Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Scott

Male 1732 - 1792  (60 years)

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  • Name John Scott  [1
    Born 1732  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Oct 1792  "Farmington", Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Scott Family Cemetery, "Farmington", Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I001864  Tree1
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 

    Father Family Scott 
    Family ID F43674  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Marshall,   b. 1735, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1795, "Farmington", Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 1766  Allen's Fresh, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. David Wilson Scott,   b. 1766, Newport, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1827, "Farmington", Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Richard Marshall Scott,   b. 1769, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1833, "Bath", Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Anne Scott,   b. 1771, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1821, "Farmington", Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F00806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Scott Family cemetery sits atop a high hill at the western end of the circle of Conference Center Drive, west of Stonecroft Boulevard in the Westfields office park. It is directly across from the large office building at Washington Technology Park, 14000 Conference Center Drive. The other land on the circle has not been developed. The cemtery is not visible from the street level due to the tall grass, even in winter when the foliage has died back.

      The Scott family was very prominent in the early days of Fairfax County, according to an article about the family in the 21 June 1986 issue of Centre View. David Wilson Scott lived at nearby "Farmington" owned by the family from about 1797 to the 1850's. "Farmington" was on the Salisbury Plain, a tract now bordered by Braddock, Lee and Sully roads. His brother Richard Marshall Scott owned "bush Hill" in the Franconia area. Richard Scott was a merchant and banker in the Alexandria and served in the Virginia Assembly in 1811, according to the article.

      On 11 December 1854, Richard Marshall Scott's son, also named Richard Marshall Scott, recorded this outing in his diary:

      Clear and mild - Weather moderating. My brother and myself started in our carryall this morining to make a visit to the tomb of our respected Father, and to the grave of my dear Mother, at his farm called Farmington. We arrived a Farmington at 1 o'clock. At this old family place is located our old family Burial place- here repose the remains of our ancestry. The graves are marked by a plain slab of marble with appropriate inscriptions on each. Grandfather John Scott, grand mother Mary M Scott, father Richard M Scott, my own beloved mother Eleanor Douglass Scott, our uncle David Wilson Scott and his wife Elizabeth; our anunt Annie Scott and our father's first wife Mary Love Scott.

      Surveyed in 1987, 89, 97, the cemetery is enclosed by a six foot chain link fense and padlocked against intruders. When the site was visited in 1997, surveyors noted several clumps of daffodils growing outisde the fence. A few old trees stand in the center of the cemetery grounds. surveyors found the cemetery neglected, the gravestones broken and buried, and the grounds overgrown. all but one of the gravestones are long, flat slabs of marble designed to lie flat on the ground. The stones have been displaced and grass and weeds grow up through the broken pieces. The gravestones for Jane Ward is made of sandstone. The 1997 surveyors noted a few uninscribed grave markers in the cemetery.
      The developers of Westfields told the Centre View reporter that they had "found two other smaller plots on the property," but the location of theses sites if not known. They also described their plans to preserve the cemetery in a park like setting and mark the site of "Farmington", which is said to be about 200 yards southeast of the cemetery.

      John Scott "A Native of Scotland, who Departed this life on the 7th of October 1799 in the 67th year of his Age, after an illness of only one Hour from perfect Health: Leaving issue David Wilson Scott Richard Marshall Scott and Anne Scott."

      Scott Family Cemetery

      Located on a rise at the western end of the oval created by Conference Center Dr., Centreville, Virginia.

      The cemetery is located @200 yards southeast of the foundation of "Farmington Plantation". The Scott family owned this property from c.1792 to c. 1850. There are eight finely cut marble ledger stones and one roughly inscribed sandstone marker present. Most of the stones have been displaced and/or broken. The cemetery is enclosed by a high chain link fence that was installed c. 1982. Westfields, a conference center and office park now surrounds the site. The cemetery is clear of brush, but the tall grass obscures the graves.

