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Arthur Martin Scott

  • Birth 21 Apr 1777 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 10 Jul 1858 Crawford County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 32048616

Son of Arthur Scott" and Jean (Ross) Scott.

Married 1st Jane Anderson (1775-1810) April 15, 1800. Children: Polly, Marguerite, Jane and James W.

Married 2nd Rebecca Elizabeth Samuels on December 23, 1813.
Children: Susan (1816 - 1905), Lucinda (1817), Ferdinand (1818 - 1892), Nancy Meneway (1820 - 1890), Sarah "Sally" (1822 - 1878), Franklin Martin (1823 - 1899), Elizabeth "Eliza" (1825 - 1884), Alexander "Alex" (1826 - 1906), Julia Ann (1827 - ?), Henry Harrison (1829 - 1900), Sharlota (1831 - ?), Cleopatra (1832 - ?), Mary (1837 - ?)and Elenor (1839 - ?)


The following information was found in "Arthur Martin Scott 1777 - 1858 His Ancestors and His Descendants" E. Harrison Scott, 1951.

Page 87: Arthur Martin Scott went through life as "Martin Scott" but A.M. Scott is inscribed on his tombstone. He moved to Kentucky with his parents at the age of twelve. On April 15, 1800 he married Jane Anderson. Jane was the daughter of John and Margaret Anderson. Her father had died prior to 1797 when her mother married Henry McQuaid (or McWaid).

Page 89: "in December of 1807 MARTIN (SCOTT) and his brother Thomas were sued by one Tinsley for the theft of hogs. The verdict was 'Not Guilty.'.... In the evidence it appeared that hogs running loose in the woods farrowed pigs, and that Tinsley saw a white pig with one of his sows which he claimed he had later found in the possession of MARTIN SCOTT. Nevertheless the verdict was for the defendant, but it finally resulted in a fist fight between Tinsley, who was a Justice of the Peace, and MARTIN SCOTT. Martin sued Tinsley for $500 on the charge of assault and libel but he later dismissed the suit. This was in 1808."

Page 90: "On October 18, 1809, he (MARTIN SCOTT) sold his one hundred acres of land to Moses Tilly for $350. His wife Jane joined in the deed." MARTIN SCOTT and his family left Kentucky for the Indiana Territory. In 1809 or 1810 MARTIN established his homestead, as a squatter, in the Indiana Territory at approximately three miles up Bear Creek, now known as Dry Run, from the Blue River. The home that he built there "consisted of a rectangular, two story, log house with two rooms: one room below, and one of simular size above. The front door was in the center of the long side, and just opposite was a large fireplace built of boulders and rough stones. In the fireplace the cooking was done, and in this room the family lived. The second floor had an identical fireplace and was reached by a stairway on the outside of the house and at the end. Some years later a kitchen was constructed across the back side of the house, and a porch across the front side. In this house MARTIN reared his eighteen children and his two grandchildren...."

Page 92: "MARTIN's Marriage to REBECCA ELIZABETH SAMUELS occurred in Harrison County, Indiana on December 23, 1813; the ceremony was performed by William Brant."


The following are quotations taken from "A History of Crawford County, Indiana" by Hazen Hayes Pleasant, A. M. (1926):

Page 11-12: "The list of men who bought farms in 1817 was much larger. The following men were the most important: George Jones, Henry Richards, MARTIN SCOTT, John Flannery, John Sturgeon, John Sands, ROBERT SCOTT, James Green,
Daniel Weathers, and Archibald Allen. These men were good citizens, hardy pioneers, and patriotic men."

"MARTIN SCOTT, who was born in 1777, came from Virginia. His farm was situated about four miles north of Leavenworth, on the `Old Leavenworth and Salem' road. Many of his descendants live in the county today. When Davis Floyd came to `Old Mount Sterling' in Crawford County to organize the first circuit court, Mr. SCOTT was a member of the first grand jury. He was road supervisor and lister of Jennigs township for many years. At times Mr. SCOTT seems to have displayed a very bad temper. The records of the county show that he was fined $1.00 in May, 1829, for swearing. He lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1858. He was buried in his private cemetery. Aniel Froman owns the well-known farm of MARTIN SCOTT."

