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A Scott Family of Orange & Patrick Cos., VA; Wayne Co., KY; Bedford Co., TN; & Yell Co., AR

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

1.Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

2.James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

3.Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

4.Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

5.William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

6.Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

7.Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

8.John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

9.Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Brunswick Co., VA by 1739 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son of John, William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.








A SCOTT FAMILY of ORANGE and PATRICK COS., VA; WAYNE CO, KY; BEDFORD CO, TN; and YELL CO., AR       

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

10.       Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

11.       James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

12.       Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

13.       Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

14.       William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

15.       Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

16.       Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

17.       John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

18.       Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there.. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Lunenburg Co., VA by 1736 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.










A Scott Family of Orange & Patrick Cos., VA; Wayne Co., KY;
Bedford Co., TN; & Yell Co., AR

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

1.       Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

2.       James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

3.       Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

4.       Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

5.       William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

6.       Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

7.       Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

8.       John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

9.       Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Brunswick Co., VA by 1739 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son of John, William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.








A SCOTT FAMILY of ORANGE and PATRICK COS., VA; WAYNE CO, KY; BEDFORD CO, TN; and YELL CO., AR       

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

10.       Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

11.       James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

12.       Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

13.       Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

14.       William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

15.       Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

16.       Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

17.       John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

18.       Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there.. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Lunenburg Co., VA by 1736 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.










A Scott Family of Orange & Patrick Cos., VA; Wayne Co., KY;
Bedford Co., TN; & Yell Co., AR

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

1.       Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

2.       James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

3.       Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

4.       Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

5.       William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

6.       Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

7.       Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

8.       John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

9.       Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Brunswick Co., VA by 1739 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son of John, William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.








A SCOTT FAMILY of ORANGE and PATRICK COS., VA; WAYNE CO, KY; BEDFORD CO, TN; and YELL CO., AR       

I have been working on my Scott line for about 25 years; most of that time I have felt that my Scotts descended from a large Scott clan that straddled the Virginia-North Carolina border. Only recently did I finally compile enough data to cause me to think that all of the Scotts in that area descend from some Scott brothers who are mentioned in the 1786/89 will of a William Scott of Orange Co., VA. Keep in mind that Iím not saying that these brothers all lived in Orange Co., VA; to my knowledge only Wm. Scott who d. 1789 actually lived there, but the others could have been there for a brief period of time before moving farther south, spreading out to different areas. I do know that the same names show up in the right time frame in the same general area, those counties that were formed from Lunenburg: Pittsylvania, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, etc. Estimating backwards, I feel that these brothers were all born in the early years (1700-1725) of the 18th century. Only after I started studying the Lunenburg area, did I realize the number of people from that vicinity who ended up in Yell Co., AR, e.g., Hardaways, Hatchetts, Browns, Martins, Sheltons, Hecks/Hicks, etc., some of whom are connected to my Scotts of Yell Co. If you can add to or correct any of the following material, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I descend from a William Scott, b. 1782 NC, as per the 1850 census of Yell Co., AR. As far as I know, there are only four dates that can really pinpoint this man in his life time: the above census date; the date of his marriage in 1809 Wayne Co., KY to Celia Conn, dau. of James Madison Conn and his first wife; the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN; and the 1840 census of Scott Co., AR. I suspect that Wm. and Celia Scott died sometime in the 1850ís probably in Yell Co., as there is no evidence of them on the 1860 census, nor records in Yell Co. attesting to their presence there.

William and Celia Conn Scott had the following known children; there are probably others whom we have not as yet identified:

10.       Samuel Scott, b. 1811 KY; d. 1877-1800 Yell Co., AR; m. Margaret A. Bell ca. 1835 probably in Tennessee, as their first child, James, was born there ca. 1835, d. ca. 1847. Samuelís second wife was Margaret Glover whom he married in 1874. This data from Wanda Hughes whom I have lost track of.

11.       James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY; m. Lucinda Criner in Madison Co., AL. She was b. 1816 AL, dau. of Isaac Criner and Nancy McCain. The Scott family lived in Jackson and Marshall Cos., AL, Marshall being formed from Jackson in 1836. James Conn Scott owned land, a store, and ran a ferry across the Tennessee River until his death in 1885; Lucinda Criner Scott d. 1899. La Nita Wacker, another Scott researcher, descends from a dau. of this couple, Almira Louise Scott. The interesting thing about James Conn Scott is that he went to Alabama with a group of people from Wayne Co., KY, the Blanchetts, Haynes/Haines, and possibly some Scotts, as there are two Scott men on the 1830 Madison and Jackson Cos. census who have males the right age to be James Conn Scott. However, James Conn Scott could have been living with the Blanchetts or Haynes whom I believe were his relatives, and who being considerably older, would probably have been happy to have a strapping 18 year old boy to help with getting settled in Alabama. Joshua Haynes did not remain in Alabama very long; he returned to Patrick Co., VA where he died ca. 1838. More on the Haynes and Blanchetts later.

