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.