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John Scott

Also Known As: "William John Scott"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: November 12, 1774 (68)
Guilford County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Scott and Mary Scott
Husband of Margaret Scott
Father of John Scott; William Scott, Sr.; Thomas Scott; Jinette "Janet" Nancy Carothers, twin to James; Samuel Scott, Sr. and 7 others

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About John Scott

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).


I originally put in Samuel and Martha Scott of Guildford county as her parents. Yet since then have discovered I may  have stated this may be the wrong Scott family in North carolina.

Vilet may be the sister of Matthew Scott whose wife Bible showed proof of her death and marriage to Robert Scott October 2 Robert Will of Samuel Scott dated 5 april 1777 probated 30 april 1777 children William; Margaret, Samuel and John. grandson Samuel [parent's names not given ex john scott.

FROM THE SETTLEMENT ON THE BRANCHES OFJAMES AND ROANOKE RIVERS. PAGE 131 Settlements in th NW. Futher were on the Cow-pasture and Bu-pasture were settlement well established in 1751 and 1752.JAMES SCOTT, James Stinson, James Montgomery; JOHN SCOTT: James France; Hugh McDovel; William Munroy, Robert Montgomery and William Gillespy wanted a road over the mountains from the lower Cowpasture to Borden's Tract. Robert Carlisle, Richard Bodkin, Thomas Wright, John Miller, James Hall, Horcklass Wilson, John Carlise; Samuel Furgeson , Michael Harper, William; Philip Phegan, Willilam Carlise; Lotus Pullen Matthew Harper; James Anglus; and John Shaw wanted a road from Wallace Austin's mill to the road at the head of Calfpasture. After Baddock's defear practically all these people led by their pastor Alexander Craighead moved to North Carolina in the bounds of present Mecklenburg county.

Aug 30 1760 Rowan County NC will book [age 147 Will of John Scott sr...signed his mark. Probated also in 1760 mentions sons James and John scott ,daughter Mary Burnet. mentions John Fenny executor son John Scott, witnesses Rachel Hankins , Richard Brandon and John Patterson. On back of will shows his wife was Agnes.

From Buffalo Presbyterian Church Records William Scott, son of Samuel Scott Sr. located here in 1770.

His father Samuel Scott Sr s/o of William and Mary of Lancaster Pennsylvannia was a member of the Nottingham colony but returned to Pennsylvannia. Samuel Sr. Gave hs son William 649 acres on the Reedy Fork in 1770. William had also returned to Pennsylvnnia with his father and perhaps married there before coming back to North Carolina His wife Rebecca,and his children Samuel, Thomas, Adam,William.,Mary, Margaret, Rebecca and Nancy. The third Samuel Scott married Mary Bell in 1793 and moved to Tennesse Thomas married Sarah Lemmons, Adam married 1st Mary d/o William and Mary Bell Donnell second mrs jane barr walker d/o james walker sr,and third polly rankin thoms, widow of samuel thom and d/o john rankin, william married martha donnell d/o william donnel and moved to tennesse;mary married samuel rankin s/o of john rankin in 1800; margaret married robert rankin s/o john 1805; rebecca married james white and moved to tennesse; nancy married james donnell s/o,Major john donnell in 1807 . William Scott senior died in 1801

Rowan County Land Deed 21 December 1761 Lord Granville granted 640 acres to Samuel Scott along the waters of Reedy Creek to Muddy Creek [now Moore County] He was part of the Nottingham Colony into North Carolina.

Samuel Scott secured two sections of 640 each on  the waters of Reedy Fork m in what is now known as the Moore Community. He has at least two sons Samuel Jr and William.Samuel Sr. returned to Pennsylvannia , carrying all his family with him except Samuel Jr.who had married and was located there. [Samuel Jr died in 1797.

4-1781 Lord Granville[ signed by agents for John Cartetet] to Thomas Flack for 10 sh sterl 181 A on Walnut branch of Reedy Fork of Haw R adj William Denny and Samuel Scott,James Copeland Wm Hibson Prv'd July 1762 I put this in because their is a Jane Scott born 1740 died 1783 guilford married john bell of virginia in gilford 1778. Yet the dates of the other Samuel Scott [in Guilford to have Sally and Vilet do not match the possibility. This Samuel Scott secured 2 sections of 640 acres on the Reedy Fork in Rowan {Guilford Cty] North Carolina. on 4 December 1753 It is known he had at least 3 sons Samuel, John and William {John is mentioned in the will as executor] He also had at least two daughters Jane, Ann and Mary. He returned to Pennsylvania with his family leaving behind at least Samuel who had married and a family.

