GenealogyFrom the book Scottland Centennial 1872-1972
The Scotts played an important part in the pioneer history of Scottland and Prairie Twp.
Samuel Scott, the first Scott in Prairie Twp., was born in Randolph Co., Virginia, in 1793. He was of English ancestry. In early life his parents moved to Indiana and lived near Bloomington.
Later he moved to Morgan Co. Here he married Rebecca Tabor in 1818. He entered and became the owner of 160 acres of government land and was instrumental in laying out the county seat, Martinsville, Ind. which was located on his farm.
He did not like to live so close to a village and sold out his holdings and moved to Illinois in May 1829.
Samuel and Rebecca had five children at this time. William, 10 years old; John, 9; Calvin, 7; David, 5; and Josephus a few months old.
They made the journey overland by wagon, camping along the wayside. They brought forty head of cattle with them, but most of them died the first winter, which was unusually severe.
Arriving in early summer, they built their first home, a cabin of split logs notched to fit in place. It had a clapboard roof and windows covered with oiled paper, a wide fireplace and chimney.
A loft reached by a ladder furnished a place for the boys to sleep.
As time went on, Samuel and Rebecca had five more children--Franklin, Andrew J, Lafayette, Serena, and Isaac.
Samuel carried out his plans for raising cattle on a large scale. He purchased them in the South every spring when grass was abundant and , when they were ready, marketed them 125 miles north at Ft. Dearborn
near Chicago. Each trip one of the boys went with him on the long cattle drive.
Samuel's cattle business had been successful for many years before the land could be used for farming. Much of the money earned in the cattle business was used to purchase and enter more
and more land out on the prairie because he realized the value of the black soil.
The U.S. government office ws at Palestine and the price for land was $1.25 per acre.
As the children grew, they attended a log cabin school with slab benches and puncheon floor. The teachers were paid on the subscription plan, each family paying according to the number of youngsters they sent.
Farming was hampered because of the difficulty of draining the swamp land. The boys drove five yoke of oxen in breaking the prairie. Later they plowed with one yoke with a wooden moldboard plow and harrowed with a wooden harrow. Slowly most all of Samuel's land was brought under cultivation. The boys all worked for their father until they bame of age and married and with his help, made homes of their own.
"Uncle Sammie" became widely and favorably known as everybody's friend and theonly man in the county who had money to loan. Many owed their start in life to him.
In 1859 he moved to Ross Twp. and later to Paris. He was the largest land owner in the county, having at the time of his death 3,500 acres in Edgar Co. and nearly 1,000 acres in the state of Kansas.
Samuel died while visiting his son William in Prairie Twp. in 1870. Mrs Scott later married David Light. She died in 1886.
Samuel Scott and Rebecca Scott Light are buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Samuel and Rebecca Scott
2. John (Jack)
4. David Marion
7. Andrew J
family line is decended from David, Samuel and Rebecca's 4th son
wife 1: Emma Locke
wife 2: Isabelle Spears
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