Vawter Documents and Sources

John Vawter4, (Richard3, John2, Bartholomew1)

John Vawter was the son of Richard Vawter and Frances Towles. He was b. ca 1750 d. 1817 Elbert Co., GA. Buried at the Old Harmony Baptist Church near Dawsonville, GA with many other family members. The Vaughter farm near the church has a small family graveyard and is still owned by the Vaughters.


In the will dated 25 Mar 1803 proved 29 Apr 1803, Madison Co., VA ,of his father Richard Vawter he is found: Item, It is my will and desire that my two sons John Vawter and Russel Vawter be satisfied with the part of my estate I have already given them.

John m. (1) Frankee Ward of Culpeper Co., VA. Franky (Ward) Vawter d. aft. 31 Mar 1791 (will) and bef. 7 Nov 1792 when John Vawter signed a deed on behalf of his minor children along with the other heirs of Jacob Ward in Culpeper Co. VA.

Proof of his first marriage is found in the will of Frankey's father. Will of Jacob Ward of Culpeper Co. (from Culpeper Co., VA will Book B & C, Court Suits and Loose Papers, compiled by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, 1965) Dated 31 Mar 1791. Proved 29 Jun 1791 Culpeper Co., VA Legatees: Wife Anne Ward. Sons: John Ward, William Ward, Jacob Ward, Mitchell Ward. Daus.: Frankey Vawter, Judah Ward, Anne Ward, Sarah Yager. Granddau. Anne Rodifer, dau. of Sarah Yager. Executors: William Booton, Hadley Head. Wit: Mildred Head, Mary Head.

Proof of Frankee's mother comes from a deed of Culpeper Co., VA.
15 May 1760 Russell Hill of Brumfield Parrish Culpepper County, to Jacob Ward and Ann his wife of the same. For natural love and brotherly he doth bear unto his brother in law Jacob Ward and his sister Ann Ward wife of Jacob Ward. One negro girl nan during their natural lives and after their decease to lineal decedents (sic) of their bodies to make their children coheirs both male and female. If the one of the die and the other marry, the children begotten in this separation shall not inherit any of the estate but the children of them two only. Russell Hill wit. Richard Vawter. 15 May 1760. Acknowledged by Russell Hill

Whether this is the same John or another of the name is yet unsure: It seems improbable that one man named John could be in two different states and own land at the same time in two places and serve in the Rev. war in two different states, especially since John4 (Richard3, John2, Barth1) is shown living in NC before 1775 when the war started.

John Vawter served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Book - Gwathmey's Virginians in the Revolution, page 783 states he was a private 10th Virginia State Continental Line Regiment.

Culpeper Co. deed book G p 36-37. 11 May 1773 between John Reynolds, planter, of Brumfield parish in Culpeper Co. & John Vawter of the same parish and county, for 40 pounds Virginia money purchased 100 acres, lying in Culpeper in the great fork of the Rapid Ann River…. Corner Thomas Portors…to line of Kilbeys….containing all houses, out houses, buildings, gardens, orchards, fences, woods, meadows and feeding ways and all water ways. Signed John Reynolds. Wit: Rich'd Vawter, Thomas Porter, Joel Wilhoit.

John Vawter moved to Surry Co., NC (now Stokes Co.) and is found in the Surry-Wilkes Taxables 1771-1777. Listed Surry Tax List 1775 John Vawter with 300 Acres of land. He moved to Surry Co., NC in time to serve in that county for which service he received a land grant from Charles Bruce and James Hunter, auditors of the Salisbury District in June 1782. (Rev Army Accts, Vol. XII, p. 45, folio 4- Division of Archives & Records, Raleigh, NC)

m. (2) ca 1793 Joanna Vernon.
Will of Johanna Vernon, Elbert Co., GA dated 14 Jul 1805. Probated 13 May 1826. States estate "BETWEEN MY TWO SONS" William and Richard. Witness John Harris, Wm. Ward, James Brown. (Note: Franky Wards brothers John Ward m. Rachael Vernon and William Ward m. Sarah Vernon on 19 Dec 1792, so these families were inter connected.)

