Scott Family: Descendants of Britton Scott of Emanuel County, Georgia

This website contains 6 generations of the family history of Britton Scott
and his wife Nancy Price, traced through their sons
Jesse P., Henry, John and William Thomas.

I began researching the Scotts of Emanuel County, Georgia in 1990 when my husband’s
mother handed me a small stack of papers representing her own limited research and
challenged me to add to it. At that time no one in the family had ever heard of Britton Scott,
my husband’s great, great, great grandfather. Our Scott line is through Britton’s son, Jesse P.

Many of Britton and Nancy Scott's descendants still live in Emanuel County and
elsewhere in Georgia, as well as in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia. Over the years I have enjoyed meeting many of them by email as they find
my website and write to tell me about their branch of the family.

I maintain a database of many more Scott descendants than those documented here.
If you find any connection with Britton Scott’s family, would like to correct or share
information, or if you have questions, I hope you will email me.
- Yvonne W. Scott


According to census records, Britton was born between 1795 -1801 in Georgia.
He died March 23, 1881 in Emanuel County, Georgia. County records show
these spelling variations for his first name: Britton, Briton, Brittain, Britain.

An old Scott family Bible contains the following entry: "Britton Scott, son of
William Scott J----? [Unreadable] his wife, died on 23 day of March 1881."
This is the only record I have concerning the identity of Britton's parents.

Britton married (1) Nancy Price Oct. 15, 1816 in Emanuel County, Georgia.
Nancy was probably born in North Carolina about 1802, but some censuses list
her birthplace as South Carolina or Georgia. Circumstantial evidence indicates to
me that her parents were probably Jesse and Mary A. Price.
Nancy died by March 7, 1873.

Britton and Nancy had 10 children. Their sons were William (who died in infancy),
Jesse P., Henry G., John, William Thomas, and James W. Their daughters were
Caroline M., Rebecca, Sarah Ann Martha, and Louisa.

Britton's second wife was Sophia Atkinson. They had no children together.

Though I have found little information about Britton and Nancy's
daughters, I have learned quite a bit about their sons.
James and John fought during the Civil War in the 48th Georgia Infantry.
James was wounded and died in Virginia in 1862. John was discharged with a disability in 1864.
William Thomas was in the 38th Georgia Infantry and was discharged in 1862.

Britton's eldest son Jesse did not fight in the Civil War for reasons unknown to me.
However, Jesse's son Henry T. Scott fought in Co. C, 54th Georgia Infantry and was
wounded at the Battle of Peachtree Creek in Georgia. When Sherman marched through
Emanuel County in 1864 Henry T. was at home on wounded furlough and was hidden
in a briar patch so that the soldiers would not take him prisoner.

Britton and Nancy Scott and sons Jesse, John and William Thomas
remained in Emanuel County all their lives.

Son Henry G. moved with his wife Martha Hall and their first two children
William and Mary to Colquitt County, Georgia some time before the 1860 census.
By the 1880 census Henry G. had moved his family to nearby
Berrien County where he died in 1899.


In 2010 my husband's DNA was tested by Family Tree DNA. His 37-marker DNA results
appear on the YDNA Match page at the Scott Family Tree DNA Project. (See link below.)

My husband tested in the I2b1 Haplogroup. We learned that his DNA is almost a perfect
match with a man whose Scott ancestors came from Screven County, Georgia, the county
next to Emanuel County where Britton and his descendants lived.

My husband is a perfect DNA match with another man whose line goes back to Nathaniel
Scott of North Carolina (1786-1868). This man shared a newspaper article that
says his Scott line originated in Queen Anne's County, MD.


Following the hint in the newspaper article, I searched in Queen Anne's County, MD and
found a will transcript for a Nathaniel Scott who died there in 1742.

