John Scott, grandfather of Margaret Scott Dixon, was probably born close to the year 1745, and certainly no later than 1751. So, he was very young when his father, Cason Scott I, died sometime before 9 November 1757. On that date, John Baker petitioned the Craven County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Letters of Administration on the Estate of Cason Scott in right of his wife, who was the widow of Cason Scott. Either Mrs. Scott worked fast, or Cason had been dead several months.
Our John had an older brother, Cason Scott, born in about 1741. As I’ve said previously, I believe that this Cason (Cason Scott II) was the one who married my Tabitha Dixon (so that my 6th great-uncle married my 7th great-aunt!) and moved to Santee District, South Carolina, where he served in the Revolutionary War as one the Swamp Fox’s men. According to an article published in Volume 9, Number 3 of The Scott Genealogical Quarterly, page 120, there were two more siblings, James and Elizabeth. This, however, I’m taking with a grain of salt due to other errors in the article, but it is possible.
The first record I’ve been able to find about him is a land patent in which he was issued a grant of 100 acres in Beaufort County 14 May 1772. This land was located in the fork of Durham’s Creek “…including a former survey of Thomas Dickson….” Was this the brother of Chosewell and Tabitha or the other Thomas Dixon of the Walter Dixon, Sr. of Pitt County line of Dixons, I wonder?
On 4 August 1772, John’s stepfather, John Baker, for £10 proclamation money, sold him 150 acres on the east side of Durham’s Creek Swamp “beginning at the mouth of a branch below John Adam’s old field…” he’d bought from John Purdue (Beaufort County Deed Book 4, page 371).
In both of the 1772 transactions, John is said to be “of” Beaufort County, but in a deed dated 2 May 1775 (Beaufort County Deed Book 4, page 459) he is “of” Craven. In this deed he sold the land he bought from John Baker to John Ernull for £30 proclamation money. The 4 July 1775, he bought 100 acres on the west side of Goose Creek Swamp from Chosewell Dixon for £15 proclamation money (Craven County Deed Book 22, page 365). This tract is described as “above the Road Begining at a Gum on the Runside the Begining Tree in Cason Scotts Patten….”
This, I think is about the time he married, i.e. circa 1775. John Scot is assessed a married man’s poll tax in Craven County in 1779. (No land mentioned, which begs the question of what about the 100 acres he bought from Chosewell Dixon).
On 11 May 1782, John, of Beaufort County again, sells to John Barber of Pitt County, the land he was granted in 1772 on the fork of Durham’s Creek for £25 (Beaufort County Deed Book 6, page 359).
There is a Revolutionary War Pay Voucher for John Scott dated 13 January 1785. “Agreeable to an act of assembly, John Scott of Craven County is allowed specie, the sum of 1 pound, 12 shillings….”
On 16 May 1785, he sold the 100 acres he bought from Chosewell Dixon on the west side of Goose Creek Swamp to Jonathan Perkins for £40 (Craven County Deed Book 26, page 63). That’s a pretty good profit. The next day he bought 195 acres located on the north side of the Neuse River and on the west side of Goose Creek, “begining at a White oak at a small Branch, on the east side of Mill Branch, near Chosel Dicksons line…” from James Brinson, Sr. for £30 (Craven County Deed Book 26, page 54).
John appears on a list of certificates received by John C. Bryan, Sheriff of Craven County, dated 16 July 1786 saying he paid his taxes for 1785.
In 1790, John and Laney live in Craven County with 2 free white males of or over 16, one of whom is John, two under (John, Jr. and Cason III) and 5 free white females. One of these is, obviously, Laney. I think the other four are their daughters Mary, Sarah and Nancy, nearly for certain, and either Rebecca or Patsy for the fourth. I’m leaning towards Rebecca.
Amos Squires sold John 136 acres on the east side of Goose Creek and head of Persimmon Branch for £40 17 December 1791 (Craven County Deed Book 30, page 95).
Joseph Martin buys 250 acres from John 29 March 1792 for £50. This land is described as being on the north side of the Neuse River and on the east side of Goose Creek “beginning at a white oak at a small branch on the east side of the mile branch, near Chosell Dickson’s line…” (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 27).
