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Alfred and Sarah (Gookin) Scott, John and May Bertha (Scott) Marley,  Yuma

Sarah "Gookin" daughter of Dan'l and Eunice Gookin, born  April 3, 1828, in Danville, Vermont, , married Alfred Scott, born in Westford to Samuel and Sarah Scott, marriage September 4, 1852 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Daniel Gookin, 2d, came to Danville, from Washington, N. H., in 1806, and located at South Danville, where he ran a carding-mill. He afterwards engaged in farming and died in 1865. Of his children, two reside in town, and one in Peacham. Daniel O., who resides on road 69, is engaged in the insurance business. A Daniel Gookin also located at North Danville, and for a time carried on the carding business at the mill now said to be the first carding-mill ever brought to America. 

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Gookin, Daniel (Edm., Rd., Dan., Gert. Dan.) [b. 10 May 1778, rem. to Danville, Vt., m. (1) Mary Jones, 3 June 1804, m. (2) Eunice Moody, 5 Oct. 1820, d. Danville, 10 Aug. 1865], 566
Vermont Vital Records have a Eunice Moody born 1787 dying Aug 3, 1843 in Danville, Caledonia County.

Alfred Scott was born June 26, 1821 in Westford, Massachusetts to Samuel and Sarah Scott.

In 1860 Lowell, Massachusetts Alfred, 37,  is a milk man, Sarah 32, Adrian J. son is 2, Adelaide F. is 1 and Waldo is 13.  Waldo must be a nephew- in 1850 he had been with Frederick 46 and Mary W. 39, with other kids Caroline F. 7, Walter 4,  John H. 2, and Isaac N. 2. 

A.  (probably Adrian) Judson Scott, born about 1858, died in Lowell September 13, 1863, parents Alfred and Sarah.

Edna F. Scott was born March 11, 1865 in Lowell to Alfred and Sarah.

In 1870 Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Alfred Scott is running a livery stable - he and Sarah have Allice 7, Edna 5, Fred 3, and Louisa E. 1, all kids born in Massachusetts.  Rebecca Gorkin, like Sarah born in  Vermont, works at a woolen mill.

In 1880 Alfred and Sarah Scott, both 57, are in La Salle County, Illinois, where he's a grain dealer.  They have Alice 17, Edw. (MUST BE EDNA) 15, Fred 13, Adie 11, and May 6, all kids born in Massachusetts. 

Sarah Scott  homesteaded a quarter in 23, 2N 48W in 1907 just east of Yuma - with the railroad passing through it.  Witnesses were Peter A. Wullbrandt, William B. McNichols, Henry James, and Luthur Mustain, all of Yuma.  In 1897 she cash-claimed a quarter just north - so she owned the land between the cemetery and the railroad. 

Rebecca Gookin 1826-1894 is buried in the Yuma cemetery, on the same stone as Fred L. Scott - 1865-1923.

Fred L. Scott cash-claimed a quarter in section 18, 2N 47W in 1891 - about four miles northeast of Yuma.

In 1860 Rock County James and Mary Marlay (sic) , both 33, have Ann 8 , Judith F. 6, John 5, and James 4.

In 1870 Rock County, Wisconsin Mary M. Marley is 45, with kids Anna 19, Thressa 16, John 15, James 14, and Mary 9.

Rock County, Wisconsin probate records have a James Marley of 1865 and a Mary Marley of 1869.

John is single in 1880 Alturas County, Idaho, 26, a miner, with two other miners boarding with William Bellardo, a cook.

In 1900 Harrisburg - Arapahoe County John Marley is widowed, Oct 1856 Wisconsin, with D.V. Mar 1887, Denzel April 1889 and Dean Dec 1892, all three boys born in Idaho.  Robert W. Powell, Aug 1879 Missouri is a stock herder.

(John Marley of Mountain Home, Idaho had married a Mrs. Rhoda Powell of Ada County, Idaho April 10, 1885)

Rhoda Marley died at Mountain Home Feb 11, 1899.  65559199


In 1900 Yuma Sarah Scott, Born March 1828 in Vermont is farming by Yuma.  She's had nine children, four living.  With her are Fred L. Jan 1867, farming, Adda May 1869, and May B. May 1874 both school teachers - all born in Massachusetts.

