SCARBOROUGH ORAL HISTORY

By Mrs. Rigney, niece of Cleveland Scarborough

Submitted by Charlotte Collins Bond

David Scarborough was born in England around the year 1780.  He came to America with his father and mother around 1783.  Around 1785 he was found on an Indian trail, sitting beside his dead father, near Mill Shoal creek in Harrison District [Madison County]. He did not know his father’s given name, but he did say Scarboro was his last name.  He said his mother had gone across the creek for help concerning his father, but she never returned.  Later her drowned body was found.  The water in the creek had risen.

A Mr. Berryman took the little boy David, and reared him until he was 21 years of age; then he gave him a horse and saddle.

In the year 1808, David took a wife whose name is unknown.  In 1810 a son was born to them and they named him Fredrick.  He was reared as a farm boy in Mill Shoal community.

In the year 1832, Frederick took a wife and on August 27, 1835, a son was born to them. They named him David C. Scarboro.  He was reared around old Mill Shoal Church in Harrison District.

In the year 1854 Frederick was accidentally killed by his uncle, Gilford Sartin, while hunting wild turkey.  At the time, Fredrick was wearing a red cap and was sitting beyond a log in a thicket of brush.   He was mistaken for a turkey and was shot through the head.

In the year 1854, David C. Scarborough took a wife whose name was Frances M. Berryman, from Royston, Ga.  To them were born Nancy E., 1-6-1856; Lacy Powell, 11-05-1858; John D., 08-20-1860; and Alice C., 03-14-1862.

On Jan. 6, 1878 Lacy P. Scarboro married Louisa Elizabeth Colbert and to this union were born four boys and seven girls.

Louisa Elizabeth Colbert Scarboro was born in Orlando, Fla. on Sept. 13, 1855.   Her mother was Caroline Sims Colbert and her father was William Colbert. He disappeared during the Civil War and was never heard from again.  He was last seen drinking water from a stream.

Children of Louisa Elizabeth and Lacy Powell Scarboro: William David, Rilla, Jewell, Emory, John Baldwin, Hettie Chester, Rosa Ola, Frances Novie, Howell T., Elma, and P. C. [Preacher Cleveland].

While the above story is oral history and not backed up by historical documents, we usually find elements of truth in the old tales. A lot is lost in the "telling of the tales" but they are too eloquent to discard. Look at the drama in finding a lost child beside his dead father & then losing his mother. This probably happened and the earlier data was "as remembered".  At any rare, it’s a great story.


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