Chapter I

Line to William A. Scoggin




Chapter I of this publication is intended to outline the Scoggin Family’s descent from our beginnings in England and following down to my father, William A. Scoggin.   Our family tree, as best as we know it, can be traced back clearly to a man named, George Scoggin, born in 1630 in England.




George Scoggin(s):


His parents names are unknown.  It is speculated that the spelling has changed between the parents of George Scoggin and the name that appears on the documents we have found for this man.  This could involve misunderstanding or misspelling when in England.  This was common for that time period.  Sometimes the spelling of a person’s name would change more than once over their lifetime.  The possibilities for the spelling of his name were: Scoggin, Scoggins, Scogin, Scogan, Scoggan, Scoggen and Scogen.   Despite these discrepancies, we have sufficient information on George Scoggin to believe that he is the man from whom we descend. 


Aside from the spelling of his name, we have learned from relatives in Texas that the earliest reference of “George Scoggins” was when he arrived in Virginia in 1653. He was born in 1630, and came to the United States from England.   His passage was paid by a William Tidner, and we don't know why that was. He could have been indentured, we imagine, but that is pure speculation. We have found no evidence of indenturement papers.  The source of this information is a book called Pioneers and Cavaliers by Nugent.  We received this information from Andy Anderson who wrote a book entitled Wright and Susan Scogins.


The only known child of George Scoggin is Richard George Scoggin, and the name of his mother is unknown as well.




Richard (George) Scoggin:


Richard (George) Scoggin was born in 1665 in Prince George County, Virginia.  (Some people say his name was George Richard Scoggin, and we are not sure which is correct.)   He lived most of his life, that we can tell, in Prince George County, Virginia. 

His wife was Lucy Harney (sometimes spelled Harvey) Scoggin, and they had three sons:


Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.      Richard Scoggin

Born in 1695

Died in 1770


2.      John Scoggin

Born in 1697

Died in 1760


3.      William Scoggin

Born in 1699

Date of Death Unknown





Richard Scoggin:


Richard Scoggin (1st) was born in Bristol Parish, Prince George County, Surry, Virginia, in 1695.  He married a woman named Mary in 1720, who was born between 1690 and 1700 in Washington, Virginia.   There is conflicting information regarding Mary’s maiden name.  It could  have been Ray, Webb, Harney or even Harvey.  One database shows her as being “Mary Ray? Webb.”  This also shows the most likely and logical pattern of descent.    According to another, however, she was Mary Harney or Harvey, with her parents being William and Sarah Harney.  With regard to her maiden name, pick one, and we’ll descend from it; your guess is as good as mine.   Richard and Mary Scoggin started their married life in Prince George, Virginia, and later moved to Washington, Virginia, somewhere between the end of 1721 and the beginning of 1722 when their son Richard was born.   They had eight children:


Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.      John “Jonathan” Scoggin

Born on July 22, 1721

Married in 1744 (about)

Died in 1763

Mildred Jonas

2.      Richard Thomas Scoggin

Born on February 15, 1722

Died June 1770 – 1780

Mary Jones

3.      Francis Scoggin

Born August 22, 1725

Died in Childhood


4.      Martha Scoggin

Born July 11, 1729

Date of Death Unknown

David Wall

5.      Lutita Scoggin

Born July 11, 1729

Date of Death Unknown

Daniel Wall

6.      Mary Scoggin

Born July 1, 1732

Date of Death Unknown


7.      Anna Scoggins

Born May 25, 1734

Date of Death Unknown



8.      Ruth Scoggin

Born in 1745 (About)

Married in 1765 (About)

Died in 1813 (Or After)

Charles Bostick



We know that Richard left all of his property to his wife, Mary, upon his death in 1770.  (We have a copy of each of their wills and of the Indenturement entered into by Mary Scoggin.  See Documentation Section.) It would have been nice if they had listed Mary’s maiden name in this document, but we did not catch a break here.  We thought we had found the answer to all of our questions when we found a genealogical society who provided us with copies of the family wills and marriage records, but it was not so.  At the time of Richard’s death, Mary entered into indenturement papers which transferred to a man named, Stephen Norton, of the County of Orange, in the Province of North Carolina, the sum of $75.00 and transferring to Mary Scoggins a tract of land being 152 acres in size.    We speculate whether the river listed in the legal description in these papers (which are very hard to read – they are in old-style cursive) is the Broad River, which was the site of the Scoggin Settlement according to The Maude Horn book. 


