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From: "Judy Armstrong" <>
Subject: Re: [ILPOPE-L] VAUGHN, Pope County
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 18:34:25 -0800
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Joanne, I don't know if this is relevant, but don't bypass researching
people in the 1800s just because they were listed as "colored." I was told
that the Indians who came to Pope County during the "Trail of Tears" were
sometimes listed as "colored" in censuses and other official records. There
were a number of orphaned Cherokee children who were fostered by Pope County
families and raised as adopted children, and many of them were listed in
official recordes as either indentured servants or "colored." So some of the
Vaughns who were listed as "colored" could have been Cherokee orphans who
were fostered in Vaughn families.

Judy Armstrong
Tiburon CA

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Subject: Re: [ILPOPE-L] VAUGHN, Pope County

> Interesting bit about Elizabeth ---- There was a John Vaughn on the 1820
> Pope
> Co. Census but then he faded away. The business about being court ordered
> to
> produce the will -- both George Vaughn and George Smith were ordered and
> apparently a couple of times and never produced the will. This may be
> because
> George Vaughn had left for Illinois. How George Smith got in the picture
> I could
> never determine. The Biographical Abstracts for Pope Co. include Spencer
> Edwards Vaughn and he related that his grandfather and family came to Pope
> Co.
> (think he said 1808) from KY. Early records indicate that George Vaughn
> was
> born in NC. There were also several Vaughns in early Pope Co. who were
> "colored" - since there was the one slave transfer and in another tax list
> Joseph
> Vaughn had at least one black male I have always thought that would be an
> interesting avenue to pursue. There is a very interesting possibility for
> Joseph
> Vaughn --- going back to the 1600's --- a family out of Rhode Island - the
> son,
> Joseph married 1740's and "left for Indiana Territory" never to be heard
> of
> again. That researcher never pursued that line. However later on that
> Joseph
> Vaughn signed a quit claim deed over to his eldest brother as did another
> brother
> Benjamin. According to the bio of Spencer Vaughn mentioned above,
> Spencer's
> parents, Jackson Vaughn and Nancy Edwards Vaughn married and lived their
> lifetimes in Pope Co. with the exception of a couple of years when they
> went to
> Belmont, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi. It is ironic that my husband's
> great
> grandfather, William Jackson Vaughn was born during that time period -
> going from
> recall I think 1838. In the whole line of children, he had this unusual
> birthplace. In Tishomingo Co. on the 1840 census there is a Benjamin
> Vaughn. Most
> researchers agree that people do not pick up and depart to far off places
> without some motivation and it was frequently that they had relatives
> there. Have
> extensive research on these lines in Pope Co. and would be happy to
> share -
> just email me at my personal email. Thanks. Joan Vaughn

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