Scott, John B., husband of Amanda Cantonwine Scott. (Scott massacre.)

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Record 1427/2101
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Collection Miscellaneous
Date of photo 1864 ca.
Description John B. Scott (1829 - 1867). (Keyword: Scott massacre.) John B. Scott, son of Jasper and Sarah Scott, was born 1829 in New Jersey. Two marriages: Belinda Bair and Amanda Magdalene Cantonwine. He spent his early years in New Jersey and began school there. When he was around ten years old, he left New Jersey and moved with his family to Rochester, Cedar County, Iowa, where he grew up. His siblings were Catherine (Kate) born 1831, Jasper born 1835, both in New Jersey, and George born 1840 in Iowa. Belinda and John were married in 1848. One son Adam was born in 1849 near Rochester. The couple divorced ca. 1857. In 1858 John made the long overland trek on the Old Oregon Trail, where he worked as a cattle drover and helped drive cattle out to Oregon to Walla Walla. That is probably where he met his second wife, Amanda Cantonwine. They were married on September 22, 1863, in Walla Walla. In 1864 they went to Baker County, where John built a home and hostelry for travelers and stagecoaches on Burnt River at the mounth of Dixie Creek. Henry Clay, was born July 28, 1864, and on September 22, 1865, Ada Amanda was born. Both children were born at home on Burnt River. On September 25, 1867, the Scotts went to a dance at Rye Valley. On the way back home, they were attacked by Indians. John was mortally wounded. Amanda, also wounded, drove the team, with the children in the bed of the wagon, at full gallop all the way to their house. By then the Indians had given up the chase. Amanda died the next afternoon.

Object ID 2013.13.2
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