Updated July 2011- Sandra Scott Cook
Family of Massachusetts,
Information compiled by: Sandra Scott Cook
The Scott Motto AMO is Latin for “I LOVE”
This project started because of my own personal interest in family history. I wanted to have something in writing for my children.
I have learned that this will be a never-ending project. Those of you that take an interest can continue by adding your own up to date information. I have traced as many of the grandmothers that I could that married into the Scott family. Please understand that I compiled this information without a guarantee of any errors. I will include a Quote from Mary Lovering Holman book.
“Good reader, blame not the wrytter, for that that is myssing in this Booke
is not his faulte. What he hath founde…as nere as
possybell he could he hath sett downe”
-English parish register of 1582
To: Samantha, John and Scott
With Love, Mother
In Loving Memory of
In Heart a silent sorrow”
I will start this Scott family with Benjamin Scott. I have tried to find out for sure where Benjamin and his wife Margaret have come from,
to this date I have been unsuccessful. There is still a question if our John Scott is truly Benjamin Scott’s Son. However from all the information
I have read I believe it to be so. This may never be proven one way or the other. Most of the Early Scott information I have taken from a book called
“THE SCOTT GENEALOGY” by Mary Lovering Holman, compiled by the author for Grace Harriett Scott written in 1919. Grace Harriett Scott was our
5th cousin once
removed. Mary Lovering Holman was a well respected
Genealogist and a lifetime member of the
1. Benjamin Scott, born 1610-1620
(Records of the Court of Assistants, p. 125.) Benjamin Scott ,
with his wife Margaret, were early residents of
His Will was proved 26 Sept 1671, he having died shortly before that date.
" I , Benjamin Scott Being very weeake of Body but of competent understanding and memory doe make this my Last Will and Testament. Imprimis. I will and begueath my Soule unto the hands of the all mighty god that give it and my body body to the Earth in hope of blessed resurection. And as for my outward estait, my will is that my littel peece of land the towne gave me at the bricke kill my wife have the benefit of it dureing her widdowhood so long as she remaine relique to me and after her I will and give unto my son Beniamin. I will also and give unto hir my bigest cow and all my household stufe I give hir to be wholly hir owne and at her will and despose. Item, as for my son Beniamin my will is that he have The oxen and the mare and the cart and plough and all the tackling belonging unto them and the land after the caring of his mother and his own armes. Item. as for my son John I will give him one cow and one heiffer, the cow is his own and I only give one heffer, he having bond from me to the obtaining of a good trade. Item. as for my daughter Mary, I will and give hir one cow that is called Spoferd. Item. my will farther is that my son Beniamin, and John according to his promise be helpfull to the getting up of a house on the land for the comforth of ther mother. And I make my well beloved wife the solle executrix of this my last will and Testament.
'Datted and signed the sixt of June (1671)
"Beniamin ~ Scott "
" Signed in the p' sence of Samuel Brocklebank James Barker"
married Margaret Stephenson,
Mar 28, 1642 in Mass USA, born about 1617, died Sept 22,1692 in Salem (on
Gallows Hill). Margaret: Benjamin
and Margaret probably met and married in
Examination of a Witch, by
T.H. Matteson 1853.
original painting at
Trial of George Jacobs, 1692
by T.H. Matteson. A Hanging 1692
The original of this oil painting hangs in the
and is by no means historically accurate
but is very dramatic.
Below the translation of the above documents
(Frances Wycom v. Margaret Scott)
The deposistion of
after the first court at [
well knew: or hir Apperance came to me and did most greviously torment me by
choaking and almost presing me to death: and so she did continue affleting me
by times tell the 5'th August 1692 being the day of hir examination allso
during the time of hir examination margerit scott did most greviously afflect
me: and also severall times sence: and I beleve in my heart that margerit
Scott is a wicth and that she has often afflected me by acts of wicthcraft
evidence: is the truth upon oath: Sept'r 15: 1692: Jurat in Curia.
(Phillip Nelson and Sarah Nelson v. Margaret Scott)
#[also] phillip Nellson and Sarah his wife doe testifie and say that for
Two or three years before #[the said] Robert Shilleto dyed we have often hard
him complaining of margerit Scott for hurting of him and often said that she
was a wicth and so he continewed complaining of Margarit Scott saying he
should never be well so long as margerit Scott lived & so he Complayned of
Margret Scott: att times untill he dyed
New York Times/November 2, 2001
Boston -- More than three centuries after they were accused, tried and hanged as
unrepentant witches on Gallows Hill in Salem, Mass., five women have been
officially exonerated by the state.
The act, approved by the Legislature, was signed on Halloween by the acting
governor, cheering the descendants of Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin, Alice
Parker, Wilmot Redd and Margaret Scott. The five were among 20 men and women put
to death during the witchcraft hysteria of 1692.
"We've had an awful lot of descendants that have been out there working for it,"
said Shari Kelley Worrell of Barrington, Ill., an eighth great-granddaughter of
Susannah Martin. The Puritan leader Cotton Mather called her one of the most
"impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures in the world."
Ms. Worrell said: "I want to make sure that people know she was not a witch.
History will now record her as being what she really was."
Ms. Worrell said she felt pity for her distant ancestor, who could have lived
had she admitted to being a witch.
"How would I feel dying as a Christian martyr, having people think I worshiped
the devil?" she asked.
The state has tried to make amends before. In 1711, more than two decades after
the trials, all the accused were exonerated and their relatives offered
retribution. But, whether out of fear or shame, not all the families came
forward to accept the apology.
A 1957 state resolution cleared the name of one more victim, Ann Pudeator, and
"certain other persons" who were unlisted.
State Representative Paul E. Tirone, who helped shuttle this year's act through
the Legislature, said the "other persons" should be cleared by name.
"These people were victims of hysteria, and they paid deeply with their lives,"
said Mr. Tirone, whose wife, Sharon, is a descendant of Sarah Wildes, who was
exonerated in 1711.
The history lesson, he said, is one that modern Americans should keep in mind in
the wake of Sept. 11 if they are tempted to eye their neighbors with suspicion.
"Sometimes when things like this happen we need to take a breath, and look at
it," Mr. Tirone said. "We just can't paint blame with a wide brush."
Spectors, Maleficium, and Margaret Scott-by Mark Rice (Copyright, 2005) -History 209, an Undergraduate Court, Cornell University Spring Semester, 2003-Revised for presentation to the Berkshire Conference, 2005- Link from Web for this article I copied-Well written great article on Margaret by Mark Rice-Well worth the read- http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/saxonsalem/servlet/SaxonServletsource=salem/texts/bios.xml&style=salem/xsl/dynaxml.xsl&chunk.id=b43&clear-stylesheet-cache=yes
“Margaret Scott possessed the characteristics that made her a prime suspect for any witch accusation during early New England. However, Scott was unlucky enough to be accused during the Salem witch hunts. As a result, Scott, an orthodox suspect, was thrown into a very unorthodox witch hunt with very little chance of survival. The evidence of Margaret Scott's case highlights the nature of witchcraft accusations in New England and the Salem witch-hunt. In the end, Margaret Scott was accused and executed on charges of witchcraft due to prolonged suspicion of her character, the spectral evidence provided in her trial, the maleficium evidence against her, and the prominence of the accusers in her community.
Margaret Scott was the only person to be accused of being a witch from Rowley during the Salem trials. This was mainly due to the fact that community members long thought of her as a witch. She most likely was suspected of witchcraft because of her low stature in the community, the number of child fatalities, long widowhood, and begging; all common traits among people accused of witchcraft.1
Margaret Scott's origins are obscure. Born Margaret Stevenson in England somewhere around the year 1615, she first appeared in the record books in 1642, when she married Benjamin Scott. Initially the Scotts lived in Braintree, but later moved to Cambridge where they had four children between 1644 and 1650. The Scott family arrived in Rowley in 1651 where Margaret gave birth to three additional children. Of all the children, only three lived to adulthood. Still, by the time of the witchcraft trials, the seventy-seven year-old Margaret Scott had as many as eleven grandchildren.2
It is hard to pinpoint the status of the Scott family among the residents of Rowley. Evidence from Essex County records indicates that the Scots were not wealthy and never appeared in any positions suggesting importance or prominence. Benjamin Scott himself was never assigned a high-status title such as Mister or even the lower status title Goodman. The Scotts lacked the money to purchase their own land. Instead in 1664 the town donated land to Benjamin Scott.3 In March of 1665, Benjamin Scott was convicted of the crime of theft, for which he was "fined and admonished." However, six months later he took the Freeman's Oath, indicating he was both a householder and a church member, in short, an upstanding person.4 Benjamin Scott died in 1671 leaving an estate worth only 67 pounds and 17 shillings, not much by the standards of that time. However, Margaret had to live on this estate for the next twenty-one years and by the time of the Salem trials, must have been very poor.5
At first glance, Margaret Scott seems to have lived an uneventful life. However, certain aspects of her character made her a very likely candidate as a witch suspect. One such aspect was the high infant mortality rate among her children. Women in New England who had trouble raising children were very vulnerable to witchcraft charges. In fact, only 7 out of the 62 accused female witches in New England prior to 1692 had a considerable number of children.6
Out of Margaret's seven children, only three made it to adulthood. This does not consider any miscarriages or other problems that Scott may have had. Furthermore, only one of her three children born in Rowley lived to adulthood. The residents of Rowley would have been well aware of her high infant mortality rate.7
Another factor about Margaret Scott's character that made her vulnerable to accusations was her status as a widow for twenty-one years. Being a widow did not in itself expose a woman to suspicion.8 However, Scott suffered from the economic and social effects of being a widow for a prolonged period. The most dangerous aspect of being a widow was the lack of a husband for legal support and influence. Also, Scott, 56 at the time of her husband's death, was forced to live off her husband's small estate for twenty-one years. Often widows who were over fifty and not wealthy, were unable to find a new spouse and thus were reduced to poverty and begging. By begging, Margaret would expose herself to witchcraft suspicions according to what historian Robin Briggs calls the "refusal guilt syndrome". This phenomenon occurred when a beggar's needs were refused causing feelings of guilt and aggression on the refuser's part. The refuser projected this aggression on the begger and grew suspicious of her.9
Some of the depositions against Scott did involve misfortunes occurring to people who had denied her a service or good. Perhaps Scott actually used her reputation to receive favors, which could be very effective. If people believed that Scott was a witch, they might have eagerly given her what she asked out of fear of retaliation. However, if someone refused Scott and then fell on bad circumstances, witchcraft suspicions and accusations were almost a certainty.10
Evidence suggests that Scott's widowhood suffering and dependence on begging resulted in part from a lack of familial support. Only Margaret Scott's son Benjamin stayed in Rowley. When Margaret Scott was accused of witchcraft, Benjamin, who had six children of his own at the time, offered no legal support. He probably lacked the time and money to pursue a legal defense of his mother.11
A careful examination of the depositions and witnesses shows a clear pattern among Margaret Scott's accusers. Many who were wealthy residents of the town who cooperated in the effort to convict Margaret of witchcraft.