      In Memory of JOHN SCOTT
      A Native of Scotland
      who Departed this Life
      on the 7th of October 1799
      in the 67th Year of his Age
      after an illness of only one hour
      from perfect health.
      Leaving issue
      WARREN, NOTLEY, Charles Co. 19 Jul. 1768; 29 Oct. 1768
      To wife Sarah, all my estate,
      Trustees: brother John Warren, friends Stephen Compton and Joseph Joy.
      Refers to daus. unnamed; mentioned children but did not mention sons.
      Ex.: Major Zachariah Bond of St. Mary's Co.
      Wit: John MacPherson, Jon Yates, John Scott 36.646
      HAWKINS, THOMAS, Charles Co. 9 Dec. 1774; 30 Jan, 1775
      To son Alexander Smith Hendly Hawkins, when of age to convey to Henry Smith Hawkins by deed land I bought of William Courts except 75 acres which adjoins my land on condition that the said Henry Smith Hawkins shall also convey unto Alexander Smith Hendley Hawkins, half part of "Brothers," to Alexander Smith Hendley Hawkins,
      To sons: Alexander Smith Hendley Hawkins and Charles Hawkins, all lands where I now live with all land adjoining between them, if either die above to son Henry Smith Hawkins, but if both die all of above to sons Henry Smith Hawkins and John Hawkins,
      To son Thomas Hawkins, tract "Saturday's Works," 250 acres, Negroes Valantine and Lucy; if he dies without issue to sons Henry Smith Hawkins and John Hawkins, equally.
      To wife Catherine Hawkins, extx., 1/3 of lands I live on during life and Negroes: London, Kiz, Lin, Mary, Nepkin and Charles; and residue of estate, then equally among my seven children.
      To dau. Elizabeth Hawkins, Negroes: Bess, Patiencer, Nan and Moses,
      To dau. Jane Hawkins, Negroes; Dinah, Cate, Jane, dau, Jane and Joe.
      To son Alexander Smith Hendley Hawkins, Negroes: David, Rachel and Sook.
      To son Charles Hawkins, Negroes, Jerry and Cate,
      To son Henry Smith Hawkins, Negroes: John, Bridget, Bess dau. of Negro Lucy and Charles.
      To son John Hawkins, Negroes: Isaac, Moll, Will and Sarah.
      Son, Henry Smith Hawkins, exr.
      Wit: Jas. Craik; Theops. Yates; John Scott. 40. 284
      Fairfax County, Virginia; Scott vs Foote, et al, 1838-1845

      Submitted for use in the USGenWeb Archives by:
      Gwen J. Hurst
      Scott vs. Foote et al.
      Fairfax County, Virginia Chancery Cff.88A, file 2 of 7, 1838-1845, pages 5-9.

      Your oratrix states that John Scott deceased was a native of Scotland, & at this death left three children, David Wilson Scott, Richard Marshall Scott, the testator, & a daughter named Anna.

      That, according to the papers & memorandums left by the said John Scott, he emigrated to this Country about the year 1753, bringing with him a cargo of dry goods in order to carry on the business of a merchant. The estate which he obtained from his Father was not large - he sold it as soon as he arrived at the age of twenty one years for no more than purchased a store of goods. He settled with his store at a place called "Allens Fresh," in Charles County in the State of Maryland. Being a many of easy temper & perfectly unsuspicious & credulous, he met with many who were ready to take advantage of Such a disposition.
      He was greatly imposed upon &, consequently, after conducting his business for six or seven years he failed & became bankrupt about the year 1759. After this he went to Scotland in order to obtain assistance & aid from his friends, but in this effort he failed, & he returned to Maryland where he had left his wife with her mother Mrs. Marshall, as destitute as when he left Maryland for Scotland. During his absence, his wife had, by the aid of her friends, acquired a few negroes & a small portion of other property with which by renting land & cultivating it they were able to obtain subsistence. At the time he had no children - at a subsequent period he had three children, David Wilson, born in the year 1764, Richard Marshall, born in 1769, & Anna born in 1772. The said John Scott & family continued to reside in Maryland on a small rented farm (not owning any Land) for which he paid at no time more than one thousand & fifty pounds of Tobacco & Cask. that his taxes on his property of all sorts at no time exceeded four pounds four shillings & six-pence, Maryland currency - as an evidence of this among several old receipts found among his papers your oratrix here annexed a receipt for taxes in the year 1778, given of Thomas Latimer, Deputy sheriff of Charles County which receipt is as follows. "Received, 27th of July 1778, of Mr. John Scott Four pounds, five shillings & four-pence currency, for his assessments, county Levy & old balance" signed Thomas Latimer, Deputy. Your oratrix also herein copies a receipt from Hoskins Hanson, his Landlord, shewing, not only the amount of rent he had to pay, but his not being able to be punctual in paying the small amounts he had agreed to pay. Which receipt is as follows: "December 30th 1776. Received of Mr. John Scott 1010 lbs. of Tobacco for rent for the year 1776, he owing me at this time for rent for the year following 1046 nt. of crop Tobacco" signed Hoskins Hanson. The receipt shews the amount of rent & quantity of Land cultivated by the said John Scott while he lived in Maryland.

