FAMILY LORE ABOUT ANNA SARAH SMITH AND HER FATHER, FURMAN SMITH,
HER MOTHER, SARAH JANE CURTIS
Family history is better with
stories. They pull us powerfully into the life of a family. Nelson
Scott has collected stories and “hearsay” regarding the Smith and
branches of the Scott family. Usually, we do not put the tales
first. Usually we want the facts. However, in this brief
presentation of the descendants of John and Clarrissy Smith, parents
of Furman Smith and grandparents of Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott, we shall
visit the family stories first.
Anna Sarah Smith was barely five
feet tall; but, she was filled with a proud saga of survival. Born in
1861 in New Jersey or New York, depending on which census you think
was correct, her childhood was a very rugged life. She came with her
parents, Furman Smith and mother, Sarah Jane Curtis, to New Albany,
Indiana in the mid 1860s during or following the Civil War. Anna grew
up in New Albany, married a farm boy, George Aaron Scott, in her
downtown New Albany home. They had a son, Charles Manker Scott, who
had a daughter, Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb. Sarah (Scott) Crabb thought
we should share the family lore, so she wrote a few memories about her
grandmother, Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott and her great-grandmother, Sarah
Jane (Curtis) Smith. Sarah also did research to put into context the
disappearance of her great-grandfather, Furman Smith.
Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb was not so
concerned about details regarding dates; but, the stories that
illuminated her past and her reaction to them as given in the
Nelson Scott has made a few
annotations and put them in parenthesis for the context of Sarah’s
Footnote entries with, etc. following can be clicked to go to the source
document. Clicking the again will return you to
the previous text spot. Example Rev. J. S. Woods. The 1877-78 New Albany,
Indiana City Directory, and clinking the
Submitted by Sarah Ann Scott nee Williams nee Crabb, Mocksville, North
Family oral history is
frequently based on fact. It gives us a glimpse of the people behind
the names and dates, as well as the times in which they lived. As a
child I begged everyone for stories of "the Good Old Days.'' I only
wish that I had pestered them more and that I had kept a journal.
Manker Scott) always said the Scotts came into the country through
Virginia and that our first ancestors in Southern Indiana found the
Knobs covered with rhododendron, a near relative of mountain laurel.
Wesley Scott's account bears this out. Father also told of his
grandfather (George Shindler Scott) crossing the Ohio River with a
team on the ice. We know that there are long term weather cycles and
that Southern Indiana was probably much colder in 1818.
In the 1930's when I
was a little girl, I remember begging Daddy to tell me a story. He
picked me up saying, “When I was a little-boy, we had to work too hard
to have time for stories." He must have been feeling indulgent because
I was sick, as he said he did remember one his father told him.
"Our ancestors who settled in 'the
woods' ran short of supplies. The father of the family was away,
probably trading for needed provisions. The mother was alone in the
cabin with several small children. Before he returned, she completely
ran out of food. Being desperate, she got on the horse, left the
children alone, and rode to the nearest neighbors to borrow some
bacon. It was bitter cold winter and all of the wild animals were
starving too. On the way home, a wolf (bear, panther?) started
following her. She was terrified of the wolf and afraid that he might
get to the children before she did. Thinking quickly, she threw the
bacon to the wolf and raced home while he ate it. She and the
children survived until the father returned with food."
This is the only "Story"., as such,
he ever told me. I have tried to remember all the facts and trivia
about older family members that we discussed. Some of this may give
clues for further research. Any additions and corrections will be
appreciated. I have tried to be clear as to what was told me as fact,
and what speculation was.
George Schindler Scott did not
fight in the Civil War. He was in his early forties and had a large,
young family. They had very little, and he was afraid they would
starve to death if he went. During the Civil War, if your name came
up in the draft lottery, you had the option of going, or
paying a specified amount for someone to go in your place. At
great sacrifice, he found the cash for a replacement.
He found out later that the man who went in his place was only
given a portion of the money he had paid. Needless to say, this made
him very angry. There was a great deal of political corruption at
Father, Brother Charles, and I
discussed Grandmother Scott's family at great length. (Anna Sarah
Smith Scott’s family). We also did a lot of speculating in light of
the history, economics, and immigration patterns during that period.
Great-grandmother Sarah Jane Curtiss Smith has always fascinated me.
Probably because I look like her and enjoy needlework. She was a fine
seamstress and supported herself as a dressmaker. Grandmother (Anna
Sarah (Smith) Scott) was also gifted with a needle and made very
beautiful quilts. As an adult, I asked Grandmother about her mother.
Grandmother did tell me that her maiden name was CURTISS. When I was
living in New Jersey in the 1960's, Father told me his Grandmother
Smith's family farm became Asbury Park, New Jersey. This is a seaside
resort not far from New York City. If he was confused on the name,
there is an Asbury, N.J. He was quite definite about this. The
following incident would have to be fact.
When Father was young, a man came
to call on Grandmother (Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott) at the farm. He had
been sent to locate Great-grandmother Smith's heirs. (Sarah Jane
(Curtis) Smith) He offered Grandmother $100.00 to sign a release
stating that she would make no further claim against her Mother's
family estate. Apparently she and her sister and brother signed these
releases. A hundred dollars was a great deal of money to them at that
time. Someone went to a lot of trouble and expense to clear this
estate, so it was probably of reasonable value. There must have been
some communication between Great-grandmother and her family in the
East or they wouldn't have known anything about the heirs’ existence,
or probable location.
If Grandmother was born in New
York, it is quite possible that her Mother was from New Jersey and
left home to work, or in some way met and married Great-grandfather
Smith in New York. As Grandmother was the younger child, they could,
also, have moved to New York after their marriage, before coming to
The elusive Great-grandfather Smith
(Furman Smith) is interesting. The family apparently felt that he had
deserted them. Of course, only Great-grandmother would have known if
there were family problems that made her believe this. The bare facts
that I have heard really don’t indicate this. Our tradition is that
he was a glass blower, came to work in the New Albany factory, left to
find work when it closed, and was never heard from again. I have
tried to tie this in with New Albany history.
The glass works in New Albany were
known at different times as: J.B. Ford and Sons, Ford's Star Glass
Works, and American Plate Glass Works. It was more or less the
same company owned by DePauw family. (Ford was a nephew.) At that
time, all plate glass was very expensive as it was imported from
Europe. The purpose of the glass works in New Albany was to make
cheaper plate glass in the U.S.A. Very little, if any, glass would
have been blown in New Albany, so he probably was, or became a skill
plate glass worker. Ford started the works in 1865 with imported,
skilled plate glass workers from England. It is unlikely that
Great-grandfather would have been a member of this particular group.
He had been in the country long enough to marry a girl here and start
a family. Grandmother was younger than Aunt Marie (her sister) and
their father may have arrived from N.Y. by 1861. He would have to
have been in the U.S. by the late 50's. He may have been from an old
Eastern family and learned glass blowing in this country. The only
facts we have are that his trade and skills were rather rare, there
was no known contact with his family, and he apparently did not fight
in the Civil War. This may indicate that he immigrated to this
country in the 1850's. It would be interesting to know if there were
any glass works near Asbury Park, New Jersey, in the 1850's.
The glass works in New Albany did
not close until 1893. By this time, Grandmother (Anna Sarah (Smith)
Scott) was married with a family of her own. I have the impression
that he left the family when she was still a girl. The company had
financial difficulties and laid-off many of their skilled workmen in
1873. I would guess that this is when he left. The final facts about
him are that he went to Detroit, Michigan, and found work. He sent a
letter home with money for the family and said "I will be home for
Christmas.” He was never heard from again. He could have started home
with his pay and been robbed and murdered. He could have become
seriously ill and died suddenly. If he had any identification,
strangers would probably not have been in a hurry to notify his family
if he had money on his person. This sort of thing happened often in
those days. Evidence that he intentionally deserted his family is
small. Communications were poor and distances great.
To finish the Smith family lore,
Father told another strange story. He said Grandmother, Anna Sarah
Smith and her sister, Marie Smith nee Dushane, our aunt, had another
I do not know the other sister’s
name, but Clara seems to flash in my mind. He said that as a boy he
remembered Grandmother getting letters returned that were marked
“Unknown.” This sister had gone to Philadelphia to work and all
grandmother had was a street address. She wrote repeatedly, even
tried writing to the address without a name, hoping someone would
respond with information. He said she never had any response and
would cry for days when the letters were returned.
Nelson Scott received another story
from Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb per correspondence, June 23, 2003:
Sarah Ann remembered that when her
grandmother Ann Scott took residence in New Albany on State Street
following the death of her husband, George Aaron Scott, that grandma
Ann had inherited some money from her sister, Marie (Smith) Dushane’s
estate sale in Indianapolis. Grandma Ann was very feisty in her mid
to late 80’s. Grandma Ann decided to take her diamond ring and buy
even a larger diamond ring with the money inherited. So, she went to
the jewelers and got a large diamond ring, possibly 2 carats with a
tiffany setting. Soon upon returning home, she lost the diamond ring
in the yard on State Street. Sarah Ann remembered the story vividly
because her father, Charles Manker Scott, just laughed at this loss
but her mother, Ruth, was horrified! Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb asked
Nelson: “Shall we rent a metal detector on a trip to New Albany to
find the ring? I’m game!” said Sarah.
Other family stories have been
heard; but, they were shared orally and not written on paper. Nelson
Scott wrote some of the oral remembrances in his journal and they
along with the above lore of Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb can enrich the
early historical records that begin with the first generation in
America, namely John and Clarissy Smith.
John Smith was born in
England, birth year not available, death and burial information not
available, probably died Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, place of marriage
was either England or Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, Clarissy
(surname not available), birth year not available, born England, death
year not available but she lived 94 years, probably died Port
Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The parents of John and Clarissy
Smith were not known.
John and Clarissy were named
in the obituary of their daughter, Anna (Smith) Simmons as “settlers”
of Port Elizabeth, New Jersey coming from England.
Anna (Smith) Simmons’ obituary was
found in Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott’s Bible. Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott
was the granddaughter of John and Clarrissy Smith. Anna’s parents
were Furman Smith and Sarah Jane Curtis. Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott was
the niece of Anna (Smith) Simmons. The obituary was in an unidentified
newspaper of Jersey City, New Jersey and is transcribed below from the
“The funeral of Mrs.
Ann Smith Simmons, believed to be Jersey City’s oldest living
resident, who died Friday, took place yesterday afternoon at the home
of her son, Dr. Harris R. Simmons, 557 Bramhall Avenue, services being
conducted by Rev. Harry L. Everett, pastor of the First Congregational
“Mrs. Simmons was in
her ninety-second year, having been born in Port Elizabeth, N.J., June
12, 1821. She was the daughter of John and Clarissy Smith, who were
settlers of Port Elizabeth, coming to this country from England. At
an early age she was married to Daniel Simmons, a pioneer ship
builder, and in 1850 moved to New York City. Mr. Simmons died in 1877
and then Mrs. Simmons made her home with her son in this city (Jersey
“Despite her great
age, Mrs. Simmons was in full possession of her faculties until the
end and only during the past few years was she compelled to wear
“Until about four
months ago she had never had any serious illness. Last summer she
paid a visit to relatives in Brooklyn. A remarkable fact is that
during her long life Mrs. Simmons’ hair did not turn grey.
