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Beattie family papers, 1814-1884.
Beattie family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MS 158  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Beattie family.
Title : Beattie family papers, 1814-1884.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft. (1 box).
Summary :

The Beattie Family Papers, 1814-1884, are essentially involved with two broad subjects. One is the commerce of land and timber in Vermont by James Beattie and his sons, David and Thomas, from 1814 to 1867. The other is the activities of William J. Beattie in the southern states from 1830 to 1837. His mercantile business and involvement with emigrating Creek Indians from Alabama set him ranging abroad from Florida to Texas and provides a glimpse of a controversial chapter in American history. He owned at least one slave, Sam, which is willed to his father in Vermont. Further correspondence also represents the efforts of William's family to secure his estate after his death in 1837.

Biographical or historical data :

James Beattie (1776-1866), a native of Ireland first purchased lands in Ryegate, Vt., in 1814. He married Margaret Gillespie (1789-1862) and they settled in Ryegate and engaged in farming and timber harvesting. Their family included daughters, Jane, Margaret Ann (b. 1820), Hannah (b. 1824), Catherine, and Molly, and sons, William (d. 1837), David H. (b. 1816), James Jr. (b. 1818), Thomas G. (b. 1822), and Alexander.

William J. Beattie, apparently the eldest child, went to the southern United States to pursue his business interests sometime between 1829 and 1830. The exact nature of his activities there are difficult to ascertain but the collection reveals that his endeavors were intimately linked to the removal of the Creek Indians of Alabama, among whom he settled in 1830. He was a speculator in Indian land and a member of the Alabama Emigrating Company, a private business paid by the United States government to assist in the emigration of the Creeks. While en route with a band of emigrating Indians, William died of fever on either December 1, 1837, or January 1, 1838.

Personal Subject : Beattie, William, d. 1837 Estate
Corporate Subject : Alabama Emigrating Company.
Subject Term : Creek Indians
Lumber trade Vermont Ryegate.
Decedents' estates.
Slavery Southern States.
Slavery History 19th century Sources.
Geographic Term : Fort Mitchell (Ala.) Commerce.
New Orleans (La.) Commerce.
Little Rock (Ark.) Commerce.
Fort Smith (Ark.) Commerce.
Fort Gibson (Ark.) Commerce.
Ryegate (Vt. : Town) Social conditions.
Added Author : Beattie, James, 1776-1866.
Beattie, David, b. 1816.
Beattie, James, b. 1818.
Beattie, Thomas, b. 1822.
Beattie, William, d. 1837.
Gillespie family.
Beattie, Margaret, 1789-1862.
McNab, Mr.
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