Biographical sketch extracted from:
Biographical and historical record of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1887. p. 695-696.
CHARLES SCOTTON, county commissioner of Wells County, residing on section 31, Lancaster Township, dates his birth in Wayne County, Ohio, near Wooster, October 31, 1841. His parents, John and Dina (Jellings) Scotton, were born and reared in Coventry, England, and were the parents of fourteen children of whom seven yet surviveÂ—John J., of Huntington County, Indiana; Mrs. Ann Corlew, also living in Huntington County; Mrs. Dina Carl, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Edwin, living in Kansas; Mrs. Elizabeth Schnatterly, of Kansas; Charles, the subject of this sketch, and Mrs. Mary J. Ware, of Wells County. The parents immigrated to the United States in 1832, and after living one year in Buffalo, New York, they in 1833 removed to Wayne County, Ohio, where they made their home until coming to Wells County, Indiana, in 1842. They settled in Rock Creek Township, where they built their pioneer home in the dense wilderness, and there our subject was reared, his youth being spent in farm labor and in attending the schools of the county. On reaching years of manhood he engaged in farming in Huntington County, where he remained two years. He then returned to Wells County and settled in Lancaster Township, where he has since made his borne. June 4, 1863, Mr. Scotton was married to Miss Julia Davis, a daughter of William P. and Lucinda (Richey) Davis, pioneers of Lancaster Township, they having settled near the present site of New Lancaster in 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Scotton have four children livingÂ—Emma, wife of H. B. Nelson, a druggist of Bluffton, Indiana; Florence, Harry and George Nelson. Edwin, the fourth child, died September 1, 1878, in his third year. Both Mr. and Mrs. Scotton are members of the Baptist church. Mr. Scotton in his political views is a Democrat, and is prominent in the councils of his party. He served as township trustee from 1882 until 1886 inclusive, and in the latter year was elected county commissioner for a term of four years. His father, John Scotton, was a shoemaker by trade, which he followed in connection with farming. He died at his home in Rock Creek Township in 1854, aged fifty-nine years. In 1856 his widow married William McBride. Mr. McBride had been previously married, and by his first wife had the following childrenÂ—Warren, Frank, Samuel and John, and Mrs. Barbara Ellen Readling, who is now deceased. Mr. McBride died in 1870. His widow, the mother of our subject, survived until 1875, when she died at the home of a married daughter at Fort Wayne, at the age of seventy-two years. She had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for thirty-five years, and was a consistent Christian, esteemed by all who knew her.