JAMES L. SCOTT.  In the community of Lair in Harrison County the oldest merchant and business man is James L. Scott, who has sold goods in that community steadily for over forty years.


Mr. Scott was born at Moscow, Ohio, November 10, 1849, a son of William and Judida (Lyons) Scott, natives of the same locality, where his mother was born in 1813, daughter of Richard and Sadie (Nichols) Lyons. The father was born in 1816. They were married at Brookville, Indiana, and lived some years on the old Scott farm and finally took up their residence in the Village of Moscow, where William Scott followed his trade as a carpenter.


James L. Scott is the last survivor in a family of twelve children. His early life was spent at Moscow, where he attended school. He remained at home until after twenty-one and had several years of interesting experience in the river traffic. For four years he was in the mercantile business at Quincy, Kentucky, and on disposing of his interests there removed to Lair, where for forty-two years he has conducted the leading store. He owns the building and is a man in prosperous circumstances.. He is a stockholder in the Invader Oil Company of Muskogee, Oklahoma.


On February 6, 1873, Mr. Scott married Sarah D. Laycock, a native of Campbell County, Kentucky. They are the parents of six children; Bertha, wife of F.P. Lair; Lutie, wife of J.W. Kemper; Sadie, wife of Jesse Munson; Lida, wife of Luther Mullen; Mary, wife of David Strouse; and J.L. Scott who is connected with the Western Electric Company in Chicago.


Mr. and Mrs. Scott are active members of the Presbyterian Church at Lair, and he is one of its elders. He votes as a democrat and in Masonry is affiliated with the Royal Arch Chapter and the Commandery at Cynthiana.


History of Kentucky, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1922, Volume IV