Captain Daniel Wicom appeared as the central figure among the accusers. As a prominent member of Rowley, any witchcraft affliction that involved Wicom, who filled many town leadership positions, would have led to legal action against Scott.12 According to depositions presented against Scott, the residents of Rowley suspected her of being a witch for as many as twenty years but no action was taken until his daughter became afflicted by her.
The Wicoms were not the only prominent family of Rowley involved with the accusations against Margaret Scott. The Nelson family also played an active role in the trial. Thomas and Phillip Nelson were brothers; Sarah was Philip's wife. Their father, Captain Philip Nelson, passed away in 1691 leaving an estate of 500 pounds suggesting that both Thomas and Philip were well off themselves. Unfortunately, records fail to distinguish between Philip the father and Philip the son. However, the prominence of the name of Philip Nelson in town records suggests that the family was wealthy and powerful.13
What is notable among the many appearances of Nelsons and Wicoms in the Essex County records is actually what did not occur. While the two families appear in many land disputes, they never appear as opponents. While one cannot assume that both families were friends, it is safe to say that they were not enemies. Philip Nelson gave testimony that supported Daniel Wicom in a 1679 trial and in 1680 the two men sided together in another court case. 14 The connection between the Wicoms and the Nelsons as Margaret Scott's chief accusers continued with the deposition of Philip and Sarah Nelson who testified to the affliction of deceased Robert Shillito, who lived in Daniel Wicom's tithing district. Wicom would have collected Shillito's taxes, been in contact with him, and have been very familiar with his supposed affliction. The final connection occurred in the deposition of Thomas Nelson. At the end of his testimony, the record indicated him as a member of the grand jury giving him the power to determine Margaret Scott's fate extending the Nelson-Wicom connection to nearly all aspects of the trial. 15
The depositions offered against Margaret Scott highlight the rumors about her reputation and the common beliefs that circulated about witches in early New England. Of the six depositions presented before the Salem Court on September 15th, four described the spectral image of Margaret Scott tormenting others. Some depositions given showed that many people suspected Scott was a witch long before 1692. The spectral evidence came from the depositions of young women who may have been influenced by their paranoia surrounding Indian hostilities, social pressures, and religious beliefs.
According to the evidence, Margaret Scott's specter first attacked Frances Wicom at the beginning of the trials at Salem around the tenth of June and continued to do so until the date of her examination on August 5th. The seventeen year old Frances gave her deposition to the court at Salem on September 15, 1692. Describing afflictions that were believed to be very common Frances stated that Margaret Scott "came to me and most grievously torment me by choacking and almost presing me to death".16
Several factors may have led Frances Wicom to testify to such a terrible experience including her home environment and its relationship with Indian conflicts. She undoubtedly would have heard firsthand accounts of bloody conflicts with Indians. New evidence shows that a direct correlation can be found between anxiety over Indian Wars being fought in Maine and witchcraft accusations. In such a tense environment where New England was tormented by Satan through witches and Indians, who were thought to be servants of the devil, young girls would have been willing to accuse anyone who was remotely suspicious making Scott, who already had a shady reputation, an easy target.17
Frances's family's high status in Rowley may have made also have made her a likely candidate for being "afflicted". The Wicoms's affluence would have made Frances the object of attention in Rowley society. Being afflicted gave Frances an outlet so she could say and do anything without any consequences providing a great release for a girl who lived in such a proper setting as the Wicom household and Puritan society in general.18
The second sufferer from spectral torture, Mary Daniel, also presented her deposition at the trial in Salem on September 15. It too listed many painful torments at the hands of Margaret Scott.19
No records of Mary Daniel's birth or parents exist. The first time Mary Daniel entered the record books was for her baptism on December 6, 1691. She next appeared for her accusations of Margaret Scott. There was a good chance that Mary Daniel was actually a servant in the household of Reverend Edward Payson, minister of Rowley at the time of the trials. 20 He obviously would have encouraged her to become a member of the Puritan faith.21
If Mary Daniel worked for Mr. Payson, her religious surroundings could well have had an effect on her actions. Recent converts to Puritanism felt inadequate and unworthy and at times displaced their worries through possession. Although Mary Daniel was never possessed, her baptism only a few months before the Salem witch hunt presumably increased the pressures of her religion. These feelings would only have been heightened if she in fact served in the household of the local minister.22
The third piece of spectral evidence against Margaret Scott came from another young woman, Sarah Coleman, who deposed that Scott's specter had tortured her on August fifteenth "by pricking, pinching, and choaking of me." Although born in Rowley, the twenty-two-year-old Coleman lived in neighboring Newbury with her parents for the previous nineteen years. The senior Colemans probably knew of Margaret Scott's reputation for witchcraft before they moved to Newbury; that knowledge, combined with the region-wide gossip about Scott's more recent malefic activities, undoubtedly in 1692 led their daughter to accuse their former townswoman.23
Two Rowley residents, Phillip and Sarah Nelson, testified about conversations with Robert Shilleto. The Nelsons deposed that Shilleto believed himself a victim of Margaret Scott's afflictions and "we have often heard him complaining of Margaret Scott for hurting of him, and often said that she was a witch." The Nelsons also described how his affliction lasted for two or three years before Shilleto passed away in 1687 showing that Scott was suspected of being a witch long before the Salem Witch Hunt occurred.24
Spectral evidence was not the only tool that accusers used in Margaret Scott's trial. Two depositions presented at her September 15th appearance before the court examined how Scott tormented people through maleficium, a witches's harming of one's property, health, or family. Of the depositions offered both presented examples of the refusal guilt syndrome among the accusers. The depositions also showed how an ability to predict the future, and damage to livestock raised suspicions against an individual. 25
The deposition presented to the Salem court on September 15th by Daniel Wicom provided evidence of maleficium. His testimony described an encounter with Margaret Scott that occurred about five or six years before the trial when he did not give Scott corn. He reported that Scott predicted that he would be unable to harvest corn that evening and immediately oxen started to act in a strange way making it unable for Wicom to harvest his fields. 26
Wicom's deposition provided an example of refusal guilt syndrome where he initially denied a good to Margaret Scott only to suffer an inconvenience directly related to what Scott was begging for. This testimony also provided evidence that described Scott's ability to predict the future, which was a trait thought to be used by witches.27
More evidence centering on maleficium came from Thomas Nelson, whose statement was also influenced by refusal guilt syndrome. Nelson testified that when Margaret Scott was "Earnest she was for me to bring her wood" and he refused to deliver it immediately one of his cows acted in a strange way and another died.28 Nelson's deposition not only describes many classic characteristics of maleficium, but also includes information about his loss of cattle which was a symbol of status, common in many witchcraft accusations in New England. In attacking his livestock Thomas Nelson believed that Margaret Scott was a threat to his position among the other men in the town.29 In his deposition, Nelson testifies that after the death of his cows he "had hard thoughts of this woman."30
Major events in Margaret Scott's case coincided with important dates of the Salem witchcraft court. When compared to the testimony against Scott, clear patterns can be found between the evidence brought against her and the timing of the Salem court.31
Evidence from the girls' testimony was synonymous with important events in the Salem trials. Frances Wicom was the first girl to experience spectral torment in 1692 "quickly after the first Court at Salem." Frances also testified that Scott's afflictions on her stopped on the day of her examination, August 5. Mary Daniel deposed on August 4 that Margaret Scott afflicted her on "ye 2d day of the week last past," which would have coincided with Scott's arrest. The third afflicted girl, Sarah Coleman, testified that the specter of Margaret Scott started to afflict her on the 15th of August, which fell ten days after the trials of George Burroughs and Scott's own examination. Additionally, the 15th was only four days before the executions of Burroughs, John Proctor, John Willard, George Jacobs, and Martha Carrier; accused who were not "usual suspects" that brought considerable attention to the Salem proceedings.32
Once Margaret Scott's case came before the Salem court, the magistrates were eager to prosecute her for witchcraft. At the same time that Margaret Scott appeared in front of the court, critics of the proceedings had become more vocal expressing concern over the wide use of spectral evidence in the Salem trials. The court probably took the opportunity to prosecute Margaret Scott to help its own reputation. Margaret Scott's case not only involved spectral evidence, but also a fair amount of maleficium evidence. Scott exhibited many characteristics that were believed common among witches in New England. Additionally, the spectral testimony given by the afflicted girls bolstered the accusers' case. With a combination of solid maleficium and spectral evidence against her, the proceedings took only one day to complete. To the judges at Salem, Margaret Scott was perfect candidate to highlight the court's effectiveness. By executing Scott, the magistrates at Salem could silence critics of the trials by executing a "real witch" suspected of being associated with the devil for many years.33
Margaret Scott was executed at Salem as a result of a suspicious reputation, the combination of spectral and maleficium evidence against her, the close relationship among her accusers, and the timing of her trial. Margaret Scott's downfall resulted from a series of misfortunes that she could not avoid. Impoverished and isolated from her long widowhood, Scott's shady reputation made her an easy target for witchcraft suspicions. Her accusers' depositions describe many typical beliefs about witches in early New England built up over a prolonged period of time. Even the actions taken against her by the prominent families of Rowley were not uncommon in New England witchcraft. Margaret Scott simply could not avoid the key factor in her condemnation; her profile as a "usual suspect". Unlike many of the other accused before the court, Scott was faced with an equal amount of spectral and maleficium evidence. The proponents of the court saw the opportunity to use Margaret Scott to their advantage. Her case showed the court relieving a community of a long believed witch and distracted attention from other defendants who were convicted on much more questionable evidence.”
