John Beatty fonds

Fonds number


Name of Creator

Beatty, John

Dates of Material



John Beatty fonds

Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


7 cm of textual records

Administrative History

John Beatty 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. 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.


Physical Condition

Physical condition of the material is fragile. Use photocopies when 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 photocopies of deeds are available in 1989.116V1-2.
Some photocopies of correspondence are available in 1989.116V1-12.


No further accruals are expected.

General Notes

See also fonds 2084: Upper Canada Academy
See also File 1991.086V-4-36 - Statement of debts due Victoria College and accounts in fonds 2086: Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board
See also fonds 2001: Bursar's Office


Administrators / Faculty personal papers

Box/File List

Identifier Titlesort ascending Date
1989.116V-1-8 Subscription list for erecting gallery in W.M. Church
1989.116V-1-6 Solicitation of a grant from Legislature for Victoria College
October 4, 1842
1989.116V-1-2A Receipts for payments
1989.116V-1-9 Notebook of expenses
[before 1864]
1989.116V-1-5 Notebook
1989.116V-1-10 List of stockholders
[before 1864]
1989.116V-1-7 License to perform marriage
April 1, 1846
1989.116V-1-3 Letter of introduction for Joseph [Biggs] from [?] Biggs to John Beatty
May 14, 1833
1989.116V-1-4 English Grammar Book (New York: Collins, Keese, & Co., 1836) owned by John Beatty (1837)
1989.116V-1-2 Deeds
1989.116V-1-2B Deed for David Beatty (original)
1989.116V-1-12 Correspondence
July 29, 1844
1989.116V-1-1 Certificate of Oath of Allegiance by John Beatty, Province of Upper Canada
April 21, 1819
1989.116V-1-11 Appointment for Census Commissioner for County of Northumberland
December 18, 1860