On 5 Nov 1792, Richard Vernon of Culpeper Co., Va. confirmed that he had given his dau Joanna Vernon 200 Acres of land in Surry Co., NC (now Stokes Co.) in 1781. (Stokes Deed Book 1, page 359)

"Pamunkey Neighbors of Orange County, Virginia - Lindsay, Mills, Montague, Stevens and related families and neighbors", by Ruth Trickey Sparacio & Sam Sparacio; Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1985. Madison Co., Va., Deed Book 1, p. 14, To all & to whom these presents shall come. Know ye that whereas I, Richard Vernon, of the county of Madison & state of Virginia, being old & infirm cannot of course go & see to the surveying of my land in the county of Stokes and state of North Carolina. Therefore I, the said Richard Vernon, reposing great trust in my well beloved friend, John Vawter and Anthony Dearing, I do therefore by these presents make, ordain, constitute and appoint them, the said John Vawter and Anthony Dearing, my law-ful attornies, for me and on my part and behalf, & in my name to see to the surveying of the said land with the surveyors of the said county. In witness whereof I, the said Richard Vernon, have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 26 day of Sept. 1793. Richard Vernon seal.

At a court held for the county of Madison at the house of John Yager Junr., on Thurs. the 26 day of Sept 1793 This power of attorney from Richard Vernon to John Vawter and Anthony Dearing was acknowledged by said Vernon and ordered to be recorded.

On 10 Feb 1796, Richard Vernon of Madison Co., Va. (formed from Culpeper Co.) made a gift deed of 446 acres in Stokes Co., NC to his son-in-law John Vawter (Deed Book 2, page 389).

He then moved to Elbert Co., GA by 1801 as he is found in the Elbert Co. Tax list for that year. In Tax list for Elbert Co., GA 1806, John 100 Acres, John Jr. 50A. He died 1817 leaving a large estate and without a will. The inventory of his estate began in Jan 1818. Richard Johnston Vawter, son, who lived in Tenn. seemed to have charge of the estate and freed several slaves. The settlement of the estate covered a long period of about 20 years. It was noted in the settlement that he had slaves leased out in South Carolina.

Book-Early Families of the North Carolina counties of Rockingham and Stokes with Revolutionary Service, compiled by James Hunter Chapter, DAR, Madison, NC 1977 gives many details about John. Page 126-27 submitted by a descendant, Mrs. Hazel McCandless, PO Box 366, Cushing, TX 74760. No mention of him is given in the book The Vawter Family in America by Grace Vawter Bicknell, pub. 1905, Hollenbeck Press, Indianapolis.

Census of John Vawter
1784-1787 Surry Co., NC John Vawter males, 1 age 21-60; females, 3 ages under 21-60 and 1 over 60. Assumption Frankey still alive 2 daughters.
1790 census Salisbury District, Surry Co., NC John Vawter (shown as Vanter) males 1 over 16 and 4 under 16. Females 4 total. Assumption Frankey is still alive, 4 sons and 3 daughters
1800 census Stokes Co., NC John Vawter males 1 over 45, 2 age 16-26 and 1under 10 (this is probably James son of Joanna) females 1 age 26-45 (Joanna) 2 age 10-16 and 2 under 10 (these are probably Joannas)

Book- Stokes County, North Caroline Will Abstracts Vol. I & II 1790-1816. Compiled by Mrs. W. O. Abshor & Mrs. Robert K. Hayes, North Wilkesboro, NC 1984. p. 38

Will of Johnathan Varnum (Vernon) p. 62 1/2 & 63. 18 Oct 1803 June Term 1805. Wife, Rebecka: money John Terry owes me. Dau, Hanner (Hanna) Taylor: $1.00 as she was portioned off at marriage. Son, Ebenezer: land in Virginia he lives on. Son, Jonathan: $1.00. Dau, Irene Childrers: $1.00. Dau, Racher (Rachel) Ward: $1.00 Excecr: Russel Vauter Wits: John Vauter, John Wright, John Terry. Signed Jonathan Vernon. (Note: Russell and John Vawter are brothers and the relationship of Jonathan Vernon to John's father-in-law Richard Vernon is unknown.)

