Misc. Information Scott, Seeley, Crichton

Misc. Information
Scott, Seeley, Crichton

Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns

Early Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky
(found at Ashland Ky. Library.)


Scot (note spelling) was originally an English name, the designation of one who came from Scotland. The English medieval records, especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, abound in such descriptions ___ scot and le escot. A name like Scot would naturally not originate in Scotland where all were Scots. The Scots of the Highlands originally came into Scotland from England where the family name was “Escot”.

The family was in England in very early times as shown by the Hundred Rolls which bear the names of:
Roger Le Scot, London 1273
Elias le Scot, Co. Salop, 1273
Walter Scot, Co. York, 1273
Johannes Scot, Co. Yorkshire, 1379.
Adam Scotte.

Several Scott families lived in Northeastern Kentucky in pioneer days. In Mason County, James Scott m. Margaret Simms, January 2, 1798, and Thomas Scott m. Mattie Ralston, February 26, 1799. David Scott and Thomas Scott were residents and heads of families in Greenup county in 1810 as shown by U. S. Census of that county for that year. James Scott and John Scot were tax-payers in Greenup County in 1811.

1. Captain Thomas Scott….

Then it listed Children among others; (of Capt. Thomas)…(wish she had named Uriah – at least she didn’t eliminate him just stated among others)

2. Robert Scott; moved to Ironton, Ohio and became connected with the Mt. Vernon Furnace in Lawrence County, that state. He purchased Laurel Furnace in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the 1860’s.

It goes on to list his (Robert’s) children ….
3. Thomas
4. Fannie m. Mr. Spears
5. Nannie m. Marshall Field of Chicago.
6. Jennie (was killed the week of the Scott-Field wedding by oil lamp explosion)
7. Nora
8. Rozzie
9. Harry

****according to this Uriah B. was not a son of this Robt. but could have been a brother.

Then it states:
Other Scott families lived in Greenup and Carter counties in pioneer days, some of whom apparently were children of or related to Capt. Thomas Scott, the pioneer, who settled near Grayson about 1808. 14. Richard Scott, farmer, b. in Pennsylvania about 1794; m. Mary —–, b. in Ireland, 1795.

I. R. Oct. 5, 1871 – Married. – SCOTT-KIRK – At the Court House in Ironton O., Sept. 27, 1871, by Thomas Golden, Mr. Richard Scott and Sarah Ann Kirk, both of Catlettsburg, Ky.

Uriah B. Scott married Rebecca Davis 17 Feb 1851 MA (need to find out which township that is in Scioto County – this is from the Scioto Co. Marriages 1803 – 1860 by Caryn Shoemaker & Betty J. Sisler Rudity).

The record for the marriage of Rebecca Davis and Uriah B. Scott consists only of a “marriage affidavit” on 17 February 1851 with no record of return. This would be a good indicator that they were not married, but not necessarily so, as often returns did not “return”. However, given that Uriah married later the same year AND there is record of the marriage of a Rebecca Davis (Not proven to be your Rebecca, but likely so) to William Burt in March of 1851 in Scioto County (Scioto Co., Ohio, marriage records, Book B, pp. 203-204), it appears the Scott/Davis marriage did not take place – for whatever reason.

Thanks Vern Paul for the above information.

So are these from the book Scioto Co. Marriages 1803 – 1860 by Caryn Shoemaker & Betty J. Sisler Rudity:
Robert Scott married Elisabeth Burt 12 Sept 1810 R A – 305

Perry Scott married Lucinda Bruner 28 Oct 1843 MA, R, B-51

From Ohio Marriages in Scioto Co. Courts through 1820 by Ohio Genealogical Society:

Robert Scott marr. Lucy England 14 Nov. 1815 MADI, A-17

Robert Scott marr. Elizabeth Frederick 16 Aug. 1820 MADI A – 50

Robert Scott marr. Elz’b Burt 12 Sept. 1820 Scio 2-28 (notice this has 1810 & 1820)

