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Chapter Six

Reformatted 4 November 2019 by author Lawrence Eugene Vaughn Jr

THE CHOATES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, AND RELATED FAMILIES VOLUME I EXCERPTS

Pages 43-53

Compiled By William R. Lawrence, MD: 2000

Original On File at Vienna, Illinois Public Library

Page 43 (of the original publication)

Margaret Ann Choate was born 13 Nov 1862 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, IL. Margaret died 23 May 1940 in Danville, Vermilion, IL, and was buried 25 May 1940 in Atherton Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion, IL. She married (1) Samuel VAUGHN 15 Aug 1888 in New Burnside, Johnson County, Illinois; they divorced. He was born 17 Oct 1824 in Henry County, Tennessee.

He was the son of David VAUGHN and Nancy MAY. Samuel died 18 Oct 1904 in Anna, Union. Illinois, and was buried 19 Oct 1904 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson County, Illinois.

They had 4 children:

  • 1 William Alvin “Shoat” VAUGHN, born 22 May 1889, died 3 Oct 1974.
  • 2 James Carol VAUGHN, born 17 Sep 1891, died 29 Dec 1975.
  • 3 Benjamin Franklin VAUGHN, born 6 Dec 1893, died 4 Oct 1980.
  • 4 Lula Estelle (Louisa) VAUGHN, born 2 Mar 1895, died 3 Mar 1990.

NOTES for Margaret Ann Choate:

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, lists Margaret age 7.

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois, book E-2, page 141, reg #0 134, Samuel Vaughn, age 64 (born 1824), and Margaret Choate, age 28. married 15 Aug 1888. It was Margaret’s first marriage. He had first married Esther McHenary, and secondly her aunt, Jane Choate. ln 1900 she divorced Samuel Vaughn. It appears Margaret left her 4 children to be reared by others. Margaret later married James H. Hobbs, see below.

See divorce decree, Margaret Vaughn vs. Samuel Vaughn, Johnson County, Illinois, Circuit Court, August term 1900. Mentions four (4) children by name; William A., James C., Benjamin F. and Louisa, ages respectively eleven, nine, six and three.

See papers regarding custodial care of Lula Vaughn by Silas Vaughn her half-brother and makes her a dependent child, and she is surrendered to custody of Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society, Lula Vaughn, age 10 on or about 3 May 1906, and County Court of Johnson County, State of Illinois. April term 1907 takes this action dated 19 Apr 1907.

Margaret Ann Choate Vaughn secondly married 2) James H. Hobbs, born; 1837 and died, 1910 in Vermilion, County. Illinois.

Dr. Lawrence reported being in possession of a marriage certificate and the 1900 census of Johnson County, Illinois, lists James Hobbs as age 63, so he was likely born in 1837 and Margaret Hobbs is listed as widowed in 1910 in Danville City Directory, Danville, IL. In documenting the genealogy of Margaret Ann Choate Vaughn and her four (4) children by Samuel Vaughn, there is an interesting story, and just goes to show you how much of tracing ones ancestors and relatives may be associated with pure luck.

Mrs. Maurine Krohne was doing some research for me in the Cook Co. Courthouse in Chicago and the Choate name came up. She called me and wondered if this was the same Choate family to which Margaret Choate, belonged and I assured her that it was.

She then told me that she was in the process of preparing, at the request of a daughter (Mrs. Viva Morgan of Jupiter, Florida), as a birthday present to her mother, Lula Vaughn Spann, a family tree, and wondered if I could help her. Fortunately, I could.

It seems that Margaret and Samuel Vaughn were divorced in 1900 and that their four children were dispersed to be brought up by various people. Margaret Vaughn then married a James H. Hobbs, but did not take her children with her. Lula (Louisa) was in the custodial care of her half-brother, Silas Vaughn, (by Samuel Vaughn and Margaret’s Aunt, (2) Jane Choate Vaughn), and was finally in 1907, after Silas declared both of Louisa’s parents dead, transferred to the custodial care of the Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society.

The commitment to that Society is documented and shows Silas as her previous custodian. Lula apparently remembered him as Uncle “Cyrus” and was not very fond of him. She apparently “blocks out” the first ten years or so of her life but there is documentation that she was cared for by various families; the Moores, the Boyers, the Eatons, Eubanks; John and Mary, etc. and apparently has good memories of some of her foster parents.

(See 1900 census of Johnson Co. IL family 167, dwelling 167, Hobbs. James, white, male, born March 1887, 63, widower, born TN, Margaret was his widow in 1910.)

It is interesting that Louisa lists on her marriage certificate to Archie Spann Bk 3, p 367, 21 Aug 1913, Il State Board of Health, County of Franklin, IL that her father was Samuel Vaughn and mother was Ellen Simpson (Her mother’s name as listed here is a bit of a puzzle and not adequately explained, but there is more than sufficient evidence, to say legally, at least, she is the daughter of Samuel Vaughn and Margaret Choate. Lula (Louisa) Vaughn is listed as age 19, living at Christopher, IL and states place of birth is Chicago, IL. Married in Sesser, IL. The reason for her stating her birthplace as Chicago cannot be determined. Also, no grounds can be found for her thinking she had at one time lived in an Evanston, Illinois home for children.

Some have said Hobbs worked for the Illinois Central RR and lived in Chicago, however this could not be confirmed.

LOUISA (Lulu, Lula) DETAILS:

First; her listing in 1900 Johnson Co., census as Louisa, age 3, born Mar 1897 living with mother; Margaret H. and grandmother, Louisa Choate, 68, widow (of Benjamin Choate).

Secondly, she appears in the divorce decree of Samuel Vaughn and Margaret Vaughn in August 1900, as age 3 (born 1897).

Thirdly, her half-brother (by Jane Choate), Silas Vaughn, transferring her custody to Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society in 1907, age given as 10.

Fourth; Commitment paper to the Du Quoin IL Children’s Home which Lula remembers having lived there. The Index file per Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society lists her as born in 1896, (this is certainly close enough to what is likely 1897 as her actual birth date.) and listed on the file is father, Samuel Vaughn, mother; Margaret Choate Vaughn, with Jane written in parenthesis below. It is interesting that Jane was Samuel’s first wife, aunt of Margaret and mother of Silas, he was the half-brother who placed her in the home.

CustodyPetition

State of Illinois, Johnson County, in the County Court of Johnson Co., April term, 1907, To the Honorable Thomas Sheridan, Judge of the County Court of Johnson Co., Your petitioner, Silas Vaughn, a responsible person and resident of said County for one year next preceding the time of presenting this petition, respectfully represents unto your Honor that Lula Vaughn, a girl of about the age of ten years, on or about May 3, 1906, now within the said County, is a dependent person in this: That she, the said child, has neither father or mother living and that she has been passed around from place to place and that her surviving relatives are unable to keep her and that her father died in Union Co., IL, about six years ago at the age of nearly 86 and that before his death her mother ran off with a man named James Hobbs and that she has since died. Your petitioner therefore humbly prays this Honorable Court to inquire into the alleged dependency of said girl and of the truth of the matters herein contained, in pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided, and make such order in the premises as to this Honorable Court may seem meet and proper in the premises, and as in duty bound your State of Illinois, Johnson County, ss. Silas Vaughn, being duly sworn, says that he has read the above petition by him signed, and knows the contents thereof; and that the same is true according to the best of his knowledge and belief. #312-668-1938. Found in “Index to Court Records” insc Lula Vaughn -a dependent custodian of Lula Vaughn; a dependent child, and now on this day, the same being one of judicial days of this term of court, comes Silas Vaughn, custodian of Lula Vaughn and files petition to have said child declared a dependent child wherein evidence is heard in open court and petition granted, and said child’s parents both being dead, said Lula Vaughn is declared dependent and surrender is made by Silas Vaughn her custodian to the Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society endorsed and approved by the court and said dependent child Lula Vaughn is allowed to go to said Home as a dependent child.

