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William Webster Vaughn
1843 - 1931

   


William Webster Vaughn
(1843-1931)

       
Born Birth Location Death Death Location
January 1, 1843,1 Cumming, Forsyth County, GA March 11, 1931,44 Near Comer, Barbour County, AL; buried Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL
       
       
Father        
Asa Oliver Vaughn        
         
Mother        
Amanda Fowler        
         
See Marriages and Children of William Webster Vaughn 1843 - 1931
 

   
Chronology of William Webster Vaughn by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1843 Born - January 1, 1843,1 Cumming, Forsyth County, GA; son of Asa Oliver Vaughn and Sarah Amanda Fowler
1850










 
1850 U. S. Census, Forsyth County, Georgia
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Vaughn Asa W M 34 Farmer 250 RE SC
  Sarah A W F 25   GA [SC]
  Leroy W M 9   GA
  William W W M 7   GA
  Mary J E W F 6   GA
  Delilah A W F 4   GA
  Adalade V W F 1   GA
1854 Moved with family to Alabama from Cumming, Forsyth County, GA2 - ca. April 18543
1860
















 
1860 U. S. Census, Eufala PO, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occup/Income Birth Place
Vaughn Asa W M 44 Farmer 500 500 SC
  Sarah A W F 35   SC
  Webster W M 17   GA
  Mary J W F 15   GA
  Delilah W F 12   GA
  Adaline W F 11   GA
  Lafayette W M 9   GA
  Parry W F 7   GA
Georgia W F 5 AL
  Jeremiah W M 4   AL
No name W F 6/12 AL
1862
 
Enlisted from Midway, Bullock County, AL - 1862; served as private in CO C 45 ALA INF until he was furloughed home after being wounded November 30, 18644
  Enlisted from Enon, Barbour County, AL in CO C 45 ALA INF CSA - March 11, 18625
  Enlisted at Auburn, AL in CO C 45 ALA INF CSA - April 2, 1862; served under Captain G. W. Carter6
  Captain Thomas Swanson’s Company Book shows Private W. W. Vaughn, Company G, 1st Alabama Regiment, was Company C and K, 45th Alabama Regiment7
  At time of enlistment, was described as a farmer, 19 years old, with dark complexion, dark hair, 5 feet 7 inches tall.8
1864

 
Received gun wound through the throat, transversely - August 1, 1864, Lowery’s Brigade, Cleburn’s Division, CO C 45 ALA INF CSA; disability certificate from Stout Hospital, Macon, GA, signed by E. J. Roach, surgeon - August 3, 18649                 
  Furloughed home - November 30, 186410
1866
 
With W. P. Gary, J. C. Brown, J. A. Cobb, John Davis, R. S. Kendrick, and T. J. Florence, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Mt. Zion Church - 186611
  Married Jane “Jannie” Lamar Rogers - December 19, 186612
1867
 
Wife Jane Lamar Rogers Vaughn received by letter from Philadelphia Church, Russell County, AL into fellowship of Ramah Church, Barbour County, AL - July 25, 186713
  Birth of son(?) Eddie Vaughn - October 15, 186714
  Death of son(?) Eddie Vaughn - October 27, 186715
1868 Death of wife Jane Lamar Rogers Vaughn - August 8, 186816
  With W. M. Davis, T. J. Florence, J. A. Cobb, W. P. Gary, and W. L. Davis, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Cowikee Church - 186817
  Married Sarah Elizabeth “Bettie” Kennedy (b. Dec. 30, 1842;18 near Midway, Bullock Co., AL; dau. of Felix Kennedy and Tamara Rogers) - December 9, 1868,19 at home of James Kennedy by William Davis
1869
 
Wife Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy Vaughn received by letter from Midway Church, Bullock County, AL into fellowship of Ramah Church, Barbour County, AL - June 26, 186920
1870







 
1870 U. S. Census, Eufaula PO, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Vaughn William W M 27 Farm Agt. 160 P.E. GA
  Bettie W F 27 Keeping house AL
William W M [dau Willie] 10/12 AL
1878 With A. B. Starke, Z. T. Weaver, B. F. Gary, E. L. Graves, J. A. Cobb, and Moses LaFayette Vaughn, represented Ramah Church at meeting of the Eufaula Baptist Association at Clayton Church - 187821
1879
 
With E. L. Graves and W. P. Gary, appointed to find someone to act as sexton of Ramah Church - October 12, 187922
  With A. B. Starke, M. Cody, Jr., H. V. Robson, T. J. Florence, E. L. Graves, and B. F. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Pleasant Hill Church - 187923
1880













