Attala County, Mississippi


The Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Miss.,Sept. 6, 1979


Scarboroughs Traced At Preservation

By Joyce W. Sanders

  Yours truly and the weather forecasters batted zero last Thursday. Following a week of sudden summer storms and a forecast of more of the same and awakening to a noisy early morning downpour, WKOZ was called and the outdoor ceremonies were cancelled for Scarborough Day. Then the sun shone hot and bright.
  The evening meeting was held as scheduled in the court room of the Attala County Courthouse at 7 o'clock. In the absence of the president, Jack Fenwick, the meeting was called to order by Mrs. Joyce Sanders, vice president and program chairman. Mrs. Sanders read the proclamation which Mayor Hutchinson had signed, designating the third Thursday of each August as Local Heritage Preservation Day and specifying August 23, 1979, as Scarborough Day.
  This was to call attention to Pioneer Scarboroughs and their descendants for being outstanding in helping settle and develop Attala County.
  Mrs. Sanders introduced Richard Joe Morgan as being a descendant of Revolutionary Soldier James Scarborough and as being a person with a very wide varied range of interest and ranking high on the scale in history and philosophy.
  He was educated at Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi and has been on the staff of the Lake School System for 10 years.
  Morgan gave the speech given by the Rev. Joab Lane Scarborough 66 years ago. It was rendered very effectively in the first person. It was almost as if we had gone back in time. At least one person heard both speeches; Walter V. Davis had been told by his mother that he had been present with her in June, 1913, at the age of two.
  The pledge to the flag was given in unison and Mrs. Sanders told the group that response to the June, 1979 columns had been favorable. She recalled that the first Scarboroughs in Attala County were John Raspberry and Nancy Watkins Scarborough and 11 of their children. John Raspberry was the only child of James Scarborough and his third wife, Mrs. Penelope Raspberry Eason, and one of 25 children.
  The oldest child of John and Nancy was James Richardson who married Malinda Sellers. Their children were Abner Watkins, Isaac Newton, James Franklin and Elizabeth Ann who married Joseph Macklin Boyette. All

of these are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Attala. Daughter Sophie Sonora married James Samuel Wright and they are buried at Bethel Baptist Church in Calhoun County. A complete list of these people and their descendants was on display at the meeting.
  The Rev. Joab L. Scarborough and first wife, Frances Adeline Elizabeth Winters, had seven children. There were descendants of two present for the occasion. Ermine Inez Scarborough married Joseph McCrory and they were the parents of four.
  The papers were compiled by Mattie Loula Wright Dewberry and Eula Venita Copeland Guess and were sent to the Society by Mrs. Dewberry of Little Rock, Ark.
  His grandmother was Flora Anderson Harrison who married John B. Love. Capt. Love served in Co. "A" of 15th Mississippi Infantry, which started out in the Civil War as the Long Creek Rifles. He lost his leg in the war. They were the parents of three: daughter Kai, sons Tom and Lucius. Lucius was never married and was killed in Sallis while helping his cousin Sheriff David Love make an arrest. Love said he was the only child born to Tom and Charlie Ann Clark Love. He and Helen Landrum Love were the parents of Victoria Love Greenlee and John Clark Jr. Judge Love was also present.
  Present was Mrs. Hazel Cummins of Kosciusko, daughter of Edna McCrory and Hilery N. McKinnon. Also in attendance was Mr. and Mrs. Winters Turner, formerly of Alabama; he was the son of Pearl McCrory and Clarence Turner...the youngest son of the Rev. Joab was Francis Winfield. The only child of Francis and Elin B. was James Winfield, born posthumously; he was known as Winnie and was married to Miss Ada Russell.
  Present was his widow, Mrs. Ada McAdams, and two of her sons: Don and wife, Dale Faulkner Scarborough, and Jim Scarborough.
  Jim brought some mementoes of the Rev. Joab and brought us up to date on the descendants of his grandfather, Frank Scarborough.
  Nancy Elizabeth Scarborough married Amzi P. Boyd Among their descendants are the Boyds and Leonards of Kosciusko. Mrs. Billy Leonard has done much research on this line and filled us in on the Boyd genealogy.
  It was interesting to note that the first Amzi was a druggist and it has been so right down the line to the present James of Boyd's Drug Store.
  Samuel Riffin Scarborough married Mariam Eleanor Greenlee; she died in the early 1870's and is buried in the City Cemetery here near all the other early Scarboroughs.
  In later years Samuel Ruffin migrated to Texas. He was a Confederate Soldier and lost an arm in the service of the South. They were the parents of five: John W. who married in Attala and then moved on to Texas; Nanie Marget Ellena who married Norman Fields Guess; Mariane (Laura) who married Joseph Rigby and moved to Texas; Artemus Lafayette migrated to Texas and became a renowned Methodist minister.
  Complete records of his descendants were sent by Walter Greenlee Scarborough of Lakewood, Ohio, who because of a previous heart attack could not be present. He is the son of Artemus Lafayette and Alice Phelps Scarborough. The other daughter of Samuel Ruffin was Julia Irene who married William Perry Rigby, who was also a member of the 15th Mississippi Infantry and who was awarded the UDC Cross of Honor.
  Their grandson, William H. Rigby, brought us up to date on their descendants. Ernest Watkins Rigby married Julia Wiltshire and their two children were present; Leon and Ruby Rigby Engleman of Durant and William Rigby. The other son represented on this occasion was the late Clark L. Rigby who was married to Miss Mary Belle Murray. Their daughter, Peggy Rigby, and grandson, Richard Morgan, were in attendance.
  The youngest of John Raspberry Scarborough's children known to have come to Attala and the last of the immediate family to pass away was Mary Elizabeth who married Thomas B. Hight.
  The Hights helped rear the orphan children of Samuel Ruffin and Mariam. Their oldest child, Charles Thomas Hight, and wife, Ola, were the parents of eight. Son Herbert and Minnie Dell McLellan Hight were present.
  In closing it was announced that work sheets on as many of the descendants as possible would be completed and filed along with those sent for the occasion in the genealogy room of the Attala County Library.
  The assembly closed with the reading of the American's Creed from attractive red, white and blue cards, which had been furnished by the Stonestreet-Rone Post 1983 V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. Other organizations which joined the Society in this project were DAR and American Legion Auxiliary.
  This ends the Scarborough Saga. I am not a descendant but would have been honored to have been one.

copyright © 1979, Joyce W. Sanders. All rights reserved.

The above article appeared in the September 6, 1979 Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Ms. It is republished here with the knowledge and consent of Joyce W. Sanders.


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