Sam Houston Vaughan

Sam Houston Vaughan[1]

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  • Name Sam Houston Vaughan 
    Born 16 Jul 1869  Barry Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Barry Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  Grayson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1910  Cooke Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Aug 1964  McKinney, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sanger Cemetery, Denton Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The following was sent to me by Helen Michael, who very generously allowed me to share it . This is a family tradition passed down in a line that descends from John and Nancy (Callicott) Vaughan's line.

      PREFACE

      “In the year 1907 it seemed good to me to write a sketch of information relative to the Chaney Family for the consolation and interest of the members who are now living, and their descendants, in order that they may trace relations back as far as they desire and that they may know who their ancestors were and something about them…..”

      Henry Watson Chaney, at age 61.

      This, I think, is a good idea. As Chaney did, I hope to write as accurately as memory serves concerning stories the old ones told me long ago when, before tv, oral history was a fascination and entertaining. Henry Watson did this for the Chaney branch of my family, now I’ll try to do the same for the Vaughan stories I know.

      Sitting at the feet of my grandpa, or in his lap, I listened with a child’s wondering heart to Pa’s tales of travel, adventure, and family. I even loved his name—Sam Houston Vaughan. Nowadays, remembering his stories, I can read on the internet from files and histories and can recognize a member of his family—and mine. As I puzzled over a 1762 grandpa named John Vaughan and wondered about his place in our family, John spoke up for himself. …He wanted to get married—the bride-to-be was Nancy Callicott—and they filled out their forms. This 18th century John Vaughan put down that he was born in 1762 and that he was born in Ireland, and as I now read his record, I believe he was Pa’s Irish John Vaughan, and mine.

      Pa’s American family history begins perhaps in 1765 with a man whose first name I don’t know for sure. From my research, I’m guessing, and hoping, his name is also John. On an Immigration Passenger List at a Baltimore port, according to Pa’s details he could be his great-great grandfather from Ireland who came to this country on a big boat, bringing with him a wife who was carrying a youngster on her lap as they crossed the big sea. Great-great-Grandfather Vaughan, Pa told me, carried with him an apothecary jar of old Irish glass filled with camphor. Pa was proud of being Irish and loved every thing Irish, and now, in the 1940’s, the camphor bottle he was telling me about, he held in his own hands, handed down through his family from grandmothers, Nancy Callicott, Malvina Church, and Sarah Snodgrass Vaughan. One after another to their sons.

      Sometimes he let me hold it; mostly though, I just got to look at it. I knew it was important to Pa and that he loved to talk about its trip to America.

      Today, I own the camphor bottle from Ireland, and I am trying to find out about its original owner. I hope the name of the man who brought it over is named John Vaughan and that he arrived at a dock in Maryland in either 1765 or 1767. Pa is Sam Houston Vaughan (1869-1965, m.Lunette Chaney), the son of George Washington(1848 -1920, m.Sarah Snodgrass), the son of Samuel N.(1814-1863, m.Malvina Church), the son of John(1762-1848, m.Nancy Callicott), the son of an Irishman who possibly got off that boat in Maryland with wife(who I hope is named Matilda) and son and a bottle full of camphor.

      Pa’s story and a picture of him with Ma appeared in The Gainesville Daily Register (of Texas) about 26 June 1953. It was their 60th Anniversary. He is holding his precious bottle. The story and photo are also published in George Washington Vaughan and Descendants, compiled by Opal Francis Vaughan, 1985.

      I was listening to these stories as a very small child—less than six years old. But, I have a memory that goes back to lace window curtains blowing in a breeze against my baby crib, and I heard these stories more than once, and to me they were exciting stories. Pa was a great orator with a magnificent voice. Over and over again I would climb into his lap and beg for a story or a song, urgently tugging at his suspender straps—or gallouses, as he called them. He would feign a lack of interest, protesting that he had told me this or that story a hundred times. “You’re more trouble than you’re worth,” he might tease, then, he’d tell his tale. He was very old, but he had a good memory too.

      Pa’s story: Pa told me that a long time ago his family lived in the faraway land of Eire/Ireland. His Ma and Pa and brothers and sisters and everybody. Then one day some of them wanted to go somewhere else, so here they came. One of them was just a little boy, “…just about your size,” he told me. (I was not yet school age.)

