|A number of people have researched the Vaughn family
and they have added much information to my research. A special
thanks goes to a good researcher that lives in Bogalusa, LA and wishes to
remain anonymous. He has done a wonderful job and so willingly
shares his findings with anyone in the family. Thanks F............
|For information on the Kentucky Vaughn family click
Origin of Name
Quotes from the book Reminiscenses and Genealogical Record of the Vaughan
Family written in 1886 by George E. Hodgdon and published in the Vaughan,
Etc. Newsletter in 1984 state that "The family of Vaughan, or Vychan as it
was originally written, is one of the oldest in the British Isles. Skilled
genealogists in the family have traced their lineage to a Welsh Knight, of
the famous 'Round Table'; in the mythic times of 'King Arthur' and have
clearly established their line of descent from the ancient kings of Wales.
Although the American Vaughan, owing to the lapse of so many generations
since the emigration of his ancestors, may be unable to discover the
connecting links between them and their British progenitors, nevertheless
it may be assumed with almost certainty that all of the names are
descended from a common ancestry who dwelt ages ago in West Britain. Among
the earliest settlers in nearly all of the English colonies on our
Atlantic Coast can be found the name of Vaughan, from whom have sprung
numerous branches of the family in this country.
|The following information is by F. Vaughn, Vaughn Family
Genealogist, re the early Vaughn Family:
The only record
proving Benjamin Vaughn in Anson Co. NC:
Pg 150-151...25 June 1764 Elizabeth Griggs of Anson to Isaac
Bluye of Anson for 110 proc money. Lane on SW side Pee Dee,
east side Cedar Creek, Griggs Spring Branch, adj Samuel French
100 a. granted to Samuel French 25 May ____, and conveyed to
said Elizabeth 15 Nov. 1758.
Elizabeth (X) Griggs, seal
Witness Benjamin Vaughn, Samuel French
Anson Co. N.C. Deed abstracts 1749-1766
15 Nov. 1758 Samuel French of Anson Co., planter to Elizabeth
Griggs, land on west side Pee Dee on East side Cedar Creek, upper
side of Griggs Spring Branch
Samuel French was neighbor in Tryon, Rutherford Co. NC and
Christian Co. KY.
Other notes of interest from F. Vaughn:
Joseph Vaughn and Susie Pulliam married in Livington Co. KY.
He does not think they came through the Cumberland Gap. He
believes they came through Tennessee which was part of North
Carolina at one time. He believes Susie Pulliam's parents were
Thomas and Margaret Pulliam who were in Tryon and Rutherford Co. NC
at the same time and at one time next door neighbors of Benjamin
Vaughn. Margaret Pulliam went to Webster Co. KY after her son,
John Pulliam went there and died of measles while in the War of
1812. Several members of the Pulliam family in Union and
Webster County intermarried with John Vaughn and Thomas Vaughn's
Benjamin Vaughn was in North Carolina in 1763 and is listed as a
taxpayer. He was buying land in Livingston County KY in 1808, the
year his grandson, Benjamin Vaughn, was born. Children of Benjamin
1. John Vaughn
2. Thomas Vaughn, born Aug. 16, 1776 and died 1850 in Webster Co.
KY. He settled in Henderson/Union County KY ca. 1807.
For more information on Thomas Vaughn family click
3. William Vaughn died in Hickman Co. KY
4. James Vaughn - he is possibly a son of Benjamin
5. Joseph Vaughn who settled in Wilcox County AL
Benjamin Vaughn, a taxpayer in North Carolina in
Benjamin Vaughn listed in the North Carolina
Militia in 1776
Benjamin Vaughn granted 86 acres of land in
Livingston County, KY in 1808
Joseph Vaughan was born ca. 1789-90 in Stokes County, North
Carolina. He married (1) Susie Pulliam in Kentucky and (2) Sarah Elizabeth
Lamb Reaves, the widow of James W. Reaves. Joseph Vaughan moved to Wilcox
County around 1816. Susie Pulliam Vaughan was born in what is now
Robertson County, KY and died 1808 in Kentucky. Joseph Madison Vaughan is
buried in Old Reaves Cemetery in Wilcox County, AL. Sarah Elizabeth
Vaughan died before 1840.
