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Re: CT Edmund Scott m. Hannah Bird...
Posted by: Steven Bird (ID *****9764) Date: October 29, 2002 at 13:00:11
In Reply to: Re: CT Edmund Scott m. Hannah Bird... by Charles Scott of 18730


I recently found a document at the Connecticut State Library (in Hartford) that identifies the father of Sarah Scott of Farmington, CT. Sarah Scott was the spouse of Captain John Stanley; they were married on 5 December 1645 in Hartford, CT.

The document is an original page (on microfilm) from the First Congregational church register of Farmington, CT. In this register, it states that:

"John Standly (sic) Sen. joyned (sic) to Farmington church. July 12/1653 and with him his sons John and Thomas and also his daughter Sarah.
His wife Sarah Standly (sic) daughter of Thomas Scott. Joyned (sic) to the church. July 12, 1653."

Below this is:

"The wife of John Standly (sic) Sarah Standly the daughter of John Fletcher joyned om church fellowship this April 20 [16]63.
Abigail Standly Baptized Aug 1: 69 :"

[Abigail is the woman who married John Hooker, son of Rev. Samuel Hooker and grandson of Thomas Hooker.]

Barbour ("Early Families of Hartford") has Thomas Scott, who "was killed careless by John Ewe" in Hartford, as an original proprietor in Farmington, CT, but did not reside there. This was a common occurrence, as it turns out. Farmington was unusual in having several absentee proprietors. In nearly every case, children or in-laws took over the properties from the non-residents in the next generation.

The only other (male) Scott in Farmington in the 17th century was Edmund Scott, spouse of Hannah Bird (and his descendants). There were approximately 85 "original proprietors," and the land in Farmington was not allowed to pass out of the possession of these families until after the American Revolution.

Judging from the close associations between the various families involved (Bird, Scott, Stanley, Porter, Cowles), I believe that Edmund and Sarah Scott were probably brother and sister. If Thomas Scott (who died on 06 November 1643 in Hartford) was an original proprietor, and if Sarah Scott was his daughter (as proved by the Farmington church document), then we are left with the possibility, even probability, that Edmund Scott was indeed his son. At the very least, he was a close relative (nephew, cousin).

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