Scots Descendants This is a page of mini bios of Scots descendants mostly
in America. In here you can learn some of the background of people of
Scots descent and how they contributed to the American way of life.
the Scottish-American Connection The links between Scotland and America
stretch back over three centuries. Perhaps one can officially date them
from 1650, when a group of Scots gathered in Boston to create the first
Scots’ Charitable Society, an organization to aid fellow immigrants
who had fallen upon hard times.
From 1860 to 1862, Pony Express riders
carried mail n relays from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA. Riders were out of
"St. Joe" had only a brief gallop to the wide Missouri River where ferry boats
conveyed them over the river.
Hood's Texas Brigade
John Bell Hood was born June 29, 1831 in Bath
County Kentucky. His father, Dr. Julius Hood taught John the aspects of medicine
from a young age but John was not interested in becoming a doctor. He longed to go
to West Point Academy and become a cavalry officer so he could serve his country as
his grandfather and uncle had during the Revolutionary War.
Houston was strongly criticized for his
actions and military strategy of the Battle of the Alamo. Some of his peers thought
he was cowardly to Santa Anna but at the Battle of San Jacinto, he had mustered enough
troops to defeat the Mexican army. Houston was injured in the San Jacinto skirmish
and was sent to New Orleans for treatment. Upon his return to Tejas, he was elected
president of the new Republic of Texas.
The Revolutionaries Cornwallis decided to divide his own force into three parts. One would be left to
guard Camden under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Francis Rawdon. Tarleton and his 1,100
cavalry and foot soldiers would become a fast-moving hammer that would pursue Brigadier
General Daniel Morgan and finally crush him against an anvil. Cornwallis's third
force, which would hover in North Carolina and intercept the rebels as they fled from
Trails to nowhere and to
everywhere In the early 1800's, American history reveals the old west had lots of trails as the
western migration continued to lead thousands of easterners west to explore the new
frontier, seek their fortune, stake their claim, homestead a portion of the large
land grants that were available to them.
Reflections of a 20th
century man I was born John William Fulks in Marceline, Missouri on
November 6, 1920, the same day Warren G. Harding was elected president of the USA during
the final days of Woodrow Wilson's administration. It was just 2 years after the end of
World War I, the "war to end all wars" and only 8 years since the Titanic sank
off the Newfoundland coast on April 15, 1912.
The Skidmore family of Braxton
County He served as a private in the Virginia Militia and participated in the Battle of
Point Pleasant October 1774 under the command of his brother, Captain John Skidmore.
Tails of the Trails of the Smoky
Hill River The old western frontier of the 1800's was a wild and
woolly beginning of the western migration of settlers, those coming from the Eastern
states to look for fortune and fame in the untamed territories.
Upon the conclusion of the Mexican War in 1848, the northern and western boundaries
of Texas had not been settled with Mexico. No Man's Land is the Neutral Strip with metes
and bounds as follows: One half degree south of the 37th parallel latitude and three
degrees east and west of the East 103rd degree longitude, a rectangle of land bordered by
Kansas on the north, Texas panhandle on the south, New Mexico on the west and the Ok.
Cherokee Strip on the east.
Presbyterian Pioneers in Western
Pennsylvania The Reverend Charles Clinton Beatty (c.1715-1772) was born in County Antrim,
Ireland, to John Beatty, a British army officer, and Christiana Clinton, aunt of George
Clinton, the first governor of New York.
Governor Patrick Henry
Colonel Rogers Clark from Virginia, with Governor Patrick Henry's help, recruited
Scotch-Irish and German frontiersmen from Southwest Virginia, and from Washington and
Greene Counties Tennessee (then in North Carolina) and rafted his men 1000 miles down the
Ohio River from Pittsburgh (Ft. Pitt), Pennsylvania (on right) in winter to make a
successful surprise attack against British installations in present -day Illinois and
Vincennes, in present-day Indiana.
Is now living retired at Carbondale, where more than forty years ago he had his
first experience in Kansas as a coal minor. Thus he was identified with Carbondale in the
height of its prosperity as a mining center.
No history of the cattle industry can be told without beginning with Texas and the
Texas Longhorn. Texas was the original home of ranching and became the major blending pot
for the evolution of the history-making Texas Longhorn breed of cattle.
Mississippi and Beyond
Wilmington North Carolina situated on
Cape Fear River, 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, is known for her harbor, accommodating
the large ocean going vessels. The city is located in a highly productive
agricultural district of which many Scots settled centuries ago.
Remember the Alamo
A cry of victory and defeat, heard around the
world for centuries, the last fatal attempt by a handful of frontiersman trained only to
hunt with a squirrel rifle and a Bowie knife who came from all parts of the eastern
territories and gave their lives for freedom's call.
