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Frances Ellen "Sledge" Vaughn
Picture belonged to Elizabeth (Sledge) Sammons. Written on back: Aunt Ellen Vaughn Frances Ellen Vaughn was the daughter of Zebulon Lewis (I) and Sarah Nancy (Warren) Sledge, born 19 April 1856 in Jefferson County, Illinois. Elizabeth Sammons was the daughter of her brother Zebulon Lewis (II) and Ophelia Josephine (Mitchell) Sledge. Thus Frances Ellen was her aunt. Frances Ellen married John Ellis Vaughn in Jefferson County on 15 June 1875. He was born 17 December 1846 to Charles G. and Virginia Jane (Huston) Vaughn. John worked in coal strip mines in the area. Frances died on 18 August 1923 and John died 18 November 1892 in Jefferson County, Illinois. Both are buried at Hopewell Cemetery. Frances is listed as a widow (age 54) on the 1910 Stephens County, Oklahoma, census with children: Orley - 24, Frank E. - 20, Cora Ethel - 18, Nina May - 13, and John T. - 7 year old grandson. Some researchers say that Frances married a Wilson and that Nina May was born to them. By 1910, she was going by "Vaughn" and used it thereafter.

Frances Vaughn with Children & Grandchildren


Picture belonged to Elizabeth (Sledge) Sammons. Written on back of picture: Aunt Ellen Vaughn's family & grandchildren at her home near Oak Grove Church William T. Sledge, Photographer. Jessie Boone labeled the picture "Christmas at Grandma's 1912" and identifies people, seated front row left to right: Front row, seated, left to right: Jesse Boone, Lester Boone, Raymond Boone, Earl Carpenter, John Vaughn, Roy Carpenter. Middle row: Angie Vaughn Carpenter, Beatrice Rough, M. Lulu Vaughn Boone, Frances Ellen Sledge Vaughn holding Glenn Rough, Clarence Vaughn with Bernice Rough in front, Nina Wilson, Ruth Carpenter. Top row (standing): Albert Carpenter, Ed Rough, Charles E. Boone, Mae Vaughn, Ethel Vaughn, Frank Vaughn, John Vaughn, Cora Carpenter, Edith Boone. 1910 Oklahoma Census shows that Frances Ellen had nine children, eight living. Minnie Emily, born 29 July 1887, the 6th child, wrote the article following this page about her mother's memories of her grandfather, Zebulon Lewis Sledge I. Other children were: Myrtle Lulu - born 22 January 1878, married Charles E. Boone (children: Ruth E. married Will Sanders, Raymond A. married Opal Bean - 5 children, Charles L. married Sylvia Mullnix - 2 children, Jesse H. married Jemima Greenwood - 2 children) Samuel Curtis - born 2 June 1876, married Rosa Wilson Agness - born 7 February 1880, married Albert Carpenter (children: Cora, Roy, Earl, Ruth, and Dorothy) Orley Christopher - born 14 July 1882 John L. - born 15 April 1885 Frank Edward - born 19 November 1889, married Katie Thomas Cora Ethel - born 23 December 1891, married Robert Quillian Nina May - born 1897

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