I am related to the Scaggs's of Laurel and Scaggsville. Dora Nancy Scaggs married Lemuel Amos Welsh. Dora's parents were Charles D. Scaggs and Rhoda Dobbs. They had 6 or 7 children. (I have the dates, but not with me at the moment. I am using the Library's computers as my own computer died! Haven't replaced it yet.) I know that Charles had a brother Robert Edward Scaggs, he was married and had several children (4 daughters and at least 1 son).
In my research I came across the name of Pinkney Scaggs. I was reading the very early issues of the Laurel Leader on microfish. Pinkney was Forman of Grand Jury for Howard county. I believe the date was fall of 1897. His name is mentioned again in connection with a murder investigation. A Mr. Timmons had followed his wife to her parents house in Ashton, Md. and he had his lawyer with him as he tried to talk his wife into coming home with him. However, Mr. Timmons was an abusive husband (many times over) One time after such abuse he had been driven out of Laurel, by a group similar to the KKK. He wasn't able to convince his wife to come home with him. So he shot her, he also shot her mother and father. The father was shot dead on the spot, the mother survived her wounds and the wife died shortly thereafter she had named him (Mr. Timmons) as the shooter. Mr. Timmons fled on foot and ended up at Clinton Scaggs's store. (The article named Pinkney as his father or alludded to it.) Mr. Clinton Scaggs did not know the Mr. Timmons was running from the law, and gave him a lift to Ellicott City - where Mr. Timmons then took his own life.
I don't know who the parents are of Charles and Robert Scaggs. But my mom says that all of the Scaggs' from Scaggsville are related to one and other. My mother is the 5th child out of 9 born to Leslie Raymond Welsh and Mary Lillian Cole. Leslie was the 5th child out of 8 children.
It is family legend that Dora's Family moved in total from Wheeling, West Virginia probably around the time shortly after the Civil War. It is my theory that There were already some Scaggs's in Scaggsville prior to the Civil War.. because how else would Rhoda know that Lemuel Welsh came from a good family with a good lineage? (Rhoda was into Geneology - because the Welsh's can trace themselves back to Major john Welsh I "Gentleman", who arrived in Maryland in the mid-1650's. He was about 19 or 20, and to have the Title "Gentleman" he must have had money "in his pocket".
That is about all for now, but when I get back to the Laurel Library and read more of the back issues of the Laurel Leader I will know more.
Sincerely Yours, Fay Schneider (of Owens, Of Welsh, Of Scaggs)
PS: The next time I come here to use the computer, I will bring the dates with me, concerning Charles and Robert and their children.
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