house from the Bank of the People, of which he was a director, he was ordered to be shot, but the party detailed for that work refused to obey their officer, they knowing him well, and many of them being his personal friends.

James Lesslie and Joseph Lesslie, ex-postmaster, also identified themselves with the movement until the gathering of fourteen or sixteen regularly assembled at Armstrong's house. Finally a lot was purchased at the corner of Shuter and Victoria Streets, two of Mr. Beaty's houses were moved on the premises and a meeting place established. Afterwards a building was erected, but eventually, owing to various disputes and difficulties both lot and building were lost. The Disciples subsequently divided into to bodies, one worshipping in the West and one on Louisa Street, near Yonge Street. Mr. Beaty addressed many meetings throughout the Province in advocacy of his religious views, and largely owing to his efforts the disciples have become no insignificant body and are rapidly growing in numbers.

During his long career in Toronto Mr. Beaty was also a director of the First Mutual Insurance Company in the home district, President of one of the first building societies, commissioner of the Old Provincial Lunatic Asylum, trustee of the York Town Hospital, and with others he superintended the construction of the New Hospital. For nine years he was also a director of the Grand Trunk Railway. He was President of the Toronto Roads Company, and purchased the roads from the Government and carried them on for a number of years. He was also the founder of the House of Industry. His benevolence was of an eminently practical and personal kind. During the two cholera epidemics he personally coffined and buried many of the dead when others would not approach. He seemed to be absolutely devoid of fear of contagion and as a matter of fact never had a disease of any sort.

In l872 he was presented with an illuminated address by the working men of Toronto for the share he took in having repealed an old law which bore hard on members of trade unions.

He was married soon after he reached this country, but his wife died in l829 and he never remarried. He had two children, a son and a daughter. The son, William is dead, but the daughter, Mrs. Mullancy, is still living. His niece, Miss Catherine Beaty has conducted his household for many years. Mr. James Beaty, ex-M.P. is a nephew. The late John Herbert Beaty was another nephew. Another nephew, Robert Beaty, broker, of King Street East, managed his business from 1844 to 1867.

A Resident of Toronto for 73 Years

Publisher of the Leader

Charter Member of the Western Assurance Company James Beaty Sr.

Narrow Escape from Being Shot as a Rebel

Sketch of a Busy Life

Tue oldest resident of Toronto, Mr. James Beaty, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon. He had reached the advanced age of 94. In his day he filled a large part in the history of this country. His individually and his prominent position in business, politics and journalism made him widely known in the early days. Since his retirement from active business in 1877, at the age of 80, he has led a quiet life.

He retained his control of all his faculties until about four years ago, when his memory began to fail. To the last, however, he was able to recognize the members of the household. Within the past few weeks his strength seemed gradually to ebb away, and his end on Saturday was so peaceful that those about him hardly knew when he died. The funeral will take place from his residence, 17 Fuller Street, Parkdale, this afternoon at 3 o'clock to the Necropolis.

Career of the Deceased

Mr. Beaty arrived in Toronto, then known as Little York, on Saturday the 17th March, 1818. The total white population of the place at that time being about 500. At the time of his arrival there was four feet of snow on the ground, although no snow had fallen up to the 10th of March of that year. When he arrived here a banquet was in progress at Jordan's Hotel on King Street at which fourteen persons were present. He spent the night with Father Bergen and attended the first Mass ever held in Toronto next morning. Shortly after his arrival he became associated with Mr. Armstrong, his Brother-in-law, in the shoe and leather business. He had the first brick house built in Toronto and was in many ways one of the leading spirits in Toronto's vigorous infancy. He entered upon his active political career by uniting with Dr. Baldwin and Hume Blake to oppose the Clergy Reserves and the family compact land reservations. He threw himself vigorously into the contests and was frequently enabled by his active indentification with the Orange Order to make himself heard at public meetings where his collegues were not permitted to speak. The political persecution of the Liberals became so virulent, vicious and unreasoning about this time that members of that party could not secure discounts at the Bank of Upper Canada, and accordingly the Bank of the People was established, chiefly by Mr. Beaty on the unlimited liability plan. Mr. Hincks, (subsequently Sir Francis) then about twenty-four years of age, was appointed cashier. Mr. Beaty was among the most active of those who agitated for the City Charter in l834, but owing to large commercial interests both here and in New York he decided not to enter the first City Council. However, and as chairman of the Board of Works was closely identified with many of the early projects for the improvements of the city. He founded the Leader as a weekly paper in 1852, with the office of publication on King Street. In the following year the Leader became a daily paper and Mr. Beaty continued to publish it for twenty-five years.

He also purchased the Patriot, and Orange Organ, and the Colonist, the Patriot was afterwards amalgamated with the Leader, and the Colonist discontinued. Among those who worked on the Leader were Charles Linsey, Daniel Morrison, Charles Bedford, Thomas Gregg Sr., and others.

In politics Mr. Beaty was originally an Orange Tory, but he allied with the William Lyon Mackenzie, Dr. Rolph and others in the struggle for responsible government. He, however, did not approve of resorting to arms and as the crisis approached he was not admitted to the councils of the more violent. At the same time, the Tories suspected him of being a rebel and in the heat of the rebellion, one day while going home from the Bank of the People of which he was a Director. A hot-headed militia captain seized him and ordered him to be shot, The company, however, knew him well and refused to obey the orders of the captain. After the settlement he went back to the Tory Party, of which he afterwards remained a consistent supporter.

He ran for M.P. in l849 but was defeated. He was elected member of the first Parliament of Canada for East Toronto, and was returned a second time in 1872. He retired from politics in 1873 at the time of the Pacific Scandal.

In religion he was brought up a churchman, but after coming to this country concluded that the New Testament Christian was all that was needed. He was the founder of the Disciples of Christ and did much to advance the interests and influence of this religious body. He was first joined by a young man named John Bennett, a hatter, who had been impressed by views announced by Mr. Beaty at a meeting in a Presbyterian church on Duchess Street. They were soon joined by a man named Shanklin and Mr. Beaty was baptized by being immersed in the Bay. These three persons were afterwards joined by James Armstrong, a Young Street saddler, at whose house for some time they broke bread.

He was married shortly after he arrived in Canada, and his wife died in 1829, leaving two children, a son and a daughter. The son William is dead, but the daughter is still alive. Up until three years ago he enjoyed physical and mental health, but since then his memory began to fail. In religion he was originally a churchman, but after coming to this country he started and maintained a congregation in this city, for nearly sixty years, and was one of the principal speakers. He was one of the first Orangemen of this city, and with his brother John Beaty, walked in a procession of twelve in the year 1820, but was only a nominal member for years before his death. [The Mail]

From Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834 - Marriage bonds of 1822, Pg. 54

BEATY, James, shoemaker, bch, & Sarah Anne Armstrong, spr, both of the town of York. w. William Armstrong, of the town of York, shoemaker, and John Beaty Sr., of Trafalgar Twp., yeoman. 26 Dec 1822 at York. Statement of William Armstrong that his sister Sarah Anne Armstrong is upwards of 21 years of age, that our parents reside in Ireland, and that she came to Canada with me and has no other relative in Canada. Statement of James Beaty that he is upwards of 21 years of age. [651, 652].

Sarah: Originally buried in Potter's Field, #4034, then reintered in 1855 in Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. Colonial Advocate, York (Toronto), Thurs. July 9 1829 - "On Saturday last , Sarah Ann, wife of Mr. Beaty, shoemaker, aged 29, leaving two infant children."


31. i Mary Ann Beaty b. ___ 1824.

ii William Beaty b. cir 1827, d. Aug 23 1888, Parkdale, Ont., Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

7. Margaret Beaty m. Jacob Cooke, Other: Resided, Omagh, Ontario. Margaret Buried: Bloomfield Cem, Trafalgar, Ont., Other: Resided, Omagh, Ontario.


32. i Elizabeth Cook.

Third Generation

8. Robert Beaty b. Jul 28 1824, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., Occupation: Dir. Western Assurance., m. ___ 1850, Sarah Carroll, b. Jul 19 1825, Ireland., d. Jun 06 1896, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. Robert died Jul 16 1901, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. Robert is listed in the 1871 census living at that time in Halton twp., Trafalgar Dist., Ont. microfilm number C-9956. Beaty - Robert - 1 - 46 - O - CE - IRISH - F LAB - 038 - B - 4 - 39 - 01 For more details refer to above microfilm.

From "The Canadian Biographical Directory", Chicago; Toronto - American Biographical Publishing Company, 1880.

Robert Beaty - Toronto

"The subject of this sketch is truly one of the representatives of the self made and successful businessmen 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 25th of July, 1824. His ancestors, parents, and items of interest relating thereto, will be found in the sketch of his brother, Mayor James Beaty, 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 the time was engaged in the leather business. In 1852, the "Toronto Leader" was started by his uncle. The arduous task of managing and conducting the paper devolved upon our subject, and the success which crowned the enterprize during his management, attested the faithfulness and assiduity with which he performed his responsible duties. In 1867, Mr. Beaty severed his connection with the Leader, and established the present firm of Robert Beaty and Co., doing a banking and brokerage business. To this, Mr. Beaty has added a real estate business which has grown to be the most important branch of the transactions, carried on principally upon his own responsibility, buying and selling for himself. He gives to his business personal supervision directed with energy and integrity, and has therefore been successful. Though a public spirited citizen, and interested in that which pertains to the public weal, he has ever avoided office of all kinds, though frequently solicited to allow his name to be submitted to the voters.

He has been connected with several commercial enterprises, but at present is interested with none outside his own, except the Western Assurance Company, of which he was one of the stockholders when it was incorporated in 1851, and in which he has been a director since 1862.

In politics, he has always been a Conservative, taking an active interest in the affairs of that party, and firmly believing in its prominent tenets. He is, however, far from being a partisan, and counts among his warmest friends many who are opposed to his own views politically. But this fact is owing, doubtless to his honesty of purpose, for with him, principles are fixed by convictions of duty, and that which he believes to be right, he advocates openly and fearlessly. Religiously he is a Disciple of Christ, and a zealous worker for the cause of Christianity; and though a firm beleiver in his own views, he is characteristically tolerant of the views of others.

Mr. Beaty was married in 1850 to Miss Sarah Carroll, a native of Ireland. The result of this union was three children, of whom but two survive, John William, who begins a commercial career in his father's office, and Elizabeth Eleanor, wife of Dr. R. B. Nevitt, a practicing physician in Toronto."



Robert Beaty of Toronto, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his leaving the homestead at Ashdale, 1892.

The residence of W C. Beaty, Ashdale, near Milton, was a scene of great enjoyment on July first, Robert Beaty, esq., banker, King Street, Toronto, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his departure from the place of his birth and entertained friends right royally.

Two dozen carriages met the C.P.R. train at "Beaty" station to convey the Toronto relatives to the old homestead, where flags waved and arches were erected in honour of the occasion. Upon stepping on the platform Mr. Robert Beaty was greeted with rousing cheers, and upon arriving, a number of young ladies in gay attire sang "Home Sweet Home".

The elaborate supper was then serve on the lawn, where Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Beaty, their son J. A. Beaty and Miss Ada Beaty, their daughter; Robert Beaty's daughter Mrs. Nevitt with five children; and Mr. Beaty's brothers and sisters, James Beaty, ex-Mayor of Toronto, W. C. Beaty, Mrs. Earl, Mrs. Farley, Mrs. McCartney and Mrs. Standish, were seated at the center table. Two other sisters, Mrs. Paton and Mrs. Crull, were unable to be present. The other tables were filled with relatives from Toronto, Hamilton, Eglinton, Toronto Junction, Durham, Boyne, Meaford, Ash, Brittannia, Milton, Oakville and other places, numbering in all about three hundred relatives and neighbours.

After being amply supplied with the good things of life, speeches by Mr. A. Moris, A. G. Heaven, P. McDuffey, T. Brownridge, C. Porter, Mayor Johnson, Meaford, D. A. Rose, A. J. R. Snow, Ira Standish, R. Beaty Jr., J. Farley, Dr. Beaty, Wm. C. Beaty, Prof. Hunt, W. J. Heavens, J. Cudmore, J. G. Gibson and J. J. Stewart filled up the evening, each expressed himself as being pleased with the proceedings, and hoped Mr. Beaty night live another fifty years.

Then Mr. Robert Beaty arose to reply, J. J. Stewart, Brittania, led in singing "For he's a jolly good fellow", and D. A. Rose followed by three cheers.

Mr. Robert Beaty said words could not express the pleasure he felt at seeing them all, and thanked then heartily for the kind greetings. Seventy years ago his father settled on the old homestead and sixty-eight years ago a stranger came and that stranger was the speaker. Although it was fifty years ago this year since he left the farm, he still knew and loved the place, and concluded by saying he was thankful to God who favoured them with such lovely weather and so pleasant a gathering, and hoped they night all meet in a purer and better land above.

More cheers followed, and Mr. Snow then started "Auld Lang Syne" and Prof. Hunt "God Save the Queen", when the party broke up, all being delighted with the afternoon spent at the Beaty homestead.

[From the Oakville Star, July 7, l892.]

The "Champion", of Milton, after saying similar to the above, gave the following in addition:

The changes of the generation were seen in some of the old neighbours - Mrs. Richard Bigger, about eighty-five years of age: Mr. Charles Porter, about seventy-five years; Mrs. Robert Howden, about seventy years: Mrs. Wm. Beaty, about seventy years: mingled with Dr. R. B. Nevitt's Children (Grandchildren of Robert Beaty) and with his son Mr. J. W. Beaty and his wife (their twin boys not being present)[Wilfred and Harold Thorp Beaty].

It may be mentioned that John Beaty, the father of Robert Beaty came to this part of the country in l820, having arrived in Toronto from Cavan, Ireland, with his brother James Beaty, deceased at 94 years of age.

They were afterwards followed by other brothers - William, Charles, and Robert... all of whom are now dead. He married Miss Elizabeth Stewart, whose father, George Stewart, came from New York, leaving a large property, during the year 1812, on account of his British Loyalty, having before come from Bun Doran, in Ireland, to New York, about the year 1800. He died at about 105 years of age, his wife died at the age of 96 years, in the Township of Toronto, where the family is still represented. John Beaty died after fifty years residence on the same farm, his wife died four years after, in 1874.

The party dispersed after singing "Auld Lang Syne" and "God Save the Queen", led by Prof. Hunt and Russell Snow. The neighbours joined in with the most earnest good will, in every way anxious to make the day pass off pleasantly, which it did, to the enjoyment and satisfaction of all, without a major difficulty in any of the arrangements. They also drove to the station in the evening with the seventy relations, who came from Toronto and other places.

[The Mail, Empire, Globe and World, of Toronto, gave a notice in each very much like the above]

They came to see the Jubilee, And all were merry and glad, They were of the same Family Tree, And between you and me the best they ever had.


33. i Elizabeth Eleanor (Lizzie) Beaty b. Mar 20 1852.

34. ii John William Beaty b. Oct 07 1853.

iii Sarah Jane (Sally) Beaty b. Oct 17 1856, d. Jul 14 1877, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont., Other: Unmarried.

9. Stewart Beaty b. Sep 1826, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., m. (1) Mar 27 1857, in Massagawaya, Halton County, Ont., Mary Anderson, b. Apr 03 1838, Nassagawaya, Halton Co., Ont., d. Jul 26 1931, Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont., m. (2) Nov 27 1862, in Halton County, Ont., Catherine Matilda Collins, b. ___ 1842. Stewart died Sep 07 1865, Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont.

Mary: Mary was the daughter of John Anderson and Elizabeth Campbell.

Children by Mary Anderson:

i Anderson Beaty d. Young, Drowning. Anderson drowned while young.

35. ii Mary Rosina Beaty b. Feb 22 1857.

iii Anson Beaty b. ___ 1861, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

36. iv Henrietta Beaty b. ___ 1860.

10. William "Bucky" Crawford Beaty b. Jan 06 1828, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., m. Feb 13 1866, in Nassagawaga Twp., Halton Co., Ont., Elizabeth Robertson, b. cir 1842, Perthshire, Scotland, d. May 28 1927, Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont. William died Jul 26 1895, Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont.

Notes for WILLIAM CRAWFORD BEATY: Ontario 1871 Census information:

Schedule 3, Return of Public Institutions: Grand total of acres of land owned - 460, Number of dwelling houses owned - 5, Number of warehouses, stores, factories, shops, &c., owned - 1, Number of barns and stables owned - 10, Number of carriages and sleighs - 3, Number of cars, wagons and sleds - 8, Number of ploughs and cultivators - 8, Reapers and Mowers - 3, Horse rakes - 2, Thrashing machines - 1, Fanning mills - 2

Also on Schedule 3 for the same property: Special or Legal name of Institution, Character and Classification - Church, Disciple of Christ, Number of buildings - 2, Number of town or village building lots - 1, Number of barns and stables owned - 1

Schedule 4, Return of Cultivated Land, of Field Products and of Plants and Fruits Concession 5, Lot #7, Owned, Acres Occupied 500, Acres improved 330, Acres in pasture 100, Acres in gardens and orchards 6, Wheat: acres 50, Spring wheat 0 bushels, fall wheat 430 bushels, Bushels of Barley 750, Bushels of Oats - 400, Bushels of Peas 300, Bushels of Beans - 10, Potatoes - Acres - 2, Bushels - 200, Bushels of Turnips - 2000, Bushels of Mangel worsel and other Beets - 700, Bushels of Carrots and other roots - 200, Acres of Hay 100, Bushels of Grass and Clover seed - 30, Bushels of Apples 250, Bushels of Pears. Plums and other odd fruit - 3

Schedule 5 - Live Stock, Animal Products, Home Horses over 3 years old - 9, Colts and fillies - 2, Working Oxen - 2, Milch Cows - 33, Other horned Cattle - 10, Sheep - 42, Swine - 35, Hives of Bees - 6, Cattle killed or sold for slaughter or export - 17, Sheep killed or sold for slaughter or export - 25, Swine killed or sold for slaughter or export - 15, Pounds of Butter - 500, Pounds of Honey - 30, Pounds of wood - 200

Schedule 6 - Return of Industrial Establishments Cheese Factory, Fixed Capital invested in - 800, Floating Capital employed in - 400, Number of working months in the year - 7, Average number of people employed - 1 male, 2 female, Aggregate amount of Yearly Wages in - 250, Raw Material - Milk, Quantity - 40 tons, Approximate value in - 800, Product - Cheese, Quantity - 8 tons, Approximate value in - 2000

- Info from Garry Robertson, May 2001


37. i Ada E. Beaty b. Jan 01 1867.

38. ii John Albert Beaty b. Dec 17 1869.

iii Donald Beaty b. Mar 10 1875, Omagh, Halton Co., Ont., d. Died 5 d. old.

iv Robert Norman Beaty b. ___ 1872, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont. Died while still young.

v Catherine Beaty d. Young.

11. Catherine Beaty b. Nov 02 1829, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., Baptized: Feb 07 1830, St. Peters, Erindale., m. ca. 1847, James Caesar Earl, b. Aug 16 1824, d. Mar 04 1904, Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont. Catherine died Aug 15 1892, "Near" Oakville, Ont., Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont.


