Fawcett:SCOTT, Elizabeth Rebecca Coleman (1814 - 1883)

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Biographical sketch

ELIZABETH REBECCA COLEMAN SCOTT (BELL, FAWCETT, McMAHON) was born in 1814 near Scottsburg in Halifax County, Virginia to John Baytop Scott and Patsy Thompson. Her parents saw that she received a good education. She was their youngest child. Elizabeth Scott married (1) Dr. Turner D. Bell, Sr. on September 4, 1828 in Greene County, Alabama (Marriage A:87; Gandrud 1969:A87). Her husband died in 1829, near the birth date (12/1829) of their son, Turner D. Bell, Jr. On May 9, 1831, her brother, Christopher Scott was appointed guardian for her son (Will Book A-B:64, Thomas 1964).

Elizabeth R.C. (Bell) married (2) Lyle Branson Fawcett (1803-38) on January 9, 1837 in Gainesville, Sumter County, Alabama (Marriage Book B:171; Gandrud 1969:B171; Thomas 1968:171). She was living in Greensboro, Alabama at the time of their marriage, and resembled L.B. Fawcett’s Aunt Phoebe Bywater-- his mother, Lucretia Keyes’ sister, although she was not as tall (Letter 1/2/1837).

Elizabeth and Lyle Fawcett lived in Gainesville, Sumter County, Alabama. Lyle owned and operated a mercantile (1835-1838) with his partner, Robert G. McMahon. Their son, Robert Scott/Branson/McMahon Fawcett, was born on October 9, 1837 (Letter 10/9/1837). Major Lyle B. Fawcett died on March 25, 1838 at age 35, and is buried with his son in the Old ("Confederate") Cemetery in Gainesville, Alabama.

After his death, Elizabeth and her son, Bobbie, continued to live in Gainesville, near her brother-in-law, Willis and Susan Fawcett (Letter 4/5/1838). They may have moved to Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama after July 1839 (Letter 3/6/1839), but probably soon returned to Gainesville. Elizabeth (Fawcett) married (3) Col. Robert G. McMahon, Lyle's partner in the mercantile business in Gainesville, in 1841. They lived out their lives there, and operated the American Hotel (1850 census; Gandrud 1969:B171). According to her brother, C.C. Scott, all three of Elizabeth’s husbands were outstanding men of high charater who did not engage in the profane swearing so common among men of the South. Elizabeth devoted her entire life to doing well for others (Scott 1854). When Elizabeth R.C. McMahon died on October 2, 1883, she was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Gainesville (Arrington n.d.).


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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