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Re: Scott wills in cumberland Co
Posted by: Kay Bedford (ID *****7753) Date: March 04, 2008 at 15:11:20
In Reply to: Scott wills in cumberland Co by A. Sharp of 504

I was in hopes that the heading of your posting indicated that I might find a list of Scott wills from Cumberland Co. My disappointment was great! However, you are obviously interested in Scotts in Cumberland Co., as am I.

My ancestor, William Scott 1755-1836, was a resident of Cumberland Co. when he was drafted into the VA militia June 1780. He participated in numerous battles. About 1802 he moved from Virginia (Patrick Co. area) to Wayne Co., KY where he resided 27-28 years at which time he moved to Morgan Co., IL. All of the above came from his Revol. War pension application which he made from Morgan Co. in Dec. 1832. I feel sure that the move to Morgan Co. was precipitated by the fact that he had relatives in Sangamon Co. which adjoins Morgan on the east. Many descendants of Thomas Scott who d. ca. 1770 Pittsylvania Co., had previously moved to Sangamon Co. This Thomas Scott of Pittsylvania Co. is "rumored" to have connections to Orange Co., VA, but I have never been able to prove that fact. An old genealogy chart was given to me a number of years ago which showed that the above Thomas Scott of Pittsylvania Co. did have a son Wm, but that was all it showed. Looking at the ages of the other children on the chart, I surmised that the William Scott on the chart was prob. b. ca. 1755. Only recently did I stumble upon William Scott's Revol. War pension application which led me to Cumberland Co. and the connection to Sangamon Co., IL.

My Wm. Scott is connected to a Scott family in Orange Co., VA through the 1786/89 will of a Wm. Scott which mentions his brothers: Thomas; John; and George who is deceased. Sisters mentioned are Patience Morton (Henry) and Barbara Griffin (William). Nieces and nephews are mentioned, but only two are named: William, son of the deceased brother George, and William, son of Wm. and Barbara Griffin. The testator, Wm. Scott had no children; his nephew Wm. Scott, son of the deceased George Scott, was still in Orange Co. when my Wm. Scott b. ca. 1755 was already in Patrick Co., Va where he gave a POA in 1794 with his siblings Sarah Scott, Elizabeth Scott Haynes (Joshua) and Nancy Scott Blanchett (Henry) to collect their legacies from Wm. Scott of Orange Co., VA. This leaves only John and Thomas as possible fathers of my Wm. Scott, b. ca. 1755.

I have looked at a lot of John and Thomas Scotts without finding one that fits the parameters of my Wm. Scott. The one that most closely fits is the Thomas Scott of Pittsylvania Co. I have found many of the names (Martin, Blanchett, Haynes/Hanes/Haines, Griffin, Hays, Shelton) commonly associated with Wm. Scott in Pr. Edward Co. which adjoins Cumberland Co.

If you have any information on this Scott line, I would so appreciate hearing from you. Perhaps we can help each other?

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