The major clue there was the listing of his parents:
Father Name: John ScottWorking my way back from there, I found more records for this whole Scott branch of the family. This week, we'll look at James and one of his sisters.
Father Birth Place: Ohio
Mother Name: Sarah Callion
Mother Birth Place: Ohio
James Scott (1832-1916)
When James Scott was born on November 18, 1832, in Milton Township, Richland County, Ohio, his father, John, was 34 and his mother, Sarah, was 24. Earlier that year Charles Darwin and the crew of HMS Beagle arrived in South America for the first time. That spring, in nearby Hiram, Ohio, just the other side of the state from Milton, a group of men beat, tarred and feathered Mormon leader Joseph Smith. And just a couple of weeks after James was born, Andrew Jackson was re-elected president of the United States.
When James was about seven years old, his father moved the family from Ohio to Winnebago County, Illinois, and he grew up on the farm in Harrison township. He married Charlotte "Lottie" Brown (1842–1935) in 1856.
Lottie was the middle child of nine born to Simon Brown (1807–1865) and Mary M Pickens (1808–1875). She was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois, just over the state line from St. Louis, Missouri, and many of her records place her birth in that state. Before the birth of her younger brother, John, the family relocated to Jefferson, in Green County, Wisconsin, which is about 30 miles west of the Rockford, Illinois, area.
They had three children in 12 years. James died on January 26, 1916, in Shirland, Illinois, having lived a long life of 83 years. Lottie died on June 16, 1935, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 93, and they were buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois.
I. Christopher Columbus Scott (1857–1947)
Grew up to be a farmer, and in 1879, at 22 years of age, he married Ellen Maria "Kitty" Putman (1861–1944), the daughter of Stephen C Putnam (1833–1879) and Susan Caroline Wheeler (1836–1889). Lum died on December 26, 1947, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 90, and Kitty died on May 3, 1944, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 83. Like his parents, Lum and Kitty were buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery.
II. Mary Scott (1860–1947)
Mary was born on June 29, 1860, in Harrison, Illinois, and she married Albert Taylor (1861–1939) in 1890. Albert was born in Rockton, Illinois, and his parents were John G Taylor (1828–1881) and Frances A Gleason (1838–1917).
The couple had only one daughter and lived in Shirland for many years. Albert died on June 9, 1939, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 77, and Mary died on April 12, 1947, in Shirland, Illinois, at the age of 86. They can be found buried together in the North Burritt Cemetery.
A. Charlotte B "Lottie" Taylor (1892–1959) married her second cousin, Walter Scott Wicks (1887–1969) around 1913. They were included in the previous post (Two Younger Siblings), but I'll repeat their biography here:
Walter and Lottie began their family in Burritt, before moving to Shirland, where they lived in 1920, and they eventually settled in Rockford. Walter worked as a harness maker up until the 1930s, when he began working as a painter.
Lottie died in 1959, and Walter survived her until his death on 27 February 1969. They were buried together in North Burritt Cemetery.
1. Guida Mae Wicks (1914–1978) married Martin M Studler (1902–1998) about 1933. He was the son of Adolph Studler (1877–1972) and Barbara Hengeler (1875–1912), who immigrated from Switzerland to Minnesota just before Martin's older sister was born in 1902.
a. LeRoy Walter Studler (1934-2000) was born on 6 May 1934, in Rockford, Illinois. He was married, and his wife presumedly survives him. He died on 26 August 2000, in his hometown at the age of 66.
III. William Scott (b. 1869)
Little is known about William. He appears in his family's census record in 1870, but not in the 1880 record. In the absence of other records, my guess is that he died during the 1870s, but until further evidence is found, his fate remains a mystery.
Sarah E. Scott (1836-1854)
Named after her mother, Sarah was the last child of John and Sarah Callin Scott born in Ohio before the family relocated. She was three years old when her sister was born in Michigan, and seven when her brother, Cyrus, was born in Harrison Township, Winnebago County, Illinois.
She died at age 18 and was buried in North Burritt Cemetery.
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It's the end of another year, now, and I feel like I've still got a long way to go before I can move on to the task of publishing all of the information I've gathered since 2015. Genealogy is one of those endeavors that always feels both limited and eternal.
For example, look at today's family - James and Lottie Scott. Consider that for all of the time and effort it took to prepare this post, there are really only 13 people named here, and half of those appeared in an earlier post because a pair of second cousins married.
But until the research is done, and all of the leads and threads are followed, the possibility that there could be dozens or hundreds more relatives unaccounted for. If William Scott survived childhood, and simply struck out on his own before 1880, there could be untold numbers of cousins out there waiting to be discovered.
I long ago accepted the fact that no matter how hard I try to "complete" the Callin Family History, it never really will be finished. People, and history, keep moving forward. Children grow, marry, and die - sometimes leaving more children behind. Sometimes not.
The lesson I take away from it all is that we are all family at some level, and we need to do our best to take care of each other - even if that just means documenting the fact that we were here.
Hope your holidays are happy ones, this year and into the future!