      Your oratrix further states that the said John Scott continued to reside in the State of Maryland on rented land until the year 1780, when he with his family removed to the state of Virginia & settled in Fairfax County a few miles from Colchester on lands rented from Alexander Henderson for a term of years. Your oratrix, in addition to the preceding circumstances shewing the reduced means of the said John Scott & of need of aid from his friends, annexed a letter from his son Richard M. Scott dated the 9th of April 1785, & is number six (6). She refers to it because it shews that his son considered him in need of assistance, & also to shew that among the negroes he had a servant named Sam, who is mentioned in the letter. Your oratrix has found among the papers of the said John Scott, which were in possession of her testator, two accounts & receipts of the sheriff of Fairfax County - the one for the year 1789, amounting to 3.19.2. This appears to have been paid by his son David Wilson Scott - & the other for the year 1790. by this account the tax for the year 1789 was but 1.17, & for parish levies 168 pounds of Tobacco. the rest of the bill consists of balances due for the year 1788, & also the receipt of John Moore for the year 1790.
      These your oratrix hereunto annexes, all being numbered 7. On the 1st of January in the year 1791, the Testator of your oratrix for the first time in his life became the owner of real estate which is the place called Farmington, then in the Cty. of Loudoun, but now in the County of Fairfax, to which he removed his Father, Mother & Sister Anna, where they continued to live free of rent until their respective deaths. That while being there it appears the said John Scott was for the year 1791 or 1792 assessed with not more than five slaves, as the Assessor's Books for the County will shew - & is also shewn by an account of his taxes dated 12th of Oct. 1791, by John Moore, Deputy. Sheriff of Fairfax, which is hereunto annexed numbered 8.

      Your oratrix further sheweth that the said John Scott departed this life in the year 1792 at Farmington, the property of his son, her testator. That he left no will & but little personal property & not more than five slaves which appear to have been acquired in no other way than as before stated - in the year 1759 by means of the efforts of his wife during his visit to Scotland after his failure & bankruptcy as a merchant. No on administered upon his estate. He left a widow who died in the year 1795 - she left no property. From the year 1791 till the death of the said John Scott & of his wife they had been maintained & supported in comfort & care by their son Richard M. Scott. He charged them no rent, nor demanded payment of anything he furnished for their use which he did. It is here annexed an account against his father of [illegible] cheerfully & liberally {illegible] all persons he had business at his [illegible]. A copy of the account marked C is annexed.

      If the slaves which were acquired in the year 1759 were the same he had in 1791, the time of his death, and which your oratrix believes were the Same, they could not in the year 1759 be of any material use if younger than twelve years & if of that age in 1759, they were in 1792 not younger than forty five years. It is not presumable that all were females capable of breeding at the time of his death. That at least one of them was a man appears by the letter of Richard m. Scott to his father, dated in April 1785, herein before referred to. By the Assessors Books in the County of Fairfax in the years 1791 & 1792, he had but five slaves assessed to him some of whom there is no doubt were males, such being more useful on a farm than females. As distributees of his personal estate he left three children - two sons, & a daughter, the intestate of the Deft. Wm. H. Foote. The said John Scott died intestate - no one has administered on his estate - his distributees were his two sons & daughter Anna.
      They, of course, had each a right to an undivided third part of the slaves left by John Scott, subject to the dower right of his wife until her death, which took place in the year 1795. The legal title after John Scott's death was not vested in any person; & if there was any division of his personal estate between his distributees it must have been a private one not reduced to writing & recorded - without proof of such actual division Anna Scott's interest in her Father's slaves was an undivided equitable one. If this be so, your oratrix is advised & she submits the question to the court whether the administrator of Anna Scott can claim any specific slave or slaves & the descendant of such separate from the other slaves & the descendant of such other slaves & whether he ought not to have brought his suit in equity & obtained by a decree of the Court of equity & actual & legal division of the personal property of John Scott.

      Your orator further states - if the private division between Anna Scott & her two brothers is such a one as to rest in her the legal title to one third of the negroes & other personal estate of her Father, John Scott, after the death of her mother, & of, course a legal title in her administrator, then it follows that a similar kind of division of Anna Scotts one thirds between David W. Scott & his brother Richard M. Scott, after the death of the said Anna, which took place in the year 1821, will be equally valid & rest in each of them a legal & absolute title to one moiety of the negroes she may have left.

      Contributed by Lowell Scott

      Husband: John SCOTT
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      Birth: abt 1732 Scotland
      Emigration: abt 1753 Glasgow, Scotland
      Death: 7 Oct 1792 "Farmington" Plantation, Centreville, Virginia
      Burial: aft 7 Oct 1792 Scott Family Cemetery, Centreville, Virginia
      Marriage: 1766 Allen's Fresh, Charles County, Maryland
      Marriage: Allen's Fresh, Charles County, Maryland

  • Sources 
    1. [S044760] Lowell Scott.

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