William J. Turbyfill, born Abt. 1805.
MARY SCARBOROUGH & JOHN ANDREWS,
Mary Scarborough, whom we believe
was the eldest child of John Scarborough and Rachel Elizabeth Johnson,
was born about 1738 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
married John Andrews, Senior, son of Joseph Andrews and Lucretia
Tharpe, about 1754 in Brunswick County, Virginia. From their marriage
nine children were born: David, Alexander, Anderson, John Jr., George,
James, Lucretia, Sally and Mary.
John and their children, with the exception of Alexander and his
family, relocated about 1786 from Brunswick County, Virginia, to
Montgomery County, North Carolina. They followed fairly close behind
Mary’s parents, John and Rachel Scarborough and other members of the
Scarborough family who had located to Montgomery County, North
Carolina, in late 1785.
after their arrival in Montgomery County, and after buying land and
getting settled, John Andrews began looking to the spiritual needs of
the local community. In 1790 he marshaled several sons and
sons-in-law and built a small log church in the northeast section of
the area known as “Providence”. The church was located about ½ mile
north of the current town of Mt. Gilead on the Turnpike Road that was
the main road in the area at that time. The church was originally
called “Providence” but later became known as the “Scarborough Meeting
House” because Scarborough family members were so numerous and active
in the church.
log church was the first Methodist Church to be established in Mt.
Gilead and was used until 1820 when it was replaced by another
building erected on the same site. Another church building was
erected on the site in 1854 and is standing today. A commemorative
sign located at the front of the church reads “Zion Methodist Church”,
organized as the Scarborough Meeting House 1786, building replaced by
log house 1810, present building erected 1854”. A nearby historical
marker erected by the state of North Carolina, reads “Zion United
Methodist Church, organized in 1786 by Rev. Hope Hull as Scarborough
Scarborough was reportedly a Methodist minister and possibly preached
at the Scarborough Meeting House. Since John William and James,
Junior, married in Montgomery County, North Carolina, it would be
interesting to know if they were married by their father.
Alexander Andrews and his large family later relocated from Brunswick
County, Virginia, to Montgomery County, North Carolina, in January
1797 where he joined his father and the Scarborough families who had
migrated earlier. Alexander remained in Montgomery County and most of
the Andrews in Montgomery County descend from this line.
1804 four of John and Mary Andrews sons, David, James, George and
Anderson and their families, joined James Scarborough, Senior, James
Scarborough, Junior, John William Scarborough and their families in
the stampede to the new state of Tennessee and settled permanently in
Stewart County, Tennessee.
Andrews died in January 1831 in Montgomery County, North Carolina. An
inventory of his estate taken by S. Andrews and Silas Andrews and
reported to the court would indicate that he was at the time of his
death a man of considerable means.
Scarborough Andrews died sometime after 1789 but her death date is
NANCY SCARBOROUGH/JOHN TURBYFILL
Scarborough, daughter of John Scarborough and Rachel Elizabeth
Johnson, was born about 1751 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
married John Turbyfill, son of John Turbyfill and Lucy, about 1771 in
Brunswick County, Virginia. Nancy was one of two Scarborough
daughters to marry Turbyfill brothers. Her sister, Rebecca
Scarborough, married William Turbyfill.
and John Turbyfill’s nine children were: Littleberry (1772 –
unk) who married Martha Connelly, Lodwick (1774 – unk) who
married but wife’s name is unknown, Elizabeth (1776 – unk) who
married James Lee, Nancy (1778 – unk) who married John Long,
Wilson Coleman (5 Feb 1780 – 6 Oct 1877) who married Sarah
Robinson, John Junior (1783 – unk) who married but his first
wife’s name is unknown, later married Mary Gildearin and then married
Malinda Rumsey, Ann (1785 – unk) who married John Henderson
Shook, Holly (1788 – unk) who married John Roberts, and
Martha (1790 – unk) who married Reverend James May.
1776 John Turbyfill was drafted into service in the Revolutionary War
from Brunswick County, Virginia, each time for a period of three
months. His 1st tour of duty was in a company commanded by
Captain Benjamin Simmons and Colonel Frederick Macklin. His 2d tour
of duty was under the command of Captain Charles Lucan and Colonel
Elliott and his 3d tour of duty was under Colonel Thomas Edwards. On
this first tour he went to Pourtsmouth, on his second tour he was
stationed at Cabin Point, and on his third tour he was stationed at
Petersburg. On his 4th tour he started to York but when
within a short distance of York learned that General Cornwallis had
surrendered and so he returned home.
November 1788 John Turbyfill and his wife, Nancy, sold 400 acres of
land in Brunswick County, Virginia, to Roger Mallory, Junior, for 300
pounds. This was in all prob-ability in preparation for their move to
Lincoln County, North Carolina. John and Nancy and their family
relocated from Brunswick County, Virginia, to Lincoln County, North
Carolina, sometime between late 1788 and 1789 as the 1790 Census of
Lincoln County, Morgan District, 10th Company, shows a Jno.
Turbyfill with 3 white males over 16, 2 free while males less than 16,
6 free white females and 3 slaves.
purchased 248 acres of land on 11 March 1791 on the west side of the
Catawaba River in Lincoln County, North Carolina, from James Henry.
