Thomas Akin Beaty Plantation

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The Rev. Thomas Akin Beaty was the son of John Beaty III and Elizabeth Mary Prince, daughter of Nicholas Prince. There is a tall monument to him in Kingston Presbyterian Church cemetery which says he was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 25 years.

The property in Floyds Township must have been the family home since his widow was buried in the Beaty Cemetery nearby in 1875.

Angelina Shaw Beaty, the youngest daughter of Dorcas and Thomas Akin Beaty, who also appears to be buried in the Beaty Cemetery was married to William Henry Buck, a brother of the Henry Buck who settled Bucksport and Bucksville. Why she is buried as a Beaty and not as a Buck, I can't say. One of her two children who died in infancy is memorialized by a beautiful little statue in Kingston Cemetery. It is very similar to the one which memorializes two small daughters of Thomas W. Beaty. None of Angelina's children survived to adulthood.

Thomas Akin Beaty (b. 14 Oct 1798, d. 17 Oct 1853) m. Dorcas (Chestnut) Johnson (3 Mar 1791- 12 July 1875) on 13 Feb 1825. Their children:
Thomas Wilson Beaty SC Senator, etc., lived in house on Kingston Lake
Margaret Dorcas Beaty m. William I. Graham, sheriff of Horry District, lived near Hickory Grove
John Robinson Beaty lived in big house corner 6th and Main St., Conway
Mary Fletcher Beaty m. Jackson Jones
Martha M. Beaty also m. a Jones
*James Congdon Beaty m. Melvina Serena Grissette, d/o R. G. W. Grissette. Two of her sisters were married in succession to J. W. Holliday.
Annah Beaty d. in infancy
Angelina Shaw Beaty m. William Henry Buck, brother of Henry Buck

The homes of Thomas Wilson Beaty, John Robinson Beaty, and Margaret Dorcas Beaty Graham were all large structures built by ships carpenters from Maine.

James Congdon Beaty (1833- ) inherited the land in Floyds Township from Thomas Akin Beaty. James C. Beaty conveyed the land to his son *Lewis G. Beaty on 28 Oct 1878. In the 1880 Census James C. and his wife were living in Floyds with four children, ages 11-18. I don't know his date of death nor place of burial.

Lewis (or Louis) George Beaty, whose firs t wife was Anne Plowden and second wife was Nolie Hughes, lived in Charleston. Although he received this land from his father, he decided to remain in Charleston. He gave power to attorney to his uncle, Thomas W. Beaty, an attorney of Conwayborough, who sold it to Rey Worley on 27 January 1881. The deed, recorded in Horry County Deed Book U, p. 299, conveyed 450 acres for $1100. The land was located north of Lake Swamp and a mile from the Playcard to Nichols Road. It is described as bounded by lands of John Williamson, Noah Shelley, Joseph Beaty, Arnold G. Strickland, Benjamin Mincey, and John S. Elliott.

Between 1835 and 1848 Rev. Beaty put together parcels of land on the north side of Lake Swamp which totaled more than 1100 acres. At the same time he was purchasing land in other widely scattered parts of the county. He was also buying and selling slaves.

His brother, Col. James S. Beaty who was known as the "King of the Republic," was elected sheriff in December 1833 and served 1834-1838. During his term TAB purchased at the courthouse steps on sales day the following first two parcels.

(1) 200 acres which had been seized for debt of $53 owed to Thomas A. Beaty by Penelope Avant. He paid $4 for it. This land was part of a grant to John Lambert made 15 March 1770 and of another grant to Thomas Floyd made 7 June 1802. The Lambert grant would, of course, have been a royal grant because it occurred before the American Revolution. The deed from Sheriff James Beaty to Thomas Akin Beaty was dated 12 Mar 1835. (See Horry County Deed Book, B-1, p. 556.)

(2) 509.5 acres on Cartwheel Bay seized from Prudence Johnson (Johnston), deceased. He paid $12 for it. Part of the land was from a grant to Thomas Lloyd dated 7 June 1802 which Prudence Johns(t)on inherited from Samuel Johns(t)on 26 Nov 1824. Another part was from a grant to Samuel Foxworth dated 7 Jul 1794 and another from a grant to to Richard Lewis dated 6 Feb 1815. The deed from Sheriff Beaty to Thomas A. Beaty was dated 18 Jan 1837.

(3) On 27 May 1839 Thomas Akin Beaty purchased from Gilbert Johnson 200 acres of land which was originally granted to John Lambert 10 Oct 1769 (pre-Revolution). Gilbert Johnson inherited it as parcel #4 of the estate of his father, Samuel Johnson. (Horry County Deed Book L, p. 421)

(4) On 14 Dec 1842 Thomas Akin Beaty purchased 201 acres from Hugh R. Johnson for $75. It is described as the middle portion of a Wm. Hemingway plat of 897 acres made 4 May 1801. (Horry County Deed Book L, p. 422)

(5) On 28 August 1848 Thomas Akin Beaty purchased from G. L. Johnson one acre for which he paid $5.00. This land had been granted to Joseph Graham, Sr., and inherited by James Graham. It then passed through the hands of "various persons" to G. L. Johnson. It is described as the land on which G. L. Johnson "now lives". This suggests that the $5.00 purchase included a house which was in existence in 1848. The witnesses to this deed are Sam C. Johnson and Elizabeth Chestnut. (Horry County Deed Book L, p. 423)

The last three deeds were finally recorded in Conwayborough in November, 1849. There are a lot of other transactions in Beaty's name, but I have included here all I found described as being on the north side of Lake Swamp. They total 1111.5 acres. If you were to look at the descriptions of these, you could probably determine which were the lands Rey Worley purchased. Since there was always some variations in acreages when land was resurveyed, it may be that two parcels of Lambert land, both pre-Revolutionary War grants and so granted in the name of the king, constituted the 450 acres sold to Rey Worley. This is pure speculation on my part, but would account for the tradition of a royal grant.

In 1850 The Rev. John H. Beaty, a brother of Thomas Akin Beaty, was living somewhere close by. He is listed in the Census that year between Abraham King and Alfred Inman. His second wife was the widow Lucy Booth Dorman. Thomas A. Beaty is shown between W. I. Graham and C. E. Ludlam.

To further illustrate the connections with prominent families, Thomas Akin Beaty's youngest sister, Mary Harriet, married Timothy Cooper. One of her daughters, Adeline Cooper, married F. G. Burroughs and another, Laura, married B. G. Collins, the principals in the firm of Burroughs & Collins. These women would be first cousins of James C. Beaty, who inherited the Worley farm.

R. G. W. Grissette was a SC state senator. Two of his daughters in turn married Joseph W. Holliday of Galivants Ferry. A third married James C. Beaty who inherited the Worley farm.

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