“Mrs. Simmons had
three sons, Dr. Harris R. Simmons of this city, Dr. Daniel Simmons of
Brooklyn, and John S. Simmons, Middletown, New York, who is dead. She
is survived by eight grandchildren, Harris Simmons, Jr., and George D.
Simmons of this city; Mrs. Dr. William Love of Brooklyn; Mrs. Emma
Bush of Pine Hill, N.Y., and Florence, Edward, Bessie and Howard
Simmons of Middletown, N. Y., and six great-grandchildren, Florence,
Beatrice and Theodora Love and Frank, Maude and Jessie Bush. Mrs.
Simmons’ mother died at the age of 94 years.
yesterday afternoon were largely attended and there was a profusion of
floral tributes. Burial was at Millville, New Jersey this morning.”
of obituary clipping for Ann (Smith) Simmons
John and Clarissy Smith probably
had other children along with their daughter, Anna (Smith) Simmons;
but, their names have not been known in historical records so far.
Another child was likely Furman Smith because his daughter, Anna Sarah
(Smith) Scott possessed the above obituary. Family lore from Anna
Sarah (Smith) Scott’s children has indicated that their mother was
probably a niece to Anna (Smith) Simmons. Anna (Smith) Scott
acknowledged an aunt who resided “back east” according to family lore
and this obituary in her family Bible likely confirmed who the aunt
truly was. Nothing is definite, however, about Furman Smith being a
son of John and Clarissy Smith other than the folklore and obvious
identification that Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott was indeed related
somehow to Anna (Smith) Simmons.
1. Anna Smith
was born 12 June 1821, Port Elizabeth, New Jersey,
died 1913, Jersey City, New Jersey, burial Millville, New Jersey,
married, place not available, Daniel Simmons, born 1816, New Jersey,
died 1877, New York City, New York, burial was probably in Millville,
The names of Daniel
Simmons’ parents were not available. Nothing is definite about the
origin of Daniel Simmons’ parents and grandparents.
In his census
records, he was listed as a ship carpenter. Since two of his sons
became physicians and assuming that he had to bear the expenses of
some of their education, it is likely that Daniel Simmons was much
more than a carpenter in the construction of sea-going vessels. Yet,
he was humble enough to call himself a simple ship carpenter! There
were other Simmons’ families in New York City and in New Jersey during
the 1860s and 1870s that were associated with the ship building
In New York City,
Daniel and Anna Simmons resided in a large apartment or hotel type
facility with usually six to eight other families. Many families in
this New York neighborhood lived in such facilities.
Anna and Daniel were
probably affiliated with the Congregational Churches of New England, a
denomination that traces its history back to the early Puritan
settlements. When she died, Anna (Smith) Simmons’ memorial service was
officiated by the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Jersey
City, New Jersey.
2. FURMAN SMITH
was born 1825, Port Elizabeth or Jersey City, New Jersey.
His death occurred between 1871 and 1876, place of death and burial
He married about 1857-1858, New Jersey,
Sarah Jane Curtis,
born between 1834-1838, per her census as referenced in Furman Smith’s
1870 Federal Census, New Albany, Indiana, died 26 January 1879, New
Albany, burial 28 January 1879, Fairview Cemetery, New Albany,
Herman Smith household, 1870 U.S.
census, Floyd County, Indiana, population schedule, City of New
Albany, Ward 4, New Albany Post Office, page 344, dwelling 100, family
103; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 313: Herman Smith,
(misspelled given name for Furman), age 45, trade glass cutter, born
New Jersey; Sarah J. Smith, age 30, keeping house, born New Jersey;
Maria Smith, age 11, at school, born New Jersey; Anni Smith, age 9, at
school, born New York; Charles F. Smith, age 7, at school, born New
Jersey; Kati C. Smith, age 2, born Indiana
Sarah Jane Curtis’
father was Sam Curtis according to family lore from Bertha Elizabeth
(Scott) Johnson, granddaughter of Sarah Jane. Sarah Jane’s maiden
name was also remembered in the above lore of Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb.
Nothing is definite in our lore about the New Jersey location of Sam
Curtis’ land holdings. The properties of the pioneer Curtis families
were not limited to any one area in New Jersey between the 1790s and
1850s. The Curtis families were everywhere and no research on
property deeds has been done to trace the land holdings, if any, of
Sam Curtis. Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson reported to Nelson Scott
that Sarah Jane Curtis was born around Trenton, New Jersey. Sarah Ann
(Scott) Crabb has reported through her father as cited above that the
Curtis land may have been around Asbury Park on the Atlantic Coast or
around the town of Asbury, Warren County, New Jersey located in the
west, northwest area of New Jersey. Asbury was one of the better sites
for agriculture in Warren County which contained rugged and
mountainous ridges and deep valleys between the ridges. Also, Bertha
believed that Sam Curtis owned a cranberry farm. According to the
lore, Sarah Jane Curtis had one brother, Charles Curtis, and sisters,
Betsy, Ellen, Prudy, and Charlotte. So, if Sam Curtis’ land holdings
can be found in New Jersey deed records, a more definite origin of his
family could be traced with census records and other research.
Sarah Ann (Scott)
Crabb’s lore contained the fascinating story regarding the inheritance
due Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott. But, we are not sure if the legacy was
from her mother’s family or from her father’s family. Yet, we are
sure that the Smith family, John and Clarissy, were settlers in Port
Elizabeth, New Jersey per the obituary of Anna (Smith) Simmons. Port
Elizabeth was an historic place on the Maurice River located about
eight miles north of Delaware Bay in southern New Jersey. Some of the
earliest settlers arrived from Europe on ships that entered Delaware
Bay and turned north into the Maurice River and traveled up the river
to Port Elizabeth where they landed in America. John and Clarissy
Smith helped settle the town of Port Elizabeth. Their daughter, Ann
(Smith) Simmons was buried in Millville, New Jersey following her
death in Jersey City, New Jersey at the home of her son, Dr. Harris
Simmons. Millville was on the Maurice River about eight miles north
of Port Elizabeth. Millville and Port Elizabeth were the main areas
where Furman Smith and his sister, Anna, were reared.
Anna (Smith) Scott
was known by her children to write letters back east to family
relatives and especially to write letters to locate her sister, Kate
C. Smith, who left New Albany due to the grumblings and
dissatisfactions over Kate’s marriage according to the family lore of
Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson. As the years went by, Anna’s
letters were returned due to incorrect addresses per the remembrances
of Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb’s father, Charles. Charles, remembered
Kate, going to Philadelphia. But, Charles’ sister, Bertha, remembered
Kate going to the Dakotas when she left New Albany. Isn’t it
marvelous that we have variations in our family history? Nothing is
definite about where Kate C. Smith went and whom she married. Yet, all
oral family history is grist for the mill so we can know who we are
even with our mysteries! The main point of this special story was
that Anna (Smith) Scott was troubled and saddened when she could not
keep in touch with her relatives back east or her sister.
At this particular
time, Furman Smith’s family and Sarah Jane Curtis’ family probably had
no other relatives in the Midwest and they soon lost contact with Anna
since her parents, Furman and Sarah Jane had died. Anna obviously
corresponded with her aunt, Anna Smith, who had married Daniel Simmons
because she had her aunt’s obituary which was from a Jersey City, New
Jersey newspaper. Obviously someone back east had sent it to Anna
following her aunt’s death in 1913. Anna (Smith) Scott tried to keep
in touch with her “back east” family; but, it was not always
Sarah Jane (Curtis)
Smith’s death announcement: “Mrs. Sarah J. Smith, a widow who resided
on Bank Street, died at 12 o’clock last night and will be buried at
2:30 p.m. tomorrow.”
(Scott) Johnson, granddaughter of Furman and Sarah Jane (Curtis) Smith
and daughter of Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott, shared folklore with Nelson
Scott about her grandfather, Furman. Bertha reported that her mother,
Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott, could not recall her father, Furman Smith.
Anna Smith never knew her father. Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott was a very
bright, outgoing and talkative person but usually appeared sullen and
quiet whenever questioned about her father. Nothing definite was ever
said about Furman. Bertha thought that her grandparents were divorced
when her mother, Anna Sarah Smith, was very young and the divorce
occurred shortly after they arrived in New Albany, Indiana from New
Jersey. But, wasn’t it interesting to read a very insightful and
different version of what could have been taking place from Sarah Ann
(Scott) Crabb’s version? Again, this is grist for the mill of family
Furman Smith relocated his family
from either Pennsylvania or New Jersey to New Albany during the Civil
War era. That move was bound to be a very unsettling time for a four
or five year old child to hold strong memories about their parents.
Their daughter, Anna, was born 1861, New Jersey or New York. Sometime
between 1863, the birth year of her brother Charles F. Smith in New
Jersey, and 1867, the birth year of her sister, Kate C. Smith, born
New Albany, Indiana, the family moved to New Albany. Furman’s first
property purchase was 6 February 1868 on Upper Water Street.
 The 1868 New Albany City
Directory confirmed that Furman Smith resided on the east side of
Upper 6th Street at 3 North Water.
 The 1870 Census of New Albany,
Indiana as referenced above was the last known reference for Furman
Smith when his daughter, Anna, was probably 8 years old, more likely 7
years of age when Furman disappeared. The 1870 Census may have given
a clue that Furman was not at home during the time of the census
because the record indicated a personal estate valuation of $400 for
his wife, Sarah Jane, but no valuation was recorded for Furman. The
census-taker, however, may have recorded the valuation on the wrong
line which usually was beside the head of the family’s name rather
than the spouse’s name. For the rest of her life, Anna Sarah (Smith)
Scott was deeply perplexed about who her father was and what happened
to him. She never said that her parents divorced; but, it was an
opinion given by her daughter, Bertha Elizabeth Scott.
From the lore of Charles Manker
Scott, Furman was believed to be interested in settling in New Albany
due to its growing glass works factories. New Jersey had glass works
factories, too. Furman was skilled as a glass cutter which was his
occupation per the 1870 New Albany Census. He probably had gained
skills in the 1850s by working in New Jersey glass work factories
before coming to New Albany. Furman obviously worked for one of the
New Albany Glass Companies in 1868-1869. When he was laid off or left
before Christmas of 1870 or 1871 for another job or simply returned
back east for family matters, we have only the lore that he never
Following the death or disappearance
of Furman Smith, Sarah Jane Smith reared her children as a single
parent. From about 1870 to 1875, she resided at 291 Upper Market
Street and from 1876 to 26 January 1879 (when she died at the age of
41), she resided at 109 Bank Street. Both addresses were actually in
downtown New Albany where she lived and worked as a dressmaker.
Around the corner at Bank and Spring Street was New Albany High School
where her daughter, Marie, graduated in 1876 and daughter, Anna,
graduated in 1878.
Before her mother’s death and after
graduating from New Albany High School, Marie was employed as an
elementary school teacher at the Lower Spring Street School.
