P. Scott was born in Georgia, the son of John Scott. He enlisted to fight in the War of 1812 from Dickson County,
Tennessee and served in the West Tennessee Militia under Captain Francis Ellis
in the Infantry 2nd Reg. Militia.
He was honorably discharged from Reynoldsburg and fought and fought under
General Jackson at New Orleans. Rosamond
was a farmer and school teacher while he lived in Tennessee.
R. P. Scott settled in Wayne County, Tennessee around 1820. Rosamond Peterson Scott and Elizabeth “Betsy” Watson, daughter of John and Martha Watson of Hardin County, were married on April 25, 1822. The couple became parents of eight children: Kellar, John Lemon, Samuel Watson, Joseph Willison, James Millege, Miles Allen, William Haler, Elizabeth Leona.
He and his family moved to Liberty Prairie, Madison County, Illinois in 1837. Rosamond’s brother, Joseph, had died in 1835, leaving a large family of small children. It can be assumed that Rosamond moved his family to Illinois to help care for his brother’s family. Elizabeth lived only seven years after their move to Illinois. She died on May 06, 1844 and is buried in Madison County, Illinois.
Rosamond married Delilah Squires on February 16, 1851. No children were born to this marriage. On May 25 1852 Rosamond succumbed to Cholera in during an epidemic at the age of 56 years old. He is buried in a pasture on the west side of the Prairie Town Road.
John Lemon Scott, Rosamond and Elizabeth’s eldest child, married his
first cousin, Rebecca Scott, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Tatum Scott.
The couple had six children. John
Lemon farmed his own land at Paddocks Grove.
He was also an agent for the Alton Courier and a preacher.
John and Rebecca donated one acre of land in 1854 that would become the
Liberty Prairie Cemetery. John died on October 7, 1864 and is buried in the cemetery.
About the same time John died, his son, John Wesley Lemon Scott was born.
Rebecca took care of their three living children on the family’s farm.
At a very young age, John Wesley Lemon Scott cut his knee with a drawing
knife and was handicapped for the rest of his life.
Rebecca had to sell the farm to pay the doctor bills so her children have
very little formal education.
John married Maude Rose Richards, the daughter of William Mark Richards, on November 23, 1892. Maude Rose was ten years younger than John. The couple lived with his mother until Rebecca died on April 21, 1906. The marriage was not a happy one, but nine children were born to the union.
When his mother died, John sold out and moved around a lot.
In Illinois, they lived in Edwardsville, Greenville, Peoria, Averyville,
and Metropolis. In Iowa they lived
in Burlington, Mt. Pleasant, Anamosa, Keokuk, Montrose, Cedar Rapids, and
Kenwood Park. John Wesley Lemon
Scott, although lacking a formal education, was smart, industrious, versatile,
ingenious, and self-confident. He
tried many occupations, but spent most of his life cutting marble and granite.
John Wesley Lemon Scott died on March 07, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois near his son, David. During the course of his life he belonged to the Fraternal Order of Modern Woodmen and The Odd Fellows. He is buried in Liberty Prairie Cemetery. At the time of her death, she was blind and living with her son, Arthur I. Scott. She is buried beside John Wesley Lemon Scott, in the cemetery in Liberty Prairie, Illinois.
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