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SCOUT family of Warmister, Bucks County, PA 1700s
Posted by: V.K. Jones (ID *****3521) Date: June 25, 2002 at 18:53:53
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Would like to know if anyone may have any further descendant or ancestral information on the following SCOUT family that you might share. I am researching Charles Waite SCOUT b 1840 and d. 1908 in Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Penna. He was a Civil War Veteran. Charles was married twice, first to Alice Rebecca RAEDER and lived near Ashland in Northumberland County. Charles 2nd wife was Eliza (Elizabeth) Jane GALLAGHER-SNYDER and lived in Harrisburg, PA. She was previously married to John SNYDER of Penna. Until very recently I have found little to nothing available in genealogical references on SCOUT families in southeast PA in the 1800s. I am hoping to locate anyone with any small clue that will help me to make the connection to my ancestral links to Charles W. SCOUT. I believe that the following Anthony SCOUT, as well as others mentioned, could be ancestors from Bucks County, but I have found no proofs to link them with Charles yet. Charles’ father was named John B. SCOUT and his mother may be Maria or Mariah ZERBE. They are found in Northumberland County in 1850 - 1880. We do know that Charles had brothers, John M. SCOUT, and Frank (Franklin) SCOUT.
Wills: Abstracts: Book 5 : Bucks Co, PA 1786-1797; some earlier dates not previously recorded.
SCOUT, Anthony. Warminster Twp. April 9, 1791. 5.258.
5.258. Anthony Scout of Warminster Twp. April 10, 1789. Proved April 9, 1791. Son-in-law Abraham Sutfan and Neighbor Daniel Longstreth exrs. Ch. James, Adrian, Anthony, William, Elinor and Mary. Gddau. Rachel, dau. of son Andrew December'd. Gddau. Mary dau. of son Thomas, December'd. Wits: Giles Craven, Harman Vansant, Elcie Vansant.

Wills: Abstracts: Book 6: Bucks Co, PA 1797-1804
6.191. Thomas Craven, Warmister Twp., "Being Aged." May 7, 1797. Proved August 5, 1799.Wife Kelena and sons James and Isaac exrs. Sons William Giles, James, Isaac, Thomas. Daus. Ann, Catrin, Helena, Edath and Christiana. Father Jacobus Craven. Bro. Giles Craven. Land bought of Robert Noble and John Brooks. Wits: Anthony Scout, Abraham Sutphin, Jonathan Delaney.


Here are a number of references found among local historical biographies and Will abstracts about SCOUT families in mostly Buck’s County, Phila. County, Montgomery County, and Northumberland County, PA, in the 18th and 19th Century. If any of these persons coincide with your SCOUT, I appreciate you taking the time to reply and let me know if you can share anything more. The surnames CRAVEN, SUTPHIN are closely affiliated with SCOUT, as I have discovered in Buck's County.

THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS Part III: Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and in DAVIS’ THE HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, CHAPTER XIV, WARMINSTER, 1703. “He (Cobe Scout) died 1829, at the age of ninety-three, and was buried in the Vansant graveyard, Warminster, and many years after the late Josiah Hart, Doylestown, erected tomb stones at the grave. Scout's Christian name was James, or Jacobus.” I have also located references in Davis’ History, to Anthony Scout and Andrew Scout of Warminster in the same era.

Most of the references to SCOUT found in the Davis and the Watson histories are in terms of content written about John Fitch, so please bear with it. The dates are important. "He (John Fitch) was on intimate terms with Reverend Mr. Irwin, the pastor at Neshaminy, who took much interest in his mechanical contrivances, and encouraged him. Fitch frequently walked four miles to hear him preach. One of his intimates was Cobe Scout, a man as eccentric as himself, a wheelwright, gunsmith and silversmith,
who was
"Everything by turn,
But nothing long."
It was at Scout's shop Fitch suddenly appeared one rainy Saturday afternoon, on his return from his captivity among the Indians. After a glance of recognition, they rushed into each other's arms in tears, and the next day they went together to the Southampton Baptist church where public thanks were returned for Fitch's safe delivery by the Rev. David Jones, former chaplain in the Continental army. While living at Charles Garrison's Fitch engraved a map of the "Northwestern part of the United States," in Cobe Scout's shop, and printed it on Mr. Garrison's cider press.