Several of the people listed as her foster parents are the names that Lula (Louisa) remembers. Lula married on 20 Aug 1913, according to this information. Fifth; Petition to make her dependent Apr term 1907, Johnson Co., Court lists her as Lula Vaughn, per Johnson Co., Probate Journal K. Regarding Lula’s various dates of birth foster care authorities apparently told her 2 May 1895; 1900 census of Johnson Co., IL lists 3 May 1896. I believe perhaps that the census date would be most correct because she was living with her mother and I’m sure that 1hc half-brother, Silas Vaughn, might not actually know her correct birth date, and could easily have been off a day and a year.

It is too bad that Lula Spann did not get the benefit of her heritage before 4 Oct 1980, when her youngest brother Benjamin Franklin Vaughn died.

Vermilion Co., IL, death certificate Louise Craig, informant and beneficiary of estate. Some of the information given was not correct, such as place of birth, and parents’ names. Died of Cancer of the uterus.

Mrs. Viva Spann Morgan, daughter of Lula Vaughn Spann, adds the following information in a letter 13 Jul 1982, “The ‘Craig Girls’, noted that Margaret had talked about “Brother Logan,” and Brother Levi”, and this is the way she referred to them. Also mentioned “Sisters” and they were aware that a number of these brothers and sisters died quite young. Margaret was very good to the 5 Craig children, (2 boys and 3 girls); the 2 boys are dead. All three girls, live in Danville, IL, but the youngest is in very bad health). She was the only grandmother the Craig children ever knew, and they loved her. She had but few requirements, lived meagerly, gave to others, worked very hard, not very feminine, i.e., chopped wood, worked out of doors, always had a garden, wore straw hat, smoked a clay pipe, cautioned the Craig children that the best way to stop smoking was not to ever start. Loved to wash and iron. She ironed beautifully, and while furniture and such were not important to her, she was always clean and ironed.

On the day before she died, she made it known to the eldest Craig girl, “I’ve made my peace with the Lord. I am ready to go. She slipped away in her sleep.

DEATH: Vermilion County, Illinois, reg. 63, page 886, #260, died 23 May 1940 from Cancer of Uterus, in Danville, Illinois, age 77 years 6 months 14 days. Lists birthplace as Harrisburg, IL, born 17 Nov 1862. Widow. Buried 27 May 1940 Atherton Cemetery, Danville, IL. (Actually born Johnson County, for sure!)

Mrs. Viva Olene Spann Morgan, daughter of Louisa (Lulu), went personally to Johnson County court house and located the divorce papers of Margaret and Samuel Vaughn and the petition papers of her half-brother Silas Vaughn for custodial care of Luisa.

NOTES for Samuel:

Samuel Vaughn was married 3 times, first to Esther McHenary. Some say she had 2 children, if so they would have been reared by her family. She was 37 at time of this marriage, so far no record of the children has been located. Samuel married Jane Choate, 6 May 1864 and then Margaret Ann Choate, 15 Aug 1888. There is no record of the death (or divorce) of his first wife. Jane died in 1887, and he married Margaret in 1888. Margaret was Jane’s niece.

Samuel also married (1) Esther McHENARY 3 Aug 1842 in New Burnside, Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 1805. Esther died before 1863 in Johnson County, Illinois.

Samuel also married (2) Jane Choate (See number 2443) 6 May 1864 in Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 30 Jun 1839 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Choate and Margaret Ann “Peggy” McFATRIDGE.

DEED: Union County, David and Rebecca Vaughn, deeded 80 acres to Samuel Vaughn, in 1837.At one time be owned 264 acres and was said to have a large orchard. He was penniless when he came to live with the brother of Sibyl Jones. What happened to all of the property?

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois Early Marriages, 1834 – 1877, Vol. 1, by Foss & Lee page 7, also, marriage record, (Feb 1835-Dec 1857), box 369, #1179, Samuel Vaughn and Esther McHenary, Married 3 Aug 1842.

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois, Early Marriages, Vol. 1. 1834 – 1877 by Foss & Lee page 40, also, marriage record book A. Dec 1857- 1866, page 384, Samuel Vaughn and Miss Jane Choate, married Vienna, IL. 6 May 1860, (date blurred).

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois, book E2, page 141, also page 134, #282, Samuel Vaughn, age 64, born 1824, married Margaret Choate, age 28, born Johnson County. Father Benjamin Choate, mother Colbroth, married 15 Aug 1888, in New Burnside, by R. H. Wise, JP. Witnesses O.N. Pritchett and L. A. Edmundson.

Woodside Cemetery grave marker for Jane 1841-1887.

Granddaughter, Sibyl Jones, lists his birth as 17 Oct 1818, as well as cemetery marker has 1818 birth date, however 2 census records and I marriage certificate list birth year as 1824.

CENSUS: 185O Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel, 26 (1824), and Esther, 45, birth and death dates and places unknown. No children listed in 185O. The 185O census also lists a Samuel with his wife Narcissa and children (Note this is Lemuel Vaughn. See census listing under his correct name) (This Samuel is the younger brother of Lemuel)

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, does not list Samuel Vaughn.

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel 50 (1820); Jane 30; and children, Charles S; Silas 2; Sarah 21; Harrison 3 months; Margaret Choate 25, Housekeeper (this is Jane’s Sister).

CENSUS: 1880 Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel VON, 67 (57), (1823) KY TN KY; Jane 41 IL TN IL; and children, C. (Charles) 14; S. (Silas) 13; A.M. (Amanda Mae) 8; R.D. (Rachel Drucilla) 6; S.V. (Sarilda Viola) 4; N. (Nathaniel) 3; S.L. (Samuel Lynza) 1. Name was listed as VON, not Vaughn, and only initials were listed (names supplied by WRL).

DEATH: Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel Vaughn, husband of Jane Vaughn, 1818 – 1904.

Margaret married (2) James H. HOBBS 25 Oct 1907 in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois. He was born 22 Mar 1837 in Wilson County, Tennessee. He was the son of Joseph G. HOBBS and Joleannah (Julianna?) JENKINS. James died 27 Mar 1909 in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois and was buried about 28 Mar 1909 in Atherton Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion. Illinois.

James also married (1) Alcly J. about 1870 in Illinois. She was born about 1838. Alcly died 1899 in Illinois.

NOTES for James H Hobbs:

CIVIL WAR: He enlisted 2 Sep 1961 and served with the 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers. He was discharged 25 Aug 1962, at age of 25. He was 6′ tall, light complexion, auburn hair, and blue eyes. Disability case #377237, listing injury to left side and lungs.

The application for widow’s pension indicates that Hobbs was born 22 Mar 1837 in Williamson County, Illinois, and he married Margaret Choate Vaughn, on 25 Oct 1907, in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, by Roland A. Russell, County Judge, and that her first husband died Oct 1897 in New Burnside. Apparently Margaret did not know the correct death date of her first husband. (First husband Samuel died 25 Dec 1904, in Anna, Illinois.)

