Friday, September 23, 2011


[PHOTO: Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott (born 1897 Missouri - died 1980 Oregon) holding my daughter Rebecca (born 1964) on the Higinbotham Farm in Central Point, Oregon, in August 1966.]

Submitted by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr. 

(I found this wonderful tribute on the Internet and it touched my Heart where memories of my BELOVED Maternal Gram live with her LOVING and gentle ways.  The picture of Gram that I carry in my Heart is one with her in her large apron penny that she always wore over her day dress.  When I 'helped' Gram, she would put one of her very large apron pennies on me, and roll up the waist to shorten it to fit me and use safety pins to hold it on my shoulders.  It was a REAL HONOR to wear one of her aprons!  When we wore those apron pennies, the world was a magical place!  In our apron pennies, we challenged yard chickens for their eggs, battled weeds when gardening, tussled with the dust mop when doing morning chores, dodged thorns when collecting fresh flowers for the farmhouse, and avoided spills-n-stains while doing kitchen duty.)

Grandma's Apron

When I used to visit Grandma.
I was very much impressed,
by her all-purpose apron,
and the power it possessed.
For Grandma, it was everyday
to choose one when she dressed.
The strings were tied and freshly washed,
and maybe even pressed.
The simple apron that it was,
you would never think about;
the things she used it for,
that made it look worn out.

She used it for a basket,
when she gathered up the eggs,
and flapped it as a weapon,
when hens pecked her feet and legs.
She used it to carry kindling
when she stoked the kitchen fire.
And to hold a load of laundry,
or to wipe the clothesline wire.
She used it for a hot pad,
to remove a steaming pan,
and when her brow was heated,
she used it for a fan.

It dried our childish tears,
when we'd scrape a knee and cry,
and made a hiding place
when the little ones were shy.
Farm produce took in season,
in the summer, spring and fall,
found its way into the kitchen
from Grandma's carry all.
When Grandma went to heaven,
God said she now could rest.
I'm sure the apron she chose that day,
was her Sunday best.

[~Author unknown]

Monday, September 12, 2011


                                      [PHOTO SOURCE:  GOOGLE online images]

Submitted by:   Dorothy Hazel Tarr.

(I wrote this on 12 Sep 2011, a day just so full of thoughts about WHAT WAS, WHAT I HAVE NOW, and WHAT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN.  Now, who among you can say you have NEVER traveled down the PATH of — Could-a, Would-a, Should-a !)  [dht-2011

How innocent and hopeful my bosom –
Overflowing to Love's Waltz.
Rescued moments caught in Heart's Webb –
Blurred now by Time's Hand.
As the years drop away –
Just once more to savor Youth's Day.
Never more the flicker of Youth's pleasure –
Or taste of Youth's hopeful zeal.
Long past – Now –
Just Reminiscing a Distant Dream – AGAIN!



Submitted by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr 

(I wrote this on 12 Sep 2011 at my kitchen table, looking out at my backyard.  The day is overcast and gray, with a soft breeze, and a pleasant 72 degrees – such a perfect day for quiet reflections.)

OH, sweet dreams of youth --
Come lightly and ease Day's Tears --
As I slip into Nether's World --
Succumbing to well-traveled Dream's promises. 

Illusions of Love swirl about --
Seizing a Heart by deceit --
With promises pledged --
Of a faithful Heart. 

Fading echoes of endearment --
Mock Winter's shadows --
Smile's frequent visit to my lips --
Lost now -- Absent by misadventure. 

Only the sunrise and sunset --
Turn the pages of Life --
As one day meanders into next --
Whispers of Love's Young Dream – that never was.

[Photo Source: Google online images]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


[PHOTO SOURCE: Google online images – fractal]


 Submitted by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr.

(I wrote this, 6 Sep 2011, thinking about what I did Yesterday and what I need to address Today.  All the while, I know there will be 'left-overs' that will not be done Today, and will have to be done sometime in the Future.  I speculated upon what keeps me from completing all the things on my 'DO TODAY LIST'?  Is it --  the over whelming tasks, energy levels, health issues, emotional baggage, AND/OR fear that I won't have anything to do when the 'list' is done?  Chuckles!  -- There are ALWAYS things to do on the
'DO TODAY LIST' !!!  )


By what name the Past --

    be Yesterday

By what name the Present --

    be Today (Now)

By what name the Future --

    be Tomorrow


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Whole Wheat Onion Fritters


OKAY, time to confess the 'magic' that came out of my home kitchen today, 3 Sep 2011, because it was just an unplanned, cooking surprise that turned out GREAT!!!

But, I'm getting ahead of myself! 

Last week I got some gorgeous LARGE yellow onions!  NOW, these onions always entice me to get out my recipes for ONION SOUP, VEGIE CHILI, and ONION RINGS!  Well, the ONIONS have been on the kitchen counter for a week and I have had to walk passed them several times each day! 

Finally, today I could not resist anymore!  I made homemade ONION FRITTERS!  THEY WERE DELICIOUS (and so pretty) – the BEST I have EVER MADE !!!

So, I took some PIXs and want to share one with you.  Also, I modified the BASIC PLAIN FRITTER BATTER recipe that I have been using for over 40 years – how BRAVE is that !  MOREOVER, the surprise is that the modified recipe is now my FAV!!!!!

(The modification to the recipe was my substituting whole-wheat flour and corn meal flour for the usual WHITE WHEAT FLOUR.  So, if you prefer WHITE FLOUR, just use the WHITE FLOUR in this recipe -- 1 cup plus two T white flour.  Enough said on that.)

That being said, below is my NEW MODIFIED BASIC PLAIN FRITTER BATTER recipe with a PIX. 

Recipe Ingredients: 

(Yields about a heaping plateful of ping ball sized ONION FRITTERS – see my PIX.  But actually, I ate some ONION FRITTERS, before taking the PIX, so the yield will be more than in this PIX!

SPECIAL NOTE:  This recipe is also GREAT for fritters made with: zucchini, mushroom, fish, shrimp, cauliflower, or any of your FAV fritter-able eat-ables.)

MEASURE and sift together the dry stuff:
2 T corn meal flour
1 / 2  tsp salt (or salt substitute)
1  tsp baking powder
1 / 4 tsp black pepper (optional)
        (I like pepper on most things)

MEASURE and beat together the wet stuff:
2 eggs
2 T canola oil
1 / 2 C milk  (I used reconstituted nonfat powdered milk—
  just cause I prefer it and it's easier on my budget)

Prepare the ONION:
Clean, pare, and cut up one medium gorgeous yellow or white ONION. 

(NOTE: If you slice the onion, you get onion rings.
If you cut or chop the onion into bits about the size of a nickel (that's right a USA coin), then you will get fritters looking something like those in my PIX!)

ANYWAY, combine the WET and DRY stuff and stir to mix well (about 1 to two minutes by hand).

 Then stir in the ONION-chopped-bits, until each bit is coated — and so NOW you have the ONION-BIT-BATTER ready for the cooking.

COOKING in Canola Oil
In a deep saucepan (I use my small saucepan that hold about SIX CUPS of water—is that a QUART or PINT) anyway, add about TWO cups of oil to the saucepan and bring up to a high heat (just before it starts to make 'smoke'). (HINT:  TEST the heat of the oil by dropping into the hot oil,  one TABLESPOON of ONION-BIT-BATTER , "carefully" using long handled spoons.  If this TEST droplet does NOT brown and sizzle right away, WAIT until the oil heats up a little more; because when you add lots of droplets, the oil temperature will, of course, drop.  So, get the oil temperature up to begin with.)

NOW, I only put about EIGHT droplets (about the size of ONE TABLESPOON) of the ONION-BIT-BATTER in the saucepan at a time and turn them over ONCE. ( HINT:  Use a LONG pair of kitchen tongs, for the oil is hot and there will be some platters!!!!)

REMOVE ONION-BIT-BATTER droplets from hot oil when golden brown on all sides. (HINT: This happens FAST, so keep constant 'watch'!)  PLACE these 'beauties' in one layer (so they stay crispy) on some paper toweling.

SERVE 'EM UP HOT!  (HINT: I freeze the extras / leftovers and they are GREAT to use on another day!! IF there are any leftovers!!!!)

NOW, I don't use anything special for a dip.  I have been very happy using my usual dip of just PLAIN KETCHUP with a few drops of TABASCO (any flavor, color) stirred into it (about 1 / 4 tsp to each 1 cup of ketchup).
COMMENTS and suggestions welcome!!

PLEASE leave a comment(s) with any suggestions for variations as time permits; or, just if you feel like it!!

[PHOTO SOURCE: My camera, my photo, my kitchen, my recipe--YUMMY!]


This is one of my FAV recipes for a hot day. It is a cool salad that is lemony and very healthy and refreshing!!!   It has no mayonnaise!!!   I like to use this recipe and vary the kinds of pasta, vegies, and protein ingredients to take advantage of what I have currently in my frig and pantry. 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT if you have any suggestions for variations, OR if you just 'feel' like it !!)