Notice of her Death

Died near Oakville, on the 15th day of August, l892, Catherine Earl, at the age of 63. It is some forty years since she believed Christ and was united to Him by being immersed into His Name.

There being no congregation at Oakville, she met on the Lord's day with brethern only by travelling thirteen miles. For some months a few brethren have met in town, in which her husband, James C. Earl, takes part. Her death bed was surrounded by five sons and six daughters, another daughter was too far off to be present.

At the funeral three brothers, Robert, William C., and James Beaty, also five sisters, were present, the sixth being in the Northwest.

A large number of the neighbours met at the house, many of whom followed the remains to Omagh, where she was buried beside the graves of her father and mother.

Brother Wm. Roberts spoke to the full house that was assembled at the Christians meeting house and burying grounds. It is 27 years since a death has occurred among the children of her fatherís family. A brother died in September, 1865, and now in l892 this sister Catherine departs and leaves nine behind. How many will be left twenty-seven year after this?


i Elizabeth Earl.

ii Catherine Earl m. Charles Boon.

iii Fannie Earl m. James Piper.

iv Eva Earl m. William Bradshaw.

v Winnie Earl.

vi Albert Earl.

vii Robert Earl.

viii Fred Earl.

ix James Stewart Earl.

x Nellie Earl.

xi John Earl m. Mary Rutledge.

xii Emma Earl m. Mr. Wilson.

12. James Beaty b. Nov 10 1831, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., Baptized: St. Peters, Erindale., Occupation: QC., DCL, M.P., m. Nov 10 1858, Frances (Fanny) Beaty, (daughter of Charles Beaty and Frances (Fanny) Crawford) d. Jan 18 1898, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont., Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont. James died Mar 15 1899, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont., Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont. James married his cousin, Frances Beaty. He was a lawyer, MP, and Mayor during his lifetime.

(1) From the book,"Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography being chiefly men of the time: A collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life: leaders in the commerce and industry of Canada, and successful pioneers" by Rose George Maclean, 1829-1898, published Toronto: Rose Pub. Co., 1886, Page 161:

"BEATY, James, Jr., QC, D.C.L., M.P. - Here is an instance of what can be accomplished by a man of integrity who puts a high aim before him, and unfalteringly pursues his way, doing always the right, and his best.

Mr. Beaty was born at Ashdale Farm, township of Trafalgar, in the County of Halton, on the 10th of November, 1831.

His father was an estimable gentleman, John Beaty, who emigrated from the County of Cavan, Ireland, and who, upon reaching Canada, engaged himself in agriculture, which calling he pursued for half a century at Ashdale Farm.

It was at this old homestead that the subject of this sketch was brought up, and from intelligent parents, who by word and precept always set an example of the right, did he receive his early ruition. At first he attended the public school at Palmero, in Trafalgar. Leaving the Palmero school in 1849, he was sent to Toronto, where he received private tuition for a period, and at the following Trinity term, he was entered as a student of law at the office of Adam (now, Chief Justice) Wilson and Dr. Larratt W. Smith. While pursuing his studies, he evinced such grasp, and a faculty for mastering readily the principles and details of the law. In 1855 he was called to the bar, and in the following year entered into partnership with Mr. Wilson and Mr. C. S. Patterson. The personnel of the firm was subsequently changed by Messrs. Wilson and Patterson being called to the bar.

Mr. Beaty's was always one of the clearest heads at the bar, and in 1872 he was created a Queen's Council by the Dominion Government, subsequently obtaining the same distinction from the government of Ontario.

In 1872, he received the degree of B. C. L. from Trinity College; and in 1875, the degree of D. C. L. was conferred upon him.

He began the career of politics, in which he was afterwards to distinguish himself, by being elected alderman for St. James' Ward, Toronto. While sitting as an alderman, he introduced the "Beaty By-law", a plan changing entirely the system of civic affairs. Two years later, he was elected Mayor; and the following year re-elected. defeating his opponent, ex-mayor Morrison by over 900 votes.

Mr. Beaty's professional career has been a peculiarly successful one, and he has conducted a large number of cases with marked skill and force from the Court of Appeal on down. In politics, he has been through a consistent career, a Liberal-Conservative; but he frequently, many years ago, resisted the pressure of friends who were desirous that he should offer himself for a field giving wider opportunity for his usefulness.

In 1880, however, his advisors prevailed, and he presented himself for the representation of West Toronto in the Dominion Parliament, and was successful, defeating his opponent by a handsome majority. His course in Parliament fully justified expectations, and the large number of prominent acts of legislation which, through him, have become law, bear testimony to his industry and appreciation of the public needs.

At the general election of 1882 Mr. Beaty was once more successful, defeating his opponent by a handsome majority.

In religion, Mr. Beaty, though brought up as a member of the Anglican community, now belongs to no denomination, simply accepting the Bible with the message it announces. He has written frequently for the secular and religious press, and for legal and literary periodicals. He has the faculty of convincing by the clearness of his reason, and by an unagressive forcibleness in presenting his views. He is a clear, terse, and forcible speaker, but does not obtrude his addresses upon parliament, unless the occasion is a sufficient one.

Mr. Beaty married, on the 10th of November, 1858, his cousin Fanny Beaty, by whom he has one daughter living."

(2) From the Book, "The Canadian Men and Women of the Time", by Henry J. Morgan, Page 57:

"BEATY, JAMES, Q.C., legislator, is the son of the late John Beaty who emigrated to the U.C. from Cavan, Ireland, 1818 by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of George Stewart, of Bundoran, Irel. B. at Ashdale Farm, Halton, Ont., Nov 10, 1831, he was ed. by private tuition and at the Palmero Grammar Sch., studied law under the late Sir Adam Wilson and Dr. L. W. Smith, and was called to the bar, 1855.

Entering into partnership with Sir Adam Wilson and the late Mr. C. S. Patterson (afterwards a Justice of the Supreme Ct. of Canada), he has since followed the practice of his profession in Toronto, and is now head of the firm of Beaty, Snow & Smith, solicitors for the Confederation Life Assn., the Can. Man. Life Assur. Co., and other corporations.

In 1872, he received the degree of B.C.L. from Trinity Univ., and that of D.C.L., 1875. He was created a Q.C. by the Earl of Dufferin, 1872. Dr. B. sat in the Toronto City Council as an Ald., 1877, and while there introduced and carried the "Beaty By-Law" which under the Ex. Compte. of the Council was constituted. He was elected Mayor of the city, 1879 (having been defeated in 1878), and again, in 1880, and while holding the office has the great honour of receiving and entertaining, as guests of the city, the Marquis of Lorne and H.R.H., the Princess Louise.

A Con. in politics, he was returned, in that interest, to the Ho. of Commons for West Toronto, Aug., 1880, and continued to sit in Parlt. up to the close of the 5th Parlt., 1887. He was a supporter of Sir John MacDonald and the "N.P." Govt.

He is the author of a work, "Paying the Pastor Unscriptural and Traditional" (London, 1885), and of various brochures dealing with civic relief and reform. He is now preparing for publication a work of special interest to professional men: "The Elements of Can. Law." He was elected Presd't of the Little Bess Mining Co., 1896.

In religion, Br. B. claims to be only a Christian, taking no creed but the Bible.

He m., Nov., 1858, his cousin, Miss Frances Beaty. - 274 George St., Toronto" [Residential Address]

- " A man greatly esteemed for the sterling and upright qualities he possesses" - Mail and Empire."

(3) From "The Canadian Biographical Dictionary", Chicago; Toronto, American Biographical Publishing Company, 1880, Pg. 424:

"James Beaty Jr., Q.C., D.C.L.- Toronto

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 50 years. He died at the age of eighty years in 1870. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth Stewart, and early in this 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, and the latter, a farmer residing on the old homestead, and a public man of great usefulness. The remaining sisters are all married, except for the youngest. The parents were intelligent people, and the children were well educated according to the times, in public schools and colleges, and by private tuition. Ashdale Farm, as was the custom in the early day, was kept up by well directed reading and conversation. Habits of industry were rigorously enforced, and the practice of religious duties were never allowed to be forgotten.

James Beaty was educated, first at the common school and afterwards at the grammar school at Palmero, in Trafalgar, the latter being a well conducted school and disciplinarian, for under who's training many active men went forth to find the advice he so gladly gave them, of valuable assistance in the battle of life. Judge Miller of Milton, Rev. John Langtry, M.A. of Toronto, Rev. Mr. Campbell, of Clifton, Mr. Winters, a P.L. Surveyor, Mr. Sproat, M.P., Mr. Livingstone, P.L. Surveyor, of Hamilton, Dr. Anson Buck, of Palmero, and many others were well educated in this school. Mr. Beaty was also instructed by private tuition in Toronto, preparatory to entering as a student-at-law in Trinity term in 1850; was called to the bar in 1855, having studied in the office of Mr. Adam Wilson (now Chief Justice), and Dr. Larratt W. Smith; and in July 1856, entered into partnership with Mr. Wilson and C. S. Patterson, at present one of the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The firm of Wilson, Patterson, and Beaty continued until the elevation of Mr. Wilson to the Bench in 1863, and subsequently with the addition of his present partner, Mr. J. C. Hamilton, M.A., L.L.B., under the name of Patterson, Beaty, and Hamilton. Mr. Patterson having been elevated to the Bench in 1874, the business continued under the name of Beaty, Hamilton, and Cassels. Mr. Allan Cassels, B.A., a student in the office being added to the partnership. Since then, Mr. Daniel W. Clendenan, B.A. has also entered the firm. Their business has continued in succession from Dr. William Warren Baldwin, through Hon. Robert Baldwin, Hon. R. B. Sullivan, John Hector, Q.C., and the gentlemen named for over fifty years. Mr. Beaty was created a Queen's Counsel by nomination of the Dominion Government in 1872, Sir John A. MacDonald being Minister of Justice, and afterwards by the Ontario Government, Hon. Oliver Mowat being Attorney-General. He was entitled to the degree of B.C.L. in Trinity College in 1856, but in consequence of differences as to a religious test, did not receive his degree until 1872, and in 1875, the degree of D.C.L. was conferred upon him. In 1877, he was elected Alderman for St. James' Ward by a vote of all parties; introduced what is known as the "Beaty By-Law", changing the whole management of civic affairs; ran for Mayor in 1878, against Mr. Angus Morrison, Q.C., who had been Mayor for two years, and was defeated through strong influence, after leaving the matter to the citizens almost entirely without work, organization, or canvass; ran for the same office in 1879 and was elected by a majority of 635 over the largest vote given to five of the strongest men the city afforded in municipal affairs - ex-Mayors Medcalf and Manning and Aldermen Turner, Briton, and P. G. Close. So satisfactory was his administration of municipal affairs conducted during 1879, that he was re-elected for 1880, by over a 3000 majority over ex-Mayor Morrison.

