An American Family History

Henry Scott

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
King Charles I ruled England from March 27, 1625 to 1649.

Henry Scott was born on November 1, 1560 in Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England.

He married Martha Whatlock on July 25, 1594. Their children and life together are described in the section on Henry and Martha Scott.

He was questman at Rattlesden 1601 and again in 1619. A questman was empowered to investigate certain matters such as abuses of weights and measures.

He was surveyor in 1609, overseer of the poor in 1613 and constable from 1616 to 1618.

His will was dated September 24, 1624 and was proved in the arch-deaconry of Sudbury on January 10, 1625. He died in December, 1624 and was buried in Rattlesden, December 24, 1624.

Rattlesden is a village in Suffolk in eastern England. St. Nicholas church dates from the 13th century. The village was a center of Puritanism in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Children of Henry Scott
and Martha Whatlock

The ship Elizabeth sailed from Ipswich, England in April, 1634 with William Andrews, Master. On board were Richard and Ursula Kimball and their children, Ursula’s mother Martha Whatlock Scott and her brothers Roger and Thomas Scott. Humphrey and Bridget Bradstreet sailed on the same ship. They arrived in July at Boston.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.



A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

from Genealogical Gleanings in England, Volume 2 by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters

Henry Skott of Rattlesden, Suffolk, yeoman, 24 September 1623, proved 10 January 1624.
To my wife Martha the house wherein I dwell &c. during term of her natural life; after that to my son Roger Skott and his heirs forever.
To Abigail Kemball my grandchild forty shillings at her age of one and twenty years.
To my grandchild Henry Kemball twenty shillings at age of one and twenty and the same sum each to grandchildren Elizabeth and Richard Kemball at same age.
To son Thomas Skott five pounds within one year after my decease.
To Mr. Peter Devereux, minister of Rattlesden, ten shillings. Wife Martha to be executrix.
Bury Wills, Book Pearle, L. 117.

A constable was an elected official who was responsible for keeping the peace. His duties were more limited than the sheriff's. He apprehended and punished offenders, helped settle estates, and collected taxes.

from The Kimball Family News
Henry Scott was questman at Rattlesden 1601, and again in 1619; surveyor 1609; overseer of the poor 1613; constable 1616-1618.

Edmund Scott. May have been father of Henry Scott who m. Martha Whotlocke. There was also a Robert Scott living in Rattlesden. Edmund Scott died August 14, 1621, aged about 97 years; m. Joane , who was buried May 15, 1615.

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