Studio shots, no. 179: Rachel Bynum Scarborough family.

George and Rachel Bynum Scarborough, perhaps around the time of their marriage in 1906.

Rachel Bynum Scarborough and her children, probably circa 1940s.

The Bynums were among the dozens of Wilson County families who migrated to Lonoke County, Arkansas, in the late 19th century.


On 30 January 1878, Lawrence Bynum, 23, married Edney Bynum, 16, in Wilson County. Lydia Bynum, James Ellis, and Millie Corbett were witnesses.

In the 1880 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: laborer Larence Bynum, 24; wife Edney, 19; children James, 1, and Mary J., 1 month; mother-in-law Liddie, 55; brother Isac, 22, and sister-in-law Anna, 17.

In the 1900 census of Richwoods township, Lonoke County, Arkansas: Lawrence Bynum, 55; wife Edna, 39; children Ed, 25, Mary, 19, Charlie, 17, Hattie, 16, Rachel, 9, Lewis, 6, Cora, 3, and Lawrence, 11 months; grandsons Mack and Romie Notsie(?), 3 months; and son-in-law Ed Notsie(?), 25, farm laborer. The four oldest children were born in North Carolina. [Next door: Haywood and Agness Armstrong, who also migrated from Wilson County.]

In the 1900 census of Richwoods township, Lonoke County, Arkansas: George Scarborough, 47; wife Millie, 37; and children Walter, 16, George, 15, Martin, 11, Charity, 8, Council, 8, Ava Mariah, 6, Jessie, 4, Fannie, 2, and Joseph, 11 months. The oldest four children were born in North Carolina. [The Scarboroughs were listed two households from the Bynums.]

On 26 November 1906, George Scarborough, 24, of Cobbs, Lonoke County, married Rachel Scarborough, 17, of Cobbs, Lonoke County, in Lonoke County, Arkansas.

George Orange Scarborough registered for the World War I draft in 1918 in Lonoke County. Per his registration card, he was born 25 January 1884; lived on Route 2, Scott township, Lonoke County; farmed for Smith Daniels; and his contact was Rachel Scarborough.

In the 1920 census of Walls township, Lonoke County, Arkansas: on Community Road, George Scarborough, 36; wife Rachel, 30; and children James, 11, Berthrie, 9. Other, 5, Elsie, 3, and Ugine, 21 months.

In the 1930 census of Richwoods township, Lonoke County, Arkansas: widowed farmer Rachel Scarborough, 40, and children James, 20, Arthur Lee, 12, Eugene, 10, Mable, 9, Maude, 7, Flora Bell, 5, George, 3, and Rosetta, 

In the 1940 census of Richwoods township, Lonoke County, Arkansas: Jon Highway 31, ames Scarborough, 31; wife Louise, 18; mother Rachel, 51, widow; and siblings Eugene, 22, Mable T., 19, Modessa, 17, Flora Bell, 15, George Jr., 13, and Rosetta, 9.

Photos courtesy of Ancestry user LesBynum, who credits “Debra Jones’ personal collection.”


  1. Love reading your posts.

    Debra Jones is my cousin on the Armstrong family tree. She is an avid family history reseacher. Debra even travels around the United States gathering documents and oral history information.

    Smith Daniel, the farmer in Lonoke County, was my maternal grandmother, Betty Daniel Armstrong’s brother.

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. I am the great-granddaughter of George and Rachel (Bynum) Scarborough. My cousins and I have been researching for the past year looking for more information about our family “SCARBOROUGH and BYNUM.” If you have anymore information or resources regarding our family, it will be helpful and most appreciative to learn more. Kenya Johnson

    1. Kenya Johnson, please provide an email or phone number for contact information. Please check out Armstrong Veterans slide show on YouTube. About 10 Bynums served in the military. Bynums also married into the Armstrong family. Caroline Armstrong married George Moore, a Scarborough descendant. They had 14 children.

  3. Hello Family,

    I am the great great granddaughter of Victory Bynum who married Jason Scarborough. Also of Wilson, NC who migrated to Pulaski, AK and then to Chicago (where this photo was taken). I am trying to make the connection but it’s obviously there since there is an exact name and place match!
    contact me at portal22tech[at] if you have any info that you think may help.

      1. I do have an obituary photo of Victoria (she is listed as Victory sometimes in the census). How may I share?

    1. Sorry, my comment was incorrect.

      My 2x grandmother, Victoria Scarborough (1889-1984) Born in Wilson, NC – moved to Arkansas and died in Chicago. I’m sure she is related since the Bynum Scarboroughs migrated this way, but I can’t figure out how.

      Parents: Adeline Bynum (1859-1926) and Jason Scarborough (1855 – ?)

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