Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Vaughan Family Papers

1872-1900, undated
Manuscript Collection #691-004
Creator(s)
Vaughan family
Physical description
1.5 Cubic Feet, 3 boxes
Preferred Citation
Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Vaughan Family Papers (#691-004), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
Use of original photographs restricted without staff permission. Use photocopies in box 3.

Vaughan Family Papers (1872-1900, undated) includes photograph albums containing images of family members from Hertford County, North Carolina.


Biographical/historical information

Colonel Uriah Vaughan was born on November 29, 1813, on his father's plantation near Murfreesboro, North Carolina. He apparently took on the title of Colonel himself, as no indication of military service could be found. Vaughan's parents were John Vaughan and Sarah (Rogers) Vaughan, both from Hertford County, North Carolina. Vaughan did not receive extensive education during his early years, and with a restless spirit, at age 15 he left school against his father's advice. Vaughan traveled to Murfreesboro, a commercial center within the region, where he made the acquaintance of William Rea, the proprietor of a large mercantile business. Vaughan gained experience while working as a clerk at Rea's store for a few years. He then decided to go into business for himself, a venture which would prove successful.

On June 16, 1842, Vaughan married Sarah Amanda Jenkins. She was the daughter of Captain Henry Deberry Jenkins and wife Sarah A. Jenkins, both from Hertford County. Uriah and Sarah had eleven children together. Three of their children, Benjamin, Julia and William would not survive childhood. The other seven included Annie, Bettie, Alice, Cornelia (Nellie), Thomas, Rosa, Uriah, Jr. and Sarah Amanda. Vaughan's daughters were educated at the college level in Murfreesboro, while his sons got their education from Randolph and Macon College in Virginia. Vaughan's wife Sarah received her education at the "Banks School" in Murfreesboro, which would later become the Chowan Baptist Female Institute.

Annie married George L. Arps of Norfolk, Virginia. She died in 1880 and the couple had one son, Frederick. Bettie married ex-Judge David A. Barnes of Northampton County, North Carolina, in 1872. Barnes died in Murfreesboro in 1892, and was survived by his wife Annie and their four children Bessie, David Collin, Sarah A. and Annie R. Alice married Dr. R.H. Stancell of Northampton County, and they had no children. Cornelia (called Nellie) married lawyer, politician, businessman and author, Benjamin Brodie (B.B.) Winborne of Hertford County on December 23, 1879. The couple had four children, Stanley, B.B., Jr. and Uriah and Micajah who both died in childhood. Thomas married Miss Mary Elizabeth Brown of Baltimore, and they had no children. On February 3, 1903, Rosa married Robert W. Winborne (B.B., Sr.'s brother), a lawyer practicing in Roanoke, Virginia. Robert died in June 1907, having no children with Rosa, but leaving two children, Roger and Robert W., Jr. by a previous marriage. Uriah, Jr., married Miss Fannie Early Brown of Lynchburg, Virginia and they had two children, Mary and Sara. Sarah Amanda married Thomas W. Hawkins from Littleton, North Carolina. The couple had four children, Rosa, Vaughan, Sarah and Thomas, and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

On January 19, 1890, Colonel Uriah Vaughan died. By all accounts, he was the wealthiest man in his county, was respected by those who knew him and also a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Vaughan left a will and his sons Thomas and Uriah and son-in-law B.B. Winborne were named as the executors. Vaughan's other son-in-law, David A. Barnes, was also named as an executor, but he "declined to qualify." Vaughan's wife Sarah died on January 15, 1901.

Vaughan's two sons became merchants in Murfreesboro and eventually married sisters, Mary Elizabeth Brown and Fannie Early Brown (as previously mentioned). The two sisters were the daughters of James Leftwich Brown and his wife Mary Virginia Early of Lynchburg, who had many other daughters as well. Mr. Brown was born on January 25, 1815, the son of Daniel Brown and his wife Mary Leftwich, and grandson of Henry Brown and his wife Alice Beard of Bedford County, Virginia. James L. Brown was married to Miss Early on September 30, 1847. Miss Early was born on October 1, 1822, and died on July 18, 1864. Her husband died on August 12, 1872. This family had connections to some of the most prominent families in "Old Virginia," the Wills, Hancocks, Mooreusaus and the Jacksons.

Mary Virginia Early was the daughter of Reverend John Early and his wife Elizabeth Browne Rivers. Mr. Early was born in Bedford County on January 1, 1786, and married Elizabeth on November 4, 1822. At the age of sixty-nine, Mr. Early was elected as Bishop to the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States and successfully served in that position for nearly nineteen years. He died a greatly respected man in Lynchburg on November 5, 1873.

Family tradition indicates that Bishop Early was a descendant of John Early, the Bishop of Worcester and later of Salisbury, England, during the seventeenth century. The elder Bishop Early was also the author of the popular work "Microcosmography, or a Piece of the World Discovered," a popular treatise discussing customs of that time period. It proved so successful that there were eight editions published during the author's lifetime.

Bishop Early's wife, Elizabeth Browne Rives, of Bedford was born April 4, 1804, and died on May 16, 1857. She was related to Colonel Henry Browne who was one of the councilors of Governor Berkeley of Virginia. She was also the cousin of Honorable William Cabell Rives, of Nelson County, Virginia, who was a soldier, lawyer legislator, congressman, U.S. senator and author. Many in the Rives family were notable in Virginia. Mrs. Early was the cousin of Henry Rives Pollard, the editor and proprietor of the newspaper Southern Opinion, published in Richmond, Virginia, from 1867-1868. She was also the cousin of Edward Albert Pollard, a well-known journalist and author from Lynchburg.

SOURCE: "Family Sketches by Benj. B. Winborne…., compiled by David Powell, 2002," Joyner Library, North Carolina Collection, North Carolina Reference, CS 71 B17 2002.


Scope and arrangement

The two albums themselves are believed to be the original albums as assembled by the family members. Most individuals are identified as being related to the Vaughan Family of Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina. See the biographical note above for more details. All photographs have been removed from both albums, and the original albums have been retained with the collection. Use of the original photographs is restricted for preservation reasons, unless permission is given by a staff member. Instead, photocopies are provided for researchers' use.

Both albums originally utilized "pockets" in which the photographs could be slid in and out of. This was not a problem for identification, except for mainly in the case of album two. In this album, there is an original index at the front of the album, assumed to have been done by a family member. The entries were originally numbered, assumingly by order of placement in the album. As a result of the use of "pockets" in this album, it is believed that through previous use the organization of the photographs had been somewhat altered before receipt of the album by this repository. Furthermore, since album two had a name index, most of its photographs were not identified on the reverse. During processing, staff identified those individuals for whom they were fairly certain of correct identification. To do this, they also utilized album one, in which many of the same family members were represented by photographs that were identified on the reverse side.

Another discrepancy to be aware of is that nearly all of the surnames of "Early" in album two are spelled that way in the written index. However, nearly all of the photographs in album one are identified (on the photograph) with the surname "Earley" (with an extra "e"). It is believed from looking at related collections and research done for the biographical note that the surname was actually spelled with only one "e."

A copy of the original, handwritten, index is also with the album two photograph copies. As mentioned above, they were originally numbered, assumingly by order of placement in the album. However, it should be noted that all page numbers and photo identification numbers found in the albums and on the photographs were assigned by Special Collections staff members after receipt of the albums from the donor.


Administrative information
Custodial History

February 6, 1996, 2 volumes; Photograph albums containing images of family members. Donor: Murfreesboro Historical Association.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Murfreesboro Historical Association

Processing information

Processed by Dale Sauter, 2011

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Related material

J. T. Lewter Papers (Manuscript Collection #691-001) from the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

Wynns Family Papers (Manuscript Collection #691-002) from the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

Winborne Jenkins Papers (Manuscript Collection #691-003) from the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

Benjamin B. Winborne Papers (Manuscript Collection #691-005) from the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

Murfreesboro, North Carolina, Historic Photographs (Manuscript Collection #691-006) from the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

E. Frank Stephenson, Jr., Collection (Manuscript Collection #692)

Family sketches : a collection pertaining to the Baker, Perry, Vaughan, Winborne and Wynn(s) families, Joyner Library, North Carolina Collection, North Carolina Reference, CS71 .B17 2002


