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Andrew F. and Martha McGlathery Scott

Andrew Finley Scott Martha McGlathery Scott
Andrew Finley ScottMartha McGlathery Scott

Source: "A Papal Chamberlain, the personal chronicle of Francis Augustus MacNutt", edited by Rev. John J. Donovan. Lonmans, Green & Co., 1936

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Andrew F. Scott was born in Rockbridge County, Va., December 28, 1811; came to Wayne county in 1834; taught school one term three miles north of Richmond, and in the fall of that year engaged as clerk for Daniel Reid in his store and the post office in Richmond, and continued there five years, In 1839, he went to Fort Wayne, and served as clerk one year under Mr. Reid, who was then register of the United Stated land office at that place, and one year under James W. Borden, receiver. In 1841, he returned to Richmond, and served as deputy under Sheriff Wm. Baker one year, and next as clerk in the store of Jesse Meek about 3 years. He then became interested in the business of a steamboat company on the Ohio river, and served as its clerk for two years. In 1847, he returned to Richmond, and carried on the mercantile business four years. In 1851, he was elected clerk of Wayne County, and re-elected in 1855, in which office he served eight years, residing during his clerkship at Centerville. In 1860, he again removed to Richmond, and was engaged in farming about 5 years, and a part of that time also in merchandising and building, having in 1862, erected the brick block on the north-west corner of Main & Fifth Streets. In July, 1865, he was made clerk of the Richmond Fire Insurance Company, and served as such during its existence of about a year and a half. In 1867, he associated with James Forkner and C.N. Elmer, [firm, Forkner, Scott & Elmer] in the wholesale grocery trade, in Richmond, in which he has continued till the present time. In 1839 he was married to Martha McGlathery. They had four children: Letitia A., who married Joseph McNutt, and died in 1863; John, who died in infancy; Augustus C., who resides at home, and Mary E., wife of John M. Tennis, agent for the Erie Railway Company, residing at Memphis, Tennessee.

Source: "History Of Wayne County" - City of Richmond, Andrew W. Young (Sutro Library)

Biography by His Grandson, Francis MacNutt

My grandfather was the first of the family to cross Mason and Dixon's line, and he directed his steps toward Indiana, because it was reputed a southern-sympathizing State. He was later followed by his step-mother and his half-brothers and sisters, besides other kinsmen; in short, the Scott family forsook their native Rockbridge where their popularity had waned to nothing, to seek a new home in Indiana. All these people retained in their new surroundings the habits, tastes and opinions in which they had been reared; none was more tenaciously Virginian than my grandfather.

My grandfather Scott was a man of such rare probity and high standards in all his relations with people about him, that he enjoyed the respect and won the regard of even those who execrated his political opinions. His manners were uniformly urbane and simple. Though he invited confidence, he repelled familiarity, and I think he was a man with whom nobody ever thought of taking a liberty. Under his apparent gentleness, there lay a strong will and tenacity of purpose that amazed any who inadvertently ran foul of his convictions and decisions. Noting the firm line of his mouth in repose and the keen look in his blue eyes, deep set under beetling brows, a close observer would have divined that Andrew Scott was not all sweetness. Never have I known anyone so indifferent to, so quietly defiant, of public opinion. Opposition and disapproval only fortified his determination, once his decision was made.

My grandfather I see in retrospect as a grave, kindly man, prone to silence in the family circle, between whom and myself there tacitly existed a secret understanding. We were confederates from my earliest years. I spent much of my time with him and he took me with him on his frequent journeys, so that, when still a mere child, I had travelled more than most children of doubly my age.

Source: "A Papal Chamberlain, the personal chronicle of Francis Augustus MacNutt", edited by Rev. John J. Donovan. Lonmans, Green & Co., 1936

Their Home in Richmond

AF Scott Richmond Home

The Scott home was built in 1858, and was occupied by members of the Scott Family until 1973. It is now part of the Wayne County Historical Museum.



Andrew F. Scott Has Passed From Life.

His Death Occurred About Eight O'clock Saturday Evening, and was a Peaceful One - Sketch of His Career of 83 Years - A Successful, Honorable and Benevolent Citizen - His Family - Funeral Arrangements.

Andrew F. Scott died about 8 o'clock Saturday evening at his home on north 10th street, aged 83 years, after an illness of but a few days, with combined bladder and kidney trouble, although he had been failing visibly for some weeks. His death was a peaceful one, and was more as if he were falling asleep than that he was yielding all that was mortal to the great enemy of the race.

