Biography of James R. Scott of Center Township

James R. Scott, a prominent agriculturist in Center Township, Dade County, Missouri, was born in 1847. He is the son of Emerson C. and Amanda (Tucker) Scott. His grandfather, Richard Scott, originally from Kentucky, died in Dade County in 1858. Emerson C. Scott, who settled in Missouri at twenty-two, pre-empted 300 acres and was tragically killed in 1863. Amanda Scott, born in Tennessee in 1822, raised eight children. James married Sarah C. Studdard in 1873, and they have one child, William E. Scott. James owns ninety-three acres of the family homestead, is a Democrat, a Mason, and a Cumberland Presbyterian.

James R. Scott, a prominent agriculturist of Center Township, residing four miles northeast of Greenfield, was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1847, and is the son of Emerson C. and Amanda (Tucker) Scott. Richard Scott, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Kentucky and died in Dade County, Mo., in 1858, at the age of seventy-five years. Emerson C. Scott came to Missouri at the age of twenty-two years and was married in 1845 to Miss Tucker. He pre-empted 300 acres in Section 3, Township 26, Range 26, where he located and where he passed his life. He was killed, after night, in his own house, in June 1863, two men committing the dastardly deed. Amanda (Tucker) Scott was born in Middle Tennessee, December 10, 1822, and is the daughter of James and Catherine Tucker, who were residents of Dade County, Mo., in Center Township. Mrs. Scott is still living and is the mother of eight children: Narcissa C., born in 1846, the wife of J. J. Winkle; James R., Alexander Hamilton, Albert H., William E., Oliver P., Sterling Price, and Emerson C. James R., the eldest son, was reared and grew to manhood on a farm. In 1873 he married Miss Sarah C. Studdard, a native of McMinn County, Tenn., born in 1853, and the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Harleson) Studdard, of Dade County, Mo., the former born in 1793, and the mother in 1812, in North Carolina. They died in 1857 and 1882, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are the parents of one child, William E. Scott. Mr. Scott resides on a portion of the old homestead and is the owner of ninety-three acres. He is a Democrat politically, casting his first presidential vote for Seymour in 1868. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Washington Lodge, at Greenfield. He and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his mother is also a member of the same church.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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