Death Certificate:

Last Name: SCOTT, First Name: WILLIAM, Middle Initial: ,
Date of Death: 05/03/17,
City: , County: SCIOTO, Volume: 2280, Certificate #: 35934, Code: 73,

Robert Scott married Elisabeth Burt 12 Sept 1810 R A – 305

Perry Scott married Lucinda Bruner 28 Oct 1843 MA, R, B-51

From Ohio Marriages in Scioto Co. Courts through 1820 by Ohio Genealogical Society:

Robert Scott marr. Lucy England 14 Nov. 1815 MADI, A-17

Robert Scott marr. Elizabeth Frederick 16 Aug. 1820 MADI A – 50

Robert Scott marr. Elz’b Burt 12 Sept. 1820 Scio 2-28 (notice this has 1810 & 1820)

I. R. Aug. 3, 1865 – Landon L. Keeney to Mary L. Scott – Marriage license issued during that time period.

I. R. Nov. 30, 1865 – Married on the 25th inst., by Rev. L. Hall, Mr. Abraham Scott of Jackson Co., Ohio, and Miss Mary Ann McCown, of Lawrence Co., O.

I. R. Dec. 17, 1866 – The largest steam cylinder ever manufactured in this place, was cast at Olive Foundry, last week. It is intended for the Old Mill, Scott, Campbell & Co., and measures 8 feet 6 inches in length by 30 inches in diameter. The weight is 3 1/2 tons. The moulding is perfect in every respect.

I. R. Nov. 29, 1860 – Died at Hanging Rock, Nov. 18th at the residence of her sister (Mrs. Rodgers), Miss Eliza Scott, in the 42nd year of her age.

I. R. May 16, 1861 – Roll of Co. E. Lawrence Guards, 18th Reg. – Pvt. Charles E. Scott

I. R – Ironton Register
SWI – Semi Weekly Irontonian
MI – Morning Irontonian

The following obituaries can be found in the Hamner Room of the Briggs Library or contact Peggy Wells for instructions on obtaining a hard copy.

Scott, Mrs. Anna 6 & 13 May 1909 I. R.
Mrs. Adalaide 24 Mar 1910 (2) I. R.
Mrs. Sarah E. 5 Jan. 1916 I. R.
Mrs. Almira 2 Mar. 1916 I. R.
Mrs. Ernest 2 Nov. 1906 SWI
Samuel 4 May 1906 (2) SWI
James 6 Oct. 1908 SWI
Mrs. Wiley E. 15 & 18 Dec. 1908 SWI
J. B. 27 Sept. 1907 S.W.I
Mrs. Elizabeth 14 Feb. 1908 M. I.
Cyrus 3 & 6 (2) Dec. 1912 M. I.
DIED. SCOTT. – Feb. 12th, 1871, at his home near Grayson, Carter County, Ky., Capt. Thomas Scott, in the 92nd year of his age.

Capt. Scott was born in Pennsylvania, and when but a small boy, was brought to Kentucky by his father, David Scott, who descended the Ohio River with his family in a flat-boat, landing at Limestone, Ky., (now Maysville,) where they met with Simon Kenton and others of the early pioneers of Ky. From Limestone, David Scott moved with his family to appoint where the city of Lexington now stands, and while living there Capt. Scott, then but a boy, assisted in nailing the roof on the first houses built in Lexington. Shortly after Capt. Scott arrived at twenty-one, his father, David Scott, died, and he became his father’s administrator, and after closing up his business as such, married Miss Elizabeth Bome, a lady of rare accomplishments and a member of one of the best families in Kentucky. Shortly after his marriage, Capt. Scott removed to his present home in Carter county, and engaged himself in making and shipping, by wagon and on horseback, overland, salt, to Lexington and other points in the interior of Kentucky.

