Robert Stott

On 4 November 1901, Robert Stott, my spouse’s 3rd great-grandfather, passed away.

Born on 14 March 1833, in Oldham Parish, Lancashire, England, Robert Stott was the son of Matthew and Betty Stott.

Oldham from Glodwick Fields, 1831

On 29 March 1833, Robert was christened at the independent church in Greenacre, a hamlet just two miles east of Oldham. At the time of Robert Stott’s baptism, Oldham Parish had a population of approximately 22,000.

In 1841, the Stott family was enumerated in Mill Bottom of the Ashton and Oldham district of the parish of Oldham-cum-Prestwich, in Lancashire, England. Residing in the household were father Matthew Stott, age 45-49; mother Betty, age 45-49; sister Hannah, age 20-24; brother Mark, age 15-19; brother Matthew, age 15-19; sister Betty, age 13; brother Thomas, age 10; Robert, age 9; and sister Mary, age 5.

Although nothing more is known of Robert Stott’s childhood in Oldham, much is known about his hometown:

  • In 1476, Oldham’s parochial chapel was built. In 1765, St. Peter’s Chapel was built thanks to voluntary subscriptions. In 1830, another church was being built, thanks to an Act of Parliament.
  • In 1611, a free grammar school was founded by James Asheton, Esq. In 1807, a Mr. Henshaw left a large sum of money for the endowment of a bluecoat school (a charity school): however, legal difficulties prevented the bequest from being executed.
  • Oldham was a manufacturing town. Oldham’s original product was hats. However, circa 1830, fustian, a heavy cloth woven from cotton, began to be produced, and textiles would eventually become Oldham’s primary industry.
  • Oldham had an abundance of coal. In addition, its soil was of excellent quality, made up of clay and black loam.
  • Finally, each year on May 2nd, Oldham would hold a fair where horned cattle, horses, and sheep would be bought and sold.

In 1844, when Robert Stott was 11 years old, the Stott family left England and immigrated to the United States. They arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and made their way to adjacent Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

On 8 August 1850, the Stott family was enumerated in Lower Chichester Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Living in the household were father Matthew Stott, age 59; mother Betty, age 58; sister Elizabeth, age 22; Robert, age 18; and sister Mary, age 15. Robert was working as an operative. (No, Robert Stott was not part of the intelligence community. He was a factory worker, possibly in textiles.)

Within two years of the 1850 Census, Robert Stott had moved out of the family home and put down roots in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

In 1852, Robert Stott married Elizabeth R. Mayhue in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He was about 20 years old at the time, and she was nearly 16 years old. Elizabeth was the daughter of Parley and Sarah Ann (McGinnis) Mayhue.

On 14 October 1857, son Townsend Richard Stott (my spouse’s 2nd great-grandfather) was born in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

On 1 August 1860, the Stott family was enumerated in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household was Robert Stott, age 27; Elizabeth Stott, age 23; and Townsend Stott, age 3. Their farm was valued at $300, and their personal property was worth $100.

In July 1862, the Robert and Elizabeth Stott welcomed another son to their family, Parley E. Stott.

On 25 July 1870, the Stotts were still residing in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Living in the household were Robert, Elizabeth; Townsend, and Parley. The farm was valued at $800, and their personal assets were valued at $640.

Then, on 28 January 1875, the couple’s third and final son, Paul Stott, was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

On 1 June 1880, the Stotts were still living on their farm in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the home were Robert Stott, age 46; Elizabeth, age 44; Townsend, age 23; Parley, age 18; and Paul, age 5. Boarding with them was a widow born in Ireland by the name of Jane Stott. Although the census does indicate how she is related, I have concluded that Jane is the widow of Robert Stott’s slightly older brother, Thomas. (Thomas, Jane, and their children were enumerated in 1870 as residents of Philadelphia.)

In 1884, Robert and Elizabeth’s son Townsend Stott was married to Margaret Louise Goss, daughter of William L. Goss and Caroline M. Westbrook.

On 31 January 1889, son Parley Stott married Ida Rowles in Knox Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Then, on 3 August 1899, their youngest son Paul Stott married Martha J. Jones in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

On 1 June 1900, Robert Stott and his wife Elizabeth still lived in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Son Paul and his wife Martha lived with them. Robert was a farmer, and Paul was a miner.

A year later, on 4 November 1901, Robert Stott died on his farm in Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He was 68 years old. He was buried in Sunburn Cemetery in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

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  2. So, I wonder: Could my 14th grandfather be the grandson of your William Worden, born in 1405? If so, which of your William’s Worden’s sons was my William’s father?


  3. I believe I only have birth of William Worden in 1405.

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  4. The earliest documented Worden I have is my 14th great-grandfather, William Worden (1514–1574) of Clayton, Lancashire, England. His son, Robert Worden (my 13th great-grandfather) was born 1534 and died 11 September 1580 in Lancashire, England. Have you traced this line back farther?


  5. HI did I tell you my Worden’s are from Lancashire, England? I hope to visit next year. My William Worden was born in Lancashire, England in 1405

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  6. Interesting description of Robert’s hometown in Lancashire.

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