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Revisiting the Family of Margaret Scott Dixon, Part 2

On the 20 April 1687, a man named Thomas Scott was granted 307 acres of land in Lynnhaven Parish, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. Two hundred acres of this was sold as an assignment to him by Martha Rouse. The rest was for the transporting of himself, another Thomas Scott and three negroes named Sambo, John and Maria. Other than the second Thomas, his son, at some point, his brother and another son, both named David, also migrated from the Old World to the New.

There are a couple of grants, dated 20 October 1689, for 150 acres each, to Thomas Scott, on the Elizabeth River, but the county is given for neither, so I’m not sure if they were to either of these Thomas Scotts.

My source for this next bit is a post from January 2003 to the Virginia Southside list at Rootsweb, Princess Anne County & Thomas Scott & Grandson Cason Scott. One of the Thomases witnessed a deed a gift from John Porter Sr. to his grandchildren, the children of Thomas and Mary Solley, in Princess Ann County 28 December 1691 (Princess Anne was formed from Lower Norfolk earlier that year).

Thomas Scott, with 100 acres, and David Scott, with 600, appear in Princess Anne County on the Quit Rent Roll of Virginia in 1704 (The Planters of Colonial Virginia by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, pages 204 and 205, Internet Archive).

By 1 December 1707, the senior Thomas Scott appears to have been deceased when David Scott, Jr., “son and heir of Thomas Scott,” sold 100 acres of land in Princess Anne County to John Hopkins for 10 pounds. Thomas II was one of the witnesses.

David Scott, Jr. was granted 100 acres at a place called Gum Swamp adjoining John Hobkins and William Nicholson for transporting himself and Thomas Scott 28 April 1711. On that same day, Thomas Ivy patented 374 acres east of Cary’s Creek in Princess Anne County for the importation of 8 people, one of whom was a Thomas Scott.

On 2 May 1713, Thomas Scott was issued a patent for 309 acres of land ata place called Green Sea in Princess Anne County. The description mentions John Carraway’s corner tree. A few days after this, on 9 May, his uncle, David Scott, Sr. wrote his will. He makes bequests to “cousen Thomas Scott son of brother, cousen Margaret, cousen David Scott, Jr., son of brother Thomas.” David Scott, Jr. was appointed Executor. The will was proven in Court 6 June 1716.

Thomas Scott and his wife, Elizabeth, sell some of the land he inherited from his father to John Hopkins for £40, 6 September 1715. David Scott, Jr. witnessed the transaction. David and his wife, Faith, in their turn, sell Thomas 220 acres left to him by their father for just 5 shillings 3 May 1720.

A Thomas Scott was granted 60 acres 5 September 1723 in Norfolk County near the head of the western branch near a survey of William Cherry and Eleazer Tart. I’m not sure if this is either of our Thomases, but Norfolk County was close enough to Princess Anne to leave the possiblity open.

Thomas wrote his will 2 June 1729. In it, he makes various bequests to his grandchildren: Cason Scott, son of Thomas Scott, Elizabeth Algrew, Ann Simmons and Ann Moseley, daughter of Anthony Moseley and daughter Frances his wife. His wife, Elizabeth is not mentioned according to any abstract I’ve been able to read.

Note: To see any of the Virginia land patents/grants referenced in this post, go to the Library of Virginia’s Online Catalog. Click the “Images & Indexes” tab and select “Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants” database by double clicking on it. Then type “Thomas Scott” or “David Scott” into the top search box and “Go”.

On or about the 17 June 1730, Margaret Scot (the “cousen” mentioned in the will of David Scott, Sr.?) entered a Court in Newbern, North Carolina and petitioned for, and was granted, Letters of Administration on the Estate of her deceased husband, Thomas Scot.

She submitted an inventory of the Estate later that year on 15 December. At that time she also submitted an account of sales (£20, 5 shillings) and an account of debts (£9, 8 shillings).

