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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James T. Scott was born in October, 1833, in Chester County, Penn. The spring of 1854 he moved to Scott County, Iowa, and the fall of the following year came to Putnam County, Mo., locating about four miles northwest of his present residence. He began life for himself when hardly of age, and when he crossed the Mississippi River had but $2.50. He was of an energetic nature, and endowed with business ability, however, and so became the owner of a nicely improved farm of 319 ½ acres of good land, upon which he is engaged in farming and stock raising, and here he has a nice nursery, supplying the surrounding country with hedge plants, ornamental trees, etc. In the spring of 1856 he was married to Miss Isabell, daughter of John and Isabell Long. Eleven children have blessed this union, viz.: Mary E., William C., John L., Susan I., Ann E., James O., George H., Malinda J., David G., Merilla P. and Leonidas, Mrs. Scott died August 17, 1877, and February 14, 1878, Miss Mary E. Masterson became the wife of our subject, by whom he had one child - Mary Ida. This lady died June 19, 1879, and the first day of the following year Mr. Scott was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Jane, daughter of George W. and Lucy (Duree) Fields. To this last union four children have been born: Rosa E. W., Thomas F., Emma E. and Harley F. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are members of the Baptist and Christian Churches, respectively. Mr. Scott is a Democrat in politics, and as such has served his township as justice of the peace ten years; only two cases tried before him were appealed, and in only one of those was his decision reversed. During the late war he served in the State Militia. He is the oldest child born to W. H. and Mary E. (Short) Scott, natives of New Castle, Del., and Cecil County, Md., respectively, and the latter having been of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. Scott was a son of William Scott, who was a captain in the War of 1812, and Mrs. Scott, a daughter of David Short, a lieutenant in the same war, and a native of Maryland, where he died.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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