FOUR CHILDREN WERE
BORN TO FURMAN AND SARAH JANE (CURTIS) SMITH:
MCDERMOT SMITH was born before 23 July 1859,
 New Jersey, died about 19 June
1948, when she was residing at her apartment, 410 North Meridian
Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, burial
 Crown Hill Cemetery,
Indianapolis, Indiana. According to Bertha (Scott) Johnson, Marie
married (1) in the late 1880s a man from Evansville, Indiana and
 (2), about 1901, place not
definite but probably Marion County, Indiana, Sam H. Dushane, born
about 1856, Pennsylvania,
died about 25 October 1939, 225 Downey Avenue, Indianapolis, burial
 Crown Hill Cemetery,
Marie M. Smith’s middle initial was
found in a New Albany High School Alumni Directory, Class of 1876, and
in her 1920 Federal census.
The middle name “McDermot” was recorded on her burial record.
The Marie M. Smith who graduated from New Albany High School in
1876 was indeed the same person who had married Sam H. Dushane.
The New Albany City Directories
have with certainty connected the Maria Smith who resided with her
parents Furman and Sarah Jane Smith as being the same person who was a
teacher in the Lower Spring Street Elementary School. According to the
entries in the New Albany City Directories, Maria Smith began teaching
in 1877 and continued to teach in the same school through at least
1884. Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson also believed that Marie
worked as a teacher of the blind in Indianapolis; but, her census
records never noted any employment of Marie when a resident of
Bertha E. (Scott) Johnson told
Nelson Scott that Maria Smith’s first husband was from Evansville,
Indiana, and that they had one child who died early and that her first
husband died early in their marriage. They lived in Indianapolis.
Sam H. Dushane of Indianapolis was her second marriage and they were
probably married in Indianapolis. Sam and Maria (Smith) Dushane
resided at 225 Downey Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana throughout their
marriage. Their home was next door to the College of Missions, United
Christian Missionary Society of the Christian Church, Disciples of
Christ. Following Sam Dushane’s death, Marie sold their home and took
residence in an apartment, 410 North Meridian Street, in downtown
After Marie's death, her nephew, Clark Scott was responsible for
moving and disposing of her furnishings and belongings. Clark asked
his son-in-law, Seibert Scott, to haul the belongings from
Indianapolis to Clark and sister, Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson's
residences in New Albany, Indiana. A number of Marie (Smith)
Dushane's possessions were known to be given to her niece, Bertha, her
nephew, Charles Scott, and to Clark Scott. Others in the Scott family
probably received various items that have now become family
Virginia Scott, daughter of Clark
Scott, inherited from her father, Marie (Smith) Dushane’s cut glass
which Virginia’s daughter, Debbie (Scott) Brown, will inherit and also
a love-seat couch in Virginia's east-side upstairs bedroom. Virginia
Scott tells this story: "When Marie (Smith) Dushane came from
Indianapolis to visit George & Anna (Smith) Scott at their farm, Anna,
referred to Marie as her "rich" sister. When my parents, Clark and
Cora (Nicholson) Scott, went to visit Aunt Marie at the farm, my
brother, Irvin Scott, and me would always be dressed in our Sunday
clothes so we would look nice for Aunt Marie."
SARAH SMITH was born 29 March 1861, New York or New Jersey, died 4
September 1954, home of her daughter, Bertha Elizabeth (Scott)
Johnson, 2217 Shelby Street, New Albany, Indiana, burial Chapel Hill
Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana, married
29 December 1881, New Albany, Indiana, George Aaron Scott, born 13
July 1859, Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, died 10 October
1945, Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, burial Chapel Hill
The genealogy and family history of
George Aaron Scott and Anna Sarah Smith are available on this CD/DVD
and were prepared by Nelson S. Scott. The file is named GEORGE
AARON SCOTT FAMILY. George and Anna’s descendants were placed
into a standard genealogical numbering system and format which Nelson
Scott did not use in this file on SMITH-CURTIS.
Anna and George were married at her
residence, 109 (West side) Bank Street, between Market and Spring
Streets by Rev. J. S. Woods.
Anna graduated in the Class of
1878, New Albany High School when the school was at Bank and Spring
Streets. She was recognized as the oldest living graduate and was
guest of honor on Thursday, May 27, 1954 when the school celebrated
its 100th anniversary which included a Centennial banquet at the high
school. At the banquet U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton was
Master of Ceremonies when Anna was recognized as the oldest living
graduate. Anna was interviewed by either the Superintendent of the
School Corporation or the Principal of New Albany High School upon
this occasion. The interview was recorded on an old 78 size record.
The record was copied into a cassette tape and given to Nelson Scott
by Linda Sue (Johnson) Wenning who also has another cassette tape of
After Anna graduated from high
school, her daughter, Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson, told Nelson
Scott that Anna taught in a grade school in Kentucky before she
married George. Nothing is definite but Bertha thought it may have
been Stanford, Kentucky. In George & Anna Scott’s Family Bible,
“Album Section,” was a photograph of Mollie Mobley, a young lady with
whom Anna boarded while teaching.
George and Anna (Smith) Scott
resided at an address which was changed from a rural route to 6803
Starlight Road, Floyds
Indiana. Their farm was located at the northeast intersection
of Starlight & Bethel Roads. Their home faced Bethel Road which was
laid along Big Indian Creek. They grew vegetable produce on their
farm, raised chickens, milked dairy cows and used horses to till the
land for corn, wheat, and oats.
Anna was an expert at
making cottage cheese and butter from cow's milk. She sold cottage
cheese and butter at the farmer’s market on
Street, New Albany,
Indiana. Her daughter, Bertha, told the story that after Anna had
sold items at the market, she would give Bertha money so she could pay
for her piano lessons in New Albany.
Anna was very small in height, barely five feet
tall and probably less. She always sat with her husband in the same
pew at Chapel
Church where she was a
member for 70 years. George Aaron
held the office of Elder
in the church, devout, dedicated church leader.
Though they had a
relatively small farm, they worked it with utmost efficiency with
well-planned gardens for vegetables, potatoes, and kept well-groomed
apple, peach, and plum trees; lots of strawberries, too! Nelson Scott
remembers family gatherings at their home, the unusual small buildings
to the back and side of their home for washing clothes, a kitchen
building across the drive from the main house for cooking, canning
food and making butter and cottage cheese.
Under the kitchen building was a large cellar for storage of
food. The cellar was
very cool even in the summer time.
George and Anna were parents of six
children who were born on their farm at 6803 Starlight Road,
Indiana and were baptized at Chapel Hill Christian Church,
Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana. The children and other
descendants named below are based upon reliable information known
among their children and grandchildren. The proof for the children
and grandchildren’s information was the eyewitness accounts of their
parents and siblings. Most documentation from external, primary
sources beyond the family accounts have been omitted, so the family
eyewitness accounts are stand alone certification for this family
history of George and Anna Scott’s six children and descendants. Some
information has been cited as not available because the eyewitness
account was not complete. Children and descendants from George and
Anna Scott are named as follows:
(1) Edmund Kay
Scott, born 2 December 1883, died 15 January 1963, New Albany,
Indiana, burial Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, Indiana,
 Mabelle C. Perry, 8 p.m.,
Tuesday, 12 March 1907, Central Christian Church parsonage, New
Albany, Indiana by Rev. B. F. Cato. Mabelle was known as Mabel, born
1888, New Albany, Indiana, died 16 October 1967, 511 Captain Frank
Road, New Albany, Indiana, burial Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New
Albany, Indiana. Mabelle C. Perry’s parents were not available.
On the date of their
marriage, Edmund K. Scott resided at 1610 E. Elm Street, New Albany,
Indiana and Mabel Perry resided at 611 13th Street, New Albany. After
their marriage, they resided at 1606 Shelby Place, New Albany where
their children were reared and later they moved to 511 Captain Frank
Road, New Albany where both resided at the time of their deaths.
When about 18 years
old, Edmund moved to New Albany and worked in the grocery and feed
store of his uncle Will (William) L. Scott which was first located at
318 State Street and in 1919 the business relocated to 329-331 State
Street. It was a grocery and feed store from 1885 to 1915. In 1915,
the store dropped its grocery business and became exclusively a
wholesale and retail feed store which sold agricultural seeds for
farmers to grow corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and also garden
vegetables. The business also sold flour and dairy cattle feed.
While working for his uncle, Will Scott, it is believed that Edmund
attended business school in downtown New Albany. He married at the
age of 24. Edmund Scott was a very astute person.
In 1929, he was
President of the Floyd County Building and Loan Association, and
secretary of the Scott Seed Company. In 1929, Edmund’s brother,
Charles M. Scott, was President of the Scott Seed Company.
Around 1921 a new partner, Raymond C. Emery, was brought into the
business for a few years. The business was called, “Emery-Scott Seed
Company” from 1921-1924. Raymond C. Emery was Vice-President; William
L. Scott, President; and Charles M. Scott was the
Secretary-Treasurer. About 1925, Raymond C. Emery left the company
and about 1929, Will (William) Scott also left the business,
establishing his own company, “W. L. Scott & Sons,” 320 West Main, New
Albany, and then in 1932, W. L. Scott & Sons moved their business
away from New Albany to 1518-1520 Spring Street, Jeffersonville,
Indiana. Then in 1929, the brothers, Edmund and Charles Scott, began
their own business at 329-331 State Street and officially called it
“The Scott Seed Company.” In 1932, the Scott Seed Company relocated
to 108-110 West Main Street, New Albany where it remained until 1942
when the business relocated to 709-733 East 4th Street, New Albany,
where larger facilities with warehouses were available. Edmund and
Charles Scott remained in the company until their retirement.
Edmund was an elected
New Albany Councilman from the 3rd District. He was elected by the
Council as Mayor Pro Tem, filling the unexpired term of the deceased
Mayor Raymond L. Jaegers. Mayor Pro Tem Edmund K. Scott served from
September, 1946 through December, 1947.
Edmund and Mabel
Scott were active members of Central Christian Church, New Albany,
where all their children were baptized. Their children were Perry
Scott, Katherine Anne Scott and Samuel Edmund Scott.
Son, Perry Scott, died
as a young adult in his twentieth year of life when engaged to be
Anne Scott, born 30 May 1910, New Albany, died 16 May 1994, at the
home of her daughter, Anna Kay Duer, Denver, Colorado, buried 20 May
1994, Denver, Colorado, married 31 March 1933, New Albany, IN., Neal
Shirley Duer, born 1 January 1904, New Albany, died 1 January 1944,
Luzon Island, Luzon, Philippines, military death, buried 1952 in New
Albany. Most of her widowed life, Katherine was office manager and
secretary of the Scott Seed Company. She and Neal were parents of one
child, daughter, Anna Kay Duer, born 22 May 1937, New Albany. Anna
Duer never married and became Executive Vice-President, Office
Liquidators, Denver. Anna was very successful in the business of
office interior decorating. In 1998 Anna resided at 7302 E. Bates
Drive, Denver, Colorado 80231.
Son, Samuel Edmund
Scott, born 7 September 1919 New Albany, died 17 September 1993, New
Albany, burial Kraft-Graceland Cemetery, New Albany, married 12
October 1948, New Albany, Laverna Pansy Shaw, born 26 August 1926,
Longdale, Blain County, Oklahoma, residence as of 2000 was Rural Route
# 1, Box 26, Longdale, Oklahoma 73755. Laverna resides on a ranch
once owned by her parents and brothers.
