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William Clement Scott Sr. and Maria Frances Crawford Scott

WmClement & Maria Crawford Scott
Maria's Signature

Biography of Maria Frances Crawford


Their Marriage

From a letter by Maria Frances Scott dated March 22, 1915:

"Brings to mind my wedding so many years ago. My wedding journey was taken in the middle of winter in a carriage for all travel at that time in western Indiana was on horse back or by coach or private conveyance. No cards of invitation were sent, only very few were invited and they were mostly relatives. Among them were my three uncles.

One very funny thing occurred at the marriage. When your Grandfather and I stood before the minister who performed the ceremony, he said in an embarrassing way, I believe I have not the necessary papers for uniting this couple in the bands of matrimony. All at once, your Grandfather remembered he had left the license in the pocket of his traveling suit at the hotel, or rather I might say, tavern, where he was stopping and had forgotten to give it to the minister. While your Grandfather was explaining, one of my uncles came forward and relieved the situation by vouching for the license and the ceremony went on, but think of my standing alone while the arrangement was made. I know I felt very much like laughing for young as I was, the humor of the thing appealed to me. But it was soon all forgotten in the good-byes and farewells and I was safely wrapped in my warm cloak and stowed away among the buffalo robes beside your Grandfather, who was taking me to Vincennes, the oldest town or city we might call it, in Indiana, where your Grandfather had established himself in business and we were to make our home, and so we started on our wedding journey."

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The Scott home in Richmond, Indiana.

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Land Records

Extracted from the Original Deeds.

June 9, 1870 - Fordyce & Julia S. Roper of Beatrice Gage County, Nebraska to W.C. Scott of Wayne County, Indiana:

For the sum of $4500, the undivided 1/2 of the North, 1/2 of the East, 1/2 of the North West Quarter of Section 32, Town No. 9, Range 4, East except certain town lots in the town site of Camden, Seward County, Nebraska which were conveyed by H.W. Parker and Fordyce Roper to diverse parties before the 26th of October 1869, a part of the undivided 1/2 of the Forty acres hereby conveyed having previously been laid out as a part of the town site of the village of Camden.

The Deed was signed 19 Nov 1869, filed the following June.

Note: Camden no longer exists.

Nov. 11, 1871 - Thomas W. & Helen F. Vollintine, John L. & Emma S. Tidball of Saline County; William & Sophia R. Hain of Saunders County to Maria F. Scott of Seward County:

For the sum of $3000, the South East 1/4 of the South West 1/4, and the South West 1/4 of the South East 1/4 of Section No. 28 in Township No. 13, North of Range No. 9, East of Sixth P.M. in Saunders County, Nebraska.

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Golden Wedding

At West Lebanon, Indiana, January 10, 1845, William Clement Scott and Miss Maria F. Crawford began the journey of life together. A half century has gone by since then, and it has fallen to them, as it rarely does in the common lot of human experience, to pass a full half century side by side. Thursday the fiftieth milestone was reached, and a large number of friends and neighbors assembled at the spacious home of their son, W. C. Scott, Jr., to extend to them the congratulations of the auspicious occasion.

The evening was beautiful, one of those delightful winter evenings that are rarely experienced in this climate. The moon was just at its full shone with unusual brightness without and with the good cheer within, combined to render it an occasion long to be remembered by everyone present.

It was a happy gathering -- such as one is not often privileged to enjoy. The children, whose homes are far apart, were all present, the first time they have all been together in fifteen years. We give their names below in the order of their ages: W. C. Scott, Jr., Ashland, Frank H. Scott, New York City, Mrs. J. R. Watts and Hugh Scott, Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. R. A. Jackson, Richmond, Indiana, Geo. L. and Richard M. Scott, Ashland, A. A. Scott, Lincoln, Nebr.

Among those present from abroad were, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Waugh, of Plattsmouth, and Mr. and Mrs. George Stebbins, Mrs. O. M. Carter and Miss Knight, of Omaha.