David Ochiltree came to America in 1739.
Duncan Ochiltree came to America in 1739, no further record...As I read this
record, I surmise that David and Duncan are Lord Ochiltree's two sons. There is no mention
of Lord Ochiltree arriving in America.
For hundreds of years the Chisholm name
has left significant marks in American History.
Adam Chisholm, captured at Preston and was transported to American on the
Elizabeth and Ann from Liverpool 29 June 1710.
The Old 300
Although many cultures can stake a claim on the settlement of early Texas - mostly
the Spanish, Indians and French - it was the Scots and others of Celtic descent who led
the way in truly taming the wild territory and bringing it forward to a republic.
Civil War Notebook
When 19 year old Daniel Chisholm joined the army, the United States was at war with
itself. Leaving his hometown of Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1864, Chisholm fought
with Army of the Potomac in the final campaign of the Civil War, as Gen. Grant pushed his
superior numbers in bloody head-on collision with Gen. Lee's dwindling Confederate Army.
A Western Tail
No Man's Land", the "Neutral Strip". or Public Lands, as it was
called variously, was a political and geographic paradox. It was an ungoverned
rectangle of land bordered by Kansas on the north, Texas on the south and New Mexico on
the west, an the Cherokee Strip on the east.
Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
A lot has been said of the new School Marm, was
she a pretty young girl from the East, how much learning did she have, she is too young to
teach these kids and on and on and on. Most of the time, she would live in a Boarding
House, or some family home, depending on what was available. And sometimes she would
be a spinster, or a married lady, or the teacher could be the minister of a local church.
John Andrew Howell
The history in verse by John Andrew Howell was written
at the beginning of the 1900's...and as the reader follows along, read carefully and grasp
the meaning of the messages as they were seen from this very specially gifted person.
Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., was born October 31, 1860, in Savannah,
Georgia, and died there January 17, 1927.
This article was originally published in The Irish At Home and Abroad journal of
Irish genealogy and heritage (volume 2 #1, 1994/1995). Published four times yearly.
The Alamo - James Bowie
James Bowie was a descendant of the Maryland Line of Bowies who originated in
Stirlingshire, Scotland. Known for his famous "Bowie knife" and a sometimes
reckless adventurer, Jim Bowie is now immortalized as one of the true folk heroes in early
General and Mrs Custer
General Custer and his brother, Tom and his wife, Libbie (Elizabeth
Bacon Custer), were of Scottish ancestry. General Custer is of the Wilson-Ochiltree
Clans of the Ponca
Yes, there was, of course, great intermarriage between the Scots and my mother's
people. The Native culture is as strong as the Scots and the two people were compatible. I
will try to elaborate.
Henry Van Deman Faris
Of Kanopolis, is a Kansas around whom center many associations of territorial and
pioneer times. He is by five years the oldest living pioneer in Kansas west of Salina. He
has been continuously identified with Ellsworth County more than half a century.
The Scottish-American History Club
This is part of the Illinois St Andrew Society site and contains a number of their
newsletters which go out every quarter. I was totally amazed at the amount of information
they contained about Scottish-Americans. I highly recommend you visit this site as
there is some great reading which I just know you will enjoy.
The Indian Territory
1861 - 1865 This is an account by Thomas F. Anderson "of the part taken by our Southern
Indians in the war between the States, but have to depend on memory. Strange to say, my
recollection of what took place under my observation in the war with Mexico in 1845 and
'47, is more vivid than that of our last war. But few dates are remembered". The
Scots and Scots-Irish were very involved in this account which is why we've included it.
Bailey Britton Bailey was a straight shooting pioneer who endured many
hardships. In stature he was a large man, feared and respected by the
Indians and his neighbors. One of the "Old 300"
settler, was born on the Isle of Skye in 1777. He immigrated in 1801 to
North Carolina with numerous family members and friends; in 1816 they
moved to Florida.
Spalding Known as Georgia’s Benjamin
Franklin, Thomas Spalding was born at Frederica (on St. Simon’s
Island, Georgia) on March 25, 1774. His ancestors were from the
Highlands of Scotland, and were among the band of hardy warriors which
Oglethorpe brought to Georgia to form a bulwark for the New Colony
against the Spaniards in Florida.
Lewis Lawrence Griffin Around 1810, a young man named Lewis Lawrence Griffin settled in
Twiggs County. The very poor native Georgian would become president of
the Monroe Railroad and the founder of the city of Griffin.
The Ringing of a Silver
Bell Bell and Joe had suffered every
insult from the weather as far as the drought was concerned. The
last hammer to fall was the loss of the well. She knew they could not
survive without the precious water for them and for their livestock.
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