Mayor Beaty's professional career has been varied, but more as an office lawyer than as a public one; he has, however, conducted many important cases from the Court of Appeal on down, including the Criminal and Appeal Courts; has always had a large and responsible business, especially in the management of property, having at times clients' property approximating in value to three-quarters of a million dollars under his care as trustee and otherwise, and for al the time having every year over half a million dollars worth to invest and manage in some form or other.

Mr. Beaty took an active form in conjunction with the late John M. Trout, founder and editor of the Monitary Times, and who had also been a law student with him, and with the present managing director, Mr. John K. Macdonald, in establishing the Confederation Life Association, which in a few years has reached great importance under the presidency of Sir Francis Hincks, and latterly of Sir W. P. Howland, as a life insurance institution. His firm are solicitors for the Association, and have been since its organization. They are also solicitors for the Commercial Building and Investment Society, one of the oldest institutions of the kind in the city. His late partner, Mr. Justice Patterson and he, with the cooperation of Dr. L. W. Smith and others had much to do with the formation of the Building and Loan Association which is now one of the most flourishing societies of that class in Toronto. Mr. Beaty's firm are solicitors for this, and also for other societies and companies besides those named. He is a Director in the Scarboro' Heights Hotel Company, which recently built a hotel east of Toronto a few miles from the "Balmy Beach" property on the shore of Lake Ontario. He has refused other directorships for various reasons, principally on the principal actuating him through life, not to undertake any more than he can well perform. For many years he has refused all solicitations for public life, chiefly for professional and personal reasons. He was waited upon by various delegations to run for East Toronto at the last election, consequent upon the elevation of Mr. Justice Cameron to the Bench, and it was generally believed he would have no opposition, and that even if he had he could have carried the riding by a large majority. The contest for the mayoralty was then actively progressing, and he had pledged himself to citizens interested, as he himself was, in economy and faithful administration of civic business, to go to the polls, and therefore he refused to step aside and become a candidate for what seemed a far better opening for a public man.

[Note: in 1880, the year following the writing of this sketch, Mr. Beaty was returned to the House of Commons of Canada, representing West Toronto]

The subject of this sketch never engaged in military training, although offered in the volunteer force a lieutenancy, first by the Hon. Robert Baldwin, and afterwards by Hon. the Justice Morrison, who were commanders of battalions.

In religion he claims to be only a Christian, taking no creed but the Bible. Although educated a churchman - his parents then of the Church of England - he soon began to think for himself, surrounded as he was by various sorts of religions, and happily as he thinks he was saved from infidelity by finding out that there was only one Divine religion in the world at one time, and that religion at the present time was the Christian. To this he adheres since youth and has taken an active part in speaking and writing in advancing those views.

He has written occasionally for political and religious papers, literary magazines, law and commercial journals, articles which have often been under noms de plume, as efforts of taste and recreation and with the special object of combatting some error or telling some truth.

Politically, he is a Conservative, as was his father all his life. His uncle, James Beaty, Sen., ex-M.P. for Toronto, and proprietor of the Leader, being for a time a Reformer of the Baldwin and Hincks school. The Mayor has always been looked upon as a moderate party man in consequence of his associations and personal connections, and as such has received support from both parties. As counsel for contractors to build the Canadian Pacific Railway, he took an active part in the negotiations which resulted in the downfall of the Sir John MacDonald Government in 1873. He regretted the fall of the MacDonald administration and did his share in restoring Sir John again, in every way he could. He sacrificed his own prospects to the views of others so as to not disturb the current of events, although he was generally understood to be the candidate for Centre Toronto in the interests of the Conservative party at the last election until nearly the last moment, and it was generally conceded that he was about the only man who could have carried it, the constituency being so equally divided.

Mr. Beaty was married on the 10th of November, 1858 to his cousin, Miss Fannie Beaty, and there were two children of the marriage, both daughters, only one of whom, Katie, is still living.

Mayor Beaty, although a clear and forcible speaker, from constitutional temperament unwillingly speaks in public, unless compelled to it by a strong sense of duty or force of circumstances.

In personal appearance he is about 5 feet 8 to 9 inches in height, with brown hair, reddish whiskers and florid complexion, looking healthy and robust now, although in early life he was rather delicate; is very temperate and abstemious in his habits; has done a great deal of work and is capable of doing a great deal more; moderate in his views of things, and temperate in language and argument; he is regarded by his friends as usually safe and more likely to be in the right course. He possesses the confidence of his fellow citizens, who, as a rule, believe he means right and will come out right. He has convictions of his own on most subjects of public interest and carries the out without fear or favor, being persistent rather than demonstrative, and determined to maintain his own views with firmness, tempered with courtesy and consideration, however, for others.

On the occasion of the Royal visit of His Excellency, the Governor General and Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise, to Toronto, in September, 1879, their reception and entertainment devolved very largely upon the Chief Magistrate of the city, and the manner in which Mayor Beaty managed his part of the affair was creditable alike to his tact, good sense and judgement, and to the city of Toronto."


After a lingering illness

March 15, 1899 - Passed away this afternoon at the home of his son-in-law. Members of his family and his physician were present.

Ex-Mayor Beaty died this afternoon at the residence of his son-in-law, A. J. Russell Snow, 286 Sherbourne St. He had been at deathís door for days. Since, in fact, he was smitten with apoplexy on February 10th. The members of his family, other immediate relatives, and the family physician, Dr. Nevitt, were present when the expected death came.

He was the son of the late John Beaty, who emigrated to Upper Canada from Cavan, Ireland, in 1818, by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of George Stewart of Bun Doran, Ireland.

Born at Ashdale Farm, Halton, Ontario, November 10th, 1831, he was educated by private tuition and at the Palermo Grammar School, studied law under the late Sir Adam Wilson and L. W. Smith, and was called to the bar in 1855. Entering into partnership with Sir. Adam Wilson and the late Mr. C. S. Patterson afterwards a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He has since followed the practice of his profession in Toronto and was the head of the firm of Beaty, Snow & Smith. In 1872 he received the degree of B.C.L. from Trinity University, and that of D.C.L. 1875. He was created a Q.C. by the Earl of Dufferin in 1872. Mr. Beaty sat in the Toronto City Council as an alderman in 1877, and while there introduced and carried the "Beaty By-Law", under which the executive committee of the council was constituted. He was elected Mayor of the City in 1879 (having been defeated in 1878) and again in 1880.

A Conservative in politics, he was returned in that interest to the House of Commons for West Toronto, August 1880, and continued to sit in Parliament up to the close of the fifth Parliament in 1887. He was throughout a supporter of Sir John McDonald and the National Policy. He was the author of a brochure dealing with civil relief and reform. In religion Mr. Beaty claimed to be only a Christian, taking no creed but the Bible. He married Movember 1858, his cousin, Miss Frances Beaty.

[This article was in the Toronto Evening Telegram, March 1899]

Frances: Frances was James' cousin.


Wife of James Beaty Jr., Q.C.

Died, at Toronto, on the 18th of January 1898, Fanny, beloved wife of Dr. James Beaty Q.C., after a brief and severe illness of pleuro-pneumonia, which she bore with remarkable faith, patience, and fortitude. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord".

Mrs. Beaty was immersed into Christ about fifty years ago, shortly after coming to Toronto in her girlhood, from her birth place, Cavan, Ireland.

She was married on the 18th of November l858. Since she became a member of a congregation of Christ she has been a consistent, zealous, faithful and active Christian. She never in health missed the meetings of the congregation. She was long an invalid, and for many years suffered constant discomforts from dyspepsia and consequent disorders. She had a strong mind, indomitable spirit, and earnest purpose, and never gave way to despondency. She preached the Gospel at every opportunity, and did not put sugar coated substances around it to make it acceptable, if Christ or the apostles said anything upon any subject, she thought the best that she could say was to repeat it. Her charities were of the quiet kind, that did not let the "left hand know what the right hand did". They were also personal.

She had little faith in the value of incorporated charity to meet the ordinary ills of life. She preferred to go and to send. Her special sympathies were for the old widows and young destitute orphans.

She had two daughters, one died in infancy; the other, Mrs. Russell Snow, is the wife of the lawyer of that name in Toronto. She has five children, one daughter since her motherís death and four before, two boys and two girls, as healthy, vigorous and bright as children can well be.

The home of the deceased was the strangers' "Inn", Christians, strangers or otherwise, from all parts were ever welcome, from all parts were ever welcome, and their needs tended to with untiring zeal.

