O.H. Scott was born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1821, and came with his parents to Jefferson County, Ohio when he was three years old. Hugh Scott, his father, died in Jefferson County, soon after, and at the age of six years, Mr. Scott came with his mother to Ashland County, stopping about six months in Green township, when they removed to Vermillion Township, where he now lives, and located in the woods, in a small log cabin. Mr. Scott had five brothers, at that time, somewhat older than himself, who were quite a help to their mother, and from their willing hands the old forest gradually gave way to waving fields of grain.
Mr. Scott learned the carriage-making business in Hayesville, and worked about ten years at the business, when he determined to try his luck in the gold fields of California. His trip over the plains was one of interest, though full of perils and hardships. After an experience of about three years, mostly as a miner, he returned to his old home in Vermillion Township. His mother died in 1855.
Mr. Scott was married to Miss E. J. Tawney, of Ashland County, in 1858. They have nine children, three sons and six daughters. Two little boys died when about a year old.