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Subject: A Deed of Sumter Co. Referring to Some Later Residents of Harrison Co.
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 16:02:54 EST


Submitted by Evelyn W. Wallace



An abstract of Sumter Co., SC Deeds, Volume E-379-382, dated 1818 is
presented which refers to some later residents of Harrison Co., TX.

Tabitha Scott et al, Sumter Co. Deeds E-379-382. Tabitha Scott (the
mother), [so stated] and William D. Scott, James Scott and Martha his wife,
Edmond Hair and Mary his wife, Joseph Howell and Elizabeth his wife the sons
and daughters of the aforesaid Tabitha Scott and Cason Scott senr decd. Deed
for $400 to Wilie Belvin of Sumter Co. 400 acres lying in the District of
Sumter and on the headwaters of Raften Creek the waters of the Wateree River
to the head waters of Marguerto (?) branch the Waters of Black River--laid
out of a plat of 940 acres certified by R Dunn 14th day of Oct 1793, which
said plat is part of a grant granted to David Reynolds for 4,900 acres 6 Nov
1786. The part to be conveyed is bounded by said Wilie Belvin's land and
Thos Belvin's land and Abram House land on the north and northwest; John
Smith's lands and Levy Potter's lands on the southeast; Sherrd Owens land on
southwest. Dated 16 Jan 1818.

Tabitha [her mark] Scott (s)
W. D. Scott (s)
James Scott (s)
Martha Scott (s)
Joseph Howell (s)
Elizabeth [her mark] Howell
Mary Hair (s)
Edmond [his mark] Hair
Wit: Elisha White, Samuel [his mark] Dunlop, Elkanah Belvin.
Recorded 30 Apr 1818


1820 - The 1820 census index shows the following Scotts in Feliciana
Parish, LA. Samuel (Beaver Creek, p. 55, probably not ours); Robert (not
mentioned in Scott family records), Cason, James, Joseph, Thos., Thos., Jr.,
Thos. W., Wm. D. There was another Scott family in that parish, as reflected
in deeds and court records. The other Scott family were generally county
officials. Refer to biography of Joseph Scott for identification of "the
other Scott family." Their mother was Elizabeth, not Tabitha. Tabitha is
believed to have migrated to Mississippi Territory with her seven sons and at
least one daughter. The Hair couple seem not to have migrated.

Actual reading of the 1820 census shows these Scotts clustered in the
Red Wood Creek area, Feliciana Parish, LA: James, Joseph, Cason, Thos., Wm.
D. and brother-in-law, Joseph Howell. All the Scott males listed were the
sons of the elder Cason Scott, deceased. Zachariah and Samuel T. Scott are
not listed on this page. They may have been part of an older brother's
household.

However, the following marriage bond dated 19 Aug 1820 seems to
indicate Samuel Scott was a resident of that Mississippi county, which, of
course, is adjacent to Feliciana (now West Feliciana) Parish, LA:

"The State of Mississippi, Wilkinson County. Know all men by these
presents that we Samuel Scott & Ephriam Carnes of said County are held and
firmly bound unto George Poindexter Governor of the State of Mississippi
aforesaid or his successors in office in the sum of two hundred dollars
lawful money of said State to which payment well and truly to be made to the
said Governor for the time being or his successors in office we bind
ourselves our heirs Executors and administrators each and every of us and
them jointly and severally firmly by their presents. Sealed with our seals
and dated this 19th [date is faint] day of August 1820.


At a young age, Samuel T. Scott and his brother W. D. Scott witnessed a deed
of David Peebles, Deed Bk. E-273, Sumter Co., SC Conveyances. Age 16 was
frequently "of age" in some locales, according to THE SOURCE. Men were of
age at 16 to pay taxes and to serve in the militia, and, according to Robert
Young Clay, archivist at Virginia State Library, in colonial Virginia persons
could witness documents at age 14, assuming they were judged competent to
understand what they were witnessing.


1819 - Migration to Louisiana-Mississippi, Called Mississippi Territory

The name of Samuel T. Scott, with the names of his six brothers Cason,
Thomas, Joseph, W. D., Zachariah, and James and his brother-in-law Joseph
Howell, appears in AMERICAN STATE PAPERS, V. 3, p. 440, "Public Lands" (SLC
film 908745) as one of numerous claimants for land "West of Pearl river....".
His claim showed date of settlement as 1819.

Not all these brothers survived to move to Texas. Thomas Scott, William
D. Scott and their brother-in-law, Joseph Howell, are known to have died
prior to the move to Texas.

AMERICAN STATE PAPERS (papers of the 1st session of the 14th to the 1st
sessions of the 18th U. S. Congress) "Public Land Claims" for late 1815 to
May 1824, indicate that Cason and Joseph Scott settled in Mississippi in
1816; Thomas in 1818; brothers W. D., Zachariah, James, and Samuel T. Scott
and their brother-in-law Joseph Howell all settled shortly thereafter.


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