1901 "Fred Scott is cutting hay for the Marley ranch."

1904 Theodore Fredrick Marley, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marley, died early Wednesday morning of an attack of measles.

Little Theodore was taken ill at the ranch eighteen miles southwest of Yuma and in order that he might have all possible medical attendance, he was brought here and taken to the home of Mrs. Marley's mother, Mrs. Sarah Scott.

Notwithstanding, all the care that mother love and medical skill could lavish upon him, he grew rapidly worse until the end, when his spotless soul was ushered into the presence of its maker.

Services were conducted at the home, Rev. Dickey delivering a brief oration that touched the hearts of all present.

The remains were laid at rest in the Yuma Cemetery. The bereaved parents and relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their heavy affliction.

Yuma Pioneer
Friday, April 29, 1904

September 14, 1906 Yuma Pioneer

May B. Marley (nee Scott) claimed land in section 2, 2S 49W in 1907 (Washington County, just a little west of Steffens in Yuma County), and proved up in 1908.  That patent was reissued in 1912 to correct a land description.

Mary Louise Marley was born May 29, 1909 to John and May Bertha Scott Marley, in Maricopa County.

John and May are in Phoenix in 1910, with Gladis 5, Kemper 3, both Colorado,  and Mary ten months, born Arizona. 

In 1916 May B. Marley filed suit against Wm. S. Cone and Arthur J.Haltom for injunctions against wasting water (Salt River Project "Case pending")

August 24, 1917 Yuma Colorado

They're in Phoenix in 1920, and 1930.  May is widowed in 1940, with Gladys, a bookkeeper, living with her.  Gladys, per one tree, married a Goodnight later.

John Marley, born October 15, 1843( has to be wrong - census all say 1855), died June 13, 1932 in Maricopa County, Arizona (the certificate said he was born in Ireland), and that he was buried at Greenwood.  May was buried in Greenwood January 13, 1964 in the same crypt as John.

January 30, 1964

September 1941 

    buried in Greenwood Oct 1, 1941, informant Lulu B. Marley.

For example, "Heck" Marley's daughter, Mary Marley Pisel, is planning to attend and share her version of the Marley family story.

In 1910 Gila County, Arizona Devee 23, Denzil W. 21, and Dean 17 Marley are "stockmen" in the Tonto National Forest.

D.V. registered in Maricopa County, saying he was single, born Mountain Home March 16, 1887.

Denzil registered with a Young, Arizona address, born April 2, 1889 in Mountain Home, was married with a baby.

Dean Marley registered with an address of Tollean Arizona, saying he was born Nov 16, 1892 at Mountain Home, Idaho.

May 22, 1958 Yuma "Word was received recently by friends in Yuma of the death of D.V. Marley, who resided in Agua Prieta, Mexico. His parents Jack and May Scott Marley lived east of Yuma on a farm years ago and his mother taught school in Yuma County."
"D. V. Marley, retired Sonora rancher, died here Wednesday night. A member of the Sonora Cattle Growers Assn., he operated the large La Morita Ranch between Naco and Agua Prieta for about 30 years. His remains were sent yesterday to Phoenix where his brother, Kemper Marley, resides. "
  Yuma Pioneer September 14, 1906




June 1990. Kemper Marley Sr., a millionaire Arizona rancher and liquor distributor whose name arose in the investigation of a newspaper reporter's death in a 1976 bombing, died on Monday at a beach home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 83 years old. The cause of death was not disclosed. Mr. Marley, one of Arizona's wealthiest men, was the son of an early pioneer family, with interests in cottonseed oil, produce, a liquor distributorship and cattle and sheep ranches. He also had holdings in Sonora, Mexico, and the Imperial Valley of California, and was a founder of the Farmers and Stockmen's Bank in Phoenix.

