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Belitha Scott Research

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Belitha Scott Research

Posted: 12 Mar 2013 11:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jun 2014 1:37PM GMT
Surnames: Scott, Hoskins, Friend
This is a summary of research on Belitha Scott, whose given name is variously spelled Bolitha, Bilitha, and Beletha. I surmise that he was born in the Pennsylvania-Maryland-Delaware area, possibly the son of Scottish immigrants. His first marriage probably took place in one of those states, most likely Pennsylvania.
He was first found in the 1785 Tax Records of Donegal Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania. Since he was on the 1785 list, his birth date was probably earlier than current estimates, possibly around 1765. A Daniel Scott, who is later to appear in others record regarding Belitha, is on the 1786 Tax List of Donegal Township. Daniel was taxed for his whiskey stills, and this was the period during which the Whiskey Rebellion occurred in the area around Washington Co., Pa., so it is possible that their removal to Kentucky had to do with the historical events of that period. Belitha also appears on the 1789 Tax List.
Belitha was a witness to a land transaction on October 4, 1795, in Bourbon Co., Ky. (from the Kentucky Kinfolks website, Land Records of Bourbon Co., Book C, Pg. 617). A Daniel Scott appears on the 1791 Tax List for Bourbon Co.
Belitha Scott next appears on a 1797 Tax List for Bourbon Co. Ky. In Bourbon Co. land records, Belitha Scott turned over land to Thomas Scott in 1798, indicating a possible relationship to Thomas. Clark Co., Ky. was formed from Bourbon Co. in 1792.
On August 26, 1802, in a microfilm of Clark Co. , Ky. Marriage Bonds, Belitha was the surety for the marriage of Cloah Scott, daughter of Daniel Scott, to John McCart. Considering that a Daniel Scott was also in Donegal Township and Bourbon Co., I suspect that he was Belitha's brother or another close relative.
Belitha married Polly Hoskins in 1806 in Clark Co., Ky. If Ruth Scott, born around 1803, was Belitha's daughter, he likely had an earlier marriage(s).
In the 1810 Census of Clark Co., Ky. , Belitha has 7 people in his household. Of the males, 1 was under 10, and 1 was age 26-44. Of the females, 2 were under ten years of age, 1 was 10-15, 1 was 26-44, and 1 was over 45.
Ruth Scott, Belitha's presumed daughter, married James Cole on Nov. 23, 1819, in Vanderburgh Co., Ind. Since both were minors, Belitha and Hugh Cole, James Cole's father, gave their permission for the marriage to occur. It is presumed that Belitha died sometime between November, 1819 and October, 1821, when his widow re-married. Since Ruth and Polly's marriages both occurred in the Southern Indiana-Northern Kentucky area, it is probable that Belitha and family had moved to that area after 1810. Possibilities for Belitha's residence are the areas around Meade Co., Ky. and Harrison Co., Ind., where Hugh Cole resided and James Cole might have met Ruth Scott.
Polly Scott, widow of Belitha Scott, married Jesse Friend in Hardin Co., Ky. on October 31, 1821. They possibly moved to Edgar Co., Ill., where presumably Belitha Scott's younger children would have been raised. In a pre-marital court agreement in Hardin Co., Mary Scott and Jesse Friend agreed that Belitha Scott's possessions would belong to Belitha's children.
On Rootsweb, there is a record for a John J. Scott, born about 1820 in Kentucky, who married Lucy Ann Jones. One of their children was named "William Belitha Scott," so, considering that "Belitha" is an unusual name, it is possible that this John Scott is a son of Belitha and Polly Hoskins. These Scotts lived for a few years in Osceola, St. Clair Co., Mo., which was the place where Ruth Scott and her husband James Cole also resided during the same 1864-1868 period.
Perhaps these clues will help sort out the genealogy of this family.

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