George and Margaret (Grassick) Beattie
written on the back of the photo

George was born 11 Feb 1799 in Ballochduie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to William and Jean (Innes) Beattie and was christened 11 Feb 1799 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He died 3 Apr 1888 in Greenbank Farm, Nichol Township, Ontario, Canada. George married Margaret Grassick on 13 Jul 1835 in Strathdon, Aberdeen, Scotland. Margaret was born 4 Feb 1818 in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to James and Jean (Forbes)Grassick. She died 14 Mar 1907 in Nichol Township, Ontario, Canada and was buried in Belsyde Cemetary. George and Margaret boarded a three masted sailing vessel "Aberdeen", bound for Canada and spent 13 weeks at sea. The debarked at Hamilton, traveled by stage coach to Guelph, by ox cart to Fergus, Canada West, later Ontario. Founded Greenbank, their lifelong farmhome. Margaret was reputed to have danced the Highland Fling on her eightieth birthday, 1898. (Background story compliments of Glen Anderson) Records on George Beattie are very unclear... One says he was born in 1800, another that he was born in 9/14/1827 and regarding his marriage...that he married Margaret Grassick in 1815. The 1871 Canadian census shows a George Beattie living in Nichol Township, Wellington County, 71 yrs of age. This is most likely the George pictured here. Depending on the time of the year they do the census, would make him born in 1799 or 1800. (Census information compliments of Pat Thompson)

Margaret, in her later years

Last Will and Testament of George Beattie:
From the Wellington County Wills Index 1840 - 1931: George Beattie #586 (1886 - 1888)
Probate re Beattie
qb 2502

In Her Majesty's Surrogate Court of the County of Wellington
Be it known that on the sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight the last will and testament of George Beattie late of the Township of NIchol in the County of Wellington, Yeoman, who died on or about the third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight at the said township of Nichol in the said County of Wellington was proved and registered in the ssaid Surrogate Court a true copy of which last will and testament is hereunder written: And the Administration of all and sigular personal estate and effects rights and credits of the said deceased and in any way concerning his will was granted by the aforesaid Court to Margaret Beattie of the Township of Nichol in the County of Wellington, Widow, William Hastings Farmer and William Beattie Farmer, all of the same place the Executors named in teh said will they having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same by paying the just debts of the said deceased and the legacies contained in his will so far as they are thereunto bound by law; and to exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of alland singular the said estate and effects, rights and credits, and to render a just and true account of their Executorship whenever required by law to do so.

(sig:) Alex MacKenzie
Registrar of the Surrogate Court of the County of Wellington


This is the last will and testament of me, George Beattie, of the Township of Nichol in the County of Wellington and Province of Ontario, Yeoman, made this twenty eight day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three. I revoke all former Wills or other testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be and contain my last Will and testament. I direct all my past debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executrix and executors herinafter named as soon as conveiently may be after my decease. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say.

1. I devise and bequeath to my son, George, all my real and personal estate, subject however to the following devises and bequests.

2. I devise and bequeath to my wife, Margaret, the use of my dwelling house, the garden, the small field in front of the said dwelling house, her choice of any twelve fruit trees in the orchard, twelve cords of hardwood, to be cut and laid down annually at the said dwelling house, the use of any cow of her own choice on the farm, the said cow to be kept and fed on said farm, the same as teh other cows kept by my said son, George, and the sum of one hundred and sixty dollars per annum to be paid in two equal payments on the first days of May and November in each and every year during the term of her natural life. The said devises and dequests to be in lieu of dower. I also bequeath to my said wife the whole of any household furniture, bed and table linen, clothing, crockery and glassware absolutely.

3. I bequeath to my son James, nine hundred dollars to be payable at the end of eighteen months after the death of my wife.

4. I bequeath to my son, William THomas, eight hundred and fifty dollars, payable at the end of eighteen months after the death of my wife.

5. I bequeath to my son, John Alexander, two hundred and fifty dollars, payable three years after the death of my wife,

6. I bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth, two hundred dollars, payable at the date of her marriage, but, should she remain unmarried until the death of my wife, I bequeath her four hundred dollars, one hundred payable at the end of one year after the death of my wife and the balance of three hundred dollars to be paid two years thereafter.

