Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tracing Roots - Finding the Connections

Every once in a while (but not nearly often enough) an abandoned group photograph comes in to LOST GALLERY with plentiful information written on the reverse. When that happens it seems a good opportunity to look up the family and try to figure out the relationship of the people in the posing that day.

This one is labeled "The Scott Family and lists sixteen names clearly identifying all of the people in the picture.

Apparently is was Elsie Jane C. Scott's seventy first birthday. So we know what the reason for the gathering.

Now, who are these people?

The Scott Family

The Scott Family

The first hurdle in tracing these people was the very popular surname of "Scott". Smith or Jones would only be a bit more common. So finding links by looking up the Scott names found a flood of them, far too many to examine to find relationships.

Next trial was to look up Emerson Houze, a much more uncommon name. If an Emmerson Houze could be found related to any of the Scott names that would be a doorway into pinning down which of the many Scott families there are.

That worked. Ancestry.com turned up several sources on Emerson Houze with a spouse named Lottie Erma Scott. That's a good clue. Then one family tree on Ancestry showed Lottie Scott Houze with a brother named Walter Scott and two sisters named Martha and Daisy. Eventually eight siblings matched the names on the photograph and their mother was Elsie Jane Cameron Scott.

So it's the right family. The rest of the names were found to be spouses of Elsie Jane's children and two grand children. Some of the names turned out to be nicknames or middle names that were a little harder to confirm. For instance, another family tree included Clarence Scott as Clarence A. "Carl" Scott. Nettie Scott was actually Eliza Lynette "Nettie" Reese Scott. "Winnie" Lappin was George Winfield Lappin, the husband of Laura "Daisy" Scott.

And so it appears that in 1917, on her 71st birthday, Elsie Jane Cameron-Scott celebrated with all eight of her children, five of their spouses and two grand children.

I think she had a nice day.

On the reverse:
1917 - 71st birthday of Elsie Jane C. Scott (in black)
Back Row - Winnie Lappin, Frank Herron, Walter Scott
Herbert Scott, Fred Scott, Will Scott, Carl Scott,
Emerson Houze
Front Row - Jessie Herron, Martha Houze, Daisy Lappin
Nettie Scott, Carrie Scott, Daisy Scott, Lottie Hughes
The Scott Family
Elsie Jane Cameron (1846-1924) married Joseph Newton Scott (1849-1896) on
30 Oct 1872. They had eight children.
The eight children were
John Alfred Scott (1873-1946)
William Edgar Scott (1874-1950)
Clarence Albert Scott (1876-1965)
Lottie Erma Scott (1878-1961)
Laura Daisy Scott (1879-1967)
Jessie Irene Scott (1881-1928)
Herbert Raymond Scott (1883-1959)
Walter Eugene Scott (1887-1953)

As listed on the picture are:
Winnie Lappin, (George Winfield Lappin 1878-1971), husband of Daisy Lappin (Laura Daisy Scott)
Frank Herron, (Frank Russell Herron 1882-1955), husband of Jessie Herron (Jessie Irene Scott)
Walter Scott, (Walter Eugene Scott)
Herbert Scott, (Herbert Raymond Scott)
Fred Scott, (John Alfred Scott)
Will Scott, (William Edgar Scott)
Carl Scott, (Clarence Albert “Carl” Scott)
Emerson Houze, (1874-1946) husband of Lottie Erma Scott)
Jessie Herron, (Jessie Irene Scott, Wife of Frank Herron)
Martha Houze, daughter of Emerson Houze and Lottie Erma Scott)
Daisy Lappin, (Laura Daisy Scott) wife of Winnie Lappin (George Winfield Lappin 1878-1971)
Nettie Scott, (Eliza Lynette “Nettie” Reese 1883-1952) wife of Fred Scott (John Alfred Scott)
Carrie Scott, (Carrie Estella Seran 1879-1940) wife of Will Scott (William Edgar Scott)
Daisy Scott, (Daisy Gertrude Shaffer 1878-1949) wife of Carl Scott (Clarence Albert “Carl” Scott)
Lottie Houze (Lottie Erma Scott) wife of Emerson Houze (1874-1946)

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