Additional notes on Jonathan Vernon, Senr.
Born 1712 PA, died June 1805 Stokes Co., NC married 1742 PA, Rebecca Worth b. 23 Apr 1723.
Jonathan Vernon is listed under V in the Rev. accounts in the NC archives at Raleigh, NC as being paid for furnishing sundries to the NC Militia in NC
Jonathan lived for a while in Lunenburg Co., VA, then owned land and lived in Cornwell Parish in Charlotte Co., VA before moving to Surry Co., NC bet. 1773-1779. On 13 Oct 1783, Jonathan Vernon, Sr. was granted by the state of NC, 500 acres on Coleman's Creek in Surry Co. He deeded land he still owned in Charlotte Co., VA to one of his sons just before he died. The will is recorded in Stokes Co., NC will book 2, pages 62 1/2 and 63, dated 18 Oct 1803 and probated June 1805. Daughter Hannah m. 4 Jan 1773 Charlotte Co., VA to Richard Taylor. Son Ebenezer Vernon m. (1) Miss Adams. (2) ? 3 Mar 1818 Charlotte Co. VA.

Children of 1st wife, Franky Ward: Possibly as many as 7 children by Frankey.
1. John Vawter/Vaughter b.16 Jan 1778 (Stokes) NC d. Bef Oct 1865 Marion Co., AL
Published in issue No. 7, 1978 VVV Newsletter. The following scenario of John was developed from sources: Records of Elbert Co., GA, Maury, Lawrence & Williamson Co., TN, Lauderdale Co., AL, Tish. Co., MS, History of Old Tish. Co., McQuire Family History by Duard Leon Ray, personal research of Hazel Vawter McCandless, Mary Maud Carter, Pat Pike Michel, Rev. E. M. Sharp, Jas. C. Vaughters, Bill Vawter, Charlotte Bordon, Faye Tennyson Davidson (all descendants of John) and the family Bibles of Clarice Vawter Mayer, Willard Robinson Nixon, and Matilda Vawter Reid.

John Vawter was a landowner, miller, tavern keeper, speculator and was born 16 Jan 1778 prob. in Stokes Co., NC. Generally he is acknowledged to be the son of John Vawter by his first wife, Franky Ward, dau. of Jacob Ward, Culpeper Co., VA. Jacob's wife was Anna Hill. He is, however, not mentioned as one of the heirs of John who died in Elbert Co., GA but was in close proximity to that family and particularly to Richard Vawter also a son of John.

John m. (1) in Elbert Co., GA to Rhoda McGuire, dau. of Alleganey McGuire, Rev. Soldier and pensioner. Rhoda was b. 16 Nov 1785, Henry Co., VA. Richard Vawter (brother) m. Cynthia McGuire, sister of Rhoda. By family records, Rhoda McGuire Vawter d. 28 Aug 1824, Maury Co., TN.

Found as early as 1806 Tax list of Elbert Co., GA with 50 acres.
1820 census Maury Co., TN John Vaughter (he continued this spelling) males 1 age 10-16, one age 26-45. Females 3 under 10, 4 age 10-16, 2 age 16-20 and 1 age 26-45. Living next to Richard Johnston Vawter (brother) and Allageny McGuire (father in law)

John then married (2) ca 1825-27 prob. TN to Elizabeth (nee?) They removed to Lauderdale Co., AL ca 1830 and to Tishomingo Co., MS ca 1836. According to probate records of Tish Co., AL, Elizabeth d. ca 1845 leaving two minor daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Hariett.

John Vaughters m. (3) 28 Jan 1849 Tishomingo Co., MS to Peachy Hazell. He is found in the 1850 census of Marion Co., AL Dist 14 family #425, recorded 27 Dec 1850 as John Vorters age 70 m. Farmer b. NC, wife Peachy age 42 b. AL, Eliz. A. age 17 b. TN. He died sometime prior to Oct 1865 when Peachy Vauters m. John Finch in Tish. Co., AL.

