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Jesse Scott, husband of Sarah Jefferson Bell and father of Robert Scott.
Courtesy of Olivia M. Dutcher 

Jesse Scott, husband of Sarah Jefferson Bell and father of Robert Scott. 
Courtesy of Olivia M. Dutcher 

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Robert Scott in front of Bell-Scott house, Main Street, Charlottesville

 

Robert Scott in front of Bell-Scott house, Charlottesville

Dates alive: 
1781–1862
Occupation: 
Musician

Jesse Scott, son of a Pamunkey Indian, was a violinist and dance band leader well known throughout Virginia.  One contemporary recalled a dance at which Scott and his sons Robert and James formed the band: "Such music they made as the gods of Terpsichore will never hear again in this generation."  At the 1827 Monticello dispersal sale, Jesse Scott represented his wife's family.  He purchased his sister-in-law Edith Fossett and two of her children, so they would not be separated from their husband and father, Joseph Fossett.

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