Andrew F. Scott was born in Rockbridge county, Va., Dec. 28, 1811. He acquired a fair education in his native state, and when 22 years of age came to this county, engaging in school-teaching a short distance from this city. While teaching this school he arranged to enter the store of Daniel Reid, who was also postmaster. He remained there as clerk several years, and in 1839, after the appointment of Mr. Reid as register of the United States land office at Fort Wayne, he served as clerk there a year, and afterward served a year under James W. Borden, as receiver. In 1841 he returned to Richmond and became deputy under Sheriff Wm. Baker. He subsequently was clerk for Jerry Meek, and still later was clerk for an Ohio steam boat company until 1847. In the latter year he returned here again, and for several years carried on a successful mercantile business.

Although belonging to the political party in the minority in Wayne county, in 1851 he was elected county clerk and re-elected in 1855, his term ending in March 1860. During that time he resided in Centerville. He subsequently followed farming and building several years, in the meantime erecting the building in which the Second National bank is now situated. In 1857 he became a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Forkner, Scott & Elmer, remaining with it ten years. At the organization of the Second National bank in 1872 he was one of the prime movers, a stockholder and has been its president from the date of organization. He was one of the leading members of the United Presbyterian church. He married Margaret McGlathery, in 1839, and four children were born to them: Letitia, John, Augustus G., and Mary E. Of these Augustus is the only one now living. He is married, has three children, and lives with his father. Mrs. Scott died 8 years ago. Mr. Scott also leaves three other grandchildren, Mrs. Joseph M. Gibson, of East Main street, nee Miss Mattie Tennis; Albert McNutt, of the regular army and Frank McNutt, who is now making a tour of the world.

Too much cannot be said about Mr. Scott as a citizen and business man. His life has been a highly successful one, and his value as a citizen cannot be overestimated. His career was one of honor, strict industry and good deeds. He was well known to be a liberal man, and was one of the chief supporters of the United Presbyterian church, in which he was an elder. But his contributions to the church and for other purposes were all made in a quiet way, and neither praise nor ostentation was desired by the donor. They came from a heart which prompted only good. He was the friend of the poor, and many deeds of charity were performed for their benefit, of which the public knew nothing. In this respect he stands out in bold relief, differing from many who seek only "to be seen to be men."

Mr. Scott was a member of Whitewater lodge of Odd Fellows, Oriental Encampment and the Patriarchal Circle.

He leaves an estate valued at fully $100,000, which is exclusive of the large amounts he has given to his children and grandchildren. It consists chiefly in bank stock, which is as good as cash, and the only real estate he owned was the building just west of the Second National bank, in which McDonnell's drug store is located, and his north 10th street home.

The funeral will occur at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the United Presbyterian church, Rev. Alex Gilchrist conducting the services, and the three orders above named, in which he held membership, will attend in a body. Friends wishing to see the remains can call at the home this evening from 6 to 9, and tomorrow morning from 8 to 10.

Evening Item (Richmond, IN), Monday, March 18, 1895; Page 3, Column 5


A Largely Attended Affair - The Floral Offerings - Pall Bearers.

The funeral of Andrew F. Scott occurred this afternoon from the United Presbyterian church, Rev. Alex. Gilchrist conducting the services. The church was filled with people, and a great many called last evening and this morning to see the remains while they were yet at the home.

Rev. Gilchrist's sermon was on the virtues of the life of the deceased, as an example to the generation now arising. The chief characteristics he touched on were industry, faithfulness to duty, devotion to the church and to family. In all of these things Mr. Scott's life was worthy of emulation.

The music was by the choir, which rendered two recitations from the psalms of David.

The following floral offerings were given: Y. P. S. C. E. of the United Presbyterian church, roses; Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gibson, spray of lilies; Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Scott, pillow bearing the word "Father;" Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Jackson, spray of lilies and roses; Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Reid, spray of lilies; employees of the Second National bank, lilies; Mrs. Maria Schlaeter, roses; a large bunch of roses bore only the word "Friends."

The honorary pall bearers were: Messrs. J.M. Gaar, J.D. Wiggins, T.W. Roberts, T.W.O. Braffet, Judge Wm. Bickle and Ellis Thomas. The active pall-bearers were: Messrs. D.G. Reid, B.B. Myrick, jr., Geo. Bishop, Samuel Gaar, John Clawson and Wm. Hadley. Interment was at Earlham.

Each of the three banks was closed during the time of the funeral.

