John Scott of Harrison County, Kentucky, was born in Pennsylvania according to all census data. Date of birth of 16 October 1778 came from his gravestone in the Old East Broadwell Cemetery. He died 3 March 1857 leaving a will naming his children and grandchildren. His wife's name was Sarah, also called Sallie. The oldest child with known birthdate is Thomas born 22 Dec 1810. John and Francis appear to be older brothers, however. John Scott is a common name and another of similar age lived parts of his life nearby. Fortunately that John did not have a wife named Sarah.
Descendant Elizabeth (McClintock) Nickell (1902-1991) created a pedigree chart with Sarah's maiden name as McDaniel, no source indicated. As a child Mrs. Nickell had known Sarah's daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (McShane) Scott Whaley (1823-1907) who lived in the McClintock household. The widowed Sarah Scott, born about 1784, was enumerated on the 1860 census with son-in-law Harrison Cummins, daughter Mary (Scott) Cummins and unmarried daughter Elizabeth. She does not appear in later census years.
A Sarah McDaniel married a John Scott in nearby Clark County, Kentucky, on 21 July 1803. Indexes to the register list her name as McDonal and McDannel. There is a marriage bond signed by John Scott and Samuel McDonnal along with a permission from her father Francis McDaniel. If this is the marriage of the couple later living in Harrison County, it is likely that their son, Francis Scott, was named for his maternal grandfather. The permission is very hard to read and a portion of it seems to be cut off. Be sure to click on the following images to see larger versions. Land and tax records and probate in both counties should be searched next.