In 1808, Capt. Scott cleared away the forest and raised a crop of corn on the ground where the town of Grayson now stands. On the organization of Carter county, Capt. Scott was one of the organizers, and for many years was magistrate and twice sheriff of said county under the 2nd Constitution of Kentucky. Capt. Scott remembers the early incidents of his life and the settlement of Kentucky, down to his late illness. When last at my house, he spoke of his trip down the Ohio in the flat-boat, in connection with his recent visit to his son’s (Robert Scott) in Ironton, Ohio, and said it looked so strange that where he saw a wilderness inhabited by hostile Indians, when a boy, there was now large cities, railroads, &c. Where then the hoot of the owl and the howl of the wolf broke the stillness of a vast wilderness; now the sound of the steam whistle and buzz of machinery attest the progress of civilization during his life. – E. B. Wilhoit, in Big Sandy Herald.

Carter county borders Boyd county Kentucky. Boyd county is the first county as you cross the Ashland – Ironton bridge. Grayson is about 30-45 miles from Ironton. Early Court Records of Scioto – (pronounced Sigh O ta) – Vol. 1 Elizabeth Scott died 11 May 1857 40 yr. Pb & Pd (pb=place birth, pd= place death)
Harrisonville. died of consumption, married, parents – George Eikards.

Phillip Scott died 11 May 1868; age 23 y Pb& Pd Portsmouth, Scioto Co.

Phillip Scott, died 10 May 1868, 23y5m23d Pd: Portsmouth, Scioto Co.; Pb – Germany – occup. watchmaker

S. C. Scott died 20 Aug. 1870; 71 y., Pd – Portsmouth, wid. (widow/er) PB Va; debility.

Nancy Scott married Edward Corn on 6 May 1813.

William Scott married Hannah Baker – Upper Tp. 15 Jan. 1807

Alford Scott married Cornelia Price (over 17) consent of her father, John Price, 13 Dec. 1859.

Robert SCOTT
22 Sep 1809 near Paris, KY

Catherine GARRETT
22 Jul 1814


1Nannie Douglas SCOTT (married Marshal Field)
2Alice SCOTT
3-Frances SCOTT
4-Jennie M. SCOTT
5George Thornton SCOTT
6-Daughter SCOTT
7-Nora SCOTT
8-Harry G. SCOTT
9-Rosa R. SCOTT

I.R. May 22, 1890 – Robert Scott has been dangerously sick for several days. His daughter, Mrs. Marshal Field, of Chicago, is here in attendance upon him.


Last Saturday evening at 5 o’clock Robert Scott died in Ironton, and on Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, Thomas W. Means expired in Ashland. What vivid reminiscences do these names call up! How much of the past of Lawrence county is mingled in their lives!

Robert Scott was born near Paris, Ky., September 22, 1809. While yet a young man, he became interested in the iron business and was connected with several furnaces across the river. He made iron in the old fashioned forge and built furnaces to increase the product. In 1838, he was married to Catherine Garrett, who survives him. In 1850, he left the Kentucky furnaces and came to Ohio, settling first at Ohio furnace and then at Mt. Vernon furnace, which he owned and managed for 27 years. During his career at Mt. Vernon furnace, the iron business of this county monopolized all attention, and Mt. Vernon was one of the leading furnaces, financially and socially. Mr. Scott’s home at Mt. Vernon was a social center, and the furnace constantly in blast and making money sustained as hospitable a mansion as was known in all southern Ohio.

Happy were those old furnace days, that mingled business and social delights on all occasions. At all the furnaces, the managers, clerks, storekeepers, and school teachers formed social centers to which Ironton bowed in humble admiration. In the front of this gentle regime, Mt. Vernon, with Mr. Scott’s whole-souled family, stood. Himself a mild and quiet man, pleased with happiness of others, gave cordial welcome to all comers. He was a man of most equable manners, considerate in the highest degree, and just in every phase of life. In what pleasant retrospection do the people of those days indulge; and how quick now to drop a tear, over the fact that one, who figured so quietly, and yet so conspicuously then, is no more.

