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Martin Bowen Scott, Esq.

Birthplace: Deerfield, Oneida County, New York, United States
Death: February 02, 1872 (70)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Scott and Charlotte Scott
Husband of Mary Scott
Father of Isabella M Scott; Martin Bowen Scott; Charles Otis Scott and John Williamson Scott
Brother of Cynthia Tisdale; William B. Scott; Sophia Paddock; Harriet Scott; Otis D. Scott and 4 others

Occupation: Clerk in the House of De Graff, Walton & CO.
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About Martin Bowen Scott, Esq.

Name: Scott, Martin B.

  • Date: Feb. 3, 1872
  • Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #073.
  • Notes: Scott- In this city, on the 2d day of February, Martin B. Scott, in the 71st year of his age. Funeral from his late residence, No. 49 Euclid avenue, on Monday, February, 5th, at half past two o'clock.


From The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and ..., Volume 27 page 428 NECROLOGY OF N. E. HISTORIC, GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. Prepared by the Rev. Dobvs Clahke, D.D., Historiographer.

Martin Bowen Scott, Esq., of Cleveland, Ohio, wns born in Deerfield, N. T.. in March, 1801, and died in Cleveland, O., Feb. 2, 1872, aged 70 years. He is said to have descended, in the nineteenth generation, from William Balliol Scott, of Scott Hall, Kent, England, in the reign of Edward I.

His American ancestry were:—

  • 1. Richard Scott, born in Scotland in 1607, and emigrated to Boston, Mass., in 1633. He married Kate, daughter of Rev. Francis Marbury, and sister of the celebrated Mrs. Anne Hutchinson.
  • 2. John Scott, who married Rebecca .
  • 3. Sylvanus Scott, who married Joanna, dau. of Gov. Joseph Jenckcs.
  • 4. Nathaniel Scott, who married Mary Smith.
  • 5. Sylvnnus Scott, who married Jerusha Brown.
  • 6. Nathaniel Scott, who married Charlotte Bowen.

They were the parents of Martin Bowen Scott, the subject of the present memoir.

A very curious and valuable paper upon the " Antiquity of the Name of Scott," was prepared and read by Mr. Scott, before the Western Reserve Historical Society, and was published in the New-england Historical And Genealogical Register for April, 1869. That article and " An Early New-England Marriage Dower," are the only important publications of which he was the author.

Mr. Scott was educated at the Academy in Utica. N. Y., whidh he left in 1820. He was soon after engaged as clerk in the house 01 De Graff, Walton & Co., and also in that of Gary <fc Dows, in the forwarding business on the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal. He removed to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1837, and in 1844 he built a Steam Elevator on River St., which was the first brick building erected on the river front.

In 1840 he married Mary Williamson, by whom he had seven children. The two children who are now living, are Charles Otis Scott and John Williamson Scott. The first is now about 20, and the last about 18 years of age. Mr. Scott was admitted to membership in this society, Sept. 8, 1863.

Prepared by John Gough Nichols, F.S.A., of London, Eng.


Martin Bowen Scott of Cleveland Ohio is most likely the first Researcher of the Ancestry of Richard Scott of Providence as he was a close descendant of Richard and as you view the Sources by him keep in mind these would have been much harder to find or nearly impossible before they where Digitized for the internet, and some of the other sources available that can be found on the internet indicate that Richard Scott of Providence did not bring Seals with him from England proving his ancestry so it was never successfully written until now. I Allan Scott have come to the conclusion that Martin Played on those other sources to maintain some family Privacy as he would have worked on his own ancestry for his own reasons but only giving hints in his shared sources to the path of his line back to William Baliol le Scot the Father of John le Scot Born 1290 but he keeps your head spinning in the Process making you re-visit sources you looked at previously and then if you read Antiquity of the name Scottby Martin Bowen Scott he puts his ancestry into a poem giving things another twist wondering if you should take him seriously or not and says in it in a round about way why would i lie. one copy of it is hard to read then later Scott's of Scott's Hall in the County of Kent is written and the author mentions Martin Bowen Scott and His interesting Antiquity of the Name Scott paper and it is in there also, its best to download thee PDF Version within the full text version if your searching for it on Google or just download from one of the Many Scott Profiles for his ancestry. He by all means did not make it easy right from the Start with the Sylvanus Scott's Then The Confusion with the Different Richards, then the Confusion with Richards Parents The Scott's of Glemsford being offshoots of the Scott's of Scott's Hall through another Richard Scott and Mary Whetenhall in the Pedigree in the Digitized book on pages 254, 255 and Conflicting data on The Marriage of Sylvanus Scott and Sarah Moses one says she was born 1688 baptized as an adult in 1708 and the marriage in 1714 making Sylvanus born 1702 12 years old when he married Sarah ,my Scott relatives did not like that and could not find the other record of sarah worded b.1708 marriage to Sylvanus 1724 this one made sense allowing me to write the line 40-50 years later in 2016 2017. i placed sources on each scott profile for the researcher the info is correct and i do have Family History of Scott descendants of Sylvanus Scott and Sarah Moses down to living people, it is with a few profiles if you need help ask before adding family's so correct info is added as some of the dates may have gotten shifted out of place converting to the PDF File it is in there are 50 pages. my focus was not relatives but my deep ancestry so by all means have fun if you choose to add families in Regards Allan Scott of Ontario, Canada

From Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Mar 13 2017, 5:17:46 UTC

residence: Euclid Ave. age: 71

from a public domain book:

Martin B. Scott.

