John Scott Jr.

John SCOTT Jr. (1664 – 1725) was Alex’s 8th great grandfather, one of 512 in this generation of the Miner line.

John Scott Jr. was born on 14 Mar 1663/64 in Providence, Rhode Island.  His parents were John SCOTT Sr. and Rebecca BROWNE.  He married Elizabeth WANTON on 16 Sep 1688.  John died about 1725 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Elizabeth Wanton was born on 16 Sep 1668 in Scituate, Mass.  Her parents were Edward WANTON and Elizabeth [__?__].  Elizabeth died about 1725 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Catherine Scott c. 1700 Providence, RI Col. Godfrey Malbone
18 OCT 1719 Newport, RI
2. Elizabeth Scott c. 1700
Providence, RI
Thomas Rodman
1 Jan 1718
Newport, RI
Flushing, Lewis, New York,
3. Edward Scott 13 Jun 1703
Providence, RI
30 Jun 1768
4. William Scott 1705
Newport, RI
Margaret Lytton
Bucks, PA
5. George Scott 25 May 1706
Providence, RI
Mary Neargrass
10 Aug 1732
Newport, RI
6. Joseph Scott 14 Mar 1709
Newport, RI
Elizabeth Bennett
7. Hannah SCOTT c. 1714 John FITCH
5 Nov 1734 Lebanon, CT

After his father was killed by Indians, John lived in Newport, with his grandmother and aunts, became a merchant and carpenter, and marrying Elizabeth, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wanton.  This Wanton family furnished five colonial governors, and are known as the “Fighting Quakers.”

From the following, it appears that Daniel ran away two years later from Edward Wanton’s son-in-law, John Scott: Ran away from his Master, John Scott, the 17th of this instant August. A mulatto man named Daniel formerly belonging to Edward WANTON of Scituate ; he is indifferent, tall and slender, by trade a shipwright but ’tis thought designs for Sea. Who so over shall stop, take etc., and bring him or give notice of him to his master at Newport, R. I. shall be well rewarded and reasonable charges paid.”— Boston News Letter, August 23rd, 1714.

    [Scott] JS lived in Newport with his grandmother and aunts, became a merchant and carpenter, and married EW, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wanton.[TorreyCD] SCOTT, John (1664-1725) & Elizabeth [WANTON] (1668-); ca 1690?; Newport/Scituate {Reg. 60:174, 96:10, 11; Scituate 373; Austin’s Dict. 84, 215, 373; Bos. Trans. 27 Dec 1926, 4733; NYGBR 47:254}


1. Catherine Scott

Catherine’s husband Col. Godfrey Malbone was born 18 Jan 1694 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Peter Malbone and Sarah Burgess. Godrey died 22 Feb 1768 in Newport.

Malbone Castle and Estate Malbone, a Gothic-style castle and National Historic Place originally built in 1741 (although the current house dates largely from 1848). The estate is one of the oldest privately owned estates in Newport, Rhode Island. The estate once served as the country residence of Colonel Godfrey Malbone (1695–1768) of Virginia and Connecticut. Colonel Malbone made his fortune as a shipping merchant and became one of the wealthiest men in Newport during the 1740s through privateering and the triangle trade.

Malbone Estate

Malbone Estate had some of the foremost gardens in North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Situated on 17 acres and designed between 1848–1850 by the architectural theorist Andrew Jackson Downing, a prominent advocate of the Gothic revival style, the gardens consist of gravel and brick pathways with borders of boxwoods, and artificial fish, duck and stone lined reflection ponds. The grounds also include the largest private collection of beech trees in the northeast, terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden, and carriage house and garage.

During his historic visit to Newport’s Tuoro Synagogue in 1766, President George Washington dined at Malbone. In the course of a gala dinner party, a chimney fire reduced the house to a pile of sandstone rubble in 1766. In 1848 the house was rebuilt as the summer “villa in the country” for Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Prescott Hall. Mr. Hall was an eminent New York Lawyer and descendent of two signors of the Declaration of Independence. In 1978 the L.G. Morris family descendents of Malbone bequeathed this landmark to the Preservation Society of Newport County. The J. H. Leach Family now enjoys the same distinction 150 years later of inhabiting this private paradise.