TN land and court records spot John in Maury, Williamson and Lawrence Co., buying and selling land, operating a mill, paying numerous fines, one for operating a tippling house. In Tishomingo Co., MS, he was appointed one of a committee of three to oversee building of the Courthouse at Jacinto, served as Ranger for the county for several years and was licensed to operate the first tavern in Jacinto. In the space of 1837 to 1845, the deed records of Tish., Co., reflect some 90 land transactions involving John Vawter. He often purchased land in the names of his minor children, requiring him to go into Court in order to sell it. In 1845, his land transactions ceased abruptly, with his property falling to trustee sale and tax sale; obviously wiped out by the collapse of the "land bubble", the bank failures and the ensuing depression of the 1840's. His one piece of property to escape execution had been purchased in the name of his dau. Eliz. Ann, and was sold by her and her husband, Hopewell Doss, in 1853, the deed being signed in Marion Co., AL.

John had one son, Allegany Vawter and nine daughters, Cynthia, Mourning, Nancy, Matilda, Mary Jane, Ellender, Eliza. Ann, Harriet, and Malinda. By census figures, he may have had as many as twelve daughters. The male descendants of John Vawter left Tish Co., MS to Tippah, Union and Benton Co., MS on to AK, TX and OK. His daughters married into the Robinson, McDougal, Reid, Pike, Beatty, Gurley and Burt families, many of whom still are in the area of Old Tishomingo County.

Children of Rhoda McGuire
1a. Cintha (S/C) Vawter b. 12 Jan 1806 Elbert Co., GA d. 19 Jul 1890 Tishomingo Co., MS m. 8 Jan 1824 Lawrence Co., TN to Joseph R. Robinson b. 8 Oct 1802 Maury Co., TN d. 10 Nov 1865 Tishomingo Co., MS
2a. Aligand "Allegany" Vawter b. 14 Dec 1807 GA d. 4 Jul 1876 in Union Co., MS m. 20 Apr 1830 Lauderdale Co., AL to Mary Robinson b. 23 Oct 1809 TN d. Jul 1854 in MS. (all 3 Robinsons are brother and sisters). Alabama Records Vol. 213 Lauderdale Co., AL by Gandrud states Vaughter, Aligand to Mary Robertson 20 Apr 1830 (return dated 1st June) by David Lancaster. Pg. 150.Children : Martha Jane, Matilda, Sarah (Sallie) Ann, John Robinson, James Newton,Mary Elizabeth, Nancy Catherine, Cynthia Caroline and William Jasper Vawter.
3a. Mourning Vawter b. 20 Jan 1810 Elbert Co., GA d. 1859 Lauderdale Co., AL m. 29 Sep 1826 Lawrence Co., TN to James Robinson b. 1 Mar 1805 TN d. 1859 near Bluewater Creek, AL. James parents were John Robinson and Martha Ray. Tishomingo Co. Ms., Families & History --Tish. Historical Society, pub. 1997. John & Rhoda McGuire Vawters dau. Mourning Vawter b. Jan. 20, 1810.
4a. Nancy Vawter b. 1817 (Maury Co., TN?) d. Feb 1896 Tishomingo Co., MS. Bur. Dean Cem. m. 13 Nov 1833 Lauderdale Co., AL to John McDougall III b. 1812 (Cumberland Co.?), NC d. 6 Sep 1868 Tishomingo Co., MS. Bur. Dean Cem.
5a. Matilda Vawter m. 24 Feb 1840 Tishomingo Co., MS to A. (Anderson ) B. Reid d, bef 1870 Tish Co., MS. Patented Land in Tish. Co., MS in 1845 & 1847. Deed Bk X p368-9. Matilda Reid located in census of that county in 1870 and 1880
6a. Mary Jane Vawter m. 6 Nov 1841 Tishomingo Co., MS to James Tilford Pike. Had several children inc. James Tilford Pike, Jr. m. Sallye Bell Watkins at Rio, TX?, Rufus Pike, Jasper "Cephus" Pike. Noted but not proved James T.'s father was John Pike and wife Mary Tilford.
7a. Malinda Vawter b. 27 Oct 1812 m. Robert Burt Allen. Family Bible record of Mrs. Willard Robinson Nixon of Luka, MS. Great grandson Granville Allen.