This land had been granted to James Henry in 1782.
January 1794 John Turbyfill of Lincoln County, North Carolina, deeded
to his brother William Turbyfill of Brunswick County, Virginia, 1
Negro named Elijah, a Negro girl named Hannah, one tract of land
containing 248 acres (purchased earlier from James Henry), 3 feather
beds, etc., as John was indebted to his brother William for some
William Turbyfill and his wife Rebecca of Lunenburg County, Virginia,
on 11 September 1806, sold to John Turbyfill of Lincoln County, North
Carolina, for the sum of $1.00, all of that tract of land containing
248 acres of land where John Turbyfill then lived on the west side of
the Catawaba River. The tract being the tract of land which was
conveyed by the same John Turby-fill to William Turbyfill several
court document in Montgomery County, North Carolina, dated 1 February
1816, shows John Turbyfill claiming the legacy of $237.00 due to Nancy
Turbyfill from the estate of John Scarborough.
Turbyfill died sometime after February 1832 and it is assumed she is
buried in Lincoln County, North Carolina.
September 1832 at a court in Lincoln County, North Carolina, John
Turbyfill, age 91, made application for a pension for service during
the Revolutionary War service. In his application he stated that he
entered service of the U. S. in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1776
and that he had resided there prior to his being drafted.
1832 Jacob Hill, Clergyman, and Francis Harwell gave character
testimony regarding John Turbyfill and in the same year Shadrack Alley
testified that he knew John Turbyfill, Senior, during the
Revolutionary War and he knew him before he entered service in 1776.
was granted a pension, with the rank of Private, for $40.00 per annum
on 18 January 1833 with pension issued the same date.
April 1838 John Turbyfill died in Lincoln County, North Carolina, and
it is assumed he is buried there.
Turbyfill, Junior, and Hiram Turbyfill appeared in court in Franklin
County, Georgia, and made oath that they were personally acquainted
with John Turbyfill of Lincoln County, North Carolina, that he had a
pension of $40.00 per year, and that he had died on 6 April 1838 as
stated in a Family Bible and that he had left no widow but did have
children known to the Administrator of the Estate.
On 10 March 1853
James and Nancy G. Grice made oath that they were acquainted with John
Turbyfill who was a Pensioner of the U. S., that he had died in
Lincoln County, North Carolina, on 6 April 1838, that he left no widow
but did have children known to the Administrator.
Administrator of the estate of John Turbyfill, deceased, appeared
before a Justice of the Peace in Lincoln County, North Carolina, on 12
April 1853 and made oath that the pension certificate issued to John
Turbyfill from the Pension Department of the U. S. under an Act of
October 7, 1832, had been lost or misplaced and could not be produced.
Scarborough, daughter of John Scarborough and Rachel Elizabeth
Johnson, was born about 1765 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
William Turbyfill, son of John Turbyfill and Lucy, on 14 December 1785
in Brunswick County, Virginia, with their marriage service performed
by Reverend Thomas Lundie. Surety for their marriage was Henry
Andrews of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia.
the second daughter of John and Rachel Elizabeth Scarborough to marry
a Turbyfill brother, the other being Nancy who earlier had married
William Turbyfill reportedly had an earlier marriage to Bridget Gee
sometime between 1774 – 1777, probably in Brunswick County, Virginia.
Their two children were Sylvia and John.
children born to the marriage of Rebecca and William Turbyfill were:
Martha Patsey (aft 17898 – unk) who married James Wrenn,
Miles J. (abt 1795 – 1866) who married Amanda M., Wilkes
Spencer (abt 1801 – 27 Mar 1836), and William J. (abt 1805
January 1794 John Turbyfill of Lincoln County, North Carolina, being
indebted to his brother William Turbyfill of Brunswick County,
Virginia, deeded to William a Negro man named Elijah, a Negro girl
named Hannah, a tract of land containing 248 acres, 3 feather beds,
Rebecca and William Turbyfill relocated from Brunswick County,
Virginia, to Lunenburg County, Virginia, sometime after 1795.
William Turbyfill and his wife Rebecca of Lunenburg County, Virigina,
sold to John Turbyfill of Lincoln County, North Carolina, on 11
September 1806, a tract of land on the west side of the Catawaba River
in Lincoln County, North Carolina, containing 248 acres of land on
which John Turbyfill then resided. The tract of land was the same
tract earlier deeded to William Turbyfill by John Turbyfill on 5
Rebecca and William Turbyfill relocated from Lunenburg County,
Virginia, to Mason County, Kentucky, sometime between the 1810 Census
and 1816 as a court document of 1 Feb-ruary 1816 in Montgomery County,
North Carolina, shows William Turbyfill claiming the legacy of $237.00
due Rebecca from the estate of John Scarborough, deceased.
William Turbyfill later relocated from Mason County, Kentucky, to
Robertson County, Tennessee, where in the 1850’s William applied for a
pension as a Revolutionary War soldier.
William was a farmer and was also a partner in the firm of Turbyfill
and Darden while residing in Robertson County, Tennessee.
Rebecca and William are assumed to have died in Robertson County,
Tennessee, and are buried there.