28 January 2015

Douglass And Susan (Curtis) Scott

View Of St. Clair County, Michigan (Port Huron With Canada In The Background)

In 1850 the George W. Curtis family was living in Pennsylvania, but by 1860 they were living in St. Clair County, Michigan.

Susan A. Curtis, daughter of George W. and Angeline (Williams) Curtis married Douglas(s) Scott in 1864.  Their two children were Frank Douglass Scott (1878-1951), a University o Michigan graduate and member of the United States Congress, and Effie Scott McCain (1866 - 1943).  No grandchildren survived to adulthood.

Effie's only child (with husband Harry Botsford McCain) died in infancy.

Frank and his wife, Edna Craig James Scott (she was born about 1885 in Canada) were married in 1914 and divorced in 1926 (separated in 1922 with no children) with interesting accusations according to newspaper accounts.  In 1959 Frank, age 70, and "Jane" Scott, age 59, both of Alpena, were Honolulu passengers.

In 1890 the Civil War service of Douglas Scott was recorded in St. Clair County:


In 1900 Susan was a widow living with her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and James Burt, hotel keepers in St. Clair County, Michigan.  Douglas Scott died in Alpena County, Michigan, in 1895.

Susan Scott's death record can be seen at the Michigan Archives' Seeking Michigan site:

County Calhoun
City/village/township Battle Creek
Last Name Scott
Given Name Susa A
Birth Year 1844
Age 69
Death Day 25
Death Month Jun
Death Year 1913
Father's Given Name G W
Father's Last Name Curtis

27 January 2015

Pre-War Court Martial At Fort George

Title: British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY [Documents Here]
Microform: c-11837

Fort George, 26-1-1803 [Image 5001]

c.547 [c. 547 = C-3071] p. 57
Fort Erie also mentioned

25 January 2015

Where's The Beef?

From The Historical Picture Gallery, Or, Scenes and Incidents in American History ...

Stephen Ball made a bad decision.  Or perhaps a couple of bad decisions.  He decided to sell beef to the British who were occupying Long Island "for British gold [rather than] the almost worthless paper money of Congress."  Rather than going straight home "for fear he might be observed" "and his object suspected by some of  his friends," he didn't leave until near dark.

Ball was found by foes instead of his friends, who stripped him of his profits and then took Ball "to General Patterson for trial as a spy."  Since no officer wanted to hang him, the robbers conducted a kangaroo court and hung him themselves.


24 January 2015

Marymiah DeJarnett Hinds, Heir

An entry found in the SWEM INDEX was Hinds, Marrymiah Dejarnett, 25W(1)270.

There is no obvious connection between Marrymiah Dejarnett Hinds, wife of James Hinds, and our William and Elizabeth (Acklin) Hinds.  However, there are links between the Dejarnetts and the McGeehees, who have connections to the Acklins, so.......

Hinds, Marrymiah Dejarnett found in an article in The William and Mary quarterly, Volume 25.

23 January 2015

Reuben Hogans In The Florida Mounted Militia

From the Fort Gatlin post (link added):

"Military correspondence from Fort Gatlin in 1852 mentioned that David Thompson was accidentally killed by his friend, Reuben Hogans."

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-58, included Ruben Hogan(s)' index card indicating that he was a private in Curry's Company, Florida Mounted Militia:

22 January 2015

Scots On Guard


And, while the battles of the Revolution were being fought in the east, a band of heroes, or rather several of them, guarded the rear doors of the nation against the treachery of savage foes, who were inspired to war against us by the British in the north and the Spaniard in the south.

It was a Scot, General Lachlin Mcintosh, who was in command of the western department in 1778, and made the unsuccessful attempt to seize Detroit.

21 January 2015

Early Counterfeiters In Canada


From Life in Canada

"...the Spanish milled dollars in which military services were paid for. Mexican dollars were also in vogue, and a few years previous to the American War of 1812, some enterprising New England counterfeiters, fancying the densely-wooded portion of Lower Canada, near the state lines, would afford a secure base for their operations, emigrated to our lower province.

"So expert had they become at the business that paymasters in the American army actually crossed over the lines by stealth through the woods and bought these Mexican dollars from the counterfeiters to pay the American troops with."

"...they ceased to produce the Mexican dollars for fear they might be traced out. Counterfeiting bank notes was what they next turned their hands to."