In 1976 Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic who specialized in crime, was killed by a bomb concealed beneath his car. John Harvey Adamson, the only person whose conviction in the slaying has been upheld, said in court documents that he had been hired by Max Dunlap, a wealthy contractor who had been reared by Mr. Marley, to kill Mr. Bolles for writing articles damaging to Mr. Marley. In 1990, after Marley died, his longtime attorney and friend Jim Powers told The Phoenix Gazette that it was a shame that Marley would always be linked to Bolles' death. Powers said it was Marley's temperament that got him into trouble, not his actions.

"Kemper was a guy who would never shrink from an argument," Powers said. "Sometimes he'd get in an argument, and people would make arguments that can be interpreted in a way casting him in a shady light. But as far as Kemper was concerned, there was nothing to it."

Shortly before his death, Marley started the foundation that bore his and his wife's names. It started with an endowment of at least $10 million.

Marley started to lease ranches at age 27. He ended up with extensive landholdings and operated Arizona's largest producer and shipper of vegetables. He also owned two meat-packing facilities and a major cotton-ginning company.

Marley ran one of the state's largest liquor wholesalers after Prohibition was rescinded in 1933.

As his business grew, so did his political power. Marley ended up serving on several state boards and commissions.


The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation has become one of the largest non-profits in Arizona. It donated approximately $8.8 million to charities in 2011, according to its latest tax return.

The foundation, which is run by Marley's grandchildren, operates out of a Phoenix address. It listed assets of $208 million in its 2011 report.

Signs bearing the Marley name indicate how the foundation has spread money around Phoenix.

The Phoenix Art Museum is currently exhibiting the work of Iraqi-American painter Ahmed Alsoudani in the Marley Gallery.

The Marley name hangs over the door of a studio at Channel 8 (KAET).

The foundation was the major sponsor of the Phoenix Zoo's Komodo dragon exhibit.

The Heard Museum has received $1.4 million from the foundation since 1999, said Jim Weaver, the museum's director of development. After he moved to Phoenix in 2001, he started surveying the state’s major foundations and discovered the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.

"I looked at their generosity, not only the arts, but in health and social services, and it ranks at the top of the list as far as I'm concerned," Weaver said. "They really have made social investments of a sort where the rubber meets the road."

Kemper's California death record said he was born September 8, 1906 in Colorado, mother's maiden name Scott.

Gladys donated papers to the Arizona Historical Foundation in 1997, including many papers of Charles Goodnight

Charles Goodnight, rancher, pioneer wildlife preservationist and stock breeder, was born 5 March 1836, in Macoupin County, Illinois. and moved with his family to Milam County, Texas, in 1845. In 1857, Goodnight herded cattle up the Brazos River to the Keechi valley, in Palo Pinto County, Texas. At this time, Goodnight also became acquainted with fellow cattle herder Oliver Loving. In the spring of 1866, Goodnight and Loving organized a cattle drive from Fort Belknap, Texas to the Pecos River, and up to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. This route became known as the "Goodnight-Loving Trail." In 1869 Goodnight established his Rock Canon Ranch on the Arkansas River, west of Pueblo, Colorado, and married Molly Dyer on 26 July 1870. Goodnight eventually settled in Armstrong County, Texas, where he built a ranch house he dubbed the Home Ranch. Goodnight developed one of the nation's finest herds through the introduction of Hereford bulls. With his wife's encouragement, he also started a domestic buffalo herd, sired by a bull he named "Old Sikes," from which he developed the "cattalo" by crossing bison with Angus cattle. In 1887, Goodnight built a ranch house near Goodnight, Texas, where he and his wife moved, and where he relocated his buffalo herd of 250 head. Goodnight also kept elk, antelope, and various other animals. Goodnight's wildlife preservation efforts gained the attention of such naturalists as Edmund Seymour, and American Bison Society member Martin S. Garretson. The Goodnights had no children. After his wife's death in April 1926, Goodnight became ill, and was nursed back to health by Corinne Goodnight, a young nurse from Butte, Montana. On March 5, 1927, Goodnight married the twenty-six year old Corinne. Shortly afterward they sold the ranch and bought a summer house in Clarendon. Goodnight died on December 12, 1929, in Phoenix, Arizona

After his first wife, Molly died he began a correspondence with a nurse/telegraph operator, Corinne Goodnight, who had struck up a correspondence with Charles because of their common last names. At age 91, Goodnight and Corinne, age 26 were married. It was said to have been a happy union. Ever after, she was known as "Corinne Goodnight Goodnight."

