Scott, Amanda Magdalene Cantonwine. (Scott massacre.)

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Record 1426/2101
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Collection Miscellaneous
Date of photo 1864
Description Amanda Magdalene Cantonwine Scott. (Keyword: Scott massacre.) Donor of portrait is David Strahan, Amanda's great-great-nephew. Amanda, first child of George and Mary Malinda Lewis Cantonwine, was born in Vinton, Iowa on September 6, 1845; wife of John B. Scott. She grew up and went to school in Iowa. Her siblings are Elizabeth Sylvania, Wesly J., Mary Liberty and Hanibal Lincoln Winfield Scott. At the age of 1 7, Amanda left Iowa in April of 1863 and came west on the long overland trip by wagon train with her family headed for Oregon. She and her sister Elizabeth Sylvania drove the teams of mules and oxen. Amanda married John B. Scott 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 on their second wedding anniversary. 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 2013.13.1
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