My Suggestions for variety

Pasta—(I use only whole-wheat pasta NOW! ) cooked, drained, and

Twist, spiral, spaghetti, macaroni, even brown RICE will do!

Vegies—(I use whatever is in my frig that is "fresh" and/or I use
  frozen vegies if I'm out of fresh vegies)

Onion (red, green, white)
Frozen mixed vegies
Sliced black olives
Frozen French beans
Sliced asparagus (on diagonal of course)
Bell pepper (red, green, yellow, orange) can be frozen or
 fresh sliced or diced
Mushrooms (your FAV kind sliced)
Fresh parsley (or dried)
Frozen peas

Protein—(I prefer poultry for this) Chilled and cut into small
  bite-size pieces

White Tuna (canned)

NOW that you have your pantry 'cleared' with YOUR 'fixings',
MIX them all together with the PASTA. 
Pour on the Lemon Caper Dressing and and 'stir lightly',
  so as NOT to 'damage' the pasta!
Put in frig to chill – serve cool!

  Makes about 3/4 cup (good for salad of 3 cups of pasta)

HINT: I vary this dressing recipe to my own taste
  (I like things light and tart with lots of black pepper).

So here is the basic recipe — remember you can change the ingredients and the quantity to suite your taste and according to the quantity of pasta salad you will be making.

SALT (to your own taste but not more than 1/2 tsp
  for 3 cups pasta--I would think)

3 T red wine vinegar (or just white vinegar or rice vinegar)

1 T lemon juice (I use lemon juice from a bottle,
  but fresh is great, (I like 1/8 cup lemon juice!)

1 T liquid juice from caper bottle

2 tsp DIJON mustard (any brand)

1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
  (I never have fresh lemons, but I used frozen rind that
  I put in my freezer from lemons from my lemon tree;
  ELSE I omit this item from recipe)

1/2 tsp dried oregano (I rarely use this item, but I like parsley)

1/8 tsp black pepper (I use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp black pepper – cause
  I LIKE IT that way)

2 cloves garlic (minced or pressed), or 1/8 to 1/4 tsp garlic powder

MIX all this up with a fork or whisk and then gradually
  beat in 2/3 cup virgin olive or (or I use canola oil )

Add 1 T drained capers (I like to use 2 T capers for I LIKE capers).

[PHOTO SOURCE:   PHOTO from a recipe that I have had for years!]

Thursday, September 1, 2011


(I wrote this today, 1 Sep 2011, thinking about how the seemingly
IMPORTANT things and events in my Life, were but a faded memory
that only came to Call when a song, sound, smell, or visual brought
it to the Fore.)


"As I Travel farther Down the Road of Life, the view in the rear view
mirror takes on a different perspective.   What seemed a major event
at the Time, now seems but a 'bump in the road'!   I am what I am
Today, because of all the 'bumps' that challenged my Mind, Heart,
and Patience!"

{SPECIAL NOTE: Be careful what you ask for or pray for,
because if you PRAY for patience, in my experience you may
most definitely get more 'trials' and 'bumps' to weather,
to Test your Patience (and thereby give you more Practice).
Practice makes perfect - Practice makes Patience.
(AND, more Practice means you will get better at what
you strive for or pray for!!!) } !!! [dht-2011]

[Photo Source: National Geographic online images - Bodie, CA]

[Location Info for Bodie, CA, you can use this link to do an internet search for Bodie, CA ]

SCOTT Family Heritage -- Lineage

[Submitted by:   Dorothy Hazel Tarr.   My Heart is a Canvas painted with the remembrances of Family members  whose Passage through Time as mortals, paved my way and now rest as Angels to guide my way.]


Our family heritage is deeply bedded in the soil of Scotland, Canada, and the USA.  I have researched our Family's Scottish lineage and heritage a bit using the Internet, and have posted it here as a Family Short Story.  [Heritage photos will be posted here of the Family, treasured mementos, locations, and such; so look for a photo album page for the Head of Households. AND, if you have any photos of the Family to share, send a copy to me with a caption for the photos to my email.]

There are three kinds of family, those you are born to, those that are born to you, and those you let into your heart.

As I learn more about our Family, I will update this Story from time-to-time.  If you have any comments or thoughts to share, they will be welcomed in the spirit that they are offered.  You can email me at


Family Short Story

Some of OUR FAMILY members may be gone, but their memory and story of their passage survives in our hearts, minds, spirit, and body.