7. To each of my daughters, Jean, Margaret, Ann, Helen, Isabella, Mary Ann, and Jemima, I bequeath ten dollars, payable at the end of three years after the death of my wife.

8. The said devises and bequests to be a lien on my real estate but no money bequest to bear interest untill it become due and apyable as herein specified.

All the residue of my estate not herinfore disposed of I give devise and bequeat unto my said son, George. And, I nominate and appoint my wife, Margaret, my son in-law, William Hastings, and my nephew, William Beattie, all of the said township of Nichol to be executrix and executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written, publised and declared. [signed] George Beattie

Signed by the said George Beattie testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

[signed] Robert Pritchard, of the Township of Nichol, Farmer
James Beattie, of the Village of Fergus, Accountant

Surrogate Court County of Wellington
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of the late George Beattie, deceased, referred to in the annexed probate.

Ann Beattie, wife of John Simpson

Ann's residence in 1928

Ann Beattie Simpson on the left, Margaret Simpson on the right, one of Margaret's daughters and that daughter's son in the center

Reverend John Alexander Beattie Married Generva Martin (d.1914) and his second wife was Sarah Elliott. Son of Margaret (Grassick) and George Beattie, b. 1860 d. 1933 (NOTE: These pictures could also be John Beattie, son of William Beattie and Elizabeth McDonald.)

Jemima, Margaret, Helen, and Isabel Beattie Daughters of George and Margaret (Grassick) Beattie. Jemima (b. 1857) married William J Patterson, a professor; Margaret (b. 1839 d.1925) married Robert Pritchard; Helen (b.1845 d.1941) married Andrew Hudson in 1868; and Isabel (b. 1849 d.1918) married John Mutrie.

Ellen B. Hudson The back of the photo says "Ellen B Hudson", but I am pretty sure it is Helen (Beattie) Hudson.

Ellen (Helen) B. Hudson and husband (Andrew Hudson)

A Newspaper story:
Former Resident Attains 90th Birthday
Mrs. Helen Hudson, Former Kinloss Resident Pleasantly Marked 90th Natal Day on Monday
In fairly good health and retaining her faculties to a marked degree that permits her enjoying life generally, tended much in making Monday a happy and memorable day for Mrs. Helen Hudson of Elora, when she celebrated her 90th birthday, surrounded by and amid the shower of good wishes of a host of friends and relatives.
And of friends, Mrs. Hudson has many in Lucknow and vicinity, who mindful of this memorable event, sent to Mrs. Hudson, a plant, and we believe nothing of all her gifts would please her more, for her garden and her flowers are her chief delight and with the prospects of soon being thus busily engaged again, Mrs. Hudson's birthday would be particularly joyful.
Mrs. Hudson, formerly Helen Beattie, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Beattie. She was born in Nichol Township, Wellington County in 1845 and grew to young womanhood under the parentl roof. On May 12th, 1868, she became the bride of Andrew Hudson and the young couple took up farming near Elora. Five years later in 1873, they moved near Lucknow, to Con. 4, Kinloss, where five years later Mrs. Hudson was called upon to bear a great sorrow in the death of her husband. She continued to reside in Kinloss until 1907 when she returned to Elora to make her home, and where she is a staunch supporter of Knox Presbyterian Church.
There are three children, Margaret of Elora, Dr Harry Hudson of Whitby and George Hudson of Toronto; also four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Reminiscences of Mrs. Hudson, June 1927 -

Mr. and Mrs. George Beattie (Margaret Grassick) were married July 1835 at Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On the same day they sailed for Canada in a three masted sailing vessell "The Aberdeen." They spent about six weeks on the ocean and after landing came to Hamilton from which port they made their way by ox team, through the woods, to Guelph, then a budding hamlet. Passing on northward they landed at the 8th concession Nichol Township where they purchased the farm known as "Green Bank" Lot 6 Concession 8. This was the Beattie farm for 80 years when they sold in 1915 to another family.

At time of purchase they found their new house a comfortable log house with part of the roof shingled and about half an acre of clearance around the house for a garden. The road to Guelph through the forest was marked by a piece cut out of the trees called a "blace" to guide the traveller on his way and if followed far enough led to the seaport and back to the home across the sea. It was seldom followed as those young pioneers remained where they began and did their best to overcome all difficulties.

Mr. Beattie set to work to clear a few acres of his land and in 1836 put in his first crop of fall wheat and then went to Hamilton to work for a few weeks. Mrs. Beattie, then a young woman in her teens, was given a gun to protect the growing grain from the hundreds of wild pigeons that were a menace to the farmers in those days. Sometimes they came in thousands and darkened the sky while flying overhead.

For many years they had to protect their livestock from volves. One morning, on going to the barn, Mr. Beattie heard and unusual noise, and in a straw shed with and open front, he found a line up of cows and oxen in battle with a pair of wolves. Behind the front row of large cattle were the younger ones, while in a far corner the young calves were crowded together. He watchd there for a while admiring the arrangement of this little army and then came to their rescue by driving off the wolves.

One of the problems of the day was finding a market for the farm produc. A cow was valued at two dollars and butter sold at 8 cents a pound. The pineer farmers exchanged oats with the Guelph stores and buyers with what they had to sell, excepting for tea, tobacco, or whisky which had to be paid for in wheat or money, the latter a rare commodity in those times. George drove all the way through to Hamilton with his wheat and was paid in cash.

The wheat ground for flour at Guelph was sold back to the farmers. However, there were no screens at the mill to separate the cockle from the wheat making a dark flour. George's wife protested to her son, "positively, John, I cannot eat the bread." He then replied, "Shut your eyes Mother and you won't see it." On day, Mrs. Beattie and Cattenach, her neighbor, were walking to Guelph, a distance of eight miles. They called on the house of Mr. and Mrs. Henderson to ask for a drink of water and were each given a potato with its jacket on, fresh boiled. They porceeded on their way refreshed and said long afterwards, "That potato was the best we ever ate."

There was always plenty of good wholesome food - meat, milk, butter, homemade cheese, maple syrup, maple sugar, potatoes, and wild fruit in abundance. Along the creekside, red plums, gooseberries, red and black currants grew, and what was a real joy, no isnsects to destroy bushes or trees.

Sometimes a substitute was used to make coffee, browning bread very dark and brewing it into coffee. One man said of it, "that they were living in sin to burn the bread and misery to drink it."

Bread was baked and meat cooked in an iron bake kettle with feet. The bake kettle was placed on the hearth stone in front of the fireplace then hot coals drawn under the kettle and on top of the lid to cook the bread or meat.

The lights were tallow candles and lard in a saucer with a broad wick in it, made quite a bright light. In 1860, King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, on his tour through Canada, visited Guelph. An enterprising merchant brought in a consignment of coal oil lamps, something new in lighting. Mr and Mrs Beattie bought one, the first of its kind in the vicinity. This lamp is now in the possession of their son, George Beattie [1927].

The social life of the community was always fine at Christmas and New Years. The neighbors joined in sleigh rides with bells tingling, music and ringing and being gernerally happy. Every year about this time they received a visit from the Indians who were given gifts of meat and provisions. The religious side of life was never neglected, even where the only means of worship was the family altar and an occasional missionary preaching to them.

Author unknown, notes given by Mrs. Hudsson, Elora, June 1927, Beattie file, Wellington County Museum and Archives.

Ann and Margaret BeattieTwins born to George and Margaret (Grassick) Beattie in 1839. Margaret married Robert Pritchard and Ann married John Simpson

Leader Post, Regina, Saskatchewan 04 April 1938
Mrs. Grassick, Pioneer of Regina, Dead
Pioneer prairie women who came to Regina when it was only a town of wooden buildings and mud streets, Mrs. James Grassick, 1604 College Avenue, died at her home Sunday Evening after a lengthy illness. She was 64 years old.
Wife of alderman James Grassick, one of the city's builders, Mrs. Grassick was married in Regina before the turn of the century. She was born in Ontario, coming from the east to Regina.
Mrs. Grassick saw Regina grown from a little raw prairie town to its present position of Saskatchewan Capitol and one of the big cities of the prairies. She saw her husband become a successful real estate invester, head of the Capital Ice Company, successful farmer, and saw him at varying times as member of the Legislature, Regina Alderman and Regina Mayor.
A member of Knox United Church, Mrs. Grassick was very active in most of its organizations before her illness about a year ago.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters; Mrs. J. Cyril Malone and Lillian, a son Gordon and two sisters, Mrs. Andrew Thomson, 2216 McIntyre Street, and Mrs. A E Armitage, Victoria, BC.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. John Mutch conducting the service at Knox United Church. Burial will be made in Regina Cemetery.
Quite a number of societies have planned to be represented at the funeral rites of Mrs. James Grassick, which will be held from Knox United Church, Wednesday afternoon and 2 o'clock.
Members of the Womens Conservative Association have been asked to meet at the church at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon to attend the services for Mrs. Grassick in body.
The Knox choir under the direction of Dan Cameron will sing at the service. All choir members have been requested to be at the church at 1:45 pm. The service will be conducted by Rev John Mutch and burial will be in the family plot of Regina cemetery.

Excerpt from "The Early History of Elora and Vicinity" by John Connon. Pages 90-91.

(This text was taken from a discussion of the Bon Accord settlement. It was originally written by George Elmslie; Mr. Connon filled in names that Elmslie had not provided. It would appear that this is part of the text that was originally published in the local paper between 1906-1909. [see reference below to "70 years ago...])
The third party sailed from Aberdeen aboard the ship "William Wallace" a new vessel on her first trip. Seven weeks from the day they left Aberdeen they landed in Elora, that being the 2nd of September, 1835. In this party there was Mr. John Gibbon with his wife, Jean Elmslie, and their sons, William Gibbon who is now living in Elora, and John who died in 1849...
Another member of this party was Miss Margaret Elmslie, who became the wife of William Gibbon Sr., who came to Bon accord along with Mr. Elmslie the year before. To explain this somewhat complicated relationship we may say that Mrs. Elmslie's two brothers married Mr. Elmslie's two sisters. ...
Among those who came on the same ship, but did not settle in Bon-accord, there was Mr. and Mrs. George Beattie, who left Scotland on their wedding day. On the voyage a great friendship sprang up between Mrs. Beattie and Mrs. William Gibbon, who was not married then, and they decided that if they ever lived within travelling distance they would visit one another, and if that were not possible, they would write. Mr. and Mrs. Beattie made their home in Lower Nichol and , strange to say, although not many miles apart, they seldom saw each other. With the bad roads and slow ox teams of seventy years ago there was little visiting; and in fact there is yet very little communication between Upper and Lower Nichol. The natural thoroughfare was up and down the river road past Winterbourne. In the Beattie family were four sons and nine daughter, as follows: -- Mrs. Wm. Hastings, in Lower Nichol; Mrs. Robert Pritchard, in Nichol; Mrs. John Simpson, Wimbledon, North Dakota; Mr. James Beattie, living in Elora; Miss Lizzie Beattie, on the homestead; Mrs. Andrew Hudson, in Elora; Georgina died in infancy; Mrs. John Mutrie, now living in Elora; Mrs. Thomas Pritchard, in Nichol; Mr. Wm. T. Beattie, in Theodore, Saskatchewan; Mr. George Beattie, on the homestead; Mrs. W.J. Patterson, London, Ont.; and Rev. John A. Beattie, Miami, Man.

Also in the Elora book:
"List of Voters who were present and voted at the first contested election in the Township of Nichol in 1842" (p. 191)
Voted for Allan (Reformer): George Beattie, William Beattie, and Peter Grassock
"Names from assessment roll of Nichol for 1850" p.192
Beattie, William jr.
Beattie, John
Beattie, George
Beattie, William Sr.
Beattie, James
Grassick, Peter
Note that the description above has them arriving on the "William Wallace", not "The Aberdeen" as is stated in Margaret Grassick's obit.

Peter Grassick shows up in the 1871 census with wife Jannet living in the household next to George Beattie. So I'm sure there's a relation, though I'm still not sure who exactly he is. He's 60, she's 50, and they were both born in Scotland, and religion is FC instead of Church of Scotland.

From A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography, p. 739-80 (
BEATTIE, JOHN, J.P., Fergus, Ont, was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on April 22, 1821.
He is a son of William and Elizabeth (McDonald) Beattie, his parents being both natives of Aberdeenshire. Wm. Beattie pursued the calling of a farmer, and emigrated to Canada in 1839, settling in the township of NIchol, Wellington, taking up a farm there, and continuing upon the same until his death in 1862.
John Beattie received a common school education in Scotland, and came to Canada with his parents in 1839. He remained for a while with his father upon the farm, but afterwards took up land for himself, which he continued to farm until 1867, in which year he was appointed agent of the Royal Canadian Bank, at Fergus. This position he held until the suspension of that institution in 1870. He shortly afterwards opened an office for himself as private banker, in which avocation he has continued ever since.
He was a lieutenant in the old Canadian militia at the time Sir Edmund W Head was governor. In 1851, Mr Beattie was elected to the township council of Nichol, and continued to sit in that body until 1860, when he was elected reeve of the township. THis office he held until 1867, when he resigned. In 1871, he was appointed clerk of the County of Wellington, and this office he still holds to the entire satisfaction of the community.
Mr Beattie was among one of the first J.P.'s appointed in his county. He has been secy-treasurer of the Nichol Mutual Fire Insurance Co. since 1860; and he is a member of Mercer Lodge No. 347, Freemasons, of Fergus, and is treasurer of the same. In politics, Mr. Beattie is a Conservative, and he is a member of the Conservative Association of Wellington.
He has visited the greater portion of Canada, having a large interest in lands in the North-West territories. In religion he is a steadfast Presbyterian. Mr. Beattie married in 1850, Janet, daughter of THomas Wilson, a farmer of the township of Garafraxa, Wellington, and a native of Larkenshire, Scotland; and he has by this union a family of thirteen children , eleven of whom are living.

From Encyclopedia Titanica
Mr Thomson Beattie was born on 25 November 1875, late in his mothers life in Fergus, Ontario, a small but thriving rural community 100 km west of Toronto. He was the last of eleven children in a solid, conservative Presbyterian family, and was 24 years younger than his eldest brother, William. His father was a private banker, and in 1871 was named the Clerk of Wellington County (SEE: the story on John Beattie), a position he held until his death in 1897.
After their father died, Thomson and his brother, Charles, took their share of the estate and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. There THomson went into partnership with Richard Waugh, and together they opened the Haslam Land Co. WIthin five years their enterprise was so successful, Beattie was able to buy a substantial house that he shared with a medical doctor in an upscale neighbourhood at 560 River Ave. When Waugh was elected Mayor of Winnipeg in 1911, Beattie was left to run their company on his own. His best friend and closest companion was Thomas McCaffry, the superintendant of the Union Bank in Vancouver.
The Winnipeg Free Press described the men as "almost inseparable."
In January 1912, Beattie, McCaffry and another friend, John Hugo Ross, sailed from New York to Trieste on the Franconia for a winter vacation. By March, Ross had become ill and Beattie and McCaffry, too were exhausted from their travels. They decided to sail home on TITANIC. "We are changing ships and coming home in a new, unsinkable boat," Beattie wrote to his mother three days before they sailed.
Beattie paid &75 4s 10d for first class cabin C-6 (ticket number 13050), which he shared with McCaffry. Beattie must have been on the roof near the officer's quarters, near the last available life raft, Collapsible A, when the ship went down. He scambled aboard, made it into the boat, but died of exposure. When Harold Lowe emptied the boat, there were three bodies, including Beattie's left behind.
A full month after the disaster, the Oceanic came across the boat bobbing in the open sea at 47 degrees, 10 minutes N, 30 degrees, 56 minutes W, some 300 km southeast of where TITANIC had gone down. Sir Shane Leslie, who was aboard the Oceanic, recalled "the sea was calm at noon when the watch called out that something could be seen floating ahead. The ship slowed down and it was apparent that the object was an open ship's lifeboat floating in mid Atlantic. What was horrifying is that it contained three prostrate figures.
Orders from the bridge dispatched a lifeboat with an officer and a medical officer. What followed was ghastly. Two sailors could be seen, their hair bleached by exposure to sun and salt, and a thrid figure, wearing evening dress, flat on the benches. All three were dead and the bodies had been tossing on the Atlantic swell under the open sky ever since it had seen the greatest of ocean liners sink. The three bodies were sewn into canvas bags with a steel bar at the end of each. Then one after the other the bodies wer draped in the Union Jack, the burial service was read, and they splashed into the sea."
In a phenomenal example of what might be called cosmic serendipity, Beattie's body was buried at sea on his mother's birthday, almost at the same spot in the Atlantic where she had been born 82 years earlier on a ship bound for Canada.
He is remembered on a stone in the family plot in Fergus, Ontario, [Canada, which reads "Thomson Beattie 1875 - 1912 drowned at sea Titanic Disaster"]

BLYTH BEATTIE Obituary - from a local (Ottawa?) newspaper:
Blyth Beattie, a native of Lower Nichol and former resident of Fergus, died in Ottawa on December 26th, 1962. Death was due to a paralytic seizure at the age of 82 years.
Mr. Beattie was a son of William Beattie and was born on Maple Grove Farm in Lower Nichol, west of Ennotville. He came to Fergus when quite young and moved to Ottawa shortly after his father's death in 1904. He was a partner in the furnishing business of Cleghorn and Beattie. About 1930, he accepted a position with the Canadian National Hotels as head buyer of all furnishings for their hotels across Canada.
He was a Presbyterian and member of the Fergus Thistles LaCrosse team at the turn of the century. He was interested in many sports, including skating and golfing.
His father was William Beattie who died in 1904 and his mother was Janet Blyth who lived in the Marden District of Guelph Township previous to her marriage.
His mother died in 1926. Mrs Howard Stevens and Johnb F Beattie are cousins.
The funeral service was held in the Thomson funeral home, Fergus, on December 29, 1962, conducted by Rev Willis A Young. Burial was in Belsyde Cemetery. Pall bearers were: Athol Beattie, Chatham; David Beattie, Ennotville; Donald Blyth, Marden; James Fasken, Elora; John Milligan and John F Tweddle, Fergus.

JOHN F BEATTIE Obituary, City Page, Guelph Ontario, Monday Dec 1963
Veteran County Clerk, John F Beattie dies
Clerk of Wellington County for the last 30 years and serving in the dual position of clerk-treasurer since 1949, John F Beattie, Fergus, died Saturday in Toronto Hospital in his 64th year.
He had been hospitalized on this occasion for a few weeks, undergoing treatment for a condition that developed from injuries received in falls on two different occasions resulting in fractures to the hip.
Out of respect for the veteran official this week's sitting of county council, slated to open at noon today was cancelled by Warden Clifton Kells, reeve of Peel Township. Because of difficulties in obtaining use of the council chamber and courtroom, no date has been set for the postponed December session of the council.
The sudden passing of Mr. Beattie terminates a three generation service to the county in the clerkship that dates back to 1871. His grandfather, John Beattie, former reeve of Nichol Township, took over the office that year, being succeeded on his death in 1897 by his son, James Beattie.
John F. Beattie took over in 1933. Mr. Beattie was also appointed treasurer of the county in 1949 on the retirement of the veteran George M. Fox.
The three generations of hte Beattie family also held the dual post of Inspector and Treasurer of the Wellington County Home for the Aged since it opened in 1877.
Mr. Beattie is survived by his wife, the former Jeanne Marie Van Norman, one brother, Robert Athol S. of Chatham and a sister, Dorothy Stewart Beattie (Madame O. de Beaujeu) of Montreal.
The body is resting at the John Thomson and Son Funeral Home, Fergus. Service will be held Tuesday afternoon at Melville United Church with burial in Belsyde Cemetery.

The New Fergus Record
The Late Mrs. John Beattie

Mrs. John Beattie, widow of the late John Beattie, Clerk of Wellington County, passed away suddenly last Friday afternoon, Mary 12th, 1922 at Briarlea, the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hugh Black, and thus another link with the pioneer past is severed, and an interesting personality is lost to the community.
Mrs. Beattie, whose maiden name was Janet Wilson, was born on the ocean when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Wilson were on their way from Scotland to Canada in 1830, and was buried on her 92nd birthday, May 15th, 1922.
Her people were among the very early settlers in Lower Nichol, where they have lived for a few years, and then moved to West Garafraxa. Of this family of nine brothers and sisters, only one now survives, Andrew of Palmerston.
When she married John Beattie, they settled on a farm in Lower Nichol, coming to live in Fergus over forty-five years ago, where they bought from Mr. A D Ferrier, his property known as "Belsyde", and where they lived until the time of Mr. Beattie's death. For the past eighteen years, she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Black, with the exception of the recent winter months spent together with Mrs. Robert Phillips.
She had a family of twelve children, eleven of whom grew to maturity. Four of these are dead, namely William, John (Major), Fred (who lost his life in the Great War), and Thomson, the youngest, who was a victim of the Titanic tragedy of ten years ago. His body was one of those found on a floating raft a month after the disaster, and by a strange coincidence he was buried at sea, on his mother's birthday, near the place where she was born.
The surviving family are: Mrs. H. Black, Mrs. R. Phillips, and James Beattie, County Clerk of Fergus; Mrs. W. Murray of VCancouver; Mrs. Alex Mills of Trail, BC; Charles M. of Rapid City, Man.; and George of Boise Idaho. Her descendants include twenty two grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev Mr. Craw, assisted by Rev Mr. Higginson, of St James Church. The pall bearers were six nephews, namely; Lt Col Mutrie of Rockwood, Mr Alex Wilkie of Palmerston, Mr G Wilson of Hamilton, Mr William Beattie of NIchol, Mr WJ Fasken of Elora and Mr George Mutrie of Grand Valley.
Mrs Beattie belonged to Melville Church ever since its founding over 76 years ago and was a very devoted member. She retained her bodily vigour till the last, but her memory of more recent years was dulled, though it was most interesting to hear her talk of days long ago, with the hardships, the lack of luxury and the friendly sympathy and help so freely offered from one to another. She herself was a very kind, sympathetic and gentle nature, and had endeared herself to a wide circle of friends.

Exerpts from the Index to the 1871 Census of Ontario
Surname: BEATTIE
Name..........Age Birthplace...District......SubDistrict
Alexander F...38 Ontario.......MiddlesexWest Strathroy Villa
Andrew........42 Ireland.......Elgin East....Bayham
Bellan........20 Ontario.......MiddlesexEast Westminister
Elizabeth.....68 ..............MiddlesexEast London twsp
Ellen.........03 Ontario.......Lambton.......Brooke
James.........25 Ireland.......Bothwell......Dawn
James.........43 Ontario.......Lambton.......Bosanquet
James.........28 Ontario.......Lambton.......Brooke
John..........32 Ontario.......MiddlesexEast Westminister
John..........34 Ontario.......Lambton.......Moore
Joseph........28 Ireland.......Bothwell......Dawn
Joseph H......46 Ontario.......Kent..........Chatham
Margaret......60 Scotland......MiddlesexEast Westminister
Mary..........44 Scotland......Lambton.......Bosanquet
Martha........64 England.......MiddlesexEast Westminister
Robert........57 Scotland......Lambton.......Moore
William.......27 QUE...........Essex.........Mersea
William Essex Maidstone
William 75 England Bothwell Dawn
William C 32 Ontario Bothwell Camden


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