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BIOGRAPHY: David Scott April 5, 1803

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(April 5, 1803- August 8, 1868)

Perry, Tuscaloosa/Tuskaloosa, and Bibb County, Alabama.

David Scott, merchant and manufacturer, was born April 5, 1793, at Turkey Creek, York District, S. C., and died August 8, 1868, at Scottsville, Bibb County; son of James and Jane Scott, immigrants from Scotland, via Ireland, who settled in South Carolina, 1789, and in 1817 removed to Perry County.

The Scotts were of Scotch origin of the same family as Sir Walter Scott, the American branch going first into Ireland as dissenters from the Church of England and becoming linen manufacturers. James Scott immigrated to South Carolina and located in Tuscaloosa, April 1817.

David Scott was educated in the common schools of South Carolina and Alabama.

He moved to Tuscaloosa “in 1822, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Tuskaloosa, in 1830, or about the time he was married”1 to his first wife, Stella Houghton.

About 1834, David Scott began merchandising in Tuscaloosa and later built a cotton mill and manufactured cotton goods.

He removed to Bibb County and built a cotton mill around which sprang up the village of Scottsville, where he lived and died. This mill was in active operation when burned, with many bales of cotton, by Wilson’s raiders, 1865.

He held no public offices, save county commissioner. He was an old-line Whig; and a Methodist.

Scott married 1st August 10, 1830, in Tuscaloosa, to Stella Houghton, daughter of William and Marilla (Clay) Houghton, of Putney, Vermont., the former, a brother of H. D. Houghton, founder of the Riverside press, and the firm of Houghton Mifflin & Co., publishers.

There is a romantic story of how Stella and David Scott met.

“A Board of Trustees contracted with Miss Houghton to take charge of a Seminary of learning in that town, and in obedience to and in furtherance of the objects of the contract existing she came to Tuskaloosa. The journey from her home in the far-off north to Mobile was made by sea. The Board of Trustees of the Academy at Tuskaloosa delegated one of their number, Mr. David Scott, a confirmed bachelor, adjudged by the number of years he had spent in that state, to proceed to Mobile and to accompany from there to Tuskaloosa the lady who was coming to take charge of their school. Mr. Scott performed the task assigned him.

On a pleasant steamer, the trip was made. Miss Houghton took charge of the unpretentious school by the Black Warrior Falls. But the sequel of that journey from Mobile to Tuskaloosa is yet to tell. Between David Scott and Stella Houghton there was attachment and love at once, courtship immediately ensued, and before the year was out they stood together devotees at the altar of Hymeneus, and were bound with the nuptial chain. Henceforth they were one, henceforth she was Mrs. Stella Scott, and henceforth that Church at Tuskaloosa.”2

Children: by first wife, Stella:

  • Harriet Cornelia Scott, m. Bishop Robert K. Hargrove;
  • (twin) Jane Marilla Scott, m. John Wesley McConnell, of Scottsville,
  • (twin) William James Scott
  • Mary Vincent Scott, m. Col. John Jones;
  • Abby Maria Scott, m. Dr. W. J. Vaughan, of Nashville;
  • Stella Houghton Scott, m. Prof. Arthur Gilman of Harvard

Married 2nd January 13, 1847, at Elyton, to Mary Elizabeth Marshall, daughter of Francis and Eliza (Howie) Marshall, of New Kent, Va.;

Children by the second wife:

  • David Marshall Scott, m. Lillie Norris
  • Ella Summers Scott, m. F. C. Herrick of Nashville;
  • Margaret Ann Eliza Scott, artist, of Nashville;
  • Mary Marshall Scott, teacher.

Married 3rd to Mrs. Eliza Van Slyke, of Wetumpka.

His last known residence was, Scottsville, Bibb County, Alabama. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

1West, Anson, A History of Methodism in Alabama, Publishing house, Methodist Episcopal church, South, Barbee & Smith, agents, 1893

2West, Anson, A History of Methodism in Alabama, Publishing house, Methodist Episcopal church, South, Barbee & Smith, agents, 1893


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