1898 to 1924 - Graham Brothers Dairy Farm - Charlotte Neighbors
by J. R. Beatty
This photo brings back my family's NC history connections. "Beatties Ford Road", was named after my probable Irish family ancestor, John Beatty, who settled west of a Catawba River crossing ford in July 1749. This namesake road now runs South from Lake Norman towards UpTown Charlotte with its impressive, gleaming skyscrapers.
Back in the day my Papa (grandfather) and Dad Beatty were born and lived on the Beatty farm on the West side of Charlotte right next to the Graham Family dairy farm. Billy Graham, the well-known Christian evangelist, was born and lived there as a boy. He is now buried near there next to his wife, Ruth Graham, on his library site’s land.