A. K. Scott was born in Lee county, Virginia, February 24, 1817. His. father was a native of North Carolina, and his mother of Virginia, and when he was one year old they moved to Jackson county, Tennessee, and nine years later to McLean county, Illinois, where he was reared upon a farm, and educated in the common schools of that county. Owing to bad health when about twenty-four years old, he began the study of medicine and after eighteen months study began practice which he has kept up ever since. In 1855 he moved to Coffey county, Kansas, and in 1856 to this county where he has since resided, and practiced his profession in connection with farming. He owns a fine farm and one of the finest orchards in the township.
Dr. Scott was united in marriage, November 18, 1838, to Miss Louisa Troxel, who was born November 4, 1820, in Sangamon county, Illinois They have had eleven children; namely, James K., born February 25, 1842; Rebecca, born August 12, 1847; Ruth, born November 25, 1849; John M., born January 11, 1851; Alexander D., born October 25, 1852; Sarah P., born December 24, 1854 is dead; Hannah J., born July 14, 1856; Mary E., born October 5, 1858; Ira D., born October 28, 1860 is dead; Louisa A., born January 1, 1862.