Barnwell court documents concerning the suit filed by Reuben Stringfellow and Lucinda Stringfellow Isom refer to Catherine as MRS. Scott numerous times. That leads me to believe that Scott was not her maiden name. The same documents refer to Catherine as " a free woman of color", that indicates that she was not a slave.
Although the court found in favor of Reuben and Lucinda and broke Richard's will the court decreed that Catherine share an equal portion of the proceeds from the sale of the land, one-third. Considering this was an 1830's South Carolina court, Catherine did remarkably well. Now, whether she actually ever received her share of the money is another story. A letter written in 1881 by MRS. Martha Caroline SCOTT to the Barnwell court suggests that Catherine did not, but then Martha's letter was written some 50 years after the suit!
In the letter Mrs. Martha Caroline Scott writes that Richard's will named 5 heirs. It didn't. Richard's will only referred to Catherine and children. No names or numbers for children. Martha Caroline does say in the letter that Richard was her father. She does not mention any siblings. The letter was written very eloquently, and was signed by Mrs. Martha Caroline Scott and Charles A. Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.
I have not researched the Scotts at all.
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