LINCOLN LEGEND OF A BAND

Abraham Lincoln

Everett Scott as an older man

One of the original members of 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band is said to have been among the band members who played for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.


Edward Everett Scott was born in Greensboro, Orleans County, Vermont and died in Winslow, Kitsap County, Washington. He is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. The grave site is marked by a small family headstone. His parents were Samuel Garvin and Sarah (Haines) Scott.


The Scott family was listed in the 1850 census of Lamoille County, Vermont and included Samuel age 38, Sarah age 35, and sons Luther LeRoy and Edward E. along with daughter Sarah.


The census of 1860 for Whiteside County, Illinois has listed Edward E. Scott living with his parents and older brother Luther. They were living near the village of Lyndon. Edward and his father enlisted in the Army and became members of the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band. Edward also served, for a second term, near the end of the war. This service was with the Camp Butler Post Band in Springfield, Illinois. After Edward returned to the Lyndon area, he was married to Cordelia Ann Scoles. The wedding ceremony, performed by Samuel G. Scott, took place on 2 March 1864 in Whiteside County, Illinois.


The 1880 census of Whiteside County included Edward age 37, Cordelia age 34, and children Minnie age 13, Sarah age 10, William age 8, and Delia age 2. Cordelia Ann (Scoles) Scott was the daughter of William and Emily (Beckwith) Scoles. She died on 9 June 1922 in Winslow, Kitsap County, Washington and is interred beside her husband Edward at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


Edward Scott had been a farmer and later in life a carpenter and builder. In 1960, Edward’s youngest daughter wrote a short essay of remembrances of her childhood. This short statement tells of her father’s musical ability. “Father taught band, five or six at a time, after a day’s work. Sadie (his sister) played the organ, and Will (his brother) played the tuba. Father had played cornet at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral and had been in the Union Army in the Civil War.”


   



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