It was Corinne who persuaded Charles to switch from smoking as many as 50 cigars a day to the more conservative pipe. Smoking did not seem to have much adverse effect on his health, as he lived to the age of 93, passing away at his winter home near Phoenix. He is buried next to his first wife in the Goodnight Community Cemetery.

In 1926, S.H. Goodnight received a letter from a Thomas A Goodnight who was working at the Yellowstone Bank in Laurel Montana. In it he referred to having just a sister, who was four years older than he and his fathers name was Thomas Abraham Goodnight from Missouri. He also said he had been an orphan for several years. He also stated his age as being 21 and having just graduated from University of Montana. This would make his sister 25 and Corrine was 26 when she wed Charles Goodnight in 1927. In a newspaper clipping from the Kansas City Star, dated Mar 27, 1927, the article referred to Corinne as being from Butte Montana, being orphaned at 17, putting her younger brother Tom through High School and the University of Montana. Further, a letter to Willie F Mcurry from Berta E Olsen in 1935 stated that Corrine was living in Phoenix at that time along with her brother Tom, who worked at a bank, and another relative of theirs, a Christopher Marion Goodnight, who also lived there.

Gladys May Goodnight, born in Yuma, CO on January 20, 1905 to John and May Scott Marley, passed away May 31, 2001 in Everett, WA.

The family moved to Arizona in 1911. Gladys was married in 1943 to Thomas A. Goodnight and resided in the Phoenix area until she moved to Lake Stevens, WA three years ago.

She is survived by her son Cannon Thomas Goodnight; granddaughter Marlie; brother John; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and a great-grandnephew and niece.

Gladys was a member of the Valley Riding Club, Columbine Garden Club, Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, The Phoenix Zoo and ARCS.

Interment will be private with memorial services in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to the Windermere Foundation or your favorite charity.

Arrangements under the care of Solie Funeral Home.


September 1899


Letitia A. Scott divorced Fred L. Scott in Yuma County in 1903.

In Wray 1904 at the post office   assistants are Mrs. Pickett and Mrs. Letitia Scott, who discharge their duties with pleasing intelligence and charming courtesy.


Lester Allen Scott registered saying he was born July 8, 1900, and was a student at Loveland High School.  His mother was Letitia A. Scott of Loveland.

In 1918 Letitia Scott is teaching fourth grade in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In 1920 she and Lester, 17, are living in Loveland with her mother Martha Wimmer, 72.

In 1930 Denver Letitia A. Scott, a teacher, 40,  is living with her sister Alma E. Wimmer, 45, a stenographer, both born in Iowa.

In 1940 Jefferson County, Colorado there's a Letitia A. Scott, , Iowa, with her sister Bertha Bullard, 62, Iowa.  Letitia was living in Sacramento California in 1935.

Letitia A. Scott, born Nov 9, 1875 in Iowa, died Aug 9, 1970 in Los Angeles.

Lester is buried in Loveland - dying in 1951 "Major, WWII Africa"  Letitia signed the application for a veteran headstone, with an address in Denver -a Buena Vista, Colorado address is crossed out. October 1912

1903 "Miss Edna Scott, who has been visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. Sarah Scott, returned to her home in Chicago on Thursday evening."

Edward H. Nichols, age 40, married Edna Frances Scott, age 27, Nov 12, 1892 in Chicago.

In 1897 Edna F. Nichols was approved as a registered pharmacist in Chicago,.

1897 "Mrs. Edna F. Nichols, a graduate of Northwestern University, and for a number of years a druggist, has purchased the W.H. Trowbridge Drug Store. "  Green Valley, Illinois.

In 1900 Chicago Edward H. Nichols, born May 1851 in New York , a druggist, is widowed.

1906 Yuma "Mrs. Edna Nichols of Chicago is another one of our now subscribers."

Edna F. Nichols, 43 married Robert Egan, 45 in Chicago March 11, 1908.