Upon her death in approximately 1780, in Mary Scoggin’s will, she leaves all of her worldly goods as follows: 


John Wilson (Son-in-law):  one-half of her land in the State of North Carolina and one negro slave, London;


John Scoggin (Illegitimate son of Ruth Bostick):  The other half of her land and two negro salves, Jan and Jockey, one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf;


Sally Scoggin  Bed and furniture, a negro slave named Ely and one cow and calf;


Daniel Wall  Next she lends to her son-in-law Daniel Wall, during his natural life, her negro slave Sam and after the decease of the said Daniel to his son John Wall.


Charles Bostick  Finally, she remembers her son-in-law Charles Bostick by leaving him a negro woman slave.


Mary closes her will by requesting that the remainder of her estate be sold and distributed, in equal shares, to her four sons-in-law: John Wilson, Daniel Wall, David Wall and Charles Bostick.


We find of interest that twin daughters, Lutita (Lucy) Scoggin and Martha Scoggin, appear to have married brothers.  Lutita (Lucy) Scoggin married Daniel Wall and Martha Scoggin married his brother, David Wall.  David and Martha Wall, later adopted David Scoggin, renaming him David Wall.    David Scoggin is listed below, as he was the natural son of John “Jonathan” Scoggin and his wife, Mildred Jonas.  He was orphaned while a minor.




John “Jonathan” Scoggin:


John “Johnathan” Scoggin was born on July 22, 1721, in Bristol Parish, Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Mildred Jonas who was born in 1720.  They lived out their lives in Virginia.  Five children were born of their marriage: 


Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.  Mathew Scoggin

Born December 31, 1741

Died in Childhood


2.  John Scoggin, Jr.

Born in 1752

Date of Death Unknown

Sarah Walker

3.   Francis Scoggin

Born in 1755

Marriage Date Unknown

Died on August 23, 1809

Jemima Byrd

4.  David Scoggin

   (Later David Wall)

Born in 1758

Married Before 1777

Died between 1788 and 1790

Lucy Roberts

5.  Nathan Scoggin

Born in 1759

Married Before 1775

Died in 1810

Martha Johnston


John Scoggin died in the French and Indian War in 1763.  We have not been able to find his military records.  As related in the section above, one of the children of John and Mildred Scoggin, David Scoggin, was adopted after the death of his natural parents by his (Uncle) David and (Aunt) Martha Wall, renaming him “David Wall.”




Francis Scoggin:


We believe we have sufficient documentation to establish that our line descends from Francis Scoggin, born in 1755 and Jemima Byrd, born in approximately 1750.  They were married somewhere in the years between 1766 and 1780.  It is clear that the dates are not solid on when these ancestors were born and later married, which is what leads to the confusion that you run across in several other publications regarding Francis Scoggin and the parentage of his children. 


The confusion may stem from the fact that  Francis Scoggin had an Uncle, Francis Scoggin, who died in childhood.  This could explain why the Mormon database lists our line as descending from Francis Scoggin, born in 1725.  They have him confused with his nephew, quite possibly by reading census or church records incorrectly which listed a “Francis Scoggin born in 1725” and later finding another “Francis Scoggin,”  quite possibly living on the same family settlement, and presuming they are one and the same. 


Also in the book, Maud Horn’s Atchley Family History, Richard (1st) was said to have been in the Revolutionary War.  His probated will shows he died in 1770, and the Revolutionary War didn’t start until 1771.   However, Francis Scoggin, his grandson, would have been of the perfect age to carry a rifle.


To further confuse the issue, the Maud Horn’s Atchley Family History shows Richard Scoggin as having been married to Mary Webb and the father of Burgess “Bird” Scoggin (1st).  This would mean that Richard Scoggin (1st) would have been close to 90 years old when Bird (1st) was born in 1784, and Mary (Harney? Ray? Webb?) would surely have been in her 80’s at that time.    Once again, we know from his probated will, that Richard died in the year 1770 – 14 years before Bird (1st) was born.  This is clear evidence that Richard (1st) was not the father of Bird (1st), but his great-grandfather.