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, (41l/305) James H. Hobbs age 23, TN; Almeda J. age 21, IL; Mary J. age 1 IL.

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, lists James Hobbs, 33, farmer, b.TN; Alcly, 31, B IL; Mary J. 10, b. 6; Amanda 6, b. IL.; Sarah 5, IL, Harriet 2, b. IL:

Note wife Almeda J. in 1860 census and Alcly J. in 1870 census. This surely is the same person, and no information is available about her or parents.

MARRIAGE: McLean County, Illinois, book M, page 69, cert #19020, James H. Hobbs, age 71, farmer, second marriage for both, Margaret Ann Choate Vaughn, from Danville, Illinois, age 46, born Johnson County, Illinois, married Bloomington, Illinois, 25 Oct 1907.

First child of Margaret Ann Choate and Samuel Vaughn

William Alvin “Shoat” VAUGHN was born 22 May 1889 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, Illinois. William died 3 Oct 1974 in Ottawa Twp, LaSalle, Illinois, and was buried 6 Oct 1974 in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. He married Margaret Ann “Mattie” HUBBARD 12 Nov 1912 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. She was born 31 May 1892 in Hardin County, Illinois. She was the daughter of James Henry HUBBARD and Margaret Ann CUNNINGHAM. Margaret died 17 Feb 1957 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, and was buried 20 Feb 1957 in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois.

They had 9 children:

  • 1 James Henry (Choate) VAUGHN, born 22 Sep 1913, died 29 Oct 1994.
  • 2 Harry Lee VAUGHN, born 29 Aug 1914, died 25 Apr 1993.
  • 3 Jessie Mae VAUGHN, born 13 Jan 1917.
  • 4 Ross VAUGHN, born 9 Nov 1921, died 8 Jun 1997.
  • 5 Rev. Samuel Bluford VAUGHN, born 16 May 1923.
  • 6 John Deneen “JayBird” VAUGHN, born 3 Jun 1926, died 10 Mar 1980.
  • 7 Margaret Janette VAUGHN, born 11 Aug 1927.
  • 8 Kenneth “Dude” VAUGHN, born 11 Apr 1930, died 26 Jan 1998
  • 9 Mary Ann (Judy) VAUGHN, born 23 May 1936.

NOTES for William Alvin Vaughn:

There are several different birth dates given for William Alvin from 22 May 1888 to 23 May 1890. It is believed 1889 is correct.

BIRTH: Johnson County, Illinois, delayed certificate State #201589, born 23 May, 1890, Tunnel Hill IL

MARRIAGE: Saline County, Illinois, book K, page S 16, Alvin Vaughn, age 22, and Miss Mattie Hubbard, age 20, married 12 Nov 1912, by Ed M Stricklin, JP.

MARRIAGE: Saline County, Illinois, book IS, page S94, Alvin Vaughn, age 67, and Mrs. Flossie Baker, age 54, married 25 May 1985. DEATH: LaSalle County, Illinois, certificate #74 085334, died 3 Oct 1974, says born 22 May 1888, (incorrect birth date. Parents were married, 15 Aug 1888).

Grandson Michael Vaughn says Nickname was spelled James. Henry’s nickname was ‘Shoat’.

NOTES for Margaret Ann Vaughn:

CENSUS: 1900 Hardin County, Illinois, shows the Hubbard family in Monroe pct. Some family members believe Mattie was born near Thacker’s Gap, or Herod, just over the line in Pope County, Illinois.

DEATH: Saline County, Illinois, certificate #8872, Mattie Ann Vaughn, age 67, born 31 May 1890, died 17 Feb 1957, in Harrisburg. Buried Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg. (NOTE: Birth date on death certificate.)

OBITUARY: The Daily Register, Harrisburg. Illinois, Monday, 18 Feb 1957, page l, Mrs. Mattie” Ann Vaughn, age 67 died yesterday, 17 Feb 1957, at her home in Harrisburg. She was born Hardin County a daughter of Jim Hubbard, who later moved to Harrisburg. In l912 she married Alvin Vaughn. Besides her husband she leaves 9 children and 18 grandchildren. Services will be Wednesday with burial in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

William married (2) Florence (Flossie) (Barger) BAKER 28 May 1958 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. She was born 6 Jun 1900 in Saline County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Marlowe BARGER and Ella BENARD. Florence died 19 Jul 1962 in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, and was buried 21 Jul 1962 in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois.

NOTES for Florence Baker:

Flossie was first married to a Mr. Baker. It was a hectic marriage and ended in divorce. She was not from Southern Illinois, but probably from near Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. At least she had worked at the State Hospital there before her marriage to William Alvin Vaughn. She married William Alvin Vaughn a little over a year after his first wife’s death.

DEATH: Oakland County, Michigan, certificate #60591, local #320, Flossie Vaughn, age 62, died 19 Jul 1962.

OBITUARY; Harrisburg Daily Register, Thursday, 19 Jul 1962 & Saturday, 21 Jul 1962, Page I, col. 8, Florence Vaughn, died, 19 Jul 1962 at Auburn Heights, Oakland County, Michigan, Age 62 years, buried 23 Jul 1962, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Harrisburg. Saline, Illinois.

Exact location of birth place not found.

William married (3) Mrs. Maude Leona (Hull) GWALTNEY 6 Mar 1964 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. She was born 5 Nov 1895 in Equality, Gallatin, Illinois. She was the daughter of Samuel HULL and Harriett Martha SOUHEAVER. Mrs. Gwaltney died 29 Apr 1970 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, and was buried 1 May 1970 in Douglas Cemetery, Broughton, Hamilton, Illinois.

NOTES for Maude Gwaltney

Maude Leona Hull was first married to George Gwaltney, their children were James, Helen, who married John Jones, and Ruby Jewell who died in infancy. George Gwaltney was born at Broughton, Hamilton County, Illinois, and his parents were Enoch Gwaltney and Martha Barnett. George died at Harrisburg, Illinois.

MARRIAGE: Saline County, Illinois, book 4, p.82, #594, Alvin Vaughn age 73, born 23 May 1889, Parents Samuel Vaughn, and Shoat, Maude (Hull) Gwaltney, age 67, born 5 Nov 1897, parents Samuel Hull and Souheaver, Married 6 Mar 1964, by Samuel B. Vaughn, MG.

DEATH: Saline County, Illinois, certificate #70-021546, page 320, Maude Vaughn, died 27 Apr 1970, in Harrisburg, buried 1 May 1970, Douglas Cemetery.

NOTES for James Henry (Choate) Vaughn

James Henry (Choate) VAUGHN was born 22 Sep 1913 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. James died 29 Oct 1994 in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, and was cremated, wife has ashes. He married (1) Harriet Emma BARGER 23 Jun 1934 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois; they divorced. She was born 15 Aug 1915 in Broughton, Hamilton, Illinois. She was the daughter of Joseph Fifer BARGER and Clara REEVES. Harriet died 18 Jul 1950 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, and was buried 20 Jul 1950 in Broughton Cemetery, Broughton, Hamilton, Illinois.

MARRIAGE: Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois, book E, page 126, #3134. Henry Vaughn age 22 and Harriet Emma Barger age 19, married 23 Jun 1934, by LG. Hartly, MG.