1. Traits common among accused witches are described by Robin Briggs, Witches and Neighbors (New York, 1996) Chapter 1; John Putnam Demos Entertaining Satan (Oxford, 1982) Chapter 3.
2. Marriage record comes from John Noble, Ed., Records of the Court of Assistants of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay Volume II (Suffolk, 1904), 125 It is notable that Margaret's name appears first in the court's decision. This implies that the controversy of the case revolved around Margaret and not Benjamin; biographical and birth records come from George Brainard Blodgette and Amos Everett Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts (Salem, MA, 1933), 329-30.
3. Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, 329. iv In both records, it is hard to determine which Benjamin Scott the courts are referring to. The Scotts had a son named Benjamin who would have been nineteen in 1665. However, someone the age of nineteen seems a little too young to be eligible to take an important oath so the Benjamin in question is probably the father. The record about the theft is provided by George Francis Dow, Editor, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume I (Essex Institute, 1911) 387; the record of the freeman oath is provided by George Francis Dow, Editor Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume III (Essex Institute 1913) 275.
5. Records from the Probate Records of Essex County Massachusetts, Volume II 1665-1674 (Salem, MA, 1917) 238-9.
6. Data based on John Putnam Demos, Entertaining Satan, 72-3.
7. Information on the Rowley children comes from Blodgett and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, 329-30.
8. Data and opinions from both Demos, Entertaining Satan, 72; and Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 263-4.
9. Information regarding the status of widows from Demos, Entertaining Satan, 75; refusal guilt syndrome from Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 140-1.
10. Information from Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 156.
11. Information about begging from Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 276; biographical information about the Scotts provided by Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts 329-30, As for the occupation of John Scott, Blodgette and Jewett cite Benjamin Scott's will, which lists his son as "having been away to get a good trade" which can be interpreted as a merchant or sailor.
12. Theory on social structure found in Demos, Entertaining Satan, 291. The court records from April 1677 are found in George Francis Dow, ed. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VI (Essex Institute 1917) 269; Records from September 1677 from Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Volume VI 327; Daniel Wicom's appointment as town attorney is found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VII (Essex Institute, 1919) 213; The court case from 1679 is found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Volume VII 169-70; Daniel Wicom is listed as deputy marshal in a court case found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume IX (Essex Institute, 1975) 578.
13. Biographical information on the Nelson Family from Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts 243-4; Philip Nelson is listed as a town recorder in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County. Volume III (Essex Institute, 1921) 267.
14. The 1679 case in which Daniel Wicom sued Samuel Phillips for "reflecting and reproaching authority" can be found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VII: 184-6; The 1680 court case in which Wicom and Nelson disagree with John Person Jr. over land divisions in the town can be found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VII: 352.
15. Information on Robert Shillito is provided by Bodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, 343; Thomas Nelson is listed as "one of ye Grand Inquest" proving he is a member of the jury in Gage, The History of Rowley, 174.
16. This deposition, along with the others from Margaret Scott's examination, comes from a reliable account of the proceedings by Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley (Boston, 1840) 175.
17. Theory on Indian War connection to witchcraft at Salem provided by Norton, In the Devil's Snare, 122.
18. Biographical information about the Wicom family from Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, 408; The argument that girls used their afflictions and fits as a release is argued by Demos, Entertaining Satan 159.
19. Deposition printed by Gage, The History of Rowley, 172-3.
20. Biographical information provided by Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, 93; Trial testimony from Edward Payson printed by Gage, The History of Rowley, 173.
21. Biographical information on Payson provided by Gage, The History of Rowley, 20-1; I must repeat that the assumption that Mary Daniel is Payson's servant is a guess based on the available evidence.
22. Possession theory argued by Richard Godbeer, The Devil's Dominion (Cambridge, 1992) 114.
23. Deposition quote from Gage, The History of Rowley, 174-5; Information about the Coleman family provided by Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusettts, 81; the importance of gossip in the spreading of the Salem crisis is described by Norton, In the Devil's Snare, 146-9.
24. Deposition quote and description from Gage, The History of Rowley, 175; Robert Shillito was buried 21 August, 1637 according to Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts 343.
25. A good definition of maleficium on which this is based is given by Norton, In the Devil's Snare, 8.
26. Deposition from Gage, The History of Rowley, 171-2.
27. The refusal guilt syndrome is discussed earlier in this paper, but is proposed by Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 140-1; information about suspicion of people who predicted the future given by Briggs, Witches and Neighbors, 173-4.
28. Deposition from Gage, The History of Rowley, 174.
29. The theory about the importance of livestock and cattle in the men's New England society is found in Demos, Entertaining Satan, 145-6.
30. Deposition from Gage, The History of Rowley, 174.
31. Dates from depositions listed in Gage, The History of Rowley, 169-75 Frances Wicom's deposition states that she is first afflicted at the first trials of Salem, which was June 2nd, therefore Scott could have been named as a witch any time between then and her arrest.
32 Testimony from Gage, The History of Rowley, 169-75; evidence of the August 19th executions from Bernard Rosenthal, Salem Story (Cambridge University Press, 1993) 108.
33. Doubt about spectral evidence was voiced by some ministers. Their concerns are described in Norton, In the Devil's Snare, 281-2; testimony of the afflicted girls of Salem is given in Gage, The History of Rowley 173-4. ”
The Children Benjamin Scott and Margaret Stephenson Scott
i Joseph Scott, born July 03, 1644, died Dec 03,1644.
ii Benjamin Scott, born July 05,1646.
He married Susanna Scales.
2. iii John Scott b. July 02,1648.
iv Elizabeth Scott, born May 27,1650, buried July 03,1650.
v Mary Scott, born March16,1651/52, died Dec 25,1700.
married John Decker, June 18, 1680 in Rowley, Mass,
died Oct 28, 1694 in Rowley, Essex Co,
vi Samuel Scott, born March 07,1654/55, buried March 10,1654/55.
vii Sarah Scott, born Jan 01,1656/57, buried Aug 21,1660.
2. John Scott, (1.Benjamin1) born July 02, 1648
married Hannah Duncan, May 29, 1672 in
See Samuel Duncan History for Further information on Hannah Duncan -Scott Ancestors:
i Hannah Scott, born July 24,1674 in Rowley Mass, died Aug, 1674 in Rowley Mass.
ii John Scott, born Nov 11,1675, died Nov 11,1672. died 1 hour after birth.
iii Sarah Scott, born Jan 26,1676, died Jan 26,1676. Lived about 6 Hours.
iv Hannah Scott, born Aug 18, 1678, died Aug 26,1678.
Scott, born Jan 06,1680, died Jan 14,1680
3. vi Joseph Scott b. March 27,1682.
vii John Scott, born Nov 08, 1683, died Nov 16,1683.
viii Sarah Scott, born 1684, died Nov 10,1684.
Scott, born July 09,1686 in
gives to friend, Thankful Dana, for her kindness, 10 pounds. To brother Joseph Scott's two eldest sons Samuel Scott and
James Scott, the residue, and makes brother Joseph Scott executor. Inventory 103 pounds, 8d. (
Scott, born July 28,1679 in Roxbury Mass,
died July 30,1679 in
3. Joseph Scott, (2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born March 27,1682
in Roxbury, Mass, baptized May 07, 1682 in Dr. Elliot’s Church, died aft 1753. Died age 71. Joseph and first wife Sarah had no children.
Joseph and second wife Hannah had 8 children. From the Holman Book- Joseph
Scott was a weaver. He lived in Roxbury until about 1717 when he removed to
Deeds, 31:15 Joseph Davis, Jr., of
Brookline, Mass., and Elizabeth his wife , for 226
pounds sell to Joseph Scott of Roxbury, Mass weaver dwelling-house, barn, and
31:15 Joseph Scott of Roxbury, and Hannah his wife, mortgage for 100 pounds to the Mass Commissioners, their property in Brookline, 13 Feb 1716-17.
43:95 Joseph Scott of Roxbury, weaver, sells to Richard Child of Woodstock, land in Woodstock. Hannah, wife of Joseph Scott, releases her dower 20 Jan 1724.
47:132 Samuel Scott of Roxbury , Blacksmith, and Sarah his wife , for 30 pounds sells to his father Joseph Scott ,one-half piece of land, in the part of Roxbury commonly called Pond Plain, given to the said Samuel and his brother James Scott, now a minor, by their uncle John Scott, late of Roxbury, dec'd., 5 Mar 1732-3....................... Many more deed references in Holman book.
