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Montana couple explores Revolutionary roots

Montana residents Donna and Rick Scott talk with Lincoln County Historical Association president Bill Beam at the Ramsour’s Mill site.

Montana residents Donna and Rick Scott talk with Lincoln County Historical Association president Bill Beam at the Ramsour’s Mill site.

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill has family ties for Donna Scott

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer
Donna Scott came to Lincolnton to chase history — more specifically, her own personal history. Though she has no current connections to the county, she has a genealogy that not only shaped the fabric of Lincoln County but ultimately played a part in securing the freedom and independence of our nation.
The seventh great-grandchild of Captain Gilbraith Falls, the first casualty and an integral part of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, Scott travelled over 1,900 miles from Billings, Montana to reconnect in some way with this ancestor after she began researching her family tree and discovered the connection.
“The battleground was a destination,” said Rick Scott, Donna’s husband. “Travel tourism.”
The trip to Lincolnton was several years in the making, with stops to research Donna’s family and her husband’s family in Ohio and Florida. Along with Rick, who also has an impressive lineage tracing back to the Revolutionary War — including Phillip Casper Bowman, who fought with General George Washington at the Battle of Trenton — Donna began the genealogy journey in an effort to write an eight-generation history of her family.
Through her research, she discovered that she was a descendant of Falls by way of his daughter, Roseanna. Fervent research on Ancestry.com and a google search of the Lincoln County Historical Association eventually lead her to the LCHA’s executive director, Jason Harpe. The Scotts toured the battle field on Thursday, shortly before heading home to Montana, the realization of several years’ worth of research that took place mostly on the internet. Though the information Donna found was helpful, she needed to see it in order to make the connection real.
“I’ve read stories about the battle,” Donna said. “But to really understand it, you need to see when they talk about this mountain or that road. You need to visualize it.”
Bill Beam, board president of the Lincoln County Historical Association, gave the Scotts the tour of the battle field and was amazed by their desire to rediscover their country and their connections.
“It’s really a pleasure to give a tour to someone that really appreciates their ancestry,” Beam said. “So many of us in the area take it for granted because it’s right here.”
The annual reenactment of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill may be a draw for the Scotts to come back to the county again.
“I’m thinking maybe, in May, we’ll come back and watch the reenactment,” Donna said.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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