Christopher G. VAUGHN
Christopher G. VAUGHN, who is now residing in Mt. Vernon Township,
is one of the oldest settlers of Jefferson County, having come here over
sixty years ago. He was born in Smith County, TN in January, 1831, and
was the fifth in order of birth of the twelve children born to John D.
And Celia (WOOD) VAUGHN, natives of Virginia and TN respectively. The father
emigrated to Tn in company with his father, Obediah VAUGHN, when quite
The paternal grandfather 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 JeffersonCounty and located three-quarters of a mile southwest
of Spring Garden, where they passed the greater part of their lives.
The father 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 G., of
this sketch, grew to manhood in this state and has made his home in Jefferson
County 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 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. John E. Departed this life in November, 1892, leaving a large family
of children, who make their home in Jefferson County; Mary E. Married John
C. CRAWFORD, of McLeansboro; Rosella V. Married R.P. MOYER, of Mt. Vernon;
James F. Is a farmer in Mt. Vernon Township; Samuel M. Is also cultivating
the soil of that township; Cora L. Married John BURKE; and Alice 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 of this sketch
has become widely and favorably known throughout this portion of the county.
While residing in Spring garden Township, 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
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
Submitted by: Misty Flannigan
Dec 2, 1997