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Samuel W. Scott

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Samuel W. Scott

Posted: 3 Jan 2005 6:16PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Scott, Van Kirk, Sanders, Pilgrim, Gesaman, Lake, Crull, Furst, Darr, Lantis
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 691-693

Samuel W. Scott, a reputable farmer of Huntington county, Indiana, is pleasantly located on a farm of one hundred and seventy-three acres lying in Rock Creek township. Mr. Scott is a native of Pennsylvania, having been born in Allegheny county, September 14, 1829, to James and Mary (Van Kirk) Scott. His grandfather, James Scott, was a native of Ireland and a farmer by occupation, who came to this country and located in Pennsylvania, where James Scott, the father of our subject, was born. He was also a farmer by occupation and followed that calling in his native state until overtaken by death, in 1868. He was prominent in the public walks of life, and represented his district in the legislative halls of Pennsylvania for two years. He was married to Mary Van Kirk, whose father, Samuel Van Kirk, was a farmer of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and whose grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution under the command of George Washington. She died in 1863. Her children were as follows: John, deceased; Samuel, our subject; Joseph, an able attorney at law, located in Huntington; James H., who is engaged in mining in the state of Montana; William, who is an agriculturist, cultivating the homestead in Washington county, Pennsylvania; Isaac, who died young; Diannah, deceased; Susan; Mary; Rebecca; and Sarah.

Samuel W. Scott remained at home until 1854, when he moved west, locating in Oskaloosa, Mahaska county, Iowa, where he teamed and worked at the carpenter's trade for five years. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he disposed of after two years and moved to Henry county, Missouri, settling near Clinton, where he bought one hundred and twenty acres of land. He tended this for three years, and again sold and went farther west. He crossed the state line into Kansas, and bought land in Miami county, near Osceola, but two years more of this western country decided him to return east. Accordingly he disposed of his business and returned as far as Indiana, stopping in Rock Creek township, where he settled on one hundred and seventy-three acres, all of which was wood land except about six acres which had been cleared. He built a house and continued to cut down the timber and grub out the brush and stumps until he now has one hundred acres cleared and tiled. He is a wide-awake, prosperous farmer, does not believe in making a specialty of any one crop, but carries on general farming, and has found that where one crop was light another made up for the deficiency, so it is seldom he has a year of shortage.

Just after going west, in 1855, Mr. Scott was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Sanders Pilgrim, of Harrison county, Indiana, and for almost thirty years they shared together the vicissitudes of life and strove to lighten each the burden of the other. But this sweet companionship was dissolved August 27, 1881, when the wife and mother answered the summons to come up higher, there to await the loved ones she left behind. The children of this marriage are Elizabeth F., Samuel C., Jr., who married Miss Mary Gesaman and is engaged in farming in this township; Nancy C., who is the wife of Jacob Lake, a farmer; Edward employed on the Erie Railroad, was killed in a wreck at Bippus, in 1891, married Dora Crull; James T., who married Ella Furst, lives in Rock Creek township; William E., who married Miss Lola Darr, lives in Warren; Harvey V., who married Miss Bircha Lantis, resides in Huntington; and two children who passed away in infancy. Mr. Scott is a Democrat, and has been the efficient justice of the peace of Rock Creek township for a period of twenty-seven years, endeavoring to so temper his justice with mercy that it would cause the youghful offender to draw back from the paths of sin and lead a life of rectitude, while the hardened criminal is made to feel that it is a serious thing to disregard the laws of his country. Mr. Scott was made an Odd Fellow in 1855 in the Oskaloosa lodge, and was a charter member of Star of Hope Lodge, No. 464 of Brown's Corners. He faithfully lives up to the tenets of that organization and his four sons are also identified with the lodge. He is a strict Presbyterian and an elder in the church.

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