The Scott family is old and was part of the founding of Waterbury, Connecticut and more. The lineages of the Scott family and their respective spouses is also old and goes back to England. Other associated surnames are: Bird, Upson, Fuller, Richards, Barnes, Andrews, Andruss, Warner, Howe, Sutliff, and some others.
We, the Goss family, are lucky because two individuals married into the Goss family, or if you prefer, Goss married into Scott. Hannah Scott married Nathaniel Goss, brother to Solomon Goss in 1774. Solomon married Olive Scott in 1776. Olive and Hannah were sisters.
Their father Obadiah Scott became a presence in Huntington Twp. in the Wyoming Valley in what is now Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He arrived there about 1774. I have tried to figure out when Obadiah first appeared in the Wyoming Valley, but the best I can do is the marriage of Hannah, his daughter, to Nathaniel Goss on 10 November 1774. So, for Nathaniel to court Hannah it might be a year earlier that the Obadiah Scott family came to the Wyoming Valley.
Source: Map is from Waterbury in the 18th Century http://www.fortunestory.org/waterburyinthe18thcentury/
Olive and Hannah’s births:
Hannah Scott: “Hannah, d. [Obadiah & Hannah]. b. Sept. 28, 1755″ Vol. 1 page 367.
Olive Scott: “Olive, d [Obadiah & Hannah], b. Sept. 23, 1757, Vol. 1 page 386.
Source: The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Waterbury 1686-1853, pages 317 and 321, Compiled by Jerri Lynn Burket, General Editor Lorraine Cook White, Genealogical Publishing Company. Ancestry.com has a database for this book set. Hathi Trustonline has them but the search is limited. If you are looking for originals, you may have to do some digging.
Another source is “The history of Waterbury, Connecticut; the original township embracing present Watertown and Plymouth, and parts of Oxford, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect and Nagatuck. With an appendix of biography, genealogy and statistics, by Henry Bronson, 1858. Page 181, and Appendix Page 527 we have the Scott Family featured, starting with Edmund Scott through to page 532. Online at Internet Archive for viewing.
Starting on page 181 we find descriptions of Thomas Scott and then Edmund Scott, Sen. Edmond had these children: Joseph, Edmund, Samuel, Jonathan, George, David, Robert, Elizabeth and Hannah.
In the Appendix on page 527 at the bottom is David. #5 David, son of Edmund, had: Hannah, Hester, David, Ruth, Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, Stephen and IX Obadiah, b. Dec 4, 1714.
You then go to page 529 and scroll to the bottom and find#18 Obadiah, son of David (5) m. Mary, dau. of John Andruss May 20, 1733, they had: Twins died young, Eliphas, Obadiah b. April 12, 1737, Jesse, Barnabas, Abigail, Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth. The Scott family covers pages 527 to 532.
On page 582 under Corrections, this appears: Page 181. Erase the paragraph next after “Scott.” Thomas Scott had an only son, Thomas, and 3 daughters, Mary, Sarah, and Elizabeth. I know not whose son Edmund Scott, Sen. was.
Edmund Scott marries Hannah Bird Upson and Elizabeth Fuller
David Scott b. ____ marries Sarah Richards
Obadiah Scott b. 1714 marries Mary Andruss/Andrews
Obadiah Scott b. 1737 marries Hannah How/Howe and Charity Barber Sutliff
This is a very simplified tree of the Scott Family from Edmund Scott. There is a lot of iffy information and lack of records that have made it very difficult to put this family together. The source given above by Bronson’s is even in question.
The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut, Edited by Joseph Anderson, New Haven, Price & Lee Co. 1896, Several Volume I, Chapter XX page 257 Scott Family (Looks like there are 3 volumes of this book series). This book has a chapter on the Scott Family with interesting comments. If you do a search you get a lot of hits on Scott.
The Upson Family in America, compiled by the Upson Family Association of America, The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1940, pg. 4 for the land agreement of Edmund and Elizabeth.
The subject of Edmund’s parentage seems to be a controversial issue. I was at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford visiting several times and found in their stacks and manuscripts binders and files about the Scott family and others. A Mr. Edward R. Smith left a very interesting manuscript dated 1996 (The Family of Edmund Scott – CHS Stacks) and 1988 (A Note on the Ancestry of Thomas Scott to Edmund Scott – CHS Stacks) arguing many issues like Edmund’s birth date, marriages, about the parentage of Edmund and which wife had which children of Edmund’s.
Online today in 2020, I find that this argument is still going on at Ancestry.com, Genie and Wiki Family Trees. Everyone seems to have their theory.
- Theory 1: Edmund’s parents are Thomas Scott, b. 1595 Rattlesden, Suffolk, England d. 1654 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass Bay Colony and he married Elizabeth Ann Strutt. They married 20 July 1620 in Rattlesden. Their children are all born after the 1620 date with no Edmund Scott listed. (Ancestry, Wiki etc.)
- Theory 2: Edmund was the son of Thomas Scott of Hartford (Dr. Bronson’s Book although he denies it in the corrections) The will does not mention an Edmund as a son.
- Theory 3: Edmund’s father is Henry Scott b. 1560 and Martha Whatlock b. 1568, married 25 July 1594 in Rattlesden, Suffolk Co., England. (Wiki Trees)
- Theory 4: Edmund’s father is Thomas Scott of Essex, England with Edmund born 1618.
- Theory 5: Edmund Scott born in Chigwell, Essex in 1611 the son of Edmund and Mary (Woodall) Scott. (Mr. Smith’s manuscript.)
There might be more theories about Edmund’s parentage, but that is okay. My understanding of English law is that the oldest son inherits the land in England. The younger sons would migrate to find land. Or just migrated for a better life. The scenarios are endless as to Edmund’s origins and how he might connect to Scotts who are living in the colonies at the same time.
If you have a theory please make a comment, but remember the rules are to be nice. Please give sources, dates and names.
Edmund’s birth date is in question. Was he born 1622, 1618 or in 1611.
This Farmington record states that he was 60 odd years old in 1671. This means his birth was in 1611.
The next question is, where did Edmund start out. Apparently, he was in Hartford first, then Farmington and later moved to Waterbury. Who were his contemporaries, friends, neighbors and more?
I am not an expert on English research at this time. I have tried to buff up and take classes and read books, but there is only so much time in a day.
Therefore, I set this all on a back burner to percolate and to review later.
I have a lot of information to cover about Obadiah Scott Senior b. 1737, his life in Huntington Twp., his marriages, land and children. I will present that first and return to his and Hannah How(e)’s ancestors before I move on to the two remaining children of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall: Mary and Ebenezer. Oh, Ebenezer’s wife Bede’s maiden name is Blakeslee who seems to interact with the Scotts.