12.       Nathaniel Scott, b. 20 Oct. 1817 KY; d. 1 Jan. 1864 Yell Co., AR; m. 1842 Yell Co., Louisa McBride, b. 1822/23 AL, dau. of Hugh and Susannah Patterson McBride. Nathaniel and Louisa raised ten children, all in Yell Co. The Martin name figures prominently in this family; two daughters m. Martin men, a son was named Samuel Martin Scott, etc. There are many Martins in Wayne Co., KY, too many for there not to have been a Scott-Martin marriage somewhere along the way. It may have been the marriage of a James Scott and Lidia Martin in 1759 Rowan Co., NC, or the association may have occurred in Wayne Co., KY. Note the five years between the births of James Conn Scott in 1812 and Nathaniel Scott in 1817; later on there are significant skips of time between births.

13.       Sarah Scott, b. ca. 1820 KY, m. 1. Joseph Brown ca. 1837 possibly Missouri, as their son, James Nathaniel Brown, was born 28 April 1838 MO; his brother, Joseph Morton Brown, was born 4 Aug. 1841 AR. These two Brown boys are living in the home of their maternal grandparents, Wm. and Celia Scott, at the time of the 1850 Yell Co. census. Sarahís husband, Joseph Brown, d. 1841/42; Sarah then married Abraham Shelton Heck/Hick on 24 Nov. 1842 in Yell Co. They had a son, Wm. Lewis Heck, b. Aug. 1843; then Sarah died 1 Oct. 1845 after giving birth to a daughter, Malene E. Heck who lived for about two months. Abraham Shelton Heck married as his third wife Isabella Balch; Malene Saddler was his first wife; she d. ca. 1836. Thinking that since Sarah and Josephís first child was born in Missouri, I checked the 1840 census for them, but didnít find them. However, I did find them on the 1840 Crawford Co., AR census; the ages are right on with one son. There is no doubt that this is Sarah and Joseph Brown. More on the Brown name later.

14.       William H. Scott, b. 1821 KY, d. bef. 1861; m. Elimra E. Connelly in 1846 Yell Co., AR. Two sons listed on the 1850 census. I think his middle initial stood for Henry, as there was a Henry Scott in Wayne Co., KY in the right time frame who may have been named for Henry Blanchett, husband of Nancy Scott.

15.       Rebecca Scott, b. 1828/29 TN. Rebecca may be the wife of C.T. Mosse who is listed on the 1860 census of Yell co., Dutch Creek Twp. There are no children, as they have been married within the year. Only two doors away is Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811 with his family. The only reference that connects her to Wm. and Celia is the 1850 census. Her place of birth is interesting to note though because it tells us that Wm. and Celia Scott moved to Tennessee after they lost their land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828.

16.       Talitha Scott, b. 1832 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known about her. I checked census records extensively for her, but didnít find a Talitha with whom I was confortable placing in this family. She may have died between 1850 and 1860.

17.       John Scott, b. 1835 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Not finding John on the 1860 census of Yell and neighboring counties, I started looking in other states. I believe I may have found him on the 1860 census of Los Angeles Co., CA in the household of W.C. Marten, age 36, born Texas, a farmer, and his wife Caroline, age 35, born AL; possibly one son, Wm. J. Marten, age 15, b. TX, is listed as a day laborer. Also listed as day laborers are John Haynes, age 37, b. KY, and John Scott, age 25, born TN. Knowing of the association of the Scotts with the Haynes and Marten/Martin families makes me think this is Wm. and Celiaís son, John. I could not find him after that date. Nothing more known about him.

18.       Jane Scott, b. 1840 TN. On the 1850 Yell census with Wm. and Celia. Nothing more known of her. The name Jane is interesting because it may connect to Jane Ayers, a dau. of Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA, who possibly married Wm. Scott, Sr, the father of Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC. Jane being such a common name, it is difficult to place her after the 1850 census.