Children of Elizabeth (nee?)
8a. Elender W. Vawter b. 1828 TN d. ca 1852 m. 27 Sep 1844 Alcorn Co., MS to Arthur S. Beatty b. 1825 TN d. ca 1855
9a. Elizabeth Ann "Annie" Vawter b. 1833 TN m. 1851 Marion Co., AL to Hopewell Doss b. 1 Jul 1829 Tuscaloosa Co., AL
10a. Harriet Vawter b. July 1834-36 TN m. Willis (Wm.) Allman b. ca 1826 d. bef 1900. Willis alive Marion Co., AL in 1860. Harriet is found 1900 census Clay Co., MS, head of household with birth date as July 1838. Census of 1860 Marion Co., AL, 1870 Wayne Co., TN and 1889 Clay Co., MS shows birth bet 1834-1836 in TN.

2. Richard Johnston Vawter d. 1827 Lawrence, TN married 11 Nov 1806 Elbert Co., GA., Cynthia McGuire. Cynthia b. 9 Feb 1791 Henry Co., VA and d. ca 1860 Pope Co., AR
1790 First Census of North Carolina: Richard Vawter and James Vawter (brother)
Wharton Vawter along with Richard Vawter was in Screvens Co., GA and signed up the 1805 land lottery.
1812-1816 Richard found in tax list of Williamson Co., TN. Also located is John Vawter and Alleganey McGuire next door.
1820 Census Maury Co., TN. Males 2 under 10, 1 age 10-16, 1 age 16-26, 1 age 26-45. Females 3 under 10, 1 age 26-45. Living next door to John Vawter (brother) and Allagency McGuire (father in law)

Children of Richard and Cynthia:
1b. Allegany Vawter
2b. Noel J. Vawter b. ca 1810. N.J. Vawter 1830 census Lauderdale Co AL. Living alone age 20-30.
3b. Lorenzo Dow Vawter b. 9 May 1812 Williamson, TN d. 17 Mar 1897 Nacogdoches, TX Bur. Linn Flat, TX Cemetery. m. (1) 17 Mar 1839 Limestone Co., AL to Elizabeth Dawson b. 27 Nov 1820 TN d. 28 Jul 1858 Nacogdoches, TX. Eliz. parents Al Ezekiel Dawson and Hannah McFaddin. Lorenzo m. (2) 2 Nov 1861 Nacogdoches, TX to Frances McNeil.
4b. Martha M. Vawter d. TN
5b. Sarah W. Vawter
6b. Asa Monroe Vawter b ca 1820 d. MS. Located in Lowndes Co., MS census 1850 and Tunica Co., MS in 1870 census.
7b. Alpha Frances Vawter b. ca 1825 m. (1) Smith Voss 8 Nov 1840 Lawrence Co., TN m. (2) aft 1848 MS to Joseph Trotter. Children Sylvester R. Voss b. ca 1841, Cynthia Voss b. ca 1842, Martha F. Voss b. ca 1844 and Nancy J. Voss b. ca 1847
8b. Nancy M. Vawter

After Richard died, Cynthia m. John Ray and had 3 additional children. 1830 census of Lawrence Co., TN head of household is John Ray. In The Ray Book, found Russellville AR library, some information on the Vawter connection:

Lawrence County (TN) Court, 19 Jun 1844, probate proceedings of John Ray. After marriage was appointed guardian to the minor children of Cynthia, lists heirs as follows: Lorenzo D. Vawter (1812), Martha M. Vawter, Sarah W. Vawter, Nancy M. Vawter, Asa S. Vawter (1820) and Alpha F. Vawter (1825).

Children of Cynthia McGuire-Vawter and John Ray
(1) Alexander Ray b. 1829 Big Buffalo River, Lawrence Co., TN d. 1 Sep 1865 Pope Co., AR
(2) Alleganey L. Ray b. 1831 Big Buffalo River, Lawrence Co., TN d. 21 Aug 1866 Pope Co., AR
(3) Cynthia R. Ray b. 1834 Lawrence Co., TN
3. Frances "Frankey" Vawter, married Cooper Bennett.

