Friday, January 17, 2014

Matthew Scott (1739 - after 1797)

Matthew Scott was the son of Jonathan and Thankful Scott of Sunderland, Massachusetts.  Remember Thankful?  I love her name and wrote a tribute to her on October 18, 2012.

Matthew was born August 4,1739 in Sunderland, Massachusetts.  He married a woman named Sarah.  I always guessed  that her maiden  name may have been SNOW since her first born daughter is named Sarah Snow Scott.  Sarah’s parents names were  unknown in the records that I received from my grandmother, Zilpha Estep Hughes. Through correspondence with Tim Cadden, a distant cousin,  I have learned that her maiden name was Chamberlain.  My speculation that Sarah’s maiden name was Snow was a good clue. Records show that her mother was Sarah Snow who married John Chamberlain.  Sarah Chamberlain married Matthew Scott in November of 1764 in Amherst, Hampshire Co., Massschusetts.   She was 25 years old.

They settled in Bennington, Vermont about that time.  Orrin Peer Allen lists their children: Zerah, born 9 Oct 1765: Noah, born 5 Jun 1768: Sarah Snow, born 11 Dec 1772: Cynthe, born 8 Jun 1775: Matthew, born 24 Nov 1781: and  Jonathan,  born 24 Dec 1784 (please see Blog post about Jonathan).

Matthew served throughout the time period of the hostilities of the Revolutionary War as a minute man in the Vermont Militia.  I don't know if he belonged to the famous "Green Mountain Boys" or if he took part in the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777, but Knapp’s book provides multiple accounts of his services.  His name, Matthew Scott, Sergent,  appears as a member of the  First Company of Militia in Bennington, organized October 24, 1764. 

His name appears  in the  "payroll of Lieut. Jona Scott’s company, raised out of the Militia for to guard the Continental Stores in Bennington, engaged and discharged at different times, from June 30, 1778 to January 4, 1779 both days included", the name of  Matthew Scott , Sergent appears.  Also we learn that he  is included in  "A Pay Roll of the men that went over the mountains to assist the Sheriff in the execution of his Office from the 22d of  May to the 30th of ditto, 1779, both days included; signed by  Sam Robinson, Capt. on which the following persons are allowed  for the no. of days set to their several names", Matthew Scott, Sergent.

Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783

 By Vermont, Chauncey L. Knapp

Historical records of Woodford, Vermont, a town settled right after the Revolutionary War, show that he was  the first town clerk upon its organization, February 11, 1789. Later in 1797 he is named as the town treasurer.  I have not discovered when or where he died. 

You read about Thankful Hitchcock Scott,  the mother of Matthew.  Matthew was the father of Jonathan Scott, who married Sarah Merritt, daughter of Thomas Merritt and who eventually moved to Troy, Pennsylvania.  Jonathan's son Hosea married Sarah Angeline Chauncey. They were the great grandparents of my grandmother, Zilpha Estep Hughes. Now read an interesting story of Matthew's son, Jonathan.


  • Descendants of William Scott of Hatfield, Massachusetts. 1668 - 1906 and of John Scott of Springfield, Mass. 1659 – 1906 by Orrin Peer Allen, Palmer, Mass. 1906. (available online)
  • Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783, By Vermont, Chauncey L. Knapp, 1904.  (available online)

  • History of the Town of Woodford, online at

                                    Please see this list of all My Revolutionary War Ancestors.

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