From beginning to the present, our FAMILY has taken the best and worst that NATURE and circumstance had to 'dish out', and managed not only to survive, but also to grow and prosper.  They borrowed ideas, tools, and techniques of some of their neighbors and in turn lent them to others.  They learned the ways of a new land and then embellished on those with their own unique and new ways themselves.  Theirs is a FAMILY STORY of success and of failure, of challenge, ingenuity, accomplishment, and even MYSTERY and contradiction.  It is, then, our FAMILY STORY – of a people who left their footprints for us to follow.

As I write this, I think of all those WOMEN in our FAMILY, that LOVED, nurtured, and tended OUR FAMILY.  Their STRENGTH is such that our FAMILY has thrived even against the MOST challenging events and times.

ONE HEROIC woman (and there are MANY MORE) in our FAMILY, exemplifies that 'grain' of strength and faith that spans the decades and centuries – ELIZABETH BOWMAN (born 1739 Herkimer, New York – died 28 Jan 1800 Stamford, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada).  In 1764 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, Elizabeth Bowman, age 25, was married to JACOB BAUMAN BOWMAN JUNIOR, age 26, (born 1 Jan 1738 Albany, New York – died 10 Oct 1815 Stamford Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada).  [These are my Maternal Fourth Great Grandparents.]  There were THIRTEEN CHILDREN from this union.

The THIRTEEN CHILDREN of JACOB BAUMAN BOWMAN JUNIOR and Elizabeth Bowman were in birth order:

George Adam Bowman (male, 1758-1842);
Mary Bowman (female, 1760-unknown);
Henry B Bowman (male, 1761-1818);
Jacob Bowman (male, 1761-1762);
Peter Bowman (male, 1762-1849);
Margaret Bowman Secord (female, 1764-1851);
Hannah Ann Bowman (female, 1765-unknown);
Abraham Bowman (male, 1768-1860);
Elizabeth Bowman (female, 1768-1849);
Sarah Bowman (female, 1772-1820);
Christine Bowman Scott (female, 1775-1848);
John Bowman (male, 1776-1777);
Eve Bowman (female, 1777-unknown).

In the WINTER of November 1775 under EXTREMELY stressful and dangerous conditions, Elizabeth Bowman went through childbirth, delivering [my Maternal Third Great Grandmother] Christine Bowman Scott (1775-1848), the BABY in this FAMILY STORY below.

During this period, Jacob Bauman Bowman Junior and the first of their 13 children, George Adam Bauman Bowman (1758-1842),  were English Loyalists and were captured and imprisoned by American Patriots during the Revolutionary War period about 20 Dec 1777.  And, several members of this Family unit died in 1777 – 1800.

WHY have I specified the names of the FAMILY members in this FAMILY STORY?  So you will be able to follow the lineage through the generations and relate the names and places to events in History.

Moreover, because without the STRENGTH of heart, mind, spirit, and body of Elizabeth Bowman and other members of our SCOTT FAMILY, there would NOT be a lineage, a FAMILY STORY, and I would NOT be alive to be writing this, and YOU would NOT be alive to read this!  SOMETHING to THINK about; AND, really illustrates and underlines the importance of our FAMILY and ALL the connections and FAMILY STORYS in our FAMILY TREES and BRANCHES.

SOURCE of Family Story below--
WHAT follows BELOW is an extract originally submitted by Ancestry User "monabeez" to their Ancestry Tree "Dayton-Cuthbert Family Tree" on 9 Jun 2007 titled "Elizabeth Bowman's Amazing Story".

 [The Family Members in this Story are: 
The pregnant female (my Fourth Great Grandmother) is Elizabeth Bowman (1739-1800); and
her spouse Jacob Bauman Bowman Junior (1738-1815); and
their eldest son and first child of 13 children, George Adam Bowman (1758-1842), age 16 in this story; and
Peter Bowman (1762-1849) age 11 in this story and fifth of 13 children.]  

I include the Family Story below without any changes.
Elizabeth was married to a Loyalist (Jacob) in New York, just as the American Revolution began.  The American Patriots wanted the Loyalists out or dead.  One night as Elizabeth lay on her bed very pregnant and probably feeling the early stages of childbirth, the door burst open and in came many men who meant to do them harm.  Some of these people she probably recognized as neighbors and maybe even some as friends but at this time, everything was different.  These men quickly subdued her husband and oldest son then took everything in their home.  They took dishes, clothing, blankets (except one) and all their food.  Finally, they took her husband and her son prisoner and left her on the bed with her other children gathered around and then the baby came 1/2 hour after the men left.