There is  a section in Maud Horn’s book which refers to a Webb family clock in which Polly  hides the clock in a tree while the British and Tories were raiding.  This could have been done by the wife of Burgess “Bird” Scoggin, Polly Webb.  She would have been a child during the  War for Independence while the British and Tories were raiding, and the hiding of a clock could have been a job handed to a child, “Polly go hide the clock.” 


Another scenario, would be that Richard’s Wife, if said to be a Webb, as a very elderly woman in the early part of the Revolutionary War, might have wanted to hide the family’s prize possession, the Webb family clock, that she passed down into the Scoggin family – as she was a Scoggin by marriage.


The clock was handed down later to “favored grandson, Andrew Jackson Scoggin.”  We find no record which shows which grandparent actually gave him the clock.  We once again, do not catch a break here!  We can believe one of two paths:


1.  If Mary Polly Webb, wife of Burgess, hid the clock in a tree when she was a child during the War for Independence,  then her father, William Webb, could have been the grandparent that gave Andrew Jackson Scoggin, favored grandson, this Webb family clock.


2.  If Mary, wife of Richard (1st), was indeed a member of the Webb family as speculated by some, she could have hidden the clock in a tree when she was an elderly woman during the Revolutionary War.  If so, she could have passed the clock down into the Scoggin family as she was a Scoggin by marriage, and Francis Scoggin could have given the clock to his favored grandson Andrew Jackson Scoggin.


We do know for sure that this clock exists, and was in the possession of John S. Scoggin of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1965, a descendant of Andrew Jackson Scoggin.


The children of Francis and Jemima Scoggin were:


Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.      Lemuel Scoggin

Born About 1774

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Sarah Webb

2.      Elizabeth Scoggin

Born about 1776

Date of Death Unknown


3.      Ezekial Scoggin

Born about 1778

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Rebbecca Taylor

4.      Burgess Bird Scoggin

Born about 1784

Married October 26, 1807

Died in 1831

Mary Polly Webb

5.      Jessie Scoggin

Born about 1779

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Mary Cochram

6.      Sarah Sally Scoggin

Born about 1785

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Reburn Washburn

7.      John Scoggin

Date of Birth Unknown

Date of Death Unknown


8.      Richard Scoggin

Born in 1790

Date of Death Unknown



Francis Scoggin died on August 23, 1809 and his wife, Jemima Byrd Scoggin, survived him, having died between the years of 1810 and 1820.




Burgess Bird Scoggin:

Burgess “Bird” Scoggin (Bird 1st)  was born about 1784 to Francis Scoggin and his wife, Jemima Byrd Scoggin.  Jemima’s maiden name being Byrd may explain why Burgess was nick-named “Bird” and why all men named “Burgess” down that line were nick-named “Bird” as well.  This could have been a Byrd family nickname.  (Not really grasping there are we?)

Burgess (Bird 1st) married Mary Polly Webb on October 26, 1807, in Rutherford County, North Carolina.   

All that is known about Bird Scoggin is that he was born, married, raised his children and died in Rutherford County, North Carolina. 

Mary Polly Webb Scoggin, was born in about 1788, the daughter of William Webb and his wife, Ursula Caroline Holt Webb.  Concerning her Webb family history, it is said that the Honorable Jay W. Webb, an attorney and former member of Congress of Shelby, North Carolina, is a descendant of Mary Polly Webb Scoggin’s brother.

Among the records that were found of the Webb family, were three calling cards left by John H. Webb, Charles E. Webb and Maud S. Webb.  It is believed that these people were cousins.