This completes the family as we know it. However, I would like to propose the possibility of 2 more daughters; Elizabeth Scott who m. Dial Peevy of MO on 25 Jan 1845 Yell Co. Nothing more known about this couple. By some fluke a Mary Jane Hays appears in both of the households of Wm. H. Scott and his brother Nathaniel Scott on the 1860 census of Yell Co; in one household her age is given as 17 and in the other 20. I have found her on the 1850 Yell census in the household of Gabriel Hays, age 39, b. TN with his wife M.J. Hays, whom I suspect is also called Mary Jane, age 27, b. TN. Their daughter, Mary Jane, age 10 is the oldest child, so Iím thinking that Gabriel and Mary Jane were probably married about 1840. The 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN has three Hays families with sons of marriageable age. No mention of a Gabriel Hays on the 1840 AR, MO, TN, or AL census. I think that Gabrielís wife, Mary Jane, was a daughter of Wm. and Celia Scott; this would account for the younger Mary Janeís presence in the households of Wm. H. and Nathaniel Scott. By the way, Wm. Scott, Sr. had a neighbor John Hays on the 1810 Wayne Co., KY census, as well as a Samuel Ayers who lived two doors away. Elizabeth Scott and Mary Jane (Scott?) Hays could certainly fit into some of those ďbarrenĒ years. Interesting to note also that Samuel L. Scott, b. 1811, named his last child Samuel Hayes Scott, b. 1877 AR.

This pretty covers what we know about the Scotts after their arrival in Yell Co., AR ca. 1840. Letís go now to Orange Co., VA 1789 where a Wm. Scott has just died, leaving a will dated 1786, proved 1789 mentioning the following people: his wife, Mary, who is still alive; his nephew, Wm. Scott, son of the decedentís deceased brother, George Scott; brother Thomas Scott; brother John Scott; sister Patience Morton, wife of Richard Morton; Wm. Griffin, Jr., son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin; and nieces and nephews, but not named. The wife, Mary Scott, and a Robert Miller were to be the executors, though May Burton ended up being the executor. I believe it is this William Scottís nephew, Wm., b. ca. 1755 (son of the deceased George Scott) who gives a power of attorney in 1794 from Patrick Co., VA along with Sarah Scott; Henry Blanchett and wife Nancy formerly Nancy Scott, and Joshua Haynes/Haines and Elizabeth his wife formerly Elizabeth Scott, all also of the county of Patrick to collect from the estate of Wm. Scott who d. 1789 in Orange Co., VA. It is not clear from the POA how Wm. Scott, the younger, is related to the Scott girls mentioned in the POA. The above mentioned will of Wm. Scott can be found in Orange Co., VA Will Book 3:192, and the POA can be found in Patrick Co., VA Deed Book 1:216.

In 1787 a William Scott paid the tithe for a Wm. Griffin in Henry Co., VA (Patrick Co. was formed from Henry in 1790).

Next we find this Wm. Scott of Patrick Co., VA in Wayne Co., KY in 1816 giving another POA to collect what is due him from the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Ayers of Patrick Co., VA. This Thomas Ayers has known daughters named Elizabeth, b. 1763; Jane, b. 1765; and Phoebe, b. 1768, so one of them must have been the wife of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755. The name Nathaniel is prominent in the Ayers family, as it starts to be about this time in the Scott family. So all of those Nathaniel Scotts may get their name from the father of Thomas Ayers who was a Nathaniel Ayers who d. 1777 Pittsylvania Co., VA. This POA of Wm. Scott, Sr. can be found in Wayne Co., KY Deed Book B:280.

I have tried unsuccessfully to separate and group all of those Scotts in Wayne Co., KY, but it is evident that Wm. Scott who m. the Ayers girl and his son Wm. Scott, Jr. who m. Celia Conn were residents of Wayne Co., KY in the very early 1800ís at the same time. It appears from Wayne Co., KY land records that the Scotts lived right in Monticello, KY or else just on the outskirts of town on Otter Creek. Wm. Scott, Sr. and Jr. are not to be confused with the Wm. Scott of Beaver Creek and the Cumberland River who was married to Mary ďPollyĒ Hannah, a dau. of Joseph Hannah of Berkeley Co., VA. That Wm. Scott and his brother George were the step-sons of James Russell and his wife Angeletta of Berkeley Co., VA. George Scott d. 1823, no wife, no children. Judging from the deeds, it appears that this Wm. Scott did not arrive in Wayne Co., until about 1811. This leads me to believe that the Wm., Nathaniel, and Henry Scott who are on the 1806 Wayne tax list are likely our Scotts, probably sons of Wm. Scott, Sr. b. ca. 1755. There are no deeds for Wm. Scott who by 1807 had 100 acres on Otter Creek; so his title to this land may have come from a grant. He was still paying taxes on this land as late as 1823, but I have not checked for later dates. In the 1820ís there was quite an exodus of people from Wayne Co., KY to Indiana. The 1830 Delinquent Tax List of Wayne Co. shows two Wm. Scotts, one with 50 acres and the other with 150 acres as having moved to Indiana, but there is no way of knowing exactly who these Wm. Scotts are or if they actually moved to Indiana.

