Jim & Mary Vaughn

James (Jim) Vaughn 1804-1857   And   Mary Carnop Vaughn  1814-1891

James (Jim) Vaughan was born September 21, 1804 in Wilson county, Tennessee. He Married Maria Martin May 10, 1828. Maria died the following year in childbirth. Jim and his brother William (Billy) migrated to Picken's county, Alabama sometime before 1833. About the same time Fredric Mires and Rebecca Carnop came into the county. They had three daughters Mary, Ann, and Permelia. Jim met Mary and they were married on the night of November 12, 1833. Mary Carnop was born December 26, 1814 in South Carolina.

Depiction of Jim Vaughn 1830's
Jim was described as being a physically strong, short and stocky, black-headed,  brown-eyed man with a mustache who did not drink or smoke and carried a musket rifle. His Wife, Mary Carnop Vaughn had fiery red hair down to her waist and a ready smile.

In 1832 the Choctaw Indians had been moved from their territory in Mississippi through the Treaty Of Dancing Rabbit Creek signed on Sept. 27, 1830.   

This new Choctaw Indian land was opened in 1833 for settlers. Jim and Bill Vaughn had plans to move to this new territory with their families. Bill Vaughn settled in Chickasaw county, Mississippi.

Jim & Mary moved to Wahalak, MS.
in an Ox drawn wagon.

 Jim and Mary Vaughn left Speeds mill Community on November 13, 1833. They went southward and crossed the Sipsey river at Redge and then the Tombigbee river at Gainsville. 

They camped on the west side of the river and it was this night that history records the falling of the stars. The next morning they continued their journey and by nightfall they found an abandoned Indian Hut with an  Indian burial ground nearby.  This location is today the family's Twin Cemetery where our ancestors rest along with the ancient Indian warriors who lived in this same land for thousands of years before the settlers moved into the territory.

About a year passed and they moved eight miles away and they built their cabin in a place now known as the Stonewall Community. It was located about a mile from where the Old Antioch church was built off the old Macon Dekalb road.

Jim and Mary had at least nine children that we know of. . Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary “Mollie”, Lisanna, William “Bill” Marsh, John Albert, George Washington “Dick”, James “CAP” Monroe, and Joseph Warren. Following are the known pictures of Jim & Mary's children that have thus far been located.

Mary “Mollie” Vaughn
and husband John Taylor

John Albert Vaughn

Joseph Warren Vaughn with wife Le Vicy Jane Taylor
Note* Le Vicy Jane Taylor recounted many of the stories recorded and published by Jack Vaughn in "Hewers Of The Wilderness."   Le Vicy Taylor is credited with remembering and keeping the family legacy of her father-in-law and mother-in-law (Jim & Mary Vaughn) alive for us today. Without her stories to Jack Vaughn,  "Hewers Of The Wilderness" would not exist today.
Note: The inter-weaving of the Vaughn and Taylor family in these marriage photos.

Sarah Vaughan
Circa 1903 Little Rock, Arkansas

front row) Sarah Vaughan (Jim & Mary Vaughn's daughter), her son Robert Wayment Vaughan, his wife Minnie Lee Morgan Vaughan, and Robert's and Minnie's daughter Mittie Ethel Vaughan Fackrell.  The back row is their other two children, William Scott Vaughan (my grandfather) and Lillian Myrtle Vaughan Callahan.  

Picture of Sarah Vaughan courtesy of Michael Vaughan,
Meridian, Utah

In 1857 Jim Passed away and was laid to rest in Old Antioch cemetery .Mary was left to raise their young children at a very difficult time in our country’s history, the years just prior to the cival war. Mary took her young son Joseph and went to Chickasaw county during the war years and stayed with her brother-in-law, William. The other boys all served in the civil war as soldiers for the Confederacy. The girls were all married and had their own homes by that time. All of Mary's belongings were packed up and stored at the Wahalak depot. When the union soldiers come through they burned the depot and she lost everything she owned. After the war was over Joseph and Mary returned to Kemper county. Mary lived with Joseph until her death in 1891. She was seventy six years, three months, and twenty four days old. She was laid to rest in the family's Twin Cemetery. On her grave marker is found this inscription:
Mary Vaughn
Born: December 26, 1814
Died : April 20, 1891
(Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest)

Their Final Resting Place
Twin Cemetery
Wahalak, MS.
On November 24, 1957 one hundred years after Jim’s death, a grandson, great-grandson, and great-great 
grandson, met at Old Antioch cemetery after obtaining permission from the Mississippi State Board of Health to move their grandfather’s grave. They took what could be found of Jim’s remains and buried them by the side of his wife, Mary on the same spot where the little Indian hut stood near the Indian burial ground. It was on November 14, 1957, one hundred and twenty four years to the day from the time Jim and Mary settled there.  Updated Note*  The death date on Jim Vaughn's tombstone (July, 1856) is incorrect and we don't know how that came about. The correct date in June 5, 1857 which is supported by multiple documents including an Antioch Church record that has Jim Vaughn alive in Nov. 1856 at an elders meeting,  a family Bible record showing a death date of 1857, Lillie May Vaughn's family tree record with the actual date of  death on June 5, 1857.  

     " Jim and Mary were married Nov. 12, 1833 in the New Bethany-Speeds Mill, AL area. Jim was 29 years old and Mary was 19. Their belongings consisted of a cap and ball rifle, a dog named Spot, seven head of cattle (the leading cow was Grandmother) a red pony and some furniture. they hired Mary's uncle, Buster Barnes, to move Jim and Mary to the new land obtained from the Choctaws in the Dancing Rabbit Creek treaty.  Buster owned a yoke of oxen and a wagon.  The Vaughns left Speeds Mill trading post on the moring of Nov. 13, 1833 headed for a new home".  This above excerpt is from  Hewers Of The Wilderness by Jack Vaughn. This very rare book is now available in the 2Nd Edition  by Jack Vaughn and Ray Vaughn and contains the complete original work of Jack Vaughn with many  editorial additions and picture illustrations.  To purchase this work visit Ray Vaughn publications link at the top of this page and scroll down to "Hewers Of The Wilderness."

Information Resources for this website include; 
"The Conner Family" by W. E. Conner published 1975
"Crusade in Education" chapter 1 titled My Heritage - Published 1971 by John Earle Vaughn
Hewers Of The Wilderness-1st Edition by Jack Vaughn - Published 1958
Family History Genealogy Research by Lynn Till
Family Bibles

Post by Ray Vaughn
Vaughn Family History Webmaster

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