P.J. Scarborough

submitted by Roberta Lewis


P.J. Scarborough was born July 19, 1829 at Union Cross Roads, Roan county, Tennessee . He grew up to manhood there and was married to Mary Thompson in 1847. To this union were born three daughters. In 1849 they moved to McComb , Illinois , and in 1852 sorrow darkened the home, the wife and mother laid down life's burden. On December 4, 1857, he married Martha M. Dorris in McComb , Illinois . In 1859 he came west and located at Jessup , Iowa and lived there five years. Then in 1869 moved to a farm near Earlham , Iowa . In 1877 he moved to a farm two miles south of De Soto . After years of arduous toil and feeling the weight of years, this good man moved his family to De Soto , and here resided to the day of his death. To this last marriage six sons and five daughters were born. In 1904 , on December 2, the death angel again came to this home and bore away the beloved wife.  The following children survive the father and will ever cherish his memory.  Mrs. Jennie Wilson Hobbs , Mrs. Maggie Redfield and Mrs. Cora Simpson, all of Denver , Color., Mrs. Ida Krohn of Barker, Montana . Mrs. Nellie Payton of Oakes , N.D. , Albert Scarborough of Des Moines . W.T. Scarborough of De Soto , Iowa , J.A.  Scarborough of Valley Junction, Iowa, Chas. Scarborough of Peru , Iowa and Blanche Scarborough of De Soto , Iowa . All were present at the funeral service.

On February 22, 1908 , he confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized and united with the Christian Church and to the last hour of life was loyal to Him whom he then confessed and died after a few weeks illness in the triumph of a living faith, on May 13 , 1910 at 4:30 a.m. at the ripe age of 80 years, 9 months and 24 days.

He was a good citizen and an honest man, a loving husband and father, a faithful friend and a Christian man. The funeral services were held in the Christian Church on Lord's day , May 15, at 2:00 o'clock p.m. conducted by the pastor J.C. Hanna, assisted by Rev. Foutch of the M.E. Church . The singing was by a double quartette from both churches. The floral offerings were beautiful and in profusion. The church was crowded with friends and neighbors, thus attesting the love in which he was held. After the service the body was laid to rest in the Oakland cemetery beside the body of his wife to await the resurrection morn.


Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our many thanks to our kind neighbors and many friends for their loving sympathy and kind help that was given us in the sickness and death of our dear father.

The Scarborough family.

Source Unknown.


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