James Henry Vaughn and Harriet Emma Barger Vaughn were divorced after a 9 year (? The dates don’t match up for that long a separation) separation. Divorce date 1939 or 1940.

MARRIAGE: Cape Girardeau, County, Missouri, certificate book 2, page 4, #7896, James Henry Vaughn, Age 28, and Charlene Clark age 18, married 10 Jan 1942, by J. C. Reed, JP.

Larry Vaughn editorial note: The following obituary doesn’t fit all the previous details, but is similar enough to cause one to assume these are one and the same persons. Here are some of the problems: the previous James Henry from our line would have been 81 years of age in 1994, not 86. He next married (2) Marjorie Pulenskee (?). The obituary states that he married Marjorie in 1966 in Kankakee, but he didn’t move there until 1968(?). Even though those details don’t match, the listing of brother and sisters are a match.

OBITUARY: Kankakee Journal, 31 Oct 1994, page 5, Col. 1, retired firefighter and businessman, James H “Henry” Vaughn of Kankakee, Illinois died Saturday (29 Oct 1994), age 86, at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, Illinois, after a short illness. Born 22 Sep 1913, in Harrisburg. son of Alvin and Mattie Hubbard Vaughn. Buried 2 Nov 1994.

He first married Charlene Clark January 1942 in Cape Girardeau. Surviving are his second wife, the former Marjorie Pulenskee, whom he married 2 Oct 1966, in Kankakee, a daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Terry Lewis of Kankakee, a granddaughter and grandson-in-law Tracy and Scott Monferdini, grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Eric and Ginny Deputy of Ft. Huachuca, AZ, step-granddaughter Lisa Lewis of Kankakee, three sisters. and brothers-in-law, Jesse and Joe Harben of Elmwood Park, Jeanette and Shirley Stone of Sheridan, Judy and William Perkins of Flint, Mich; three brothers and five sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Vaughn of Golconda, Kenneth and Maryann Vaughn of Kankakee, Samuel and Katie Vaughn of Eldorado, Mary Vaughn of Harrisburg, and Elizabeth Vaughn of Evansville, Indiana; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Jerry (?) Field and Marilyn and Dave Craig, all of Mesa Arizona. He was a 3rd degree Mason, Lodge 323, Milan, MI, Served in European Theater during WW II. He moved to Kankakee from Harrisburg in 1964 and formed a construction business.

Harriet also married (2) Raymond Levi ANDERSON 28 Feb 1937 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois. He was born 27 Apr 1908 (?) in Jonesboro, Craighead, Arkansas. He was the son of Elvis E. ANDERSON and Savannah COOK. Raymond died 17 Nor 1955 in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, and was buried 20 Nov 1955 in Broughton Cemetery, Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois.

Larry Vaughn Editorial Note:
During the Civil War, listings were made of men who were fit for enlistment. In Johnson County in June of 1863, the list shows:

  • Upper Cache Township – John Vaughn, age 21, Single, Farmer, born in Tennessee
  • Sulphur Springs Township – R.W. Vaughn, age 23, Married, Farmer, born in Tennessee
  • Alex Vaughn, age 30, Married, Farmer, born in Tennessee
  • Elihu Vaughn, age 27, Married, Farmer, born in Kentucky
  • Shelby Township – George J. Vaughn, age 27, Married, Farmer, born in Tennessee

An excerpt from the original document is attached to Alexander Albert Vaughn in the online genealogy published by Lawrence (Larry) Eugene Vaughn, Jr. at Ancestry.com

(The following Vaughns are buried at Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp, Johnson County, not all direct relatives, but are included because of Vaughn-Choate intermarriages.

  • Alexander Vaughn, 1 Nov 1834- 16 Mar 1911, age 77 yrs, 4 mo, 16 days;
  • Albert Vaughn, 9 Nov 1872- 11 Oct 1960;
  • Darrietta C. Butler (Albert’s wife), 20 Oct 1863 – 24 Mar 1947;
  • Bessie Vaughn, 14 Jan 1903 – 13 Aug 1907;
  • Jimmie Vaughn, 25 Sep 1903 -2 Jan 1904;
  • Marvin E. Vaughn, 27 Jan 1909-3 Mar 1909;
  • Roy A. Ford, 1900-1953;
  • Amanda M. (Deason)
  • Ford Harper, 1903 – 20 Aug 1977;
  • Edsel Glenn Ford, 14 May 1936 – 17 May 1957; PFC Co. H, Ill. 3rd Armd Cor.;
  • Virgil Ford, 1938 – 1944;
  • Colman Deason, 21 Feb 1872- 27 Nov 1922, (son of William Colman and Marinda Horn Deason);
  • Matilda Vaughn Deason (Colman’s wife) 12 Dec 1878 -? Infant son, no dates;
  • Drucilla, 1874 – 1896, (This is Rachelle Drucilla Vaughn, wife of James A. Deason.)
  • Samuel Vaughn 1818-1904,
  • Jane Choate Vaughn 1841-1887

THE CHOATES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

AND RELATED FAMILIES VOLUME II EXCERPTS

Pages 358-372

Compiled By William R. Lawrence, MD Year of Our Lord, 2000

Page 358

A Listing of the descendants of David VAUGHN (b 1772)

1. David VAUGHN was born 1772/ 1779 in North Carolina. David died after 1860 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, Illinois. He married (1-2) Nancy MAY about 1800 in Virginia. She was born 1778/1782 in Virginia. Nancy died 1850/1860 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, Illinois.

CENSUS: 1850 Johnson County, Illinois lists David Vaughn 71, NC; Nancy 72, VA.

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, Lists David Vaughn age 88 living with his son Lemuel Vaughn. David was not listed in 1870.

BURIAL: Parker’s History of Johnson County, page 221, Albright Cemetery, David and Nancy Vaughn. No dates on markers.

They had 7 children:

2-1. Mary “Polly” VAUGHN, born 1807 in Virginia. She married John JENKINS. He was born about 1800 in South Carolina.

They had 8 children:

  • 3-1-1. James JENKINS, born 1828 in Tennessee.
  • 3-1-2. John JENKINS, born 1833 in Kentucky.
  • 3-1-3. Mary JENKINS, born 1837 in Kentucky.
  • 3-1-4. Oliver JENKINS, born 1838 in Kentucky.
  • 3-1-5. Nancy JENKINS, born 1841 in Kentucky.
  • 3-1-6. Thomas JENKINS, born 1844 in Illinois.
  • 3-1-7. Maria JENKINS, born 1845 in Illinois.
  • 3-1-8. Nancy E. JENKINS, born 1849 in Illinois

2-2. Lemuel VAUGHN, born 1809 in Virginia. He married (1) Narcissa BRIDGES about 1830 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. She was born 1812 in Kentucky. Narcissa died 1850/1860 in Illinois.

They had 14 children:

3-2-1. Emily (Emiline) VAUGHN, was born about 1831 in Kentucky. Emily died 9 Apr 1895 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 10 Apr 1895 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson, Illinois. She married Silas C. “Cy” Choate 8 Dec 1853 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was born about 1832 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was the son of Ezekiel Choate and Margaret Ann “Peggy” McFATRIDGE. Emily’s cemetery marker says: Died 9 Apr 1895, at age 65.