After looking at Wayne Co., Ky marriage records, I propose that the following are possibly children of Wm. Scott, Sr. and the Ayers woman, though keep in mind that other Wm. Scott who was in the area, so some of these marriages could be his children. Iíve not looked at the original records, so I have no idea who provided the bonds or gave consent. Rebekah Scott m. James Murray 24 Jan 1807; Elizabeth Scott m. Robert Wray 12 Apr 1808; Wm. Scott m. Celia Conn 18 Jul 1809; Polly Scott m. James Barnett 28 May 1810; Nathaniel Scott m. Elizabeth Wade 10 Dec. 1811. There appears to be an older Nathaniel Scott on the scene at this time, so this Nathaniel may be his son.

As I mentioned earlier, Wm. Scott, b. 1782, had a son James Conn Scott, b. 1812 KY who went to Jackson Co., AL in the 1820ís with his relatives the Blanchetts and Haynes. There are those two Wm. Scotts in Jackson and Madison Cos., AL in 1830, so it might be possible that James Conn Scottís father and grandfather went along with them, but I am inclined to think that neither Wm. Scott, Sr. who married the Ayers woman or Wm. Scott, Jr who married Celia Conn ever went to Alabama. For one thing I think that the Wm. Scott who is listed on the 1830 Wayne Co. census (roll 42, p 232) is Wm. Scott, Sr. There are some young males in his household, but Iím thinking they might be grandsons, as both Wm., Sr. and his wife are listed as being 70-80 and 60-70, so those young males are obviously not their children. I suspect that Wm. Scott, Sr. and his wife probably died in Wayne Co., KY. Unfortunately there are no probate records for him there.

Wm. Scott, b. 1782 NC lost his land in Wayne Co., KY in 1828 and moved his family to Tennessee. We know this because their children born between 1829 and 1840 are shown as being born in Tennessee on the 1850 Yell Co. census. I think that Wm. Scott, Jr. moved his family directly to Bedford Co., TN when they left Kentucky. For one thing Celia was pregnant with Rebecca who was b. 1829 TN; that doesnít leave much time for a quick trip down to Alabama with the Blanchetts and Haynes. John Scott, b. 1780 NC, the man whom I believe to be a brother of William Scott, Jr. was in Bedford Co., TN by at least 1813 when his son Alexander Anderson Scott was born there.. Both William and John Scott are there in 1830, but gone by 1840. William, Jrís childrenís mates had ties to Bedford Co. as well. My Nathaniel Scott, b. 1817 KY m. Louisa Jane McBride 1842 Yell Co., AR; she was the daughter of Hugh McBride and Susannah Patterson, both of whom had ties to Bedford and Williamson Cos., TN, though the McBrides did have a hiatus in Alabama from abt. 1822 to 1838, but I feel sure that they returned to the Bedford-Williamson area before heading for Arkansas. That is probably where they hooked up with the Scotts. William Jrís son Samuel Scott, b. 1811, m. Margaret Arminta Bell abt. 1835 probably in Bedford Co., TN; there was a Thomas and Shadrick Bell in Bedford Co., in 1830 with daughters of marriageable age. Not many doors away from Wm. Scottís family on the 1830 Bedford census are the households of Joseph Brown and Allen Brown, both of whom have sons to be the right age of Joseph Brown who m. Sarah Scott ca.1838, but Iím betting that Joseph is the father of Joseph, Jr. her husband.

William Scott, Jr. of the 1830 Bedford census was not a land owner at the time of the 1836 tax list on which both John and Wm. Scott appear, John with 275 acres and Wm. with no land. There are no surviving records that shed light on Wm. He does not appear on the 1837 or 1838 tax lists of Bedford, nor is he on the 1840 census of Bedford Co. However, John Scott appears to have been in Bedford as late as 1838.