4. Sarah "Sally" Vawter b. ca 1776 Madison Co., VA d. 1856 Tuscaloosa, AL m. abt 1793 Stokes Co., NC to William Mt.Sear Crump b. 1772 Pittsylvania Co., VA
a. Alpha Frances O. Crump b. 1799
b. William M. Crump b. ca 1810
c. Simon V. Crump

5.James Vawter/Vaughters, b. 1790 by one researcher and 8 Mar 1794 by another. Born in Stokes Co., NC., d. 2 May 1836 Franklin Co., GA m. Jane (nee? Poss Allen or Bennett). Jane b.2 Mar 1774 will dated 5 May 1857 died 12 Jan 1884, (age 100) her tombstone reads "a model Christian gone to rest". Buried Bethel Church Cemetery, Dawsonville, GA (the dispute on his birth date confuses whether his mother is Frankey or Joanna. The census records seem to indicate a child born to Frankey about 1790, so this is still open)

1809 GA, James Vawter witness a will of Daniel Aaron in Franklin Co. (this is just north of Elbert Co., GA). 1827 James Vawter shown in Franklin Co., GA
The will of Jane as found in "This is My Story, This is My Son" by Lydia Nix Massey.
George, Lumpkin County. She is buried at Bethel Baptist Church. This book found at the Jackson Co. Historical Society, GA).

In the name of God, Amen. I Jane Vaughter, wife of James Vaughter and now a widow of said state and county being of advanced age and knowing that i must shortly depart from this world, deem it right and proper both as respects myself and my family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me. I therefore make this my last will and testament.

Item 1st: I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and conditions. My Soul, I trust, shall return to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for eternal salvation through the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whose religion I have professed and, as I humbly trust, enjoyed for thirty years.

Item 2nd: I desire and direct that myself and my oldest son, William J. Vaughters, live and remain with my third son, Linzy Vaughters, enduring of our natural lives, my son William being not of sound mind. I desire that my son Linzy take care of him as long as they both live.

Item 3rd: I bequeath to the children of Hiram S. Vaughters, my second son, two dollars as he has had a equal portion with the balance

Item 4th: I bequeath to the children of Lucinda Allen, my third child, and oldest daughter, the like of two dollars. She also had a divide.

Item 5th: I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Ann Stone, wife of Robert Stone, two dollars. She also had a divide.

Item 6th: I bequeath to my daughter Delila Anderson, wife of William Anderson, two dollars. She also has had a divide. Also to Lidda Nix, wife of Thomas Nix, two dollars. She also had a divide.

Item 7th: I bequeath to my daughter, Jane Bennett, wife of Robert Bennett, two dollars. She also has had a divide.

Item 8th: I bequeath to my daughter, Eliza Blackburn, wife of Elijah Blackburn, two dollars. She also has had a divide.

Item 9th: I bequeath to my third son, Linzy V. Vaughters, my two lots of land Nos. 1065 and 1066 in fifth district and first Section of Lumpkin County with all the rights, members and appurtenances to said lots of land in any wise appertaining and belonging forever as be the said Linzy has the care of his brother William and myself.

Item 10th: I constitute and appoint my beloved son, Linzy Vaughters, Executor to this last will and testament this May 5, 1857 Her Jane x Vaughter mark
Charles G. Simonds, Wm. Burt, Clark G. Burt witnessed the will.

1b. William J. Vaughters b. 24 Sep 1812 d. 2 Sep 1866, retarded & unmarried.
2b. Hiram S. Vaughters b. Nov 1814 d. 6 Jul 1853. m. 23 Feb 1832 Franklin Co., GA to Elizabeth Glenn.
3b. Lucinda Vaughters b. 13 May 1816 Franklin Co., GA d. 13 May 1849 Lumpkin Co., GA m. 13 Jan 1829 Franklin Co., GA to Mathew Allen b. 1807(mother's will does not show husband, perhaps deced. by 1857)
4b. Elizabeth Ann Vaughters b. 21 Feb 1818 m. 31 Dec 1846 to Robert Stone and m. (2) William C. Anderson d. 15 Apr 1868
5b. Linzy V. Vaughters b. 28 Jun 1820 GA d. 1 Oct 1866 poss. Dawson Co., GA. Married 14 May 1857 Lumpkin Co., GA to Kesiah Marinda Hicks/Hix b. 24 Oct 1835 d. 26 Jul 1926.
6b. Vincy/Viny Vaughters b. 13 Aug 1823
7b. Delila Vaughters b. 26 Feb 1825 m. William Anderson (is this the same Wm. Anderson as married Elizabeth above as a second marriage?)
8b. Lydia "Lidda" Vaughters b. 27 Apr 1827 m. Thomas Nix (Hix?)
9b. Jane Vaughters b. 27 Apr 1829 d. 25 Jul 1912 m. 5 Jan 1847 Lumpkin Co., GA to Robert Bennett
10b. Eliza A. Vaughters b. 13 Apr 1831 m. 7 Feb 1857 to Elijah Blackburn d. 2 Sep 1862 Confederate Soldier. Left 3 children. Eliza m. (2) William Fouts