3-2-2. Alexander VAUGHN, born 13 Mar 1832, died 16 Mar 1911 in Shelby County, Tennessee. Alexander died 16 Mar 1911 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried 18 Mar 1911 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp, Johnson County, Illinois. He married Matilda Adeline Jane SIMMONS 2 Aug 1854 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 24 Dec 1837 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Calvin SIMMONS, Jr. and Amy SHEFFIELD. Matilda died 10 Feb 1920 in Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois, and was buried 11 Feb 1920 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp, Johnson County, Illinois.

They had 10 children:

4-2-1. Lemuel Junior VAUGHN, born 4 Sep 1855 in Johnson County, Illinois. Lemuel died 14 Nov 1913 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

He married Harriet Elizabeth EMERY 14 Jan 1875 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 15 Jan 1853 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of Michael EMERY and Elizabeth SNYDER. Harriet died 10 Jun 1926 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

They had 7 children:

5-1-1. F – Elizabeth VAUGHN, born Dec 1875 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, died in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried in New Salem Cemetery.

5-1-2. F – Edith VAUGHN, born 23 Sep 1877 in Johnson County, Illinois, died 18 Jul 1940 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried 20 Jul 1940 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

5-1-3. F – Susan VAUGHN, born Sep 1879 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and died in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

5-1-4. M – William VAUGHN, born 28 Mar 1882 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, died 11 Dec 1947 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

5-1-5. F – Oda VAUGHN, born Apr 1885 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and died in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois

5-1-6. M – John VAUGHN, born Jun 1890 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and died in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

5-1- 7. M – Charles VAUGHN, born Sep 1892 in Johnson County, Illinois. He married Minnie CRAIN.

NOTES for Lemuel:

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois Early Marriages, 1834-1877, Vol. I, by Foss & Lee, page 74, marriage record book D, Oct 1874 – Oct 1878; Lemuel Vaughn age 19, and Harriet E. Emery, age 21, married 14 Jan 1875.

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, Burnside Twp., dwelling & Family #122; Lemuel Vaughn, age 44, Sep 1855, IL; Harriet, age 45, Jan 1855, TN; married 26 years, 7 children 7 living; Susan, age 20, Sep 1879, IL; Willie, age 18, Mar 1882, IL; Oda, age 15, Apr 1885, IL; John, age 10, Jun 1890, IL; Charley, age 7, Sep 1892, IL;

Cemeteries of Tunnel Hill Twp., New Salem Cemetery, Lemuel Vaughn husband of Harriet Vaughn, 4 Sep 1855-14 Nov 1913. Harriet Vaughn wife of Lemuel, 15 Jan 1853-10 Jun 1926.

4-2-2. James Andrew VAUGHN, born 13 Apr 1857 in New Burnside, Johnson, Illinois.

He married (1) Margaret Choate, 25 Sep 1879 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 8 May 1841 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Choate and Margaret Ann “Peggy” McFATRIDGE.

James married (2) Susan Choate) 4 Feb 1915 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 4 Feb 1871 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of William “Will” Choate and Eliza Ann “Maggie” “Sue” THOMAS.

James died 20 Dec 1920 in Parker City, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 22 Dec 1920 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp, Johnson, Illinois.

CENSUS: 1880 Johnson County, Illinois, (#66) James Von age 24, IL, TN, KY, Margaret age 36, wife, IL, TN, IL;

CENSUS: 1920 Johnson County, Illinois, lists J.A. Vaughn, head, age 52; Susan, wife, age 47; Ethel, niece, 19;

DEATH: Johnson County, Illinois, reg #485, James Andrew Vaughn died 20 Dec 1920, age 63 years, 8 months, 7 days, buried Woodside Cemetery 22 Dec 1920, marker dates are 1857-1920.

OBITUARY: James A. Vaughn, son of Alexander and Matilda Vaughn, was born 13Apr 1857. Died at his home south of Parker 20 Dec 1920, age 63 years, 8 months, 7 days. He first married Miss Margaret Choate 5 Sep 1879, who passed away 22 Feb 1914. He then married Susan Choate, 4 Feb 1915 who survives. Services were held at the home with burial in Woodside Cemetery.

4-2-3. Sarah Lourancy “Lou” VAUGHN, was born 25 Aug 1859 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Sarah died 11Nov 1934 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 12 Nov 1934 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill Twp., Johnson, Illinois.

She married William Albert EMERY 30 Oct 1879 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was born 29 Mar 1853 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee. He was the son of Michael EMERY and Elizabeth SNYDER. William died 23 Jun 1929 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried 24 Jun 1929 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

They had 10 children:

1. Lindolph “Dolph” EMERY, was born 1879/1880 in Johnson County, Illinois. He married Nancy CRONIN 30 May 1917. She was born 10 Nov 1894 in Creal Springs, Williamson, Illinois. Nancy died 7 Nov 1977 in Crainville, Williamson, Illinois, and was buried 8 Nov 1977 in East Lawn Cemetery, Williamson, Illinois.

They had 2 children:

1. Lawrence “Chick” EMERY, was born 28 Feb 1919 in Carterville, Williamson, Illinois. Lawrence died 9 Nov 1992 in Crainville, Williamson, Illinois, and was buried 11 Nov 1992 in Energy Cemetery, Energy, Williamson, Illinois. He married Mary Lois 15 Oct 1938 in Charleston, Mississippi, Missouri. She was born 21 Jan 1920 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of Joseph “Joe” Green HARPER and Minnie Lucrettie CASEY.

2. Lawrence “Chuck” EMERY, born 21 Jan 1920 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, died 5 Jan 1992 in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri.

2. Lora EMERY, born 14 Dec 1880, Johnson County, Illinois.

3. Mary Elizabeth EMERY, born about 1885, Johnson County, Illinois.

4. Rose EMERY, born 14 Dec 1885 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, died in childhood 4 Apr 1896, and was buried in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

5. James Daniel “Dan” EMERY, born 28 Dec 1885 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

6. William C. EMERY, born about 1889 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. New Salem Cemetery marker, 29 Mar.1853 – 23 Jun 1929.

7. Coy EMERY, born 1889 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

8. Maggie EMERY born 9 Dec 1892 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

9. Robert EMERY, born 22 Mar 1900 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, died in infancy 6 Aug 1901, and was buried 7 Aug 1901 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

10. Earl EMERY, born 15 Aug 1903 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

4-2-4. Lucinda VAUGHN, born 12 Sep 1862 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Lucinda died 1 Jul 1935 in Carterville, Williamson, Illinois, and was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Carterville, Williamson, Illinois.

She married Pinkney “Pink” EMERY 24 May 1883 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was born 18 Nov 1862 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was the son of Monroe EMERY and Pennella “Puss” MARKAM. Pinkney died 11 Jan 1929 in Carterville, Williamson, Illinois, and was buried 12 Jan 1929 in Hillcrest Cemetery, Carterville, Williamson, Illinois.

