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Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Vaughan Family Papers, 1872-1900, undated

Manuscript Collection #691-004

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Title: Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Vaughan Family Papers
Creator: Vaughan family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Vaughan Family Papers (1872-1900, undated) includes photograph albums containing images of family members from Hertford County, North Carolina.
Extent: 1.5 Cubic feet, 3 boxes.

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Accessions Information

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

Access Restrictions

Use of original photographs restricted without staff permission. Use photocopies in box 3.

Copyright Notice

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

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Murfreesboro Historical Association

Processing Information

  • Processed by Dale Sauter, 2011

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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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.

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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.

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Series 1:
Original Photographs
  • Box 1#0691-004.1
    • Folder a#0691-004.1.a
      • Mr. Tom Earley Photograph  (item #1)
      • Miss Carter (Earley Family Relative) Photograph  (item #2)
      • Mr. John Childs ( Reves' (?) Childs' father) Photograph  (item #3)
      • Uriah, Vaughan Jr. Photograph  (item #4)
      • Mrs. Uriah Vaughan who was Fanny Brown Photgraph  (item #5)
      • Sally Hawkins Photograph  (item #6)
      • Lottie Earley Photograph  (item #7)
      • Geraldine Hopkins Photograph  (item #8)
      • Mrs. Price Photograph  (item #9)
      • Unidentified baby. For nieces(?) Mary and Sarah Vaughan, Scott. Photograph  (item #10)
      • Mary Harrell Photograph  (item #11)
      • Mary Early Vaughan. From Your little Friend, X-mas 1884, Mary Early Vaughan Photograph  (item #12)
      • Courtney Arps Earley , 3 1/2 months Photograph  (item #13)
      • Bettie Vaughan Barnes Photograph  (item #14)
      • Unidentified man with mustache Photograph  (item #15)
      • Mrs Vaughan from Anna Photograph  (item #16)
      • Uriah Vaughan, Jr., ( Uncle Beaurie) Photograph  (item #17)
      • Sarah Jenkins Vaughan Photograph  (item #18)
      • Fanny Earley Bishop Earley's daughter Photograph  (item #19)
      • Sarah J. Vaughan Photograph  (item #20)
      • Robert Darden Photograph  (item #21)
      • Annie Land, Littleton, NC Photograph  (item #22)
      • Unidentified woman Photograph  (item #23)
      • Sallie Hawkins Photograph  (item #24)
      • Thomas Hawkins Photograph  (item #25)
      • Bishop Earley Photograph  (item #26)
      • Mary Elizabeth Earley, Wife of Bishop Earley Photograph  (item #27)
      • Thomas Earley, Son of Bishop Earley (unmarried) Photograph   (item #28)
      • Unidentified woman Photograph  (item #29)
      • Rosa V. Winborne Photograph  (item #30)
      • Geo L. Arps Photograph  (item #31)
      • Mrs. Uriah Vaughan (Sarah Jenkins Vaughan with, on lap) Photograph  (item #32)
      • Uriah Vaughan Jr., "Farther" (sic) Photograph  (item #33)
      • Fannie Vaughan Photograph  (item #34)
      • "My fine friend", Spet. 22nd 1877 Photograph  (item #35)
      • Unidentified Woman Photograph  (item #36)
      • Unidentified man. "Your fond friend near Lynchburg, Nov 28th, 1878." Photograph  (item #37)
      • Unidentified Woman Photograph  (item #38)
      • Unidentified Woman Photograph  (item #39)
      • "Aunt ? Saunders" Photograph  (item #40)
      • Unidentified Woman, "My Precious Girl, Mar. 13, 1881, Jan. 19, 1880." Photograph  (item #41)
      • Unidentified woman Photograph  (item #42)
      • Unidentified woman Photograph  (item #43)
  • Box 2#0691-004.2
    • Folder a#0691-004.2.a
      • Uncle Tom Early Photograph  (item #1)
      • Mrs. T.J. Vaughan (Aunt Fanny) Photograph  (item #2)
      • Uriah Vaughan Jr. Photograph  (item #3)
      • Mary Hopkins Photograph  (item #4)
      • Alice Hopkins Photograph  (item #5)
      • G.L. Arps Photograph  (item #6)
      • Aunt S. or Aunt R. Photograph  (item #7)
      • Aunt S. or Aunt R. Photograph  (item #8)
      • Unidentified man Photograph  (item #9)
      • Unidentified man Photograph  (item #10)
      • Martha Early Photograph  (item #11)
      • Bishop Early Photograph  (item #12)
      • Unidentified man Photograph  (item #13)
      • Uncle Tom Early Photograph  (item #14)
      • Mary Vaughan[?] Photograph  (item #15)
      • "Unie Dec. 2, 1878" Photograph  (item #16)
      • Unidentified man with mustache Photograph  (item #17)
      • Marion S.Plylers(?), Louisburg 1900 Photograph  (item #18)
      • Aunt Viola Harrell (?) Photograph  (item #19)
      • Don Snow ? Photograph  (item #20)
      • "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  (item #21)
      • Mary? Photograph  (item #22)
      • Sarah Jenkins Vaughan Photograph  (item #23)
      • Mr. G.W. Childs? Photograph  (item #24)
      • Uriah Vaughan Jr. Photograph  (item #25)
      • Nelie? Photograph  (item #26)
      • Miss Julia Moss Photograph  (item #27)
      • Mr. Arps Photograph  (item #28)
      • Unidentified young child photograph  (item #29)
      • Unidentified Photograph  (item #30)
      • Unidentified Photograph  (item #31)
      • Unidentified Man, "Sept. 29th, 1893" Photograph  (item #32)
      • Mrs. Virginia Marlin(?) Photograph  (item #33)
      • Unidentified Woman in glasses Photograph  (item #34)
      • Uncle Tom Early, "For Mary Liz From Fannie" Photograph  (item #35)
      • Unidentified man, "Boone-55932, Aged 23 years 1897" Photograph  (item #36)
Series 2:
Photograph Copies
Series 3:
Empty Photo Albums

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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