Why did Yarborough become Yarboro? Posted in: News Why did the town of Yarborough become Yarboro? Colonel James Quincy Yarborough founded the community in the late 1870s southeast of Navasota. Colonel Yarborough had earned the ‘colonel’ tag not as ‘honorary’ but serving as a young man as a Colonel in his native Alabama State Militia service. The Colonel ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!