James Scott, a farmer and citizen of White River Township, was born in said township, February 12, 1839, and is the son of John and Katherine (Heavener) Scott. The father was a native of Virginia, born January 5, 1799, and died in Johnson County, Ind., October 16, 1871. The mother was also a native of Virginia, born January 16, 1802. They were married in Virginia and came to Indiana about 1835 or 1836, and settled in White River Township, Johnson County. The father was a farmer by occupation. He and wife were two of the first members of the Honey Creek Church of the United Brethren denomination. They continued to be members of the church up to their deaths. Their children, in all, numbered seven, as follows: Nelson, Mary, Steward, deceased, John, deceased, David, Aquila and James. James was reared on a farm, and received a fair education in the common schools. August 10, 1856, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Rush, who continued to be his companion until August 5, 1886, when her death occurred. She was born in Johnson County, September 16, 1838. The children that blessed her marriage numbered seven, as follows: Benjamin F., deceased, William H., James M., Greenberry M., Mary K., deceased, John W., and Charles A. When Mr. Scott married he settled down on his father’s farm, and began the life of a farmer, which he has since continued. He was the youngest child of his parents, whom he faithfully cared for till they were called away in death. He has followed their Christian example, and has been a member of the Honey Creek United Brethren Church, since he was fourteen years of age. His wife was also a member of the same church, and labored faithfully with him, as a much devoted wife and kind mother. At her death she left our subject and five children to mourn her loss. In 1887, Mr. Scott married for a second wife, Mrs. Amanda Beatty, nee Amanda Toland. He is still engaged in farming and stock-raising, and resides on Section 13, White River Township. In politics, Mr. Scott is a staunch republican.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 908.