John A. Vaughan

John A. Vaughan

 John Albert Vaughn August 8, 1845- April 12, 1932 
(Sometimes identified as John Albert, John Alvin, John Ashton or John Ackland)

Born in Kemper County Mississippi to parents James (Jim) and Mary Vaughn. He enlisted in the Confederacy October 29, 1863, in the war between the states. Twenty sixth Mississippi regiment, Company E. “Wince Price Guards”. Some of  the battles he fought in; Wilderness May 5 and 6 1864, Spottsylvania May 9-12 1864, Cold Harbor June 2 and 3 1864, In Front of  Petersburg July 4 - August 17 1864, August 20 - September 29 1864, among others.

 The Unit was actually fighting in the Richmond area when General Lee Surrendered. John was taken prisoner on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia just one week to the day before General Lee surrendered. He arrived at Point Lookout, Maryland two days later and remained there until his release June 21, 1865. 

An Oath  of Allegiance card gives a description of John as dark brown hair, hazel eyes, flored completion, 5'4 1/2 inches. He was ordered to be put on train to Ocalona, Mississippi on June 23, 1865 after his release from Point Lookout Prison. (link).

After the war he married Margaret Elizabeth Conner on February 16, 1866.They had at least  eight children. John Henry, Mary Florence, William Marion, John Rufus, Leanna, Willie Ann, Joe, and Alice. John Albert went Texas sometime between 1870 - 1880. John Rufus Vaughn was born in Texas in 1879, and they were back in Mississippi by the 1880 census. John was a member of Vernon Baptist church in Noxubee County, Mississippi. This church was also known as Dripping Springs. In the early years there was no musical instrument in the church. The singing was led by Mr. Bill Richardson or  Mr. John Vaughn, using song books containing the lyrics only. The church finally bought an organ in 1926. 

John Albert Vaughn (Vaughan) sometime in his adult life dropped the 2nd A from his name changing the spelling to Vaughn. His father and grand fathers spelled their last name Vaughan and all since John Albert have spelled it Vaughn.  there were times that my father referred to his grandfather as John Alvin. This was possibly a nick name. All the official records refer to him as John A. or John Albert Vaughn.

John Albert Passed away on April 12, 1932 in Gholson, Noxubee County, Mississippi  and is buried beside his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Conner Vaughn at Vernon Baptist church Cemetery not far from where he lived.
Census’s data for  John Albert Vaughn:
1850 Kemper County at home with Jim and Mary
1860 Kemper county at home with Mary and siblings
1880 Kemper County
1900 Noxubee County
1910 Noxubee County
1920 Noxubee County
1930 Noxubee County

Photograph of Battle Flag Issued to Mississippi 26th Infantry Regiment - The Mississippi Regiment that John Albert served in.
John Albert Vaughn's Company E -- Wince Price Guards, was raised in Tishomingo County, MS. 

Brief History of Mississippi 26Th Infantry Regiment

The Mississippi 26th Infantry Regiment was organized during the summer of 1861 at Iuka, Mississippi. Many of the men were from Prentiss, Itawamba, Tishomingo, Perry, and De Soto counties.  The regiment moved to Tennessee and was one of the units captured at Fort Donelson. In this fight it lost 12 killed and 69 wounded of the 39 officers and 404 men engaged. After being exchanged, it was assigned to General Tilghman's and J. Adams' Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The unit reported 7 casualties at Coffeeville, totalled 420 effectives in April, 1863, and lost 2 killed, 5 wounded, and 10 missing at Champion's Hill. In February, 1864, it was ordered to Virginia and placed in J.R. Davis' Brigade. It fought at Cold Harbor, endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and ended the war at Appomattox. Only 4 officers and 8 men surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia. The field officers were Colonel Arthur E. Reynolds, Lieutenant Colonel F.M. Boone, and Major Tully F. Parker.

Regiment Companies with the County of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Mississippi 26Th Infantry Regiment, CSA Website

John Albert Vaughan Headstone
Confederate Soilder Mississippi 26Th. Regiment
Company E

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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