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In his interview, Eliga Diggs remembers how his Aunt Millie Scott loved her rose garden

In his interview, Eliga Diggs remembers how his Aunt Millie Scott loved her rose garden

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The Hotchkiss family (Bankhead descendants) flanked by Edward Scott and Mildred Scott Young, whose mother Susan Scott was brought to Alabama by William Stuart Bankhead

 

The Hotchkiss family flanked by Edward Scott and Mildred Scott Young

Dates alive: 
1935–
Residence (at time of interview): 
Courtland, AL

Through his mother, Minnie Lee Young Diggs, Eliga Diggs is descended from Reuben and Susan Scott, enslaved foreman and domestic servant, brought to northern Alabama by Jefferson's great-grandson William Stuart Bankhead in 1846.  From the age of eight Diggs had to work hard on the family tenant farm, on land rented from Bankhead’s descendants, the Hotchkiss family.  He served two years in the U. S. Army, had various construction jobs, and was a control room operator at a paper mill when he retired.  He has been active in local civic organizations and once ran for mayor of North Courtland. 

 

Eliga and Doris Owens Diggs have four children, one of whom married professional baseball player Gary Redus.   While he didn’t hear stories of the Scotts, he remembers hearing about his great-grandmother Mildred Scott Young, who loved roses: “The roses are still at the old home site there.”    

Interview Information: 

7 July 2003, Courtland, AL
Interviewees: Eliga Diggs, Doris Diggs

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Jupiter 1743–1800 Suck 1758–post 1796
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  • Susan Scott
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  • Mildred Scott Young 1848 – post 1930
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  • Eliga Diggs 1935
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