Mary Ann Roark was almost 15 years old in this first picture. She had been born on Jan. 20,1834, the first child of Joseph and Juda Roark in a cabin on the Tennessee River in Hamilton County, Tenn. Shortly after her 15th birthday she announced that she was going to marry Robert Beane Scott. Robert Beane Scott had been born on April 18, 1829 in the same county as Mary Ann. He was the youngest child of Goodman Scott, and Lydia Beane Scott. His mother was the second wife of Goodman Scott. The Beanes were skilled gunsmiths and makers of the famous “Kentucky Rifle”. Goodman was 19 and Mary Ann was 15. Goodman had obtained 80 acres on Grasshopper Creek just a quarter of a mile from Mary Ann’s home. Robert had a reputation for being a hard worker who could provide for his family. But soon after their marriage he felt a divine call to be a minister. In that Era Baptist pastors were required to farm or choose another form of livelihood to support his family.
The picture on the right is Mary Ann Roark Scott around 1890. Beneath that picture is the cemetery in Crawford County, Arkansas where her husband was buried and some of their children.
The couple remained in Tennessee through the Civil War. Elizabeth, their 6th child was born in 1861 just before the war began. Noah, Grandfather’s father, was born in 1863 and Joseph was born in 1865 right after the close of the war. Robert had been deferred from fighting in the war because he was a minister so he continued to farm and minister to the people. But that Fall after Joseph was born and when what was left of their crops (after the war) the couple and their seven children moved across the state and neither would ever see their parents again.
But that move was not their final destination. Four years later with another son, Miles in 1867 and a pregnant Mary Ann they moved to Ft. Gibson in Indian territory in Oklahoma. But after a few month they moved east across over the Arkansas River and settled northwest of Van Buren in Crawford County. Their daughter Margaret was born in May of1870 but she died Sept. 7, 1870.
Because this is getting rather long and there is much more to tell, I’m going to close here tonight, but will continue the story in the next segment. Sorry the pictures aren’t better, but they were old and in a book and this was the best I could do. I tried to snip away the extra paper, but couldn’t make it happen, so this isn’t pretty but I think it is the story you all want.