Children of Joseph Madison Vaughan and Susie Pulliam are:
1. John Pulliam Vaughan, born February 29, 1804 in Eddyville, Caldwell
County, KY. He was a farmer and Baptist minister. He married Rebecca
Richards in Wilcox County, AL on June 6, 1831. This family left Wilcox
County moving to Chunky, MS (Lauderdale Co., MS) ca 1865. He died there on
March 22, 1890. Rebecca Richards Vaughan was born Dec. 20, 1817 in NC and
died Feb. 3, 1897 in Chunky, MS. They are both buried at Blue Springs
Methodist Church near Chunky, MS. (A descendant of John Pulliam Vaughan
states that Rebecca Richards's parents were John Richards and Jemmie
Snipes. Also, Rebecca Vaughan's grandfather was named John Richards and
her great-grandfather was named Richard Richards.)
2. Pickney Vaughan, born ca. 1806 in KY. Died ca. 1869 in Lauderdale Co.
MS. Married Telitha Stanley, daughter
of Isaac and Nancy Stanley, in Wilcox County, AL on June 26, 1830.
Telitha Stanley Vaughn died after 1880 in Lauderdale Co. MS. They
moved to Lauderdale Co., MS. He opened a school in
Lauderdale Co. MS to educate his children and grandchildren and other
|From Paths to the Past, an overview history of Lauderdale
Co. MS by Laura Nan Fairly and James T. Dawson
3. Benjamin Vaughan Born ca. 1808 in KY. Married Jane Ann Richards on
February 3, 1836 in Wilcox Co., AL. Benjamin died 1888 and is buried in
Capell Cemetery (also known as Pebble Hill or Gravel Creek Cemetery) in
Wilcox Co., AL.
Children of Joseph Vaughn and (2) wife, Sarah Elizabeth Lamb are:
4. Larkin H. Vaughn born ca 1814 in KY. Died after 1870. Place not
known. Lived in Monroe Co., AL. Married Mary Ann Bonner born Sept. 8,
1821, her father was Benjamin Bonner.
5. William M. Vaughn, married Mary A. L. Wright.
6. Joseph Madison Vaughn, married Martha Elizabeth Dunn in Wilcox Co.
7. Elizabeth L. Vaughan, married Hampton L. Jordan.
8. Sarah (Sallie) Vaughn, married Robert James Henderson on 12/24/1851
with permission of Robert Henderson. Married by John Pulliam Vaughan,
minister of the gospel.
9. Polly Vaughn, married Jack Vincent (or Vinson).
10. Catherine Eleanor Vaughn born 1824 and died May 13, 1892.
Married Neil Watkins McIntosh, born 1819 and died Dec. 29, 1876.
(The following information on John Pulliam Vaughn family furnished by Mary
Harbin Hummer, Stillwater, OK.)
Children of John Pulliam Vaughn and Rebecca Richards are:
1. Calvin Vaughn was born July 19, 1832 and died Sept. 20, 1834.
2. William James Vaughn was born Feb. 15, 1834 in Blacks Bluff, Wilcox
County, AL. He was a professor at University of Alabama (where he
founded the School of Engineering - This is from The History of the
University of Alabama by James Benson Sellers, also a Vaughn
descendant), and at Vanderbilt
University in Nashville, TN. He died Dec. 1, 1912 in Nashville. He was
married to Abbie Maria Scott on Aug. 17, 1865.
3. Harvey Simpson Vaughn was born Dec. 10, 1835 and died in Civil War at
Chancellorsville in 1863.
4. Alexander Vaughn was born Nov. 5, 1837. He was a doctor by profession.
He died Oct. 5, 1877 and is buried in Chunky, MS. He married Lucinda
Hester Ann Thompson on Jan. 19, 1871.
5. Sarah Ann Vaughn was born Dec. 17, 1839 and died Nov. 24, 1909. She
married Young Riley Harbin on Dec. 7, 1863.