Sam and Laverna resided
at 808 Binford Road, New Albany. Sam retired as President of the
Scott Seed Company, a Navy veteran of WW 2, a former board member of
Community First Federal Bank. He was a member of Prosser Vocational
School Advisory Board, New Albany Rotary Club, DePauw Masonic Lodge
104, Central Christian Church.
Sam and Laverna (Shaw)
Scott were parents of Steven Scott, Joan Elaine Scott and Carol Sue
Steven Shaw Scott was
born 19 May 1953, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, married (1)
September, 1972, New Albany, Deborah Ann Cruse; married (2) Kerry
(surname not available). Steven and Deborah Ann Cruse were the
parents of 3 children: (1) Devin Matthew Scott, adopted son, born 7
September 1996; (2) Shelby Suze Scott; (3) Brandi Ann Scott who
married 18 June 1994, New Albany, Steve Patrick Sommer, and they were
the parents of Nicole Lee Sommer, born 7 April 1997, Floyd County,
Joan Elaine Scott was
born 23 April 1955, New Albany, married 1972, New Albany, Richard
Wayne Lawson, and they were the parents of their daughter, Catina
Michelle Lawson, born 9 August 1972. Catina Michelle Lawson married
William Douglas Rose III, Louisville, Kentucky and they were the
parents of William D. Rose IV, born 29 March 1995.
Carol Sue Scott was
born 27 January 1957, Clarksville, Clark County, Indiana, married (1)
Lester Holz; married (2) Lloyd Farnsley, 1994, New Albany. No
children were born to Carol Sue Scott in her marriages.
Continuing: Children of George Aaron Scott and
Anna Sarah Smith
(2) Florence Jane Scott was born 13 June 1887,
died 9 June 1989, at the age of 102, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, burial St.
Mary of the Knobs Catholic Church Cemetery, Lafayette Township, Floyd
County, Indiana, married about 1907, Lafayette Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, Jacob William Fredrick Best, nicknamed Will, born February,
Will Bests’ parents were Jacob Best
and Margaretha Weisenberger. Margaretha was from Lanesville, Indiana.
Florence and Will Best resided
throughout their life on a farm at 4119 Scottsville Road, about 160
rolling acres at Floyds Knobs, Indiana (back when Florence and Will
were married, the town was called Mooresville). They were members of
the St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic Church. Florence celebrated her
100th Birthday with a Family Reunion held at the Floyds Knobs
Community Club on Saturday, June 13, 1987.
 At this celebration Florence
had received a pictorial “Family Tree” of her life, beginning with the
Scott and Smith “roots” and her marriage to William Jacob Best of
Floyds Knobs. Florence said that the Best Family had resided on the
same farm for more than 100 years which was recognized by an Historic
Marker on a tree at the driveway of their farm on Scottsville Road.
At this celebration, the following
quotations were given by Florence as she told stories about her
family’s contributions to Floyd County, “both at Atkins Chapel Church
where Aaron Hey, a Scott fore-father gave the land for the building of
the first church in that area - and her Grandfather Smith came from
New York to New Albany to help establish the J.B. Ford Glass Works,
which was one of the earliest industries in the New Albany area.”
Florence continued to say that “The
branches of their “Family Tree” are Evelyn Best of Louisville,
Kentucky, who is a Registered Nurse, and Alois William Best, who
resides on part of the original Best farm where he winters his
Thorough-bred horses during the off season. Alois’ “pride and joy
branches” are his Daughter, Mary Ann Duffy (Mrs. Richard),
Grand-daughter Anita Duffy and Grandson Michael Duffy and
Great-Grand-daughter Summer Duffy; and two Sons: Damon Best and
Grandsons: William, James and Allen, and Grand-daughters: Karalynn
Thompson, Brenda Kennedy, Janice Staser, Nancy Best and Misty Best;
and Great-grand-daughters: Amber Best, April Best, Emily Thompson and
Angela Staser; and Great-grandsons: Joey Schaefer, Niall Thompson,
James Best, Jr., Timothy Best, Jeremy Kennedy, Joshua Kennedy, Jason
Kennedy, Bradley Best and Dustin Best; and David Best and Grandson
Thomas Best and Grand-daughters Mary K. Best and Michelle Best.”
Evelyn Lucille Best was born 6 July
1908, Floyds Knobs, (back then the town was called Mooresville),
Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, died 31 March 2002, burial
St. Mary’s of the Knobs Cemetery, Lafayette Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, married (1) Louisville, Kentucky, Leland Vittitoe who died in
1943; married (2) Louisville, Kentucky, Luther Bardin who died in the
1950s. Evelyn had no children in her marriages. She was a registered
nurse, resided in Louisville, Kentucky and Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
Alois William Best was born 6
September 1914, Floyds Knobs, (back then the town was called
Mooresville), Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, married 12
September 1934, New Albany, Indiana, Mary Alice Neely, born 9 May
1914. Alois attended St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Kentucky.
His parents took him to Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky where he
became interested in thoroughbred horses as a youth. Alois
supplemented farming by holding publicly elected offices. He went on
to breed, train and race thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs, and the
former Miles Park, Louisville, and other tracks in the Midwest.
Bests’ horses won over 300 races.
Alois and Mary Alice were the
parents of three children.
i. Damon Alois Best was
born 11 March 1935, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, died 31 December 2000,
married (1) 25 August 1955, New Albany, Indiana, Anita Fay Kielhorn;
married (2) 12 July 1973, Mildred Von Allmen.
Damon and Anita
Kielhorn were the parents of 7 children.
Ann Best was born 25 March 1956, New Albany, Indiana, married 12 July
1980, Jonathan Keith Thompson. Karalynn and Jonathan were the parents
of the following children: (1) Jonathan Niall Thompson, born 7 June
1981, New Albany, Indiana, married 30 July 2005, Rebecca Elaine Arms;
(2) Emily Ann Thompson, born 21 August 1983, New Albany, Indiana.
Damon Best was born 9 September 1957, New Albany, Indiana, married 25
June 1983, Donna Jones. William and Donna Jones were the parents of 3
children: (1) Amber Dawn Best, born 16 September 1981, New Albany,
Indiana; (2) April Renee Best, born 18 April 1984, New Albany,
Indiana, married Ben Hayes and they were the parents of Braden David
Best, born 15 November 2003, New Albany, Indiana; (3) Bradley William
Best, born 11 June 1985, New Albany, Indiana
Foster Best, born 9 September 1958, New Albany, Indiana, married 14
April 1978, New Albany, Debbie Jones. James and Debbie Jones were the
parents of 2 children. (1) James Foster Best, Jr., born 26 September
1978, New Albany, Indiana (2) Timothy Paul Best, born 25 September
1983, New Albany, Indiana, married 27 September 2003, Lindsey Evaline.
Timothy and Lindsey were parents of twin sons, Landon Kade Best and
Logan Kaleb Best, born 17 May 2006, New Albany, Indiana.
Katherine Best, born 8 September 1959, New Albany, Indiana married (1)
28 April 1979, New Albany, Indiana, Cullen Kennedy; married (2) 28
July 1995, Bradley John Snyder. Brenda and Cullen Kennedy were the
parents of 3 children: (1) Jeremy Wayne Kennedy, born 19 September
1979, New Albany, Indiana; (2) Joshua Ryan Kennedy, born 3 November
1981, New Albany, Indiana; (3) Jason Lee Kennedy, born 20 February
1983, New Albany, Indiana.
Bradley John Snyder were the parents of Olivia9 Rose
Snyder, born 5 May 1997, New Albany, Indiana.
v. Janice Marie
Best was born 19 May 1961, New Albany, Indiana, married (1) October,
1977, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Gregg Schaefer; married (2) 26 December
1982, Arthur Lee Staser. Janice and Gregg Schaefer were the parents
of Joseph Edward Schaefer, born 5 March 1978, Austin, Texas, married
27 December 2003, New Albany, Indiana, Rungrueng Boonyuen, nickname
Ovi. Joseph and Ovi were the parents of Rayna10
Renee Schaefer, born 3 July 2004, Okinawa, Japan.
Arthur Lee Staser were the parents of 2 children: (1) Angela Marie
Staser, born 3 October 1984, Fayetteville, North Carolina; (2) Robert
Damon Staser, born 5 September 1987, New Albany, Indiana.
Continuing: Children of Damon Best and Anita
vi. Allen Wayne
Best was born 3 July 1963, New Albany, Indiana, married 13 April 1991,
St. Mary’s of the Knobs Catholic Church, Lafayette Township, Floyd
County, Indiana, Elizabeth Ann Mary Bezy. Allen Best and Elizabeth
Bezy were the parents of 3 children: (1) Patricia Sue Best, born 3
February 1976, Louisville, Kentucky and the mother of Xzavyion Michael
Remseir, born 10 July 1994 and Daymon Best, born 7 December 2002; (2)
Matthew Daniel Best, born 25 June 1984, Ashtabula, Ohio; (3) Cortnea
Elizabeth Ann Best, born 16 June 1986, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, married 5 January 2004, Chadwick Andrew Vaughn. They were
the parents of Amelia Rose Vaughn, born 16 November 2004.
Continuing: Children of Damon Best and Anita
vii. Nancy Joyce
Best was born 29 November 1964, New Albany, Indiana, married (1) Joe
Wilson; married (2) 19 December 1992, Mike W. Schellenberger. Nancy
Best and Joe Wilson were the parents of Dustin9 Lee
Wilson, born 25 November 1985, New Albany, Indiana. Nancy Best and
Mike Schellenberger were the parents of Denim Nicole Schellenberger,
born 19 January 1994, New Albany, Indiana.
Damon and Mildred Von
Allmen were the parents of Misty Lynn Best, born 17 December 1974,
Louisville, Kentucky. Misty married 20 May 2000, New Albany, Indiana,
Alan Lyle Wright. They were the parents of 2 children: (1) Ellie
Grace Wright, born 28 September 2002, Nashville, Tennessee; (2) Hannah
Joy Wright, born 18 September 2004, Nashville, Tennessee.
Continuing: Children of Alois and Mary Alice
ii. Mary Ann
Best was born 20 June 1936, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, married 30 May
1959, St. Mary’s of the Knobs Catholic Church, Lafayette Township,
Floyd County, Indiana, Richard J. Duffy. Mary Ann and Richard were
the parents of 2 children:
Michael Stanley William Duffy, born 14 November 1960, Fort Wayne,
Indiana, married 28 June 1981, Anaheim, California, Vickie Marie
Kelsey. Michael and Vickie were the parents of 2 children: (1) Summer
Marie Duffy, born 23 February 1982, Anaheim, California, married 24
July 2004, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana, Matthew J. Hayes; (2)
Cole Michael Duffy, born 7 October 1987, New Albany,
Indiana (2) Anita Sue Duffy, born 9 April
1962, Louisville, Kentucky.
Leland Best was born 10 October 1938, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, married
Holy Family Church, New Albany, Indiana, Jane Ann Libs. David and
Jane Best were the parents of 3 children:
a. Thomas Scott Best was born 17
December 1964, New Albany, Indiana, married 26 June 2004, New Albany,
Indiana, Ruth Ann Robinson
b. Mary Katherine Best was born 12
April 1967, New Albany, Indiana.
c. Michele Leigh Best was born 21 July
1975, New Albany, Indiana, married 16 May 2003, St. Mary’s of the
Knobs Catholic Church, Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana,
Steven Edward McQuigg. They have a son, Christian Edward McQuigg,
born May 10, 2006, New Albany, Indiana.
