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Vaughan Family of Selma

Reuben Vaughan born 1769 in Mecklenburg,  Virginia.  Died Jan. 23, 1837 in Dayton, Marengo Co. AL.   Reuben   married Alice Goode Watkins, born 1780 in Virginia. Alice Goode Watkins died  June 7, 1866 in Dayton, Marengo County, AL.

Their children were:

1.  Alfred Goode Vaughan, born Sept. 5, 1799 in Petersburg, VA.   Died April 27, 1852 in Demopolis,  Marengo Co. AL

2.  Eustin Vaughan, born 1802 in Virginia.  Died Jan. 7, 1891 in Virginia.

3.  Samual Watkins Vaughan, born 1800 in  Mecklenburg, Virginia.  Married Thyrza Jane Alston (born 1835) Died 1876 in Dayton, Dallas County, AL

4.  Martha Jefferson Vaughan, born Oct. 2, 1806 in Virginia.  Died June 20, 1874 in Virginia

5.  Emily Vaughan, born Oct. 30, 1808 in Virginia.  Died Dec. 25, 1895 in Marshall, Missouri.

6.  Virginia Garland Vaughan, born Nov. 11, 1812 in Virginia.  Died 1859 in Marengo Co. AL.

7.  Alice Goode Vaughan, born Jan. 4, 1814 in Virginia.  Died June 8, 1896 in St. Andrews Bay, Florida.

8.  Susan Vaughan, born July 24, 1817 in  Petersburn, Virginia.  Died July 19,1834 in Powhatan, Virginia.


CENSUS: 1850 Marengo Co., Alabama; 14 Oct 1850;  Page 63A; image 125 of 180; Dwlg 939 - Fam 939 -

Saml W Vaughan   46 M Planter  14,000 Virginia   [b. abt 1804]

Martha W              36 F                         North Carolina

Sarah E                 18 F                        Tennessee

Samuel W              17 M Student           Tennessee    [b. abt 1833]

John R.                  15 M                       Alabama

Frederic                 12 M                       Alabama

Paul T                    11 M                      Alabama

Henry W                  9M                       Alabama

Susan A                  6 F                       Alabama

Martha W                4 F                       Alabama

David A                   3 M                      Alabama

Mary E                   1 F                       Alabama


CENSUS: 1860 Dallas Co., Alabama; Summerfield Beat; P. O. Summerfield; 28 Aug 1860; Pg 102/863B; image 7 of 11; Dwlg 746 - Fam 635 -

S. W. Vaughan    56 M Planter   88,300  169,850  Virginia   [b. abt 1804]

M. W. Vaughan   46 F                                         North Carolina

Ferner                20 M                                         Alabama

Susan A             15 F                                         Alabama

Henry                 18 M                                        Alabama

M. V.                  12 M                                       Alabama

M. E.                  10 M                                          Alabama



Note that the Samuel Vaughn on the following 1870 Census was a physician in Dallas Co. Alabama. So I think it likely that this is an ancestor of the Samuel Watkins Vaughan that the hospital in Selma was named after. As you can see he was a physician.  Due to the age of Jane who appears to be his wife, and the age of some of the children, it seems that he was previously married and Jane could not be the mother of the older children.


CENSUS: 1870 Dallas Co., Alabama; Summerfield, 6 July 1870; Page 731B; image 14 of 37: Dwlg 94 - Fam 94 -

Vaughan, Samuel      60 M W Physician  13,000 1,500 Virginia

             , Jane          35  F W Keeping house              Alabama

             , Virginia      23 F W  At home                       Alabama

             , David         21 M W At home                       Alabama

             , Betty         19 F W Teaching School            Alabama

             , Septimus   17 M W At home                       Alabama

             , Evlin           5 F W  At home                       Alabama

             , William       3 M W At home                       Alabama 


Doing a Google search, I learned that the estate of Henry W. Vaughan was the source of the money to purchase the property that I think became the original hospital. So that makes me think that the Henry W. Vaughan, (see 1850 and 1870 Census above) was son of Samuel Watkins Vaughan shown in the 1870 Census above. But needs further evealuation and research. I copied and paste the following from Google search -


The Selma Fraternal Lodge No. 27 of the Free and Accepted Masons erected the massive brick building as a school for orphans and for children of indigent Masons at a cost of $15,000. The school, named The Central Masonic Institute, opened in October, 1848, with an enrollment of 45 pupils, both boys and girls. This educational venture was evidently a financial failure, and the property, which was mortgaged, was lost by the Masonic Order a few years later.

During the War Between the States, when Selma was the arsenal of the Confederacy, the building was converted into a hospital for wounded and ill Confederates. The need for this humanitarian service may have influenced Federal General J.H. Wilson to spare the building when his troops ravished Selma in early April, 1865.

Immediately after the war, Selma civic leaders purchased the property and used it as a lure to attract the county seat to Selma from Cahaba. Their strategy was successful, and in 1866 Selma became the seat of government for Dallas County. County offices were housed in the former hospital from 1866 until the spring of 1902 when the courthouse at the corner of Alabama Avenue and Lauderdale Street was completed.

After county officials vacated the structure, it appears to have remained vacant until possibly 1904 when it again housed a school. The Selma Military Institute, under the control of the Presbyteries of Tuscaloosa and Mobile, had classrooms in the building for some four years until the school moved to what is now the administration building at the United Methodist Children's Home on North Broad Street.

Trustees of the Henry W. Vaughan estate, who had purchased the property from the county for $5,025 in 1904, converted the versatile edifice into a hospital, The Vaughan Memorial Hospital, in 1911. It remained a hospital until 1960 when The New Vaughan Memorial Hospital was ready for occupancy on West Dallas Avenue.