Dr. John Elliot who was minister and Baptized Joseph Scott
and some of his children in Dr. Elliot’s Church in Roxbury
married (1) Sarah Davis, Feb 08,1704/05
married (2) Hannah Prior, May 17,1708,
born Sept 01, 1687 in
See Prior Family for Hannah Prior Scott Ancestors:
4. i Samuel Scott b. Feb 14,1708/09.
ii Hannah Scott, born April 30,1711 in Roxbury, Mass, died 1799. Note: William's sister Mary Edmands married Joseph Scott, Hannah Scott's Brother. There were no children to the marriage of Hannah Scott and William Edmands.
She married (1) William Edmunds, Dec 26,1738 in Dudley, Mass, no children from this marriage none, born Mar 14,1716 in Lynn, Mass, (son of Joseph Edmunds and Mary Pratt) died before Nov, 1750 in Halifax, NS. William:.
married (2) Ephraim Brown, Feb 21,1755
in Spencer. Mass, born
April 08,1714 in
Scott, born Nov15,1713 in
5. iv Joseph Scott b. Nov 05,1716 Roxbury MA
6. v Ebenezer Scott. b. Mar. 29, 1719 Roxbury MA.
Scott, born in
7. vii Sarah Scott. b. Dec. 23, 1722 Roxbury MA.
8. viii Benjamin Scott b. March 10,1724/25.
4. Samuel Scott, (3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Feb 14,1708/09
He married Sarah Chamberlain, Nov 1730, born July 17,1712 in Roxbury, Mass, (daughter of Jacob Chamberlain and Sarah _________).
i John Scott, born 1731-1732 in Roxbury, died 1805-1810 in Richmond, NH.
He married (1) Mary Trott.
He married (2) Joanna Brown.
He married (3) Chloe Daniels.
ii Abraham Scott, baptized Feb 17,1733-34 in Woodstock, CT, died Nov 1, 1796 in Winchester, NH.
He married (1) Metetabel ________?.
He married (2) Abigail Latham.
Scott, born ab
1735-36, died Oct 28, 1776 at battle of
He married Rhonda Rockwood, about 1760.
iv Sarah Scott, born 1738, died Oct 22,1756 in Athol.
v Samuel Scott, born 1740 in Dudley, MA.
He married Abigail_________?.
Scott, born Nov 11,1744 in
He married Lydia_______?.
Scott, baptized Mar 22, 1747 in
Scott, baptized June 30, 1749 in
She married Benjamin Dresser, April 08,1778, born Sept 05,1752, (son of John Dresser and Sarah Scott). Benjamin: Note he married Jemima Scott his cousin.
Scott, baptized June 14, 1752 in
Scott, baptized Dec 15,1754 in
5. Joseph Scott, (3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Nov 05, 1716 in
Roxbury Mass., died Jan 23, 1761 in NS, Canada. Died Age 45. There has been much written about
Lieut. Joseph Scott. His company marched to the relief of Fort William Henry in Aug.1757.He served in the French war in Canada and was Commander of a small body of Men called
"Scott's Rangers' and Daniel Knowlton was his lieutenant. (Note Daniel Knowlton later married Josephs widow Mary Edmands). The Acadians were expelled in 1755. The government
sought to colonize again with New Englanders and offered large inducements in 1760 to the soldiers who helped to conquer Canada. Joseph Scott was given a grant in
. Onslow NS
Joseph Scott played a critical role in the foundation of Onslow. The formation of the township took place upon the application of Joseph Scott and Daniel Knowlton on behalf of themselves
and 50 others (309 people altogether). They participated in the Fort Cumberland Expedition the previous year. The erection of the township took place July 24, 1759. The guarantees were to
receive 26,000 acres, half were to settle in October 1760 and the remainder in May 1761. From Holman Book- Joseph Scott evidently removed from
Dudleyto Sturbridge, with his father,
but before 1753 he had left Sturbridge for Ware. He served in the French War as a Lieutenant and Tradition states that he commanded a body of men called "Scott's Rangers" and that
Daniel Knowelton was his Lieutenant. After Acadia was taken by the British, and the French inhabitants scattered in 1755, the government sought to colonize again with the New Englanders
and offered large inducements in 1760 to the soldiers who had helped to conquer Canada. Joseph Scott was given a grant of land in
, and went there to prepare for his family. He Onslow, NS
either died on the voyage or after his arrival for one of the items in his inventory is "pay for a man to go to Boston, to get (his) clothes". Administration on his estate was granted to his widow
Mary Scott, in 1761…. continued under Mary Edmunds Scott Joseph Scott appears on Muster-roll dated at Ware River Parish, sworn to at Worchester,5 Jan 1758, of Captain Jacob
Cummings' company, Col Israel Williams' Regt., which marched to the relief of Fort William Henry in Aug 1757. Rank Lieutenant. Marched from Ware to Kinderhook, 200 miles.
(Mass. Archives, Muster Rolls, 95:542 ) Joseph Scott appears on billeting account swarn to at
, 13 Oct 1758, rendered by Luke Bliss for victualling men who were sent to the relief of Fort William Henry when besieged. In Captain Cummings' company. Belonged to Ware River. Boston
(Ibid., 95:470) Worchester Deeds, 15:39 Edward Kitchen of Salem, Mass., and Freek his wife, sell to Joseph Scott, Jr., of Dudley Mass., 100 acres of land in Oxford, Mass., Dec 1940.
18:39 Joseph Scott Jr of Dudley, Mass., husbandman, sells to Joseph Edmunds of Dudley, 100 acres of land in Dudley that he bought from Edward Kitchen, 13, Apr 1743.
28:49 Joseph Scott, Jr., of Sturbridge, husbandman, sells to Moses Holbrook of
, for 400 pounds, land in Sturbridge, 20 Apr 1747. Oxford
Onslow Grant Original Grantees
Shares, of Rights, of 500 acres each were apportioned to the grantees, in the order in which their names appear on the township grant are: Richard Upham, William Hamilton, Anthony Elliott, Thomas Stevens,
James Lyon, John Steel and James Wilson each two Shares .unto Frances Blair, Jonathan Higgins, Joseph Scott, John Carter, William Tackles, Hugh Tackles, Jacob Stevens, William McNutt ,
The Heirs of Jacob lines, Nathaniel Gallop, Edward Brooks, David Hoar, Martin Brooks, William Blair, Ephraim Howard, Joshua Lamb, David Gay, David Blackmore, Abner Brooks, Carpenter Bradford,
George Howard, Ephraim Scott, John Polly, Samuel Nichols ,Peter Richardson, Ephraim Howard Jun'r, Robert Crowell, Abijah Scott, David Cutting, Isaac Ferrell, Daniel Knowlton & Mary Knowlton,
each one share and an (SIC) half: Elizabeth BIackmore, Abigail Upham, Caleb Putnam, Nathan Upham, Richard, Upham Jun'r Nicholas Blanchard James Tackles, John Cutting, Solomon Hoar ,
William Blair Jun'r; William Whippey, Peter Wilson, James Brown, The Heirs of Zabez Rude, Joseph Pierpont, John Howard, Daniel Calf, The Heirs of Samuel Whippy, The Heirs of Joel Camp,
The Heirs of Benjamin Brooks, Asa Scott, Francis Harris, John Barnhjll, Samuel Bencraft, & John Hewett, each one share; John Polly Jun'r, Reuben Richardson, William Crowell, Jonathan Higgins Jun'r.,
Mercy Brooks, Hugh Actor (Easter) Tackles, Christopher Stevens, Jacob Stevens Jun'r ., Abner McNutt, Jacob Lines Jun'r., Silvanus Brooks, Edward Brooks Jun'r., Ebenezer Hoar,John Blair, and Deborah Wright,
each one half share, together with two shares for a use of a Church, a School, and Glebe Forever.
BOSTON, 19th, July, 1760.
THE proprietors of the township, of Onslow and Truro, in the province of Nova-Scotia, are hereby notified that there is a proprietors meeting appointed at the house of lieut. Joseph Scotts,
in-holder in ware-river on the first Wednesday of September next, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to hear the report of the committees that have been in order to lay out said lands;
and to act upon any other affairs that shall be thought profitable for the proprietors at said meeting: And those of the proprietors that do not determine to carry on the settlement of their rights in
said lands are desired to appear at said meeting, and resign or acquit their rights to the committee, according to his excellency governor Lawrence's direction; and all persons that live remote are desired
to appear by themselves or agents.
Joseph Scott, John Johnson,
Jonas Lock, James Willson, } Committee.
Joshua Lamb - [Boston Post-Boy - July 28 1760]
Record number: 000041878
Time period: 0000/00/84 - 0000/00/00
Source repository: Public Archives of Nova Scotia
Item name: Families for Onslow Township
Item ID code: PANS O/S #203
Remarks: A list of prospective grantees for Onslow Township, represented by Joseph Scott and Daniel Knowlton. This lists heads of households
and numbers of individuals in each family
Planter: Scott, Joseph
Planter: Knowlton, Daniel
Place name subject: Halifax--Onslow
Record number: 000041412
Time period: 1759/11/24 - 0000/00/00
Source repository: Public Archives of Nova Scotia
Item name: Onslow Township Grant
Item ID code: PANS O/S #201
Remarks: A grant made to Daniel Knowlton and Joseph Scott, on behalf of 90 persons, of 41 shares out of 200, which comprised the Onslow Township.
Names of grantees and conditions of the grants are listed.