6. John Pulliam Vaughn, Jr. was born Feb. 25, 1842 and died Sept. 21,
1862. He married Margueritte M___?
7. Mary Jane Vaughn was born April 11, 1844 and died Sept. 3, 1868. She
married J. B. Robinson on Sept. 12, 1861.
8. Levi Newton Vaughn was born May 27, 1846 and died Jan. 11, 1917. He
married Mary Elizabeth James on Nov. 28, 1868. They are buried at
Providence Cemetery near Chunky, MS.
9. Walter Pinkney Vaughn was born July 27, 1848. He was a Baptist
minister. He married Martha E. ___on Jul. 23, 1868.
10. Emma Marianna Vaughn was born Nov. 6, 1850. She married W. J. (Jack)
11. Martha R. Vaughn was born Jan. 21, 1853. She married William Albert
Ward on Sept. 15, 1886.
12. Susan Caroline Vaughn was born Oct. 7, 1855 and died Feb. 25, 1932.
She married John L. Peavey on March 21, 1884.
13. Laura Ella Vaughn was born Nov. 22, 1857 and died July 4, 1885.
| Alexander Vaughn,
|| William James Vaughn, Ph.D
|Children of Dr. Alexander Vaughan: front L-R: James
Enoch; Charles Hardy; Eugenia; John William. Back Row L-R: Robert Estelle;
Milton Silas; RB; Edward D.
Children of Pinkney Vaughan and Telitha Stanley are:
1. Martha A. Vaughnborn 1832. Married Blount Johnson
2. G.B.W. Vaughn born 1833 in Wilcox Co. AL and died Dec. 4, 1861 in
Nashville, TN. Removed from original grave to Mt. Olivett
Confederate Cemetery in Nashville, TN in 1869.
3. Franklin C. Vaughn born Aug. 1836 in AL. Married Almira Brown
4. John Anderson Vaughn born Nov. 28, 1836 and died July 7,
1893 in Gary, TX. Woods Post Office Cemetery. Married Martha Jane Goodwin Brown
5. Nancy J. Vaughn born 1838. Married Eli Mabry
6.Susannah Vaughn born 1842. Married William Weatherby
7. Thomas P. Vaughan born 1845 and died March 30, 1915 in
Austin, TX. Buried in Texas State Cemetery. Married Sarah F. Moore Goodrich
on Feb. 7, 1867.
8. William M. Vaughn born April 4, 1847. Died April 15,
1917. Married Mary Catherine Ross on Dec. 4, 1875.
9. Littleberry Vaughn born 1850. Married Fannie M. Brown
10. Emeline Vaughn
11. Eliza Vaughn born 1853. Married Robert W. Maxey
John Anderson Vaughn
Children of Benjamin Vaughan and Jane Ann Richards are
1. Benjamin Thomas Vaughn born 1842 in Lauderdale Co. MS. Died
Sept. 26, 1862 in the Civil War.
2. Rebecca (Becky) Vaughan, born 1845 and died 1925. She was considered slow
3. Susannah Vaughan, born Oct. 20, 1849 and died Jan. 19, 1941. Married Oliver
Spencer Henderson on Jan. 7, 1868 in Wilcox Co., AL. They are both buried in Capell Cemetery.
Children of Larkin Vaughn and Mary Ann Bonner Vaughn
1. Linnie Manerva Vaughn born 1843 in Monroe
County, AL. Married on July 7, 1861 to Benjamin Porter in Monroe
2. Winnie E. Vaughn, born 1853.
3. James Vaughn born 1860
4. Catherine Vaughn born Sept. 9, 1862 and died Aug. 18, 1927
in Montgomery Co. TX. Buried at Gourd Creek Cemetery. Married
Filmore W. Helton on April 18, 1889 in Monroe Co. AL
5. Nealey M. Vaughn born 1864. Married a ships officer out of
Children of Catherine Eleanor Vaughn and Neil
Watkins McIntosh were:
1. Martha A. McIntosh
2. Francis Ann Rebecca McIntosh born 1851 and died Oct. 10,
3. John Watkins McIntosh born 1853 and died 1874.
4. Robert (Bob) Farish McIntosh born 1855. Died Feb. 21, 1942.
5. James Columbus McIntosh born March 25, 1853 and died Aug. 25,
1910. Married Millie Dee Nettles on March 18, 1886. Millie Dee
Nettles was daughter of George Washington Nettles and Hellen Mary Sadler
Nettles and sister to Zach George Nettles.