The first model of a steamboat that ever floated was made by John Fitch in Warminster, in a log shop where Sutphin McDowell carried on weaving on the farm lately owned by Mitchell Wood, 400 yards east of the Montgomery County line......When completed the machinery was of brass, the paddle wheels of wood made by the late N. B. Boileau (18), who lived on the county line near by, then a student of Princeton college, at home at the time. The late Abraham McDowell, of Warminster, who claimed to have witnessed the trial trip of the model, said it took place on a pond, or dam, below the present Davisville, in Southampton township, and that the party consisted of Fitch, Cobe Scout, Abraham Sutphin, Anthony Scout, John McDowell, William Vansant and Charles Garrison.

While the Continental army lay at Valley Forge, the winter of 1777-78, Fitch assisted to keep it supplied with provisions, receiving his pay in continental money, which he kept until $1,000 were only worth $100 in specie. After the armies had left this section, Fitch returned to Trenton, gathered up the tools he had left there, brought them over to Cobe Scout's shop at Charles Garrison's where he carried on business until the spring of 1780, when he went West .

"Cobe" Scout, mentioned in connection with Fitch, his friend and intimate companion, was an eccentric character in Warminster, made his home part of the time with Charles Garrison, who lived on the road from Davisville to the Montgomery county line in the first house on the west side. Fitch taught Scout the art of silversmithing to which he added gunmaking. Occasionally a few of his silver spoons, or one of his long rifles, turn up in some old homestead. Three quarters of a century ago the good housewives of Warminster and Southampton held Scout's silver spoons in the higher estimation than any other make, and a few have been handed down from mother to daughter as precious heirlooms. His rifles were equally celebrated, one of which he carried in the Revolution. While the American army lay on the west bank of the Delaware, 1776, and the enemy occupied Trenton, SCOUT shot a Hessian dead across the river, in punishment for some insulting gesture, and John Davis, grandfather of the author witnessed it. This added greatly to Scout's reputation. He died 1829, at the age of ninety-three, and was buried in the Vansant graveyard, Warminster, and many years after the late Josiah Hart, Doylestown, erected tomb stones at the grave. Scout's Christian name was James, or Jacobus.

The most famous school of the period, next to the Log College, was kept at "Hart's School House," Warminster, on the road from the Street to the Bristol road, half mile from Johnsville. The house was probably built on a new site, as a lot was bought of Longstreth. The deed was executed May 2, 1757, and acknowledged before Simon Butler August 11, 1758, and the house erected that fall. The conveyance was made to William Folwell, Southampton, John Dungan, Northampton, Anthony Scout, Warminster, and John Vanosdale (Vanartsdalen, Northampton.

THIRTY-FOURTH REGIMENT - FIFTH RESERVE. The counties of Lycoming, Northumberland, Clearfield, Centre, Union, Bradford, Lancaster, and Huntingdon Contributed to the Fifth Reserve, which organized at Camp Curtin, June 20, 1861
John M. Scout and C.W. Scout (Charles Waite Scout)

Wills: Abstracts: Book 8: Bucks Co, PA 1808-1815
8.128. Abraham Sutphin, Warminster Twp., yeoman. June 14, 1804. Proved March 31, 1810.Wife Leanah. John McDowell and Jonathan Delaney exrs. Dau. Mary McDowell Lot of land where she lives in Warminster adj. James and Anthony Scout and Charles Vansant. Dau. Ann Delaney land on which I live adj. Harman Vansant and Anthony Scout. Dau. Elizabeth Craven land adj. above. Wits: Nathaniel Boileau, John Hunter.

8.209. Zachariah Lewis, Warrington Twp., yeoman. June 4, 1809. Proved by C. P. Court May 31, 1811. Issue from Register's Court November 1809. Wife Sarah £18 per year cow &c. Son Thomas Lewis and James Scout exrs. Dau. Rachel Heaton's ch. £100. Dau. Sarah Kelly's ch. £130. Dau. Fanny Scout's ch. £100. Anna Thompson's ch. £100. Dau. Rebecca Roberts ch. £130. Son Thomas 100 acres I live on for life then to his ch.Wits: Robert Shewell and Eliza Carrie, (Robert Thompson Caveator).

