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Henry Lee Scott was a descendant of the Virginia family.
He was born in North Carolina and served in the Mexican and
in the Civil Wars. Bishop Scott, of Oregon and Washington,
was of the North Carolina Scotts.

The members of this family, in the North, are descended
from John Scott, who came from Kent County, England. He
settled on Long Island in 1670 and then in New York in 1700.
Though they are of Scotch origin, they are of a different branch
and their arms are not the same as those of the Virginia settlers.

Kobert Scott, who came from Ireland with his parents in
1764, was born in Dublin. His parents were political refugees,
who fled from Scotland to Ireland and later came to America.
He was in the Revolution and was wounded at Cowpens. He
died in Mississippi in 1827.

Mrs. Greever's maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Colonel
(Judge) John Nash, of Prince Edward County, member of the
House of Burgesses, 1755-65, was also a Captain in the Indian
Wars, Commissioner to audit the war accounts, High Sheriff and
Justice of the Peace. Abner Nash, Governor of North Carolina,
and Judge Frank Nash, of the same State, were brothers of John
Nash, and all three were lineal descendants of Abner Nash, of
Tenby, South Wales. Colonel John Nash married Anne Owen,
whose daughter, Anne Nash, married Thomas Haskins. Jane
Haskins, daughter of Thomas and Anne (Nash) Haskins, mar-
ried Colonel Thomas Scott in 1801. He was the great-grand-
father of Mrs. Greever, and was a member of the Virginia
Militia in 1764. He owned property in Augusta and Spotsyl-
vania Counties, and was a member of the Committee of Corre-
spondence of Prince Edward County in 1775. Their daughter,
Mary Jane, married Branch Osborne Scott; their daughter, Jen-
nie Haskins, married Kichard Woolfolk Scott, and their daugh-
ter, Mary, married General James Scott Greever. Mrs Greever
has only one brother, Richard Woolfolk Scott, who for many
years has made his home with her, managing successfully her
estate as well as his own investments and properties in South-
west Virginia.

In 1875, two years after Mrs. Greever's marriage to the
General, he was appointed member of the Board of Trustees for
Emory and Henry College, a trust which he held until his death.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Vir-
ginia Hospital at Marion. He was President of the Bank of
Glade Spring, and it was through his influence that this institu-
tion commenced operations. The General belonged to the Masons,
and both he and Mrs. Greever were devout members of the
Methodist Church. They have one daughter, Virginia Holmes
Greever, educated at Stonewall Jackson Institute, Abingdon, Vir-
ginia ; Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Tennessee, and at the



State Normal School, Farmville, Virginia. She married Edgar
Lee Greever, of Tazcwell, Virginia, a lawyer, well known in both
the Virginias. Mrs. Edgar Lee Greever is a Colonial Dame
through the Scott line, as well as a daughter of the Revolution.

It is a matter of unwritten history, handed down from
father to son in the family, that Philip Greever, the pioneer, fired
the first gun at the battle of King's Mountain, wounding a British

General James Scott Greever for years had control of the
large landed estate and timber lands in Virginia belonging to
Douglass Robinson, of New York. He died at his home, "West-
view," a fine estate lying along the banks of the Holston River,
still in the possession of his wife and daughter, and there, amid
the scenes of his youth, manhood and ripe middle age, time will
keep ever green the memory of this gallant gentleman of Virginia.





HERE is an old saying :

"It were to me a great shame
To have a lord withouten his twa name."

The "twa name" of Well-ford indicates not only its English

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derivation, but its social significance. Ford, in Welsh Fford, sig-
nifies a way, a road ; Ford, Saxon, to go or pass. Well, signifies a
well, a fountain. Wellford may stand therefore, for road, a ford
over water, or even a place of defence, it is not possible to deter-
mine which. The first Wellford to come to this country was Doc-
tor Robert, from Ware, England, in 1778. He came as surgeon in
the British Army under Sir William (General) Howe. From his
kind care of some prisoners of the Continental Army, of whom he
had charge, he won the esteem of General Washington and other
officers. After the conclusion of the war, he was invited by Col-
onel Spottswood to visit him at his seat in Spottsylvania County.
Hv3re he met and wooed Catherine, daughter of Robert and Mary
Randolph Yates and great-granddaughter of William Randolph,
progenitor of the distinguished Virginia family of that name. He
settled in Fredericksburg, Virginia. By this marriage Doctor
Robert Wellford had ten children, all of whom became men and
women of education and influence. The youngest son, Beverly
Randolph Wellford (born 1797) was President of the National
Medical Association and Emeritus Professor of Therapeutics in
the Medical College of Virginia. He married (1824) Mary Alex-
ander, a direct descendant of Sir William Alexander (Scotland,
1580), whose son John came to Virginia about 1629, and pur-
chased land near the present city of Alexandria. The children
of this union were likewise men and women of education, dis-
tinguished in medicine, in law, and in the army. The second son,
Doctor Armistead Nelson Wellford, served as surgeon in the Con-
federate Army, and was the author of many noble deeds of kind-
ness. He married Elizabeth Landon Carter, a direct descendant
of Colonel Landon Carter, of "Sabine Hall," of Richmond County,
son of Colonel Robert ("King") Carter, son of Colonel John
Carter, of "Corotrnan" in Lancaster County, the founder of the
original home of this distinguished and influential family in