      The trip was frightening to the child, he continued. The big water. The big boat with the loud, popping sails. The big wind. The sailors with mean voices. At this point my grandmother might interject that I should never get on a boat—never mind that we lived in Texas at the onset of a drought of biblical proportions. These stories were so powerful to me that when I was grown and went on family outings to water ski at Lake Texoma, I always looked to the heavens and apologized to my grandmother, who was certainly watching over me. Not only that, I was in high school before I knew you weren’t supposed to call a ship a boat. Pa could tell a powerful story. The fears of little John, clinging to his mother’s lap the entire time he was crossing the ocean made me snuggle close to my grandpa.

      Later on, his great-Grandfather John, the frightened youth on his mother’s lap—on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean—made his own stories to tell.

      I didn’t know what “Irish” was but I knew Pa was proud of being Irish and said so all the time. My mother—his daughter-in-law—used to argue with him that he was not Irish. “You’re not Irish,” she’d say, and he’d faithfully reply, “I guess I ought to know where my own folks came from.” (I don’t know what she knew, but she did like to argue.) Then one day, in a real touch of drama, Pa handed down his Irish camphor bottle to Mother. Not to Daddy, his son, but to his argumentative daughter-in-law. Later on, in a gesture that seems even stranger to me, she gave it to me. Today, I sometimes wonder what it was like when it was given to John, and then Nancy, his wife, gave it to their son Samuel; then Samuel’s wife Malvina gave it to their son George Washington; then George Washington’s wife Sarah Caroline gave it to their son Sam Houston. Because he was said to be his mama’s favorite son, I wonder if that’s how it was decided for all the other sons. I wonder did it mean so much to any one of them as it meant to Pa.

      EPILOGUE

      I now recall my grandfather’s history with a sense of joy. How happy it would make him to know that he has an audience. I wish I had his eloquence, his style, his voice; then the “listener” could enjoy his story even if in the wings they had a tv show waiting to be watched.

      - Helen Michael Vaughan [2]
    Person ID I1830  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 

    Father George Washington Vaughan,   b. 1 Oct 1846, Hancock Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1920, Sanger TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Sarah Caroline Snodgrass,   b. 8 Jul 1850, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1922  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1868  Barry Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F198  Group Sheet

    Family Lunette Chaney,   b. 6 Nov 1873, Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1957, McKinney, Collin Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1893  Grayson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Oscar James Vaughan,   b. 15 Mar 1894, Grayson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1966, Sanger, Denton Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Joe Washington Vaughan,   b. 12 Feb 1896, Ida-Whitewright, Grayson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1928, Sanger, Denton Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Johnnie W Vaughan,   b. 24 Jun 1898, Grayson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1901, Denton Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Edna Opal Vaughan,   b. 8 Oct 1901, Valley View, Cooke County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1987, Denton, Denton County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Hazel Caroline Vaughan,   b. 12 Mar 1905, Sanger, Denton Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1992  (Age 87 years)
     6. Jack Vaughan,   b. 18 Apr 1911, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1993, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Robert Chaney "Bill" Vaughan,   b. 1915, Sanger, Denton Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1936, Krum, Denton Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F658  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jul 1869 - Barry Co., MO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Barry Co., MO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Cooke Co., TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Aug 1964 - McKinney, TX Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Sam Houston Vaughan
Abt. 1930
    Sam Houston Vaughan Abt. 1930
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lunette Chaney
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lunette Chaney
    Camphor Bottle
    Camphor Bottle
    See Story below in NOTES
    Sam & Lounette Vaughan 1953
    Sam & Lounette Vaughan 1953

    Documents
    1870 US Census - MO - Barry County
    1870 US Census - MO - Barry County
    George Vaughan Sr. and Sarah Caroline Vaughan
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    Marriage License
    1900 US Census - TX - Grayson County
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    1900 US Census - TX - Grayson County Page 1
    Family of Sam Houston and Lounette Chaney
    1900 US Census - TX - Grayson County
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    1900 US Census - TX - Grayson County Page 2
    Family of Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    1910 US Census - TX - Cooke County
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    1910 US Census - TX - Cooke County Page 1
    Family of Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    1910 US Census - TX - Cooke County
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    1910 US Census - TX - Cooke County Page 2
    Family of Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    1920 US Census - TX - Denton
    1920 US Census - TX - Denton
    Family of Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    Sam Houston Vaughan and Lounette Chaney
    Wedding Anniversary
    Sam Houston Vaughan
    Sam Houston Vaughan
    Texas Death Certificates

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] Monholland-Raines Family Web Site, Rena Monholland, Samuel Houston Vaughn (Reliability: 3), 6 Oct 2008.

    2. [S475] Helen Vaughan Michael.