J.B. Scott - a lonely grave beside the road
Backstory and Context
The stone reads: J. B. Scott - died July 28, 1858 - in the 40th year of his life. When you see this lonely tombstone, your first reaction is "why is he here, I just pasted a graveyard? Located on Union Ridge at the head of Bryan Creek there is nothing near the stone and never has been. So why is it here? There are several stories.
Joseph B. Scott was one of the overseers for the Jenkins Plantation at Greenbottom on the Ohio River in Cabell County, VA. According to the 1850 census he was born in New York state
Local stories claim he was not a popular man, either on the plantation nor in the local community. Supposedly, "he was messing with the women". On July 1858, Scott was riding in a carriage returning to Greenbottom. His trip had been to attend the slave market in Barboursville. (about 25 miles one way) and there was a Black woman in the carriage. He was stopped at this lonely spot, murdered, buried and almost forgotten.
Gebheart, Hazel - historian for the Union Ridge community (deceased)
Eldridge, Carrie: Cabell County Census Locator
Federal Census - 1850 Cabell County, VA