Planter: Knowlton, Daniel
Planter: Scott, Joseph
Place name subject: Halifax--Onslow
Record number: 000040830
Time period: 1759/07/26 - 0000/00/00
Source repository: Public Archives of Nova Scotia
Collection title: D.C. Harvey Papers
Item name: Preliminary Grant Documents, Onslow
Item ID code: MG1 Vol.1798 F12 #4-7
Description: Pages: 5; Quantity: 4
Physical medium: Original: Document; Archive: Typed transcript
Remarks: Two preliminary grantee lists and a rough surveyor's sketch of Onslow Township. Agents Joseph Scott and Daniel Knowlton
agreed that half the settlers would be established in October 1760 and the remainder in May 1761.
Planter: Scott, Joseph
Planter: Knowlton, Daniel
Topical subject: Agents
Topical subject: Settlement process
Place name subject: Halifax—Onslow
Record number: 000037691
Time period: 1756/04/27 - 0000/00/00
Author: Lawrence, Charles
Source repository: Boston Public Library
Item name: Transports to Chignecto
Item ID code: Ms.Am. 1902
Description: Pages: 4; Quantity: 1
Physical medium: Original: Document; Archive: Original
Remarks: A letter to Thomas Hancock from Governor Lawrence, requesting him to dispatch transports to pick up Colonel Scott's battalion at Chignecto, Nova Scotia. Dated- at Halifax, 27 April 1756.
Planters named: Further Planters are listed in the document(s).
Planter: Scott, Joseph
Topical subject: Militia--Correspondence
Place name subject: Cumberland--Cumberland
Category subject: Government Documents--Military Records
Record number: 000037528
Time period: 1743/03/21 - 0000/00/00
Source repository: Boston Public Library
Item name: Joseph Scott Bill, Boston 1743
Item ID code: *Ch.M.2 .3 v.3 p.529
Remarks: A bill from Joseph Scott to Thomas Hancock for the storage of foodstuffs in Boston. Dated -21 March 1743.
Planters named: Further Planters are listed in the document(s).
Planter: Scott, Joseph
Place name subject: Massachusetts—Boston
married Mary Edmunds, Dec 27,1738 in Dudley, Mass, born Aug 30,1719 in Lynn, Mass,
(daughter of Joseph Edmunds and Mary Pratt) died ______1798 in Halifax,
NS. Mary: Died Age 79. Mary is the great, great
granddaughter of Dregory Priest who came to
her marriage to Daniel Knowlton, she removed to
was living in
Onslow Deeds 3:111 Joseph Scott late of
Onslow, now of
Joseph Scott of
3:336 Joseph Scott as Attorney. to
Mary Knowelton of
for more on Mary Edmunds Scott Ancestors:
iii Asa Scott, born About 1742 in Sturbridge, Mass, died before 1818 in Halifax, NS ?. Before 1773 he moved to Sackville NS, and by 1798 he was in Birch Cove near Bedford where he kept an Inn 'Scott's Inn'. He finally settled in Halifax where he probably died sometime before 1818.
Remarks: A deed for four acres of dyke land in Horton Township, sold by Asa and Rebekah Scott of Halifax, to Richard Cunningham of Windsor for 10 pounds.
Remarks: Documents related to the repair and construction of roads and bridges in Nova Scotia which involved several Planters.
Include mostly warrants to pay commissioners, also itemized lists of work done and one list of workers with time, wages, etc.
Remarks: Documents related to the repair of roads and bridges in Nova Scotia - mostly in Halifax County.
Remarks: A letter from Asa Scott stating that the road from Birch Cove to the Sackville Bridge was in need of repair and would soon be impassable, and stating that he was willing to repair it for 150 pounds.
vii Mary Scott, baptized Aug,21 1753 in Ware, Mass, died Dec 17, 1844 Three Fathoms Harbour, Halifax County, NS at age 91 Another date of death died Feb 18, 1854 in Halifax, NS??. Mary and John Graham had 10 children between 1774 and 1799 (James, Martha, Rosanna, John , William, David, Joseph, George, Mary, Asa.) There is also other information that Mary may have married Henry Wisdom. Taken from Douglas Grahams web site. http://home.earthlink.net/~douglasjgraham/Scott.htm#MaryScott
“Mary would have been about nine or ten years old when she would presumably have traveled to Onslow in 1763 with her mother, stepfather, and her siblings. There is however no further mention of Mary Scott in (1) or (3). Written records from the Wisdom side of the family (q.v.) recorded that Lucy Scott, daughter of Joseph Scott of the Mayflower lineage, married Henry Wisdom, and not Mary Scott. However, as we now know (1), there was no such Lucy Wisdom but I have found the death notice of Henry Wisdom's wife (4) which reads: "Mrs. Mary Scott Wisdom, having on that day completed her 98th year (funeral from residence of her son, W. H. Wisdom, Halifax. Died 18 February 1854 (Acadian Review)".We can thus with some certainty conclude that this "Mary Scott Wisdom", is the Mary Scott from Ware, MA. It is conceivable that she went by the name Lucy despite her birth name being Mary. We only have Mary's date of baptism (1) which is 21 August 1753 so it is conceivable that her birthday was truly on February 19. However, in 1854, it would have been her 101st birthday and not her 98th! We have at this time no further record mentioning Mary Scott but such could probably be turned up in the archives in Halifax”
He married Jemima Scott, April 08, 1778, (daughter of Samuel Scott and Sarah Chamberlain) baptized June 30, 1749 in Dudley, MA. Jemima: Note; Jemima married her cousin Benjamin Dresser son of John and Sarah Scott Dresser. Jemima and Benjamin had several children.
Remarks: A list of fees charged for the ferry across the Cornwallis River in 1775. From 1 April to 1 December the charge was 6 pence. From 1 December 1 to 1 April the charge was 9 pence.
i Lemuel Scott, born March 13,1762 in Ware, Mass. died 1850 in NS. Married Ruth Godfrey born 1770 died 1851 in NS. They had 12 children born between1788-1814. Abidjah, John, Sarah, William, Mary, Joseph, Caroline, George, Ruth Ann, Lucy and Frances. In 1818 they were permanently granted the lad they settled 1150 acres in Guysborough, Co., NS Abidjah Scott born 1788, died 1823 he married Mary Sloan Grant in 1809, died 1870. They had 9 children born between 1811-1823 William Grant, Martha, Lemuel, John Henry, Charles, Sarah Jane, Ruth Ann, Maria Elizabeth and Mary. William Grant Scott born 1811 died 1901 he married Elizabeth Hart in 1841,born 1812 died 1905. They had 8 children born between 1842-1858 Abidjah, Jeremiah, Jost, Martha Mary, Levi William, Florence Nightingale, Lavina, Jarius Hart and Elizabeth. Jarius Hart Scott born Dec 28, 1856 in NS died 1918 married Henrietta MacLean in 1881, born 1856 and died 1916. They moved to Melrose Mass in 1880 where they lived. They had 4 children Allison May, Norman MacLean, Luncoln Bain, Elizabeth Hart. Norman MacLean Scott was born 1889 in Melrose Mass.died in 1950. Married Mary Amelia Hubbard born 1883 died 1981. They had 4 children Norman McLean JR, Allison, Jerry and Elizabeth. Norman McLean Scott born 1921in Washington DC married Suzanne Wright born 1923 they had 4 children Allison Joan, Sarah Elizabeth, James Hubbard and Mary Susanne some information from Jerrysuzyscott@aol.com whom I corresponded with living in San Francisco 2002.
10. Joseph Scott, (5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born about 1741, died after 1798. Note Joseph Married his cousin Sarah Cutting daughter of David Cutting and Sarah Edmands. Served in the military before coming to NS. In 1760-1797 he lived Onslow-Horton-Onslow-Truro in NS. Holman Book “ Man of prominence in New Settlement”. He removed to Truro before 1797. He was Sheriff of Colchester County 1788, for many years and in1782 was "Deputy Provost Marshall of Halifax County", this being before the establishment of Colchester County. A note from the Miller Book-“ At a meeting held in the Meeting House, April 3rd, 1783, it was agreed that Charles Dickson, Joseph Scott, Ephraim Howard, Samuel Nichols, and Capt. Blackemore be a committee to set a value on the pews in the Meeting House, and that the minister's salary be assessed on the pews according to their value.” He was an Attorney from the mention of land transactions for his mother. No record of death for him or his wife. I am not sure if all the records below pertain to this Joseph Scott. I believe there was another Joseph Scott who lived in Sackville NS during this time period. However these records were taken from Planter Archives Acadia University.
Remarks: An "Indenture Tripartite" made between John Day of first part, George Cotnam, and Henrietta Maria Cotnam of the second part and
Remarks: A commission appointing Charles Morris, John Duport, Joseph Scott, Edmund Crawley and Alexander Grant justices of the Nova Scotia Inferior Court of Common Pleas.
Remarks: A charge of treason brought against six residents of Cobequid for aiding and assisting rebel privateers.
Remarks: Documentation of a Chancery Court case involving Joseph Scott and William Parker, both of Sackville. Includes bill of complaint, petitions and testimony; no decree.
Remarks: Documentation of a Chancery Court case involving John George Pyke and Joseph Scott. Scott claimed land on which Pyke had settled and which he believed he had bought at auction.
Item ID code: RG36 #107 Remarks:Documentation of a Chancery Court case involving Richard Uniacke and Joseph Scott of Sackville. Includes bill of foreclosure, order of sale, decree, court costs and a surveyor's plan of lot.
Remarks: Documentation of a Chancery Court case involving John Day Jr., administrator of the estate of John Day Sr., and Joseph Scott of Sackville.