They had 6 children:

  • 1. Matthew EMERY, born 25 Feb 1884 in Johnson County, Illinois. He married Etta HOWARD about 1910. Matthew died 25 Oct 1921.
  • 2. Jessie EMERY, M, born Jun 1885 in Johnson County, Illinois. He married (1) Nora SHOCKLEY. Jessie married (2) Bessie FOSTER. Jessie died Jun 1966.
  • 3. Hattie EMERY, born Jan 1887 in Johnson County, Illinois. Clara EMERY, born Oct 1890 in Johnson County, Illinois. Effa EMERY, born Jun 1894 in Johnson County, Illinois. Eva EMERY,born Jan 1897 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • 4. Clara Emery, born October 1890 in Johnson County, Illinois
  • 5. Effa Emery, born Jun 1894 in Johnson County, Illinois
  • 6. Eva Emery, born Jan 1897 in Johnson County, Illinois

MARRIAGE: Johnson County Illinois Early Marriages, 1878 – 1885, vol. II, By Lee & Foss, page 100. Marriage record page 70. #8868. Pinkney Emery, age 23, born Tennessee, and Lucinda Vaughn. Age 22, married 24 May 1883, in Tunnel Hill, Illinois at home of Alexander Vaughn. (the bride’s father).

NOTES for Pinkney:

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, Burnside Twp., dwl & fam 110; Pink Emery, age 40, Nov 1859, TN; Lucinda, age 37, Sep 1862. IL; Matthew, age 16, Jun 1883, IL; Jessie, age 14, Jun 1885, IL; Hattie, age 13, Jan 1887, IL; Clara, age 9, Oct 1890, IL; Effa, age 5, Jun 1894, lL;

Eva, age 3, Jan 1897, IL.

4-2-5. Catherine VAUGHN, born 12 May 1864 in Johnson County, Illinois.

She married (1) Rolly B. ALLEY 4 Dec 1887 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was born about 1862. Rolly died about 1903. Catherine married (2) William Thomas LOWERY, 16 Feb 1905 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was born 15 Dec 1859 in Johnson County, Illinois. William died 6 Apr 1926 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried 8 Apr 1926 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Catherine married (3) William Morris COLBOTH, 1927 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was born 6 Dec 1868 in Johnson County, Illinois. William died 22 Sep 1947 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 24 Sep 1947 in New Salem Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Catherine died 8 Jun 1943 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried 10 Jun 1943 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson, Illinois.

4-2-6 David VAUGHN, was born 5 Jan 1868 in Johnson County, Illinois. David died 7 Sep 1947 in Pope County, Illinois, and was buried 9 Sep 1947 in Sheddsville Cemetery. Pope, Illinois. He married (1) Orpha SNYDER 20 Aug 1895 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born Mar 1882 in Johnson County, Illinois. Orpha died about 1900 in Johnson County, Illinois.

They had l child:

5-6-1. Eula VAUGHN, born Feb 1898 in Johnson County, Illinois.

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, Burnside Twp., dwl & fam # 111; David Vaughn, age 28, May 1872, IL; Orpha, age 18, born March 1882, IL; married 5 years, 1 child 1 living.; Eula, age 2, Feb I898, IL.

David married (2) Zora Mae WHEELIS 1901 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 22 Apr 1882 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was the daughter of George Douglas WHEELIS and Isabelle WORKMAN. Zora died 14 Apr 1965 in Brownfield, Pope, Illinois, and was buried 16 Apr 1965 in Sheddsville Cemetery, Pope, Illinois.

They had 4 children:

  • 5-6-2 Blanche VAUGHN, born about 1902 in Illinois, died in infancy about 1903 in Illinois.
  • 5-6-3 Freda VAUGHN
  • 5-6-4 Mildred VAUGHN
  • 5-6-5 Nola Vaughn

3-2-3. Roland (Rollin) VAUGHN, born 1833, died before 5 Dec 1867.

3-2-4. Catherine VAUGHN, born 1835.died 1886.

3-2-5. David J. VAUGHN, born 1837 in Tennessee. He married Rebecca Jane POWELL, 16 Mar 1857 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 1817 in Tennessee. Rebecca also married (2) PILANT about 1840. Rebecca also married (3) Allen Leeper FINLEY 25 May 1847 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was the son of FINLEY. Rebecca also married (4) Rufus BEAN 29 Dec 1870 in Johnson County, Illinois. Rebecca died 5 Sep 1895 in Grantsburg Twp., Johnson County, Illinois.

3-2-6. Elihu VAUGHN, born 1838, died 24 Jun 1901.

3-2-7. Mary Jane VAUGHN, born 1840 in Kentucky.

3-2-8. Martha VAUGHN, born 1842 in Kentucky. She married Vardiman O’NEAL 15 Nov 1866.

3-2-9. James G. VAUGHN, born 1843 in Illinois.

3-2-10. Samuel VAUGHN, born 1846 in Illinois. He married Lucretia M. O’NEAL 21 Mar 1867 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born about 1850 in Cedar Bluff, Johnson County, Illinois. Samuel died 1926 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in Friendship Cemetery, Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois.

3-2-11. Lorina VAUGHN, born 1847 in Illinois, died before 1860.

3-2-12. Meridian VAUGHN, born 1849 in Illinois.

3-2-13. Margaret Elizabeth VAUGHN, born 1850.

3-2-14. Simeon VAUGHN, born 1857. CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, Burnside Twp., dwelling & family 139, Simeon Vaughn, age 31, Dec 1868.

2-3. Hiram VAUGHN, was born 1815 in Tennessee. He married Lucinda NEWSUM 2 Jul 1842. She was born 1825 in Tennessee.

They had 9 children:

  • 3-3-1 William VAUGHN, born 1843 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-2 Mary Ann VAUGHN, born 1846 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-3 Nancy VAUGHN, born 1848 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-4 Elizabeth VAUGHN, born 1849 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-5 Ernaline VAUGHN, (F) born 1852 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-6 Sarah E. VAUGHN, (F) born 1856 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-7 Sidney VAUGHN, born 1858 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-8 Martha VAUGHN, born 1861 in Illinois.
  • 3-3-9 Frances VAUGHN, born 1863 in Illinois

NOTES for Hiram:

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, Hiram Vaughn age 45, KY; Lucinda age 35, TN; William M, age 17, IL; Mary age 16; Nancy age 13; Elisabeth age 11; Ernaline age 8; Sarah E. age 4;

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, Hiram Vaughn age 50, TN; Lucinda age 48, TN; Emaline age 14, IL; Sidney age 12, IL; Martha, age 9, IL; Frances age 7, IL.

2-4. Sarah H.VAUGHN, was born about 1817 in Tennessee. She married Stephen Isaac K. SMITH. He was born about 1805 in Virginia. Stephen died 19 Jan 1864, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

They had 7 children:

3-4-1 James H. SMITH, born about 1838 in Tennessee.

3-4-2 Mary Ann “Polly” SMITH, was born 1840 in Ozark, Johnson, Illinois. Mary died 1870 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 1870 in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She married George Washington “Wash” Choate 3 Mar 1857 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was born 2 Oct 1833 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was the son of Absalom Hooper Choate, Sr. and Sarah Lucinda COLBOTH.

NOTES for Mary:

Parker’s History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Bucciferro. p. 221, Polly Choate (his wife} 1840-1870.

3-4-3 Stephen Isaac K. SMITH, born May 1842 in Tennessee. He married Susan COLBOTH 7 Mar 1861 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 12 Jan 1841 in Reynoldsburg, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of John COLBOTH and Mary “Polly” HENDERSON.

Susan died 27 Apr 1929 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 28 Apr 1929 in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Stephen died 16 Sep 1927 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson. Illinois, and was buried 18 Sep 1927 in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

NOTES for Stephen:

CENSUS: 1850 Johnson County, shows first three children born in Tennessee, came to Illinois about 1845.