In 1867, Mr. Scott moved to Ironton and took charge of the Ironton Rolling Mill, but that institution kept up its reputation by doing a failing business, and so in a few years, Mr. Scott retired and has been quietly living in town ever since. For a year or more his health has been failing, and gradually he has been descending to the dark river, which he reached last Saturday.

There were ten children in this family, six of whom are still living. There were at the funeral – George, Harry and Miss Nora, the latter arriving from New York on Monday evening. Mrs. Field was with a sick daughter in the East and could not leave her.

The funeral took place at the residence on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Rev. E. E. Moran officiating, who preached a very strong gospel sermon. the Male Quartette, Messrs, Bird, Lewis, Davis and Otten, furnished the music. Their singing was very impressive. The remains were then taken to Woodland, followed by a long line of carriages. The pallbearers were H. S. Neal, W. N. McGugin, E. C. Sloan, W. W. Prichard, D. Nixon and T. T. Johnson.

I.R. Jan. 16, 1896 – DIED – Last Monday evening, Joseph Scott, a well known colored man of Ironton, died. He had been sick with asthma and other troubles for some time. His age was about 60. He came to Ironton in 1861, and has lived at Mt. Vernon furnace or here ever since. He was born near Grayson, Ky.

He was a slave, and belonged to the father of the late Robert Scott, who gave him, when a boy, to his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Scott. “Joe” followed them to Ohio, and has ever since lived near them, and has always been a beneficiary of their bounty. When Bob Ingersoll spoke in Ironton, the platform fell and Joe’s leg was crushed beneath the timbers. He suffered a great deal from the injury.

Joe was a well-known character; he was full of humor and popular with every body. For many years he seemed like a old man, and yet he was only 60 years of age.

I. R. April 23, 1891 – Good-Bye. – Last Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Geo. T. Scott and family took their departure to Glasgow, Va., which place they will make their future home. For two or three weeks, however, and until their residence is completed, they will occupy rooms at the Natural Bridge, which is only five miles from Glasgow. The road connecting these two places is a good one, and Mr. Scott will drive to Glasgow in the morning and return in the evening. We chronicle the departure of these excellent people with deep regret. For many years Mr. Scott has been a prominent and important factor in the business affairs of Ironton and enjoyed the universal respect and confidence of the people. He has seen fit to cast his lot elsewhere, and he can go feeling assured that he carries away the good wishes of everybody for his health and happiness. Mrs. Scott, will, also, be missed in social and religious circles where her strong, healthful influence has been a profit and a delight. Prosperity and joy be with you both, and with your splendid family, is the wish of the Register. Miss Emily Johnson will go with them and remain for awhile, as a teacher in the family and to assist Miss Lizzie in her studies for college.

I. R. Sept. 26, 1895 – Mrs. G. T. Scott was in Ironton last week, and returned to Columbus, Saturday. Mr. Scott is engaged there in business.

I. R. Sept. 26, 1896 – Miss Jessie Scott spent a few days of last week at Gallipolis.


I. R. Jan. 24, 1901 – Mrs. Nellie Birch Seeley of Dayton, Ohio, is the guest of her mother and friends here.

I. R. Feb. 10, 1887 B. Seeley and his son Lamar, were in town this week. Lamar came back from the Pacific coast last November.
Seely, Boudinot 4 Aug. 1910
, Albert 6 Oct. 1910

I. R. Feb. 7, 1861 – Died on Wed., Jan. 30th at Buckhorn Furnace, Mr. James Crichton, in the 37th year of his age. Mr. Crichton was a native of Perthshire, Scotland, but came to this county some 28 years ago. For ten years past he has resided at Buckhorn furnace, of which he was one of the proprietors, and has been identified with the iron business of this region. He occupied a high position as a business man – of sterling integrity, possessed of a general nature, fine social qualities, and very general attainments, had had endeared himself to all who knew him, and his loss will be deeply felt by an extended circle of acquaintances, and more especially by relations, and those more intimately (there’s that word again) associated with him in business.