Continuing: Children of George Aaron Scott and
Anna Sarah Smith
(3) George Dennis Scott, born 18
August 1891, died 6 March 1964, Floyd Memorial Hospital, New Albany,
Indiana, burial Chapel Hill Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd
County, Indiana, married Wood Township, Clark County, Indiana, 9
September 1913, Myrtle Alvenia McKinley, born 13 September 1895, Wood
Township, Clark County, Indiana, died 20 March 1978, Tender Care
Nursing Home, Clarksville, Indiana, burial Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Myrtle McKinley was the daughter of Henry and Polly Ann (Brown)
George and Myrtle lived
most of their married life in Georgetown, Indiana where he owned his
own hardware business as a merchant. They also owned a few acres of
farm land outside Georgetown on the road to New Albany. In their
early years of marriage, George owned a grocery store on Scottsville
Road about 1 ½ miles south of his parent’s home. This home was the
birthplace of their children. George was an avid Democrat who
thoroughly enjoyed politics. He was active in the Floyd County
Democrat Party. His first elected office was Lafayette Township
Trustee. He served on the Floyd County Council and was elected Floyd
County Treasurer about 1945. He was a trustee of Chapel Hill
Christian Church and for 48 years served as a Deacon of the
George and Myrtle were
parents of Marcel McKinley Scott and twins, Lillis Lea Scott, nickname
“Bud” and twin sister, Gladys Marie Scott.
(1) Marcel McKinley
Scott was born Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, 23 November
1914, died Seminole, Florida, 5 September 2002, married 29 September
1934, New Albany, Indiana, Esther Wright, born 24 January 1914, New
Albany, Indiana, died Seminole, Florida. Esther’s parents were Joseph
S. Wright and Nellie Engleman. Marcel and Esther were the parents of
Donald Marcel Scott, born 9 June 1938, New Albany, Indiana, married
(1) Nancy Tower; married (2) Jean ( ____ ); married (3) Nancy ( ___ ).
Nancy has been a librarian in the Library of Congress, Washington,
D.C. Don Scott has been a Professor of Psychology at Wofford College,
Spartanburg, South Carolina. Don and Nancy (Tower) Scott were the
parents of Brenda Dawn Scott, born 8 August 1961, married Rev. M.
Michael Szymonowski, Episcopal priest.
(2) Twin, Lillis Lea
Scott, nickname “Bud”, was born Lafayette Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, 3 August 1916, died 2 January 1984, St. Cloud, Florida,
burial Martinsburg Cemetery, Martinsburg, Washington County, Indiana,
married Clarksville, Indiana, 26 December 1954, Jane Georgia Ratts,
born 22 February 1921, Martinsburg, Washington County, Indiana.
Jane’s parents were John Ratts and Minnie May Hein.
Bud was a professional
painter who owned his own business. He painted farm buildings,
schools, and houses inside and out! When Irvin and Margie Scott along
with Clark Scott, Irvin’s father, owned a farm on State Road 335, a
few miles north of Martinsburg, Irvin Scott met Jane Ratt’s parents
and introduced Jane to Bud Scott. Jane’s parents lived nearby on a
farm just outside Martinsburg. Irvin and Bud Scott were very close
friends from childhood. They bought rental homes, fixed them up, and
resold them. Following their retirement, Clark Scott along with Irvin
and Bud bought mobile homes at St. Cloud, Florida, where they lived
during the winter months.
Before retirement, Bud
and Jane (Ratts) Scott resided at 1720 Canal Lane, Georgetown, Indiana
where they lived near Bud’s parents. Upon the death of Bud in 1984,
Jane continued to live at Georgetown for about 8 years and then moved
to Hixson, Tennessee near her daughter, Janis. Bud and Jane attended
the Martinsburg, Indiana Church of Christ where Jane was a member and
Bud’s church membership was at Chapel Hill Christian Church where he
Bud and Jane were the
parents of Janis Sue Scott, born 14 January 1956, New Albany, Indiana,
married 16 June 1979 in the Church of Christ, Hartsville, Trousdale
County, Tennessee, John Martin Massey, born 30 March 1953, Lebanon,
Tennessee. Billy Martin, who owned the Billy Martin Appliance Store,
Martinsburg, had a daughter, Connie (Martin) Porter, who had moved to
Tennessee and she introduced Janis and John which resulted in
Janis attended Lipscomb
University, Nashville, following graduation from Floyd Central High
School, Galena, Indiana. Janis has worked in the office of a primary
care physician, Hixson, Tennessee and John has worked for the
Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga. They are the parents of
Bethany Jane Massey and Scott Alan Massey.
Bethany Jane Massey was
born 12 October 1982, Hixson, Tennessee. She is a graduate of
Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing,
Scott Alan Massey was
born 30 May 1985, Hixson, Tennessee and in the year 2005 was attending
the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
of George Dennis and Myrtle (McKinley) Scott
(3) Twin, Gladys Marie
Scott, born Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana, 3 August 1916,
died 10 or 11 April 2002, burial Graceland Memorial Park, 2778
Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana, married 1 March 1941, Richard
William Potts, nickname “Dick”, born 3 January 1914, New Albany,
Indiana, died Green Valley Convalescent Center, New Albany, Indiana.
Richard Potts’ parents were John Elmer Potts and Olive Minerva Durbin.
Gladys and Dick were
active members of Central Christian Church, New Albany, Indiana. For
many years, they resided at 2206 Elm Street, New Albany where both
resided at death. Gladys and her brother, Marcel Scott, inherited the
Scott Family Bible from their father, George Dennis Scott.
Gladys said that the Bible was purchased as a gift to George Aaron and
Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott. The person(s) who purchased the Bible and
gave it to them was not known. Upon the death of Anna Sarah (Smith)
Scott, the Bible was obtained by her son, George Dennis Scott and was
eventually given to Marcel Scott. In September 1995, Marcel and
Gladys decided to give the Bible to Donald L. Scott, son of Virginia
Scott, daughter of Clark Scott. Don knew that his brother, Nelson
Scott, was more interested in the Scott Family History, so he
communicated through Virginia Scott to Gladys that the George and Anna
(Smith) Scott’s family Bible be given to Nelson to hold in trust for
the Scott family. Marcel and Gladys concurred in that suggestion.
Marcel mailed the Bible from Florida to Nelson and Gladys sent Nelson
a note with instructions to hold it in trust for the Scott family.
Gladys and Dick Potts
were the parents of Stephen Richard Potts, Robert Scott Potts, and
Betsy Ann Potts.
(1) Stephen Richard
Potts was born 5 September 1943, New Albany, Indiana, died 20 December
1976, while on a sailing cruise in the Bermuda Triangle, married
Rebecca Anne Blake, born 6 March 19 ( ___ ), New Albany. Stephen and
Rebecca were the parents of Bradley Richard Potts, born 18 February
1963, Louisville, Kentucky and Aaron Jeremy Potts, born 14 October
1970, Terre Haute, Indiana. Aaron Potts resided in San Jose,
California and Bradley Potts resided in Alameda, California.
(2) Robert Scott Potts,
nickname Bob, was born 7 December 1945, New Albany, married 10 June
1966, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Albany, Nancy Jane Shuck, born 7
June 1946, New Albany. Bob and Nancy were the parents of Jessica Ann
Potts, born 21 May 1970, Champaign, Illinois while her father was a
student at the University of Illinois Mechanical and Engineering
School; Anna Lynn Potts, born 17 March 1973, Ntick, Massachusetts.
Bob and Nancy Potts resided in Boston, Massachusetts.
(3) Betsy Ann Potts was
born 27 September 1947, New Albany, married (1) Lynn Peters, married
(2) Robert Lewis Flanagan; married (3) Darryl Walters. Betsy and Lynn
Peters were the parents of Mary Alan Peters, born 8 July 1963. Betsy
and Robert Flanagan were the parents of Shawn Patrick Flanagan, born
30 December 1966 and Christopher Scott Flanagan, born 5 August 1971,
married Jerri Mattingly. Betsy and her family have resided in New
Albany, Indiana. Her husband, Darryl, is in the insurance business.
Continuing: Children of George
Aaron Scott and Anna Sarah Smith
(4) Charles Manker Scott was born
25 September 1893, died 30 December 1974 (of emphysema), New Albany,
Indiana; burial Graceland Cemetery, New Albany, married 9 June 1920,
New Albany, Indiana, Eva L. Deatrick. No children were born to this
marriage. They were married only briefly for 6 months or less.
Charles and Eva resided at 226 W. Market Street, New Albany, at the
home of her father, James H. Deatrick, President, P. N. Curl Grocery
Company, New Albany. After their divorce, Charles rented an apartment
at 430 Beharrel Avenue, New Albany, Indiana and remained single for 5
On 14 June 1927, Charles married at
Park Christian Church, New Albany, the pastor’s daughter of the
church, Ruth Eliza Bartle, born 1 November 1901, Finley Township,
Scott County, Indiana, died 2 October 1976, New Albany, burial
Graceland Cemetery, New Albany. Ruth (Bartle) Scott was a graduate of
Valparaiso College, Valparaiso, Indiana, church choir director,
singer, music teacher.
William Dennes Scott, grandson of
Charles Manker Scott, wrote the following information about the early
life of Charles M. Scott.
William said the information was based on stories that he had heard
from his aunt, Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb, daughter of Charles M. Scott.
“As a teenager, CM
(Charles Manker) worked for his father and neighboring farmers as a
day laborer (this would have been in the 1910s) and saved up some
money ($50?) and bought a piece of land. Then he raised a "crop" -
sold the crop & the land, and used this money to finance his education
at the New Albany Business College.
“After "graduation", CM
went to work for the L&N Railroad, but I am not sure which railroad it
was. It's probable that his older brother, Edmund, got him the job,
and it is possible that CM boarded with Ed & Mabel Scott. CM also
lived in a Boarding House during this period. His job was essentially
an assistant (go-fer) for some executive, and he didn't work there for
long (it may have been in Louisville, Kentucky).
“He then went to work
as a "peddler" or traveling salesman (literally driving a buggy in the
country) for a man named Thron (Thorne?) in New Albany (maybe on State
Street). With this came an exemption from military service in WWI
(Aunt Sally says he always regretted taking this "out") as a
"necessary agricultural exemption to the war effort. He sold butter
churns, lightning rods, seeds, and presumably other things farmers
was that he was to get an equity position for his efforts, but at the
end of the war, Thorn's sons came home and joined the firm.
When CMS asked for his equity share understanding to be put in
writing, he was "laughed at" and quit soon after.
“He went to the bank,
borrowed money and started the Scott Seed Co. (Aunt Sally does not
know exactly who Will Scott was - listed as the President in an early
1920s New Albany City Directory I once saw. The first Scott
Seed Co. may have been on Main Street? then State Street.” This
concluded the lore of Charles M. Scott’s early life.