From, accessed Dec. 8, 2010. MARYLAND CALENDAR OF WILLS: Volume 8
Scott, Nathaniel, Queen Anne's Co.,16th Feb., 1738; 15th July, 1742.
To wife Ann, use of dwelling plantation during widowhood.
To son John, and hrs., 200 A. “Partnership.”
To cousin William Young, son of William, 50 A. “Partnership” providing he pay a proper proportion
of charges shd. there be a lawsuit.
To son Solomon, and hrs., bro-in-law John Young and hrs. “Scott's Enclosure” on Garmans Ridge.
To dau. Sophia and hrs., 100 A. “Tom's Fancy Enlarged.”
To grandson William Godwin and hrs., 100 A. “Tom's Fancy Enlarged.”
Shd. he die without issue to pass to his younger brother and hrs., and in event
of his death to his sister –– and hrs.
To dau. Ann Earle and hrs., 43 A., “Tom's Fancy Enlarged.”
To sons John, Nathaniel and Solomon, plantation at death of their mother.
Testator does not wish son William to have any share in this as he has already been provided for.
Exs.: Wife and sons John and Solomon. Test: T. H. Wright, Alex. Abercromie, Joshua Lawrence

Queen Anne's County was created from Talbot County in 1705. My research has led
me to believe Nathaniel Scott who died in Queen Anne's in 1742 was born in Talbot
County, and his father was possibly John Scott of Wye River.

I am currently researching Nathaniel Scott of Queen Anne's and his descendants, as it is likely
two of his sons (or grandsons) migrated to Anson County, NC where a William Scott and a
Nathaniel Scott received land grants in 1771 and 1773, respectively. Nathaniel died in Anson by 1804.
William migrated to Georgia. Further research is needed to determine how these two men were related
and how they were related to Nathaniel Scott who died in 1742 in Queen Anne's Co. MD.

I would love to hear from anyone related to the Scotts of
Talbot County and Queen Anne's County, MD, or Anson County, NC!


One very interesting Anson County, NC record points to William Scott
migrating from there to Georgia before 1790:

Mar 15, 1790 David Jameson, "late" sheriff (Anson Co) to Josiah Dabbs; for £0.15.6 in money
& £0.9 tickett sold 200 ac on Pinch Gutt [Cr]; includes William SCOTT's improvements; part of
300 ac that belonged to William SCOTT who moved to Georgia "several years past" and failed
to give in his land; sold due to act of General Assembly passed Nov. 3, 1788 in Fayetteville
allowing sheriffs to sell land if owners live out of this state & fails to "give in his land or some
person for him;" land advertised for sale Jul 19, 1789 at the court house.
(Anson County, NC Deed Book B2, page 246)

I found proof of William Scott in Burke County, GA as early as 1785 and in
nearby Jefferson County as early as 1796. Burke was formed in 1777 from
St. George Parish. Jefferson was formed in 1796 from part of Burke. This entire
area was very close to Emanuel County, where our ancestor Britton Scott lived.

The reader should keep in mind that the following information may refer to
the same William Scott or to different men, all named William Scott.

1785 - Burke County. Plat #2483. William Scott. Aug 1785.
200 Acres. On the head of Rountree Branch.

1786 - Burke County. Plat #2479. William Scott.
100 Acres. 6 Mar. 1786. On Bakers Branch.
Chain carriers were William Scott and Joshua Watson.
William's acreage adjoined John Graham's and William Hines' land.
This property was not far from present day Bark Camp Church Road.

1796 - Jefferson County Tax Digest 1796, Capt. Tandy Key's District, Pg. 39, Line 74
William Scott, 100 acres on the Ogeechee in Jefferson County, 1 Poll, adjoining Walden.
(Note: part of Burke County was used to form Jefferson County in 1796.)

1799 - Jefferson County Court of Ordinary, Tax Digest, Key's District, Pg. 27, Line 41:
William Scott, 248 1/2 acres on Rocky Comfort in Jefferson County, 1 Poll,
adjoining William Lyons and Benj. Sammons.

Louisville Gazette: Will be sold on the first Tuesday in June next at the
courthouse in Waynesborough (Burke County) at the usual hours of sale
the personal property of the estate of William Scott deceased. April 16, 1807.


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• Sources
Over the years some of Britton's descendants have graciously shared their
own research with me, and I am very grateful to them. I strive to prove their
information myself, and when this is not possible, I give them credit in my
sources by name if they are now deceased. If they are still living, I list them
only as Living in my sources to protect their privacy.

• Names in Brackets
A woman's last name in brackets means I do not know the woman's maiden name.
The name in brackets is her married surname. Example: Mary [Scott].


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Yvonne W. Scott

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Scott Family: Descendants of Britton Scott of Emanuel County, Georgia