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John Beattie


Beattie, John, J. P., Fergus, Ont., was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on April 22, 1821 . Re 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 1807, 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 bankers in which avocation he has continued ever since. He was 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 be 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 cornmunity. 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, Free-masons, 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 Lanarkshire, Scotland; and he has by this union a family of thirteen children, eleven of whom are living.


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