Jesse Scott

Dates Alive: 1781-1862

Family: Hemings, Scott

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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