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The other day I was contacted by a John Beattie who responded to my online inquiry about Beattie’s in and around the Birkenhead area of England. He confirmed that his grandfather was John Beattie, son of Charles Belford Beattie of Kirkudbright. Charles had moved to Birkenhead, England along with the many of his siblings (see: The Great Beattie Migration to Birkenhead and Liverpool, England). According to English Census records, John was living with Charles in 1901 and was listed as a dock labourer.

Today, John followed up with some very exciting information about the Beattie’s, including pictures of the gravestone belonging to Elizabeth and Robert Beattie in Kirkcudbright I’ll post them separately. The picture also explains another mystery which I will explain when I post those pictures.

John Beattie (b. 1884 in Birkenhead), son of Charles, had three sons; Jack, William, Edward (b. Dec 28 1910); and three daughters; daughters Peggy, Ann and Ivy. All are now deceased. Edward was this John’s father.

This John was born in 1951 in Birkenhead and emigrated to Toronto after he was married in December of 1976. John and his wife Gill had two sons who are living in Toronto also.

The Beattie family keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.  How exciting!

I began researching the Beattie name in depth several months ago.  Since then, there have been several major breakthroughs.  But just today, I put the pieces together that clearly indicate that after the deaths of their parents,  the children of Robert and Eliza Beattie made a mass migration to the Liverpool / Birkenhead area in England.  In the 1911 England Census, there are just over 100 Beattie’s living in Birkenhead.

Below are the details that we know, of as of today. So the Beattie’s of Kirkcudbright are now the Beattie’s of Kirkcudbright, Liverpool and Birkenhead.

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This last couple of weeks has been very exciting for us. First, I found an obituary for 101 year old Angela Beattie Hughes who died on December 29, 2001. Angela is the daughter of John Beattie, who is the son of my Great Great grandfather. The obituary gave the names of her daughters and the names of four of her grand-children. Armed with the names and the fact that the funeral took place in Garden City, NY, I was quickly able to google some potential addresses for at least a few of the people named.

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Published: December 31, 2001

HUGHES-Angela Beattie. 101, on December 29, 2001, of Garden City. Beloved wife of the late William A. Hughes. Dear mother of Angela Dolores Hughes and Regina Hughes Haffey and her husband Joseph. Devoted grandmother of Patricia Clemency, Regina O’Connell, Anne Haffey, Joseph Haffey Jr. and Robert Haffey. Great-grandmother of ten and great-great-grandmother of one. Reposing at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY, Wednesday, January 2, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, January 3, at St. Anne’s Church, Dartmouth St., Garden City, NY, at 10 AM. Her family suggests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her memory either to the Carmelite System, c/o Sr. Philip Ann, 42-41 201 St, Bayside, NY, 11361, or to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, c/o Sr. Grace D’Amico, 354 Belden Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897.

I found this wonderful article at written nearly 100 years ago about Kirkcudbright circa 1830.  So this is the story of how Kirkcudbright was almost 200 years ago. What makes this find so great is that it mentions Robert Beattie on High Street.  This is my great-great-great grandfather. In 1841, Robert lived on High Street with his entire family.  He was a merchant sailor but his family ran an Inn / Pub on High Street.  His son and my great-great-grandfather, Jonathan, came to the US in 1842 and settled in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Hayes Branch Cemetery Headstone Photo Album contains pictures from various cemteries for the following surnames.

  • Lewis
  • Tierney
  • Beattie
  • Hayes
  • Hanley
  • Colwell
  • Gackstetter
  • Bishop
  • Graham
  • Hayes
  • Sheehan
Last Updated: December 7, 2008

After studying the information provided to me in the Internment Report and comparing it to my uncle Lloyd’s notes and census records, I have identified several people buried at the Beattie plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.

First, I believe “Mary Beattie & Infant” (b 1864, d. 1904) may be the wife of John J. Beattie.   John J. Beattie is the brother of Sarah Beattie, my great grandmother.  John J. Beattie and Mary had four children; John, Mary, Margaret and Angela.  Although John J. Beattie does not appear to be buried here, everything else seems to be matching up.  According to my Uncle Lloyds notes,  one of John’s children died of a brain injury in their teen years.  This appears to be John Jr (b. 1892, d. 1907).  I’ll pull the death certificate in the coming weeks in order to determine the exact cause of death and relationship.

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After waiting close to eight weeks, my long awaited Internment Report has arrived for the Beattie’s and Tierney’s buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. After paying $75 for the report, I find it raised more questions than it really resolved.

Back in July 2008, I made a trip to Holy Cross after learning from two death certificates that James F. Tierney and Mary Dillon Beattie were buried separately there. The staff at Holy Cross was kind enough to point me to the two grave sites which were on opposite ends of the cemetery.

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This picture comes to us from the estate of Virginia Tierney Bishop, my Mom’s first cousin.  She died in April of 2008 and left us quite a bit to investigate.  This picture is a scan of the original that I found in a little protective picture frame, stashed away in her desk.  A little note inside states that the picture and or frame was fixed of damage in 1996.  It goes on to state that this picture is circa 1860 of a Tierney (or Beattie) ancestor.

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The other day, when I visited Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn to check out the Tierney and Beattie grave sites, I discovered something VERY odd.  First, our family does not seem to be into entering subsequent family members deaths onto tombstones.  We seem to just add them to the graves.  Only the first to die seem to get listed.

I found the same thing over at Green-Wood Cemetery.  Only Henry and Anna Lewis are listed on the headstone there.  BUT THERE ARE 8 OTHER LEWIS FAMILY MEMBERS BURIED THERE!   Read the rest of this entry »