Key terms
Personal Names
Vaughan, Uriah, 1813-1890
Family Names
Early family
Vaughan family
Topical
Merchants--North Carolina--Murfreesboro

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Mr. Tom Earley Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Miss Carter (Earley Family Relative) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Mr. John Childs ( Reves' (?) Childs' father) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Uriah, Vaughan Jr. Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Mrs. Uriah Vaughan who was Fanny Brown Photgraph
Box 1 Folder a Item 6 Sally Hawkins Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 7 Lottie Earley Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 8 Geraldine Hopkins Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 9 Mrs. Price Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 10 Unidentified baby. For nieces(?) Mary and Sarah Vaughan, Scott. Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 11 Mary Harrell Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 12 Mary Early Vaughan. From Your little Friend, X-mas 1884, Mary Early Vaughan Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 13 Courtney Arps Earley , 3 1/2 months Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 14 Bettie Vaughan Barnes Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 15 Unidentified man with mustache Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 16 Mrs Vaughan from Anna Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 17 Uriah Vaughan, Jr., ( Uncle Beaurie) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 18 Sarah Jenkins Vaughan Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 19 Fanny Earley Bishop Earley's daughter Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 20 Sarah J. Vaughan Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 21 Robert Darden Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 22 Annie Land, Littleton, NC Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 23 Unidentified woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 24 Sallie Hawkins Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 25 Thomas Hawkins Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 26 Bishop Earley Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 27 Mary Elizabeth Earley, Wife of Bishop Earley Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 28 Thomas Earley, Son of Bishop Earley (unmarried) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 29 Unidentified woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 30 Rosa V. Winborne Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 31 Geo L. Arps Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 32 Mrs. Uriah Vaughan (Sarah Jenkins Vaughan with, on lap) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 33 Uriah Vaughan Jr., "Farther" (sic) Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 34 Fannie Vaughan Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 35 "My fine friend", Spet. 22nd 1877 Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 36 Unidentified Woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 37 Unidentified man. "Your fond friend near Lynchburg, Nov 28th, 1878." Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 38 Unidentified Woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 39 Unidentified Woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 40 "Aunt ? Saunders" Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 41 Unidentified Woman, "My Precious Girl, Mar. 13, 1881, Jan. 19, 1880." Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 42 Unidentified woman Photograph
Box 1 Folder a Item 43 Unidentified woman Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 1 Uncle Tom Early Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 2 Mrs. T.J. Vaughan (Aunt Fanny) Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 3 Uriah Vaughan Jr. Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 4 Mary Hopkins Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 5 Alice Hopkins Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 6 G.L. Arps Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 7 Aunt S. or Aunt R. Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 8 Aunt S. or Aunt R. Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 9 Unidentified man Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 10 Unidentified man Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 11 Martha Early Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 12 Bishop Early Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 13 Unidentified man Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 14 Uncle Tom Early Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 15 Mary Vaughan[?] Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 16 "Unie Dec. 2, 1878" Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 17 Unidentified man with mustache Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 18 Marion S.Plylers(?), Louisburg 1900 Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 19 Aunt Viola Harrell (?) Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 20 Don Snow ? Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 21 "I am going to have a birthday Party and would like to have you to come. On Saturday at three o'clock. Pleaes answer Helen Ranes(?)" Birthday Invitation
Box 2 Folder a Item 22 Mary? Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 23 Sarah Jenkins Vaughan Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 24 Mr. G.W. Childs? Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 25 Uriah Vaughan Jr. Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 26 Nelie? Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 27 Miss Julia Moss Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 28 Mr. Arps Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 29 Unidentified young child photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 30 Unidentified Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 31 Unidentified Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 32 Unidentified Man, "Sept. 29th, 1893" Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 33 Mrs. Virginia Marlin(?) Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 34 Unidentified Woman in glasses Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 35 Uncle Tom Early, "For Mary Liz From Fannie" Photograph
Box 2 Folder a Item 36 Unidentified man, "Boone-55932, Aged 23 years 1897" Photograph
Box 3 Folder a Albums 1 and 2
Box 3 Folder b Photo Album 1
Box 3 Folder c Photo Album 2