Evening Item (Richmond, IN), Tuesday, March 19, 1895; Page 3, Column 4


Augustus C. Scott, 75 years old, died at his home on North Tenth Street, Thursday morning of cancer. Mr. Scott had been in ill health for ten or twelve years. His death removes one of the best known farmers of the county, and a well-known and esteemed citizen of Richmond.

Surviving members of the family are his widow, two daughters, Miss Martha and Miss Ruth Scott, and one son, Andrew Scott.

Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Earlham cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

Mr. Scott was of an old Virginia family which settled in this state in 1838, when his father, Andrew F. Scott came west from Virginia as a schoolmaster. His father and grandfather, Jesse Scott, were both natives of Rockbridge county, Va. His father was for many years identified with the growth, development and improvement of Wayne county.

Augustus Scott was reared in the home of his father, attending the schools of Centerville and Richmond. For many years he was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising, and at the time of his death was owner of some very valuable farm land. One farm of 78 acres of rich land is situated a mile and a half east of Richmond, and another south of Richmond. He was an excellent judge of stock. He had also been in active control of some of Richmond's leading enterprises, being a stock holder in the Second National bank.

He was married to Miss Rachel Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Brown on May 3, 1888. They became the parents of four children, Thomas H. Scott now deceased, and the three surviving his death.

Richmond Palladium, Thursday Evening, December 26, 1918; Page 1, Col 4

Biography of Augustus Clement Scott

Of an old Virginia family that was founded in Indiana at an early period in the history of the Hoosier State, Augustus C. Scott is a worthy representative. He was born in the city which is still his home, Richmond, August 4, 1843, and is a son of Andrew F. and Martha Scott. His grandfather, Jesse Scott, was a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he spent his entire life in the occupation of farming. Andrew F. Scott likewise was a native of Rockbridge County, born December 8, 1811. He was educated in the common schools, was reared on a farm, and in 1838 came to Indiana. For many years he was identified with the growth, development and improvement of Wayne County, and in his death, which occurred March 16, 1895, the community experienced a great loss.

Under the parental roof Augustus C. Scott was reared to manhood, and pursued his education in the schools of Centerville and Richmond, and through this source and by means of reading, experience and observation he has become a well informed man. For many years he has successfully engaged in farming and stock raising, and is now the owner of two valuable farms. The larger, comprising two hundred and seventy-eight acres of rich land, is situated a mile and a half east of Richmond, while the other, of sixty-three acres, is three miles southeast of Richmond, and both are in Wayne Township. Thus conveniently near the city, Mr. Scott gives to them his personal supervision and derives from the property a very desirable income. For a number of years he has successfully and extensively engaged in the raising and selling of stock, and being an excellent judge of stock he makes judicious purchases and profitable sales. His business interests, however, have not been confined to one line of endeavor. He is a man of resourceful ability and has been an active factor in the successful control of some of Richmond's leading enterprises. He is a stockholder in the Richmond National gas Company, and also in the Second National Bank, and through these avenues adds materially to his income.

In marriage Mr. Scott was united with Miss Rachel, a daughter of John S. and Rachel (Thorne) Brown, the wedding being celebrated May 3, 1888. They became the parents of four children, namely: Thomas H. (now deceased), Andrew F., Martha Mabel and Ruth Eloise, those living still under the parental roof. The family is one of prominence in Richmond, and their home is the center of a cultured society circle.

In his political views Mr. Scott is a Democrat, but aside from casting an intelligent ballot in support of the principles of his party he takes little part in political affairs. At all times and in all places he commands the respect of his fellow townsmen by his upright life, and in the history of the county he well deserves representation.

His father-in-law, John S. Brown, deceased, was born in New Jersey in 1812 and in 1819 was taken to Preble County, Ohio, by the family in their emigration to that point. After growing up he became a successful farmer, buying the old home farm of six hundred acres, where Mrs. Scott was brought up. She was the youngest of nine children, eight of whom are still living. Mr. Brown was especially successful in the rearing of live stock, practically carrying out the maxim, "The best is none too good." For about eight years he was connected with a firm in Richmond engaged in packing pork. In his religious views he was liberal, not connected with any church, though by birthright a Friend. In 1836 he married Rachel Thorne, a native of New Jersey, who was engaged in school teaching before her marriage. She was an active member of the Hicksite Friends Meeting, and was a Clerk of the Meeting at her death in 1856. Mr. Brown died in 1879.

Source: County History Preservation Society — Biographical History of Fayette, Franklin, Union and Wayne Counties, Indiana, Originally Published in 1899 by Lewis Publishing Co.

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