Robert F. Scott
The Scott family has certainly borne its just part in the development of Jackson township, Shelby county, Indiana, from the pioneer days, and as much credit is due its several members for their active part in reclaiming the land from the primeval forest as to any other. The grandparents of our subject settled here early in the nineteenth century, and here Jonathan Scott, father of Robert F., was born December 26, 1827. The grandfather was named Jesse Scott, and he was born in North Carolina in 1779. He was a pioneer of the most pronounced type and succeeded in gaining a firm foothold in this locality. His son, Jonathan, has spent nearly his entire life here, now owning a very valuable tract of land consisting of four hundred and seventy acres. Most of this he has made by his own efforts, receiving only four hundred dollars from his father's estate. He has made considerable money raising cattle, sheep and hosgs, in fact, all kinds of live stock. He is still actively engaged in farming. He married Orra J. Howard, a native of Clark county, Indiana, born May 9, 1850, and to this union seven children were born, namely: Ida F., wife of Wilford Hill, of Johnson county, Indiana; Charles I., also of Johnson county; Nancy J. is the wife of Edward Wright, of Johnson county; Robert F., of this review; Sarah L., wife of John Newton, of Johnson county, this state; Charity E., wife of Stephen Brockman, of Hendricks townshp, Shelby county; Alta M., wife of Willard Gibson, of Jackson township, this county. Jonathan Scott is a member of the Baptist church and a Democrat.
Robert F. Scott was born in Jackson township, Shelby county, March 29, 1876, and he was reared and educated in his home community, having remained under his parental roof-tree until he was twenty-one years old, assisting with the work on the farm and attending the neighboring schools during the winter months. His domestic life dates from January 8, 1896, when he was united in marriage with Bertha kFreeman, who was born in Jackson township, Shelby county, September 14, 1877, and to this union two children have been born, namely: Mabel M., October 23, 1900, and Howard J., April 13, 1904.
Mr. Scott moved on the farm where he now lives while he was yet a young man full of vigor and ambition, and he set to work with a will, and in a short time had a good start. He now owns eighty acres of well improved land, which, under his able management, has taken front rank among the farms of this county, which is noted for its splendid landed estates. Mr. Scott is an admirer of good stock and on his place may always be found some excellent breeds. He is especially fond of good horses and sheep, handling large numbers of good sheep. He owns one-half interest in a fine Percheron horse, and he understands the breaking and handling of horses. He has an excellent dwelling and good outbuildings.
In politics Mr. Scott is a Democrat. He very ably served as trustee of Jackson township for a period of four years, having taken office January 1, 1905, managing the affairs of the township in such a business-like manner that he won the praise of all concerned, regardless of party affiliations. Fraternally he is a member of Marietta Lodge, No. 467, Knights of Pythias, having passed nearly all the chairs in the same. He is one of the substantial and well known citizens of Jackson township.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local
talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pages 527-528.