Brief Narrative of the
Family of Jacob Silcott
Jacob Silcott was born on 28 January 1770, likely in either Bucks County, Pennsylvania or in New Jersey.Jacob moved to Loudon County, Virginia, presumably as part of the Quaker migration from PA and NJ into Virginia that took place during the mid 1700s.Jacob married Jane Heaton, daughter of John and Abigail (Paxson) Heaton in Loudon County, sometime circa 1792.
John Heaton was born in Burlington County, New Jersey on 24 June 1724.His parents were John and Sarah Roberts.Abigail Paxson’s parents were James and Mary Paxson.The Paxsons were from Solsbury, Bucks County, PA.The Heatons were originally from Bucks County, later from Burlington County, New Jersey and then moved to Loudon County, VA in 1768.Jane Heaton was born there on 30 June 1775, one of their eight children.John Heaton died in Loudon County in 1788, leaving no will.
The Heatons, Paxsons, and presumably the Silcotts were Quakers, as they appear in the Quaker records of Loudon County, Virginia, and the Heatons/Paxsons earlier in Burlington Co., NJ.(This raises a question in my mind.It is a well-known tennant of the Quaker faith that they were anti-slavery.It is interesting to me that Jacob Silcott was a slave owner.)
Jacob Silcott, referred to in Meda Moorehead Tomlinson narrative as “Colonel Silcott”, was reportedly a very wealthy plantation owner in Loudon County.Although, reading Meda’s paper, I think one would do well to try and separate fact from fiction, as she seemed to be lavish with embellishment.I have not tried to investigate the title “colonel”.This could refer to military service, or could have been a Southern honorary title.If Jacob Silcott was a Quaker, it is rather unlikely that he served in a military role.It is evident however, that Jacob Silcott was at the very least, financially comfortable, as were the Quakers as a community on whole.(I have not looked for any land records, tax records, etc. to determine any of this.)
Jane (Heaton) Silcott died on 1 October 1809, age 34, and is buried in the old Ebenezer Cemetery, Bloomfield, Loudon County, VA.Jacob later remarried (see below).Jacob and Jane had eight children together, to wit:
1Elizabeth Silcott 28 November 1792 29 January 1864
2Sarah Silcott 4 December 1794 24 March 1874
3Mariah/Marie Silcott 28 April 1796
4Nancy Silcott 1798
5Delila Silcott 24 January 1802
6Craven Silcott 28 January 1805 14 July 1868
7Lucinda Silcott 10 May 1807
8James Heaton Silcott 15 September 1809 31 January 1896
Jacob Silcott remarried to Tamer Cowgill on 21 February 1813.Tamer was born on 4 October 1791, Loudon County, VA.(I have more on the Cowgills if you’re interested.) In 1836, Jacob Silcott is said to have freed all of his slaves, sold his plantation in Loudon County, and moved to Ross County, Ohio.He died there on 14 October 1845, and is buried in the Sinking Springs Cemetery in Ross County.Tamer died on 26 September 1874, Bainbridge, Ohio.Together they had the following children, to wit:
9Amanda Silcott 8 September 1814 Highland Co., Ohio
10 Mary Ann Silcott 28 December 1816 1855
11 Frances May Silcott 27 December 1819 1907, Ross Co.
12 James Hanson Silcott 20 May 1821 1864
13 Jane Silcott 29 September 1823
14 Mary Martha Silcott 19 September 1825 1858, Macon Co., MO
15 Arthur E. Silcott 8 March 1828 14 Jan. 1911
16 Luther M. Silcott 30 June 1830 12 November 1873
17 John W. Silcott 12 January 1833 27 April 1907
The Silcott Genealogy by Balckburn follows the different Silcott children to varying degrees.This book may still be available to order from the author, if you are interested in having a copy.She was selling them for $42.00 (hardcover); 32.00 (soft)(back in 1992).I just made photocopies of relevant pages at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library, in Mansfield, OH.
The Heaton Genealogy is widely held by many genealogical libraries around the country.I see it seemingly everywhere!
A Silcott cousin, from Jacob, thru his dau. Sarah (Silcott) Tomlinson.
Andy Miller, Columbus, Ohio