Those who travelled preaching the Gospel ever found a cordial welcome. She knew Alexander Campbell and some of his family, although when she was baptized his name or fame had not reached Canada. Both she and her husband never having heard of him. She also had part in the entertainment of President Garfield and his wife when in Toronto, when he also spoke to the congregation here. She entertained for weeks for many summers when he traveled through Ontario.

Her home was his headquarters. Bro. Clark Braden finished his book, "The Problem of Life" in her home. She also entertained Professor Loos, Brethern John F. Rowe, A. E. Ellmore, O.G. Hertzog, A. A. Carpenter, Joseph Franklyn, B. B. Taylor, Zack Sweeney, Timothy Coop, and Sidney Black of London, Ontario???, and Canadian Brethern James Black, James Milgour, C. J. Lister, Joseph Ash, A. A. Anderson, Edmund Shepherd, and a host of others As many as a dozen or some [5 or 6 words illegible] to the city meetings, would dine with her on a Sunday, and no one, except by noticing the numbers, would know that anything unusual had taken place. Quietness, order, and cheerfullness prevailed. As to the general social side of the city life, she was an entertainer of all classes, and when her husband was mayor and M.P., she did the honours with much acceptance, as she had reasons to know, when the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General, and his wife, the Princess Louise, daughter of her Majesty, the Queen, visited Toronto officially, and remained for weeks. She also entertained many other notable people. She was especially interested in young people. The young men and women flocked around her and her daughter. In these gatherings, mostly informal and unceremonious, much religious conversation would take place.

It was apoint to her, in an educational city like Toronto, where many hundreds of students of both sexes gathered, to give to them, as far as possible, homelike influences. They could come and mingle together under her patronage while they were absent from a parent's care. She was untiring in this.

After seeking their acquaintance, they were allowed to "drop in" almost any evening, and ask their young friends to do the same. They invited themselves and their friends, until some evenings there would be as many as thirty or fourty, or even more, come in without even the knowledge of their hostess. After a couple of hours of simple youthful enjoyments, a cup of tea was handed around, with a cake or sandwich. Then everyone hied home, quite pleased. There were no late hours allowed. [Christian Leader - March 29, 1898]


i Infant Daughter d. Infancy.

39. ii Katie Elizabeth Beaty b. Apr. 06 1860.

13. Mary Ann Beaty b. Jan 12 1834, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., Baptized: St. Peters, Erindale., m. Aug 23 1854, in Milton, Ont., John Farley, Other: Resided, Trafalgar Twp., Ontario. Mary died May 22 1911, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont., Other: Resided, Trafalgar Twp., Ontario. Christian Guardian, Toronto, 13 September 1854 - "At Milton, on the 23rd August, John Farley to Mary Ann Beaty, both of Trafalgar. (Rev. John Hunt)."


i James Farley.

40. ii William Farley.

41. iii Annie Farley.

42. iv Edgar Farley.

v Fred Farley Other: Married twice.

vi Charles Farley Other: Died single.

14. Elizabeth Jane Beaty b. Aug 09 1836, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. May 1856, in Omagh, Ontario, Henry Robinson, b. ___ 1832, Ireland., Other: Resided, Omagh/Oakville 1903, Ontario. Elizabeth died Jan 07 1911, Buried: St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville, Ont., Other: Resided, Omagh/Oakville 1903, Ontario.


Descendant of Early Settlers at Trafalgar and Oakville

Oakville February 3, 1911

After about 75 years spent in Trafalgar and Oakville, Mrs. Henry Robinson passed away peacefully last Friday evening after an illness of some considerable duration and critical for some weeks. Being so well known the news occasioned great regret.

The funeral was private on Monday afternoon with internment in St. Judeís Cemetery, Oakville. Rev. 3. V. Nagwood conducted a short service at the house. The Pallbearers were W. H. Robinson, J. H. Shields, T. T. Haris, Jas. N. McGregor, Richard Dolby and John Bigger.

Mrs. Robinsonís maiden name was Elizabeth Jane Beaty, a daughter of John Beaty, who came out from Armagh, Ireland, and settled at Omagh about 1819. At the same time Mr. Robinsonís father came from Tyrone, Ireland, and the two families had joining farms. They made homes in the woods and gradually cleared the land. Families sprang up also and appropriately in May, 1856, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were married by Canon Treamine, now in Mimico. They remained at Omagh for 47 years and became probably as widely known as any family in the Township and their home was always open and always cheerful. 8 years ago they retired in Oakville.

Besides the husband and family remaining are Mrs. V. P. Hunt, of Edmonton, Alberta; Mrs. A. B. McDugall of Vancouver; Mrs. W. H. Carson of Oakville; and Miss Belle Robinson at home; Edward Robinson at home; and Jr. William Robinson of Brantford, Ontario.

[From the Oakville Star, Feb. 1911]


Notes for HENRY ROBINSON: Ontario 1871 Census information:

Schedule 3, Return of Public Institutions: Owned 190 acres, 3 buildings, 4 barns and stables owned, 2 carriages and sleighs, 2 wagons and ??, 3 ploughs and cultivators, 1 reaper and mower, 1 horse rake, 1 Fanning mill

Schedule 4, Return of Cultivated Land, of Field Products and of Plants and Fruits

Concession 5, Lot #6, Owned, Acres Occupied 97, Acres improved 87, Acres in pasture 11, Acres in gardens and orchards 2, Wheat: acres 14, Spring wheat 40 bushels, fall wheat 50 bushels, Bushels of Barley 100, Bushels of Peas 240, Acres of Hay 24, Bushels of Apples 10

Schedule 5 - Live Stock, Animal Products, Home Horses over 3 years old - 2, Colts and fillies - 1, Milch Cows - 7, Other horned Cattle - 10, Sheep - 12, Swine - 5, Hives of Bees - 1, Cattle killed or sold for slaughter or export - 6, Sheep killed or sold for slaughter or export - 6, Swine killed or sold for slaughter or export - 5, Pounds of Butter - 200

Census: 1871, Ontario, Trafalgar Township, Halton County Occupation: 1871, Farmer Religion: 1871, Wesleyan Methodist

Info from Garry Robertson, May, 2001


i Margaret J. Robinson b. ___ 1859, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

ii Henry Edward Robinson b. ___ 1860, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

43. iii Ellen Elizabeth Robinson b. ___ 1862.

44. iv Clara Louise Robinson b. ___ 1865.

v Frances Robinson b. ___ 1866, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. William H. Carson.

vi Isabella E. Robinson b. ___ 1868, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

45. vii Dr. James William Robinson b. ___ 1872.

15. Margaret Beaty b. Jul 02 1838, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. Jan 17 1860, in Halton County, Ont., William McCartney, b. Oct 05 1832, d. May 26 1886, Buried: Evergreen Cem., Milton, Ont. Margaret died Oct 18 1927, Buried: Evergreen Cem., Milton, Ont.


46. i William Albert McCartney.

ii Walter Edwin McCartney m. Fannie Patterson.

47. iii David Herbert McCartney b. ___ 1865.

iv Ella McCartney d. at 2 months age.

v Margaret J. McCartney b. ___ 1869, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

vi Mabel Helena McCartney b. ___ 1874, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

16. Martha Beaty b. Oct 12 1842, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., m. Dec 07 1863, in Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., Joseph Thomas Standish, b. ___ 1840, Esquesing Twp., Halton Co. , Ont., d. Michigan?. Martha died Sep 04 1929, Hamilton, Ont., Buried: Hamilton Cem., Hamilton, Ont.

Joseph: Refer to book Numbering the Survivors by Houston. Joseph was the son of Thomas T. Standish and Rachel Royce.


48. i Ira Standish b. ___ 1864.

ii Amy Standish m. Harry McCardle.

iii Ellenor Standish d. 12 yrs of age.

iv Israel Joseph Miles Standish b. ___ 1871, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont.

17. Sarah Beaty b. cir 1847, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., m. Oct 06 1868, in Halton County, Ont., John Paton, b. ___ 1834, Flushing, Mich. Sarah died cir 1946.


49. i Evelyn Paton.

18. Rebecca Beaty b. cir 1848, Ashdale Farm, Trafalgar, Halton, Ont., m. ca 1881, Jacob Crull.


i Roland Beaty Crull m. Helen Tuloch. Roland and Helen had 2 children, names unknown.

ii Olaf F. Crull m. May Rattery. Olaf and May had one son and one daughter, names unknown.

iii Beatrice Stella Crull m. Harney Coates.

Harney: Harney (?) and Beatrice had one daughter, name unknown.

iv Osmond Robert Crull m. May Hall. Osmond and May had two sons, names unknown.

19. Frances (Fanny) Beaty (See marriage to number 12.)

20. John Beaty b. Jun 08 1825, Killashandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland., Occupation: Customs Officer, m. Feb 16 1859, in Trafalgar Township, Ont., Jeanette Melinda Triller, b. Jun 10 1835, Trafalgar Township, Ont., (daughter of Phillip Triller Jr. and Mary Teeter?) d. Jan 15 1892, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. John died Nov 10 1908, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont., Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont. John came to Canada in 1845. He was shipwrecked on the way.

The following is from Mount Pleasant Cemetery - An Illustrated Guide, by Mike Filey, Firefly Books, 1992, IBSN 0-920668-69-0

"The third person to settle in the area west of Dufferin Street when it was still "Out in the country", was John Beaty. He was born in Ireland in 1825 and emmigrated to Toronto in 1845. His first employment was assisting his uncle James (Beaty) collect tolls on the roads along the lakeshore leading to and from the little town. In 1859, the young man married Jeanette Triller (Triller Avenue in Parkdale is named for her family) and in 1871 was named to His Majesty's Customs Service. A year later, in one of the great Toronto real estate deals of all time, he purchased the estate of Colonel Dunn of the 100th Regiment that stretched from today's Dowling Avenue west to Roncevalles for $200 an acre.

