When I first saw this stone last year, I thought it was the base of a grave marker. A closer look last week revealed a slanted edge and, when I pried it up and turned it over, I discovered this simple, but handsome, memorial for Rev. John H. Scott, a pastor of Saint James Holy Church in Stantonsburg.
Rev. Scott’s headstone was found in a half-buried pile with at least two dozen others, including his son James F. Scott. Rev. Scott was a Holiness preacher, and among the many weddings he presided over was that of my great-great-great-aunt, Sarah Henderson Jacobs, and her second husband, Rev. Joseph Silver.
On 28 December 1885, John Scott, 25, married Mary Jane Peacock, 17, in Pikeville, Wayne County, North Carolina.
In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer John Scott, 42; wife Mary Jane, 32; and children James, 13, Anna Bell, 6, Saloma Ann, 5, Johnny A., 3, and Sylvester, 1; and widowed mother-in-law Melinda Peacock, 60.
In the 1910 census of Weldon township, Halifax County, North Carolina: farmer John Scott, 53; wife Mary J., 46; and children James F., 22, Annie B., 16, Salomie A., 15, John A., 13, Sylvester, 11, Eliga, 9, Mary E., 7, David, 5, Sarah J., 3, and Inthe, 1.
Saloma Scott died 3 August 1915 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 19 years old; single; had a “fairly good” education; and was born in Wayne County to John Scott and Mary J. Peacock. James F. Scott was informant.
James Franklin Scott registered for the World War I draft in 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 6 March 1887 in Wayne County, N.C.; lived on “Robinson” Street, Wilson; worked as a porter for Carroll Grocery Company; and was single.
In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Wainwright Street, farm operator John Scott, 60; wife Mary, 51; and children James, 30, wholesale company helper; Elijah, 19, David, 14, Sarah, 11, and Ianthe, 13.
Mary Jane Scott died 9 August 1921 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 53 years old; was married to John Henry Scott; and was born in Wayne County to Jacob Holland and Malinda Peacock.
In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Scott Jno H (c; Sarah A) farmer h 1110 Woodard Ave
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: farmer John H. Scott, 72, and wife Sarah, 34.
John Henry Scott died 18 November 1940 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 15 February 1874 in Halifax County, N.C., to Alex Scott and Cathrin [no maiden name listed]; was married to Sarah Ann Scott; lived at 311 Lane Street; and was a Holiness preacher. He was buried in Rountree [actually, Odd Fellows] cemetery.
Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, January 2021.