Beaty’s Crossroads Alabama

People of the Crossroads

Beaty's Crossroads is where Alabama state highway 75 and 117 cross. Named for the large number of Beaty families that lived and work on the mountain plateau know as Sand Mountain. A back woods country, that announces the end of the Appalachian Mountain chain. Once the home of assorted tribes of Cherokee, its rocky ground and sandy soil made many a new settler old before their time. The strength of the men and women who migrated to this corner of Gods country can only be imagined. It can be said that they loved their God and this land more than life it's self. This is evidenced by their determination to make a living in a hostile, unforgiving environment. As life was hard so their characters became hard. These were poor people for the most part. The summers hot as a stove top, the winters bitter cold. One season would bring the climate of the Gulf Coast and good harvest, the next season would bound in with the great Artic Cold leaving little for the next year. The folks had to stay prepared for what mother nature would sling at them. And ah the good days were so good, you might think it was what heaven. One year would bring children, one right after another, the next year would take them away, sometimes before you could give them a name. The grave yards became endearing, not because of grandpa and grandma buried there, but because that is where your children went to Jesus. So come on in neighbor and share a time gone by. A time when all day singing and dinner on the ground was the joyful noise made in thanks giving. A time when broken hearts and broken bodies were mended with the eternal hope of a better day to come. Where love was all or nothing. Where the strength of the individual spirit was written on the faces of the old folks. Where the renewal of that spirit exploded from the cry of a new born babe.

             The first Beaty connection found to DeKalb County Alabama in Rebecca Emily Beaty, who married Warner Lewis Driskill on October 17, 1837.  The next reference is a Robert A. Beaty who secured a land patent 1845 in southern DeKalb County.  Then between 1863 and 1870 Joseph Edward Beaty appears in DeKalb County with his wife and four children, it is this family of Beaty’s that setteled in the area which became known as Beaty’s Crossroads.

Some Habersham County Georgia Marriage Bonds

Text Box: William Wilborn to Nancy Beatty
July 2, 1865

W. P. Patterson to Miss Thersa Rotten
October 17, 1865

(?) J. Mashburn to Durcilla C. McClain
December 26 1865
Text Box: Dung McMillion to Teresa Warren
March 3, 1853

James S. Isbel to Caroline Elizabeth Griffin
March 18, 1852

Joseph E. Beaty to Elizabeth Shirley
March 29, 1852
Text Box: Robert Beaty to Spicey Luiza Wade
April 18, 1835

Carlide Bramblet to Nancy Johnston
September 30, 1835

Abner T. Low to Francis Vestal
No date
Text Box: Henry Jackson Canup to Clinder Gipson
March 14, 1847

Thomas Holcomb to Hannah Beaty
November 5, 1846

George W. Berry to Sarah Brown
April 8, 1847 
Text Box: Absalom Halcomb to Miss Caroline Smith
September 6, 1830

William W. Anderson to Elizabeth McCollum
July 14, 1831

Mr. Lacy W. McAbee to Isabel Beaty
October  24, 1831

Mr. Abraham Crows to Miss Delila Robertson
October 9, 1831

Text Box: John T. Whisenant to Elizabeth Caroline Moore
December 10, 1844

Curtis Beaty to Jincy R. Minda Mize
November 14, 1844

James J. Elliott to Matilda Freeman
February 6, 1845
Text Box: Mr. Daniel Butler to Miss Elizabeth A. Jackson
August 23, 1825

Mr. Josiah Turner to Miss Elizabeth Batey
August 11, 1825