Elizabeth Scott1

b. circa 1800, d. June 1876
FatherWilliam Scott d. bef 21 Jun 1803
MotherJane Whitely2 b. abt 1768, d. 1833
Birthcirca 1800 Elizabeth Scott was born circa 1800 estimated from her age on the 1850 through 1870 census records. 
Marriage She married first Armstrong Beattie, son of David Beattie and Mary Beattie
Legatee30 Dec 1819 Armstrong died in Jan. 1820. His will left Elizabeth and their son William his entire estate with the stipulation that should Elizabeth remarry she would forfeit her right to two Negro boys, Joe and Anthony. She was also named executor, although she declined in favor of Samuel McGinnia.3 
  The land Armstrong devised to Elizabeth included a large part of what later became the community of Glade Spring. As the town grew Elizabeth sold many parcels of land in this area. 
Court Record3 Jan 1821 On 3 Jan 1821 Elizabeth submitted a statement to the Superior Court of Chancery at the Wythe County courthouse. She said she had been made party on behalf of her infant son to a law suit (Beaty et al vs Clark et al) without her knowledge and that she did not wish to be included in the suit.4 
ChildDeath4 Sep 1821  Elizabeth's young son William died later that year.5 
Marriage24 May 1822 She married second Dr. Nickerson Snead on 24 May 1822 in Washington County, Virginia.6 
Land-Buy  Among Nickerson and Elizabeth's land holdings were adjacent tracts on the Old Stage Rd. (present day Rt. 11) near what was once the community of Old Glade Spring (south of present day Glade Spring). The northern parcel (135 acres) was purchased on 27 April 1833 from William and Rhoda Beattie for $10 an acre. Nickerson purchased the southern parcel from Moses and Ebenezer Robinson on 23 Sept. 1837 for $900. It included slightly over 35 acres. Nickerson built a large brick house along the north side of the Stage Rd., possibly just inside the former Robinson acreage, but very near the old boundary between the 2 parcels.7,8 
Cens-185022 Aug 1850 Judging by the neighboring households, this home is where Elizabeth and Nickerson resided at the time of the 1850 census enumeration. Nickerson's entry noted that he was a physician, age 52, and owned real estate worth $1,200. Elizabeth was 49. The household also included Sarah Edmondson [Elizabeth Snead's half-sister] (36) and Fleming Rose [Nickerson Snead's nephew] (male, 18, farmer).9 
Cens-186010 Jul 1860  By 1860 Nickerson owned real estate valued at $15,000 and personal property of an almost equal amount.10 
Cens-1860- Slave1 Aug 1860  The household included 11 slaves.11 
  The 1860 household also included Florence Edmondson [the daughter of Elizabeth's half-brother David Edmondson] as well as the previously mentioned Sarah Edmondson.10 
Widowed1 Apr 1869  Nickerson died in 1869 leaving Elizabeth the bulk of his personal and real estate. 
Cens-187029 Sep 1870 The following year Elizabeth was enumerated as the head of her own household which again included Sarah Edmondson.12 
Will19 Jun 1872 Elizabeth wrote her will on 19 Jun 1872. She remembered a long list of individuals [see link to full abstract below]. She also asked that an iron railing be placed around her grave and the graves of her husband, her son, her sister Polly and her first husband.13 
DeathJun 1876 Elizabeth died in Jun 1876.14 
Burial She was buried at Old Glade Spring Cemetery in Washington County. Her grave is part of a cluster that includes not only the individuals mentioned in her will, but also her brother John, her half sister Sarah and her mother Jane.15 
  The location of Elizabeth's grave can be determined from a survey of the cemetery recorded in the early 1950s. However a later survey, done for the book High On A Windy Hill in the 1960s, did not include her stone. The stone was confirmed to be missing in the summer of 2008. 

