I recently got a copy of the will of JOSEPH VAUGHN of Pope County, IL. (Golconda area) He died Dec. 18, 1867 and was born c. 1800. His wife, KEZIAH DIARMAN, was named executrix. When she died the following year, WILLIAM W. DIARMAN (either her brother or nephew) took over adminstering Joseph's will. It reads in part:
"It is my will the remainder be divided equal between my three children, to wit, JAMES VAUGHN, MARGARET COLLIER, ASSENETH BRAMBLET, with the exception of $1 to each of grandchildren, heirs of my son GEORGE VAUGHN, and MARY HOGG, my daughter."
I'm familiar with Margaret. Before marrying Thomas Collier, she had been married to LEWIS HOGG. We find her and some of her children living with Joseph and wife Keziah in Pope County in 1860. (Lewis died in 1859.) I'm familiar with George as I believe I descended from him through his son, GEORGE COOPER VAUGHN. I'm familiar with Mary as we find her marrying THOMAS HOGG in the Illinois statewide marriage index, though she is listed as MARY VAUGHAN. (VAUGHNs and HOGGs intermarried all over this family line. The GEORGE COOPER VAUGHN listed above would grow up to marry HANNAH HOGG, a union that helped get me here.)
This daugher Asseneth is a new one, though I found her -- I think -- through two marriages:
SINITH VAUGHN m. FREDERICK SBARGER (also known as SHUFFLEBARGER) on June 15, 1842.
ESSENETH SBARGER m. BENJAMIN B. BRAMLETT on Jan. 25, 1855. (Benjamin Bramlett family is living next door to the VAUGHNs in the 1860 census, though what would appear to be a wife is SUSAN BRAMLET, age 52, MUCH older than a daughter of Joseph should be! Perhaps she married a son with the same name? Don't find a listing for them in Pope though. This has got to be a good assumption.)
And I'm confused about James. Was son George already dead when this will was probated in early 1868? (Son George HAD a son named James. He would have been around 16 when Joseph died. Did Joseph claim James in his son's place?) Within the file Pope County sent me with the will, there are a variety of receipts for payments to GEORGE W. VAUGHN, listed as a guardian of JAMES VAUGHN. WHO is GEORGE W. VAUGHN? What was his relationship to JOSEPH VAUGHN?
And, I'm also trying to figure out where JOSEPH VAUGHN fits in with the JACKSON VAUGHN clan in Pope County -- or if he even does. Would love to hear from anyone who can answer any of these questions or, based on the info I've got here, thinks they may be a relative.