Robert Carter Wellford is a son of this union. He was born
August 27, 1853, in the ancestral home of the Wellfords in Fred-



ericksburg, Virginia. He received his early education in the pri-
vate schools of Kichmond which were taught by such well-known
scholars as John M. Strother, Thomas P. Price, and Thomas H.
Norwood. Their school was known as the University School. Rich-

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mond, and still later he attended in order (1871-1874) the Uni-
versity of Virginia. After leaving the University, he took charge
of "Sabine Hall," the original and magnificent mansion in Rich-
mond County which descended directly to him from his grand-
father Colonel Robert Wormeley Carter. "Sabine Hall" is a
fortunate exception to the fate of many old estates in Virginia,
in that it still remains the property of the descendants of the
original owner. From Colonel Landon Carter "Sabine Hall"
descended to his son Robert Wormeley, then to his son, a second
Landon Carter ; then to this son, a second Robert Wormeley ; then
to Robert Carter Wellford, of whom this sketch treats. After the
death of his grandfather, "Sabine Hall" descended to Robert
Carter Wellford and to this mansion he brought as mistress,
Elizabeth Cunningham Harrison, to whom he was married May
16, 1878. This marriage united two distinguished Colonial Vir-
ginia families, Elizabeth Cunningham Harrison, being the daugh-
ter of William Mortimer Harrison and Caroline Rivers Lambert,
of "Riverside," James River, Virginia. W T illiam Mortimer Harri-
son was eighth in the line of direct descendants of the Harrison
family of "Brandan," James River. "Westover" is one of those
notable mansions which like "Sabine Hall," "Brandon," "Mount
Airy," and others, contributed not only to the distinguished social
life of Virginia but has been the home of many distinguished and
influential men.

"Sabine Hall," built in 1730 by Landon Carter was named
by him without doubt after the noted villa of Horace in Tivoli.
"When favoring gales bring in my ships,

I hie to Rome and live in clover;

Elsewise I steer my skiff out here,

And anchor till the storm blows over.

Compulsory virtue is the charm

Of life upon the Sabine Farm."

And again,

"So, on a time, I gaily paced,
The Sabine confines shady."

And again, "In a Roman Winter-piece"

"Pile up the billets on the hearth,

To warmer cheer incline,
And draw, my Thaliarchus, from

The Sabine Jar, the wine."

The builder and first owner of "Sabine Hall" was a man of
great culture. He possessed one of the finest libraries in Amer-
ica ; he contributed articles on scientific subjects to the foremost
periodicals of the day, and kept a very minute and voluminous
diary which formed a valuable contribution to the "True sources


of Virginia history." Some portions of this diary have descended
to Kobert Carter Wellford, the present owner of "Sabine Hall."
Colonel Landon Carter received grants amounting to sixty-six
thousand, eight hundred acres. He patented over forty-one thou-
sand acres. This gives some idea of the magnificent estates which
came into the possession of his descendants. "Sabine Hall" estate
alone comprised four thousand acres.

Built on Georgian lines, with Greek portico, the approach to
"Sabine Hall" is over a peaceful wooded roadway, more than a
mile in length. Oaks, sycamore and magnificent ailanthus trees
are there planted when America was very young. Across the
rear of the "Hall" extends a terraced garden with old-fashioned
flowers, from which the master of the house may enjoy an unob-
structed view of his fertile lands that extend far away to the
river. The interior is rich in panelling, filled with choice mahog-
any furniture, old family portraits by Sir Joshua Keynolds, and
other eminent artists. The dining-room contains the massive sil-
ver of unique pattern and workmanship bearing the Carter Arms.
The library possesses many rare books and historic manuscripts.

To this home and estate Richard Carter Wellford has devoted
himself for nearly two score years. In addition to this, he has
taken a deep interest in the affairs of both his State and Church.
As an active Democrat, he has served three terms in the Virginia
Legislature; as a loyal and liberal churchman, he has served as
lay-reader, vestryman, and senior- warden, in the historic church
of Luneburg Parish, where worshipped so many of his ancestors.

Mr. Wellford has also done much to organize the Northern
Neck State Bank of Warsaw, Richmond County, and he is at this
time its Vice-president. He has also, in large measure, built up
the Northern Neck Telegraph and Telephone Company, and is at
present its secretary, treasurer, and general-manager.

Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wellford. They
are, Armistead Nelson, a graduate of law of the University of
Virginia; Caroline Rivers, the wife of Frank B. Guest; William
Harrison, of Fredericksburg College, who is a farmer, married to
Ida Beverly; Robert Carter, Jr., of "Sabine Hall"; Elizabeth
Landon, married to Norman T. Jones, Jr., and John Harrison,
graduate of the University of Virginia, and chemist with the Du
Pont Company at Woodbury, New Jersey.

Mr. Wellford has two brothers living in Richmond, Virginia.
One, Beverly Randolph Wellford, has built up a successful law
practice. In 1896, he was appointed Assistant United States Dis-
trict Attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, under President
Cleveland. He is a member of the Richmond City Bar Associa-
tion, the Virginia State Bar Association and the Westmoreland
Club. The other brother, Armistead Landon Wellford is a well-
known doctor of medicine. He is examiner in Richmond for the


Equitable and Metropolitan Life Insurance Companies of New
York. He is a member of the Richmond Academy of Medicine


and Surgery, the State Medical Society of Virginia, and the Com-
monwealth Club.

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