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Mary Amy Darby (Scott)

Birthplace: Clarksville, Butler Co., Iowa, United States
Death: November 08, 1942 (75)
Clarksville, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Clarksville, Butler Co., Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac W. Scott and Sarah Scott
Wife of Lucius "Lute" Edwin Darby
Mother of "Fannie" Frances Cross; Lillith Darby; Ruth Elizabeth Miller; Clarence Arthur Darby; David Edwin Darby and 6 others
Sister of Nellie Viola Bartlemay; Lilas Judd; David Scott; Roy Scott and Jessie Scott

Occupation: Homemaker
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About Amy Darby (Scott)

Mary "Amy" Scott was the daughter of Isaac Scott & Sarah Philippi. Sarah Philippi's family had moved to Clarksville, Iowa about 1858, from Somerset Co, Pennsylvania, before Isaac & Sarah married, so Amy & her brother's & sisters were all born in Clarksville, Iowa.

Isaac Scott was a Civil War soldier, from Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois. His name is on the statue out front of the Mt. Carroll County courthouse. He was short (his war records record his height as 5'6'1/4 " ) & stout. He had red hair & beard, fair complexion, blue eyes, & a jolly disposition. Isaac's Civil War Pension Papers show: : "He enrolled on the 7th day of Sept. 1861 at Camp Butler in Co. I, 34th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers to serve 3 years or during the war & mustered into service again, as a Corporal on the 2nd day of Oct. 1864 at Camp Butler. On the Muster Roll of Co. I, for the months of March & April, in 1862 he is reported Private, wounded in left wrist in battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862. June 1864, Corpl. Wounded on a skirmish at Rocky Face Ridge, GA. The record reads "He was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh Apr. 7, 1862, while in the fight. The Ball struck the left wrist just above the wrist-joint, shattering the bone, throwing the wrist out of joint & cutting some of the cords of the arm. He was also wounded again in the Battle of Buzzard Roost, May 9, 1864, while in the fight by two Balls, one striking in the back part of the knee joint, entering the cords of the same, severing some of them & leaving the leg badly weakened from the effects of the same. The other striking the the calf of the leg affecting the mucsselles." Isaac always had a severe limp after the war, for the remainder of his life.

Sarah Philippi's parents were David & Mary McMillan Philippi, from Somerset County, Pennsylvania. David's parents were Christian & Sarah Philippi, & Christian was the son of Jorge Franz Philippi, the first white man in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, according to his gravestone in the cemetery in front of the Messiah Lutheran Church in New Centreville, Pennsylvania. He came to the America before 1749, on the ship "Phoenix", took the recorded oath of allegiance in Philadelphia, September, 15, 1749. He was a member of Virginia Militia with General George Washington at Great Meadows in 1753, and a Wagoner with Braddock's Army at Fort Duquesne in 1755.

Mary "Amy" Scott's Grandmother, Mary McMillan's parents, were John McMillan & Nancy Kilpatrick. John was the son of James McMillan, born in March 1735, in Scotland or Ireland, & he died on his farm in Pennsylvania, March 1821. He & his wife Eleanor came to America & settled in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In 1790 they moved to Forthill, Somerset County, where they lived the rest of their lives. Fort Hill was an Indian Fort. The Revolutionary War record of James McMillan is with Captain R. Shanous Co., First Battalion, Second Marching Co, Second Class, called up September 11, 1777. A DAR record was established by Georgia Philippi Bowman, & is on record in National D.A.R. headquarters, Washington, D.C. We have obtained a copy of her application from the DAR.

The cemetery where the McMillan's & Philippi's are buried in Somerset County, is in a beautiful location. It is so peacefully located in a well kept old farm at "Paddytown", which is not really a town at all, but the name of a neighborhood. The cemetery is nestled back in a hollow behind the old farm, that was probably the location of James or John McMillan's farm. "Chickenbone Hollow Road" runs between the barn & the house of the old farm, & makes it look like you are turning into a driveway, when you turn from the highway to Somerset. However it is a through country winding road, that continues through the farm & out the other side to another road that can take you back to Centerville. The cemetery is about one-fourth mile from the Highway to Somerset, & is visible from the Highway that passes by the front of the old farm.

