Pages 558-559, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JOHN A. SCANTLIN—For thirty years John A. Scantlin has been a resident of Allen county, and is now one of the prosperous farmers of Cottage Grove township. He was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, on the 14th of August, 1844, his parents being Thomas and Delilah (Elliott) Scantlin, the former a native of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, whence he removed to Ohio when a young man. In the Buckeye State he was married and for a number of years followed the miller's trade, but in later life turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and died upon his farm in 1859, at the age of fifty-nine years. His wife survived him until 1870, passing away at the age of fifty-seven.

John A. Scantlin is now the only surviving member of their family of three children. No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of life for him in his youth. He assisted his father and pursued his education in the public schools. When he had arrived at man's estate he was married, in February, 1869, to Miss Mary E. Reed, a native of Ohio, and in the fall of 1870 he came to Kansas, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in East Cottage Grove township. With character-


istic energy he began the development of his farm and as his financial resources have increased, he has extended its boundaries until it now comprises three hundred and ninety-two acres of land. The place is highly cultivated and is improved with modern accessories and conveniences.

Not long after arriving in Allen county, Mr. Scantlin had the misfortune to lose his wife, who died in 1876. They were parents of three children, but only one is now living, Thomas, who is a resident of Neosho county. For his second wife Mr. Scantlin chose Mrs. Salina McCord, widow of Andrew McCord, and a daughter of Nelson Gibson. They were married on the 4th of March, 1882. Mrs. Scantlin was a native of Indiana, and became a resident of Kansas about 1872. By her first marriage she had two children, one of whom is living, Lillie, now the wife of Edgar Kelley, who is living near Joplin, Missouri. There are also two children by the second marriage: Clinton J. and Emma L., who are with their parents.

Mr. Scantlin votes with the Democratic party and keeps well informed on the issues of the day. He has never sought office for himself, yet is always ready to assist a friend. He withholds his support from no measure which he believes will prove of public good and is therefore a valued member of the community.

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