He spent the rest of his life in comfort, selling off parcels of land as the Town of Parkdale grew, eventually becoming part of the city in 1889. Beaty Avenue is named for this gentleman who died at his residence, 1499 Queen Street West, on November 10, 1908."

Mr. John Beaty, a resident of Toronto for over sixty years, died yesterday at his residence, l499 Queen Street West, aged 84 years. Death was due to a partlytic stroke, and Mr. Beaty had been in failing health since June, 1907.

The late Mr. Beaty was born in Killashandra, County Cavan, Ireland and came to Canada when quite young.

For some years he had charge of the York Toll Roads, which were owned and controlled by his Uncle, the late James Beaty, who was also the proprietor of the Toronto Leader and Patriot.. Then Mr. Beaty was appointed to a place in the Customs, which he held for 26 years, finally passing into the superannuation list. Since his retirement he had lived with his daughter at the family residence. His house was the third one built in the resent district of Parkdale.

Mr. Beaty was a member of the Church of the Disciples, and in politics a Conservative. He leaves one son, Captain James P. Beaty, and two daughters, Mrs. Malcolm MacNair and Mrs. George P. Brown, all of Toronto. This wife died in 1892. She was the late Jenet Triller, youngest daughter of the Triller family.

The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock, p.m., to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

(This article was in the paper in the year 1909).


Wife of John Beaty

Notice of her passing away.

On the fifteenth of January, l892, Mrs. John Beaty passed away.

She was a very devoted church believer, she passed away after a long peculiar illness borne without one murmur or complaint.

As the shadows of death drew on she manifested a wonderful composure and trust, saying, "I am ready" and "I know whom I have believed."

There was a large number of relatives and friends assembled at the funeral, words with respect to the departed from 2 Timothy; 4:6-7-7. Her residence was at Parkdale, Toronto, before she passed away.

Her husband was shipwrecked when he was coning to Canada from Ireland and he had to wear a life preserver for several days, He kept that life preserver as a souvenir as long as he lived. [newspaper unknown, 1892]


i James Phillip Beaty b. Dec 14 1859, Omagh, Ont., Occupation: Drug Clerk, d. Mar 18 1934, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont.

ii Mary Francis Vinette (Frankie) Beaty b. Nov 02 1870, Toronto, Ont., m. George Burkland Brown, d. cir 1900. Mary died Feb 02 1935, Toronto, Ont.

iii Catherine (Cassie) Annette Triller Beaty b. Sep 21 1875, Toronto, Ont., m. Malcolm M'Nair, b. Nov 04 1871, London, England., d. Jan 07 1910, Toronto, Ont. Catherine died Jan 19 1969, Toronto, Ont.

21. Charles Beaty b. Apr 27 1828, Co. Cavan, Ireland., m. ___ 1864, in Toronto, Ont., Mary Anne M'Cormack, b. cir 1837, York Township, Ont., (daughter of John M'Cormack and Elizabeth) d. Jun 04 1907, Toronto, Ont., Buried: St. James Cem., Toronto, Ont. Charles died Mar 15 1909, Toronto, Ont., Buried: St. James Cem., Toronto, Ont. Charles' religion was "Disciple of Christ". He came to Toronto in 1845 or 1846 .


i John Charles Beaty b. ___ 1863, Toronto, Ont., d. Jan 16 1915, Arnprior, Ont., Buried: St. James Cem., Toronto, Ont.

50. ii Martha Jane (Hattie) Beaty b. Jun 19 1866.

iii William Arthur Beaty b. cir 1867, Toronto, Ont., d. Oct 14 1933, North Bay, Ont., Buried: St. James Cem., Toronto, Ont.

iv George Beaty b. cir 1869, d. +.

51. v Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beaty b. ___ 1875.

22. William Beaty b. Sep 18 1818, Occupation: Farmer, m. bef 1842, Mary M'Hugh, b. cir 1821, Ireland., d. Nov 08 1901, Buried: St. Stephens Cem., Hornby, Ont. William died Aug 16 1874, Buried: St. Stephens Cem., Hornby, Ont., Other: Resided, C5L4, Trafalgar Township, Ont.


i John Herbert Beaty b. Cir 1846, Occupation: Broker, d. Oct 17 1891, Buried: Omagh Church of Christ Cem., Ont., Other: Unm, Resided, Toronto, Ont.

ii Robert Henry Beaty b. May 17 1848, Occupation: Clerk, Feed Store, m. Bertha Mercy Little, b. Dec 21 1860, d. Dec 28 1907, Buried: St. Stephens Cem., Toronto, Ont. Robert died Sep 16 1932, Buried: St. Stephens Cem., Toronto, Ont. Robert and Bertha had no issue.

52. iii William Thomas Beaty b. ___ 1850.

iv Elizabeth Amy Beaty b. Nov 06 1850, d. Aug 19 1936, Other: Unmarried.

v James Henderson Beaty b. Feb 13 1855, Omagh, Ont., d. Jun 27 1949, Other: Married, U.S.A.

23. Charles Beaty b. cir 1827, Omagh, Ont., Occupation: Shoemaker, m. cir 1853, Ellen Taylor, b. ___ 1832, Ireland., d. Feb 26 1874, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont. Charles died Sep 08 1875, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

Ellen: May have been mentally ill at time of death.


i James Beaty b. ___ 1855, Ont., d. Jul 29 1943, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

ii Ellen (Nellie) Beaty b. ___ 1859, Toronto, Ont., m. Apr 27 1881, in Toronto, Ont., William Thomas (Dock) Squier, b. Aug 29 1862, d. Jul 27 1925, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont. Ellen died Jun 27 1943, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

iii Mary Elizabeth (Minnie) Beaty b. ___ 1866, m. Arthur Dinnis, b. ___ 1869, d. Mar 13 1920, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. Mary died May 19 1936.

24. Margaret Beaty m. John J. Johnstone.


i Emma Johnstone.

ii William Johnstone.

iii Albert Johnstone.

iv Elizabeth Johnstone.

v Eva Johnstone Other: Resided, Meaford, Ont.

vi Herbert Johnstone Other: Resided, Kitchener, Ont.

25. Arthur Beaty m. Mary Ludlow.


53. i Catherine Beaty.

54. ii Emma Beaty.

iii Pearl Beaty m. Robert Williamson.

iv Edna Beaty. Edna died while still a young woman.

26. James Beaty m. Mary Wales.


55. i Mary Beaty.

27. Robert Beaty m. Matilda Cunningham.


i Robert Beaty.

ii Archibald Beaty.

iii Louise Beaty m. Mr. Plant.

28. Mary Beaty m. John Crozier.


i Nellie Crozier m. Mr. McCarthy.

56. ii Margaret Crozier.

29. Catherine Beaty m. George Gibson, Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont. Catherine Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont.


i Bertha (Birdie?) Gibson m. Mr. Phibbs, Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont. Bertha Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont.

30. Frances (Fanny) Beaty m. Joseph Cavanaugh, Other: Resided, Michigan, U.S.A. Frances Other: Resided, Michigan, U.S.A.


i Charles Cavanaugh.

ii Horace Cavanaugh.

iii Edith Cavanaugh.

iv Bertha Cavanaugh.

31. Mary Ann Beaty b. ___ 1824, m. cir 1844, Patrick Mullaney, b. ___ 1825, Occupation: Butcher, d. Oct 11 1860. Mary died aft 1872, Glengrove, Ont.


i James Beaty Mullaney b. cir 1845, Occupation: Ran Bull's Head Hotel, d. Jun 10 1887, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

ii Sarah Mullaney b. ___ 1849.

iii John Mullaney b. ___ 1851.

57. iv Mary Mullaney b. cir 1852.

v William Mullaney b. Aug 20 1855, d. Sep 10 1855, Buried: Necropolis, Toronto, Ont.

32. Elizabeth Cook m. Thomas Edwards, Other: Resided, Grey or Durham Co., Ont. Elizabeth Other: Resided, Grey or Durham Co., Ont.


i Daughter 1 m. J. MacFarlane, Other: Resided, Hamilton, Ont. Daughter Other: Resided, Hamilton, Ont.

ii Daughter 2 m. Mr. Whittaker, Other: Resided, Fort William, Ont. Daughter Other: Resided, Fort William, Ont.

Fourth Generation

33. Elizabeth Eleanor (Lizzie) Beaty b. Mar 20 1852, Toronto, Ont., m. ca. 1875, Richard Barrington Nevitt, b. Nov 22 1850, Savanna, Ga., (son of John Wilson Nevitt and Mary Tschudi) Occupation: M.D., d. May 11 1928, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Prospect Cem, Toronto, Section 21,Lot464. Elizabeth died Aug 31 1927, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Sep 02 1927, Prospect Cem, Toronto, Section 21,Lot464.

Richard: Died of Apoplexy.


i Robert Barrington Nevitt m. Selma Louise Melville.

ii Mary Louise Nevitt m. George Egerton Ryerson.

iii Irving H.C. Nevitt m. Grace K. Rolph.

58. iv Adena Sarah Nevitt.

v Richard E.A. Nevitt m. Elise Hewer.

vi Bertram Tschudi Nevitt.

34. John William Beaty b. Oct 07 1853, Occupation: Banker/Stock Broker, m. Sep 1886, Anna ANNIE Elizabeth Thorp, b. Jun 17 1860, Gananoque, Ont., (daughter of Henry Ingersol Thorp and Amanda Canniff) d. Jul 18 1948, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont., Other: Resided, Gananoque/Cobourg/Toronto. John died Jun 15 1921, Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont., Other: Resided, Toronto, Ont.

