September 2001


The reunion went down without a hitch, one more time thanks to Alan Bradshaw with significant help from daughters and dad. Attendees were(in the order they signed in): Bernice Scott, Barbara & Dan Gibson, Laura Hardwick, Alan, Menalie & Sephanie Bradshaw, Anna & Richard Cox, Kendall Jones, Judy McCorkle, Alice Melton, Russell Scott, Helen & Clarence Albertson, Barbara Jill Albertson, Marie Olsowka, Gloria & Gary Scott, Abigale and Arthur Scott, Loyce & Charles Bradshaw, Margaret & Patrick Harris. Bill Scott, Carole & Jim Choomack, Tom & Nancy Seay, Paul & Ryan Seay, Bev,Bob, Garrett and Clayton Treis, Rita Jeffers, Debra Burton (Bill Scott’s Granddaughter), Margie & Dennis Johnson. FIRST REMINDER: REUNION DATES NEXT YEAR ARE 22 AND 23 JUNE 2002.

Alan Bradshaw and friends did the bar-b-que. I thought I had seen everything but, as usual, I was wrong. In my experience if bar-b-que isn’t burning it isn’t cooking and if it isn’t black, it isn’t done. They hauled in a cooker so big it took a pickup to pull it. Then they filled it up with charcoal and lit it off with a big whoosh (I was up to speed at this point). Then they spread out all the chicken, and with this special sauce (no tomatoes, just vinegar, butter and hot peppers) they proceeded to make the best chicken I have ever tasted. It was not black, not even brown. Cooked all the way through and not a dry spot anywhere in it. They followed that up with home made ice cream that was FROZEN !! Not like mine which might better be called a milkshake.

Sunday found most of us at the Church in Lancing where the congregation always gives us a great reception. A chicken lunch was hosted by the church ladies. This lunch has been held for several years and is most appreciated by the family.


Nancy Seay sends that she starts 2 weeks of intensive chemo as I prepare the newsletter. Direct prayer & positive thoughts that direction. Son Paul graduated from Emory and Henry and will be attending Duke University next year. Both Paul and Ryan were home for the summer.(good looking lads, both)

Ron Voss reports not able to make the 2001 Reunion since Ingrid and his oldest daughter will be on a Girl Scout trip to Costa Rica!!! And we thought it was a big deal to go to the local lake for an overnight camping trip. Further they have moved into a new house, always a trying task!

Delta Dean Long sent me a nice letter along with names and birthdates of 3 g-grandchildren of whom I knew nothing. She also included new addresses for several kinfolks, folks whose mail had been being returned. I was late making the entries (like I misfiled her letter) but everyone should now be getting the newsletter. She also tells us that Sandra J. Long was married to Julius Williams on 18 June 1999.

Sydonia Chastain also sends that her son, Thomas J., was married on 20 April 2001 to Leigh Ann Sheldon in St. Louis.

Donna Brown emailed regrets on not attending the reunion but sends she had some health problems with her arteries. She spent some time in the hospital but was feeing much better when she wrote that she was “proud to be a Scott relative.

Russell Scott sent me an article with the following headline: “WARTBURG VALEDICTORIAN STEPHANIE BRADSHAW TO PLAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL AT CENTRE COLLEGE IN DANVILLE, KENTUCKY” Picture with 3 columns about Alan’s daughter. It says Stephanie was Morgan Co. Senior of the Year after being named Junior of the Year previous. She was named 3 times All-District and All-County. Graduating with a 4.0 grade point, she was class President for 3 years. Ain’t you proud, Alan?

Barbara Cardwell sent me her email address along with a short note. She says she may be able to attend next year, C’mon Barb-we’d love to see you.

Brother Randy Treis tells me his money and his son, Brian, have both departed for Rochester Institute of Technology in NY state.


Sydonia Chastain wrote me to inform me of the death of James Alphanso Chastain. James was born 11 September 1931 and died 21 January 2001, both in Lincoln, NE. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park with Military rites by the honor guard from Ft. Riley Kansas. She reports James was ill for several years prior to his death. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Dianne J. Baney of Albuquerque and Thomas J. of St. Louis. In addition there are 3 grandchildren, Jeffery Ketchum, Adam Baney and Amanda Baney. He was preceeded in death by a son, David James in 1990 and his parents, Jewel and Bernice Chastain. Mrs. Chastain included a nice donation to the newsletter mailing fund, a much appreciated gesture. Our condolences and best wishes go out to the entire family.