The floral decorations were beautiful. Pendant from the archways connecting the parlors were wreaths of smilax, roses and pinks and arbors of beautiful flowers adorned the rooms.

A rich collation was served. Mrs. Wiggenhorn presided at the table, assisted by Mesdames Harnsberger, Pickett, Harford, Shedd and Chickering. The table set under an arbor of smilax.

Misses Cole, Burlingame and Williams presided at the frappe bowl and served the guests with liquid refreshments in a charming and graceful manner.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott have resided in Ashland since 1871, being among the earliest settlers of Saunders county, and they occupy a very high place in the esteem of the entire community. They were remembered by their friends with a number of very pretty and costly presents.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott are wonderfully well preserved. Time in its flight has dealt kindly with them and the guests as they enjoyed their hospitality and entered with them into the spirit of the joyous occasion, entertained but one wish and that was that they might live to see many more happy and prosperous years. Only once has death broken into their family circle. There was one vacant place, a daughter, Mrs. M. A. McDonald, having died several years ago.

Aunt Jessie's Memory of the Anniversary Party

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WILL of WILLIAM CLEMENT SCOTT, SR. - Wahoo, Saunders County Court, Nebraska

The last will and request of W. C. Scott Sen. witnessed and signed this ninth (9th) day February 1894 (Eighteen hundred & Ninety Four).

Being of sound mind and far from any undue influence but with a sincere desire to do equal justice to all of my heirs, 1st I bequeath & will to my beloved wife, Maria F. Scott, my dwelling house in which we now live including all of my household goods free from all incumbrance to have & to hold said dwelling house during her natural life, after which time, the value or proceeds of the same to be divided equally among my legal heirs.

Now I hold in the Mutual Life Insurance Co of N.Y. a policy for five thousand dollars ($5000.00) which policy is in my wife name & will probably be paid to her at my death. I wish to provide that if for any reason whatever, she shall fail to realize on said policy, then I desire that she shall during her natural life retain all my interest in whatever personal or real property I may be possessed of when I die.

Said personal or real property shall be subject to the same conditions as herein after named in case that she shall realize the $5000. contemplated.

Second I desire all of my personal and real property (except my dwelling & household goods heretofore named) shall be equally divided among my children or their heirs.

I desire to provide that my son W. C. Scott Jr. shall (if he so desires) have one, two & three years in which to make payments to the heirs, whatever interest or value I may be possessed of in the partnership existing between us, he shall, however as soon as practicable, make a satisfactory settlement with my executors hereinafter named.

I desire that my debts be first paid including my funeral expenses, which I prefer shall be plain & free from ostentatious display. I owe no individual debts except a $500. mortgage on my dwelling, which desire to have paid so that my wife shall possess the same free from incumbrance. It is my request that my sons, W. C. Scott, Geo. L. Scott & Richard M. Scott shall act as my executors to carry out the provisions of this will and that they be not required to give bonds.

To avoide ambiguity, I will state that this will does not contemplate that in case my wife shant realize the $5000. policy heretofore mentioned that my wife shall be considered one of the heirs mentioned in the distribution of my estate.

Witnesses: H. H. Shedd, O. F. Harris

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Obituaries and Related News Clippings

Reprinted from Ashland Gazette:
Town & Country
W.C. Scott, Sr. accompanied by son George L. left Wednesday for Richmond, Ind.

Town & Country
W. C. Scott, Sr., who went to Richmond, Indiana, on a visit to his daughter, and also in the interest of his health, was quite feeble when he started, but we are glad to note that the journey has done him good and that he is feeling much better.

Town & Country
Mrs. W.C. Scott, Sr. left Saturday to join her husband at Richmond, Ind.

G.L. Scott returned from Richmond, Indiana, Monday. His father, we are glad to state, is much better than when he left here.

Local News
A. A. Scott and wife of Lincoln were here to attend the funeral of Mr. Scott's father.