From the Letter by Elizabeth Spohn dated 1861;
"He was surprised at night, while his wife was sick, by a party of rebels, and with his eldest son, a lad sixteen years of age, was taken prisoner; his house was pillaged of every article, except the bed on which his sick wife lay, and that they stripped of all but one blanket.  Half an hour after my grandfather was marched off, his youngest child was born.  This was in November.  There my grandmother was, with an infant babe and six children, at the commencement of winter, without any provisions, and only one blanket in the house.  Their cattle and grain were all taken away."
"The wives and children of several imprisoned men were being threatened and very poorly treated.  Deciding they could no longer take the chance of staying in their homes in the area of Forty Fort in the Wyoming Valley, the five women took the chance that walking to Fort Niagara, Ontario would be safer than staying were they were.  In the fall, the 5 women and 32 children (Source: from Halton Region Museum in the “Buck papers”.) walked to Fort Niagara in the cold October and arriving at Fort Niagara on the 3rd of Nov. (Mrs. Elizabeth Spohn’s letter) No timeline has been offered to the length, but the tired, hunger, and scared party of women and children did make their Trek.  If Benjamin Harvey, took over 5 weeks, I would assume the children would have took at least as long."  Don't know this source, will try to find it.  By todays roads it would have been 441km and 274 miles.

"Somewhere along the trip the Commander of the British forces in Niagara heard of the plight that these women and children were in while walking to Canada.  Nothing has been recorded, that I can find, that will tell us just where the Scouts and Indians meet up with them on the trail.  The Commander had given orders to “bring them in,” and that is just what they did.  It may have been Nov. 3rd and more likely in 1778".  Not sure of the source for this paragraph, will try to find it.

From the Letter by Elizabeth Spohn dated 1861;
"My father, Peter Bowman, the eldest son at home, was only eleven years old.  As the pillage was at night, he had neither coat nor shoes; he had to cut and draw his firewood half a mile on a hand-sleigh to keep his sick mother from freezing; this he did barefooted.  The whole family would have perished had it not been for some friendly Indians that brought them provisions.  One gave my father a blanket, coat and a pair of mocassins.  A kind Squaw doctored my grandmother, but she suffered so much through want and anxiety that it was not until spring that she was able to do anything.  She then took her children and went to the Mohawk River, where they planted corn and potatoes; and in the fall the commander of the British forces at Niagara, hearing of their destitute situation, sent a party with some Indians to bring them in.  They brought in five families: the Nellises, Secords, Youngs, Bucks, and our own family (Bowman), five women and thirty-one children, and only one pair of shoes among them all.  They arrived at Fort George on the 3rd of November, 1776; (year in question bh) from there they were sent first to Montreal, and then to Quebec, where the Government took care of them-that is, gave them something to eat, and barracks to sleep in.  My grandmother was exposed to cold and damp so much that she took the rheumatism and never recovered."

She did not see her husband for 4 years after he was taken.

Note from Mona; At one point I was trying to figure out if Jacob's wife Ann was actually the women to do the trek instead of Elizabeth.  I was speculating on dates and number of children for the trek and somehow it is possible that Ann could have been the Mrs. Bowman on the trek.  Christina, Eve, and Sarah may have been Ann's children.  Sarah would have been on the trek too but she is never mentioned.  Dates may indicate that Christine or Christina was the baby born when the rebels came to their home and took everything.

A saddle used by Mrs. Philip Buck (one of the other women) who was probably pregnant on the trip is in the Halton Museum Ontario.

Elizabeth Bowman's ordeal lasted 5-6 years


Some of our SCOTT FAMILY members of direct lineage
In this Family Short Story below, I am NOT the author but rather only the transcriber of events and stories garnered from others and History.  We begin with my Maternal Great Grandparents.

Third Great Grandparents--
     Samuel Enos Scott and Christine Bowman/Baumann Scott
Second Great Grandparents --
     Jobe W Scott and Rebecca Scott
First Great Grandparents--
     James Alfred Scott and Mary Grace Jennings Scott


Third Great Grandparents--
     Samuel Enos Scott and Christine Bowman/Baumann Scott

Samuel Enos Scott (born 1774 Pennsylvania Colony, America – died after 1861 Delaware, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada).  [NOTE:  I have NOT been able to follow his forbearer's lineage or parentage—need help here.]

On  3 Jun 1794, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Samuel Enos Scott married Christine Bowman/Baumann Scott (born 1775 Pennsylvania Colony, America – died 9 Sep 1848 Ontario, Canada).

