Scotch Cross Plantation Greenwood County
- Location Greenwood County
At the intersection of Mathews Road and Barksdale Ferry Road
- Origin of name The house received the name Scotch Cross because it was built near a settlement by the same name. It was also called the J. Wesley Brooks House for the home's builder and first owner (1, p. 6).
- Other names J. Wesley Brooks House
- Current status Believed to be privately owned and restored
- 1815 Earliest known date of existence
J. Wesley Brooks built the house for his wife Anne Lipscomb (1).
- Circa 1834 The plantation was part of Mary Elizabeth Watson's dowry when she married Zebulon Rudulph, Jr. (3).
- 1835 Mary Rudulph died of complications from childbirth. Zebulon Rudulph, Jr. sold the plantation and he and his son moved to Alabama in 1839 (3 and 4).
- ? Dr. Samuel Perryman became owner. His wife, Sarah Ann Watson Perryman, was J. Wesley Brooks' niece (2, p. 143).
- 1838 Dr. Perryman died leaving Scotch Cross to his wife to support her and their children (2, p. 143).
- 1840 The widow Perryman married Captain Henry Hunter Creswell. Creswell purchased the plantation from the Perryman heirs (2, p. 143).
- 1896 Creswell remained at Scotch Cross until his death on March 23 (2, p. 143).
- 1973 Mrs. Olin Turner was owner of record (1, p. 1).
- Number of acres Less than 10 in 1973 (1, p. 4)
- Primary crop Probably cotton
- Chronological list Captain John Wesley Brooks (1815-?); Zebulon Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Watson Rudolph (1834-?); Dr. Samuel Perryman (?-1838); Sarah Ann Watson Perryman (1838-1840); Captain Henry Hunter Creswell (1840-1896); Mrs. Olin Turner (1973)
- Number of slaves ?
- The house is built in the Federal style with Palladian features using hand-sawed construction from timber found on the property (1).
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1975
Photographs, architectural overview
- John Bennett Boddie, Virginia Historical Genealogies (Memphis, TN: General Books LLC, 2009)
- Information contributed by Robert Burns.
- Rob Salzman, e-familytree.net posting