The children of Burgess Bird Scoggin and Mary Polly Webb Scoggin were:

Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.       Maria Scoggin

Born in 1810

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Spencer Blankenship

2.      Richard Scoggin

Born between 1811-1814

Married in 1845

Died in 1852

Mary Doggett

3.      Burgess Bird Scoggin (Bird 2nd)

Born after 1812

Married in about 1839

Died December 11, 1881

Rebecca Gold

4.      Andrew Jackson Scoggin

Born in 1815

Marriage Date Unknown

Died February 28, 1864

Sarah Scoggins (first wife – kinswoman)

Malena Fannie Davis (second wife)


5.      Zena Scoggin

Born after 1815

Marriage Date Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Jack Davis

6.      Narcissa Scoggin

Born in 1820

Married April 4, 1844

Died in 1879

William Smith

7.      Jesse Scoggin

Born after 1821

Date of Death Unknown


8.      Susan Caroline Scoggin

Born September 30, 1830

Dave of Marriage Unknown

Died May 9, 1907

William Riley Long


After Bird’s death in 1831, Mary Polly Webb Scoggin visited for long periods with several of her children.   She is remembered by descendants of the Long family as being “a cordial lady who was especially kind to children.”  She returned to Rutherford County at age 98, where she died in 1888.  It is also said that her mother, who also died in Rutherford County, lived to be 100 years of age as well.



Richard Scoggin:

Richard Scoggin was born between 1811 and 1814.  He was married in 1845 to Mary Doggett.  By occupation Richard Scoggin (2nd) was a farmer.  Richard and Mary were members of  the Baptist Church.  Mary Doggett Scoggin was born between 1815 and 1822, the daughter of George Catham Doggett and Amelia Carpenter Doggett.

Richard and Mary had  four children:

Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.       Millie Narcissus Scoggin

Born February 2, 1846

Died October, 1883


2.      George William Scoggin

Born October 8, 1847

Married September 10, 1868

Died March 10, 1924

Caroline Huff

3.      Mary S. Scoggin

Born August 22, 1849

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

William Longley

4.      James Burgess Scoggin (Bird 3rd)

Born in 1851

Married in about 1868

Died in 1912

Mary Ellen Profitt

Leaner F. Haney

Mary E. Fox

Florence May Ivey


Richard, Mary and family moved from Rutherford County, North Carolina, to Catoosa County, Georgia during the year 1852, when he died.   He was buried at Salem Church in Catoosa County, Georgia.  During 1868, the widow and children moved to Missouri and later to Texas.  Mary Doggett Scoggin died in 1901 in Wise County, Texas.


James Burgess Scoggin:

While we do not descend from James Burgess Scoggin, Bird (3rd), we have quite a bit of interesting information regarding this member of our family and his many wives.  For this reason, we will include Bird (3rd) in this publication of our family:

Bird (3rd) first married an Indian woman, Mary Ellen Profitt, who was supposedly a “Seer” and was said to be able to predict the future.  She was commonly referred to by the people in their family as “The Prophet.”  She was a strong-willed woman and seemed to be the only person who could keep Bird (3rd) in check.    Mary was a full-blooded American Indian from the Chief Black Hawks tribe, the Sioux from Illinois.  She died in childbirth at age of 38 and is buried in Arkansas.  Since Burgess was listed as a widower on 1900 Census records, she would have  died between 1891 (birth of Albert) and 1900.  Her name is listed on several deeds as “Mary Scoggins.” 


County records also list Bird (3rd) as married to Leaner F. Haney on Sept 15, 1895. 

Per 1900 Census records, Bird (3rd) lived in Fairview,  Independence County, Arkansas, and was listed as a “widower” with two sons:  Riley 12 yrs and Albert J. 9 yrs. (We presume this to mean Leaner F. Haney Scoggin died sometime prior to the year 1900.)

County records also show a marriage to Mary E. Fox on April 7, 1901.  There is no record to reflect either the divorce from or death of Mary E. Fox Scoggin.

County records also show a marriage to Florence May Ivey on Jan. 5, 1905.  While married to Florence May Ivey Scoggin and living in Fairview Township, Arkansas, in 1900 – 1910, Bird (3rd)  was tried for murdering his stepson (son of Florence May) and was found not guilty.

Per 1910 Census records,  Bird (3rd) was listed as James Burgess, Age 58, living in Relief Township in Independence County, Arkansas, with Clyde J. at 4 yrs and Henry F. at 3 years of age. 

Per courthouse records, Bird (3rd) was committed to the poorhouse in Independence County, Arkansas on January 30, 1911 with wife May Scoggins and their two children, Henry Scoggins and James Scoggins for a period of 30 days or until the further orders of the judge.  He is said to have died in a poor house outside of Batesville and is buried there.



