Friday, August 30, 2013



Part 2 of 2. The following excerpts are taken from a 90 page document written by Pearl O. Smith, titled A CROM (CRUM) – MARTIN-VAUGHT (VOUGHT) CONNECTION, dated 2000. I found this document online at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a pdf copy of this document and I can email it to you if requested.

Ms. Pearl Smith explains that a Vaught family migrated to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, in the late 1700’s, from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In her book she traces this complex family, which I will not repeat because it is only relevant to Muhlenberg County, not Ohio County.  However, there are two places that Ohio County is mentioned in the Vaught portion of her book, as follows:

“JOHN VAUGHT, son of Christian and Hannah (Crum) Vaught, b. December 15, 1761, Hagerstown, Maryland; d. in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. His will was dated June 11, 1813, and probated in July 1813. John married in 1783/4 Elizabeth Martin, b. February 10, 1768, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; will dated October 2, 1843; daughter of Eberhard and Elizabeth (Wonderly) Martin.

The names of all members of John Vaught's family and their dates and places of birth are taken from the DAR application papers of Mary Endicott, a descendant, whose national number is 250081. She stated on that application that all these vital statistics were copied from the Vaught family Bible. John and Elizabeth (Martin) Vaught's children were: Margaret, Abraham, Eleanor, John, Jr., Daniel, Mary, Francis S., Simon, Martin, Samuel Fulton, and Christopher Martin Vaught.

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Francis S. Vaught, b. May 23, 1800} m. Elizabeth Graves, b. May 11, 1805; d. September 22, 1838, buried at Hamm Cemetery near Martwick, Kentucky; daughter of John Sanders Graves and Mary Susannah (Wooton) Graves. Francis S. Vaught and Elizabeth Graves m. June 26, 1828.

In her will, dated October 2, 1843, Francis S. Vaught's mother, Elizabeth Vaught (widow of John - see above) bequeathed all her property to Francis S. Vaught's children, who were:

(1). John S. Vaught, b. May 1, 1829; d. August 2, 1908, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Section II, Hartford, Kentucky; m. Rebecca Combs; d. August 23, 1913, at home of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Shultz, nephew and niece, in Livermore, Kentucky. Daughter Elizabeth C., age 7, is shown in 1860 census, but in no later one. The Ohio County, Kentucky, census of 1900 states that Rebecca was the mother of two children, neither living. In the 1860 census, John S. Vaught and wife Rebecca were "boarding house keepers." By 1870, he was a stage driver, hauling passengers and freight between Hartford and Beaver Dam. Rebecca was running the boarding house. Rebecca filed suit for divorce and a long proceeding ensued. A divorce was granted before December 18, 1892. (Divorce File 4672 (E), . Case 2935, Record Book 38, p. 158, in Ohio County.)

(2). William Martin Vaught, b. November 10, 1830, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; d. June 23, 1878; m. December 18, 1859, Mary P. Cross, daughter of Robert F. and Elizabeth (Hunsinger) Cross. Children shown in 1880 census were Emily, b. 1862/63; Josephine, b. 1864/65; Molly, b. 1869/70; Robert, b. 1872/73; John, b. 1875/76.

In 1860, William Martin Vaught was a farmer; in 1870 he was a hotel keeper. In 1900, his widow, Mary, was a hotel keeper. Their daughter Josephine was a milliner and lived with her mother. This census states that Mary (Cross) Vaught was the mother of seven children, but only four were living. The youngest child, John Vaught, was a printer. He had lived and worked for a time in Hartford, Kentucky, where he was on the staff of the Hartford Herald & had boarded with his uncle John S. Vaught and his wife Rebecca.

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            [In addition to the foregoing] There is in Ohio County, Kentucky, a Vaught family that must be included in this recitation. I have been unable to determine its connection with the Vaught family that came to Kentucky from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the late 1700's. It is thought by the oldest family member now living in Ohio County that the Pennsylvania ancestor might have been Simeon Vaught, the minister, son of Gilbert and Hannah (Crum) Vaught. However, I know of no document that would support that supposition. According to the 1820 census record, there were several children in the household of Simon (Simeon) Vaught, but he named only two sons in his will. Presumably, when he made his will, most of his children had married and left home.

A good deal of the information that immediately follows was supplied by Clarence Reid "Rusty" Vaught of Hartford, Kentucky, who gives his line of descent in this manner:

Simon Vaught (possibly, but not certain), gr., gr., gr. grandfather.
            William Vaught, gr., gr. grandfather.
                        William Netter Vaught, gr. grandfather b. 1862.
                                    John Harrison Vaught, grandfather b. 1888.
                                                William Lee Vaught, father b. 1912.
                                                            Clarence Reid Vaught, b. May 16, 1937.

