Eldest son of Ninian Beaty and Jane McKenzie, of Butler Co., OH. David married Anna Elizabeth Ross in 1833. The couple had six children: Lydia Jane; Adaline; Ninian C.; Anna E.; Amos Ross; and Mary Catherine (Kate). By 1860, the Beatys had relocated to Jerseyville, IL. Anna died in 1868. Two years later, David married Harriet (Hattie) Henderson. In 1872, David E. Beaty was nominated as a Republican candidate for state senator; in 1874, he ran for Congress. He served as president of the State Board of Agriculture for ten yrs., and was also president of the board of trustees of Jacksonville Insane Asylum.
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