Martha gave me an index from a book titled “Oregon’s Iron Dream”, a story of Old Oswego and the Proposed Iron Empire of the West, by Mary Goodall. Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Ore. Copyright, 1958, by Oswego Friends of the Library. I’d love to see if I can get that on interlibrary loan. Ethel only sent the Index ….

Crichton, Ernest W. p. 47, 49, 88
Scott, Richard p. 125
Scott, J. W 126
Scott, Thos. (Bishop) 100
Scott, Winfield (Gen) 103
(no Uri)
Seeley, Boudinot p. 106
Seeley, E. A. 88
Seeley, Lamar B. 47, 88

I. R. Aug. 23, 1860 Married – In Painesville, Lake Co., O., on August 16th, by Rev. N. P. Bailey, James Crichton of Buckhorn Furnace, and Miss Libbie Seeley, youngest daughter of Hon. Uri. Seeley, of the former place.

Ironton Register, 4th August, 1910 – Thursday.

Concerning the death of Mr. Seeley, former resident of this county, who died several days ago at Portland, Ore., The Morning Oregonian of that city, has the following:

“Boudinot Seeley, who died in this city Saturday night, was one of the pioneer captains of industry in the great coal and iron regions of Ohio. Long before the word had ever heard of Andrew Carnegie, H. C. Frick or any of the modern steel and iron kings, or before the Lake ore region had been discovered, Mr. Seeley, was making charcoal iron and shipping it down the Ohio River to St. Louis and other early manufacturing centers.

Boudinot Seeley was born on a farm in Ohio in 1822. He left the farm and located himself at Buckhorn Furnace, Ohio (this is in Lawrence Co. – smh) in 1843, and became one of the first successful pig iron manufacturers in the Ohio Valley. He was so successful in that industry that he retired with a fortune in 1869. Before and during the Civil War he took an active part in politics and was the personal friend and associate of such noted abolitionists as the late Gideon Wells, Joshua Giddings, Ben Wade, Salmon P. Chase and other famous leaders of the day.

While Mr. Seeley was engaged in the iron trade his eldest son, L. B. Seeley came to Portland and took charge of the works. He was followed a year later by Mr. Crichton. Soon afterward Captain U. B. Scott, who had been engaged in manufacturing AXES at Ironton, Ohio, and had been an intimate friend of the Seeleys came to Oregon, and became associated with the Seeleys and Crichton in the steamboat business. In building and operating the steamers, Ohio, Fleetwood, Telephone, Flyer and other famous craft, these men made much transportation history in the Pacific Northwest.

Boudinot Seeley came to Oregon in 1893 to visit his children and look over the investments made in this new country. He was accompanied by his wife and intended to stay a month, but they decided to make it their home here.

They celebrated their golden wedding at Flavel, Or., in 1898 with all of their six children present. Mrs. Seeley died in 1904, and since that time Mr. Seeley had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Anna Bernard.

The surviving children are Mrs. A. H. Tuttle, wife of Professor Tuttle, of the University of Virginia; L. B. Seeley and Mrs. Anna Bernard, of this city; Uri Seeley, of Seattle; E. A. Seeley, of the City of Mexico, and Orville W. Seeley, of Austinburg, O. Ever since his arrival in Oregon, Mr. Seeley has taken an active interest in the development of the country. The funeral will be held at the Crematorium at 3 o’clock today.

Ethel Haines submitted the following about our Lawrence County people in Oregon.

Would like to hear about your research. My husband’s father and g-father, both John C. Haines, were early pioneers as well as his grandmother Worthington. A lot of interesting things happened in Oswego.