Wills: Abstracts: Book 5 : Bucks Co, PA 1786-1797; some earlier dates not previously recorded.
SCOUT, Anthony. Warminster Twp. April 9, 1791. 5.258.
5.258. Anthony Scout of Warminster Twp. April 10, 1789. Proved April 9, 1791. Son-in-law Abraham Sutfan and Neighbor Daniel Longstreth exrs. Ch. James, Adrian, Anthony, William, Elinor and Mary. Gddau. Rachel, dau. of son Andrew December'd. Gddau. Mary dau. of son Thomas, December'd. Wits: Giles Craven, Harman Vansant, Elcie Vansant.

Wills: Abstracts: Book 6: Bucks Co, PA 1797-1804
6.191. Thomas Craven, Warmister Twp., "Being Aged." May 7, 1797. Proved August 5, 1799.Wife Kelena and sons James and Isaac exrs. Sons William Giles, James, Isaac, Thomas. Daus. Ann, Catrin, Helena, Edath and Christiana. Father Jacobus Craven. Bro. Giles Craven. Land bought of Robert Noble and John Brooks. Wits: Anthony Scout, Abraham Sutphin, Jonathan Delaney.

Wills: Abstracts: Book 7: Bucks Co, PA 1804-1808
7.4. Anthony Scout, Warminster Twp., "advanced in years." March 8, 1803. Proved May 8, 1804.John McDowell and Jonathan Delaney exrs. and sole legattes. Wits: John Hunter, Abraham McDowell and Harman Vansant.

7.10. Euclides Longshore, Middletown Twp. April 28, 1804. Proved June 22, 1804.Wife Sarah. Simon Gillam and James Wildman exrs. 12 ch. Abner, Anna Vanhorn, Alce Cremer, Abi Scout, Euclides, Margaret, Abraham, Joseph, Grace, Rachel, Thomas and James Longshore.Wits: John Blakey, William Gillam.

Floyd's Northumberland County Genealogy Pages 48 thru 72
Henry Repley, son of John, was born April 7, 1820, and died Jan, 16, 1882. He was a farmer, and with the exception of the period spent in the service during the Civil war
Mr. Repley married Mary E. Scout, who was born Feb. 15, 1824, daughter of John Scout, who was of Scottish extraction. She died July 15, 1892.

Floyd's Northumberland County Genealogy Pages 198 thru 225
....Mr. McWilliams died Jan. 11, 1819, aged eighty years. He married Sarah Johnston, who died Oct. 6, 1806, aged fifty-two years. He was a Presbyterian in religious faith. His children were: Hannah, born Oct. 3, 1771 James, Sept. 27, 1773; Thomas, Nov. 27, 1775; Mary, Oct. 3, 1777 (married A. Cruise) Eleanor, Feb. 3, 1780 (married John Scout) William, April 21, 1782 (died Nov. 21, 1853); John, June 28, 1784 (died July 30, 1849); Samuel, Aug. 13, 1786; Philip, Oct. 20, 1788 David, Jan. 19, 1791; Robert, Feb. 3, 1793; Sarah Johnson, 1795; and Joseph Watt, June 17, 1797.

History: Local: Chapters XLIV-XLV: Boroughs of Hatboro' and Jenkintown: Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA
page 727 THE UNION LIBRARY. Up to February 3, 1787, eighty-five had been received as members, who had signed the Instrument of Partnership, and we herewith present a list of their names in the order they were received....
James Scout is among this list.

The Instrument of Partnership states the title to be "the Union LibraryCompany of Hatbourrough, in the Mannor of Moorland, in the county of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania;" that it was agreed upon"The Second day of August, in the Twenty-ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign, Lord George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain,France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc."
Up to February 3, 1787, eighty-five had been received as members, who had signed the Instrument of Partnership, and we herewith present a list of their names in the order they were received,
among this list is James Scout

Area History: Chapter 90 - Part III: John Fitch -
Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, 1857, Vol I. There were two individuals of Bucks county -- women who were the neighbours and frequent observers of John Fitch, whilst he was a resident at Garrison's, and whilst he was working for himself, at his inventions in Jacobus Scouter's wheelwright shop; they were named Mary McDowell and Mrs. Jonathan Delany.....
The "worthy Nathaniel Irwin", the Presbyterian minister at Neshamany, was a frequent visiter of Fitch while employed at Cobe Scout's (i.e. Jacobus Scouter's) and would often stay examining the mechanical operations, and holding conversations with the inventor, for half a day at a time. Fitch deemed his visiter a "worthy man", and would frequently attend his sermons at the Neshamany church. His friend Cobe Scout lived to the year 1829, and died at the age of ninety years.

THE HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: DAVIS, 1876: BUCKS COUNTY ASSOCIATORS - Appendix 1
from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time by W. W. H. Davis, A.M.,
Democrat Book and Job Office Print., Doylestown, PA, 1876.
Captain Binkley's Militia Company, Third Battalion, January 1, 1777
Warminster Company
Joseph Hart, Esq., William Kerr, Joseph Hart, Jr., Herman Yerkes, James McKinney, James Craven, William Craven, John Brooks, Jr., William Johnston, John Watkin, Robert Miller, Silas Gilbert, John Johnson, Stephen Murry, John Roney, William Gilbert, Joseph Miller, Patrick Morrison, Isaac Hough, Jr., John Hough, Giles Craven, Charles Garrison, Edward Yerkes,
James Scout, John Brooks, Charles Engard, Anthony Scout, Abraham Sutphin, James Ogilbee, Alexander Benstead, William Vansant, John Stone, Silas Hart, Giles McDowell, Benjamin Gilbert, James Ryan, Isaac Hough, Nathaniel
Beans, Linsey Marshall, Isaac Beans, Jesse Beans, John Griffith, Thomas Griffith, Giles Craven, Jr., Richard Knight, James McDowell, Robert McDowell, John Beatty, John McDowell, John Daniel, Joseph Hart, Jr., John Conrad, John Henderson

History: Local: Chapter XXIX & XXX : Agriculture and Township Organization : Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA
list of overseer of highways in the several townships,
Upper Dublin
1810 - Christopher Dresher; Jonathan Scout

Wills: Abstracts 1797-1803: Will Book 2 - Part I: Montgomery Co, PA
WOOD, ISAAC. Upper Dublin. February 8, 1797. June 29, 1799. 2.112 To wife Margaret, household goods, income of farm and income of son Josiah's farm. To son Josiah, 40 acres, he paying 600 pds. after wife's death, rem. of personalty to be sold and money with 600 pds. divided among 4 children:Josiah, Isaac, John and Sarah, as follows: to son Josiah and daughter Sarah,90 pds. each. Sons Isaac and John, have already received their shares. Rem. equally divided among 4 children. Execs: Son Josiah and son in law Jonathan Scout. Wit: Robert Loller, John Burk.

Wills: Abstracts 1803-1808: Will Book 2 - Part II: Montgomery Co, PA
JOHNSON, BENJAMIN. August 1, 1803. September 2, 1803. 2.332 Realty in New Jersey, to be sold. To 2 brothers John and William, $200 each. To sister Ann Woolsey, $50. Rem. of estate divided among 2 brothers John and William and 2 sisters, Catharine Watkins and Elizabeth Scout. Execs: Brother John and Ephraim Woolsey. Wit: Joseph Carr, Robert Dunlap, Isaac Tomkins.

STERIGER, PETER. Upper Dublin. January 4, 1804. January 17, 1806. 2.498 To wife Elizabeth, interest of rem. of estate At her death or marriage, divided among children: Margaret, John, Mary, David, Elizabeth, Peter, Martha, Sarah,and William equally. Execs: Edward Burk, and wife Elizabeth. Wit: Joshua Wood, Jonathan Scout.

Wills: Abstracts 1813-1817: Will Book 4: Montgomery Co, PA
ENGARD, WILLIAM. Upper Dublin. March 18, 1807. December 17, 1814. 4.61 To wife Elizabeth, income of estate, during life, at her death to son William,3 acres of land. To daughter Catharine, income of other 5 acres from the decease of wife. Rem. equally divided among son William, and daughter Catharine. Exec: Edward Burk. Wit: Josiah Wood, Jonathan Scout.

If anyone may have any SCOUT family information that might coincide with the above thatabove marriage lines or connecting them with mine, I would very much appreciate your reply.

Thank you.
Best Regards,
Virginia



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