History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume I, 1600-1760, and Volume II, 1760-1880

Colonel Malbone was a man of varied experience and accomplishments. He was educated at King’s College, Oxford, had traveled much and moved in the first circles of Europe and America. Inheriting a large estate from his father, he had lived in a style of princely luxury and magnificence. His country-house, a mile from Newport state-house, was called “the most splendid edifice in all the Colonies.” Completed at great cost after long delay, it was destroyed by fire in the midst of housewarming festivities. Colonel Malbone’s financial affairs had become seriously embarrassed. His commercial enterprises had been thwarted by the insubordination of the Colonies. His ships had been taken by privateers, and his property destroyed by Newport mobs, and now that his elegant edifice was consumed, he refused to battle longer with fate and opposing elements, and, early in 1766, buried himself in the wilds of Pomfret. Some three thousand acres of land, bought from Belcher, Williams and others, had been made over to him at the decease of his father, well stocked with cows, horses, sheep, swine, goats and negroes. These slaves according to common report were a part of a cargo brought from Holland who helped repel a piratical assault, and were retained for life and comfortably supported. Amid such rude, uncongenial surroundings, Malbone made his home, exchanging his palatial residence for a common tenant-house, and renouncing all business interests but the cultivation of his land and the utilization of his negro forces.

With the town’s people he held as little intercourse as possible. They belonged to a class and world of which he had a very imperfect conception. Such gentlemen as called upon him were received with politeness; poor people asking aid were relieved; town and church rates were paid without demur or question, but all without the slightest personal interest. Of their schools and churches, their town government and projected improvements, he knew or cared nothing. Their political aspirations and declamations he looked upon with scorn beyond expression. It was not till he discovered that these insignificant country people were concerting a project very detrimental to his own interests that Colonel Malbone was roused from his lofty indifference.

Brooklyn Society was bent upon a new meeting house. Putnam’s removal to the village had given a new impetus to the movement. With such a famous tavern and troops of fine company, how could the people condescend to attend religious worship in an old shaky house, with patched roof and boarded windows. Again, in the autumn of 1768, a meeting was called to consider this important question. Great efforts were made to secure a full vote, and as an argument for a new building it was currently whispered that the Malbone estate, now rising in value, would pay a large percentage of the outlay. So ignorant was Colonel Malbone of neighborhood affairs that he did not even know that such a question was pending. “A strange sort of notification” affixed to the public sign-post had for him no significance. He paid no heed to town or society meetings, and the vote might have been carried without his participation or knowledge had not one of his tenants thought it his duty to apprize him on the very day preceding the meeting. Alarmed by the tidings he at once waited upon Mr. Whitney, whom he had ever treated with the respect due to his position and character, and represented to him the imprudence as well as inexpediency of such a step at a juncture when every one complained of the great hardships of the time and extreme scarceness of money. To convince him of its necessity Mr. Whitney took him to the meeting-house, which he had never before deigned to enter, but though joined “by an Esquire, Colonel and farmer,” (probably Holland, Putnam and Williams), all their arguments were ineffectual. The primitive meeting-house seemed to him quite good enough for the congregation, a few trifling repairs were all that was needed, and if really too small its enlargement was practicable.

So much uneasiness was manifested at the latter suggestion, and such determined resolution to build at all events that Colonel Malbone saw clearly that the measure was likely to be carried, and without returning home galloped over to Plainfield to consult with the only churchman of any note in the vicinity-John Aplin, Esq., a lawyer lately removed from Providence, a staunch loyalist, greatly embittered against the colonists. He assured Malbone that as the laws stood he could not possibly help himself; that if those people had a mind to erect a square building this year and pull it down and build a round one the next, he must submit to the expense unless they had a church of their own, or got relief from England. Convinced of the necessity of vigorous opposition, Colonel Malbone next day attended the society meeting, “debated the question with the Esquire in very regular fashion,” and had the satisfaction of seeing it thoroughly defeated-“the odds against building being very great when put to vote.” Opposition only made the minority more determined. They continued to agitate the matter both in public and private, and were “so extremely industrious and indefatigable, promising to pay the rates for those who could not afford it,” that they gained many adherents. In September, 1769, another society meeting was called, when Colonel Malbone again appeared with the following protest:-

“1. I deem the present house with a very few trifling repairs altogether sufficient and proper to answer the purpose designed, it being no way antiquated, and with small expense may be made equal to when it was first finished and full as decent as the situation of the parish will allow of, and certaiuly much more sultable to our circumstances than the superb edifice proposed to be crected-God Almighty not being so much delighted with temples made with hands as with meek, humble and upright hearts.

2. If the building had been really necessary it would be prudent to postpone it rather than to burden the inhabitants at this distressful season, when there is scarce a farthing of money circulated among us, and the most wealthy obliged to send the produce of their lands to markets for distress to raise a sufficiency for payment of taxes for the support of the ministry only, and the generallty scarce able, though we pay no province tax, to live a poor, wretched, miserable life.

3. I was born and educated in the principles and profession of the Established National Church, and determine to persevere in those principles to the day of my death; therefore, decline from entering into so great an expense-a full eighth of the whole charge-wherefore, in presence of this meeting, I do publicly repent my dissent and absolutely protest.”

