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 Edward Yarborough, Sr

Edward Yarborough, Sr

Birth
Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death 27 Mar 1862 (aged 64)
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 74487381 · View Source
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FOUNDER YARBOROUGH HOUSE HOTEL,
RALEIGH

Edward Yarborough, II was born 1797 in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC, one of 5 known surviving children (3 girls/2 boys) born to Revolutionary War patriot Capt. Edward Yarborough and his wife, Sarah Marshall. His father was an innkeeper and served under Maj. Richard Caswell in the South Carolina campaigns during the war. When Gen. Washington visited Salisbury, he stayed in the Yarborough home.

Edward married (1st) to a woman in Salisbury, of whom no information was found, and by whom his eldest child was born:

* Edward Yarborough, III (1826-1858)

Soon after the death of his first wife, he removed to Raleigh and on December 24, 1836, the 39-year old widower married 24-year old Sarah Elizabeth, the widow Giles. He and Sarah would become parents to 3 known children:

* Baily M. Yarborough, CSA (1840-1865)
* Eliza G. Yarborough (ca. 1842)
* Harriet L. Yarborough (ca. 1844)

Edward Yarborough was widowed for a second time when Sarah died in 1845. Three years later the now 51-year old married Hannah Hawkins Lockart, the 35-year old widow of Dr. John Lee Haywood of Raleigh. Hannah came to the marriage with her only surviving child, Kate Smith Haywood, who would later marry her stepson, Edward Yarborough III. Edward Yarborough II and Hannah Lockhart Haywood would become parents to one child:

* Hannah Yarborough (1850-1908)

In 1850, Edward launched his career as a hotelier, opening the "Yarboro House", a palatial hotel running a block long on the 300 block of Fayetteville Street, designed by John Wayat Cosby, son of noted architect Dabney Cosby. Almost immediately, the "inn" became a gathering place for Raleigh socialites and distinguished travelers.

Edward's remained at the hotel throughout his third marriage, which lasted 14 years until his death in 1862 at age 64. At about this time, the hotel was sold to William Grimes, of the wealthy Pitt County Grimes family.

Following her husband's Hannah removed to a small farm in St. Mary's (Auburn) in Wake County where she remained until her death in 1883 at age 69. Her married daughter, Hannah, would later join her there, with her second husband.

Edward's eldest son and namesake,
Lt. Edward Yarborough III married his stepdaughter Kate Smith Haywood (daughter of Hannah Lockhart & Dr. John L. Haywood) in about 1854, and would be father to 3 known children before his early death in 1858 at age 32. He served as 1st Lt. in Company H, 1st Regiment, under Capt. George B. Singletary, during the Mexican War (1847-1848). Both Edward and Kate died young, within 3 months of each other in 1858. They had 3 children, with one son dying in infancy a year after they both perished. His surviving children, Lee and Edward IV, were raised by his father, and after his death, by stepmother, Hannah Lockhart Haywood Yarborough.

Children of Lt. Edward Yarborough & Kate Smith Haywood:

* Lee Yarborough (1855-1920)
Graduated Trinity College and was a prominent citizen of Clayton, Johnston Co, where he once served as Postmaster. He married Sue Penny, daughter of Joseph Penny in 1892, but never had any children. Lee suffered paralysis and died in 1920 at age 64.

* Edward M. Yarborough (1856-1911)
Edward married in 1884 to Sallie C. and resided in Raleigh where he became father to 5 known children. His son Charles died in 1910; followed by his death in 1911; his wife's death in 1912; and eldest son's Edward in 1916. All four of them are buried in Oakwood Cemetery as "Yarboro". It is not known what became of his surviving 3 children.

* Charles Clinton Yarborough (1858-1859)

As for Col. Edward Yarborough's other son, BAILEY YARBOROUGH, he died in the Civil War. He was 20 years old when the Civil War broke out, and he enlisted May 1, 1861 with Company E, of the NC 14th, with the rank of Private. Surviving almost to the end of the war, Bailey succumbed to typhoid fever during the long battle over Richmond, and died there in a Confederate hospital on January 14, 1865. His burial location is unknown.

It is not known what became of Col. Yarborough's two daughters from his marriage to Sarah Elizabeth.

As for the Yarboro House, it lived on many more years as a fixture in Raleigh. Even before the Civil War, the Yarboro House earned the reputation as "the place to be seen" in Raleigh. If you were involved in politics, or were a socialite in the mid-nineteenth century Raleigh community, then you spent a lot of time at THE place to see and be seen, the Yarborough House (also spelled Yarbrough and sometimes Yarboro). The hotel's close proximity to the courthouse made it a prime place for after-hours business meetings. Called the "unofficial political and social center of the capital," some people joked that more laws were written there than in the actual politicians' offices.

Mrs. Jefferson Davis stayed here during the Civil War to escape embattled Richmond. Virginia and legislators' wives met here in a group called "The Yarborough Cabinet."

At the end of the Civil War, General Sherman and his troops had camped out at the Governor's Palace in Raleigh, which was located at the southern end of Fayetteville Street. When the Union troops finally left the city, the returning governor refused to stay in the palace (stating it had been tainted by Sherman and his troops) and the mansion was burned to the ground. Until a new governor's home was built in 1891, several North Carolina governors, including Thomas J. Jarvis and Alfred Moore Scales, took up residence in the Yarborough House. This all but secured the Yarborough House as the most exclusive place to lodge, eat, or socialize. Visitors traveled for many miles just to stay a few nights at the city's finest establishment. Guests of the hotel included US Presidents Andrew Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

By the mid-1920s the Hotel Sir Walter outshined the Yarborough House and took over as the number one hotel in Raleigh. It all came to an end on July 3, 1928, when the building was engulfed by a raging fire and could not be saved. It is still recalled today as one of the largest fires in Raleigh. Later, in 1940 the new Hudson-Belk Department Store opened on the site.

In it's heyday, The Yarborogh House hosted four presidents, plus notables such as Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, and William Jennings Bryan. It was well known for the food prepared by the hotel kitchen. In fact, one tale was told of President Taft, having finished a "full Southern dinner of fried chicken, candied yams, hot biscuits and other Southern delicacies, ... refused to leave his chair for half an hour."


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 74487381
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Yarborough, Sr (9 Jun 1797–27 Mar 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74487381, citing City Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .