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Son of Samuel Beatty (d. 1795) and Martha Hamilton, he was born in Derry, Ireland. Benjamin married Martha Chamberlain, the daughter of Jeremiah Chamberlain and Margery Hamilton, of York Co., PA, in about 1775. During the Revolution, he served as an ensign in Capt. John O'Blainess' company, first battalion, of the York Co. militia, and is said to have been with Gen. George Washington during the latter's crossing of the Delaware. Benjamin and Martha were the parents of 10 children. They eventually moved their family to Westmoreland Co., in western PA, where Benjamin died in 1831.

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1745 1
Derry, Ireland 1
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02 Jun 1831 1
Unity Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA 1
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Birth:
1745 1
Derry, Ireland 1
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Death:
02 Jun 1831 1
Unity Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA 1
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Burial Place: Unity Presby. Cem., Westmoreland Co., PA 1
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Mother: Martha Hamilton 1
Father: Samuel Beatty 1
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Martha Chamberlain 1
about 1775 1
York Co., PA 1
Spouse Death Date: 06 Sep 1845 1
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From "Old and New Westmoreland, Volume 3," by John Newton Boucher, American Historical Society, 1918, p. 451.

  The Beatty family is one of the honored pioneer families of Westmoreland county, where it has been represented since 1810. The founder of the family in America was Benjamin Beatty, born in County Derry, Ireland, 1745. As a young man, he came to America, settling in Eastern Pennsylvania. When the Colonies rose in revolt against England, he was among the first patriots to enlist in the Continental army. He was one of General Washington's army in the historic crossing of the Delaware, December 25, 1776, and fought also in the subsequent battle of Trenton and other engagements of that memorable campaign. The records of his honorable discharge from the Continental army are among the prized heirlooms of his descendants. In 1795 he settled on a farm in Adams county, and in 1809 removed to Washington county, and in 1810 came to Beatty Station, where he purchased the "Sportsman" farm, where he lived until his death, June 2, 1831. In 1785 he married Martha Chamberlain, born 1755, died September 6. 1845, in her ninety-first year. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom Hamilton Beatty was the eldest.

Note: Adams Co. was formed from part of York Co. in 1800.

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