 
1880 U. S. Census, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Relation. Occ Birth Pl Birth Place
Fath
Birth Place
Moth
Vaughn William W W M 37   Farmer GA GA GA
  Sarah E W F 37 wife Keeping house AL GA GA
Willie E W M 11 son [dau] AL GA AL
  Jane L W F 10 dau   AL GA AL
  Jesse M W M 9 son [dau]   AL GA AL
  Ila A W F 6 dau   AL GA AL
  Cora W F 3 dau   AL GA AL
1881
 
With Mike Cody, E. L. Graves, Z. T. Weaver, J. A. Cobb, Henry B. Florence, and R. R. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Bethlehem Church - 188124
1882

 
With E. L. Graves and H. B. Florence, appointed to contract for benches to fill the vacated part of the interior of Ramah Church - March 25, 1882;25 interior was remodeled after departure of black members of church
1883

 

 

 

Receipt from L. K. Faulk to W. W. Vaughn for tuition from January 20 - February 17, 1882:
 
Willie Vaughn $2.00
Jennie Vaughn 2.00
Jessie Vaughn 1.50
Isla Vaughn 1.50
  $7.00
1884
 
With A. B. Starke, J. A. Cobb, F. O. Robson, H. B. Florence, C. J. Jones, and B. F. Gary, represented at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Prospect Church - 188426
1885
 
With J. A. Cobb, R. R. Gary, A. B. Starke, and E. L. Graves, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Hurtsboro Church - 1885
1887
 
With H. B. Florence, appointed to employ a sexton for Ramah Chuch for $1.00 per month - April 23, 188727
  With J. A. Cobb, R. R. Gary, B. F. Gary, H. B. Florence, F. O. Robson, and Buck Dismuke, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Midway Church - 188728
1889 With R. R. Gary, appointed to raise money to enclose the Ramah Church Cemetery - June 21, 188929
  With J. A. Cobb, C. J. Jones, and B. F. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Clayton Church - 188930
1891
 
With R. R. Gary, C. J. Jones, E. L. Graves, and R. P. Phillips, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association - 1891
1892
 
With B. F. Gary and A. H. Pruitt, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Midway Church - 189231
1894
 
With B. F. Gary and J. P. Mills, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Clayton Church - 1894
1897
 
With J. C. Culpepper and E. L. Graves, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Eufaula Church - 189732
1900
 
With E. L. Graves and Lonnie Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Louisville Church - 190033
1900










 
1900 U. S. Census, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Bir
Mon
Bir
Yr
Age Mar #
Child
#
Child
Liv
Occ Birth Pl Birth Place
Fath
Birth Place
Moth
Vaughn Webster Head W M Jan 1843 57 M       GA NC NC
  Sarah E Wife W F Dec 1842 57 M 7 6   AL NC NC
William J Son W M May 1882 18 S AL GA AL
Wallace Son W M Sep 1887 12 S AL GA AL
1902
 
With J. C. Culpepper and Lonnie Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Eufaula Church - 1902; also superintendent of Ramah Church Sunday School34
1903 Superintendent of Ramah Church Sunday School - 190335
1904
 
With E. L. Graves and Lonnie Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Ramah Church - 190436
1906
 
With B. F. Gary, C. M. Gary, Mrs. E. C. Marshall, and R. R. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Louisville Church - 190637
1907
 
Witnessed the application of sister Delilah Ann Vaughn for Confederate widow’s pension -June 29, 1907, Barbour County., AL38
1909
 
With R. R. Gary and B. F. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Mt. Zion Church - 190939
1910
 
With C. J. Jones, B. F. Gary, and R. R. Gary, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Midway Church - 191040
1910

















 
1910 U. S. Census, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta #
Child
#
Child
Liv.
Occ Lang.
Spoke
Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Vaugnh William W Head W M 67 M2 41     Farmer / Gen Farm Eng GA NC GA
  Sarah L Wife W F 67 M1 41 7 6   Eng AL NC NC
Epperson Cora Dau W F 32 Wd 3 3   Eng AL GA AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 4 S         AL AL AL
  Cora L Gr Dau W F 3 S         AL AL AL
  Jessie T Gr Son W M 1 S         AL AL AL
Wood Katie May Gr Dau W F 9 S         AL AL AL
1916
 
With B. F. Gary and S. J. Dismuke, represented Ramah Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Louisville Church - 191641
1920















 
1920 U. S. Census, Belcher, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Vaughn William W Head W M 77 M Farmer / General Farm AL AL AL
  Bettie Wife W F 77 M   AL AL AL
Epperson Cora Dau W F 40 Wd Teacher AL AL AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 14 S   AL AL AL
  Elma Gr Dau W F 12 S   AL AL AL
  Jessie Gr Son W M 10 S   AL AL AL
Woods Kate Mae Gr Dau W F 18 S   AL AL AL
1921
 
