JOSEPH SCOTT, one of the pioneers of Labette county, Kansas, is now living a retired life at Altamont. He settled in the county in 1869, and was engaged in farming in Fairview township until 1900, when he retired from active work. Mr. Scott was born in Atlantic county, New Jersey, in 1827, and is a son of Joseph and Amelia (Folk) Scott.
Joseph Scott, Sr., was born in the city of Philadelphia, and was a tailor by trade. This occupation he followed until his death at the early age of thirty-five years. His wife died at the age of seventy-two years. They reared five children, as follows: George, Mary (Depety), and Jane, deceased; Joseph; and Harmon, of Mound Valley, Kansas.
Joseph Scott left Atlantic county, New Jersey, in 1833, and went to Wabash county, Illinois, where he was reared and schooled. He began farming in that county, and followed it there until 1869. He enlisted in Company K, 13oth Reg., Ill. Vol. Inf., in 1862, at Marshall, Illinois. He enlisted as a corporal, and was mustered out as a sergeant at Springfield, Illinois, July 7, 1865. He was in General Grant's Army of the Mississippi, and was at Vicksburg, and on the Red River expedition. He was taken prisoner on April 8, 1863, at Sabine Cross Roads, Louisiana, held captive at Tyler, Texas, thirteen and a half months, and exchanged soon after the close of the war. He then returned to his home in Clark county, Illinois, and there followed farming until 1869, when he sold out and moved to Kansas. He settled in the southeast quarter of section 1, Fairview township, Labette county, and lived upon this land until 1900, when he sold it and located in the city of Altamont, where he now resides.
Mr. Scott married Hannah Rice, a native of Kentucky, who died in 1897, having given birth to the following children: Amelia, wife of J. Blizzard, of Joplin, Missouri, by whom she has five children, Whitlock, Joseph, Thomas, Benjamin and Benton; Lincoln, who married Carrie Farley, and has two children, Alva and Ethel; Ann E., wife of L. Collins, of Oswego, Kansas, and mother of three children, - Lottie, deceased, Edith, and Ollie; and James; and Fred, of Oswego, Kansas. Mr. Scott married Margaret Drumond, in 1899. He is a member of Topping Post, No. 268, G. A. R.; and belongs to the Anti-Horsethief Association. He is a strong Republican in politics, and has served two terms as justice of the peace. The family belong to the Methodist church.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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