Page 21-22: " The first session (Grand Jury) was held at Mount Sterling in Crawford County August 1, 1818. Judge (David) Floyd was assisted by Judge Henry Green and James Glenn, both of whom were honorable men. The new court house and jail had not yet been built. James Brasher let the judges use his new cabin house. This house was to little to accommodate all the jurors, so they sat around on logs in the yard.

Sheriff Daniel Weathers, who was commissioned sheriff by the Governor was present and handed into court the following men's names for a grand jury: Cornelius Hall, Lazarus Stewart, Alex King, William Osborn, JamesLewis, Elias Davis, Elisha Potter, Alex Barnett, William Potter, Robert Yates, Peter Peekinpaugh, William SCOTT, Reuben Laswell, Abraham Wiseman, George Tutter, MARTIN SCOTT, John Sturgeon, Robert Sands, Isaac Lamp, Ed. Gobin, and Malachi Monk. Just how the men were selected the record does not explain. They were certainly good men.

These men elected Cornelius Hall Foreman. After due consideration the jury returned a bill against James Ouley for murder in the first degree. The evidence showed that Ouley had followed (WIlliam) Briley through the woods for some distance and had shot him in the back, about where his suspenders cross." This murder occurred on July 1, 1818. James Ouley was convicted of the murder and hanged on October 1, 1818.

Page 38: (January, 1825; in Fredonia) "The board (of justices) also appointed the following men as superintendents of the sixteenth section of the school land: Allen D. Thom, James Glenn, Peter McMichael, James McIntosh, MARTIN SCOTT, Archibald Sloan and William Anderson."

Page 73: "The election of 1824 was held and the votes brought into the county seat. Then some one was selected to carry the vote to Corydon which was the state capital then. On this occasion MARTIN SCOTT was selected to carry the vote to Corydon. He received $1.90 for making the trip."

Page 74: "Under the one school law enacted in 1816, each congressional township was entitled to a superintendent who would care for the sixteenth section. The men appointed in 1825 were: 1, MARTIN SCOTT, section 16, town 2 south, range 2 east:..."

Page 108 - 110: "The poor people throughout the county had been cared for by certain men whom the board of commissioners appointed. Such persons were called overseers of the poor. They took the men and women and whatever others were assigned to them to their houses, clothed and fed them and at the close of the quarter a bill for their services was handed in..... At the March term of the court a Mr. Thomasson...had just bought the north one-half of the south one-half of section 16, township 3 south, range 2 east, and wished to donate it to the county as a permanent home for poor people. The board accepted his generous offer... (A house was built on the land and ready for occupancy on October 1841.) A contract was made with MARTIN SCOTT to take charge of the farm. He was to notify the overseers of the poor in the county and request them to bring all the poor people into the house by May 1, 1842. Mr. Scott was a good substantial man and did the best he could to make a success of the undertaking.... Absolom Black was appointed manager of the poor farm when MARTIN SCOTT's time was out. He took up the duties in January, 1842.... Matters drifted along fairly well with the poor farm, but in March, 1846, MARTIN SCOTT was ordered to sue the contractor who had agreed to make rails for the poor farm and then he was to complete the fencing of the farm."

Page 133: "James Brown, Wilson Brown and MARTIN SCOTT were chosen to open the road from Coles' Ford to Leavenworth. This was part of the New Albany and Leavenworth and Fredonia road. The road was to be twenty feet wide. The men began work on the road about 1827."


There is an annual SCOTT Family Reunion at English Indiana usually at Wesleyan Church Parish Hall.

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  • Added: 8 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32048616
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Martin Scott (21 Apr 1777–10 Jul 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32048616, citing Scott Cemetery, Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Ron Nixon (contributor 47071154) .