These letters were written by George W. Scott (1840-1884), the son of Dr. William Scott (1807-1878) and Emeret McIntosh (1810-1878) of Manchester, Connecticut.
George had at least five siblings — all females — three of whom are mentioned frequently in these letters: Eliza J. Scott (b. 1837), Flavia C. Scott (1839-1865), and Ellen C. Scott (b. 1842).
George’s father, William Scott, studied medicine with Dr. E. McCray of East Longmeadow and with Dr. Hamilton of Somers, Connecticut, and graduated from the Medical Institute at Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He established himself soon after marriage (1833) in Wapping, Connecticut, but a few years later changed his residence to Manchester.
George’s oldest sibling was Emeret J. Scott who married Dr. Stephen Risley of Rockville, Connecticut. His second oldest sibling was Elija J. Scott who married David Samuel Calhoun, an 1848 graduate of Yale, and a lawyer in Hartford. George’s sister Flavia never married; she died in 1865. His younger sister Ellen C. Scott married Elmore Penfield, and his youngest sister May E. Scott died as an infant.
George was born at Manchester on 5 December 1840. He married (1873) to Adelle McCray (b. 1850). After his service in the 46th Masaachusetts, George was employed by the Belding Brothers, silk manufacturers of New York, later with the Leonard Silk Company at Rockville (later Warehouse Point). George and Adelle never had any children.
Three 1884 obituary notices for George were preserved by the family (see “Miscellaneous” link):
Warehouse Point — The many friends of George W. Scott, secretary of the Leonard Silk Company of warehouse Point, will be pained to learn that he died suddenly Friday, August 15, of paralysis of the brain. His many endearing qualities of mind and heart, combined with strict business habits, remarkable music talents and a delicate humor, have drawn around him a large circle of friends who regret his untimely death. The funeral will be at Warehouse Point on Monday, August 18th, at 1 p.m.
Death of George W. Scott — The many friends of Secretary George W. Scott of the Leonard Silk Company at Warehouse Point will learn with sincere regret of his death, which occurred at his home in that place, yesterday, from paralysis of the brain. Mr. Scott was in a Massachusetts regiment during the war, being connected with the same command in which Judge Arthur F. Eggleston of Hartford served. He was a man of soldierly instincts and served with honor in his regiment. Mr. Scott possessed endearing qualities of mind and heart, combined with strict business habits, remarkable musical talents and a delicate humor which drew around him a large circle of friends who will regret his untimely death. His wife, who survives him, is a sister of Major William B. McCrary of this city. The funeral will occur at Warehouse Point, Monday, August 18m at 1 p.m.
Warehouse Point mourns the loss of George W. Scott, secretary of the Leonard silk company, who died at the Middletown Asylum yesterday morning. Mr. Scott was apparently in perfect health and had just returned from a fishing trip in the Adirondacks. He was taken sick on the 5th at the house of his brother-in-law in Hartford, and the doctors called his complain nervous prostration. The next day he was enough better to be brought home, and for two or three days was about the streets. A week later he was removed to the Middletown asylum as some brain trouble had developed and he was under the immediate care of relatives there. He failed rapidly and died Friday morning. The announcement caused great regret in the village. He was always liberal and public-spirited; and besides his business trusts, he was president of the Blaine and Logan Club, member of the district school committee, secretary and treasurer of the horse-thief association, and for many years organist of the St. John’s Church.