Bernard & Lynda Ozinga visited there in 1998, taking many pictures of the old McMillan, Kilpatrick headstones, including James & his wife Eleanor, John McMillan & his wife Nancy Kilpatrick. DAR markers are in place at the veterans graves, including both James & John. Several of the old stones have been left in place but have also had new markers installed by descendants. It is a beautiful old cemetery, with the cows owned by the current farmer, climbing the small hill behind the cemetery fence, munching on grass, looking at the visitors. The neighborhood called Paddytown along the little country road, nestles in a peaceful valley, with small homes, & even an ancient two story log cabin that can be seen as you wander back to Centrville along the winding country road.

Sarah Philippi Scott's father, David Philippi died in Clarksville, Iowa in 1865 leaving the Philippi family with seven children for Mary to raise alone. (Son Jehu, Sarah's brother, was killed in the Civil War in 1864, at the Battle Sabine Cross Road, Pleasant Hill). David Philippi is buried in the Old town cemetery in Clarksville. All the Philippi brother's & sisters moved to Oregon by 1890, except Amy, & her parents. Eventually Isaac & Sarah also moved to Oregon. (Sarah's mother Mary McMillan died in 1903 in Oregon, & is buried at the Eugene I.O.O.F. Cemetery which is now surrounded by the campus of University of Oregon. The lot is #321.)

In July, 1881, 7 years before Amy & Lucius married, President Garfield had been shot. His death in September greatly saddened the country, but Vice President Chester Arthur confidently stepped in to fill his shoes. Sheriff Pat Garrett had recently killed Billy the Kid, and Marshall Virgil Earp and his brother Wyatt would soon meet the Clanton gang at the O.K. Corral. Paperback stories of their exploits inspired young men to "Go West", just as Lucius family had come west from New York 13 years previous.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) from Elmira, New York was working on The Prince and the Pauper, and his Adventures of Tom Sawyer was still a bestseller. Lucius father, Thomas Darby, was the first cousin of Dr. Franklin B. Darby, Mark Twain's dentist at his summer home in Elmira, Chemung Co, New York. (Dr Frank Darby's father, also named Lucius Darby was the 1/2 brother of Lucius Father, Thomas Darby's father, who was also named Thomas). In nearby Bradford County, Pennsylvania, admirers of former resident Stephen Foster still danced to the "Tioga Waltz," and sang his well-liked "Camptown Races."

Amy Scott became the local schoolteacher, at the school, which came to be just down the road from Thomas & Frances Bement Darby's farm, about 1885, when Lucius & Amy were both 17. Lucius told his son's Mervin & Clarence that he found excuses to work by the fence quite often when the beautiful young school teacher was passing by, & soon they were sweethearts. (Mervin & Olive Darby purchased the old schoolhouse when it was for sale many years later, & made it their retirement residence for many years.)

In 1888 the Clarksville Star recorded the marriage of Amy Scott & Lucius Darby - a well liked couple that was wished "That they might pluck only the sweetest flower of happiness" by the community newspaper.

Soon their little family was started, with Sarah Frances "Fannie" birth in 1890, followed shortly by Lillith, then Ruth, then the first son, Clarence Arthur Darby. The family tells the story that it was so difficult to pick a name both parents liked for their long awaited for first son, that they simply called him "Ikey" for a while. (Perhaps thinking they might name him after Sarah's father Isaac.) However, when he was two years old, his father came in while his older sisters were teasing him & didn't like the sound of "Ikey" at all & told Amy "This will never do!" so they came up with the name "Clarence Arthur" - perhaps after Chester Arthur who was an admired President, making the name a popular boy's name of the time.

Following Clarence's birth, there were three other boys & four other girls born to Amy & Lucius, making them the parents of eleven! Because Grandma Frances Bement lived with them, Grandpa Clarence tells us, his mother Amy always said when asked how many children she had "Eleven, but there are fourteen at the table at every meal!"