However, we do find Wm. Scott, Jr. living alone on the 1840 Scott Co., AR census next door to Samuel Scott and his family; the ages all fit. For a long time it worried me that Wm. was alone, then I realized that at this time Celia was pregnant with Jane, b. 1840 TN, so Celia and the family probably remained in Tennessee while Wm. went ahead to get land and a house set up for them. Of course it is obvious that the Scotts settled in that part of Scott Co. that fell into Dutchess Creek Twp., Yell Co. when it was formed in 1842.


So how was it that Wm. Scott, Sr. who m. the Ayers girl came to have Wm. Scott, Jr. in 1782 North Carolina? Wm. Scottís father-in-law, Thomas Ayers, was living in Surry Co., NC about that time, so that is probably where Wm. Scott, Sr. married the Ayers girl ca. 1778 and had Wm., Jr. in 1782. I have given their marriage date as 1778 to allow for the birth of John Scott, b. 1780 NC, d. 1848 Logan Co., AR; m. 1. Catherine Anderson, and 2. Elizabeth Stinnett Brown who arrived in Arkansas about 1832. I feel very strongly that this John and William are brothers. According to their tombstones, John and Catherine Anderson Scott were b. 15 Jul 1780 NC and d. 8 April 1848 Logan Co., AR and 14 Dec. 1784, d. 23 Nov. 1848 Logan Co., AR respectively. Both John and Catherine are buried in the Scott Cemetery, Logan Co., AR because the original cemetery was covered by the Blue Mountain Dam. They had ten children between 1805 and 1826. After Catherine Anderson Scott died in 1844, John then married Elizabeth Stinnett Brown, widow of Maurice Brown, on 20 Dec. 1847 (He was 67, she was 36). John d. 8 April 1848, so they were only married about 4 months. By 1850 Elizabeth Stinnett Brown Scott was living in Riley Twp in Yell Co. as a neighbor of Alexander Scott, her step-son who had been born in 1813 Bedford Co., TN. Elizabethís first husband, Maurice William Brown who d. 1844 Yell Co. was the son of Maurice Hugh Brown of Halifax Co., VA. Maurice was living among the Stinnetts on the Arkansas River about 11 miles west of Dardanelle, AR. Henry Stinnett, presumed father of Elizabeth Stinnett, was appointed first sheriff of Pope Co., AR in 1829, then justice of the peace 1830-34. By 1844 he was a circuit judge. Elizabeth was born 1812 TN, d. 1862 Yell Co. Maurice and Elizabeth were in Johnson Co., AR by 1841. Both the Browns and John and Catherine Scott had been in MO before coming to Johnson Co. about the same time. A descendant, Tom Fowler, who provided much of this information, says that these couples knew each other very well. So this provides another link to the Brown family.

That 1786/89 Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott mentions a brother, Thomas Scott, whom I believe I have found in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A descendant says that Thomas lived ca. 1730-1770; he had two wives and numerous children, some of whom settled in Cumberland Co., KY from which Wayne Co. was formed in 1800. A Nimrod Scott who was part of this family was in Crawford Co., AR by 1830.

That same Orange Co., VA will also mentions another brother, John Scott, whom I believe to be the John Scott who was b. ca. 1717, d. 1781 Caswell Co., NC. He was in Lunenburg Co., VA by 1736 and later ca. 1770 bought land in Halifax Co., VA and Person Co., NC, straddling the state line. He had a son Robert who married Rachel Burton. Note that it was a May Burton who had administered that Orange Co., VA will of Wm. Scott ca. 1789; another son William m. Rebecca Brown; John Scott, Jr., b. ca. 1748 died quite young in 1793 after having married Dicey Moon, a dau. of Gideon Moon of Lunenburg Co., VA; Dicey later married Jonas Sikes in 1794 Halifax Co., VA; they moved to Madison Co., TN where she d. ca. 1843.

Thomas Ayers, the father-in-law of Wm. Scott, Sr, b. ca. 1755 and a Partick Morton were both on the 1782 Surry Co., NC tax list. This Patrick Morton could very well be the son of Richard and Patience Scott Morton, as Patrick named a son Richard Morton. This could be where Joseph Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah Scott Brown got his middle name of Morton.