Anna: According to Bill Beaty, Annies father was named something like Ingersol Thorp, which was later proven with the discovery that his name was Henry Ingersol Thorp.


59. i Wilfred Thorp Beaty b. Feb 10 1892.

60. ii Harold Thorp Beaty b. Feb 10 1892.

61. iii Margery Beaty b. ___ 1893.

35. Mary Rosina Beaty b. Feb 22 1857, Omagh, Halton Co., Ont., m. Jun 12 1877, in Palmero, Halton Co., Ont., George Robert Robinson, also known as: George Robert Robertson b. Feb 27 1851, Toronto Twp., Peel Co., Ont., d. Apr 09 1931, Milton, Ont., Buried: Milton Cenetery, Milton, Ont. Mary died Oct 31 1935, Milton, Ont.


Mrs. & Mrs. George Robertson of Milton, Ontario June 12th, 1927

Mr. & Mrs. George Robertson of Milton were entertained at dinner at the home of their second son Stewart B. Robertson in celebration of their 5Oth Anniversary of their wedding, which took place June 12th, 1877, at Palermo.

The Table was decorated with bridal wreath and a wedding cake. The toast to the Bride and Groom was proposed by their above named son, who presented them with a purse of gold, donated by their sons and daughters and friends.

Mrs. Margaret McCartney, an Aunt of the Bride, was at the wedding. She is 89 years of age.

Mrs. George Robertson was Rosena Beaty, the grandaughter of John Beaty, and the niece of the late James Beaty, Q.C., ex-Mayor of Toronto.

[Toronto Star, June 1927]

George: George changed the spelling of his surname in the 1890's to Robertson. He was the son of Samuel Robinson and Mary McGill. The name change was due to confusion surrounding another George Robinson living nearby - his children are known by the name Robertson.


i Annie Rosena Robertson d. Young.

62. ii Bertha Hannah Robertson.

iii George William Robertson.

63. iv James Charles Robertson.

v John Archibald Blair Robertson d. Aged 2.

64. vi Mary Etta McLure Robertson.

65. vii Stewart Beaty Robertson.

66. viii Herbert Samuel Robertson b. May 07 1877.

67. ix Robert Anderson Robertson b. Aug 10 1883.

x Joseph Anson Craig Robertson b. Aug 21 1895, Oakville, Halton Co., Ont., m. Irene Mellish. Joseph served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WW1. He also wrote a war diary.

68. xi Catherine Ellen Robertson b. Oct 31 1898.

69. xii Florence Jane Robertson b. Sep 15 1893.

36. Henrietta Beaty b. ___ 1860, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. William Scott.


i Adam Scott d. Young.

70. ii Aggie Scott.

iii James Scott m. May 12 1924, Rose Geer.

71. iv Archibald Scott.

72. v Catherine Scott.

37. Ada E. Beaty b. Jan 01 1867, Omagh, Halton Co., Ont., m. G. E. Buck.


i Norman Beaty Buck d. aged 5 yrs.

73. ii Margaret Robertson Buck.

74. iii Janet Buck.

75. iv Hellen Catherine Buck.

v Edward Buck m. Louise Rich.

76. vi Harold Buck.

38. John Albert Beaty b. Dec 17 1869, Omagh, Halton Co., Ont., m. Ella Emerson.


77. i Colin Beaty.

39. Katie Elizabeth Beaty b. Apr 06 1860, m. A. J. Russell Snow, Occupation: K.C., d. ___ 1936, Toronto, Ont. Katie died Dec. 04 1940, Toronto, Ont.


Father was Mayor of Toronto 60 Years Ago

Mrs. A. J. Russell Snow died yesterday at the age of 80. She was Katie Elizabeth Beaty, daughter of James Beaty, Q.C., D.C.L., once M.P. for West Toronto, and mayor of Toronto in 1879-80. Her grandfather, James Beaty [sic - should read great-uncle - her grandfather was John Beaty] was the founder of the Leader, one of Toronto's earliest newspapers. He was also founder of the Monetary Times.

Mrs. Snow was born on Glengrove Drive. She was a member of Silver Cross chapter at St. Peter's Anglican church. Her husband died four years ago. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Arthur Dickson, Miss Dimple Snow, Mrs. Leslie Russell, and Mrs. Lee Wilson, and two sons, G. Bradley Snow and Beaty Snow. A son, Geoffrey Allan Snow was killed in action at the Somme.

[Toronto Daily Star, 1940]


i Daughter 1 Snow m. Arthur Dickson.

ii Dimple Snow.

iii Daughter 2 Snow m. Leslie Russell.

iv Daughter 3 Snow m. Lee Wilson.

v G. Bradley Snow.

vi Beaty Snow.

vii Lieut. Geoffrey Allan Snow d. 26 Sep 1916, WWI in Action at the Somme.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

In Memory of GEOFFREY ALLAN SNOW Lieutenant

15th, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.) who died on Tuesday, 26th September 1916.

Additional Information: Son of A.J Russell Snow, K.C and Mrs Snow, of 216, Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Canada.

Commemorative Information


Grave Reference/Panel Number: V11.D.16.

Location: Miraumont is a village about 14.5 kilometres north-north-east of Albert and the Cemetery is some 3 kilometres south of the village on the east side of the road to Courcelette (D107). The cemetery is signposted in the centre of Miraumont.


40. William Farley m. Annie Anderson.


i Ivy F. Farley.

41. Annie Farley m. Dan A. Rose.


i Boy Rose d. Young.

ii Ileen Rose m. Ralph Freeman.

42. Edgar Farley m. Polly Boothe.


i Gerald Farley.

ii Irene Farley.

43. Ellen Elizabeth Robinson b. ___ 1862, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. Dec 31 1891, in Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., Perronette Vincent Hunt.


i Harry Hunt.

ii Helen Hunt.

44. Clara Louise Robinson b. ___ 1865, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. Dec 27 1892, in Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., Allen Benjamin McDougall.


i Daisy McDougall.

ii Wilfred McDougall.

iii Edith McDougall.

iv Lorna McDougall.

45. Dr. James William Robinson b. ___ 1872, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. (1) Isabell Wardell, m. (2) Mrs. McColgan.

Isabell: Isabell was a widow when married to the Dr.

Children by Mrs. McColgan:

i Marion Robinson.

46. William Albert McCartney m. Maud Anderson.


i Raymond Victor McCartney.

ii Jinnie Maud McCartney m. Malcolm McFadden.

47. David Herbert McCartney b. ___ 1865, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. Haranda Denoon.


i Maryellen McCartney.

ii Frank McCartney.

iii Marjorie Haranda McCartney.

48. Ira Standish b. ___ 1864, m. Louella Wilson. Ira died Feb 16, 1913, Toronto, Ont.


Mr. Ira Standish dies in his 49th year

Toronto Barrister was a leading Authority on Commercial Law.

February 17, 1913 -

Mr. Ira Standish of the law firm of Standish & Snider died yesterday afternoon at his home, 20 Warren Road, Toronto, after a long illness, in his 49th year.

Mr. Standish was taken ill with diabetes two years ago, but was able to attend to his law business until after the beginning of the new year, and in fact, until last Saturday no serious results were anticipated.

GraduatIng from the Ontario Law School in 1888, Mr. Standish joined the firm of Beaty, Hamilton & Snider, and soon developed quite a private practice. He was a recognized authority on real estate and commercial law, and generally well known, respected at the Ontario Bar. 6 years ago he joined Mr. Fletcher C. Snider in practice, the partnership continuing up to the time of Mr. Standishís death.

A young daughter and two sons survive. Mrs. Standish who was a daughter of C. S. Wilson, banker of Picton, Ontario, predeceased her husband some few years.

In politics Mr. Standish was a conservative.

He was the nephew of the late ex-Mayor James Beaty of Toronto

[Unknown Toronto Paper, Feb. 1913]

Louella: Louella's father was C. S. Wilson, a banker of Picton, Ontario.


i Stewart Standish d. Young.

ii Ellinora Standish d. Young.

iii Robin Standish.

iv Ralph Standish.

49. Evelyn Paton m. Eugene Thayer.


i Merlyn Eugene Thayer.

ii Ellison Paton Thayer.

50. Martha Jane (Hattie) Beaty b. Jun 19 1866, Toronto, Ont., m. Dec 28 1892, Thomas E. Valentyne, b. Feb 26 1865, Toronto, Ont., Occupation: Builder, d. Jun 22 1935, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont. Martha died Oct 27 1940, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont.


i Edith Mildred Valentyne b. Oct 30 1902, Toronto, Ont., d. Aug 30 1989.

51. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beaty b. ___ 1875, Toronto, Ont., m. cir 1891, Alfred Cuddy, b. cir 1862, Ireland., Occupation: Asst. Comm. O.P.P., d. Oct 19 1947, Toronto, Ont., Buried: St. James Cem., Toronto, Ont. Elizabeth died Jan 19 1938, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Parklawn Cem., Toronto, Ont.


i Olive Cuddy b. ___ 1891, Toronto, Ont., m. Bruce B. Eastland, b. ___ 1891, d. ___ 1931.

ii John A. Cuddy b. ___ 1905, m. Doris I. E. Rooke. John died ___ 1945.

52. William Thomas Beaty b. ___ 1850, Trafalgar Township, Ont., Occupation: Farmer, m. Feb 24 1886, Margaret (Maggie) Isobella Ford, b. cir 1854, d. Aug 03 1890. William died Jul 20 1906, Other: Resided, C5L4, Trafalgar Township, Ont.


i Clifford Broughton Beaty m. Sep 21 1912, Ethel Louise.

ii William Stanley Beaty m. Hazel.