Frank Scott, of New York, President of the Century Publishing company, attended his father's funeral.


Our community was saddened last Saturday afternoon with the news that William Clement Scott, Sr., had died in Richmond, Indiana, where he had gone hoping for a renewal of health. For three months past, indeed for more than a year, Mr. Scott had shown signs of impaired health to those who knew him best. His strong will, however, and his determination to be active to the last enabled him to be at his place of business until within three weeks of his death. Perhaps no one's death in this community has caused such universal sadness as that of Mr. Scott. He had been identified with the community for twenty-five years, and having a personality marked for mental vigor and strength of character he impressed himself deeply on its life. Mr. Scott was born Nov. 16, 1817 in Rockbridge county, Virginia. At the age of 19 he went to Richmond, Indiana, where he resided until 1870, when he, with his family, came to the new state of Nebraska. Jan. 10, 1845 he was married to Maria F. Crawford to whom were born nine children, all of whom are living, with the exception of one daughter. Jan. 10 of this year, Mr. and Mrs. Scott celebrated their golden wedding, at which every member of the family was privileged to be present. The beauty and joy of that occasion will never be forgotten by those who were there to extend congratulations and love. Mr. Scott's life among us was an exemplary one. As a citizen he will be missed, for he always stood for municipal ideas. Socially we shall miss the dignity of his presence and the quiet yet persuasive influence which he ever wielded for a true and exalted manhood. The Congregational church, with which he has been identified for more than a score of years, feels that it has suffered a great loss, for into its history have gone his prayers, his gifts and the labor of his own hands. His work in the church was only a repetition of the beautiful work he did for the Presbyterian church of Richmond, Indiana, with whose early history he was closely identified; a grateful acknowledgement of which will be found in the following resolutions passed by the session of that church, on the announcement of Mr. Scott's death. The resolutions are such as to express the gratitude of the Congregational church for the noble life which he lived in communion with this people and for his abundant labors among us.

"Session having learned of the death in our city on yesterday of Mr. William Clement Scott, now of Ashland, Nebraska, but formerly of this city, and a worthy and highly esteemed Elder of the church.

"We desire to put on record our high appreciation of his Christian character and of his valuable services as an Elder, and also to extend to his family our prayers and sympathy in his bereavement.

"All who were associates with Mr. Scott in the Eldership, except Brother Cheny, have preceded him to the better land.

"But we, their successors and his, have learned from others of his fidelity, real and abundant laborers in the church in its early history. And we realize that we have entered in his labors.

"We cherish his memory, as of a brother beloved and we rejoice in his life work so well done.

"And we desire to assure the members of his family of our sincere sympathy to their sore affliction."

The funeral services we held from the Congregational church in which he had been an honored deacon for many years, and were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Wilson Denney. Out of respect to his memory places of business were closed and a large gathering of friends followed his body to its last resting place in the Ashland Cemetery.

The coffin was covered with a wreath of flowers, and the church was beautifully decorated. The attendance was greater than the capacity of the church could accommodate. Mr. Denney's sermon was a beautiful and touching eulogy. In eloquent words he spoke of the worth of the deceased, in business, social and church relations.

Editor's Column:

In the death of William Clement Scott, Sr., Ashland loses one of her very best citizens. For a quarter of a century he has been known in this community as one foremost in every laudable undertaking, and his influence was ever exerted for what he believed to be for the best interests of the community. Kind and courteous to all with whom he came in contact, he went about the practical business of life with a quiet dignity, which not only commanded the respect of all who came within the circle of his influence, but exerted a force which made for the moral and mental health of the community. He will continue to exert an influence upon those who will remember the beauty of his life, long after his voice is silent, as well as in the character of his children, who are filling honored positions in the world's activities. As a man of practical affairs he was not indifferent to any of the great questions which demanded solution. The editor of THE GAZETTE, although his acquaintance with Mr. Scott was comparatively brief, will always remember his words of kindness and friendly counsel as benedictions.