Children of John Vawter by 2nd wife, Joanna Vernon: (note Johanna's will dated 14 Jul 1805, probated 13 May 1826 which stated her estate to "2 sons" would indicate other sons born aft 1805 and bef. 1826)

Book, The third land lottery of Georgia, also Known as the 1820 Lottery by The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., 1986. States that in order to file for lottery you must be a resident of the state for a minimum of three years. A married man with wife and /or minor son or dau. under 18 and US citizen would get 2 draws. You also could have not been in any previous lottery.

Vawter, Anna County: Elbert Mil. Dist. Dobbs Lot/Sect. 412/28 Drew land in Early.
(Joanna Vernon Vawter wife of John Vawter decd.)
Vawter, Richard County: Elbert Mil. Dist: Smiths Lot/Sect 332/7 Drew land in Irwin.
(son of John Vawter and 2nd wife Joanna Vernon, Richard second of the name)
Vawter, Wm. County: Elbert. Mil Dist: Dobbs Lot/Sect 290/20 Drew land in Early.
(son of John Vawter and 2nd wife Joanna Vernon)

6. William Vawter/Vaughter, b. bef. 1805 GA. Died unmarried, will 1828 Elbert Co., GA. Georgia DAR book p44. Will of William Vawter p 332. To brother Lindsey a slave Winney. To brother Russell a slave Jenny. Horse, cattle and household goods to be sold to pay debts. Residue to be equally divided amongst my three brothers. Richard, Lindsey, Russell who are Execors. Signed 11 Jun 1828. Probated 7 Jul 1828. Test: Micjah Carter, Simeon G. Glenn, J. W. Barrett.

7. Elizabeth Vaughter, married Pleasant D. Crump.

8. Richard Vaughter (second of the name), b. bef. 1805 GA. Died unmarried - will 1856 Elbert Co., GA Family History file of Don Tucker, 103 Bluebird Drive Dothan, Alabama 36303 phone 1-334-792-3274 Source for the copy of the will is Charles Burt of Dawsonville, GA. 1995

Will of Richard Vawter, 1856. State of Georgia, Elbert County.
In the name of God Amen I Richard Vawter of the State and County aforesaid being of advanced age but of sound mind and disposing memory deem it proper that I should make a disposition of the property with which a Kind Providence has Blessed me. I therefore make this my last will and testament thereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

Ist Item: I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My Soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for that rest only through the merits and attonement of the Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2nd Item: After all my just debts and burial expenses are paid my will is that the balance of my property be disposed of in the manner following.

Item 3rd: I give and bequeath to my brother Russel Vawter one negroe boy by the name of Elbert and fifty acres of my land where I now live also one horse worth eighty dollars.

Item 4th: I give and bequeath to James B. G. Vawter one negroe boy by the name of Esquire also I give and bequeath to Thomas F. Vawter one negroe boy by the name of Lee the said James and Thomas being the children of Lindsay Vawter.

Item 5th: My will is that the balance of my negroes that are not specifically given off be divided equally between the remaining children of my brother Lindsay Vawter and in case any of them are not willing to live in the Family I wish such to be sold and the proceeds to be divided as above.

Item 6th: My will is that the remainder of my land be equally divided between all the children of my brother Lindsay Vawter. Item 7th: My wish is that the remainder of my stock of all kind and household and kitchen furniture be equally divided between the children of Lindsay Vawter.