From 1921 - 1924, Charles was
Secretary - Treasurer of the Emery-Scott Seed Company. William L.
Scott was President, Raymond C. Emery was Vice-President, and Charles
M. Scott was the Secretary-Treasurer per the New Albany City
Directories for those years. William “Will” L. Scott was an uncle
of Charles. Will owned a grocery store, 318 State Street, from about
1886 - 1915. Around 1915, he changed his business into a retail and
wholesale feed and seed store -- a business which served agricultural
seeds for farmers to grow corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and also
garden vegetables. The business also sold flour and dairy cattle
feed. His sons, Isaac “Ike” G. Scott and Joseph Hey Scott, worked in
the business. Then in 1919 the business relocated to 329-331 State
Street, New Albany. Around 1921 a new partner, Raymond C. Emery, was
brought into the business along with Charles M. Scott. By 1925,
Raymond C. Emery had left the business. By 1929, William L. Scott had
left the business and temporarily formed a similar business, “W. L.
Scott & Sons,” 320 West Main, New Albany, and in 1932, Will Scott
moved his business to 1518-1520 Spring Street, Jeffersonville,
Indiana, per City Directory of Jeffersonville and New Albany. By
1929, Charles M. Scott was President of the Scott Seed Company.
Charles’ brother, Edmund K., held the office of secretary -
treasurer. In 1930, the Scott Seed Company relocated to 108-110 West
Main Street, where it remained until after the 1937 flood which
practically destroyed downtown New Albany. The Main Street building
had the top two floors removed because of the flood damage. The Scott
Seed Company relocated to 709-733 East 4th Street, (4th &
Culbertson), New Albany, where larger warehouse facilities could be
used. Edmund and Charles Scott remained in the company until their
retirement. The Scott Seed Company expanded and grew under the
marketing and sales work of Charles Scott. Through the years, the
company supported numerous people in the families of Charles and
Charles M. and Ruth (Bartle) Scott
resided off Paoli Pike (State Highway 150) with the present-day
address as 502 Kenzig Road, New Albany, Indiana. Kenzig Road was
established alongside Interstate Highway 265, (the Interstate around
New Albany connecting I-64 and I-65). This home was located in the
highland woods overlooking New Albany. Their children were born and
reared there. Their home was often the site of family reunions in the
1940s and 1950s. Charles enjoyed growing lovely flower gardens and
created a pond for watering his flowers. Their home was one of the
most “modern” residences in Floyd County during the 1930s, 1940s and
1950s. They entertained business associates, church friends and
civic-music organizations that they supported. Charles and Ruth were
members of the New Albany Country Club. Adjacent to their home was
also the home of their son, Charles Bartle Scott and his wife, Jane
Kendrick Wolff. Charles Bartle and Jane’s home was built on the
present-day site of Windover Drive which intersects with Kenzig Road.
Their home was the first home on Windover Drive, affectionately called
the “Windover” home and street. The street was probably named by
Charles and Jane.
Charles and Ruth were the parents
of Charles Bartle Scott and Sarah Ann Scott.
Charles Bartle Scott was born 15
July 1931, New Albany, baptized Park Christian Church, New Albany,
married (1) New Albany, Jane Kendrick Wolff, born 16 August 1933;
married (2) Rosemary Newman.
Charles worked at the Scott Seed
Company until 1968, when he and Jane moved to Portland, Oregon. He
continued there in the seed business with several companies and on his
own until his retirement. They were the parents of the following
(1) William Dennes Scott, born
1949, New Albany, married and wife is deceased, no children born in
their marriage. William resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
(2) David Bryan Scott, born 1957,
New Albany, married Monica ( ___ ). David and Monica are the parents
of Kathryn Valerie Scott, born 1990. They resided in Lake Forest
(3) Carolyn Ruth Scott was born
1959, New Albany, married Wilborn Kent, nickname “Bill.” They are the
parents of Ethan Bartle Kent, born 25 October 1986 and Zane Wilbain
Kent, born 4 August 1988. They resided at Creswell, Oregon.
(4) Susan Jane Scott was born
1966, New Albany, IN., married Leigh Yielding. They are parents of
Sarah Ann Yielding, born 15 May 1995 and Adam Scott Yielding, born 9
February 1999. Susan and Leigh Yeilding resided Freeland, Washington.
(5) Mary Elizabeth Scott was born
1970, New Albany, married Phillip Huff. They resided at Fairview,
Oregon. They are the parents of Lindsey Gardner Huff, born 1999, and
Campbell Kendrick Huff, born 2001, Fairview, Oregon.
Continuing: Children of Charles Manker Scott
and Ruth Eliza Bartle
Sarah Ann Scott was
born 29 October 1933, New Albany, baptized Park Christian Church, New
Albany, married (1) Pheneious Clark Williams, Jr. Pheneious spelled
his name as the Welsh -- not the typical Greek “Phenias.” He went by
the name of “Clark”. After the divorce of Pheneious, Sarah Ann
(Scott) Williams married Fred Topping Crabb, who also is deceased. No
children were born to Sarah Ann and Fred. From his previous marriage,
Fred Crabb had one son, Charles F. Crabb. Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb
resided in Mocksville, North Carolina and attended the Presbyterian
Church. Three children were born in Sarah’s marriage to Pheneious
Clark Williams, Jr.:
(1) Charles Scott
Williams, born 1953, married Barbara Reichert. They reside in
Canfield, Ohio. Four children were born to their marriage:
Katherine Elizabeth Williams, born 2 October 1978; Jonathan Whitney
Williams, born 13 December 1980; Julia Ruth Williams, born 30 December
1983; and, Sarah Caroline Williams, born 30 November 1990.
(2) Pheneious Clark
Williams III, known as “Buddy”, born 1956, married (1) Betty
Thompson. Buddy and Betty resided in Mocksville, North Carolina and
one child was born in their marriage, Pheneious Clark Williams IV,
known as “Clark”, born 1979, married Vristy Burton. Clark and Vristy
were the parents of Tatum Jakob Williams, born 1998; Kassidy Saylor
Williams, born 1999; Brady Ray Williams, born 30 October 2003; Emma
Grace Williams born 7 January 2006. Clark and Vristy Williams IV
resided Mocksville, North Carolina.
Buddy (Pheneious Clark
Williams III) married (2) Marcheta Dull Hill. They resided
Mocksville, North Carolina. Marcheta in a previous marriage was the
mother of Adam Hill who married Lilley Beck and Emily Hill who married
Bart Burroughs. Adam and Emily Hill were twins, born 4 August 1990.
Also, Buddy and Marcheta Williams III are the adopted parents of
Brandy Rogers Williams, born 4 August 1990.
(3) Allison Gardner
Williams, born 1958, married (1) Robert Bruce Tally, married (2)
Norman Moore Lee, Jr. No children were born to Allison in her
marriage to Norman Lee, Jr. Allison and Robert Bruce Tally were the
parents of Amanda Christine Tally, born 1977, and Robert Scott Tally,
born 1981. Allison and her husband, Norman Lee, Jr. resided Green
Cove Springs, Florida.
Continuing: Children of George Aaron Scott and
Anna Sarah Smith
(5) Clark Craven Scott, born 21
June 1896, died 1984, Floyd Memorial Hospital, New Albany, Indiana,
burial Chapel Hill Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, married (1) 26 February 1916, Greenville Township, Floyd
Cora Bell Nicholson, born 4 August 1899, Wood Township, Clark County,
Indiana, died 2 July 1990, New Albany, Indiana, burial Chapel Hill
Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana; married (2)
Violet M. McLain, born 16 June 1919, English, Crawford County,
Indiana, died 26 December 1996, Providence Retirement Home, New
Albany, Indiana, burial Chapel Hill Cemetery, Greenville Township,
Floyd County, Indiana. No children were born in Clark’s marriage to
Violet McLain. Cora Bell Nicholson's parents were Zachariah Nicholson
and Adaline Fordyce whose nickname was Addie.
Clark and Cora
(Nicholson) Scott were reared on family farms. Throughout their
marriage, they were a farm family. Following marriage, they leased a
small farm on the north side of Fertig Road, ½ mile east of the Fertig
Road and Stiller Road intersection, Lafayette Township, Floyd County,
Indiana. Their first child, Irvin Scott, was born at this location
only a few miles west of the farm owned by Clark’s parents, George and
Ann (Smith) Scott. They purchased a 22 acre farm along the south side
of Bannaman Creek and Chapel Hill Road where it intersects with
The present day address of that home is 8014 Scottsville Road, Floyds
Knobs, Indiana, where their daughter, Virginia Scott, was born. The
home was adjacent to the old Lafayette Township Elementary School, (no
longer standing but the present address for the old school is 7978
Scottsville Road.) Virginia Scott as a preschooler played with the
school children and when the children went back into the school
following their recess, Virginia would cry because she wanted to go
into the school, too! At the age of 5, she entered the first grade!
The school teacher, Vera McGuirt, took room and board in Clark and
Cora Scott’s home. The village of Scottsville, Indiana was a few miles
north of their farm.
When they sold this
farm, Clark took employment with the Scott Feed and Seed Company, New
Albany, which was owned and operated by his brothers, Edmund and
Charles Scott. Clark and Cora resided at 302 E. Elm Street, New
Albany; the home was actually on the corner of Third Street and Elm
Street with the front of the home facing Elm. In early childhood,
Virginia and Irvin Scott attended an elementary school in New Albany.
Clark and Cora
Scott’s fourth home was at the northeast corner of the Chapel Hill
Road and Louis Smith Road intersection, ¼ mile east of the Chapel Hill
Christian Church and Chapel Hill School House. The present day
address of the fourth home is 6634 Chapel Hill Road. Clark purchased
nearly 60 acres on the north and south side of the Chapel Hill Road.
He used horses to till the land, milked dairy cattle, had chickens and
hogs, grew strawberries, owned wild blackberry patches, sold fruit,
and Cora took vegetables from their garden and “canned” them for
winter food. Clark, like his parents, took his produce and crops to
New Albany and sold them at the New Albany Farmer’s Market on Market
Street from the back of their pick-up truck!
Most people in New
Albany bought “canned goods” and large supplies of fresh garden items
from area farmers so they could store food in their homes during the
non-growing season. In the 1930’s, city dwellers had limited
electricity, limited refrigeration, and limited tin can packaging, so
most city people had to buy raw, fresh, bulk food products, then
prepare them and “can” them for storage.
Clark and Cora’s
children, Irvin and Virginia, completed their elementary school
education through the eighth grade at the Chapel Hill School House at
the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Navilleton Road. When Clark and
Cora sold this farm about December, 1935, they leased a farm on the
northwest corner of Interstate 64 and Highway 150. Their children,
Irvin and Virginia attended New Albany High School with both dropping
out. Virginia quit high school in the middle of her junior year,
December, 1935 and married Seibert Scott, March, 1936. They were
married at Park Christian Church, New Albany, in a small Sunday
morning ceremony before the worship service. Charles Manker Scott, who
was a member of Park Christian Church, knew about their pending
marriage that particular Sunday and following the ceremony,
congratulated them on the church steps.
Clark and Cora moved
to New Albany and resided at 162 Cherry Street, New Albany. While
living there, Irvin met his wife, Margie Schlageter, whose parents
owned the Schlageter Nursery and Floral Business a few houses west.