53. Catherine Beaty m. Fred Davis.


i Sheldon Davis. Sheldon served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the Great War in France .

ii Arthur Davis m. Greta Coombs. Served in the Canadian Army

78. iii Mary Davis.

79. iv Ruth Davis.

80. v Catherine Davis.

vi John Davis m. Miss Laderine.

54. Emma Beaty m. John Lawrence.


81. i John Lawrence.

ii Sheldon Lawrence.

55. Mary Beaty m. Mr. Wales.


i Eva Wales.

56. Margaret Crozier m. John M. Skelton.


82. i Franklin Crozier Skelton.

ii Alexander D. Skelton d. WW 1.

83. iii John M. Skelton.

57. Mary Mullaney b. cir 1852, m. Oct 07 1872, Charles Beatty, b. Hamilton, Ont.


i Lena Beatty.

Fifth Generation

58. Adena Sarah Nevitt m. Davidson Black, b. Jul 25 1884, Toronto, Ont., Occupation: Archaeologist, d. ___ 1934, Other: Resided, China, Ontario.

Davidson: Davidson was the discoverer of the skull of the Peking man, 1929, in China. He was born in Toronto, Ont., the son of Davidson Black, Q.C., and educated at the University of Toronto. (U of Toronto Monthly, 1934 obit).

59. Wilfred Thorp Beaty b. Feb 10 1892, Toronto, Ont., Occupation: Accountant and Office Mgr, m. Dec 20 1922, in Baptist Church, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Bernice Penelope Norton, b. Apr 19 1893, Charlottetown, PEI., (daughter of George Byron Norton and Gertrude Penelope Hyde) d. Mar 28 1984, Brockville, Ontario, Buried: Hutcheson Mem. Cemetery, Huntsville, Ont. Wilfred died Jul 16 1951, Huntsville, Ontario., Buried: Hutcheson Mem. Cemetery, Huntsville, Ont.

Information on the Military Service Of Wilfred Thorp and Harold Thorp Beaty:

The following taken from the Regimental Orders by Lt. Col. C. W. Darling of the 48th Highlanders, Toronto, Feb. 26, 1916.

No. 1 General Orders.

Extract from General Orders No. 4, of 1916. "To be Provisional Lieutenants (Supernumary):

Wilfred Thorp Beaty, Gentleman, 22nd December, 1915.

Harold Thorp Beaty, Gentleman, 23rd December, 1915."

No. 4 Allotment and/or Transfer of Officers " Until further notice the following Officers will do duty as under: No. 3 Company -

Prov.-Lieut. H.T. Beaty.

No. 4 Company -

Prov.-Lieut. W.T. Beaty".

From "The Sailor", magazine of the Navy League, Vol. 1 No. 4, Toronto, November, 1918:

On page 25, there are pictures of Lieut. Harold T. Beaty and Wilfred T. Beaty in uniform. Believe me, they sure were twins! If they were not in different poses, one would swear they were the same photograph! From page 32:

Under the White Ensign

"On Page 25 are published three pictures of officers of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, that fine body of Canadian sailors which commands some of the smallest commisioned ships in the Royal Navy and have made a record for themselves as both seamen, fighters, and submarine hunters.

Two of these officers whose pictures appear are Lieuts. Wilfred T. and Harold T. Beaty, the twin sons of Mr. John W. Beaty of Toronto. Though originally officers in the Militia, when they found that a quicker way of getting into contact with the Hun, both promptly availed themselves of the opportunity to secure commissions in the R.V.N.R., and since then have done some fine work in the various fighting zones. A peculiar feature is that both officers have been together since their college days at St. Andrew's, and even after joining the R.V.N.R. were not long kept separated, both working out of the same bases, no matter where they were transferred. They are 26 years of age, and prior to volunteering for active service were connected with the Dominion and Imperial Banks".

This is to certify that the information contained herein is from


On file in the office of the Registrar - General of Ontario And is

certified to be correct.

(This certificate is granted under "The Vital Statistics Act,"

1919, Sec. 7)

Name of Child: Wilfred Beaty Date of Birth: Feb 10, 1892 Place of Birth: Toronto Sex:M County: York Name of Father: John W. Beaty Address: 189 Sherbourne St. Occupation: Stock Broker Maiden Name of Mother: Annie E. Thorp Name of physician in attendance: Dr. Nevitt Name of Informant: J. W. Beaty Address: 189 Sherbourne St. Date of Return: June 6, 1892. Remarks: Blank

John W. McCullough Deputy Registrar General Per JJS

Date of Issue: Dec 13, 1926 Year 1892, Book L, page 320.

Spadina House, Toronto

Wilfred Thorp Beaty Dies Suddenly

Treasurer Muskoka Wood Products Company Stricken at His Desk

Wilfred Thorpe [sic] Beaty, Treasurer of the Muskoka Wood Products Company of Huntsville, and well known in the lumbering trade in many parts of Canada, died suddenly at his desk on Monday morning. With no warning that his health was impaired, he came on duty at the usual time, and was in conference with other officials of the Company, when he was seized by a heart attack and died immediately. His death came as a great shock to his business associates and to the whole community.

Mr. Beaty was in his 59th year, and has been a resident of Huntsville since 1920. For the intervening thirty-one years, he has been connected with the offices of the Wood Co.

Born in Toronto, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Beaty, he followed his early educational training in Toronto Schools, with a course at St. Andrew's College, from which he graduated in 1915. He afterwards enlisted with the R.V.N.R. in the First World War, and served overseas for the duration.

In 1920, he married Miss Bernice Norton, of Charlottetown, P.E.I. One daughter, Miss Marjorie, was born to the union. Marjorie is now Mrs. William Hunter of Brockville, Ont. Mrs. Beaty and Mrs. Hunter survive, together with one brother, Harold T. of Toronto, and a sister, Mrs. Marjorie Bolte of Ontario.

During his service with the R.V.N.R., Lieut. Beaty met Lieut. Frank W. Hutcheson, who was in the Naval Volunteer Reserve at the same time. They became close friends, and upon their return to Canada, became business associates. Mr. Hutcheson was later made President of the Muskoka Wood Products Co.

During his residence in Huntsville, Mr. Beaty took an active part in local athletics, and later served on the Council and the Board of Education. Upon several occasions he was urged to stand for Mayor, but this he always declined. He was keenly interested in Huntsville, and served for some time also as the President of the Red Cross.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the family residence on Mary Street. The service was in the charge of the Reverend Frank Milligan, Trinity United, of which church Mr. Beaty was an adherent. The pallbearers were: Frank W., Harry M. and Arthur Hutcheson; Arthur Hilliard, Harry Wilston, and H. G. Mulhern.

Wilfred T. Beaty was highly respected as a citizen. While somewhat reserved in manner, he nevertheless was keenly alive to all movements involving the welfare of the Town and its citizens, and was responsible for much unheralded assistance to those in need. His faithful and efficient service to the Muskoka Wood Products Co., first as an office manager, and finally as Treasurer, was his first consideration, was his first consideration, outside his immediate family obligations.

To Wilfred Beaty, Woodsworth's well-known lines fittingly apply: "The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."

The Forester, July 19th, 1951 Page 1.

60. Harold Thorp Beaty b. Feb 10 1892, Toronto, Ont., m. ___ 1919, Marjorie Stephenson, b. ___ 1895, Cornwall, Ont., d. Feb 23 1954, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. Harold died Jul 07 1955, Toronto, Ont., Buried: Mt. Pleasant Cem., Toronto, Ont. Buried in Section 52, lot 1601.

61. Margery Beaty b. ___ 1893, m. ___ 1921, divorced, Auguste Armour Bolte. Margery died Jun 13 1975.

62. Bertha Hannah Robertson m. Joseph Ferrier.

63. James Charles Robertson m. Edith Cole.

64. Mary Etta McLure Robertson m. Richard Quinn.

65. Stewart Beaty Robertson m. Bessie McKechnie. Stewart served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1.

66. Herbert Samuel Robertson b. May 07 1877, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ont., m. May Woodward.

67. Robert Anderson Robertson b. Aug 10 1883, 5th Line Trafalgar Twp, Halton Co, Ont., m. Mar 15 1910, in Muskoka, Ont., Alma Ida May Hill, b. Jul 12 1888, Gravenhurst, Ont., d. Jun 27 1960, Hamilton, Ont. Robert died Dec 07 1948, Hamilton, Ont.

68. Catherine Ellen Robertson b. Oct 31 1898, Chingcousy, Peel Co., Ont., m. Norman Smith.

69. Florence Jane Robertson b. Sep 15 1893, Oakville, Halton Co., Ont., m. Edwin Francis Hill.

70. Aggie Scott m. Benjamin Kehrer.

71. Archibald Scott m. (1) Anna Borner, m. (2) Dee Nelson.

72. Catherine Scott m. (1) Jess Robinson, m. (2) Frank Prucha.

73. Margaret Robertson Buck m. Fred Utley.

74. Janet Buck m. Archibald LeValley.

75. Hellen Catherine Buck m. Mr. Harris.

76. Harold Buck m. Dorothy Norris.

77. Colin Beaty m. Hellen Niman. Colin died Mar 01 1978, Milton Dist. Hosp., Milton, Ont.

78. Mary Davis m. Elgin Thompson.

79. Ruth Davis m. Emos Walker.

80. Catherine Davis m. Mile Shey.

81. John Lawrence m. Margery Simons.

82. Franklin Crozier Skelton m. Masie Coulson.

83. John M. Skelton m. Ethel Henderson.

Ethel: Ethel was the daughter of the Rev. William Henderson.

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