Christine is a descendant of the Bowman Baumann Family and the eleventh of 13 children of her parents Elizabeth Bowman and Jacob Bauman Bowman.  The Bowman Family (which is well documented in books and on Internet) were English Loyalists and Quakers and had fled the Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania Colony area in the Winter of 1777/78 and found refuge in Niagara, Canada.  However, Samuel Enos and his fourth child Adam Bowman Scott (b 1812) who were Quaker and British Loyalists, were captured by American Patriots and imprisoned.  More on this can be found on the Internet and in books about the American Revolutionary War and the "Butler's Rangers", who were British Loyalists.  [SPECIAL NOTE:  These are my Maternal Third Great Grandparents.]

There were SIX CHILDREN from the union of Samuel Enos Scott and Christine Bowman/Baumann Scott, with Jobe W Scott being the fifth child.

The SIX CHILDREN of Samuel Enos Scott and Christine Bowman/Baumann Scott were in birth order:

John Scott (male, 1795-1897);
Jacob Scott (male, 1797- unknown);
Charles Scott (make, 1804-unknown);
Adam Bowman Scott (male, 1812-unknown);
Jobe W Scott (male, 1817-1893);
Enos Scott (male, 1824-1908).

The 1861 Census Records for Delaware, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, show Jobe's father (Samuel Enos Scott, age 87) lived with his son Jobe at the time of the census.  Samuel Enos Scott died later that same year; and his wife Christine Bowman Scott pre-deceased Samuel Enos Scott in 1848 at age 73 in Ontario, Canada.

Second Great Grandparents --
     Jobe W Scott and Rebecca Scott

Jobe W Scott (born 22 Sep 1817 Ontario, Canada – 8 Dec 1893 Kansas) and Rebecca Scott (born 5 Feb 1820 Ontario, Canada – died 1889 Superior, McPherson, Kansas).  Jobe W Scott and his wife Rebecca Scott (Rebecca's maiden name was also SCOTT) were both born in Ontario, Canada.  [NOTE:  I have NOT been able to follow Rebecca Scott's forbearer  lineage or parentage—need help here.]

They were married on 11 Nov 1840 in  St Thomas Church, St Thomas Township, Elgin, Ontario, Canada, by Reverend M. Burnham, and witnessed by Jobe's brothers [younger Enos Scott (1824-1908) and older brother Jacob Scott (b 1797-?)].  There were ELEVEN CHILDREN from the union of Jobe W Scott and Rebecca Scott.

The ELEVEN CHILDREN of Jobe W Scott and Rebecca Scott were in birth order:

Sarah Jane Scott Dark (female, 1843-1910);
Hyram / Hiram William Scott (male, 1845-1910);
Elvina Scott Stansel (female, 1847-1942);
John Henry Scott (male, 1850-1945);
Charles Edward Scott (male, 1853-1932);
Zenas George Scott (male, 18567-1935);
Samuel Enos Scott (male, 1858-1951);
Hannah Ann Scott Smith (male, 1860-1930);
Rachael / Rachel Scott (female, 1863-1916);
Helen R "Ella" Scott Ebenback (female, 1863-1916);
James Alfred Scott (male, 1864-1935).

A photo of some of these children as adults is posted here.

The Census Records are interesting to review and show  JOBE W SCOTT and REBECCA SCOTT and their forebears settled in CANADA  (in the St Thomas, Elgin, Ontario, Canada, area and in the Delaware, Middlesex, Canada West (Ontario) area.  JOBE W SCOTT's name appears in the CANADA CENSUS for 1851, 1861, 1871. 
(SPECIAL NOTE:   The JOBE W SCOTT Family Bible was purchased in September 1851 in Ontario, Canada, and is over 160 years old; it is currently in the possession and care of my Mom's [Dorothy Helen Scott (Tarr)] youngest sister--- Jeannette Scott (Alvarez).  I have posted photos of the SCOTT FAMILY BIBLE here—it is VERY fragile.)

The Provinces of Egin and Middlesex in Ontario, Canada, were home to many of our SCOTT Family forbearers.  An entire township, which is still on modern maps as Scottsville, Ontario, Canada, was named for our Family.  Today, when looking at the residents and landowners of the Ontario area in LAND RECORDS and PHONE RECORDS, there are a LOT of SCOTTs.  [I have posted a copy of a old LAND MAP of here of Scottsville, Ontario, Canada, that Aunt Nette gave me, which shows the tracts of LAND with the surname SCOTT on so many of the map's area.]  The SCOTT CLAN 'filled the map' and the area with their presence and enterprise.