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, lists S.I.K. Smith, age 55, farmer, VA; Sarah age 40, KY; James age 22, farmer, TN; Stephen age 18, IL; Mary J. age I5, IL; J. Harvey age 13, IL; Samuel age 11, IL; Amanda age 7, IL.

Grave Marker Jane Choate 12 Feb 1843 – 4 Sep 1926.

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, Tunnel Hill Twp., dwl & fam #250; Steven I. K. Smith, age 58, May 1842, TN; Susan, age 59, Jan 1841, IL; married 39 years, 0 children 0 living; Della McCurdy, age 11, 1889, (relationship unknown).

Vienna Times; S.I.K. Smith, known as Uncle Steve, having lived 85 years of usefulness, journeyed to a better land Friday. Services were held in the Baptist Church in the presence of a large congregation which showed respect and admiration. He was placed to rest in the Albright Cemetery.

3-4-4 Mariah Jane SMITH, born 12 Feb 1843, died 4 Sep 1926.

3-4-5 John Harvey/Hiram SMITH was born 6 Jan 1844 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. John died 24 Mar 1924 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 26 Mar 1924 in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill Twp, Johnson, Illinois. He married Sarah Catherine SIMMONS 2 Jan 1873 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 12 Feb 1856 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of William Thomas “Tom” SIMMONS and Sarah Elizabeth “Betsy” Choate.

John Hiram Smith was orphaned. He lived with various people.

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, lists John H. Smith, age 51, Jan. 1849, Dora E., age 45, Aug. 1854, wife, married 26 yrs. 11 children, 7 living Eva D. age 18, Feb 1882; James, son, age 15, Dec 1885: Ollie, Daughter age 13, 1887: Ona, Dau, age 10. Sep 1889: John J., son, age 7, 1892; Nora, dau, age 1, Jun 1898.

OBITUARY: Vienna Times, Thursday, 3 Apr 1924, John Hiram Smith, was born in Tunnel Hill, 4 Jan 1844, and died 24 Mar 1924, at his home near Tunnel Hill, age 80 years. 2 months, 18 days. He was married to Sarah C. Simmons about 1871.To this union nine children were born, five girl and four boys. Thomas and Rosa died while young, and Ike died as an infant. Six children survive. Also one brother, one sister and other relatives. Burial was in Albright Cemetery. (There were two unnamed infants not mentioned in Obit.)

Parker’s History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Bucciferro, page 220. Marker John H. Smith, husband of Sarah C. Smith 6 Jan 1844 – 24 Mar 1924.

3-4-6 Samuel P. SMITH was born 10 Aug 1850 in Johnson County, Illinois. Samuel died 11 Feb 1904 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 13 Feb 1904 in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He married Sarah Ellen BONER 10 Feb 1876 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was born about 1858 in Johnson County, Illinois. Sarah died, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois.

3-4-7 Amanda E.SMITH, born 12 Feb 1854, died 21 Mar 1904.

2-5. Colbert VAUGHN, born 1820/1823.

2-6. Wesley VAUGHN, born 1823.

2-7. Samuel VAUGHN, born 17 Oct 1824, died 18 Oct 1904.

MARRIAGE: Johnson County Illinois Early Marriages, 1834-1877, Vol I, by Foss & Lee, page 58, also, Marriage Record book B, Oct 1866

– Nov 1873, #277, James Choate And Margaret Vaughn. married 1 Mar 1870, in Vienna. by S.H. Simmons, JP.

After death of James Choate, John 0.Choate, son of William Choate, was appointed guardian of John Wesley Choate and Dora Bell Choate, minor heirs of James Choate, son of Jesse Choate, under Cert. 1158419, Note:Dora Bell Choate born Sept 17, 1870 according to note from Robert Lee Choate and December 17, 1871 according to Dr. Thompson, (see Civil War record of James Choate).

MARRIAGE: Johnson County Illinois Early Marriages, 1834-1877, Vol I, By Foss & Lee, age 67, also, marriage record book B, Oct 1866-Nov 1873, 11526, G.H. Osburn and Mrs. Margaret H. Choate, second marriage, married 28 Aug 1873, in Vienna, by Finas Whitehead, JP.

In 1892 she moved to Gamburg. Ripley County, Missouri . No will or probate papers were found.

10429. Barny Smithy’ VAUGHN (10327.Lemuel, 10317.David 1 was born 7 Aug 1871 in Johnson County, Illinois. Barny died 21 Nov 1962 in Herrin, Williamson, Illinois, and was buried 23 Nov 1962 in Herrin City Cemetery, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois. He married Minnie C. KELLER 10 Aug 1889. She was born Feb 1873 in Missouri.

They had 5 children:

  • i. Cary VAUGHN, born Jun 1890 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • ii. Ora VAUGHN,born Jan 1893 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • iii. Dock VAUGHN, born Feb 1894 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • iv. Emma VAUGHN, born Jul 1896 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • v. M

NOTES for Barny:

Dalphus VAUGHN, born Jun 1898 in Johnson County, Illinois.

CENSUS: 1900 Johnson County, Illinois, published 2000, page 46.

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They had 2 children:

  • i. Delia “Delo” SMITH, born 19 Dec 1876, died 13 Sep 1938.
  • ii. William Albert SMITH, born 14 Jan 1879, died 20 Jan 1914

10452. Delia “Delo”‘SMITH (10451.Samuel3)

10445.Sarah2, 10317.David1 was born 19 Dec 1876 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. Delia died 13 Sep 1938 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 15 Sep 1938 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson. Illinois. She married (l) Robert “Bob” Choate (See number 1820) 13 Nov 1895 in TWlDcl Hill, Johnson. Illinois. He was born 18 Mar 1870 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was the son of Absalom “Ab” Choate and Catherine VAUGHN. See number 1820 listed above.

Delia married (2) Matison Parks “Matt” REID 13 Jun 1917 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson. Illinois. He was born 4 Aug 1861 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. He was the son of James Elisha Wear REID and Martha ROBERTSON. Matison died 17 May 1927 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois, and was buried 19 May 1927 in Zion Cemetery, Pope, Illinois.

They had 1 child:

10453. M i. infant REID, born 11 Mar 1918 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson. Illinois, died in infancy 11 Mar 1918 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson. Illinois.

Note: has a marker that looks like 1913, actually 1918.

NOTES for Delia:

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, !Uinois, reg. #430, page 235; Robert Choate.age 25, and Miss Delia Smith, age 18, married 13 Nov 189S, by J.W. Rushing. JP.witnesses and Bratton and M.E.Rushing.

Cemetery marker Delia Choate 19Dec 1877 – Family confirms birth date of 1876.

NOTES for Matison:

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois, book 2, page 257. M.P. Reid and Delo Choate.

CENSUS: 1920 Johnson County, Illinois, lists M.P. Reid, head. age 56, farmer; Deloe. wife, age 42;

DEATH: Kane County, Illinois, #6879, State No. 18416; Matison Parks Reid, age 65 years, 9 months, 13 days, died 17 May 1927, buried Aug 1861, in Johnson County, Illinois. father J.W. Reid, mother Martha Robinson. Buried Tunnel Hill.

Obituary did not contain any new information.

