Transcribed and contributed by Patricia Kenyon
The Scott family Bible came to me through my grandmother,
Lillie Scott Kenyon and my father, Frederick Ralph Kenyon. It is leather bound;
its condition is quite tattered and worn; it includes illustrations. The first
pages—including the title page—are missing or in pieces. On the inside front
cover is a small sticker, “Sold by Tracy Doolittle, No. 37 State Street,
Albany.” The New Testament’s title page is intact: “Brattleborough, Vt.
Printed and Published by Holbrook and Fessenden, 1828.
The following was printed on newsprint in columns which
were cut out and pasted onto the first family record page following the
Apocrypha. The different spellings of the name Semanthia (Samanthia) are in the
Genealogical Account of
Matthew Scott’s Family Record.
I was born November 24th, 1782. I was married November 15th,
1801, to Hannah, daughter of Samuel and Thankful Sackit, who was born June 21st,
1771. Semanthia, daughter of Matthew and Hannah Scott, was born September 24th,
1802. Alanson, eldest son of Matthew and Hannah Scott, was born December 8th,
1804. Ransom, second son, was born August 9th, 1807. Alvin, third
son, was born November 5th, 1810. Hiram, fourth son, was born April
Deaths—Alvin died June 18th,
1833. Hiram died October 26th, 1841. Hannah died February 17th,
The above may be read in the following manner:
Fifteenth of November, eighteen
hundred and one,
Was a day that completed what before had begun—
In anticipation of new scenes in life,
And which constituted us husband and wife.
Eighteen hundred and two,
twenty-fourth of September,
We were blest with a daughter, as I well remember;
We called her Samanthia, namesake of an aunt,
Thus we favored tradition you will readily grant.
On the eighth of December,
eighteen hundred and four,
The Lord condescended to bless us once more;
He gave us a son, Alanson by name,
And thus on our gratitude held a just claim.
On the ninth day of August,
eighteen hundred and seven,
We were called on again to give thanks to high heaven;
For Ransom, our son, was born at that time,
As here you may see it written in rhyme.
On the fifth of November,
eighteen hundred and seven [sic],
As you may perceive by the work of my pen,
Was the birth-day of Alvin, the third of our sons,
And so the Lord blest us with such little ones.
On the fourteenth of April,
eighteen hundred thirteen,
Was the birth-day of Hiram, as here may be seen,
He being the youngest, and likewise the last,
And so the first twelve years of rural life past.
The initial letters of our
From oldest to youngest, as the sequel explains,
Form a singular acrostic, and you’ll scarce find another,
For the letters spell Sara , the name of my mother.
The family circle being
thus made complete,
The Lord gave us bread, and the Lord gave us meat—
With some light afflictions to humble our pride,
And show us our duty in him to confide.
Thus passed on the time for
twenty odd years,
Till Alvin, our son, was seized by disease,
Which refused to be check’d by medical skill,
And death soon took place, for it was the Lord’s will.
Eighteen hundred thirty-three put
an end to the strife,
On the eighteenth of June he departed this life,
Aged twenty-two years, seven months, thirteen days—
He yielded his life to the God whom he praised.
In the year eighteen hundred
forty and one,
The Lord called for Hiram, who was our fourth son—
Twenty-sixth of October God called him away,
Aged twenty-eight years, six months and twelve days.
In the year eighteen hundred
fifty and two,
My beloved companion was called to pass through
The struggles of death, and to yield up her life,
And leave this vain world with its care and its strife.
In the month February, the
She departed this life, and a silent corpse lay.
Her years had rolled on to four score and one,
Seven months and twenty-seven revolves of the sun.
She is gone, the partner of
She ever loved and practiced truth;
Her even temper, gentle mean,
In all her ways was plainly seen.
Till years of care, and
toil, and pain,
Had mared that nobler part the brain,
And reason being quite disthroned,
Her nearest friends were hardly owned.
For months her mind was
wrecked and toss’d,
Till muscular strength being almost lost;
The body lulling into sleep,
Would leave the mind alone to weep.
Her faltering lips would
“Our bread, Lord, give us day by day,
And as in heaven thy will is done,
So be it on this earth begun.”
Amen, amen, my soul
O may that prayer not be denied;
But whilst on earth thy supplient stays,
O fill her heart with prayer and praise.
At length she swooned and
Her spirit left the mouldering clay;
Her form retained a peaceful smile—
Thus ended all her earthly toil.
What’s loss to me is gain
Then let us in God’s will concur;
And with a humble, contrite heart,
May I maintain the christian’s[sic] part.
She rests, she rests with
Christ, her head,
Who for our sins has groaned and bled,
Jesus will raise her at that day,
When all this world shall pass away.
Then hush, ye weeping
heart, be still,
Yield and submit to heaven’s will—
Jesus has called her to appear,
And serve him in a nobler sphere.
Whilst life may last and
health be given,
Help me to tread the path to heaven;
And, in obedience to thy laws,
Honor and magnify thy cause.
That when this flesh shall
droop and die,
My soul may soar and raise on high,
And join with those who have gone before,
To sing God’s praise for evermore.
My family record in rhyme
has been given—
Speaks of union being formed and union being riven—
Of offspring bestowed and taken away—
Of ages computed by years, months and days.
Thus far I’ve recorded
some scenes that transpired
For fifty full years, as the case has required.
Whose lot it may be to continue these lines,
Remains a secret to all finite minds.
(page two). Entries handwritten in ink at different times and in different
Alanson Scott died
Nancy M Scott died
Emily Baldwin died
May 9th 1839
Franklin Son of Alanson
June 25th 1843
Charles Marshall Son of
Charles. M. Scott Died Feb
July 8th 1846 Edwin
Edwin Scott Died Jan
Record (page three). Entries handwritten in ink (last one in
pencil) at different times and in different styles.
Son of Matthew & Hannah Scott
9th 1844 Emily aged 18 year Daughter of Alanson and Nancy Maria
Scott to Jedediah. R aged 25 years Son of Hezekiah and Amanda Baldwin
3rd 1863 Franklin 24 years son of A & N.M Scott
30th 1865 Alanson Son of Matthew & Hannah Scott
Record (page four). Entries handwritten in ink at different times
and in different styles.
Hannah Scott died
Matthew Scott died
Semantha Suret (¿spelling?
Scott, Sure over a Scott which was scuffed off) died
Ransom Scott died
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