A good night sleep and a few days away from the problem does wonders. Renewed and ready to tackle my genealogy problem, I started by looking for George #1’s marriage in different locations. I looked online at Family Search Wiki for Livingston County vital records. I checked Livingston County, Illinois for historical and genealogical societies that might have information. That led to an online Illinois Statewide Marriage Index at the Illinois State Archives. Unfortunately, George W. Scott and Mary Dronenberg were not there. I did find Mary’s sister listed, so at least I knew they were in the same area.
Next I looked on Family Search for any George W. Scott born in Ohio between 1828 and 1830. Several more popped up, so I now had George #6 and George #7 to check out. One was living in Missouri, in 1880, married to Frances. The other came up in a death certificate which looked promising, but it turned out he was born in 1836 – way to late to be the man I’m hunting for.
In all of this searching though, I stumbled across an 1850 census record for a John Scott and wife Margaret with 10 children living in Wells County, Indiana. One of those children was George Scott born in Ohio in 1829. Was this the correct George? The only way to know was to go back to see where the other seven Georges were living in 1850. This done, all were accounted for and not living in Wells County, Indiana. So now I had a possible father and family to look at for George #1.
Searching for more information on John Scott b. 1801 in New York was not very fruitful, so I turned to the other nine children in the family. Combining what I found on the children with the 1850 census revealed that John, a farmer, moved quite frequently. His second child Francis was born in Jefferson County, Ohio (possibly where George #1 was born). John next moved to Jackson County, Ohio where three middle children were born and then to Indiana by 1847. Four children were born in Indiana, but his youngest child was born in Wisconsin. It is no wonder George #1 moved so often, if he followed the pattern of his father.
After identifying the spouses and lives of John Scott’s children, some moved to Missouri (a place also known to George #1) and many moved to Iowa. On the 1870 census for Mills County, Iowa appeared John Scott’s wife, Margaret, with her three youngest children. John was not with the family, so likely he had died. A search for John’s death in Wisconsin and Iowa produced no results.
George Scott b. 1828 in Ohio, a widow age 71, shows up on the 1900 census, also in Mills County, Iowa, living with the family of Susan Anthony who could possibly be his younger sister. This George has not been positively identified as George #1, but there is a strong possibility.
Turning to records in Jefferson County, Ohio where John Scott’s older children were born, three John Scott’s appear in census records. Grouping them by close proximity on the page it appears John’s father might be James Scott. Without other proof though, this is just speculation. Looking at land records and wills for Jefferson County did not provide enough evidence to separate the three John’s living in Jefferson County between 1800 and 1830. At this point, a trip to Jefferson County to visit the library there and the Jefferson County Genealogical Society is what is needed to find the detailed information. Local institutions often have records found no where else. This research will have to be put on hold until such a trip can be planned.