Amy's parents, Isaac & Sarah Philippi Scott lost a son, David Philippi Scott, in 1894, just ordained as a minister, at age 22, from the Nora Springs seminary. They lost two more small children in Clarksville also, Jessie 1890, at age 6, drowned while picking flowers in a gorge behind their home, during a freak flash flood, then Roy in 1895, at age 7, to a contagious disease. After Roy' & Jessie's death, Isaac & Sarah had at home with them only their youngest daughter Lilas, born in 1891. Daughter Nellie had moved to Oregon about 1897 to help Sarah's brother Steve, who was a bachelor, with his cooking & housekeeping. It must have seemed lonely after such a large family, and Isaac, Sarah, & Lilas also moved to Boring,Oregon about 1900, leaving Amy Scott Darby as the sole Scott family member in Clarksville, Iowa, with her growing family.

After Isaac's death in Boring, Oregon, in 1920, Sarah moved to Orange County, California to live with her daughter Lilas Scott Judd, & she is buried in the Fairhaven Cemetery, just a few miles away from Raymond Darby's home in Redlands, California.

Barb Dettwyler from Silverton, Oregon writes: "The cemetery Isaac is buried in is very easy to find. There is a road there named Judd. (She sends a picture of her Mom by Isaacs' cemetery stone). The name of the cemetery is the Forrester Cemetery. Coming from Sandy, Oregon, going North, there are some very steep "coasting" hills. There is a beautiful view of MT. Hood there. Early mornings the sun would peek over the Mt. Hood & down on the countryside, & one can imagine why they picked this area to live in."

The Clarksville Star - November 8, 1942:

"Mrs. L. E. Darby, a lifelong resident of the community, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carlyle Miller, on Sunday, November 8, 1942. She had been in poor health for several years. Mary Amy Scott, a daughter of Isaac and Sarah Scott, was born in Clarksville on July 20, 1867 and died at the age of 75 years, 3 months, and 12 days.

On December 4, 1888, she was married to Lucius E. Darby, also of Clarksville. They continued to reside in this community, following the occupation of farming until a year ago in September when they retired from the farm and came to Clarksville to make their home with a daughter Mrs. Carlyle Miller and family. Mr and Mrs. Darby were the parents of 11 children.

Two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Fannie) Cross of Nashua, and Mrs. Glen (Celia) Ritzman of Dumont, preceded her in death. The husband, four sons and five daughters survive. The children are Clarence of Greene, Edwin of Freeport, Illinois, Lyle of Dayton, Ohio, Mervin of Clarksville, Lilith Darby and Mrs. Carlyle Miller of Clarksville, Mrs. Clarence White of Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Charles Oakley of Durant,, Illinois and Mrs. Arthur Froberg of Rockford Illinois.

Two sisters also survive, Mrs Nellie Bartlemay of Boring Oregon, and Mrs. Lilas Judd of Los Angeles, Calif. Included in Mrs. Darby's descendants are 24 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Hammond and Martin Funeral Home and interment was in Lynwood Cemetery."

1880 census:


Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 
Isaac SCOTT   Self   M   Male   W   40   OHIO   Farmer   OHIO   OHIO  
Sarah SCOTT   Wife   M   Female   W   31   PENN   Keeping House   PENN   PENN  
Mary Amy SCOTT   Dau   S   Female   W   12   IOWA      OHIO   PENN  
David I. SCOTT   Son   S   Male   W   8   IOWA      OHIO   PENN  
Nellie SCOTT   Dau   S   Female   W   6   IOWA      OHIO   PENN  

Source Information:

 Census Place Jackson, Butler, Iowa 
 Family History Library Film   1254330 
 NA Film Number   T9-0330 
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Amy Darby (Scott)'s Timeline

July 26, 1867
Clarksville, Butler Co., Iowa, United States
July 26, 1890
Clarksville, Butler Co., IA, United States
June 7, 1892
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December 1, 1894
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July 3, 1896
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February 28, 1898
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May 6, 1900
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January 11, 1902
Clarksville, Butler Co., Iowa, United States
March 3, 1903
Clarksville, Butler Co, Iowa, United States