Sometime during the early 1730s, Margaret Scott, widow of Thomas Scott, married John Horde, son of Peter Horde. On 7 September 1736, Mr. Horde made a deed of gift to her children, Cason and Averilla:

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come I John Hord of North Carolina and precinct of Craven for and in consideration of the Love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards my loving son and daughter-in-law Viz. Cason Scott and Averilla Scott the son and daughter of Thomas Scott late of this precinct deceased Have Given granted and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely Give and Grant unto the said Cason & Averilla aforsd. their heirs exrs. admins. and assigns one hundred and fifty acres of land situate lying and being on the north side of Nuse River and on the head of No. Et. Branch of Powel’s Creek to be equally divided between them and I do further give unto the said Cason Scott one Bay Mare named Bonny sadl & Bridle two Cows two Calves & a heiffer with their increase likewise one pewter dish three plates one dozen of spoons one Iron Pott and I do moreover give unto the sd. Averilla Scott one mare fole two Cows and calves and one heiffer with their Increase and one pewter dish three plates one dozen spoons and one Iron Pott together with all the right Title Interest & claim & demand whatsoever which I now have or which any or either of my Heirs exrs. admins. or assigns may hereafter have of to or in the said Granted premises or any part thereof To have and to hold the said Granted premises and every part thereof unto the sd. Cason Scott & Averilla Scott as above said their heirs and assigns forever absolutely without any manner of Condition. the said John Hord have fully a
and of my own accord set and put testimony In witness whereof I
unto put my hand and affixed my seal the 7th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty six 1736

Sealed and delivered
in the presents of
Jacob Brinson
Jno. West

Noate that the within stock named and household goods is not to be delivered till the death of the mother of the within named children except the mare sadle & Bridle

John Hord

Craven County Deed Book 2, page 373

From later evidence, I can surmise that Cason married within a few years after this, but the identity of his wife is a total and complete mystery. I don’t even know her first name. I just know that their known children, Cason and John, were born in the early to mid 1740s.

Cason witnessed a deed of gift from Thomas Fulcher to his son, William, of 75 acres of land 24 August 1744. He, himself, made a purchase of 82 acres on the north side of the Neuse River and on the east side of Goose Creek, from Cason Brinson, for the strange price of £226, 13 shillings and 4 pence (Craven County Deed Book 1, page 452).

On 22 January 1751, Cason Scott sells 125 acres on the North River, upon the northeast fork of Powell’s Creek to Thomas Carraway, Sr., for £46, 13 shillings and 4 pence (Deed Book 1, page 469). It seems he had a penchant for odd amounts. From the description, this sounds very much like the tract gifted to he and Avarilla in 1736.

John Horde died at some point before 14 February 1753 when Nathaniel Gabriel and William Sitgreaves, as greatest creditors, motioned the Court for Letters of Administration on his Estate. The sale of the Estate took place 18 June. Cason Scott bought a woolen wheel, a hatchet, and 3 trenchers. Mr. Sitgreaves submitted an inventory of the Estate 16 August and the accounts of the sale weren’t submitted to be filed until 13 February 1755.

Cason Scott, Ann Snow and John Spire (you can’t read his last name on the will, but it was proved in Court on his oath and that of Ms. Snow), witnessed the will of John Paine 29 December 1753.

Averilla and her husband, Moses Anderson, now living in Onslow County, sold to David Gordon of Johnston County for £20 proclamation money

…all those seventy acres of land situate lying and being on the north shore of Neuse River and on the head of the No. Et. Branch of Powell’s Creek being part of 150 acres of land situate as aforesaid which was by deed bearing date the seventh day of September in the year of our Lord 1736 by John Howard granted to one Cason Scott & Averella Scott now Averella Anderson…

Craven County Deed Book 2, page 318

This transaction occurred 5 January 1757. On that same date Mr. Gordon sold to Moses Anderson 200 acres in Onslow County for 5 shillings (Abstracts of the records of Onslow County, North Carolina, 1734-1850, Volume 1 by Zae Hargett Gwynn, page 94, supposedly abstracted from Onslow County Deed Book E, page 18). This abstract states that the tract in Craven County sold by Mr. and Mrs. Anderson was on the north shore of New River, not Neuse, and that Averilla was Cason’s wife and not his sister.

