|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1810|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 15, 1889|
Chicago Journal, Aug. 16 - At 8:55 last night, in the residence at the northeast corner of Washington boulevard and Green street, occurred the death of an old man who was in all probability the veteran pioneer of Chicago. He was Willis Scott, and for over sixty years he had resided in or close to this city, and during all that time had never been away farthe than thirty miles. Mr. Scott was born March 25, 1810, and came to what is now Chicago on August 20, 1826, when a lad of 15 years. He accompanied his father and brother Willard. The only evidence of civilization that time consisted of Fort Dearborn and two houses on the south side of the river, and on the north side the house of John Kinzie and Alexander Wolcott. The Clybourn family lived quite a distance from the fort. At the time of Mr. Scott's arrival Fort Dearborn was the home of all the settlers, excepting those mentioned above. They lived there for protection against the Indians. The deceased took an active part in the events of the early history of Chicago, and lived to see it grow to be the seconc largest city in America.
Mr. Scott's first wife was Lavissa Caldwell, who came all the way from Virginia on horseback with Jonas Clybourn and his party. His second wife, who is now living, was Sarah S. Barney, of New York State. His only surviving child, Mrs. Arthur Warrington, lived with the aged couple.
Up to the time of his death Mr. Scott claimed to be the oldest settler of Chicago, having ante-dated all other elderly gentlemen who claimed this title.
The funeral will take place tomorrow at 11 o'clock from the residence, on Washington boulevard, by cars to Naperville.
The Naperville Clarion
August 21, 1889
Hadasah Trask Scott (1785 - 1854)
Sarah Serepta Barney Scott (1824 - 1899)
Plot: Sec 2 Lot 157-160 Plot 1
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
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