George William Scoggin:

George William Scoggin was born on October 8, 1847, and married Caroline Huff on September 10, 1868. 

When he was four years old, his parents moved to Catoosa County, Georgia, where they remained until the outbreak of the Civil War.  Although, but 14 years of age, George William’s large stature enabled him to pass for the age of 18, and he entered the ranks of the Confederate States Army.  He served under General John H. Morgan; at another time he was Orderly for General Buckner; later he was with Patrick Claibourne’s Company. 





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He wore the gray as bravely as did any man who fought at the Stone River or Chattanooga.  He was twice wounded, the worst being his left ankle.  He kept the bones that were taken from his wound and those bones were buried with him at his death.  The wound to his left ankle caused him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.  He was a prisoner of war for 11 months in various Federal Prison Camps, the last ones being at Cloverton, Kentucky and Camp Chase, Ohio.  After regaining his liberty, he returned to Georgia.  At that time, his entire fortune consisted of his crutch and a .5 piece.

He was said to have retained two qualities that served him well throughout his life, these being his fine, noble spirit and his strong courage.  In his early years, he drove an oxen team and hauled timber.  He cut cord wood and worked with saw mills to get started.




George William Scoggin moved from Georgia to Missouri and settled to Hogan, Missouri, on November 7, 1876.  This is when he married Caroline Huff Scoggin.




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After his marriage, he became a merchant and owned a stock yard; he had several patents relating to orchards and fruit trees; and he also owned a general store and was the Post Master of Glover, Missouri for 40 years.


On his death he owned 3,000 acres of land in and around Glover, Missouri, in Iron County.  He died in a house that he had designed and built himself.  His wife, Caroline Huff Scoggin, survived him by 13 years.

This land was passed down in the family and is now the site of the Copper mine in Glover, Missouri.  A Scoggin descendant of George and Caroline sold this land for use as a Copper mine during the depression years, hoping to bring employment to the area by relinquishing the family land.  There are two creek branches (one of either side of the Copper mine, which bear the names “Scoggins Branch” on the northern end and  “Huff Branch” on the southern end where these creek beds cross Highway 49.   An amusing family story surrounds the signs posted by the State of Missouri on these creeks.  One of these signs, on the northern creek, clearly read “Scroggins Branch” and my Uncle Charlie is said to have fought to have the misspelling of our family name corrected to no avail for years.  First Uncle Charlie reported the misspelling to the State of Missouri and after some great period of time, a new sign was erected reading “Scoggins Branch.” At times, Uncle Charlie is said to have actually taken down the State’s sign and replaced it with his own sign (with the name corrected).  Eventually, the State of Missouri catches the change and puts back a sign which reads “Scoggins Branch,” and so it read the last time my wife and I traveled through that area in the Summer of 2000.

George William Scoggin and Caroline Huff Scoggin had 12 children:

Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.      Esterellah Lavenah Scoggin

Born November 17, 1869

Died October 19, 1870


2.      Theodosia Ernest Scoggin

Born March 9, 1871

Date of Marriage Unknown

Died August 9, 1893

John Brooks Hodges

3.      George Hansford Scoggin

Born February 9, 1873

Died February 11, 1874


4.      William Luther Scoggin

Born March 14, 1875

Married May 18, 1896

Died May 18, 1946

Rosa Bella Bruett

5.      Lena Elma Scoggin

Born February 26, 1877

Date of Marriage Unknown

Died October 20, 1941

Allison Tims

6.      Mary Luvina “Lou” Scoggin

Born January 29, 1879

Date of Marriage Unknown

Died March 1, 1944

John Goff

7.      Myrtie Augustus Scoggin

Born January 1, 1881

Married December 27, 1911

Died May 20, 1950

Grace Lillian Calvert

8.      Nancy Caroline “Carrie” Scoggin

Born January 22, 1883

Date of Marriage Unknown

Date of Death Unknown

Fred Sumpter

9.      (Son) Scoggin

Born January 8, 1885

Died January 8, 1885


10. Cura Tena Scoggin

Born June 22, 1886

Date of Marriage Unknown

Died June 23, 1963

Albert Duparrett

11. Joseph Huff Scoggin

Born after 1889

Died in Infancy


12. Ina Ethel Scoggin

Born November 23, 1889

Died March 21, 1961








William Luther Scoggin:

William Luther Scoggin was born March 14, 1875, and married Rosa Bella Bruett on May 18, 1896.   Rosa Bella Bruett Scoggin was born January 27, 1877, the daughter of Josiah Bruett and Mary Ellen Carlton Bruett.  Our only history of William Luther Scoggin is his marriage to Rosa Bella Bruett Scoggin and the fact that he was a surveyor by trade.








