J.P. Scott Family Pictures

The first picture is from 1921. From l-r: Royden B. Scott, Viola Lawton Scott, J.P., Anna Beatty Scott, Frank Scott, Margaret Olinger Scott (J.P.’s mother).

J.P. Scott Family 1921.

One of my favorite pictures. From the Scott Family Fourth of July picnic 1938. Seated: J.P. and Anna. Standing l-r: Frank Scott, Viola Lawton Scott George, James D. George, Gladys Scott Cessna Rose, Wade Rose, Howard Scott, Blanche Altmam Scott, Ella Scott Wingard, Willard Wingard.

J.P. Scott Family 4 July 1938.

I will discuss Anna Mary Beatty Scott in a separate post covering the Beatty line.

John Pettigrew Scott

Moving back one generation from Robert Clare to his father John Pettigrew Scott.

John Pettigrew Scott was born 21 Jan 1865 in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.1 He was the oldest son of Zachariah T. Scott and Margaret Olinger. I have been searching for the reason for his middle name, but while I have theories, I haven’t been able to nail it down.

J.P., as his family called him, spent his entire life in Armstrong County. He married Anna Mary Beatty (1872-1950) on 11 June 1890 in Elderton.2 Anna Mary Beatty is the daughter of an unknown father and Nancy J. Beatty. Nancy J. Beatty married Peter K. Shaffer after the birth of Anna M. Hold your mail – I’ll have more on Anna and the Beatty and Shaffer families in later posts!

J.P. and Anna had six children. I have put up J.P.’s family group sheet.

Robert Clare Scott (1890-1932) m. Viola Cynthia Lawton (1895-1969)
Howard Lee Scott (1892-1943) m. Blanche Elizabeth Altman (1893-1950)
Frank T. (Ben) Scott (1898-1972) m. Margaret Amelia Russell (1901-1925)
Gladys Marie Scott (1901-1961) m. Richard William Cessna (1898-1925) m. Wade Henry Rose Sr. (1885-1967)
Ella Grace Scott (1908-1943) m. Willard Ray Wingard (1906-2001)
Paul John Scott (1914-1977) m. Marion Larue Hill (1920-)

I am looking for information about Frank T. Scott – what does the T. stand for? I have been told it stands for Taylor. I’m also looking for information about why he was known as Ben to his family. It is my understanding there was a second marriage for Frank to Ann Lind, but I have no information on Ann. If anyone can help with information on this please contact me.



1. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 61021 (1938), John Pettigrew Scott; Division of Vital Records, New Castle, Pennsylvania.
2. Armstrong, Pennsylvania, Marriage Books, Book 5: Page 183, #1616, John P. Scott-Anna M. Beatty, 1890; Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittaning.

Robert Clare Scott Obit

Notice the error in the spelling of the middle name from Clare to Clair and the death date is in error – it should be Sept 12.

Obituary 14 September 1932

ROBERT CLAIR SCOTT
A sufferer from endocarditis, Robert Clair Scott, aged 42, son of John P. and Annie Beatty Scott, died at his home in Plumcreek township, Armstrong county, Shelocta, R.D.2, at 1:40 p.m., Monday, Sept 15. He was a truck driver and well and favorably known in his community. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Viola Lawton Scott; one son, Blair Scott; his parents; three brothers; Howard L. Scott, West Lebanon, Frank T. Scott, Sagamore and Paul Scott, Shelocta, R. D. and two sisters, Mrs. Gladys M. Rose of Mineral Ridge, O., and Mrs. Willard Wingard of Yatesboro. Funeral services will be conducted in the Elderton United Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m., Thursday and burial will be in Elderton cemetery.1

Robert Scott Tombstone Elderton Cemetery



1. Obituary, “Robert C. Scott,” The Indiana Evening Gazette, 14 Sep 1932; digital images.

Robert Scott Family Picture

Two pictures of Bob, Viola, and Blair

Bob Scott Family about 1919

Bob Scott Family about 1924

More Bob Scott Photos

Bob and Viola’s Wedding 22 September 1915

Robert Clare Scott and Viola Lawton

Marriage Certificate

Robert Clare Scott

The Scott line is actually one of the shorter ones in Scotty’s family tree. Beginning with Robert (Bob) Scott the Scott line is only verified back three more generations. I say verified because I’m still working on past generations. The women have actually been easier to work on in some ways then the men – that’s not normal in genealogy!

