John and Nancy Scott Slatten family
NANCY SCOTT d/o Andrew S. &
Anna Longest Scott b. 22 Feb 1811 Lincoln co. Ky. d. 27 Nov 1886 Des
Moines, Polk co. Iowa m. 30 Jun 1830 Sangamon co. Ill. John Slatten
s/o Joseph & Martha Allen Slatten b. 5 Feb 1809 Garrard co. Ky. d.
7 Mar 1881 Des Moines, Polk co. Iowa. John is buried in Woodland
cemetery, but there is no stone for Nancy if she is buried there.
They moved from Sangamon co. Ill. to Dewitt co., and then to Des Moines,
Iowa in 1856. They apparently ran a hotel there called Slatten House. It
was the same hotel that Nancy's brother Wilson Alexander Scott built in
the early days of Des Moines. It was in a brick house near the east approach
to the Rock Island bridge. It later became the "Hawkeye" and later
the "Refuge of Sin and Prostitution" (until it was torn down). In
1880, John and Nancy were living at 105 Market Street in Des Moines; John
was listed as being in the "Hay & Coal" business (with an Anna T. Luther,
age 15, a granddaughter; Anna Tilda Luther b. Dec 1864 Iowa d. 2 Mar 1951 Marion, Guadalupe co. Texas or Waco, McLennan co. Texas m. 1887 Henry Deans b. 13 May 1847 Roxburgshire,
Scotland d. 20 Jun 1920 Dawes co. Nebraska, buried
Evergreen Cemetery, Dawes co. Nebraska; Anna was listed in a
county history as "a daughter of a prominent physician of Iowa"; she was not in the 1870 census).
They had at least 8 children:
Andrew- b. 1832/33 Ill. d. 18 Apr 1862 St. Louis, Missouri.
m. 30 Oct 1858 Warren co. Iowa Clarinda A. Bassett b. 2 July
1844 Lexington, Kentucky d. 4 Dec 1918 Miami, Florida (she
m/2 6 May 1867 Polk co. Iowa Freeman S. Weaver b. 1843/4 Ohio
d. 26 Apr (or 7 May) 1908 Mayfield, California, buried Woodland Cemetery,
Polk co. Iowa). Listed as a student in college in 1850, and as an
attorney-at-law in 1860; referred to as "an eccentric young lawyer of East
Des Moines" and as having been Justice of the Peace in Lee Township, in
the "Centennial History of Polk County, Iowa" (1876). He fought in the
Civil War- Second Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company D, and was
slightly injured as part of the storming party at the Battle of Fort Donelson
(read about it here).
He was shot in the shin, but died of his wounds from an infection that
set in at the medical facility in St. Louis. He had enlisted on 4 May 1861,
and was reduced to ranks at his own request May 28, 1862 after he died.
Buried Woodland cemetery. A letter survives, written by him to his
father before he died:
... We got there [Fort Donelson] on St. Valentine's Day. You
have heard about the battle fought there, and it is no use for me to describe
it. We had to stay out all night of the 14th without tents or blankets,
and it was very cold. I suffered more that night from cold than ever
before in my life. ... The usual mishaps of remaining out of provisions,
etc., befell us; but we got some pilot bread and some bacon just before
going into battle. ... when we received the order "Forward!" we went up
the hill in a full run, the rebels dropping our boys in rows. ... I got
my eye on a bunch of them, and took sight every time I shot. Sometimes
I could see the man drop - thought at the time that I had killed three.
While I was shooting... I received a shot in the shin... breaking the small
bone in my leg... Before I was wounded I had my gun spoiled by being hit
with a ball, so I had to take a fallen man's gun and use it. I was
wounded about one o'clock, and it took me till nearly sundown to crawl
off, and I almost froze. I was slightly wounded twice while leaving
the field, once in the head by a small piece of shell and once on the forefinger
of the right hand, slitting the knuckle. ... My wounds are not dangerous.
I would write plainer but for the wound on my knuckle.
Andrew and Clarinda had two children:
Douglas A.- b. 2 Jun 1860 Des Moines, Polk co. Iowa d. 2 Nov
1924 Tampa, Hillsborough co. Florida m/1. 7 Mar 1883 Polk co. Iowa
Florence A. Burnes d/o William H. & C. A. March Burns b.
1865 Avon, Polk co. Iowa d. before 1902; m/2. 8 Apr 1902 Indianola,
Warren co. Iowa Lillie A Pearson Mcpleesson (her 2nd) d/o Archibald
& Sarah Armstrong Pearson b. 1868 Carlisle, Polk co. Iowa
d. before 1924
Shasta B.- b. 28 Oct 1862 Iowa; living 1880
Rebecca- b. 18 Jun 1837 Ill. d. 26 Aug 1896 Des Moines, Polk co.
Iowa m. 19 Jun 1856 Dewitt co. Ill. George Zerr b. 14 Feb 1833
Germany d. 22 Oct 1892 Des Moines, Polk co. Iowa. Both buried
Polk City Cemetery, Polk co. Iowa. At least 4 children.
Statirah T. (female)- b. 1840/41 Ill. m. 1 May 1856 Dewitt co. Ill.
Ellison Mayfield s/o Ennis Gore & Mary Caroline Myers Mayfield b. 1831
Illinois. At least 4 children. They lived in Madison twp. Polk
co. Iowa in 1870 (although Statirah was listed as "Charlotta", so it may
have been a second wife, same age), but in 1880 only their youngest daughter
Alma is listed in the census, living with George & Rebecca Zerr (above).
The rest of the family either moved without her or died.
Margaret E.- b. 1841/42/43 Ill. m. 4 Sep 1862 Polk co. Iowa
John B. Dyer, at least 1 child
Alice Xantippe- b. 1843/44/45 Ill. d. Oct 1879 prob. Taylor
co. Iowa m. 3 Sept 1868 John N. Furguson b. 18 Apr 1838 Richland
co. Ohio d. after 1909 probably Blue Springs, Gage co. Nebraska.
He fought in the Civil War- Second Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry,
Company D. One son- Guy, b. 1872/2 Iowa
Zarilda- b. 1845/46/47 Ill. m/1. late 1860's J. Anderson
b. 1834/5 Ohio; m/2. Newton R. Luther ("a prominent physician of Iowa") b. 15 May 1844 Clay co. Ind. d. 10 Feb 1926
Helen Jane- b. 9 Aug 1849 d. 19 Oct 1850
Benjamin "Bennie"- b. 1850 Ill. d. 13 July 1870 Des Moines,
Iowa, buried Polk City Cemetery