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William and Rosa had 12 children:

Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.      George Bruett Scoggin

Born March 2, 1897

Married June 22, 1921

Died May 16, 1955

Mary Ellen Brooks

2.      Maude Marzee Scoggin

Born January 8, 1899

Married November 20, 1919

Died March 8, 1949

Glen Evans

Walter Bonney

3.      Winifred Luther Scoggin

Born March 14, 1901

Date of Marriage Unknown

Died January 1, 1979

Beanu Bonney

4.      Elizabeth Caroline Scoggin

Born May 16, 1902

Married April 7, 1928

Date of Death Unknown

Jess Bonney

5.      Lula Mae Scoggin

Born July 19, 1904

Married April 19, 1925

Date of Death Unknown

Quincy Adams

6.      Naomi Scoggin

Born January 24, 1906

Date of Death Unknown



7.      Joe Bruett Scoggin

Born April 12, 1906

Married November 3, 1931

Died March 7, 1980

Enid Harris

8.      Jackson Augustus Scoggin

Born October 26, 1908

Died November 25, 1908


9.      Alma Ruth Scoggin

Born February 9, 1911

Married in 1948

Died March 24, 1963

Ridley Smith

10. Mary Eleanor Scoggin

Born March 2, 1913

Date of Death Unknown


11. Vernon Ross Scoggin

Born May 15, 1918

Died October 11, 1921


12. Alphonso Cornelius Scoggin

Born August 23, 1909

Married October 4, 1930

Date of Death Unknown

Olga Lorraine Pinkley


William Luther Scoggin died on May 18, 1946, and his wife, Rosa Bella Bruett Scoggin, survived him by eight years and six months, having died on November 24, 1954.


George Bruett Scoggin:

George Bruett Scoggin was born March 2, 1897.  He was married to Mary Ellen Brooks on June 22, 1921.  Mary Ellen Brooks Scoggin was born on June 22, 1901, the daughter of Samuel Brooks and M. Nellie Bonney Brooks.  Our history of the early years of life of Grandpa George include the fact that he was in the Army and served at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Later history of George Bruett Scoggin is his marriage to Mary Ellen Brooks Scoggin and the fact that there were six children born of their marriage, one of which is William A. Scoggin, my father.






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George Bruett Scoggin on an Army Wagon


The six children born of the marriage of George and Mary Ellen are:

Name of Child

Documented Dates


1.       Samuel Scoggin

Born May 15, 1922

Died January 4, 1984


2.      William A. Scoggin

Born April 24, 1927


Died February 15, 1956

Ruth L. Windes

3.      Charlie Scoggin

Born January 13, 1930

Married February 4, 1954

Nettie M. Hart

4.      George Hansford Scoggin

Born June 28, 1933

Married October 13, 1954

Aurea Marie Selles

5.      Donald Scoggin

Born October 14, 1935

Died November 22, 1986


6.      James Vernon Scoggin

Born April 1, 1944

Married October 27, 1967

Leona Gale Coleman




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William A. Scoggin:

William A. Scoggin was born April 24, 1927.  He was a vo-ag teacher by profession.  He married Ruth L. Windes on May 18, 1947, and they had two sons:

Michael William Scoggin, born March 1, 1949, and

Daniel Wayne Scoggin, born July 18, 1953.

Our father died in a car accident on February 15, 1956 on an ice-covered road while driving home from a function at work. At that time, I was a little under three years of age and my older brother, Michael, was just under seven.







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Our father was known for his warm spirit and good nature.   As a young boy, I frequently urged our mother to consider remarriage.  She never considered it.  As a young adult, I asked my mother why and she simply laughed and replied, “Danny, after you have had the best, why even consider something less?”