They were married 22 April 1939. Clark took a job with Donaldson
Bakery, Louisville, Kentucky. He drove a truck delivering baked
goods, bread products and made house deliveries in New Albany and
Louisville. While delivering baked goods to homes, Clark met some
interesting women! Clark and Cora divorced while living at this home
in 1938. Afterwards Clark began a new career in real estate. His real
estate office was 155 East Main Street, New Albany and was called the
Clark Scott Real Estate Firm. Above the real estate office, Clark
had his living quarters. Following his divorce from Cora, Clark
remained single and only married after his retirement, Violet McLain.
Clark and Violet resided at 103 West Cottom Avenue, New Albany, near
the home of Irvin and Margie Scott.
Clark and Cora (Nicholson) Scott were the parents of Irvin Scott and
Nicholson Scott, born 3 November 1916, Lafayette Township, Floyd
County, Indiana, baptized August, 1926, Chapel Hill Christian Church,
Floyd County, Indiana, died 24 May 1989 at his residence,109 Adam
Street, New Albany, burial Chapel Hill Cemetery, Greenville Township,
Floyd County, married (1) date not available, Borden, Wood Township,
Clark County, Indiana, Dorthea Miller, who died from miscarriage at
the age of 16; married (2) 22 April 1939, New Albany, Margie Mae
Schlageter, born 21 October 1920, baptized 27 October 1957, Chapel
Hill Christian Church, died 28 December 1999, at her residence, 109
Adam Street, New Albany, burial 31 December 1999, Chapel Hill
Cemetery. Rev. Nelson S. Scott, nephew of Margie Scott, was the
officiating pastor at her memorial service.
Margie M. Schlageter was the
daughter of Joseph Matthew Schlageter and Cora Agnes Atkins. Following
their marriage, Irvin worked at the Schlageter Nursery and Floral
Business on Cherry Street and also owned several farms with his
father, Clark Scott, and then became a fireman for the New Albany Fire
Department and retired after 25 years. Irvin Scott was a Deacon and
Trustee of Chapel Hill Christian Church and served on the Property and
Grounds Committee and the Chapel Hill Cemetery Association Board of
Irvin and Margie (Schlageter)
Scott were parents of one child, David Clark Scott, born 27 December
1945, New Albany, baptized 27 October 1957, Chapel Hill Christian
Church, married 31 August 1968, Holy Family Church, New Albany, Janice
Colin, born 8 December 1947, New Albany, christened April, 1950, Holy
Family Church, New Albany. Janice Colin was the daughter of Walter
Colin and Wanda Gates.
David Scott retired from the New
Albany Fire Department, served on the Providence High School Athletic
Board, and after retirement worked as the head of the Holy Family
Parochial School and Holy Family Church Maintenance Departments.
Janice retired from the Holy Family Church Administrative Office.
They resided at 2900 Moccasin Court, New Albany, Indiana.
David and Janice were the adopted
parents of one child, Danelle Marie Scott, born 13 February 1975, Port
Richey, Pasco County, Florida, christened, Holy Family Catholic
Church, New Albany, married 20 October 1995, Jeffersonville, Clark
County, Indiana, Shawn Sorg, born 3 January 1974, Henryville, Clark
County, Indiana. Danelle has become a single parent, working as an
Emergency Medical Technician with a company in Louisville, Kentucky
and rearing her children, Erin Marie Sorg, born 13 July 1996, New
Albany, christened New Albany Holy Family Church, and Kyle Sorg, born
Continuing: Children of Clark
Scott and Cora Nicholson
(2) Virginia Berniece Scott, born
13 May 1919, Scottsville, Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana,
baptized Chapel Hill Christian Church, married 29 March 1936, Park
Christian Church Parsonage, New Albany, Indiana, Seibert Clarence
Scott, born 5 February 1911, Spickert Knobs Road, Lafayette Township,
Floyd County, Indiana, baptized Chapel Hill Christian Church. Seibert
Scott’s parents were Clarence E. Scott and Nellie Olivia Reese who
resided in Galena, Indiana.
Virginia first met Seibert at
Chapel Hill Christian Church. Following their marriage, Seibert and
Virginia resided with his parents for about one year and then
purchased eight acres with a house and barn on the east side of
Galena, Indiana, present-day address, 6740 Highway 150. They lived at
this location throughout their lives. Seibert was a partner with his
father in their business, the Scott General Store, Galena, Indiana.
Virginia worked in the business, too, beginning part-time in the 1960s
and later full-time during the elderly years of Clarence Scott. They
sold the business in 1975 following 45 years. After retirement,
Seibert had a “hobby” business called the Scott Antique Shoppe housed
in his barn and several other buildings on his property.
Virginia and Seibert
were the parents of four children, Nelson Seibert Scott, Donald Lee
Scott, Bruce Craven Scott, and Debbie Sue Scott.
(1) Nelson Seibert
Scott was born 30 May 1941, Galena, Greenville Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, married 23 June 1962, Greenville Christian Church,
Greenville, Indiana, Judith Lynn Hartfield, born 28 February 1942,
Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana. Judy was the eldest child
of Oscar Hartfield, Jr. and Una Boaz of Greenville, Indiana.
Nelson retired in 2004
following 42 years in the ministry. He was an ordained pastor of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1981, Nelson specialized
as an interim pastor serving congregations in the Indiana and Illinois
Regions of the Christian Church and the Indiana-Kentucky and Illinois
Conferences of the United Church of Christ. Judy’s career was a
reading specialist in elementary education where she taught in
Indianapolis, Indiana; Normandy School District, Normandy, Missouri;
and completed her career at Judith Giacomo Elementary School,
Westville, Illinois. They have resided in Danville, Illinois since
January, 1976, where Nelson served Central Christian Church as Senior
Minister. After that ministry was completed, they continued to live
in Danville throughout their careers and during their retirement.
Nelson and Judy were
the parents of one child, daughter, Courtney Ann Scott, born 12
December 1975, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, baptized Chapel
Hill Christian Church, Floyd County, Indiana, married 30 June 2001,
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Danville, Illinois, Christopher Michael
Doran. Chris Doran was the eldest son of Dennis Doran and Kathi
Voshart of Minnesota. Following graduation at Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana and Midwestern University, Downers Grove,
Illinois, Courtney’s career has been a physician assistant
specializing in cardio-vascular medicine at Carle Clinic, Champaign,
Illinois and Belleville, Illinois. Her husband Chris is a medical
doctor, graduating from the University of Evansville, Evansville,
Indiana; Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis; and the
University of Illinois School of Medicine, Champaign. Chris did his
medical residency with the University of Washington Medical School and
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, specializing in
anesthesiology. They reside in St. Louis, Missouri and are the
parents of Hannah Marie Doran, born 14 March 2004, Champaign,
(2) Donald Lee Scott
was born 11 March 1944, New Albany, Indiana, married 5 June 1964,
First Baptist Church, New Albany, Patricia Joyce Cook, born 8 July
1945, Galena, Floyd County, Indiana. Joyce’s parents were Willard Cook
and Grace Blanche Duvall of Galena and New Albany, Indiana. Following
Don’s marriage and service in the U. S. Army, he and Joyce have
resided in New Albany.
included his graduation from Indiana Central University, Indianapolis,
later named University of Indianapolis; his U. S. Army service,
stationed in Germany; and, his retirement from the Federal
Government’s Department of Labor, compliance officer for the
south-central Indiana territory. Don’s office was in the Federal
Building, New Albany, Indiana. Joyce has worked for the New
Albany-Floyd County School Corporation, manager of the Green Valley
Elementary School Office, New Albany. Don & Joyce have held many
offices in the Chapel Hill Christian Church. They were avid
collectors of cookie jars, specializing in antique McCoy cookie jars
and pottery. Don was a member of the New Albany High School Boosters
Club and helped with high school athletic events. They were the
parents of two children.
Joy Lynn Scott was
born 13 January 1968, Heidelberg, Germany, where her parents were
living while her father was doing military service; baptized Chapel
Hill Christian Church, married Tim Spears. Tim’s parents were Ralph
Paul Spears and Sharon Rose Kalbhin, Louisville, Kentucky. Joy and
Tim are both graduates of Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.
Joy has been an elementary special education teacher with the
Jefferson County, Kentucky Public School System and Tim has been with
the Royal Crown Cola Company, Louisville. They have resided at 6314
Eric Drive, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, near the town of Galena, Indiana.
They have been very involved in youth and children’s ministries of
Chapel Hill Christian Church. Louisville. They have two children:
Alyssa Rose Spears, born 2 November 1992, Louisville, and Evan Scott
Spears, born 12 May 1997, Louisville. Alyssa plays the violin and
Evan plays basketball and baseball! Joy and Tim have resided at 6314
Eric Drive, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, near the town of Galena, Indiana.
They have been very involved in youth and children’s ministries of
Chapel Hill Christian Church.
Dennis Wayne Scott
was born 19 August 1972, New Albany, Indiana, married 15 July 2006,
Monroe County, Bloomington, Indiana, Kimberly Marie Teague. Kimberly,
nickname Kim, was born 8 March 1980, Bloomington, Indiana where her
mother, Patricia Teague resided.
from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and University of
Louisville, with a career in secondary education. He taught in the
business curriculum of New Albany Senior High School and also Kimberly
was a teacher in the business curriculum and health education at New
Albany High School. Dennis has been a coach of several athletic
teams, especially boys’ and girls’ track and field sports.
Continuing: Children of Virginia Scott and
(3) Bruce Craven
Scott was born 3 May 1946, New Albany, married 4 July 1968, St. Mary
of the Knobs Catholic Church, Lafayette Township, Floyd County,
Indiana, Mary Helen Best, born 5 December 1946, Floyds Knobs,
Indiana. Mary Helen Best was the eldest child of Kiren James “Bob”
Best and Marybel Murphy. Bruce and Mary Helen have resided at 3884
Paoli Pike, Floyds Knobs, the former home of Mary Helen Best’s
included his graduation from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana,
and University of Indianapolis, and D. T. Watson School of Physiatrics,
Leetsdale, Pennsylvania. Mary Helen graduated from the University of
Evansville, Evansville, Indiana with a career in elementary special
education with the Louisville Kentucky Catholic Schools and the
Greater Clark County School Corporation in the Charlestown Middle
School, Charlestown, Indiana.
Bruce was an
athletic trainer with the University of Washington Athletic
Department, Seattle, Washington; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,
Arkansas; and, with the National Football League as assistant trainer
with the Detroit Lions and head trainer with the Seattle Seahawks. He
concluded his career as a physical therapist in Louisville, Kentucky
and New Albany, Indiana.
Bruce and Mary
Helen were the parents of Jennifer Marie Scott and Christopher Kiren
Scott was born 10 December 1973, Pontiac, Michigan. Jennifer
graduated from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana and obtained her
Doctoral Degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.
She is a Special Education Administrator for several school districts
in Marion County, Indiana. Jennifer resides in Greenwood, Indiana.
She married on 17 October 2006, Kalahuipua’a, Island of Hawaii,
Michael Sean Burton, who went by his middle name, Sean, born 6 August,
1971, Topeka, Kansas.