1:128 Ephraim Scott of Onslow, on the 7 Oct 1773, sold part of the land in Onslow that he held by virtue of an original grant from the Government of Nova Scotia. In 1776, 1779, and 1782, he sold other parcels of land.
2:480 Ephraim Scott of Onslow, on account of "the natural love and affection which he haith and beareth unto his son William Scott", of Onslow, gives him all the he owns in Onslow with the exception of two lots of land which he, the said Ephraim, will choose, 28, Feb 1792. 4:59 Ephraim Scott of Onslow, sells to Hugh Scott of Onslow, Land in Onslow, by Tatamagoushe Road, 8, Sep 1799. Wit: Wm. Scott and Alexander Scott.
7:384 12, July 1814, Alexander Scott quits all right to estate of father, Ephraim Scott, dec'd, and all right of brother, Hugh Scott, to estate of father, Ephraim Scott, dec'd, and all rights that would accrue to them at death of mother Elizabeth Scott, to William Scott.
FTM Vol. 38, #0709 states that Ephraim Scott was the 4th son of Lieutenant Joseph Scott and Mary Edmunds, his wife. This and most of the other Scott information is by Robert A. Logan and found in the "Logan’s of Middle Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia 1789-1919, call number M61 v.545 #3 of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. This reference was written in 1965.
Allen B. Robertson did research for George Surmeier in Halifax and found the birth information for sons Hugh, Ephraim, and Alexander on pages 11, 13, & 53, respectively of: PANS, RG vl, 361 1/2 (Micro reel 15,429): The Book of Records for Deaths, Births, and Marriages for the Town of Onslow...1761: Each were listed as the "son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Scott was born on..."
i Hugh Scott, born March 19,1766 in Onslow, NS. I have no date of death, however we know he must have been alive 1799 when he bought land from father, Possibly died before 1814 when Alexander quits all rights to fathers estate for both himself and Hugh. Alexander must have had power of Attorney for Hugh, or been beneficiary to Hugh's estate. From Holman book Hugh probably died unmarried.
ii Ephraim Scott, born Nov 17,1767 in Onslow, NS, died Aug 12, 1841 in Belchertown, MA. Ephraim Scott was the only grandson of Joseph Scott to return to the US. Sometime before 1789 for that was the year he married. He was a school master (teacher) in Ware Mass. The Scott Genealogy written by Mary Lovering Holman compiled by the author for Harriett Grace Scott. Grace Harriett Scott was a gg granddaughter to our Ephraim. Grace Harriet was born Dec 31, 1868 in Wyoming Mass. Her father was George Washington Scott. Her Grandfather was Ephraim Scott, her great Grandfather was also Ephraim Scott son of our Ephraim.
iv Alexander Scott, born June 16,1781 in Onslow. Living in 1814. Died unknown possibly in NB. He married Elizabeth Unknown. They had three children William James Scott born 1808 in NB Canada. Charlotte Scott was born 1808? in Maine US and Murray Scott born 1813 in NB, Canada. Information on Alexander’s family taken from web site of Roy Davis further descendents of Alexander traced there. http://www.geocities.com/heartland/plains/5085/descendants_of_alexander_scott.htm
William Scott, (11.Ephriam5, 5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Sep 22, 1769, died in Musquodoboit, NS. Settled in Musquodoboit South about 1814-1815. William and Ester had 11 children. William was a resident of Brookfield between 1800-1810 therefore it is believed Ruth and Abbie were born in Brookfield. Have been unable to locate William and Esther Scott’s Graves.
7: 384 Alexander Scott quits to William Scott , all right to the estate of father Ephraim Scott died possessed and all right of brother Hugh Scott to the estate of father Ephraim Scott, and also all right that would accure to them at the death of mother Elizabeth Scott, reference being made to an agreement dated Feb 28, 1792, in which William Scott agrees to pay Alexander Scott 20 pounds for four years after the death of Ephraim and Elizabeth Scott ; 12 July 1814. Wit: John Scott
He married Esther Whippey(or Whippie), May 23,1793 in Onslow, NS, born Nov 19,1774 in Onslow, NS.(daughter of William Pitt Whippie and Ruth Hoar). Unfortunately no further Whippie Information. Note- marriage confirmed on genejane site from Vital records; Onslow Transcript, Onslow Township Record Books, (Colchester Historical Museum Archives)
She married George Bruce, born 1801 in Scotland, died in Rawdon, NS. Living on 1881 census North, Rawdon, Hants, Nova Scotia. Listed as widow age 80. Household #14 living with Esther(daughter) and James Wallace.
x Mary Ann Scott, born June 24, 1814 in Onslow, NS, died in Elderbank, NS. Mary Ann died a few years after she married John Bruce they had no children. The widowed John Bruce would later marry her sister Bathsheba and have 2 children.
William Tackles Scott, (12.William6, 11.Ephriam5, 5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Dec 04, 1795 in Onslow, NS, died May 04, 1871 in Murchyville, NS, buried in Elderbank, NS. Died Age 76. According to his death record he was born Brookfield not Onslow.
I viewed Nova Scotia death records www.novascotiagenealogy.com Year 1871-Book 1808-Page 318-number 468- William Scott widower age 75- born Brookfield NS. Died May 04, 1871 (no parents listed) cause of death General Debility, person making return Joseph McMullin, Registrar Robert A. Kaulback
1871 CENSUS-William age 77 listed as widowed, living with him are Alexander McMullin age 62 and Sarah (Scott) McMullin age 49-William’s daughter. Ann would have passed away shortly before census taken in 1871.
Michael O’Brien died ab 1815-Notes from Genejane’s website “Michael divided his estate 3 ways; 1 third each to his wife, step-son and daughter. His Will was witnessed by James McCurdy, William McLean and Alexander McCurdy. Colchester County Probate, Truro, NS, Canada; Book A, page 245”
When Michael O’Brien married Sarah unknown after 1795 she had been previously married to a Mr. Fields and had a son which would make him ½ brother to Ann-(John Fields b. About 1795, d. Jan 15 1842, New Annan, Colchester, NS, Can. John Fields married Feb 1, 1815 to Rachel Morrison b. May 1 1794, Onslow Township, Colchester, NS, Can , d. Dec 11, 1858 they had children- Rebecca Dickson Fields b. Jan 28 1816,-d. before Jan 1842 Abigail Morrison Fields b. Mar 11, 1817-d. Jun 1 1818, Daniel Morrison Fields b. May 29 1819-, Simeon Fields b. Apr 20 1822-and Rachel Fields). Sarah died Feb 20 1849 is buried at Burial Ground, East New Annan, Colchester, NS, Can
I viewed Nova Scotia death records www.novascotiagenealogy.com Year 1871-Book 1808-Page 318-number 464 Mrs. Ann Scott Age 71 died March 31, 1871 Middle Musquodoboit cause of death General Debility, unfortunately only listed- father as O’Brien farmer she was born Onslow no mother listed person making return was Dr. C.H.Morris and registrar was Robert. A. Kaulback.
i Sarah Scott, born 1823 in Murchyville, NS, died July 27, 1880 in Middle Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Elderbank, NS. Conflicting info on date of birth however 1823 seems to make the most sense at this time. Notes From Goff report Recorded in the Presbyterian Witness, Aug 07, 1880 is the death of a Mrs. Alexander McMullen at Middle Musquodoboit on July 27, 1880 aged 58 years, of consumption. I am using this information for Sarah’s birth and death at this time. Visited her Grave Apr 2002, She is buried between James and Rachel Scott (her brother) and William and Ann Scott (her parents). Her grave reads Mrs. Alexander McMullen died July 27, 1880 age 57. If she was 57 when she died she would have been born in 1823. Which is highly possible. Her husband lived 3 more years and I assume he is buried with his first wife. Another interesting note is that Alexander McMullen was Rachel McMullen's (James Scott’s wife) Uncle. I viewed their marriage record Sarah was listed as 49 single parents William and Annie. Married Little River Church of Scotland. Alexander was listed as 57 widow parents Archibald and Rachel McMullin. Rev John McMullin. Witness-? Cruckshank and ? If she was 49 at wedding would make her born 1820.
She married Alexander McMullen, Nov 17, 1869 in Halifax Co, NS, born 1808 in Antrim, Ireland, (son of Archibald McMullen and Rachel Unknown) died June 26, 1893 in Guysborough Rd, NS. Alexander: Died age 85. Children of Alexander and Martha (1. Mary (1828-1896) 2. Rachel (1834-1915) Douglas Goff's gg grandmother 3.Jane (1834-1990) 4.Ann (1837-1900) 5. Hugh (1838 -1862) 6. Martha (1840 -1916) 7.John (1843-) 8. Catherine (1846-) 9.Margaret (1847-1919).
viii Samuel Scott, born About 1840 in
Musquodoboit, NS. Previous information
said moved to Boston. However I found a marriage record for him in Cumberland
County records Samuel Scott age 34 single of Sackville born Musquodoboit
parents William and Ann married
Aug 10, 1874 Oct 08, 1874 to Lucinda
Bulmer age 33 single of Sackville NB parents Dixon and Jane. From this
information I concluded he was born in 1840. Witness-W.G. Smith -Samuel and Lucinda had one child Albert Scott born about 1876. (From the History of CHARLES DIXON,ONE OF THE EARLY
ENGLISH SETTLERS- OF -SACKVILLE, N. B.--COMPILED
BY-JAMES D. DIXON,A
GRANDSON-SACKVILLE, N. B.,
1891). “(5) Lucinda, second daughter of Charles D. and Jane
Carter Bulmer, married a Mr. Scott, of Nova Scotia. They had one child named Albert. Mrs. Scott subsequently became deranged and
is now an inmate of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, and her child found a home
with Mrs. Ammi Anderson.’” Mrs Ammi Anderson was Elizabeth Bulmer- Lucinda’s
older sister. If Albert was with his Aunt Elizabeth Anderson in about 1891
where was, Samuel- possibly Boston as previously mentioned? Note of interest-Samuels brother- James Scott
and Rachel McMullin Scott had a son born about 1868 as I found his death record
which says on Albert Scott Oct 17, 1873 child age 5 born Waverly died Middle
Musquodoboit Father James Scott mother Rachel Scott cause-Run over by a loaded
team. Informant- Sam’l Scott Registrar-R.A. Kaulback. If this was Samuel
he must have been around home (Musquodoboit) in 1873, possibly thought fondly
of his nephew as he later named his own son after him. I believe Albert W.
