An American Family History

The Scarborough Family

  also spelled Scarbrough, Scarboro, Scarbrow, Scardeburg, Scarburg, Searborough  

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

John Scarborough was born in 1667 in England.

He came to America in 1682 with his father, John. His father returned to England.

His wife was named Mary. Mary's maiden name is disputed by reseachers.

William Scarborough (1691, married Alice Longshore),
Sarah Scarborough (1694, married George Haworth),
Mary Scarborough (1695, married Samuel Pickering and Joseph Lupton),
Susanna Scarborough (1697, married Richard Brock),
Elizabeth Scarborough (1700, married John Fisher),
Hannah Scarborough (1704, married Benjamin Fell),
John Scarborough (1706, married Jane Margerum),
Robert Scarborough (1708, married Mary Bailey).

The births of their first four children were recorded at the Middletown Meeting.

In 1695, Francis Russell left the Bucks County Meeting a bequest for the poor. It was recommended that John Scarborough receive 40 shillings.

On October 15, 1696, John's father wrote his will and gave him power of attorney.

In 1700 he sold his farm in Middletown Township, Bucks County and bought 510 acres in Solebury Township and moved there.

In 1702 John Scarborough and John Bye asked the Falls Meeting to set off a meeting for worship at Buckingham, which was granted. It was held at Thomas Bye's house.

In 1705 he traded for 520 acres adjoining it near Lahaska Station.

In 1709 he traded his farm with Jacob Holcombe for 820 acres.     

On September 3, 1705, John was condemned by the Fall Monthly Meeting for "too much celebrating of so called Christmas" the previous year.

On September 12, 1705, he signed the deed for Buckingham Friends meeting house.

In 1720 the Quarterly Meeting allowed Buckingham to be a Monthly Meeting in its own right.

In 1721 John was asked to be on a discipline committee to speak with a Friend whose behavior gave cause for concern.

In 1724 a certificate was requested to enable John Scarborough to attend the select meeting of ministers and elders as a minister and this was granted, The records noted that he did not speak very much. 

John died in 1727.

Mary died in 1751.


Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.




from Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia by Hopewell Friends, John Walter Wayland

About 1737, two years after Hopewell Monthly Meeting was established, Robert Scarborough left Bucks County, Pa and settled on Smith Creek, Va., some five miles southwest of the cross-roads where the two of New Market later grew up.

In 1738 Robert Scarborough wrote a letter to his brother a Friends' mininter of Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pa., that has proved of decided historical value, for therein Robert Scarborough states that he lived about a mile from a Friends' meeting. This indicates that a number of friends were living on Smith Creek at that time and that they were holding a meeting for worship, doubtless under the authority of Hopewell Monthly Meeting...