6. Martha Magnolia McIntosh born Dec. 29, 1860 and died Oct. 1956.
Married Samuel Ross Thompson on Feb. 7, 1889.
|Eades Vaughn (right) with Barney McIntosh of Wilcox County, AL.
Both are descendants of Benjamin Vaughn
|From the Greene County Independent May 3, 2006
BY: Betty Banks, Independent Publisher (and a Vaughn
Many old cemeteries in Alabama have been quietly
forgotten and lost among the overgrowth in rural areas. Some
because there are no longer any descendants left to give grave
sites the care they need. Many other descendants moved to
different locations, leaving behind their dead and hoping someone
nearer to the community would care for the graves - until
generations came and went until finally the cemeteries were no
longer even memories.
One such lonesome graveyard is located in Wilcox County and it
first came into use as a cemetery in the late 1830's.
Descendents of those early settlers, some of whom live in Pickens
and Greene counties, recently took on the challenge of restoring
the old site as best they could, with some hard work from one
descendant in particular, Barney McIntosh, Jr. Others helped
in various ways who have ancestors buried there. (Dr. Rebekah
Vaughn Troutman of Dothan, AL was instrumental in getting this
project off the ground and she saw to it that it was finished. She
is currently writing a book on the Vaughn family.)
It was the first cemetery in the community known today as
Sedan, AL. It's the Reeves-Farish-Mallard Cemetery.
Sedan is also called Little Utah" and as its name suggests, a
number of Mormons populated the area and continue to live there
The old overgrown burial plot embraced such family members as
those bearing last names such as Reaves, Vaughn (Vaughan), Farish,
Mallard, Bayles, McIntosh and even probably some members of the
Huff and Johnson families, along with other family names long
since forgotten. The little community cemetery finally went
out of fashion, and local residents began using the Reaves Chapel
cemetery located at the Reaves Chapel Methodist Church.
According to old records, the very first person buried in the
forgotten cemetery was Sarah Elizabeth Lamb Reaves Vaughn, wife of
Joseph (Madison?) Vaughn, Sr. and the mother of James L. Reaves.
James L. Reaves was buried there in the fall of 1875, and his
wife, Sarah S. Vinson Reaves, who died in 1899, was the last
person to be buried there.
Joseph Vaughn was the ancestor of Dr. William James Vaughn, the
founder of the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama,
and Dr. James Benson Sellers, author of the History of the
University of Alabama.
The old Wilcox County cemetery was nearly destroyed when a
sawmill company, Vredenburgh Sawmill Company, cut and hauled timer
from the surrounding area, running tractors and logging equipment
through it. All the tombstones are gone now due to this and
only a few of the graves can be seen.
About two weeks ago some of the Vaughn family descendants
visited the graveyard after two years of efforts to mark the site
and clear the debris. Even though the tombstones are gone,
some of the graves still bear evidence they were once covered with
seashells. During the visit some of the family members
speculated the seashells could have symbolized Christianity, but
none really knew the true reason for seashells so far from the
Descendants are not sure what church or churches the first
settlers were affiliated with. What these modern day
descendants do know is that some of these long dead were
from Kentucky and North Carolina and were probably Baptist or
Methodist. In the 1890's many people in the area became
Two weeks ago descendants visited and met at the Reaves Chapel
Methodist Church in Sedan. The church is no longer active,
but people still meet there annually, have dinner on the ground
and discuss the cemetery and what history is known of residents.
That's exactly what happened two weeks ago, when a number of the
descendants gathered, participated in a service and then visited
the older cemetery, where their ancestors who first came to
Alabama, lie in their unmarked graves.
But now those graves are clean and marked by a fence, and bears
a monument in their honor.
Seashells on grave in old cemetery
Marker at the old cemetery April 2006