Matthew Brinson sold John 50 acres on the east side of Goose Creek, beginning near the mouth of Persimmon Branch 8 March 1793, for £100 current money (Craven County Deed Book 30, page 151). He bought another 50 acres from Roger Cuthrell 17 May (Craven County Deed Book 31, page 76). This tract was located on the north side of the Neuse River and the east side of Goose Creek beginning at Malpas’s line at the mouth of Polecat Branch. On 11 September, John sells 116 acres on the north side of the Neuse River, on the east side of Goose Creek and on the head of Persimon Branch to Moses Caton for £40 (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 188). And, in Beaufort County, he witnessed a sale of 100 acres on the east side of Durham’s Creek, on the Whitehall Branch, from Joswell Dixon to Stephen Bland 6 November 1793 (Beaufort County Deed Book 7, page 332).
John Scott purchased 133 acres of land from Peter Vendrick 30 March 1796 for £100 (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 565).
Either John, or his son, Peggy’s father, purchased a marriage bond for Mary Scott and William Caton 4 March 1797. A few days later, on the fifteenth, William Caton, Sr. sold John, for the price of £25 current money, 75 acres on the west side of Goose Creek (Craven County Deed Book 32, page 754).
John’s son, Cason, paid him £40 for 115 acres in two tracts (Craven County Deed Book 36, page 685). A grant of 55 acres on the north side of the Neuse River and the west side of Goose Creek, described as beginning at a pine near Caton’s line, was issued to John Scott assignee (doesn’t say of whom) 12 March 1800 (North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Grant Book 106, page 414, Grant No. 1038). In 1800, he is listed in Craven County with 1 free white male under 10, 1 16-25 and himself aged over 45 as well as Laney, also over 45 and 2 free white females under 10, 2 more 10-15 and 1 16-25.
On 24 March 1804, John Scott, Sr., may have purchased from John Bennett, for the sum of £100 current money, 106 acres on the north side of the Neuse and east side of Goose Creek, beginning at a gum tree which was also John Vendrick’s beginning and with the line to Garrett Hyman’s beginning, then with Hyman’s line up Deep Run (Craven County Deed Book 36, page 706). It goes on to mention Polecat Branch. I say “may have” because the first sentence of the deed says John Scott, Junr. and Senr. seems to have been a witness. The other witness’s name looks like “Amey Scott.” I’m not sure who that was, unless it was his daughter, Nancy, who was sometimes referred to as “Anney”. Anyway, on the same day, John Bennett bought from John Scott “Sener” (Craven County Deed Book 39, page 389), for £100, ? acres on the north side of the Neuse River and the east side of Goose Creek, beginning at a gum tree on the creek side and runs to pine which was Garrett Hyman’s beginning tree. John Scott “Juner” was a witness as was another Scott whose name I can’t really translate. I swear it looks like Aexy, but it’s, probably, Anney. Oddly, the deed was acknowledged in Court in December 1815 by John Scott Senior the grantor. Did he come back from the dead? Or was the Court confused? Because…
John died before 18 September 1805, when an inventory of his estate of taken and the sale of that estate took place.
His heirs, other than John and Cason, made a gift of land to their brother, James, 17 January 1818 (Craven County Deed Book 41, page 41). As I’ve said before, this either indicates that James had just come of age, or marks the death of their mother, Laney. Maybe both. From this deed of gift, we know that John’s children were:
- John Scott (1775-1840) married Patsy Bland 7 November 1806
- Cason Scott (1777-1842) married 1) Mary Holton 7 February 1798 then 2) Sally Wheelton 8 December 1834
- Mary Scott (1781-1838) married William Caton 4 March 1797
- Sarah “Sally” Scott (1783-?) married John Bland 13 July 1803
- Anna “Annie” Scott (1785-?) married Benjamin Dixon 11 March 1806
- Patsy Scott (1787-?) married James Price 18 December 1806
- Hannah Scott (1790-?) married Henry Peck 6 June 1812
- Rebecca Scott (1792 or 1779-?) married ? King
- James Scott (1794-?)
The order comes from the order of mention in the deed of gift. It is possible, as I’ve said, that Rebecca should be placed between Cason and Mary. Also, given the lateness of his marriage in comparison to Cason and Mary, that John could be younger than I’m showing here. Maybe between Mary and Sally? Next, the Blands.