In 1910 Chicago Edna F. Nicholls, divorced, 45 is a pharmacist.

1913 "PHOENIX, Arizona, May 31 - Steven Adderton and Harry Smith, ??-year-old schoolboys, found a jail cell awaiting them as the next to the last result of handing their teacher. Mrs. Edna F. Nichols, a gopher snake three feet long, wrapped In a piece of paper. The last result was a lecture from Polio Judge Phillips, ending with the command that the youngsters apologise to the teacher. When Mrs. Nichols reached her desk at school one morning recently she found a neatiy folded package lying thereon. Unwittingly she unfolded the paper and found inside a wriggling, nasty-looking reptile. She commanded a boy to come forward and take the snake to the yard and kill it. This finished, she set about a bit of detective work that resulted in the apprehension of the Adderton and Smith boys. They were soundly threshed, after which the matter was placed before the Board of Education. The board recommended that the boys be arrested."
(This is not necessarily the Edna SCOTT Nichols)

1918 Chicago items - N.A.R.D. Journal (pharmacists).

January 1919

November 1919


She might be the Edna F. Simmons in 1930 and 1940 Phoenix, widowed, born in Massachusetts about 1865, father born in Massachusetts, mother in Vermont.

1935 Phoenix "Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Waite entertained at an informal dinner last night in their home in Glendale. The guest list included Messrs. and Mesdames Frank C. Brophy, Robert Beardsley and S. I. Bloomhardt. John and Kenneth Marley, Fenton Garner, Mrs. Edna Simmons and Joyce and Buddy Marley."

Edna Frances Simmons 1865-1948 is buried in Greenwood Memory, Phoenix # 158071167.


On the 22nd of September, 1886, Mr. Egan married Miss Laura A. Russell, daughter of Ira N. and Charlotte (Sherbourne)
Russell, of Plato township, Kane county. They reside in a beautiful home at the corner of South and Jackson streets, Elgin.


St. Charles (Illinois) Chronicle, 9 October 1924

Attorney Robert S. Egan of Elgin was killed Monday by a switch engine in Aurora, one block from St. Joseph hospital where he was a patient, suffering from a nervous breakdown. He was 67 years old.

Headstone says "Robert S. Egan  1857-1924


1903 "Lester Scott is visiting his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. George Dobler, at Stratton, Nebraska."

Fred L. Scott divorced Letitia A. Scott in Yuma County in 1903

1904 "Lester Scott is visiting his father, Fred L. Scott."


1908 "Fred Scott was down to Wray the latter part of last week. He brought his little boy back with him."

1908 "Mrs. Edna F. Nichils of Chicago is out on a visit at the home of her mother, Mrs. Sarah Scott."

1909 "Mrs. Sarah Scott and son Fred will leave the first of next week for Arizona."


"Joseph Richards, of Missouri, this week purchased the Mrs. Sarah Scott farm, half a mile east of town."


Alfred 1828-1890 and Sarah 1828-1918 Scott are buried in the Yuma cemetery.


Saturday, April 26, 1890 Yuma Pioneer:  About one week before his death, Alfred Scott attempted to ride a horse, was thrown off and had his right clavicle or collar bone broken and sustained fatal internal injuries and on Monday morning he passed away.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.J. Greer Tuesday afternoon, April 22, at the family residence.

He has been a member of the Baptist Church.  He was a faithful attendant at the prayer meeting as well as public services.

After leaving Lowell, Mass., he went to Mendota, Illinois and then located at Yuma Colorado.

Friday, November 29, 1918 Yuma Pioneer:  Sarah Scott was born in Danville, Vermont in 1828 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Dobler at Stratton, Nebraska November 22, 1918 at the age of 90 years and 8 months.  She came to Yuma in 1887 and resided on her homestead east of Yuma for over 20 years.  She was buried beside her husband who died here in 1890.  She leaves one son, Fred Scott and three daughters, Mrs. Dobler of Stratton, Nebraska, Mrs. E.F. Nichols of Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs. May Marley of Phoenix, Arizona.

Fred is buried in Yuma, dying February 1923

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