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John Beatty Fonds

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John Beatty fonds

Dates of Creation

1819-[ca. 1860]


7 cm of textual records

biographical sketch

John Beatty (1782-1864) was born in Ireland and converted at twenty-one years old, becoming a Methodist and a class leader. He immigrated to New York in 1807, and then to Canada West [Upper Canada] in 1819, settling "in the vicinity of the Credit," where he opened his house at Meadowvale as a preaching place for Wesleyan itinerants and was himself a Leader and Local Preacher. From 1826 to 1827, Beatty was working "under the Chairman" at "Yonge Street" and was received as a Probationer in 1828. In 1830, he became Agent of Upper Canada Academy. He served at Newmarket and Lake Simcoe, and then at Belleville where he was ordained as an Elder in either 1830 or 1833. Beatty served in London (1833), Toronto Township (1834), Yonge Street (1835), and in 1836, became Agent of Upper Canada Academy again, where he continued to serve as Agent, Steward, and then Governor until 1842 when he retired in Cobourg. There is some evidence that he continued work as Treasurer at Victoria College in 1843 and 1844. He died June 30, 1864.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal papers related to John Beatty's work as a minister and involvement with the Upper Canada Academy including correspondence, deeds, professional licences, and lists of financiers for various church projects.


Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Physical condition

Condition: fragile. Use photocopies where available.

Immediate source of acquisition

Letters in Biographical File Collection and records of United Church's Committee of Archives indicate that a collection of John Beatty papers was donated to the Archives by Miss Dorothy Cox in ca. 1960-1961. Transferred from Victoria University Library, ca. 1984.

Availability of other formats

Some of the deeds available as photocopies in Box 1, file 2, and correspondence available as photocopies in Box 1, file 1-12


No further accruals are expected.

Related groups of records in different fonds

See also Upper Canada Academy fonds (2084). See also the Victoria College Board fonds

Access points

  • Beatty, John, 1782-1864
  • Upper Canada Academy (Cobourg, Ont.)


  • Methodist
  • Methodist (Canada) Church—Clergy

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Title Date
1987.116V 1 1 Certificate of Oath of Allegiance by John Beatty, Province of Upper Canada April 21, 1819
  1 2 Deeds 1820-1849
  1  2A Receipts for payments 1826-1837
  1  2B Deed for David Beatty (original) 1832
  1  3 Letter of introduction for Joseph [Biggs] from [?] Biggs to John Beatty May 14, 1833
  1  4 English Grammar Book (New York: Collins, Keese, & Co., 1836) owned by John Beatty (1837) 1836
  1  5 Notebook 1840-1859 
  1  6 Solicitation of a grant from Legislature for Victoria College October 4, 1842
  1  7 License to perform marriage April 1, 1846
  1  8 Subscription list for erecting gallery in W.M. Church 1849
  1  9 Notebook of expenses [before 1864], 1868
  1 10 List of stockholders [before 1864]
  1 1-11 Appointment for Census Commissioner for County of Northumberland December 18, 1860
  1 1-12 Correspondence July 29, 1844, 1858