Richmond - Evening Item, May 18, 1895; Page 1, Col. 3-4


A Former Resident Dies While Visiting here.

He was the Father of Mrs. Richard A. Jackson and of Frank H. Scott, President of the Century Company - Something of His Life - Arrangements For the Funeral.

Wm. Clement Scott died at 1 p.m. to-day at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Richard A. Jackson, 224 south 9th street. He and his wife were here visiting, their home being at Ashland, Neb., and his death was due to disease incident to old age.

Mr. Scott was 77 years of age and from 1848 to 1870 he was a resident of Richmond, being engaged in the mercantile business. He was thus known to many of the older citizens, with whom he was associated during those years.

On leaving here Mr. Scott removed to Ashland, Neb., and that has since been his home. He leaves a wife and eight children, the list of whom is as follows:

Mr. Frank H. Scott, of New York, president of the Century company; Mrs. Richard A. Jackson, of this city; Mrs. J. B. Watts and Mr. Hugh C. Scott, of Atlanta, Ga.; W.C. Scott, Jr., Geo. Scott and Richard Scott, of Ashland, Neb., and Mr. Archibald A. Scott, of Lincoln, Neb. He was also a brother of the late Andrew F. Scott, of this city. Nearly all of these children were born in Richmond.

The remains will be taken to his Nebraska home for burial and will leave here at 10:35 a.m. Monday. Friends of the family can view the remains by calling to-morrow from 2 to 4 p.m.


Nebraska State Journal - May 20, 1895


Well Known Ashland Citizen Dies in Indiana.

ASHLAND, Neb., May 19. - [Special] - On last January Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Scott of this place celebrated their golden wedding. Very soon after Mr. Scott's health began to give way and he gradually failed until yesterday, when he died at Richmond, Ind., where he had gone hoping that a change would benefit him.

Mr. Scott was seventy-seven years old and had lived in Nebraska for the past twenty-five years, twenty-four of them in Ashland. He had been one of the most active business men in the town, even up to his last illness. He had always been prominent in all the church, business, social and political questions of the town and was very widely known and respected.

He leaves a wife and eight children. F. W. Scott, president of the Century company, New York, Mrs. R. A. Jackson of Richmond, Ind., Hugh Scott and Mrs. J. R. Watts of Atlanta, Ga., A. A. Scott of Lincoln and William, George and Richard of this place.

The funeral service will occur soon after the body is brought back.

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Reprinted from Ashland Gazette: August 23, 1923


Mother of G. L. Scott Dies at the Age of 97 Years - Funeral will be Held at the Congregational Church Sunday Afternoon

Mr. G. L. Scott received a message this morning telling of the death of his mother, Mrs. Maria F. Scott, which came Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. R. Watts, at Atlanta, Ga.

Mrs. Scott was 97 years of age and up to a short time previous to her death was in possession of all her faculties and was a very remarkable woman.

The funeral will be held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon, and interment will be made in the Ashland cemetery.

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Ashland Cemetery, Saunders County, Nebraska

William Clement Scott, Sr. and Maria Francis Scott are buried in the Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Nebraska. Their tombstone is a large square pillar, with Wm Clement on one side, Maria Frances on the other, and Scott on the front side. A large cup sits on top of the pillar. Several children are buried in the same plot, including Wm. Clement Scott, Jr. and his wife Mary Zerviah Shedd. John A. Scott and Elizabeth Stanley Scott are buried in a separate plot.

William Clement Scott

Born in Rockbridge County
Virginia Nov 16 1817 He spent
his youth in his native state
His middle life in Indiana
His later years in Nebraska
Being for twenty-five years
a resident of Ashland

A consistent Christian,
An upright merchant,
A patriotic citizen.

Died May 18 1895
Leaving to his
children the legacy of a good name
Wm Clement Scott Sr. Tomb
Maria Frances
Wife of
William Clement Scott
Born Jan 4, 1826
Died Aug 22, 1923
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