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Obediah Vaughn
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Elizabeth Edwards
Peter Wood
(After 1743-After 1821)
John Daniel Vaughn
(1790-After 1851)
Celia F Wood
(1793-After 1860)

Christopher Guess Vaughn


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1. Salma McCann

2. Virginia Jane Houston

Christopher Guess Vaughn

  • Born: 8 Jan 1821, Smith County, Tennessee
  • Marriage (1): Salma McCann on 31 Aug 1841 in Jefferson County, Illinois
  • Marriage (2): Virginia Jane Houston on 17 Sep 1844 in Jefferson County, Illinois
  • Died: 26 Dec 1894, Jefferson County, Illinois at age 73
  • Buried: West Salem Cemetery, Jefferson County, Illinois

bullet  General Notes:

1850 Jefferson County IL census:

VAUGHN, Charles G. M 29 TN Farmer (b. 1821)
VAUGHN, Jane F 22 KY (b. 1828)
VAUGHN, John E. M 3 IL (b. 1847)
VAUGHN, Mary F 1 IL (b. 1849)
Note: These people were living with Charles and Jane Vaughn at this time and are showing on the 1850 census report.
HUSTON, Robert M 26 IL (b. 1824)
ESTES, Mary F 24 TN (b. 1826) sister to Christopher Vaughn
ESTES John P M 6 IL (b. 1844)

1860 Jefferson County IL Census:

Vaughn, Christopher G. M 38 TN 964 (b. 1821) Farmer Spring Garden Twp
Real Estate Value 1200.00 Personal Value 2000.00
Jane F 30 TN (b. 1830)
John M 12 IL (b. 1848)
Ellen F 10 IL (b. 1849)
Rosella F 8 IL (b. 1852)
Floyd M 6 IL (b. 1854)
Marshall M 4 IL (b. 1856)
Adeline F 1 IL (b. 1859)
Also living with Christopher G Vaughn
John P Estro or Estes M 16 IL (b. 1844)
He lived next to John P. Vaughn and Thomas Hawkins

1870 Jefferson County, IL Census:

Christopher G VaughnM49TN
Virginia JF42KY
John EM23IL
James FM16IL
Samuel MM14IL
Henry CM 8IL
Cora LF 5IL
AliceF 2IL
Crawford, EmmaF 2IL This Mary Ellen Vaughn daughter. Mary Ellen is Christopher Vaughn's daughter.

Reuben P MoyerM28OH Note: R P Moyer Married Rozella V Vaughn
Rosella VF19IL May 31 1869 also R P Moyer Married
No Name GivenF2/12IL Celia E Vaughn Feb 27 1878

1880 Jefferson County, IL Census:

C G VaughnM59TN VA TN
Virginia JF52wifeKY VA -
Saml MM23sonIL TN KY
Henry CM18sonIL TN KY
Cora LF15dauIL TN KY
AliceF12dauIL TN KY
Emma CrawfordF12grdauIL IL IL
Note: Christopher G Vaughn married Virginia Jan Houston 9-17-1844
Christopher G Vaughn married Salama McCann 8-31-1841
John C Crawford married Mary E Vaughn 2-25-1867
John C Crawford married Margaret H Waldin 8-17-1874

bullet  Research Notes:

Bio of Christopher Guess Vaughn of Jefferon County, IL:

Christopher Guess Vaughn (born: January 8, 1821 Smith County, TN \endash died: December 26, 1894 Jefferson County, IL)

Christopher Guess VAUGHN, who is now residing in Mt. Vernon Township, IL, is one of the oldest settlers of Jefferson County, IL, having come here over sixty years ago. He was born in Smith County, TN in January 8, 1821, and was the fifth in order of birth of the twelve children born to John D. and Celia (WOOD) Vaughn, natives of Virginia and Tennessee respectively. The father immigrated to Tennessee in company with his father, Obediah Vaughn, when quite young.