In Their Own Words — Reminiscences of early Oswego, Oregon” published by the Oswego Public Library years ago. Found no mention of Scott but pp 100-101 under 1880s Iron Age has something on Seeley and Crichton:

“In Cleveland’s first administration the tariff on iron had been lowered. The old furnace began to lose money. The owners of the furnace thought it was the wastefulness of the old furnace so they’d have a new one built. Harrison defeated Cleveland; the tariff went up a bit. Just as the new furnace was well started, Cleveland came into office again lowered to almost nothing.

…..The owners, E. W. Chrichton and L. B. Seeley, had been losing heavily over a period of years. They had mortgaged this Oswego property up to the hilt, and couldn’t meet the interest……Out of almost a blue sky for most people….everything came to a sudden stop……everything folded up. (1894)….”

I. R. Sept. 30, 1858 – The Cincinnati Commercial learns that Dr. Scott (formerly of Ironton) has bought the Lebanon (Warren Co.) Star; and that Mr. Denny, late of the Star, is about to become a proprietor of the Dayton Gazette. The Star is of the oldest and best papers in the State.

I. R. Dec. 30, 1858 – Died. – On Friday, December 24, Mrs. Ruby K. W. Chrichton, wife of James Crichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, aged 32 years. She had been seriously afflicted, physically and mentally, for many years, and for the last two years had been suffering from paralysis, depriving her of the power of speech. By signs she indicated that she felt herself fully prepared, and longed for a brighter and better world, looking forward to death as a sweet release from all her sufferings, which she bore patiently. She had been an exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for about fifteen years.

I. R. Feb. 10, 1859 – Married. – On the 26th of January, 1859, in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, Mr. Orrin B. Gould, of Franklin Furnace, and Mrs. Lavinia S. Willard, daughter of Uri Seeley, of Painesville. (she must have been a widow).

I. R. May 26, 1859 – James Crichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, left on Monday of this week for New York, bound for Scotland. He will be gone several months, and his “troops of friends,” including the Ironton Register will most heartily wish him a pleasant trip, and a safe return.

I. R. June 16, 1859 – Our friend James Chrichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, sailed from New York for Glasgow, Scotland, on the steamship City of Edinburgh, June 1st. After being out several days the steamship struck an iceburg in a dense fog, and came near “going to the bottom.” This, we believe, was on Monday, June 6th. Dispatch from St. Johns, Newfoundland, June 8th says:

“The steamship Edinburg, from New York for Glasgow, put in here yesterday, with two compartments full of water, having struck an iceberg on Monday, in a dense fog. It was only by the most vigorous exertions of the crew and all the passengers, and the constant working of the pumps, that she was kept from sinking and enabled to reach this port. At one time her position was so perilous, that all the boats were lowered and provisioned, and the passengers allotted by lists to the several boats, they expecting every moment to be obliged to leave the steamer. All the passengers and crew are safe.” The vessel was probably speedily repaired, so as to proceed on her voyage.

I. R. Aug. 18, 1859 – Married – At Portsmouth, Ohio, August 10th, at the residence of George Waller, Esq., Mr. Robert Sims to Miss Julia Crichton, all of that city.

I. R. Oct. 6, 1859 – Died – On September 29th, in Portsmouth, Andrew Crichton, a native of Scotland, and formerly of the firm Shackleford & Crichton, Druggists, aged about 45.

I. R. Feb. 2, 1860 – Died – On the 21st of January, 1860, at Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, little Johnny, only son of Dr. James and Hannah A. Scott, aged 4 years.

I.R. July 3, 1879 – Mr. Lewis Campbell has returned from Portland, Oregon, where he has been engaged in “blowing” the furnaces owned by Lamar Seeley, Erni Creighton and others. Mr. Campbell’s account of affairs out in the left-hand corner of our glorious republic is not calculated to make one dissatisfied with his surroundings.

I. R. Aug. 14, 1879 – Robert Scott will move from Laurel some time this Fall. Joshua Kelly, the owner of the property, will devote the lands to stock raising unless pig iron advances to a provoking rate.