Among the names of those who have done business on the river during the past quarter of a century, that of M. B. Scott, until his retirement a few years since, held a foremost place. Mr. Scott is a native of New York, having been born at Deerfield, near Utica, in that State, in March, 1801.

Mr. Scott is of Quaker stock; a lineal descendent in the sixth generation from the first American Quaker, (Richard Scott, one of the first settlers of Providence, R. I.,) and in the nineteenth generation from William Baliol Scott, of Scotts-Hall, Kent, England, in the line of Edward I. His Quaker ancestors suffered persecution at the hands of the Boston Puritans in 1658. The daughters of Richard Scott were cast into prison by Endicott, for avowing their Quaker faith, and his wife Katharine (_ne_ Marbury, youngest sister of the famous Mrs. Anne Hutchinson) was publicly scourged in Boston by order of court, for visiting and sympathizing with her Quaker brethren in prison.

One of the maxims of Mr. Scott's life, was to despise no honest employment, however laborious; if he failed to tain such business as he desired, he took the next best opportunity that offered, a principle that might be profitably practiced by many young men of the present day.

Deprived of a liberal education, by the pecuniary embarrassments of his father, who had a large family to support, he left the Utica Academy in 1820, and made an effort to learn a mechanical trade, with only partial success. He, for a time, alternately taught a country school in winter, and was engaged for the remainder of the year in internal commerce, as master of a boat, or as forwarding clerk, in the then prominent houses of De Graff, Walton & Co., and Cary & Dows, on the Mohawk river and Erie canal. This early training in the elements of commerce and navigation was the nucleus of his subsequent pursuits, and the foundation of his commercial success, although his operations were not on the gigantic scale of many others, who either amassed great fortunes, or sank into bankruptcy; he managed his affairs with such prudence, sagacity and integrity, that he never had occasion to compound with his creditors, or even ask for an extension.

Mr. Scott was interested in the first line of canal boats that ran through from Utica to New York. In the outset of Erie canal operations it was supposed that canal boats could not sail down the Hudson, and the freight was consequently transhipped at Albany. Experiment proved the fallacy of this belief, and thenceforward canal boats ran through to New York. A new line of steam tow-boats on the North river, called the Albany & Canal Tow-Boat Company, was formed, and Mr. Scott was appointed principal manager, first at Albany and then at New York.

In 1836, his health failed, owing to his close application to business, and under medical advice he performed a horseback journey through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. On his way westward he stopped at Cleveland and was favorably impressed with what was then a small but flourishing town. In 1837, he returned from his western journey and resumed business, but again his health failed, and he was ordered to permanently abandon Albany and seek a more favorable climate. Remembering the advantages of Cleveland both for business and residence, he concluded to remove to that point.

Here he continued his connection with the forwarding business by opening an agency for the American transportation Line of canal boats on the Erie canal, his office being at the foot of Superior street. In 1841, he engaged in the purchase and shipment of staves, the markets for which were Albany and New York. This branch of business he continued for about five years.

In 1844, he built a steam elevator on River street, near his old stand, it being the first brick building erected on the river front. With the completion of this building he turned his attention more particularly to grain, receiving it by canal from the interior. On the opening of the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati railroad, his elevator was easily connected with that line, and the first load of railroad wheat stored in Cleveland was received into his elevator.

About the year 1840, Mr. Scott became interested in the lake marine by the purchase of the brig Amazon, of 220 tons, then considered a craft of good size. At the time of the purchase, the West was flooded with wild-cat money, and specie was very scarce. The brig was sold by order of the Chancellor of Michigan, and specie demanded from the purchaser, a condition that made buyers shy. In 1842, Mr. Scott purchased the schooner John Grant, of 100 tons, and in the following three years added to his little fleet the schooner Panama, of 100 tons, and the brig Isabella, of over 300 tons, the latter being something highly respectable in the way of lake shipping.

Prudence, foresight, and careful enterprise made all his ventures reasonably successful. In 1865, he resolved to quit business and enjoy the competence he had acquired, first in foreign travel, to free himself more thoroughly from business cares, and then in lettered ease at home. In pursuance of this purpose he spent six months in Europe, returning with recruited energies to the enjoyment of the well stocked library of rare volumes collected during his years of active business, and largely added to during his foreign travels.

A few facts in Mr. Scott's life, exhibiting his thorough confidence in the Government and the cause of the Union, should not be passed over. The first investment in the original War Loan taken in Cleveland, if not in Ohio, was made by Mr. Scott, August 12th, 1861. He still retains and exhibits with justifiable pride, a certificate from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, dated August 29th, 1861, stating that five thousand dollars had been received from him on account of the three years' treasury notes, and promising that they should be sent him as soon as prepared. From that time to the present he has invested freely in Government securities, being fully convinced of their safety.

Since his retirement from business and return from European travel, he has employed his leisure in literary pursuits, especially in genealogical and historical studies, and has frequently contributed to the journals of the day curious and interesting facts relating to the early settlers in New England, in correction of erroneous beliefs regarding them.

In 1840, Mr. Scott was married to Miss Mary Williamson, by whom he has had seven children, of whom three still live.

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Martin Bowen Scott, Esq.'s Timeline

March 8, 1801
Deerfield, Oneida County, New York, United States
Age 39
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
December 17, 1846
Age 45
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
April 28, 1852
Age 51
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
June 15, 1855
Age 54
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
February 2, 1872
Age 70
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
February 4, 1872
Age 70
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States