Anna Cox gave me a great pamphlet at the reunion. It contained various and sundry branches of which we are all descendants but rarely speak of, not because they are sheep of a different color but rather because we usually only dwell on the Scott/Clark(e) portion of our ancestry. Some are quite interesting.

I have begun placing all my material on CD. Two reasons for this: First and foremost, a hurricane or fire could wipe out a major portion of several family archives; second, it lets everyone who wants one have a digital copy of the original so everyone can use the material,not just old stuffy me. The first Scott CD is finished and has been given to a select and favored few. It contains photos and documents along with letters, charts, etc. Should you desire one of these, let me know & I’ll send you one, no charge. Formats are JPEG and MSWord. (I would love to have a copy of any of your precious documents to include in the upcoming CD).

The picture on the last page says it was the HOOD house but it really was the house that Jason Clark built and lived in. Alice Melton and Russell Scott spent considerable time going through all the inside since the govt. plans to tear it down to make way for road improvement. After the Sunday lunch at the church the Treis children begged and pulled to be allowed to explore the house, covered with vines, weeds and probably filled with nasty snakes. Several families had lived there after Jason, one of which was the Jones family. Kendall Jones accompanied us and gave a fine lecture on the history of his family while it lived in the house. When the last persons (Hood) died/moved out, they left everything in place. Therefore there was food in the pantry, clothes in the closets and piles of household goods throughout. A dozen folks had a great time taking pictures and talking while the children rooted through all the piles, never once being bitten by snake or spider, although long baths followed for all the rooters.


It seems, that at each reunion someone is disappointed that someone else did not show up. The next year that person is at the reunion and the first person is not. It was suggested and approved that there be two types of reunions. The first is that NORMAL REUNION to which we have all become accustomed, where all the local and near-local relatives come regardless and this should continue every year. NOW FOR THE CATCHY PART: Every second year should be designated as a MAJOR REUNION when the far or seldom travelers can be assured of seeing the maximum number of relatives. That all said, let it be known that the 2002 reunion will be a MAJOR REUNION , meaning all occasional attendees should attempt to be there to insure maximum chance of seeing everyone. I would think an early start for tours, etc. would be in order for the MAJORS.


Gary Scott suggested that the following might be appropriate in light of the events of 11 September. These are the final 3 verses of our National Anthem, rarely seen and seldom sung:

On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
This the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
“In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Alice and Russell had loads of neat pictures, artifacts and family heirlooms on display. These were items that they found in the house during their search and reclaim mission.

By Jean Pollard, Morgan County News

Melton shares photo found in old Hood house

Patriarch of the of the Clark family, Jason Clark, and his family are shown in a photo found recently when the Hood house in Lancing was being torn down.

Tearing down the old and getting ready to build the new often turns up unexpected blessings that are very valuable! Almost everyone would be excited to find an old photo of a grandparent with family members. The following story is just an example of this.

This week I have a photo that was brought in by Alice Melton. The picture was found recently at the Hood house in Lancing which is being torn down to make way for the railroad overpass. The house was built by Jason S. Clark, pictured seated in the front center. He was reportedly the patriarch of the Clark family and the grandfather of Alice Melton.

The children standing around him are Alice's sisters, Dorothy Walley, Jewell Voss, and Caroline Scott. The lady in the back row holding the baby is Alice's mother Alta Clark Scott and the baby is Alice's brother, John Clark Scott. Left of Alta Scott is her sister, Ella Clark Jones who married William H. Jones, who is pictured at the far right.

The Jones children are in the picture but Alice could not identify which is which. There names were Theodore, Kenneth, Willie (Bill), and Amos. Alice was not able to identify the others in the picture.

Jason S. Clark was born in Michigan and moved to Fentress County after the Civil War. He then moved to Burrville and later to Lancing. He was a Methodist preacher and a Civil War Veteran.

The families of Scott and Clark have had a family reunion annually since 1972 and it is set this year for June 23rd and 24th. On Saturday, the 23rd they will meet at Frozen Head State Park at the Visitor's Center. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and dinner will be at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the 24th they will meet for church at the Lancing Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. to join with their homecoming with dinner following. All friends and relatives are invited to attend all the reunion festivities.

Thanks to Alice for sharing this old photo and information.

The Morgan County News ©2001

Written and Submitted by:

R. E. Treis
2120 Karlburg Drive
Pensacola, FL 32506

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