Death of wife Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy - July 21, 1921,42 near Comer, Barbour County, AL; buried Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL
  Residence in 1921 was Route 1, Midway, AL - November 30, 186443
1930









 
1930 U. S. Census, Precinct 2, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Marr? Age
first Marr
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Vaughn William Wbstr Head W M 87 Wd 34   GA SC GA
Epperson Cora Dau W F 52 Wd 27   AL GA AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 24 S     AL AL AL
1931
 
Died - March 11, 1931,44 near Comer, Barbour County, AL; buried Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL
 
Obituary for William Webster Vaughn
Eufaula Tribune, March 18, 1931
     The passing away of such a man as W. W. Vaughn is deserving of more than casual notice. He came to Barbour County from Georgia in early life, and made his home in the Old Spring Hill area until his death on March 11, 1931, at the ripe age of eighty-eight. His wife preceded him some eleven years ago. He leaves behind to mourn his loss five children, twenty-seven grand children and sixteen great-grand children, besides a great host of friends who loved and honored him for the purity and genuiness of his Christian character. He was for many years and until his death a devoted member and a faithful deacon of the Ramah Baptist Church, and was always present at every appointment of his church until the infirmities of age made it impossible for him to attend.
     His funeral service was held in the little church in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends, conducted by the pastor, with appropriate remarks by Col. G. L. Comer, a life-long and devoted friend of the deceased. His body was laid to rest in the little cemetery yard by the church.
     Mr. Vaughn was a good citizen. In all those qualities and practices which go to make a safe and loyal citizen, our county has perhaps never had a better one. He stood always for the highest and best things in our social and civic life. He was kind and considerate of the home life, a helpful neighbor and friend to everybody, and a Christian whose genuineness and quiet, unassuming and unostentatious, but strong in his convictions for the right. His strength and influence lay in his genuine meekness and humility of character and manner.
     Truly did he come to his grave in full age, like a shock of corn cometh in its season. He was ready and waiting for the summons, and his passing away was like the fading out of a candle whose wick had gradually burned up. There is something beautiful in the death of one who had lived as he did for eighty-eight years. Such as he can afford to die, and for such, death is robbed of all its dreaded asperities.

     “The stream is calmest when it nears the tide,
      And flowers are sweetest at eventide;
      The birds most musical at close of day,
      And Saints divinest when they pass away.”
 
Oral Narration from Lizzie Mae Sims Harris to Michael Vaughn Sims on August 16, 1982
    
The old Vaughn home was about a mile from old Ramah Church going back to Comer Station.

The house had an open hall with [a] room on each side. On the left was the polar [sic] and a bed room on the right was bed room. one [sic] each end of front porch was a shed room68. The back porch went to a porch that led to the dining room and kitchen. From the kitchen you could go to the well for the best cold water you ever drank.

In the front yard from the gate to the house were three rows of cedar trees and out side the gate was a large Holly tree.

Grandpa and Bettie as she was call[ed] had five girls and two boys.

Aunt Cora bought the house closed in the hall and used it for [an] every day living room. Years later she sold it to a negro. The trees have been cut and the house destroyed by fire.

Every summer my mother Jane Lamar [of final[ly] called Jennie) would go to visit and Grandpa would meet us a[t] Comer with a wagon, pulled b[y] a mule Jim and a horse dexter. Grandma would put a quilt in the wago[n] for us children to sit on Mama sat on the seat with Grandpa. Each [fall] when the hogs were killed a ham was saved for each family when they came. O boy was it good ham. The ham, gravy and hot biscuits with home made butter was better than you get today.

Cold milk that has been in the well (a special bucket made for the well) was good drinking. These are things I remember as a girl a few years ago. eight[y] some years ago.
   
 
1 Grave marker of William Webster Vaughn; Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL.
2 William Webster Vaughn.
3 Parrie Vaughn Humphries.
4 1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers; cited by Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
5 Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
6 Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
7 Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
8 Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
9 Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980
10 1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers; cited by Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
11 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
12 Vaughn family Bible.
13 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
14 Vaughn family Bible
15 Vaughn family Bible
16 Vaughn family Bible
17 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
18 Vaughn family Bible
19 Vaughn family Bible
20 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
21 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
22 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
23 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
24 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
25 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
26 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
27 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
28 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
29 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
30 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
31 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
32 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
33 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
34 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
35 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
36 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
37 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
38 Confederate widow’s pension application of Delilah Ann McLeod; April 12, 1907, Barbour Co., AL.
39 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
40 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
41 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
42 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
43 1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers; cited by Milo B. Howard, director of the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, to Jessie Epperson Cobb; May 7, 1980.
44 Grave marker of William Webster Vaughn; Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL.
   
 
May 12, 2007