Alexander Scott family
ALEXANDER "ELIC" SCOTT s/o John Wilson
& Nancy Keith Scott b. late 1789 maybe Washington co. Va. (he said
in both censuses, 1850 and 1860, that he was born in Virginia, and there
is some evidence that his father lived in Washington county around 1789)
d. 1866 Daviess co. Mo. m. ca. 1814 Rebecca Blackburn (possibly
Hall) b. 1792 (3 Dec 1796?) Virginia? d. 3 Jan 1837 ("aged 44 years")
McLean (now Dewitt) co. Ill. Rebecca's
tombstone was said to have been found in a trash pile at the side of
Rock Creek cemetery near Waynesville, Illinois. I have seen the tombstone
myself, and the date of death on it is unquestionable. Their last child
is said in many records to have been born in 1840, putting Rebecca's death
date into question- however, that child (Elizabeth)'s age in census reports
conflicts with that birthdate. Some records show Rebecca's tombstone to
say "aged 44 years 1 mo."- this is NOT true, at least as far as
I can tell.
After their marriage (their marriage record has not been found), they
seem to have lived in Lee co. Va., because their eldest child's biography
said he was born there. However, I searched the county's records
extensively, and have found no record of Alexander ever living there. The
death certificate of James K. Scott, son of Dr. Alexander K. Scott
(below), makes a point of stating that Alexander K. was born in Greenbrier
county, (present-day West) Virginia. A granddaugher's biography stated
they moved from Virginia directly to Bloomington, Illinois when John B.
Scott (their eldest) was a small boy (he was about 15 when we know
they were in Ill.), but Alexander K. Scott's (below) biography states that
they moved to Jackson co. Tenn. in 1818, and then to Illinois in 1826 (in
fact they were in Macon county Illinois in 1830), to rejoin the rest of
the family. However, I have yet to find them in the 1820 census- they are
in Jackson co. Tenn.
I'm becoming more and more suspicious about Rebecca's maiden name.
There is simply no Blackburn family anywhere missing a daughter or living
near the Scotts at any point. It's clear certain names Alexander
and Rebecca gave their children- Jane, Ira G., Prudence, and maybe Elizabeth-
were not used in the Scott family, and would follow that they were names
of Rebecca's relatives. Unfortunately, my suspicion is that the name
Blackburn- listed as daughter Ruth's middle name- was simply applied as
her mother's maiden name. I have yet to see original proof that it
was Rebecca's maiden name. Also, on Ruth's
death certificate, her mother's name is clearly listed as "Rebecca Hall".
Their eldest son, John B., seems to have the middle name "Benoni".
That is the original name of the Benjamin of the book of Genesis; it is
typically (though not always) used as a middle name for a child born out
of some kind of tragedy, like the death of the mother. Could it be
that John B. had a mother that died in childbirth, and then Alexander Scott
married Rebecca Blackburn?
Andrew Jackson Scott, born in 1836, may in fact have been a son of John
B. Scott, as some of John B. Scott's descendants believed, but I have yet
to find proof of his parentage. The information came originally from
a descendant who was wrong about other things in her letter. Either
way, he was raised by Alexander Scott, but John B. Scott's other known
son born before 1840 - William M. Scott was raised by others as well.
Andrew not actually being the son of Alexander may also account for why
he is not in the below photograph. Jesse F. Scott (or Jesse Y.) was
actually Jesse French (below) who was adopted by Ira Scott.
There is a record floating around the IGI in the LDS database (with
no source) that says Jesse Y. Scott was the son of Alexander and Rebecca
Hall Scott, and was born 1840 and lived in Dewitt county Illinois; Alexander
and Rebecca were married ca. 1814/15; and Rebecca was born 3 Dec 1796 in
Virginia. I'm trying to track down the source of that information.
On the back of this photo, along
with the names of the people on it, it says "Man's picture taken alone
is Alexander Scott- Grandpap's Father from Scotland". I take this
to mean that there existed a photo of Alexander Scott at some time.
The children in this family show a remarkable tendency to give wildly
varying ages on census returns.
L-R Back: Dr. Alexander
K. Scott, Ira G. Scott, Ruth Blackburn Scott Terry, Rebecca Emaline Scott
Troxel, Elizabeth Scott McCoy Thomas. L-R Front: Nancy E. Scott Halsey,
Jane Isabell Scott Troxel, Sarah Scott Brown, Prudence Scott Terry.
