J.P. Scott Obituary & Tombstone

J.P.’s Obituary

John Pettigrew Scott, 73 in ill health for some time, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday (24 Jul 1938) of peritonitis, in his home in Idaho, near Shelocta. A son of Zacchariah T. and Margaret (Olinger) Scott, he was born January 21, 1865. He was a well-known thresherman.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna M. Scott and these children: Howard L. Scott of Shelocta, R.D.2; Frank T. Scott of Rural Valley, R.D.1; Mrs. Gladys M. Rose of Mineral Ridge, O.; Mrs. Ella G. Wingard of Yatesboro, R.D. and J. Paul Scott of Shelocta, R.D.1

J.P. Scott's Tombstone.

1. Obituary, “SCOTT,” The Indiana Weekly Messenger, 28 Jul 1938; digital images

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

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.