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James Scott


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 11 October 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Deerfield Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


JAMES SCOTT, carriage-manufacturer and undertaker; P. O. Twenty-Mile Stand; was born in Union Township in1817; he is a son of Nicholas and Rhoda (Smith) Scott, who were born in New Jersey, in which they were reared and married; in his native State, he learned wagon-making, and also did an undertaking business. In 1816, he, his wife and one child emigrated to Ohio and settled three miles south of Lebanon, in Union Township; here he purchased a small farm, which he carried on in connection with his trades; he was a hard-working man, very conscientious, and had not the aspirations for worldly wealth some others had. He was a Republican in politics. To them eight children were born, six living, viz., Abiah, now Mrs. Armstrong; James, Allison L., Thomas; Sarah, now Mrs. Melville and Rebecca F., now Mrs. Kinkead; the deceased are Hannah and John. The latter enlisted, in the beginning of the war, in the 69th O. V. I., Co. A; he was wounded and taken prisoner at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and, after his recovery, returned to his regiment in time to participate in the battle of Mission Ridge, in which he was shot through the heart and instantly killed; he was a Lieutenant of his company, but during this battle was Acting Captain. Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Sr., were consistent and active members of the Christian Church, in which he was a representative and official member. The early life of our subject was passed in his father's shop; after attaining his majority, he went to Lebanon to study more fully and obtain a broader knowledge of his business in detail, where he remained for a season. In 1840, he began for himself in the wagon-making business at his present stand; being without capital, he began in a small way, and gradually he enlarged his business, with which he combined undertaking and carriage-making, and thus his business assumed considerable proportions, and his carriages find a ready sale in the market. As an undertaker, he sustains an enviable reputation; Gov. Jeremiah Morrow and his wife were buried by him, and the funeral expense of the Governor was but $13; that of his wife, $10; he was buried in 1852, she in 1845. Mr. Scott has been twice married—first, to Mary Hart, daughter of James Hart, of Warren County, April 5, 1842, who bore him one child, viz., Alice, born in September, 1843, died in December of the same year; Mrs. Scott died March 26, 1844, aged 23 years 1 month and 27 days. His second marriage was celebrated with Lydia E., daughter of John Lowe, of Warren County, April 3, 1845; to them one child has been born—Nicholas I., born July 31, 1851; he is now a physician in Cincinnati. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he has been a Ruling Elder for many years. He is a gentleman fully interested in educational matters, and in the church and Sabbath school he is a representative man and zealous worker. He owns 70 acres of most excellent land, which is highly improved, with a fine dwelling and good working shop in which to carry on his business. John Lowe, father of Mrs. Scott, was born in Somerset Co., N. J., in 1789; came to Ohio in an early day a single man. He was married to Mary Irwin June 22, 1815; she was born April 9, 1789; they were parents of five children, viz., James A. L., Nancy C., Mary J. Sarah A., Lydia E. Mr. Lowe died June 18, 1871; Mrs. Lowe departed this life in June, 1829; both were members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he was a Ruling Elder; he served under Gen. Wayne in the war of 1812, in the vicinity of Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was three times married; his second marriage was with Mary A. Brower, who bore him seven children, viz., Henrietta M., John L., Johana M., Abraham B., William W., Josiah E. and William W. His third marriage was celebrated with Roxana T. Nye, who is yet living, and resides in Massachusetts.

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