About 1879, JOBE W SCOTT and many of his children and their families sold their land and property in Canada, and relocated and resettled in the Superior, McPherson, Kansas, USA, area and purchased land.  [Aunt Nette gave me copies of some of the LAND DEEDS (which I posted here) which shows SCOTT LAND in CANADA being sold.]

First Great Grandparents--
     James Alfred Scott and Mary Grace Jennings Scott

James Alfred Scott was born on 4 Dec 1864 in Ontario, Canada, and was Jobe W Scott and Rebecca Scott's eleventh child of their 11 children.  James Alfred lived with his parents in the Delaware, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, and area until about 1880.  He was a schoolteacher and farmer by occupation.
Per the 1880 US Census, Jobe W Scott and his family (including James Alfred Scott) moved to settle in Superior, McPherson, Kansas, USA.
James Alfred Scott became a schoolmaster and taught school in McPherson County, Kansas.  While there, he met Mary Grace Jennings (born 13 Jun 1872 in Dallas Center, Dallas County, Iowa, USA, who was also a schoolteacher.
On 13 May 1891 in McPherson County, Kansas, USA, James Alfred Scott (age 26) joined in marriage with Mary Grace Jennings Scott (age 18).  The wedding ceremony was performed by Reverend Clark in McPherson County, Kansas, USA.  James Alfred Scott was protestant and a member of the Church of Christ in Rosedale, Oklahoma.  (James Alfred was a member of the Church of Christ in Delano, California, in later years after moving his family to California.  The Church of Christ in Delano was founded by his sons Laurel Flynn Scott and Raymond Cyril Scott.)
A Wedding Portrait photo is posted here, and in it, Mary Grace looks so young and lovely in her beautiful wedding dress, and James Alfred looks so dapper.  Their son Laurel Flynn Scott, my maternal grandfather and my mother's father, looks so much like his father James Alfred Scott in this photo and in other photos; the resemblance is remarkable!

Mary Grace Jennings Scott's parents were Nathan Brownfield Jennings (born 17 Mar 1845 Masontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania – died 3 Mar 1932 Canton, Kansas) and Elizabeth Jane Findley Jennings (born 11 Apr 1847 Armstrong County, Pennsylvania – died 17 Aug 1932 Wauhee, Dallas, Iowa).  Mary Grace was the first child of the six children of her parents.

The SIX CHILDREN from the marriage of James Alfred Scott and Mary Grace Jennings Scott were in birth order:  
Gladys Iona Scott Dunlap (1892-1968);
Raymond Cyril Scott (1894-1961);
Laurel Flynn Scott (1896-1979), [Aunt Nette's father and my Maternal Grandfather];
Clarence Jennings Scott (1900-1943);
Zara Harold Scott (1904-1956); and
Mary Rebecca Elizabeth Scott Webster (1908-1989).

Sometime between 1891 and 1894, James Alfred Scott and his wife Mary Grace Jennings Scott owned and managed some type of store McPherson County, Kansas.  About 1893, when the Cherokee Strip (in Indian Territory Oklahoma) opened up for new settlers, James Alfred Scott had a man "run and stake out" a parcel of land for him during the Oklahoma Land Run.  The parcel of land he obtained from the Oklahoma Land Run was located in Stella (Range 9), Woods County, Oklahoma Territory.  Now James Alfred Scott was a landowner, and his plan as a new landowner was to begin farming his land.  Therefore, he sold the store in Kansas and left Kansas with his young family; he was about age 30.

By 1894, he, Mary Grace, and their young daughter Gladys Iona Scott Dunlap (1892-1968) had moved from McPherson County, Kansas, to Manchester County, Oklahoma, and were settled on their new farm.  James Alfred became a landowner and farmer and Mary Grace became a farmer's wife and kept house and family.  On 14 Jan 1894, Mary Grace gave birth to their second child Raymond Cyril Scott in Manchester County, Oklahoma.  While living and working on their farm, their family continued to grow with the addition of three more children: Laurel Flynn Scott (1896), Clarence Jennings Scott (1900), and Zara Harold Scott (1904).

During 1904 and 1905, James Alfred Scott served as the Rosedale School Officer Treasurer.  The Rosedale School was located in the small town of Rosedale, Manchester, Oklahoma.  (If you use GOOGLE to search on Rosedale, Oklahoma, you can see some info on it and use GOOGLE maps to look at the surrounding area.)  Their children went to school there, as did the children of their neighbors from the other farms within a 5-mile radius or so.  Many of the children of Rosedale School met their future spouses there.  James Alfred and Mary Grace's third child Laurel Flynn Scott went to this school (as did his future spouse and my Maternal Gram Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott) until 1908.

