LEONIDAS SCOTT, one of the prominent citizens of Rushville, Schuyler county, Illinois, is a native of this county, born September 7, 1855 (for family history, see sketch of Mrs. T. W. Scott). He was united in marriage March 25, 1874, to Melinda B. Demaree, a native of Mercer county, Kentucky, born August 9, 1855. Her parents, Holdman and Martha J. Demaree, were also natives of Mercer county, Kentucky. They emigrated to Schuyler county in 1857, and bought land on which they lived until death; they had born to them eight children, six of whom are living. Mrs. Scott's grandparents were Virginians by birth and were among the pioneers of Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott have two children: Laura B. was born March 18, 1876, and Catherine, born August 16, 1888. Mr. Scott passed an uneventful youth, being reared to the occupation of a farmer; after his marriage he remained on the home farm until 1887, when be purchased his present residence in Rushville. He rents his farm, which consists of 200 acres, and devotes his time to the breeding of fine horses. Netty Thorn is a very fine animal belonging to his stables, and he has sent out some of the most promising horses that are on the turf to-day.
Our worthy subject is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and takes an active interest in the order. His wife belongs to the Christian Church. They are giving their children a good education, and are thus providing them with a legacy of which no man can defraud them.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, page 139.
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