John Scott, Sr. (c.1706 - 1774)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: Died in Guilford, North Carolina, United States
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John Scott was born near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1706. He went to Northern Ireland in 1725 where he participated in suppressing a Catholic rebellion and lost an arm in the combat. (He was a Presbyterian)

John Scott came to Pennsylvania about 1740 and married Margaret Thornton on March 13, 1745. They moved to Virginia about 1760 and then to North Carolina in October 1763. He died in North Carolina (Probaby Guilford County) November 12, 1774. Margaret Thornton Scott died in Jessamine County, Kentucky in 1801. They had five children.

John Scott was born in Scotland, probably near Edinburgh, in 1706. It is unknown when he moved to Northern Ireland, but he was wounded in the Catholic Rebellion in 1725 and lost an arm. While in Ireland, he married Margaret Thornton on March 13, 1740. They immigrated to America in June 1745 and probably arrived at the port of Philadelphia. Several sources indicate that they lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1762 the growing family packed-up and moved South over the Old Wagon Road which ran East of the Blue Ridge through Virginia to the Piedmont region of North Carolina. They finally reached Guildford County, North Carolina in October 1763 and settled on a plantation along the banks of the Haw River. John Scott was a Presbyterian and an Elder in Mr. Campbell's Church in North Carolina. He was clearly well educated and had remarkable penmanship. Because of his disability, he probably worked as a frontier teacher and small farmer. All of his children were also evidently well educated, at least by frontier standards. John Scott died at age 68 at Guildford Courthouse, North Carolina on November 12,1774. Margaret [Thornton] Scott died in Jessamine County, Kentucky April 6, 1801. The six known children of John and Margaret [Thornton] Scott were: William Scott (1752- 1804) married Grizelda Carothers ca. 1770 Thomas Scott (1754-1834) married 1. Nancy Carothers February 9, 1775. 2. Sarah Ward October 6, 1800 Samuel Scott (1762- 1820) married Martha McCorkle August 5, 1783 Jinet (Janet) Nancy Scott--married James Carothers Martha Scott--married Simeon Frost

Source: "Letter" from William Thomton Scott of Holton, Kansas to Dr. E. O. Guerrant Minister at Troy Presbyterian Church in Woodford County, Kentucky dated May 15, 1895. In this interesting letter (the original which was once in the possession of Miss Martha Guyn of Lexington has since disappeared), Mr. Scott was seeking information about a slate sundial that had been brought from Ireland by his grandfather, John Scott, and presumably was left behind. He planned to exhibit the sundial at the 1895 Atlanta Exposition. Mr. Scott stated, "John Scott, my grandfather, he was one armed, lost the limb in some of the Rebellions in Ireland." William T. Scott was the youngest son of Samuel and Martha [McCorkle] Scott. As perhaps the last surviving son of a "King's Mountain Man", he (Samuel) corresponded on several occasions with Lyman Draper during preparations for his book King's Mountain and Its Heroes (see the Draper Collection 34CC52-54).

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John Scott, Sr.'s Timeline

1706
1706
Edinburgh, Scotland
1740
March 13, 1740
Age 34
Pennsylvania, United States
1750
1750
Age 44
Mecklenburg Co. NC
1752
1752
Age 46
Pennsylvania, United States
1754
February 22, 1754
Age 48
Pennsylvania, United States
1756
1756
Age 50
1759
1759
Age 53
1759
Age 53
1762
August 5, 1762
Age 56
Guilford, NC, USA
1768
1768
Age 62
North Carolina, United States