Sean was the father
of Peyten Elizabeth Burton, born 2 April 1998, Bedford, Indiana. Sean
graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He is the
operations manager for Paoli Peak Ski Resort, Paoli, Indiana.
Scott was born 24 April 1975, Pontiac, Michigan and now resides in
Indianapolis where he has worked for the Indianapolis International
Airport, the Indiana Sports Complex, and Lowe’s.
Continuing: Children of Virginia Scott and
(4) Debbie Sue
Scott was born 16 August 1959, New Albany, Indiana, baptized Chapel
Hill Christian Church, married 24 September 1983, Chapel Hill
Christian Church, Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana, Derek
parents were Keith Brown and Laura Effie Buchanan of Greenwood,
Debbie Scott Brown
was a registered nurse and graduate of University of Indianapolis.
She specialized in cardio-vascular nursing and worked her entire
career at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. Debbie was a pianist
and vocalist. She became the pianist for the choir and worship
services at Chapel Hill Christian Church. She and Derek were active
with the Bell Choir ensemble programs at Floyd Central High School
assisting the instructors in doing performances and events. Debbie
and Derek resided at Galena, Indiana.
Debbie and Derek
were the parents of two children: 1) Cara Elise Brown, born 17 March
1987, Methodist Evangelical Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky; 2) Kelly
Jo Brown, born 14 September 1990, Norton Hospital, Louisville,
Continuing: Children of George Aaron Scott and
Anna Sarah Smith
(6) Bertha Elizabeth Scott was
born 20 February 1903, died 1 March 2002, age 99 years, Wedgewood
Nursing Home, New Albany, Indiana, burial Kraft-Graceland Memorial
Park, New Albany, Indiana, married 14 September 1922, at the home of
her parents, Julius J. Johnson, born 25 February 1901, Wood Township,
Clark County, Indiana, died 14 June 1994, New Albany, Indiana, burial
Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, Indiana. Parents of Julius
J. Johnson were Charles and Laura (Schmidt) Johnson.
Julius J. Johnson was the eldest
child of Charles and Laura (Schmidt) Johnson, Wood Township, Clark
County, Indiana. They were buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wood
Township. The Johnson family resided on the Borden Road just north of
the Floyd County line (Smith Road) in Clark County, Indiana.
Bertha and Julius met one another
at Chapel Hill Christian Church. They were married at her parent’s
home by Rev. George Henry, minister of Chapel Hill Christian Church.
Julius retired from International Harvester Company, Louisville,
Bertha was close to her brother
Clark Scott. Clark’s daughter, Virginia Scott, spoke of Bertha as her
favorite aunt. Virginia and Seibert Scott often visited with Julius
and Bertha through the years. Bertha Scott was reared in the Chapel
Hill Christian Church and following marriage, they resided near
Bertha’s parents on Bethel Road. Bertha and Julius then moved to New
Albany where they resided on Shelby Street and took membership at
Central Christian Church, New Albany. Bertha and Julius were very
interested in preserving family history. They shared photos,
folklore, and important clues which helped immensely to uncover the
past of the Scott families.
Four children were born to Bertha
Scott and Julius Johnson:
1) Ruth E. Johnson,
born 2 May 1924, New Albany, Indiana, died 13 May 1996, at Ruth's
apartment in Jasper, Dubois County, Indiana, burial 16 May 1996,
Graceland Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana, married John (Jack) L.
Eicholz, born 13 August 1922, New Albany, Indiana, died 18 January
1992, New Albany, Indiana, cremation burial, Graceland Cemetery, New
Jack Eicholz parents
were William Kenneth Eicholz and Agnes Amelia Spatig. Jack Eicholz
had two sisters, Marilyn Brown, Missouri City, Texas; and, Judy
Homringhausen and one brother, Kenneth William Eicholz.
Ruth and Jack Eicholz
reared all their children in New Albany, and later moved to Calvert
City, Kentucky and resided there until 1962, and then moved to Terre
Haute, Indiana where they lived until Jack's retirement, and then they
moved back to New Albany around 1988.
Ruth and John “Jack”
Eicholz were the parents of Gregory and Cynthia Eicholz.
K. Eicholz was born 16 November 1946, New Albany, Indiana. Gregory
presently resides in Friendswood, Texas, married (1) Vicky Payne and
children Greg Allen Eicholz, born 6 September about 1969 and Kelley
Michelle Eichoz, born 12 October 1970; married (2) Wanda Mooneyham (“Mooneyham”
was her married name). Gregory and Wanda had one child: Elizabeth
Lynne Eicholz, born 10 March 1983. Greg also adopted Wanda's child
from her first marriage, Renee Mooneyham.
Lynn Eicholz was born 19 December 1950, married 1975, Terre Haute,
Indiana, Arthur Randall Snyder, born 14 July 1949, South Carolina.
They had two children: Brad William Snyder, born 1 December 1987; Ryan
Randall Snyder, born 12 July 1985. Arthur Randall Snyder's parents
were Arthur E. Snyder and Mildred Buxton both born and reared at
Chrisney, Indiana. Cynthia Synder is employed with the Heritage House
and Rehabilitation Center Jasper, Indiana. Cynthia inherited from her
grandmother, Bertha "Mimi" (Scott) Johnson, a picture of Sarah Jane (Curtiss)
Smith, her great-great grandmother, the mother of Anna Sarah (Smith)
Scott. A copy of Sarah Jane (Curtiss) Smith's portrait was given to
Nelson S. Scott. Nelson repaired the “backing” of the portrait and
also the frame of Cynthia’s inherited portrait and returned it to her
after photocopying the original. On the back of the large frame that
held an 8 x 10 photograph, it had penciled the following words: In
reference to Ruth E. Johnson, it said, “My great grandmother whose
family owned a glass blowing company in New York City.”
born to Bertha E. Scott and Julius Johnson
2) Wayne Johnson
married Emily Harp (her second marriage). She had children before she
married Wayne and then Emily and Wayne had children. (No other
information available on this family)
3) Robert Johnson,
birth date not available, born New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana,
married 1950, place not available, Doris “Dottie” Maddox, born 1932,
Bloomington, Illinois, died Monday, 8 March 2004, Jewish Hospital,
Louisville, Kentucky, buried Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana.
Robert Johnson retired as a professional firefighter with the New
Albany Fire Department. Dottie was a former receptionist, Bruce Fox
Company, New Albany. Children born in their marriage of 54 years were
Robert Wayne Johnson; Janey (Johnson) Lee (2566 Hickoryvale Drive, New
Albany, Indiana. 47150); Patsy (Johnson) Schuppert of Louisville,
Kentucky; Ginny Johnson of New Albany, Indiana; Lynda (Johnson)
Grunzinger of Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana. Grandchildren born
to Robert and Dottie Johnson were Lori Hope, Lisa Lee, Jazmine Reed
and Sam Grunzinger. Robert and Dottie Johnson had four
great-grandchildren. Dottie Johnson had one brother, Scott Mattux who
preceded her in death and one brother J. M. Caress of Boston,
Massachusetts where he was living at the date of Dotty’s death.
Robert W. Johnson, son
of Robert & Doris (Maddox) Johnson, was born 1 October 1957, New
Albany, Indiana, died 1 July 1959, burial Chapel Hill Cemetery,
Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana. The obituary of Robert W.
 Robert Wayne Johnson, 20
months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Johnson, 1334 Minton Drive,
New Albany, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Memorial
Hospital. He was afflicted with cerebral palsy and was rushed to the
hospital with Clarksville Police escort at 10 a.m. yesterday.
Surviving besides the parents are four sisters, Elizabeth Jane,
Patricia Jean, Virginia Ann and Linda Carroll Johnson, all of
Jeffersonville; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J. Z. Johnson and Mr. & Mrs.
T.C. Caress, all of New Albany. The body was moved to the Kraft
Funeral Home where services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday. Burial will
be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Floyd County.
born to Bertha E. Scott and Julius Johnson
4) Linda Sue Johnson
was born New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, married Damon Tex Wenning,
died about 1993, Muncie, Indiana, work related accident, cremation,
Kraft Funeral Home, New Albany, Indiana. Linda and Tex resided 2329
Quincetree Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. They were members of Central
Christian Church, New Albany, Indiana. They were parents of the
following children: Mark and Jeffrey Wenning of Clarksville, Indiana;
three daughters, Beth Ann and Kaitlin Rose Wenning of Clarksville,
Indiana; and Debbie Owens of New Albany, Indiana.
Linda Sue was a great
help in planning the 2006 Scott Family Reunion held at the Chapel Hill
Community Building. She had a “treasure chest” of family memorabilia,
photos, and folklore inherited from her mother, Bertha Elizabeth
(Scott) Johnson. Linda has worked in her later years alongside her
sons, Mark and Jeffrey, in their business. As a single parent, she
has been the glue, the dependable constant friend who has held her
extended family together through the years.
CONTINUING: CHILDREN OF FURMAN SMITH AND SARAH
F. SMITH was born about 1863, New Jersey per his father’s census
as referenced above. In that census, he was named, Charles F.
Smith. The name was also given in the 1880-1881 New Albany City
Directory where he was listed as a student and resided at the same
address as his sister, Miss Maria Smith.
Charles’ middle name was likely Furman receiving the given name of his
father as his sister, Anna, received the middle name of her mother’s
given name, Sarah -- Anna Sarah Smith.
The 1882-83 New Albany City
Directory listed Charles Smith as a helper employed by the New
Albany Woolen Mills (no residence given). The 1884-85 New Albany
City Directory listed Charles Smith, helper, with the DePauw Glass
Works. He boarded at 492 Clark Street, near Chartres Street.
The work as helper may be for a young man who had no skills. It is
interesting that he helped the DePauw Glass Works in the same kind of
factory that his father had worked. Charles Smith probably helped his
sister, Marie, with an income for the family. After his 21st
birthday, Charles probably left New Albany.
Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson,
daughter of Anna Sarah (Smith) Scott, remembered a story about Charles
Smith. She said that he left New Albany and went to California where
he worked as an actor and supposedly was in the movie, “Hunchback
of Notre Dame.” When that movie came to the Grand Theater in
New Albany, Wayne Johnson, son of Bertha, remembered that the family
spoke about Charles' connection to that movie. But, nothing is
definite about what happened to Charles F. Smit
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was born 1868, New Albany,
Indiana per her father’s census as referenced above. In that census,
she was named, Kate C. Smith. Kate was named in her sister, Maria
Smith’s household in the 1880 Census as being 11 years old and in
Bertha Elizabeth (Scott) Johnson
believed that Kate went to the Dakotas and died in middle age. Bertha
also remembered that there was some dissatisfaction over Kate’s
marriage or pending marriage due to the religious faith or background
of her husband or finance. Kate’s sister, Anna, attempted to contact
Kate via letters but evidently to no avail. Sarah Ann (Scott) Crabb
heard from her father, Charles Manker Scott, that Kate left New Albany
and went to Philadelphia to work. Kate’s sister, Anna, had Kate’s
Philadelphia address but every attempt to correspond with Kate at that
address was to no avail. The letters were returned to Anna. So, like
Charles F. Smith, nothing is definite about what happened to Kate.