History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 592
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I92 HiSTORY OF TEA S
are: Vivia Eva, Louisa Adeline, Clara, James
Kenn'ird, Grace, Alma, John, Cecil Homer,
Robert Aubrey and Susie.
Mr. Scott has not wandered far from the
scenes of his youth and many of his relatives,
brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, live in
this general section of the State. The following
facts respecting his family history will
form a suitable close to this brief sketch of
His father, James Scott, was a native of
Georgia, where he was born June 19, 1804,
and where he was also reared. He was a
lawyer by profession; settled at Savannah,
Hardin county, Tennessee, when a young
man and was for a number of years engaged
in the practice of the law at that place, attaining
some distinction and becoming Judge
of the judicial district in which he lived. He
abandoned the law after coming to Texas on
account of the condition of his eyes and subsequently
followed farming and stock raising.
He met with moderately good success;
lived an upright life and died in the enjoyment
of the esteem of those by whom he was
surrounded. He had had very good educational
advantages in his youth and amassed
by reading and observation considerable information.
In his younger years he was active
in politics, at all times a man of strict
morality and temperate habits. He died at
his home in Lee county, in December, 1889.
Mr. Scotts' mother bore the maiden name
of Adeline Moore McGinnis. She was a
daughter of Christopher H. McGinnis and
was born in Hardin county, Tennessee. She
is still living being a resident of Lexington,
Lee county, this State.
Ten children were born to James and Adeline
(Moore) Scott, of whom John the subject
of this notice was the third in age. ~The
others were: Jerome, who died in infancy;
Martha, the wife of Newton J. Russell, of
Stephens county, Texas; Zenobia, the wife of
Lock K. Billingsley living near Pearsall,
Frio county, this State; Eliza, the wife of
Virgil Waldrop of Stephens county; James
P., of Dallas; Alonzo, who died young;
Fannie, the wife of Yoakum Campbell, of
Los Angeles, California; May, thie wife of
William G. Warren, of Lee county; and
Mittie, the widow of J. R. McKnight, of
Lexington, Lee county.
The religious connection of Mr. Scott's
people is generally with the Christian Church
and in politics they have been Democrats
from time whereof the memory of man
ruineth not to the contrary. Mr. Scott adtieres
to the traditions of the family in political
matters but has never been a member of
any church organization. He believes however
in religious influences and good schools
and libraries and all the other humanizing,
civilizing and christianizing factors it is possible
to have in a community. He belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows in which
he has held most of the offices in the subordinate
lodge, and also to the Knights of
Honor in which he has filled all offices up to
and including that of Vice-Dictator.
B) T. DENNIS, one of the leading farmers
and business men of Williamson
county, is a son of John and Sarah
(Hood) Dennis. The grandfather of our subject,
Allen Dennis, was a prominent farmer
in East Tennessee, and was one of the leading
men in public affairs in McMinn county,
that State. The Hoods are also an old Tennessee
family, the grandfather, Robert Hood,
having passed his life in Polk county. - John
Dennis was born and raised in McMinn
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