John Baker petitioned the Court 9 November 1757 for Letters of Administration of the Estate of Cason Scott, deceased, having intermarried with his widow. For some reason, this entry in the court minutes was crossed out, but nowhere does it actually say it was stricken from the record.

Mrs. Baker’s eldest son, Cason Scott, witnesses land transactions between Nicholas Harper and John Baker (Craven County Deed Book 2, page 12) and John Linton and John Baker (Craven County Deed Book 2, page 234) November 1758 and 17 July 1759, respectively. Young Cason was chosen for jury duty in July and October 1763, but only served on any juries in October. Again, he witnessed a land transaction involving John Baker 2 March 1765 when Baker sold 150 acres to John Roe (Craven County Deed Book 12, page 8). This deed was proven in Open Court on the oath of Cason Scott in July 1766. Cason was issued a patent for 300 acres on the west side of Goose Creek 30 October 1765 (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Book 17, page 263, Grant #371 and Book 18, page 239, Grant #371). The description mentions the lines of Hopton and Spaight. If I’m right, this is, probably, about the time Cason married Tabitha Dixon, daughter of John and sister of Chosewell.

It was ordered by the Court 2 May 1767 that the lands and tenements of Cason Scott, late of this County, be sold in order to pay his debts. This order was carried out 5 December when High Sheriff Richard Blackledge sold 350 acres to James Coor for £34 (Craven County Deed Book 14, page 305). Mr. Coor would sell these lands to Chosewell Dixon 19 December. This was not the entirety of the sum that was to have been raised, which was nearly £45. From the text of the deed, we learn that Mr. Coor recovered just over £37 in damages from Mr. Scott, plus “the sum of five pounds, thirteen shillings and ten Pence like Money by said Court adjudged and Taxed for Costs & Charges whereof the said Cason Scott is convicted on Record.”

This Cason Scott, I believe, was the one who moved on to live and South Carolina and serve there during the Revolution (as one of Francis Marion’s men), and to die there in Santee District 16 January 1816. Shortly after his death, his family moved from South Carolina to Copiah County, Mississippi, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and Harrison County, Texas.

Next post, I’ll talk a bit more about Peggy’s grandfather, John.

A few genealogy sources I’ve found online

There’s a wealth of resources for the amateur genealogist to find online these days.  On left side of this page (or bottom if you’re using a tablet or smartphone), you’ll find a list of links under the heading “Genealogy.”  Some are general, others surname specific.

To begin, download a family tree program so you can work offline.  I use RootsMagic Free Edition.  If you can afford it, join Ancestry and/or My Heritage.  But for those of us who can’t, a good route is to use  Just click “Search” and begin.  By clicking “Browse All Published Collections,” you can access all sorts of records, including census records, marriage bonds, wills, and estate files.  I do this a lot.  I also actually have a free account on Ancestry.  Although I can’t access a lot of the records, it does help point me in the direction of records to be looked at.

Another good source for wills, especially old wills, is North Carolina State Archives MARS – Basic Search.  You can also find land deed abstracts there.  You can read actual land grants and patents from colonial times at this website: North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data.

Got an ancestor who served in the War of Northern Aggression (also known as the War Between the States or the Civil War)?  You can find them at Search for Soldiers.

Can’t afford a subscription to  Try DigitalNC – North Carolina’s Digital Heritage. It’s not as extensive, admittedly, but it’s better than nothing.  And, of course, Find A Grave is another excellent source.

For censuses that FamilySearch doesn’t have images for, try searching The Internet Archive.  Not only can you find nearly all censuses there (most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire, and a few bits and pieces of other censuses are missing, the Craven County, N.C. portion of the 1810 census, for example), but old genealogy/history books, as well.  You can also find a few books through Google Books, although you can only read parts of most of these.  Here are just a few that I’ve used up to now:

Of course, there are a few books I’d love to read, but can’t find outside of a library.  I know that I can find most of these at the New Bern Craven County Public Library in the Kellenberger Room.  That’s a bit of a drive, though, and I’ve have to be there a whole day.  Besides the trip, there’s also money needed for copies.  So that’s going to have to wait.  As an aside, their website is also an excellent genealogy source.

  • Some descendants of John Moone, ca. 1600-1655, and Nicholas Bourden, ca. 1700-1759 : Jamestown and Isle of Wight County in the colony of Virginia by Richard Bowden Jones
  • Some descendants of Nicholas Bourden and his wife Prudence, the great-granddaughter of Captain John Moone; whose sons removed from the colony of Virginia to the counties of southeastern NC before the war of the Revolution by Richard Bowden Jones
  • Bowden Family History, 1735-1983 by Josie Bowden
  • Our Vendrick family: the kinfolk of James Cleveland Vendrick, 1876-1952 by John Grady Vendrick
  • Descendants of Walter Dixon, Sr. of Pitt County, NC by Suzy Loraine Dixon-Bennett
  • Here, There, and Yonder – Cason & Sons – A Brinson Genealogy by Robert W. Brinson

Any of you have genealogy research tip or trick?  Feel free to comment and throw the rest of us a bone.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Movie Night, Falling in Love, and Main Street Magic

First, Movie Night from Aprilisa Designs, which was part of a Grab Bag at GingerScraps a few weeks ago, is now available on its own.


Next, from Just Because Studios is Falling in Love from at Gotta Pixel.  I love the vintage feel of this kit.


And last but not least, Main Street Magic from Magical Scraps Galore.  This is the latest addition to her awesome Theme Park Collection.  I love all the little stores, the clock, and the street lights.  And the car is just too adorable.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Sandbox and Fall Frolic

The Sandbox Collection (scroll down a bit) at Meagan’s Creations is really cute.  The trucks are really cute.


And I just love the Oh Boy template in the collection.


I also found this Fall Frolics kit at Gingerscrap but LJS Digital Designs:


DigiScrap Spotlight: Prehistoric World by Magical Scraps Galore

Is it just me or have there been lots of dino kits lately?  Here’s another:  Prehistoric World from Magical Scraps Galore.  I especially love the skeletons, bones, and brushes.


DigiScrap Spotlight: Come One, Come All! by Magical Scraps Galore

Here’s a completely adorable kit from Magical Scraps Galore called Come One, Come All!  Perfect for trips to the circus, zoos, fairs, and carnivals.


DigiScrap Cuteness: Scientific Method by BoomersGirl Designs

Here’s an adorable kit from BoomersGirl Designs called Scientific Method.  I love the periodic table word arts and the beakers and test tubes full of mysterious substances.  Perfect for scrapping science fairs, school projects, budding mad scientists with chemistry sets, and tongue-in-cheek cooking layouts!


DigiScrap Spotlight: Project 2015 February Kit by Connie Prince

The scrap kit to catch my attention this week is the Project 2015 February Kit by Connie Prince.  I just love the colors.  They inspire thoughts of spring during the cold drabness of winter.


The kit is also available at Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes.

DigiScrap Spotlight

While browsing around the digiscrap shops this morning, I came across several that I like.  The DigiScrap Awesomeness Award of the week definitely goes to 9 Moons by Magical Scraps Galore.  This is a wonderful kit with bright, cheerful colors that celebrates one of the most miraculous experiences of life:  pregnancy.


Don’t you just love it?  Next, I found a couple of kits at Gotta Pixel that i just love.  I must be in a mood because they both use a vibrant, happy palette, but still have a sort of vintagy feel to them.  The first is Superstar from Seatrout Scraps.


And second is Love You Always from Meagan’s Creations.


The last kit I found was among the fresh baked goodies at GingerScrapsSweet Love by Just Because Studio.



DigiScrap Awesomeness: Count On Me Template #3 by Cornelia Designs

A few months ago I posted about Cornelia Designs’ Count on Me templates.  At the time, on #1 and #2 were available.  Well, she’s just released #3.  It’s now available at GingerScrapsCount on Me #3.