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JAMES R.W. BEATTIE.
The great-grandfather of the subject of this biography was Robert Beattie, a native of Ireland, who emigrated to America and settled in Ulster Co., N.Y. Among his children was Robert, the grandfather of James R.W., who in 1794 purchased the homestead now occupied by his grandson. He was united in marriage to Miss Crowell, a lady of Irish parentage, and had children,— John, Thomas, William, Robert, James, Smith, Hannah, and Mary. Of these children, James, the father of Mr. Beattie, was born Oct. 14, 1786, and at an early age pursued the avocations of a farmer’s son. He acquired at a later period the trade of a tanner and currier, which he followed with success during his lifetime. He was married Feb. 6, 1810, to Miss Charlotte, daughter of David Belknap, who located in the township of Newburgh in 1769, having purchased land, of which the deed is still in possession of the family. Their children were Elizabeth Frances, born in 1811; Charlotte Sophelia, born in 1813; Catharine Isabella, born in 1815; Hannah Jane, born in 1817; Justus S. McLeod, born in 1819; Maria G.B., born in 1823; James R.W. born in 1825; Sarah M., born in 1829; and Matilda, born in 1831. James Beattie died March 29, 1871, at his late residence in Montgomery. Mrs. Beattie survived until December 26, 1874, and died, in her eighty-sixth year.
James R. W. was born June 12, 1825, on the homestead, where his life, with the exception of a brief period, has been passed. His early years differed but little from those of other youths of similar surroundings, having been spent at the public school of the neighborhood and in tilling the land owned by his father. In 1874 this land became his own by inheritance. He was united in marriage March 22, 1854, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of William and Elizabeth Martin Fleming. The Fleming family were originally residents of County Antrim, Ireland, and having emigrated to America in 1832, settled in the township of Newburgh. Mr. and Mrs. Beattie have had six children, William James, born Nov. 14, 1854; Charlotte Elizabeth, born April 6, 1856; Samuel Oliver, born Sept. 20, 1857; Maria Esther, born May 9, 1861; Frederick Martin, born Nov. 21, 1864, now deceased; and Maggie J., born Sept. 13, 1867. Mr. Beattie is a Republican in politics, though the engrossing duties of his farm leave little time for participation in matters of a public nature. He has made dairying a specialty, though the land is also admirably adapted to the raising of grain. His religious creed is that of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, better known as that of the "Covenanters," all the family, with one exception, being members of the church of that denomination located at Coldenham.