Missing from photo: John B. Scott (deceased), Andrew Jackson Scott (deceased),
Mary C. (if there was one), and the daughter who died young. If in
fact they were deceased, and this is why they're not this photo, then this
picture would have been taken between 1881 and 1895.
They had 13 children:
John Benoni b.
ca. 1815 Virginia d. 8 Apr 1873 LeRoy, Coffey co. Kansas
he co-founded) m/1. ca. 1835 Rena Halsey, who d. ca. 1836 (one
child, William M., who was raised by his maternal grandparents and then
Dr. A. K. Scott from 1847); m/2. 24 Aug 1837 Fulton co. Ill. Anna Davis
b. 1810's Columbia, New York d. ca. 1842 Iowa (2 children- they are listed
living in Dewitt county Illinois in 1840, with a boy and girl under 5;
John also voted in Dewitt county in 1839); m/3. 2 Nov 1843
Fulton co. Ill. Lucinda Adams Davis b. 1824/5 New York d. 1880 LeRoy, Coffey
co. Kansas (5 known children). Anna and Lucinda Davis were sisters.
About 1841, John moved to Fort Des Moines, Iowa Territory, where he raised
farm products for a garrison of Dragoons, traded with the Sac and Fox indians,
and ran a ferry business. When the indians were relocated to Kansas
in 1849, John moved with them- they owed him $20,000. He left the
reservation in 1854 and formed the town of Le Roy, Kansas, with his brother-in-law
Frederick Troxel. He kept the first post office there, and was the
first Justice of the Peace in Coffey county, commissioned in 1855.
He was authorized in 1860 by the Kansas state legislature to, with two
others, keep a ferry running over the Neosho river in Coffey county.
He was known as "General" John B. Scott because he was appointed
Major General of the Kansas Home Guards. General Scott commanded
the troops of the Neosho Valley Home Guard contingent of the 9th Kansas
Cavalry, during the Civil War. He and his command were garrisoned
at Fort Scott during this conflict. The First and Second All
Indian Home Guard Units were attached to his command. His son-in-law
Alexander Hamilton perpetrated
of the most famous UFO hoaxes in history- the original "cow mutilation"
story. His great-great grandson is former governor of Kansas Bill
Alexander Keith (M. D.) b. 25 Feb 1817 Lee
county, Virginia? (his son James' death certificate makes a point of stating
A. K. Scott was born in "GreenBrier County W Virginia") d. 31 Jul 1902
Daviess co. Mo. m/1. 14 Nov 1838 McLean co. Ill. Louisa Troxel b. 4 Nov
1820 Grayson co. Ky. d. 4 Jan 1884 Daviess co. Mo., 11 children;
m/2. 21 Mar 1885 Daviess co. Mo. Mary E. Dixon/Dixson d/o Lemley
& Sarepta DeLay Dixson b. 21 Nov 1854 Jameson, Daviess co. Mo.
d. 4 Oct 1927 Jamesport, Daviess co. Mo.; 3 children who all died as young
adults (could that be connected to their father's age?). A. K. Scott
moved to Coffey co. Kansas in 1855, then to Daviess co. Mo. a year later.
He was said to have become a doctor after a spate of bad health in about
Nancy E. b. 20 May 1819 Tennessee? (she listed Tenn. as her birthplace
in an 'old settlers' register, but listed her birthdate as 20 Apr 1820;
in the 1900 census, when she was 80, she said her birthplace was Virginia,
and her birthdate as April 1820) d. 1900-10, maybe in Amboy, Illinois
(her son George W. Halsey lived in Viola township, Lee co. Illinois in
1910; I believe that's why someone thought she died in Lee county)
m. 11 Jan 1838 Eli Halsey b. 15 Apr 1815 Grayson co. Va. d. 20 Jan 1892
Dewitt co. Ill. 15 children. Nancy is listed as "Nancy Malsey
Scott" in one record.
Mary C.? b. ca. 1822 (6 Aug 1818?) (d. 4 Mar 1846?) m. 20
Oct 1843 Dewitt co. Ill. Henry Barns (3rd marriage of 4) b. 1808
d. 1876; one child. I have no proof this marriage is to a daughter
of Alexander & Rebecca, but there was another daughter about this age
that left the household in the 1840's, and as far as I can tell, all the
Scotts who lived in Dewitt county in 1843 were part of our family (and
by 1850, there was only one unrelated Scott family in the county - who
were far too young to have Mary as their daughter). The dates above
are from Mary C. Scott Barnes' headstone (Dewitt Cemetery, Farmer City,
Dewitt co. Ill.), whoever she was.