Robert Clare Scott was born on 5 May 1891 in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.1 [Yes, I’m aware his death record and tombstone say 1890, but his marriage record and early census record place his birth in 1891, well after his parents 1890 marriage.] Bob is the oldest son of John Pettigrew Scott and Anna Mary Beatty (aka Anna M. Shaffer – more on that later). I have seen some records that state he was born in Elderton, but I’m comfortable with Plumcreek Township as the appropriate location since this is what he declares on his marriage application.

Bob was apparently a bright young man and a hard worker. According to a 29 July 1908 news article, he was hired as a teacher at the Concord School in Concord.2 Concord was a small community above Gastown and is no longer in existence. Keystone Lake was created in the 1960s and it covered the small community.

On 9 May 1910 he is enumerated with his parents and siblings on his father’s farm and lists his occupation as a farm laborer.3 He was still teaching school, but as with many teachers of the day, he worked at other jobs to make ends meet.

Bob married Viola Cynthia Lawton on 22 September 1915 in Shelocta, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.4 Viola was the oldest daughter of Elmon Grant Lawton and Mary Etta Pickle. I will address Viola and her family when I post on the Lawton line in the future. One of the more interesting side facts about Bob and Viola’s story is that Viola had been one of Bob’s students when he taught at Concord School. The 1911/12 school year souvenir shows both of them along with several of Viola’s Lawton siblings.

Their only child Royden Blair Scott was born on 9 April 1917 in Elderton, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.5

Blair told me that his father had a known heart condition and while he helped out during threshing season, he had been told that heavy labor was dangerous to him. This was part of the reason to become a teacher and also to take on some of the other jobs he had later in life.

Robert Clare Scott & Students



1. Pennsylvania. Armstrong County. Marriage Licenses & Applications. Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittaning.
2. “Teachers Chosen,” The Indiana Weekly Messenger, 29 Jul 1908; digital images.
3. 1910 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Plumcreek Twp., enumeration district (ED) 37, p. 9B, dwelling 185; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1310
4. Armstrong, Pennsylvania, Marriage Books, Book 25: page 521, Robert Clare Scott-Viola C. Lawton, 22 Sep 1915; Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittaning.
5. Pennsylvania Department of Health, birth certificate 67695 (9 Apr 1917), Royden Blair Scott; Department of Health, New Castle, Pennsylvania.

The Lawton and Pickle Page

The first of Scotty’s family pages is now up. This was the family that hooked me on genealogy and writing about family history. I saw a picture that included Cynthia Viola Lawton, Mary Etta Pickle Lawton, and John Pickle, and I had an epiphany. My father-in-law knew his great-grandfather well and had in fact spent the first 12 summers of his life on John Pickle’s farm. I was able to talk to a man that actually knew someone who fought in the Civil War and lost part of his arm at the Battle of the Wilderness.

The newest research in this line actually centers around Mary Mitchell, John Pickle’s mother. The family of Robert Mitchell and Jane Smith of Armstrong Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, is proving to be tough to sort out. There are several Mitchell families in the area and the time period is pre-1850 so there is quite a tangle and not as many online records as I’d like.

The other area of work needed is on the family of Margaret Jamison born 1842, whose parents appear to be Archibald Jamison and Hannah Thomas. Margaret Jamison is the mother of Elmon Grant Lawton and wife of Stephen C. Lawton. Stay tuned – this going to be another tangled line.