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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Wildcat Genealogy

The Web/Internet has a pretty good functionality for genealogy. Here is a nice shot of some old settlers, John and Mahala Wilson Scott who farmed in Wapella Township sections 31 and 32. They are related to about 1/3 of the Village today, one way or another.

Read through their biography, which is generally pleasant, then the typical Wildcat firecracker goes off about 1/2 way down:

"John or his cousin John W. Scott was indicted for assault with a knife in Dewitt county in October, 1851."

Notice that he was never convicted, just indicted. As this photo was taken in 1898 or so, it looks like JW Scott came out all right.

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