Sarah Catherine b. 1846 d. 1887 m. 1868 George R. Watkins;
Jane Isabelle b.
19 Dec 1822 Va. or Tenn. d. 14 Oct 1895 Daviess co. Mo. m. 24 Jun 1842
Dewitt co. Ill. Frederick Storms Troxel b. 20 Jan 1816 Grayson co. Ky.
d. 18 Jan 1892 Daviess co. Mo.
Sarah b. 6 Dec 1823 Jackson co. Tenn.? d. 20 Jan 1906/7 Daviess
co. Mo. m. 15 Apr 1863 Daviess co. Mo. Dr. William S. Brown (his second
marriage) s/o Solomon & Lydia Brown b. 6 Nov 1826 Preble
co. Ohio d. 12 Jun 1906 Daviess co. Mo. He served 2 tours in the
Civil War, the first as a lieutenant of the company commanded by Captain
William Brumfield, the second as 1st lieutenant in Co. D, 33rd Regiment
Enrolled Missouri Militia. One child:
John Martin b. 24 Jun 1864 Daviess co. Mo. d. after 1870,
as he is in the census for 1870, but was said to have died young.
A headstone in Old Scotland Cemetery gives dates of 12 Mar 1852 - 15 Jan
1861, which must be for someone else (but who?)
Ira G. b. 9 Feb 1825 Jackson co. Tenn.? d. 8 Nov 1906 Daviess co.
Mo. m. 22 Nov 1847 Dewitt co. Ill. Mary (Polly) Chatham b. 24 Nov 1824
Indiana d. 8 Feb 1915 Daviess co. Mo. In addition to their children,
living with them in the 1850 census was a Jesse F., age 10. He was
actually Jesse French, who was adopted by Ira & Polly when his parents
were killed in a wagon accident.
Prudence b. 14 Feb 1827 Macon co. Ill.? d. 22 May 1918 Daviess co.
Mo. m. 24 Oct 1859 Enos (Enoch) A. Terry b. 10 Aug 1819 Hamilton co. Ohio
d. 23 Oct 1897 Daviess co. Mo. Although there should be, there is
no death certificate filed for Prudence.
daughter b. ca. 1829 d. 1830's
Ruth Blackburn b.
16 May 1831 Macon co. Ill.? d. 1 Dec 1920 Daviess co. Mo. m. 13 Oct 1859
David Nelson Terry b. 21 Oct 1825 Franklin co. Ind. d. 25 Jun 1908 Daviess
co. Mo. They were Arta Blonshine's great-grandparents. Her
mother's name on her death certificate is listed as "Rebecca Hall".
b. 8 Jun 1835 Ill. d. 10 Jul 1901 Daviess co. Mo. m. 23 Oct 1849 Daniel
L. Troxel b. 7 Dec 1829 d. 18 Jan 1906 Daviess co. Mo.
Andrew Jackson b. 1836 Ill. d. 9 Sept 1881 Grand River twp., Daviess
co. Mo. m. 9 Sept 1857 Mary Ann Brown b. 1836 Ill. or Nov. 1834 Missouri
d. 1919, buried Old Scotland Cemetery, Daviess co. Mo. (no Missouri death
certificate); 10 children, 6 living in 1900. The one time Andrew
was asked on a census report where his mother was born, he said Illinois,
which no one else ever said of Rebecca Blackburn/Hall.. As stated
above, may have been the son of John B. Scott, not his brother.
Elizabeth H. b. 25 Jun
1835/1840 Ill. d. 9 Jan
1913 Daviess co. Mo. m/1. 6 Jul 1861 Rolland McCoy d. 22 Aug 1862 Daviess
co. Mo. m/2. 29 Mar 1870 Isaac Newton Thomas
b. 10 Jun 1831 Ripley co. Ind. d. 17 Jun 1910 Daviess co. Mo. Elizabeth's
listed birthdate is clearly wrong on her headstone (1840), because it's
after her mother's death date, but the date on her death certificate (1835)
doesn't work either, if we accept Rebecca's birthdate. Her mother's
name on her death certificate is listed as "Don't Know"