Beatty, Charles

Beatty, Charles a Presbyterian minister, was born in Antrim, Ireland, in 1715. He removed to America after having received a classical education. While travelling as a peddler he was induced by Tennent to prepare for the ministry. He was taken on trial by the New Brunswick Presbytery, Oct. 12, 1742, and was licensed the next day and sent to Nottingham. In 1743 he was called to the Forks of Neshaminy, and was ordained and installed in the fall of that year. The synod sent him to Virginia and North Carolina in 1754, and he accompanied Franklin in the defence of the frontier, after the burning of the Moravian missionaries by the Indians. Franklin speaks of him as the zealous and devoted chaplain. He was advised by the synod in 1759 to go as chaplain to Col. Armstrong's regiment. In 1760 he was sent by the corporation of the widows' fund to Great Britain. The same year Beatty and Duffield were sent as missionaries to the frontiers of the provinces, to preach two months in those parts in accordance with the instructions of the corporation. Beatty published his tour in Great Britain, two pamphlets oni Indian missions, and a sermon entitled, Double Honor is Due to the Laborious Gospel Minister. He sailed for the West Indies, but died Aug. 13, 1772, soon after reaching Barbadoes. (W. P. S.)

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