[Starting with] William Netter Vaught, b. 1862; m. (1) June 1884, in Ohio County, Kentucky, Nannie Arrendell; m. (2) October 21, 1886, Almeda Grant. In December 1905, 100 acres of land owned by W. N. Vaught at Ceralvo were offered for sale, because of taxes due in the amount of $7.10. This was just one of several pieces of property, owned by as many persons, offered for sale for taxes due. Children of William Netter Vaught were: John Harrison, Clarence, Grace, Arthur, Annie, Horton, Carrie, and Edna Vaught.

i. John Harrison Vaught, b. October 8, 1888, Ohio County, Kentucky; d. August 30, 1969; buried September 1, 1969, Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery; son of William Netter Vaught and Almeda (Grant) Vaught. John H. Vaught m. August 29, 1911, at Hartford, Kentucky, Florence Elsie Sanders, b. 1892/3, daughter of Lee and Elizabeth (Baggerly) Sanders, both born in Indiana. (Ohio County Times-News, September 5, 1996, "85 Years Ago, August 30, 1911.")

John Harrison Vaught's obituary mentions his widow, Mrs. Thelma Bolin Vaught. Thus, it appears he was married a second time. The obituary names these surviving children: Mrs. Lucille Grigsby of Owensboro, Kentucky; Mrs. Jewel Bolin of Owensboro; Miss Daisy Vaught, at home, Beaver Dam, Kentucky; Miss Joyce Marie Vaught, at home; William Vaught, Beaver Dam; Marvin Vaught, Owensboro; Thomas Vaught, Central City, Kentucky; David Vaught, at home.

William Lee Vaught, son of John Harrison Vaught, b. April 28, 1912, at Wysox, Kentucky; m. September 22, 1934, Kathryn Slack, b. January 31, 1916, Shreveville, Kentucky; d. March 20, 1940, Wysox, Kentucky; daughter of Dempsey and Nannie (Shreve) Slack. Issue: Clarence Reid and Charles H. Vaught.

On December 4, 1954, William Lee Vaught was appointed guardian of his son Clarence Vaught. J. H. Vaught, William's father, was his surety. (Guardian Bond Book, Ohio County, Kentucky, p. 324.)

It appears that William Lee Vaught married a second time. When his son Clarence married in 1956, William Vaught and Myrl Casebier were shown as his parents. (Clarence's mother, Kathryn Slack, had died in 1940.) William Lee Vaught, a retired farmer and coal miner, is a Republican. His favorite sports are hunting and fishing.

Clarence Reid "Rusty" Vaught, b. May 16, 1937, son of William Lee Vaught; tn. April 7, 1956, Alice Josephine Spivey, daughter of Lloyd and Ruby (Sharp) Spivey. The marriage was performed at the Hartford Church of Christ at Beaver Dam, Kentucky. It is recorded in Marriage Book 70, page 70. Both the bride and groom were age 18. To this marriage were born Kevin B. and Kerry S. Vaught.

In 1963, Clarence and Alice Josephine (Spivey) Vaught were divorced. Alice later married (unk) Montague and had son Mark Montague. They lived in Owensboro. On December 5, 1963, Clarence married Edna Burnstine; b. December 8, 1942, in Tennessee; daughter of Max and Josephine (Griffin) Burnstine. They are the parents of William Maxwell and Clarence Reid Vaught, II.

            ii. Clarence Vaught, son of William Netter Vaught, lived in Eldorado, Illinois, in 1969.

iii. Grace Vaught.

iv. Arthur Vaught.

v. Annie E. Vaught m. August 10, 1916, Thomas C. Taylor. Annie E. was age 18; Thomas C., age 21, son of James S. and Laura (Hunsacker) Taylor. (General Index to Marriages, Books S-Z, Ohio County, Kentucky, 28, 157.)

vi. Horton Vaught. Lived in Beaver Dam in 1969.

vii. Carrie Vaught, age 18, married December 26, 1919, Otis Maddox, son of S. W. and Laura (Adkins) Maddox. Otis was age 20. Lived in Louisville in 1969.

viii. Edna Vaught, m. August 18, 1920, Raymond Boyd.


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  2. Charles - I wish there was a "search" box on your blog so I could search for the surnames I am looking for.