10454.William Albert’ SMITH (1045l. Samuel3, 10445.Sarah2, 10317.David1 was born 14 Jan 1879 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson. Illinois. William died 20 Jan 1914 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois, and was buried 22 Jan 1914 in Reynoldsburg Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson. Illinois. He married Augusta Bertie HUGHES (See number 10232) 26 Oct 1905 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 30 Dec 1887 in Tall Tree area, Buncombe, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of Daniel HUGHES and Sarah Mariah GRANTHAM. See number 10232 listed above.

10455. Amanda E.3 SMITH (10445.Sarah2, 10317.David1 was born 12 Feb 1854 in Johnson County, Illinois. Amanda died 21 Mar 1904 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She married William R. COLBOm 18 Nov 1874 in Tunnel Hill.Johnson. Illinois. He was born 12 Jan 1850 in Johnson County, Illinois. He was the son of John COLBOTII and Martha “Patsy” CRAIG. William died 17 Sep 1905 in Johnson County, Illinois, and was buried in Albright Cemetery, Tunnel Hill, Johnson. Illinois.

They had 6 children:

  • i. Martby COLBOTH, born 1875 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • ii. Elzena COLBOTH, born 31 Mar 1876 in Johnson County, Illinois.
  • BIRTH: Johnson County, Illinois, delayed certificate, book 9, page 313, father William R. Colbod mother Amanda E. Smith.
  • iii. Arthur COLBOTH.
  • iv. Roy COLBOTH.
  • v. Susan COLBOTH.
  • vi. Vina COLBOTH.

10462. Colbert2 VAUGHN (103l7.David1) was born 1820/1823 in Kentucky. He married Rachael WILSON 24 Aug 1842 ii Johnson County, Illinois. She was born 1824 in Illinois.

They had 11 children:

i. Louiza VAUGHN, born 1844 in Illinois.

ii. Elizabeth VAUGHN, born 1845 in Illinois.

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10465. F iii. Mary A. VAUGHN, born 1846 in Illinois.

10466. M iv. Thomas Hiram VAUGHN, born 1848 in Illinois.

Hiram in 1860 same as Thomas in 1850.

10467. M v. James VAUGHN, born 1849 in Illinois.

not found in 1860.

10468. F vi. Sarah J. VAUGHN, born 1850 in Illinois.

10469. F Vll . Martha J. VAUGHN, born 1852 in Illinois.

10470. M viii. Lemuel VAUGHN, born 1854 in Illinois.

10471. M ix. David C. VAUGHN, born 1856 in Illinois.

10472. F x. Nancy A. VAUGHN, born 1859 in Illinois.

10473. M xi. Colbert VAUGHN, born 1864 in Illinois.

NOTES for Colbert:

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois. page 25, Colboyth Vaughn. age 40; Rachel, age 36; Louisa A. age 17; Mary, age 15: Elisabeth, age 14; Hiram, age 12; Sarah a.• age IO;Martha J., age 8; Lemuel, age 6; David, age 4; Nancy A., age I;

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, page 50, Colbert Vaughn, age 56; Rachel, age 45; Martha, age 16; Lemuel, age 15;Nancy, age 11; Colbert, age 6;

0474. Wesley2 VAUGHN (10317.David 1 was born 1823 in Kentucky. He married Mary A.. She was born 1830 in Tennessee.

They had 3 children:

Mary A.S.A. VAUGHN, born 1841 in Illinois. Cindla VAUGHN , born 1846 in Arkansas.

Nancy E VAUGHN, born 1849 in Illinois.

0478.Samuel2 VAUGHN (10317.David 1 was born 17 Oct 1824 in Henry County, Tennessee. Samuel died 18 Oct 1904 in Anna, Union, Illinois, and was buried 19 Oct 1904 in Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp.. Johnson, Illinois. He married (1) Easthcr McHENARY 3 Aug 1842 in New Burnside, Johnson, Illinois. She was born 1805. Easther died before 1863 in Johnson County, Illinois.

NOTES for Samuel:

Samuel Vaughn was married 3 times. first to Ea- ther McHenary.Some say she had 2 children. if so they would have been reared by her family. she was 37 at time of this marriage, so far no record of the children has been located. Sam married Jane Choate, 6 May 1864 and then Margaret Ann Choate, 15 Aug 1888. There is no record of the death of his first wife.Jane died in 1887, and he married Margaret in 1888. Margaret was Jane’s niece.

DEED:Union County, David and Rebecca Vaughn, deeded 80 acres to Samuel Vaughn. in 1837. At one time he owned 264 acres and was said to hove a large orchard. He was pennyless when he came to live with the brother of Sibyl Jones. What happened to all of the property?

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois Early Marriages, 1834 – 1877. Vol I. by Foss & lee page 7, also. marriage record, (Feb 1835-Dec

1857), box 369, 11179, Samuel Vauglm and Easther McHenary, Married 3 Aug 1842.

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, IJl inois. Early Marriages, vol I, 1834 – 1877 by Foss & Lee page 40, also, marriage record book A. Dec

1&57 – 1866. page 384, Samuel Vauglm and Miss Jane Choate, married Vienna, IL. 6 May 1860. (dte blurred).

MARRIAGE: Johnson County, Illinois, book E2. page 141, also page 134. #282, Samuel Vaughn, age 64, born 1824. married Margaret Choate, age 28, born Johnson County, Father Be1yan1in Choate. mother Colbroth. married 15 Aug 1888. in New Burnside, by R. H.Wise. JP. witnesses 0.

N. Pritchett and L. A. Edmundson.

Woodside Cemetery grave marker for Jane 1841 – 1887.

Granddaughter, Sibyl James, lists his birth as 17 Oct 1818, as well as cemetery marker. however 2 census records and I marriage certificate list birth year as 1824.

CENSUS: 1850 Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel 26 (11124). and Esther 45, bir1h 811d death dates and places unknown. No children listed in 1850. ll1e 1850 census also lists a Samuel with his wife Narcisse and children (Note this is Lemuel Vaughn, Sec census listing under his correct name) (Samuel is the younger brother of Lemuel)

CENSUS: 1860 Johnson County, Illinois, does not list Samuel Vaughn.

CENSUS: 1870 Johnson County, Illinois, lists Samuel 50 (1820):Jane 30; 1111d children. Charles 5: Silas 2: Sarah 21: Harrison 3 months; Margaret Choate 25, Housekeeper (this is Jane’s Sister).

CENSUS: 1880 Johnson County, Illinois. lists Samuel VON. 67 (57)(11123) KY TN KY:Jane 41 IL TN IL; and children. C. (Charles) 14:

S. (Silas) 13: A.M. (Amanda Mae) II: R.D.(Rachel Drucilla) 6: S.V. (Sarilda Viola) 4: N. (Nathaniel) 3:S.L. (San1uel Lynza) I .Name was listed as

VON, not Vaughn. and only initials were listed (names supplied by WRL)

DEATH: Woodside Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Johnson County. Illinois. lists Samuel Vaughn, husband of Jane Vaughn, 1818 – 1904.

Samuel married (2) Jane Choate (Sec number 2443) 6 May 1864 in Vienna. Johnson. Illinois. She was born 30 Jun 1839 in Tunnel Hill, Johnson, Illinois. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Choate and Margaret Ann “Peggy” McFATRIDGE .

Sec number 2443 for children and descendants of Jane Choate and Samuel Vaughn, Listed in volume 1, Chapter 2.

Next Chapter: Whittenbergs of Johnson County

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