[A photo of the Rosedale School graduation program 1904-1905 that belonged to Gladys Iona Scott Dunlap (daughter of James Alfred Scott and Mary Grace, my BELOVED Grand Aunt, and Jeannette's Aunt) is posted here.  It lists the names of the children at the school and James Alfred Scott as the School Treasurer.  Also listed is James Jones Bennett (the father of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott, my Maternal Great Grandfather, and Aunt Jeannette's Maternal Grandfather) as Director of Rosedale School.  My Grand Aunt Gladys was going to throw this wonderful memento away, and I convinced her to give it to me as a "keep sake".  It is one of my MOST TREASURED mementoes.]

Then on 12 Mar 1908, at age 36, Mary Grace passed away from hemorrhaging and complications after the birth of her sixth child.  Aunt Jeannette adds the following, "My Dad said he had to quit school in the 8th grade (age 12) to stay home and take care of his new baby sister (Mary Rebecca Elizabeth Scott Webster), because his Mom had died."

On 30 Dec 1908, James Alfred Scott married Mary Alice Dunlap Scott (born Jul 1897 Parson, Adams, Illinois – died 6 Dec 1957 in California) of the Parson, Adams, Illinois, USA, DUNLAPS.  James Alfred and Mary Alice had one child James William Dunlap Scott (born 19 Nov 1909 Oklahoma – died 6 Apr 1979 Delano, Kern, California), and he was given Mary Alice's maiden name for his middle name.  He was called "Dunlap" by family and friends, and went by the name of J.W. Dunlap Scott.  A Family Portrait photo of this new family is posted here.

Mary Alice's parents were James Lee Dunlap Senior (born Oct 1854 Illinois - died 17 Jun 1924 Payson, Adams, Illinois) and Alice Jane Crewdson Dunlap (born Jul 1865 Illinois - died after 1930 Illinois).

James Alfred Scott's brothers were encouraging him to move out to California claiming that the weather was better and the living better.  His older brothers, probably Zenas George Scott (1856-1935 Arizona), and Samuel Enos Scott (188-1951 California) all went to California at various times between 1910 to 1950.  After 2 or 3 years, some of his older brothers (you recall that James Alfred was the youngest of all the children) moved back to Oklahoma for a time.

Sometime between 1917 and 1920, James Alfred Scott sold his farm and moved his family to California.  All of James Alfred Scott's children settled in California where they lived, married, raised families, and passed away.  However, one of James Alfred Scott's sons, Laurel Flynn Scott his wife Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott, left California in the 1950s and settled in the Central Point, Oregon.  Laurel Flynn Scott and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Bennett Scott lived and worked on the Higinbotham Family Farm in Central Point, Oregon, for many years.  Their eldest daughter, Margaret Lucille Scott Higinbotham, was married to Glenn Ivan Higinbotham.

Per the 1930 US Census, James Alfred Scott, his wife Mary Alice, and their son still living at home (James William Dunlap Scott, age 21) resided in Earlimart, Alila, Tulare, California.

James Alfred Scott passed away at age 70, on 29 Jul 1935 in Delano, Kern, California, resulting from complications after a long illness.  He is buried in Delano, Kern, California.  Aunt Nette (Jeannette Scott Alvarez) writes in her notes to me that, he passed away after being ill for a long time.  Aunt Nette says, "He had been in an auto accident and one of his legs was gangrene at the time of his death.  This leads me and others to think he was diabetic."

Closing Thoughts

Here you have a Family Short Story, which began before we were born and continues after our passing, with our predecessors and our descendants, and the many lives, and hearts that are "touched" by their passage.

We are the legacy of past generations, and all that we have is due to their passions, laughter, and tears during their passage through this life.  They gave us the gift of freedom and sit as angels on our shoulder as we walk through the weeds of yesterday and into the garden of tomorrow.  When we stumble and fall, remembering past generations lifts us and strengthens our resolve so we can better weather the storm and see the waiting rainbow.

However, this is not the end, for there are other family members and new generations to come.  This is just a short story for those family members that are interested in OUR FAMILY STORY and HISTORY.

I feel very honored to be a part of this FAMILY TREE.
I love being a part of the history of this land.
I love that my family were here before me ... and will be here after me.