In 1770 William , his son returned to Guilford and our Mary Mclellan is known to have been raised by her Uncle William Scott.  The timing fits for this to be the William Scott who raised Mary. 

James McLellan is son of Miss Scott who married Robert Mclellen brother William may have been raised by this William Scott...the timing fits.

Again this William the only William that lived in Guilford to live in Guilford in 1770. there is another william scott in surrey nc 1789

This may not be the right family for our Vilet Scott as it is yet to be proven; yet it seems right. And until I have futher proof it is not the right family I shall presume it is the right William Scott Records show that this Samuel Scott who got land in the Nottingham Settlement in Guilford Cty North Carolina was at least second generation immigrant family

As it is know Andrew Scott is related to the following John Scott it is assumed he is Andrew Scott's son.

There was John Scott possibly son of Andrew of Guilford North Carolina who was born 1706 in Scotland near Edingburgh. He was wounded in the English Rebellion of 1725 and last an arm. While in Ireland, he married Margaret Thornston on March 13 1740 . They immgrated to America in June 1746 probabaly landed at port of Phildelphia. Several sources have them living in Lancaster Penns. in 1762 the growing family packed up and moved south over the old wagon trail road which ran east of the Blue Ridge Mouthains through Virginia to the Piedmont region of North carolina. thye reached there Oct 1763 and settled on a plantation along the banks of the Haw River. John Scott was Presbyterian and an Elder of Mr. Campbel's church in north carolina. He was clearly well educated, at least by frontier standards. John died November 12 1774 at Guilford Court house. Know children out of 10 or 11 of John and Margaret Thornton. 1. William 1752-1804 married Grizella Carothers ca 1770 2. Thomas 175401834 married nancy carothers feb 9 1775 3. Samuel scott 1762-1820 married martha mccorkle 5 aug 1783 4.Jinet [could this be Miss Scott who married Robert Mclellen 6. Nancy married James Carothers. This John is supposed to have been married twice. There a Thomas L Moody s/o Thomas and Mary Moody and probably born in Guilford county found in will of Robert Scott written 24 April 1791 probates May Robert Scott left Thomas Moody 10 pounds,his saddle and bridle. JOhn Scott father of Catherine Scott who married Hugh MacAdam in 1761 was on the tithes list in Lunenburg Virginia. William Scott and William Gowdy witnessed will of Henry Reed in 1789 Guilford County .

Thankful Scott who married a Gardner Father of Thankful John and Nancy..who is Uriah Scott. Absalom Scott b 6 January 1776 may be related to Matthew Scott 1740-1790 and Elizabeth Jackson [Scott] Jane Scott b 1755 married Samuel Bell William Scott 1750 Robeson NC s/o William Scott and Lucreita Lucy James died 1835 Sparta White Tennesse. there is only 7 scotts besides John scott in Cumberland township about 1749 Find John Scott 1706 married mar 13 1740 died 12 nov 12 1774 guilford nc age 68 will

There was a Talbolt Scott ship builder born in Ireland arrived in Virguna in 1681 aboard the Pink Rebecca who died in Cecil Maryland He had one known son James born 1735 Cecil Maryland. This James died in Rowan North Carolina. and he arrived there bewteen 1747 and 1749. The ifrst evidence of a prescense was in 1769 when the land grant to him was made in what is now belfats North Carolina

Jane Scott d/o Samuel Scott jr.married had Thomas Bell in 1778 Guilford county John Scott married Mary Coket 17 feb 1772 guilford bondsman Nicholas Scott wit.Thomas henderson adam scot mary donnal 2 mar 1796 bondsman william donnal;witness alex gray john scott married pircilla curruthis may 4 1795 bondsmand laban macy wit john hamilton Thomas Scott married nancy corathers 9 feb 1775 bondsman james corothers wit.thomas henderson Joseph scot married elizabeth wilson 12 jan 1788 bondsmand james mason wit.b searcy william scott married martha donnel 17 dec 1798 bondsman adam scott wit john hamiltoon c.c samuel scott married jane mcadoo 1 feb 1788 bondsman william mcaddo wit b searcy Jacob Scott bought land form either a Fl;ower /Swift or Connerley family samuel scott married mary bell 18 feb 1793 bondsman william donnell wit jn hamilton 130 acres in guilford north carolina

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John Scott's Timeline

1706
1706
Edinburgh, Scotland
1745
1745
Age 39
1749
1749
Age 43
1750
1750
Age 44
1752
1752
Age 46
Scotland, United Kingdom
1754
February 22, 1754
Age 48
Pennsylvania, United States
1759
1759
Age 53
1762
August 5, 1762
Age 56
Guilford, NC, United States
1768
1768
Age 62
North Carolina, United States