Scott was in El Paso, Colorado 1890 US Census born Sep 1875 in Canada, Age 24
Father born Nova Scotia, Mother born New Brunswick. He is listed as Single head
of household in a Rented House. Others in household include Celora L. Tenny a
cousin (female) b. May 1872, age 28 married for 10 years 2 children born Rhode
Island. A border Harry Hutchinson age 50 born 1850 in Rhode Island. Another
border Idris Davis (female) age 24 also Sep 1875 in Missouri.
He married Lucinda Bulmer, Oct 8, 1874 in Cumberland Co, NS, born about 1841, (daughter of Charles Dixon (Diain) Bulmer and Jane Carter). Lucinda: Found Lucinda On a couple of sites Fathers full name Charles Dixon Bulmer and Mother Full name Jane Carter. Marriage record showed Dixon and Jane Bulmer. Lucinda died St. John NB at Provincial Lunatic Asylum age 55 Oct 31, 1896. Reported Dr. G.A. Hetherington
iii George Scott, born Nov 01, 1838 in Murchyville, NS, died Oct 13, 1894 in Musquodoboit, NS. Listed in 1901 census as Dwelling # 18. His wife is not listed however 6 children are. Henritta July 23, 1878, Alexander Dec20, 1880, Walter Feb 10, 1883, Maud May 20, 1885, Nellie June 24, 1887, Lawrence Aug 17, 1891. Notes-from a The Scott family of Musquodoboit sketch written by D.Reid as told by Margaret E.(Morris) Scott. “They resided in Upper Meaghers Grant for several years. They then moved to his father’s home in Musquodoboit south where they spent the remainder of their lives. They had 9 children. Della Mrs. L. Ballister, of West Concord Mass, Bessie Mrs. Stuart Higgins of Brookvale, NS; Etta of Elderbank;Alex of Elderbank;Walter of Vancouver Island,BC; Ella Mrs. Wm Mumford, of Boston Mass; Maud Mrs. Norman Davis of Elderbank; Launie of New Jersey USA Dora dead when quite young. Ephrairm married Elizabeth Cole of Elderbank, they lived on the farm near his fathers. They had one daughter Mary.”
Peter was a widow living with William John Scott and family in 1901 census. Notes- from a The Scott family of Musquodoboit sketch written by D.Reid as told by Margaret E. (Morris) Scott. ‘They had seven children Joseph, Sutcliffe, William and Alex all in the United States. John and Jane deceased, Janet Mrs. John Reid of Elderbank; Annie Mrs. Wm Wyse of Debert, NS.
xi Alfred Scott, born Nov 26, 1855 in Murchyville, NS. Died 1934 Musquodoboit. Both Alfred and Margaret buried Hillside Cemetery in Musquodoboit NS.
He married Margaret Elizabeth Morris, May 01, 1883 in Musquodoboit NS, born Mar 26, 1858 in Middle Musquodoboit, NS, (daughter of Henry Gloud Morris and Mary Hollingsworth) Died April 11, 1946. Death record age 88y 18d parent’s listed Informant- Ross Scott son Registrar- Villa Milne. She also must have had an interest in the family history as I have a paper hand written by D. Reid information by Margaret E. Scott in my possession. Notes- from a The Scott family of Musquodoboit sketch written by D.Reid as told by Margaret E. (Morris) Scott. They had 8 children Janet Myrtle deceased aged two years. Henry Morris “Harry” Scott –(born Dec 14, 1885 date from nsgenealogy)-WWI returned to Musquodoboit and in May 1921 went to BC, Murray Scott -Higginsville, William Stanley married Mildred Higgins and had 3 children( Myrtle, Edna Lorne, and S. Alice), Ross L-residing on grandfather Morris farm ; Noble W.-WW1 remained in England until March 1919,returned home until Aug 1921 then went to Manitoba and later BC married Edvie P. Martin of Salmon Arm BC. resided Vancouver BC . Elsie M.-married Douglas Ramsey of Stewiacke they had 6 children (Grace, Shirley being 2) There is a bit more information in this sketch.
He married Sarah Dunbrack, 1840 in Nova Scotia, born ab.1813, died in Snohomish, Washington. Sarah: Moved to Toronto 1848. They cleared three farms in Ontario before Wisonsin in 1888. In 1890 they went on an immigrant train to Washington State. Where they passed on.
I am going to include excerpts of a very well researched and written/compiled history document written by David Scott a great grandson of David Scott 1812 descended (9Gerald,8Wellington,7David, 6David,5William,4Ephriam 3Joseph 2John 1Benjamin)-sent to me via email in 2008. Thank you so much David for allowing me to share with our families.
According to the family legend of the Ontario, Canada branch of the family, the family ancestor was a soldier who fought with the Irish Fusiliers in General Wolfe's army at Quebec in 1759 . For his services the British Government gave him a grant of land at Musquodoboit, County of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Some, but not all, of this legend has been confirmed .
Our Great-Grandfather, David Scott, emigrated from Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Ontario, Canada in 1848 . In 1935, his son David Scott Jr., told a granddaughter that his father had had two brothers, Ephriam and William, and at least two tall sisters. In 1979 Mr. Walter Ramsey of Middle Musquodoboit wrote to say that our great-grandfather, David Scott, might have been a brother of his greatgrandfather,Alexander Scott . Alexander Scott had three brothers, William, Ephriam and David, also seven sisters. Their father's great-grandfather, Joseph Scott, had come to Onslow, Colchester County, Nova Scotia,Canada, from the State of Massachusetts, U.S.A. as a united Empire Loyalist . Joseph Scott had a son Ephriam Scott, and it was Ephriam Scott's son who moved to Musquodoboit .Mr. John McLeod, research assistant in the Nova Scotia, Canada archives, searched the land grant records in June, 1979, and found no reference to a Scott who served in Quebec and was subsequently granted land in the Valley. However he found that a William Scott had been granted land in this area in 1769, but the land returned to the crown in 1785 in preparation for it being re-granted to Loyalists.
In Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton's book, " The Settlement of Colchester County ", Mr. McLeod read that many of the grantees in Onslow Township had served in the final reduction of Quebec . Among the grantees were Joseph and Ephriam Scott .Furthermore, Mr. McLeod read in R.A. Logan's manuscript, " notes on Musquodoboit Valley Family Names ",that some of the Scott’s in the Musquodoboit Valley are descended from the previously mentioned Joseph and his son Ephriam .
(Ephraim, William), military service at Quebec and Land grants .We do not know whether Great-grandfather was Irish. In the Ontario, Canada census of 1871 he is registered as" Scotch”. But as one cousin said, “the Scott’s acted as if they were Irish, they had so much fun in them.”Both David Scott and his wife were born at Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada. In his youth David served on an American Man-O-War for seven years. When he was twenty-eight years of age he married Sarah Dunbrack. David's small mother came to the wedding on horseback. Sarah Dunbrack was of Scottish descent. Her father was a lowland Scot, born in Edinburgh, her mother was a highland Scot. Sarah herself spoke the Gaelic. Two of her sisters went to Minnesota to live. David and Sarah lived in Musquodoboit until after the birth of their two oldest children, Rebecca and Ephriam. They decided to emigrate to Ontario, Canada and travelling by covered wagon they arrived in Toronto in 1848.
200 acres of land. The 1851 census reported that he was living in a log shanty in Artemesia, Grey County and was farming. The family returned to the Young Street area. The third son, David, said there were still stumps on Young Street when he was born there. In 1859 David Scott, his wife Sarah Dunbrack and their family of six children moved to Harriston in Wellington County. They arrived there by wagon over the Elora road from Guelph on the 24th of May. Their first shelter was a little log house. Shortly afterwards they moved on to a farm a mile out of Harriston where they lived in a frame house and cleared 16 acres out of bush for 4 years rent. Later the family moved onto their homestead on the 12th Concession of Minto Township. Here they cleared 80 acres. The children walked through the bush to the Harriston school and its strict teacher, John Brown. Sometimes the brothers Jim and David Jr. played "hookey" from school and spent the day fishing on the Maitland River. In 1873 David Scott Sr. and his son, Jim went north to the Bruce Peninsula to look at land. On their retureir suppers. When they reached Hanove everyone had gone to bed so they rode on until they came to a river with no bridge. Returning to Hanover they rode north and then west. Daylight came and they plodded on to Tara. After dinner they went on to Wiarton where they spent the night. The next day they reached Spry on the Bruce Peninsula and met "Auld Hagann they sent sons Ephraim and David Jr. to see the land. The boys left home on horseback about 4 o'clock one July afternoon, stopping in Newstadt to feed their horses and have th "(Francis Hagan) who was mowing the grass on the road with a scythe. He gave them scones for supper and a night's lodging. Before they returned to Harriston they purchased 400 acres of land from the Government in Toronto and arranged for someone to build a shanty. David Jr. later said he was crazy to do this for he could have had good land in Harriston. In the fall the family moved north with the exception of Rebbecca, who was married. The parents and some of The family went to Owen Sound, crossed on the boat the "O'Connor" to Wiarton and hired a team to take them to Spry. On the way they stopped at reverend Edward Green's home at Pike Bay. Two of the boys had previously taken a load of goods by team and had the home ready when the rest of the family arrived. They built an addition to the shanty, roofing it with "scoops" which were made out of hollowed out Basswood logs. One row of half logs placed with the hollow side up and the next layer of half logs was turned with the hollow side down to coverthe cracks. This first home was on Lot 17, Concession 1, and W.B.R. (West of the Bury Road). Sarah Dunbrack, the mother of the family was a genuine pioneer. She would shear a sheep, wash and card the wool, spin and weave and make clothes for the family. She was an excellent cook, one of her specialties being potato cakes. Both parents were fond of home and their pipe of "baccy" and were honest and hardworking. Their son David Jr., said that his father worked in York for 12 dollars a month and his mother cooked meals for mill-men taking their dinners to them several miles away on a little cart. When the parents went into the bush of the Bruce Peninsula they were about sixty years of age. Undaunted they and their family cleared several farms. After several years the father and mother, and sons James and John and their wives and families, decided to move again. In 1888 they arrived in the state of Wisconsin. Two years later they all travelled together in an immigrant train to Washington State. In the 1890's David Scott and his wife, Sarah Dunbrack, died and were buried in in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Snohomish, Washington.
iii Eliza Jane Scott. Born May 22, 1849 Ontario, married (1)Alexander Gordon Feb 02, 1878 Harrison, Wellington County, Ontario. Married (2) Archie Gourlay Dec 15,1909 Mount Forest, Wellington Co. Ontario. She died Nov 01, 1931 Harrison,ON.
iv James Clifford Scott. Born May 22, 1854 in ON he married Amelia Jane Driffel April 03, 1878 in ON he died Nov 19, 1941 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He and Amelia had seven children( Agnes Lucinda Scott, Charles Walter Scott, David William Scott, Harry Sherry Scott, Ephriam James Scott, John Herbert Scott, Elizabeth Scott)
Their son Dave, added a room to his home for the use of his parents. A few years after his wife's death, James Scott passed away in a Masonic Home. He and his wife are buried in Washell Cemetery in Seattle
v David Scott born Sep 26, 1856, Toronto Canada, married Jemima Green Feb 14, 1878 ON, died Feb 16, 1942 Lions Head, Bruce County On. David and Jemima had 6 children ( Ephriam Clifford Scott, Susanna Scott, Wellington Scott, Enoch Edward Scott, Dr. David Emerson Scott and Gordon Cleive Scott)
ii Charles Bruce. Went to Boston no further record.
17. James Scott, (13.William7, 12.William6, 11.Ephriam5, 5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Feb 14,1837 in Murchyville, NS, died January 07,1916 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Elderbank, NS. Died Age 78. Holman Book married in Dartmouth NS.
Visited his grave and dates on stone are 1837-1916. There for I will change his birth date to read Feb 14, 1837 instead of previous information that was Feb 14, 1838. According to 1901 census James’s birth date was Jan17, 1838 age 62. He was Methodist religion. English Origin. James is listed under Middle Musquodoboit with Rachel in dwelling #27. I have found English and Scottish listed as origin amongst the different members of this Scott family. I guess from this that even a few generations ago they weren’t sure which country our ancestors came from.
I viewed Nova Scotia BDM records www.novascotiagenealogy.com , James and Rachel married June 16, 1865 in Dartmouth by Reverand A. Mc Kinght James was single age 25 parents William(farmer) and Anna Scott born and resided in Musquodoboit. Rachel was born in Gays River and resided in Gays River parents William and Catherine McMullin - Book 1815 Year 1868 page 28 #321 and book # 1815 yeqr 1866 page 39 #221.
James death record year 1916 book 34 page 181 # 589- James died Jan 07, 1916 age 78y 11m. Born Murchyville died of old age (congestion of lungs one week) buried Elderbank Dr. J.B.REID person making return son William J. Scott.
married Rachel McMullen, J
une 21, 1865
June 06, 1865 in Dartmouth, NS; born Feb 16, 1839 in Antrim, NS (daughter of William McMullen and Catherine (Kate) MacPhee) died March 31, 1918
in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Elderbank, NS.
Rachel: Died Age 79. According to 1901 census, Rachel's birth
date was Feb 10, 1839, she was age 61. Rachel’s death record-died March 31,
1918 age 79y 1m. Widow born Antrim doctor C.H.Morris buried St. Andrews
Elderbank reported William J.Scott son.
Ephraim Scott, (14.Alexander7, 12.William6, 11.Ephriam5, 5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born Apr 07, 1835, died 1925, buried in Hillside, Middle Musquodoboit. Notes from dates Ephraim and Elizabeth were older when they married he would have been 63 and she would have been she would have been 51. Mary would have been 8 years old when they got married. Elizabeth would have been 43 when she had Mary. Ephraim, Elizabeth and Mary were listed on 1901 census Musquodoboit Dwelling #17. Ephraim, Elizabeth and Mary were listed on 1901 census Musquodoboit Dwelling #17. Death reported by Alexander (Alex) Scott nephew. Registrar- William John Scott.
He married Elizabeth Cole, Nov 14, 1898 in Musquodoboit, NS, born Dec 07, 1847 in Elderbank, died April 5, 1931, buried in Hillside Cemetery, Musquodoboit, NS (daughter of John Cole and Mary Butler) Death Age 84- reported by Miss Mary Scott-daughter. Cause - Heart Failure.
i Mary Elizabeth Scott (Old Mary), born Jun 14, 1890 in Murchyville, NS, died 1984 in Musquodoboit, NS, buried in Hillside, Musquodoboit, NS. Mary Elizabeth never married. She lived all her life in Murchyville and all alone after the death of her parents. She is buried Hillside Cemetery Middle Musquodoboit, NS next to her parents. I remember “Old Mary” as we all called her. She lived an old tiny home which belonged to her parents and several after her mom’s death it was moved from the woods on top of the hill down near the road and river. I guess she really wasn’t happy about this but she lived alone, and being in the woods it was hard for family to keep an eye on her. Grammy (Sarah Bell Scott) looked after her as she got older. (I really need to find a couple of photos of her) I can remember being small and walking from the farm down to Old Mary’s. She was really short in stature under 5’. Tiny women, her hair was white and shoulder length very thick and grey. She spoke in a grumbly/mumbly voice as she had no teeth; it was hard to understand her. She dressed in layers and layers. Wore skirts on top of skirts, and tops on top of tops. (Even on summer days when the heat was 90.)(Always had the wood stove burning even in summer) The walls of her home were covered with newspapers, calendars, etc. Most people (kids) cousins from Ontario were afraid of her as she looked like a witch even to me especially when I was small. She had a little garden. I can remember she had strawberries. As we got older 12 or so we would go see her and I would knock at her door and when she came I would say “remember me I am Sandra John and Sarah’s granddaughter Vernon’s daughter.” She would say in her toothless deep voice “Yes”. I would ask if I could come in and visit. I would sometimes offer to help her like sweep the floor. As she got older maybe in mid 1970’s my Uncles (Clarence, Dougie,) tore down her old home and built her a small new one bedroom home. This one had a bathroom (inside), electric heat. They even got her a television, which she had never seen one before, these changes all took some getting used to. Imagine being 90 and so many new things. Extreme makeover. She lived to be 94.
19. William John Scott, (17.James8, 13.William7, 12.William6, 11.Ephriam5, 5.Joseph4, 3.Joseph3, 2.John2, 1.Benjamin1) born June 20,1866 in Murchyville, NS, died Sep 28, 1938 in buried Oct 01, 1938 at Hillside Cemetery, Musquodoboit, NS. He died at age 72y 3m. Note: passed away on his son (Grampy) John P. Scott’s 39th birthday. Cause of death- Heart failure. Holman book- William J. was present registrar of Musquodoboit 1917. According to 1901 census William John's birth date was June 20, 1866. (I believe that was a date Gram had also). I confirmed birthdates from viewing birth registration. (Stated- June 20,1866, registered Oct 12, 1866 by James Scott(father),Rachel McMullin (mother) their marriage date June 06, 1865- registered by R.A.Kaulback). In 1901 William John had two other's living with him besides his immediate family. One is Peter Brown widow of Agnes Scott daughter of Alexander Scott, William John's Great Uncle. Peter Brown b July 05, 1833 was listed as a Laborer age 67 born in Scotland. William John and Ida also had her sister Lavilla Hilchey William and family were listed as living in Dwelling #16. b Aug 15 1882 living with them as a border, single age 19. Aunt Ida Scott Larson supplied some personal information on William John. She stayed with him for 2 1/2 yrs from the time she was 15-18. He lived at the intersection across from John Grant Home on the Hill. William was getting older and had a bad heart. He was Liberal, he attended church, and he was not pleased that Grampy was having so many children. He would say “I only had 5 and one was out of diapers before the next would come along.” From what Ida could remember he had a government job possibly lands and Forest. He used to have a car and go around checking for illegal fishermen, fishermen fishing at night with a light. She said she went with him a few times. He died at home Ida was staying there. She said he suffered about 3 hours. William and Margaret had the bedroom above the kitchen; Ida was sleeping in another part of the house. Every time Margaret his second wife tried to leave William to get Ida, William would call Margaret back. He died of a Heart Attack. We also know he was the registrar of BDM for the Musquodoboit Area for a time early 1900’s. He also must have felt education was important at least for his girls as both Ella (teacher) and Lavilla (Nurse) must have been educated.