Thursday, September 1, 2011

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.


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