James D. Scrape & Sarah D. Elder Family


Submitted by:  James “Michael” Scrape


James D. Scrape was born about 1790 in England and came to America during the War of 1812 as a member of the King’s Royal Navy. During this time of war many Englishmen chose not to fight against their kinsmen and James was one of these.

James married Sarah D. Elder in Rutherford County, TN about 1816.  Sarah was the daughter of William Elder IV and Nancy Marie “Mary” Towler. Sarah was born in Virginia about 1800. Mary was the daughter of Benjamin Towler and Martha Darby. Benjamin served as a private on the Virginia Line during the American Revolution and was at Yorktown, Virginia when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in 1781. James Scrape was a sign maker and painter, as well as a wagon maker. James and Sarah had they following children William Henry Scrape, James Scrape, Eliza Eleanor Scrape wife of Richard Bartley McGee, Susan M. Scrape wife of Samuel Watkins Hatchett, Fanny W. Scrape who died an infant, Sarah E. Scrape wife of William Carroll McGee and W. W. Harrison and Amanda A. Scrape wife of Franklin Elder. James D. Scrape died in Gibson County, TN in 1843 and Sarah D. Elder Scrape died in 1847.  Sarah’s brothers were Thomas Elder who moved back to Dinwiddie County, Virginia, Amanda Elder who married John Tomlin, George Elder, Benjamin Elder who married Eliza Wade, Mary J. “Polly” Elder who married William C. Crisp, William Elder Jr. who married Sarah “Lucy” Ramsey, James Elder the Memphis bank president who married Elizabeth H. Niles, Robert T. Elder who married Isabella Niles, Monroe B. Elder who married Lucy A. Barber, John Wesley Elder the Trenton Bank President who married Martha Gillespie Houston and Henry Lucas Elder who married Harriet N. Houston


Colonel William Henry Scrape Family


Colonel William Henry Scrape Sr. was the son of James D. Scrape of England and Sarah D. Elder of Virginia. William was born in May 1818 in Rutherford County, Tennessee near Murfreesboro.  About 1837 William along with his parents and siblings moved to Gibson County, Tennessee where he lived until about 1873. William was in the Dry goods and grocery business in Trenton, TN with his partner Richard Bartley McGee who was also his brother-in-law. William was in the Insurance business and was an elected Notary Public for four years July 6,1846 in Trenton, TN. In my family’s history it is noted that William served as Colonel during the Civil War as well as two of his son serving in the 7th Tennessee Calvary.  They were James Weston Scrape and George Alexander Scrape. William married Frances Elizabeth Wysong of Franklin County, Virginia on October 24, 1844 in Trenton, TN and they had the following children: James Weston Scrape, George Alexander Scrape, William Henry Scrape Jr. who was a Postmaster in Estelleville, Memphis, TN and a druggist, Mary Ou’tessie Scrape known as Tessie who married James Campbell, Lee Herbert Scrape and Frances E. Scrape who married known as Fannie and married William Thomas Pittman.


About 1861 Frances Wysong Scrape passed away. William married his second wife Eliza M. Baber on October 9, 1862 in Trenton, TN and they had they following children. Francis “Frank” Scrape, Isabelle Virginia Scrape known as Belle who married Dr. James M. Hanna and moved to Grady County, OK and Annie Scrape.  About 1873, William moved his family to White County, Arkansas where he spent the rest of his days. William’s obituary was listed in the Trenton Harold-Democrat, Trenton, Tennessee January 31,1902Col. W. H. Scrape died at Beebe, AR, Jan.22, 1902, aged 83 years.


Col. Scrape was formerly a resident of this city, having moved here in 1837, and remained a citizen of Trenton and vicinity until 1870,when he removed to Arkansas. He was in the dry goods business here in the firm of Scrape & McGee.

William’s father James D. Scrape had started building a plantation home in Trenton in 1839 but died before the home was finished. William finished the building of the home and he and his family lived there until 1865 when William sold it to a relative William E. Elder, just after the Civil War. The Old Scrape Home Place still stands to this day on High Street in Trenton. Local history in Trenton tells of how General Robert E. Lee spent a few nights in the home during the Civil War.

James D. Scrape was my third great grandfather, and William Henry Scrape Sr. was my second great grandfather and it has been a great pleasure for me to find his grave and to learn about him and my ancestors. It is my sincere hope that by telling this story that I may help someone make a connection to there past.