The paternal grandfather (John D. Vaughn) of our subject was a blacksmith by trade, which vocation he followed in Tennessee when locating there among the Indians. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Vaughn went to Madison Co., Il in 1828, and in 1832 came to Jefferson County, IL and located three-quarters of a mile southwest of Spring Garden TWP, where they passed the greater part of their lives. The father (John D. Vaughn) took great interest in military affairs, and although not a soldier was called "Captain" Vaughn. He was a devoted member of the Christian Church, with which body his family was also connected.
Christian Guess Vaughn, of this sketch, grew to manhood in this state and has made his home in Jefferson County, IL for more than sixty years. As may be imagined, he had few advantages for acquiring a good education but availed himself to the utmost of every opportunity of improving his mind, and when not permitted to attend the house of learning, studied his books by the light of the old home fireplace.

Our subject Christopher Guess Vaughn was married in 1841 to Miss. Salma McCann, by whom he became the father of one child, who followed his mother to the grave when quite young. Mr. Vaughn chose as his second companion Miss. Virginia J. Houston, and to them was born a family of ten children, eight of whom grew to mature years.
Children of Christopher Guess and Virginia J. Vaughn:
John E. Vaughn departed this life in November 8, 1892, leaving a large family of children, who make their home in Jefferson County, IL, Mary E. Vaughn married John C. Crawford, of McLeansboro, IL, Rosella V. Vaughn married R.P. Moyer, of Mt. Vernon, IL, James F. Vaughn is a farmer in Mt. Vernon Township, IL, Samuel M. Vaughn is also cultivating the soil of Mt. Vernon Township, IL, Cora L. Vaughn married John Burke, and Alice Vaughn is the wife of W. H. Hutchison. All of the daughters are deceased with the exception of the last named.

Through his connection with public affairs the subject (Christopher Guess Vaughn) of this sketch has become widely and favorably known throughout this portion of Jefferson County, IL. While residing in Spring Garden Township, IL, he filled the position of Justice of The Peace for six years. In the fall of 1860 he was elected Sheriff, and after serving one term filled the position of Deputy Sheriff for the same length of time. In 1866, however, he was re-elected as Sheriff, and during the one term of which he was the incumbent of that office was robbed of thousands of dollars.

Mr. Vaughn is a conscientious Christian man. Thoroughly honest, and with his wife has been a member of the Primitive Baptist Church for many years. He has filled many of the official positions in that denomination and has aided very greatly in the progress of the good work in this vicinity. He has been a stanch Democrat all his life, casting his first vote in 1840 for Martin Van Buren. He has been a leading man in this community, with which he has been identified for so many years, and in Mt. Vernon Township, IL has been an unceasing contributor to its development. Since residing in this county he has served as Justice Of the Peace for eight years and has been constable twelve years. He is now residing in Mt. Vernon Township, and as the result of his labors he is now surrounded by all the comforts of life, and in the history of his adopted county he well deserves representation.
SOURCE PORTRAITS and Biographies Clinton, Washington, Marion, and Jefferson Counties Illinois
Chapman Publishing Co 1894

Membership List Union Primitve Baptist Church Elk Prairie Township, Jefferson County, Illinois
Code: Recd by- received by
Exp - spiritual experience
L - letter into membership from/ to another church
Dis by - dismissed by
Exc ul - excluded from the curch for some infringement of rule
Res - restored to membership
Vaun (Vaughn), Christopher - Recd by Exp Jan 1852; Dis By L Aug 1853
Vaun (Vaughn), Wife of Christopher) - Recd by ; Dis By L Aug 1853


Christopher married Salma McCann, daughter of James M McCann and Sarah Peacock, on 31 Aug 1841 in Jefferson County, Illinois. (Salma McCann was born about 1822 in Tennesse and died in 1842 in Jefferson County, Illinois.)


Christopher next married Virginia Jane Houston, daughter of Unknown Houston and Unknown, on 17 Sep 1844 in Jefferson County, Illinois. (Virginia Jane Houston was born on 8 Feb 1828 in Kentucky, died on 9 Feb 1899 in Jefferson County, Illinois and was buried in West Salem Cemetery, Jefferson County, Illinois.) The cause of her death was Grippe.

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