Friday, January 16, 2015

Mary Smith Stephen (Scott) 1866 - 1950

Mary Scott, 1924, 58 years old

Mary Stephen was born in 1866 in Brechin, Angus, Scotland to James and Mary Stephen.  Mary was the second of 3 children.  

In 1881 she was 15 and the census lists her occupation as that of a milliner or one who designs and makes hats.

She Married Arthur Hardie Scott January 31, 1888 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Dundee, Scotland. 

In the 1891 census Arthur is 30, Mary is 25 and they had a four year old son named James.  Can James be 4 and legitimate?  Not sure.  The date of the 1891 census was the night of 5 April 1891.  The Sherrard Family tree has his date and place of birth as 16 Dec 1890 in Laurencekirk, Kincardine, Scotland.  The 1901 census lists him as being 14 or born in 1887.  That agrees with the 1891 census. 

Arthur and Mary had 8 children
 1. Jim (1888 to 1933), died from drowning July 25, 1933, family oral history.
 2. Mary Bennett (1891 to 1983) born Dundee, married Goodfellow, lived in New Zealand (Note: Mary won a music scholarship in Berkeley, playing the piano, and Arthur promised her he would take her to Australia as a reward but the ship had to turn back due bad weather. Mary eventually came to NZ via Australia on her own and met her future husband.)
Christened 16 Sep 1891 
3. Margaret (Daisy) (1894 to 1965)
4.  Dora (1896, died in childhood)
5. Olive (1899 to 1982)
6. Henrietta (1901 to 1991) or Etta Scott b Dundee married James White and lived in America
7.  Martha (1904 to 1954)
8.  Alma N Scott (1907 to 1968).

Mary immigrated to the US in 1902 and she moved, with Arthur, to California in 1902; returned to Scotland in 1910 as a widow to watch over her aged mother, and returned to the USA in 1924 after the death of her mother.   It is believed she took the children with her and that at least some attended the Morgan Academy, Dundee.

In 1930 she was living in Riverside, CA with her daughter Henrietta Scott and James White.  James was a manager of a chain store.  Henrietta was a housekeeper at a country club. 

In 1940 she was living with her daughter Margaret and son-in-law William Fralic in Baltimore City, Maryland.  William was a mariner for a steamship company.
She died June 22, 1950 in Billings, Yosemite County, Montana according to Ancestry, and was buried on the 26th in the Mountview Cemetery, Billings Montana.  The cemetery is run by the city. 

 Mary's children:
Back Row: Martha, Jim, Olive
    Front Row: Etta, Mary, Alma, Daisy, about 1915 based on Alma's apparent age.

She Married Arthur Hardie Scott January 31, 1888 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Dundee, Scotland.


1930 census: Mary is living with Henrietta her daughter.

1940 census: Mary is living with her daughter Margaret and son-in-law William Fralic who is a mariner for a steamship company.  Can't keep away from those seamen.  She is 74 and will live 10 more years.  See bottom of census for more on Margaret:

This list is from the Mountainview Site

Mountview Cemetery - owned by the City of Billings, is located at 
1704 Central Avenue.

Yellowstone County, Montana

Montana records:

Burial: Burial:
Mountview Cemetery
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA

Daughter: Mary Burnett Scott