Related Links and Images:

See Francis Kincannon Grants on the Old Stage Rd. for plats and a discussion of how Nickerson and Elizabeth acquired their land along the Stage Rd.
Elizabeth's will
Other interments in Old Glade Spring Cemetery


Armstrong Beattie b. 17 May 1792, d. 20 Jan 1820
Last Edited23 Nov 2013


  1. [S707] Elizabeth Snead will and codicil (recorded 1876), Washington Co., Virginia Will Book 19: 101. Elizabeth named brothers with the surname Scott in her will.
  2. [S707] Elizabeth Snead will and codicil (recorded 1876), Washington Co., Virginia Will Book 19: 101. Elizabeth's will named her sister Polly (dec'd) and brothers Robert and William Scott. Robert and William Scott were named as siblings in the will of John Scott who also named his mother as Jane Edmiston.
  3. [S131] Armstrong Beatie will (30 Dec. 1819), Washington Co., Virginia, Will Book 4: 318-319. Lists beloved wife Betsy and son William.
  4. [S1039] Statement of Elizabeth Beatie in case of Beaty et al vs Clark et al; Wythe Co., Virginia Superior Ct. of Chancery no. 1821-04-SC.
  5. [S2] Catherine McConnell, High On A Windy Hill, p. 175. William Batie, s/o Armstrong Batie, 29 Dec. 1818-4 Sep 1821, age 2y 5m 15d.
  6. [S4] D.E. Brown, Marriages of Washington Co., VA 1781-1853, p. 57.
  7. [S1044] Washington Co., Virginia Deed Book 11: 260.
  8. [S2526] Jack Hockett, Washington Co., Virginia Deed Book 17, 1844-1846, abstracting Washington Co., VA Deed Bk 17: 179. This deed was executed 23 Sept. 1837 but not delivered to the county clerk for recording until 28 Mar 1845.
  9. [S367] Nick Snead household, 1850 U.S. Census, Washington Co., VA, pop. sched., 67th District, p. 107b (stamped), dwelling 615, family 615, viewed online at Ancestry.com, June 2003, image 80 of 289. Recorded data includes: Nick Snead, 52, physician, owns real estate valued at $1,200; Elizabeth 49; Sarah Edmondson 36; Fleming Rose (m) 18, farmer; all b. VA.
  10. [S234] Nickerson Snead household, 1860 U.S. cens, Washington Co., VA, pop. sched., Western District, p. 462 (added script), dwelling 709, family 686, viewed online at Ancestry.com, June 2003, image 100 of 361. Reported data includes: Nickerson Snead, 62, M.D., owns real estate of $15,000 % pers. prop of $14,350; Elizabeth 60, housekeeper; Sallie Edmondson 45, seamstress; Florence Edmondson 16; Fleming Rose 27, farm laborer; all b. VA.
  11. [S1308] Nickerson Snead, owner, 1860 U.S. census, Washington Co., Virginia, slave schedule, p. 10 (original script), line 28, viewed online at Ancestry.com. 11 slaves including 4 adult males, 2 adult females, and 5 children.
  12. [S635] E. Snead household, 1870 U.S. cens, Washington Co., Virginia, pop. sched., Glade Spring Township, p. 75 (stamped), dwelling 302, family 306, viewed online at Ancestry.com, June 2003, image 149 of 426. Data includes: E. Snead, 70, owns real estate valued at $2,000, personal prop of $600; S. Edmondson, 55 [?], (f), no occupation; both b. VA.
  13. [S707] Elizabeth Snead will and codicil (recorded 1876), Washington Co., Virginia Will Book 19: 101. The will was dated 19 June 1872 with a codicil added June 25th 1872 and a second codicil added June 15th, 1876. It was recorded in court on June 26, 1876; M. M. Morris, executor.
  14. [S2116] Jack Hockett, "Ancestors and Descendants of Benjamin Snead and Felicia Oliver: Supplement No. 1", USGenWeb: Virginia, Russell County, 2003 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~varussel/additions/… : accessed Aug. 2008), Mr. Hocket abstracted the following file: Elizabeth Snead, widow of Nickerson Snead: Chancery Causes, Box 57, Washington County Courthouse, Abingdon, VA. The file named the siblings of Nickerson Snead and their heirs, who inherited from Nickerson Snead's estate after the death of Elizabeth Snead.
  15. [S132] Record of persons buried in Old Glade Spring Cemetery, Washington Co. Virginia, as compiled by John A. Blakemore circa 1952 with a plot map drawn by Harold Lester in 1963. Elizabeth's headstone was inventoried as grave #188. There were no dates noted.