Upon putting the question to vote a majority of one declared against building; but as three of the prominent advocates were absent at a funeral the point was virtually carried. Elated with the prospect of success, the friends of the new house now indulged in some natural expressions of triumph. That Malbone’s opposition had increased their spirit and determination is quite probable. While he esteemed his country neighbors as boors and clowns, characterized by “cant, cunning, hypocrisy and lowness of manners,” they had sufficient acuteness to detect and reciprocate his ill opinion, and resent his attempt to thwart them in their dearest legal and local privilege. His scornful contempt was now repaid by downright insolence, and these canting clowns did not hesitate to say in the most public manner, “that as churchmen had made them pay in other places, they had the right and would make use of it to make churchmen pay here,” and “that by selling off a few of his negroes to pay his building rate, the damage would not be very great.” These “insults” added to the “intended oppression” roused the high spirited Malbone to immediate resolution and action. For nearly thirty years his estate had paid for the support.

Children of Godfrey and Sarah

i. Peter Malbone 1720 – 1738
ii. Godfrey Malbone 1722 – 1723
iii. Godfrey Jr Malbone 1724 – 1785
iv. Aleph Malbone 1728 – 1800
v. Elizabeth Malbone 1732 – 1763
vi. Thomas Malbone 1733 – 1766
vii. John Malbone 1735 – 1795
viii. Catherine Malbone 1737 –
ix. Deborah Malbone 1744 – 1813
x. Audrey Molbone 1757 – 1788

2. Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth’s husband Thomas Rodman was born 9 Jan 1698 in Flushing, Long Island, New York. His parents were John Rodman and Mary Scammon. Thomas died 8 Nov 1764 in Flushing Queens, New York.

Will of Thomas Rodman of Flushing

I, THOMAS RODMAN, of Flushing, in Queens County, yeoman, this 14 day of 3d month, called March, 1762, being but weak in body. After all debts are paid I leave to my wife Elizabeth £400 and 1/3 of all household furniture, “and my riding chair and brown mare, which commonly goes with the chair.” My executors are also to put £400 at interest and pay her the interest yearly. And after her decease the £400 are to go to my four daughters, Ann Field, wife of Caleb Field, Hannah, wife of Charles Hicks, Caroline and Penelope. I leave to my sons, John and Thomas, 2/3 of the household goods, and all my dwelling house, lands, tenements, and meadows, in Flushing, and all my salt meadow in several parcels on Throggs Neck, in Westchester, with all the appurtenances; Also all my stock of creatures, and all grain, growing or in the house. I leave to my son Thomas a certain lot of land in New York near Ellison’s Dock, at the North river.

“My wife and I have before given to my son John 500 acres of land lying in the Jerseys.” I leave to my daughters, Ann Field and Hannah Hicks, each £300. I leave to my younger daughters, Caroline and Penelope, each £400. “Whereas Benjamin Hicks gave me £10 a piece for his two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth, my will is, and I do make Margaret’s £10 up to the sum of £100, and I make Elizabeth’s £10 up to £200.” And my executors are to take the gains, so left to my granddaughters, and put them to interest, and pay them the interest until they are married, when they are to have the principal. I leave to my loving grandson, Rodman Field, £300, when 21. If my bonds and monies should fall short, each legatee is to lose in proportion. I make my sons, John and Thomas, and Charles Hicks and Caleb Field, executors.
Witnesses, John Field, Jr., Benjamin Field, Gilbert Field. Proved, December 11, 1773.

4. William Scott

William’s wife Margaret Lytton was born 1706 in Rhode Island. Margaret died in Bucks, Pennsylvania,

5. George Scott

George’s wife Mary Neargrass was born 1716 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Islan. Mary died 1 May 1760 in Newport, Rhode Island.

6. Joseph Scott

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Bennett was born in 1712.

7. Hannah SCOTT (See John FITCH‘s page)


History of Windham County, Connecticut: 1760-1880

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7 Responses to John Scott Jr.

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  4. I have evidence that John Scott, Jr. first married Catherine Tooke (before Elizabeth Wanton) and they had a son, Daniel Scott. He is my ancestor. Do you know anything about Catherine and Daniel?

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Ladybug,

      From what I can see on, Catherine Tooke and Daniel Scott lived in Maryland. Maybe she married a different John Scott. Also note that these trees show Daniel Scott to be born nine years before John. (1655 vs. 1664)

      Catherine Tooke
      Birth in Animessex, Somerset, Maryland, United States
      Death 15 Jun 1716 in Talbot, Maryland, United States

      Daniel Scott
      Birth 1655 in Bengies Point, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
      Death 13 Feb 1723 in St Johns, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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