Item 8th: My will and desire is I do hereby appoint my friend William M. Haslett my Executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony where of I hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 1st day of May 1856.

Richard Vawter (His Mark) Seal
Witness - Thomas Johnston, Eppy W. Roebuck, Thomas M. Hulm (Brother in law? Don Tucker's note)

Georgia, Elbert County, Court of Ordinary, July Term 1856 Personally came into open court Thomas Johnston, Eppy W. Roebuck and Thomas M. Hulm and being sworn says that they saw Richard Vawter sign the within Instrument of writing as his last will and Testament and that they signed the same as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the testator to have been of sound mind and memory at the time he executed the same.

Thomas Johnston, E. W. Roebuck, Thomas M. Hulm Sworn to in open court the 7th day of July 1856 Wm. B. Nelms, Ordinary Georgia, Elbert County, Court of Ordinary July Term 1856

Within Will of Richard Vawter deceased having been proven at this regular term of the court on the oath of Thomas Johnston, Eppy W. Roebuck and Thomas M. Hulm the witnesses to said will it is ordered and adjudged by the court that said will be recorded. Recorded the 10th day of July 1856, Wm B. Nelms, Ordinary.

9. Nancy Vaughter

10. Lindsay Vaughter, born 1808 GA d. 1863 GA, m. 7 Jan 1844 Elbert Co., GA to Mary (nee: McMullen) Hulme. Buried on the Vaughter farm, near the Harmony Baptist Church near Dawsonville, GA. Tombstones say Linsey Vaughter 1808-1863 and Mary McMullen Hull Vaughter 1812-1890. (Note: two other stones Richard Vawter died 1850, this is prob. brother Richard d. 1856 and the stone is worn or was recorded for print in error and Jesse 1848-1849, prob. a child of Lindsay and Mary)
Indian War 1815-1858 Vaughters, Lindsey, Pvt, Clevelands Co., of Turks, 2nd GA Mil, Cherokee Wars

11. Russell Vawter/Vaughter, born ca 1813 SC, Died ca 1867 Morgan Co., AL. Found in 1845 Tishomingo Co., MS buying land from ___Roden.
m. (1) ca 1858 Lucy ? died bet 1862-1865.
a. Lucy Vawter b. 1860 d. bef 1870
b. Francis L. Vawter b. ca 1862 m. 20 Jan 1876 Morgan Co., AL to Thomas H. Lynn. Marriage cert. states permission given by Lucinda Walker, stepmother.
m. (2) Lucinda ? b. ca 1827
c. John Russell Vawter b. ca 1865 d. Cullman Co., AL m. 5 Jul 1885 Cullman Co., AL to Laura J. Cato. They had at least one son Robert R. Vawter b. ca 1904 and he had a son Robert R. Vawter, Jr. b. Talledga, FL. Robert, Jr. attny. living in Tampa, FL provided inf. Lucinda m. (2) to 1 Dec 1869 Morgan Co., AL to Robert Walker.
1870 Census AL Morgan Co. - Robert Walker age 48, Lucinda (Vawter) Walker age 43. Francis L. Vawter age 8, John Vawter age 5.

Additional Material on John Vawter.
Surry Co., NC deeds
C:38 3 Nov 1784 NC Grant Anthony Dearing 475a both sides Beaver Island Creek, in two entries adj. Guilford County line & John Vawter
C:46, 47 -5 Jul 1783 Burrell Bobo witness to deed of Frederick Green N side Yadkin River
C:32 -5 Aug 1784 Samuel Shaw & wf Mary to John Marr, Henry Co., VA 400a S. fork Beaver Island Creek adj John Vawter, incl part Shaw's improvement. Wit: William Meredith, jurat, Deverix Gilliam, Samuel Rogers. Signed Samuel Shaw, Mary Shaw.
B:279-13 Oct 1783 NC Grant James Vernon 200a adj John Robertson.
B:280,281- 13 Oct 1783 NC Grant Richard Vernon 200a adj. Charles McAnally & John Webb.
B:281 - 13 Oct 1783 NC grant James Vernon 200a Beaver Island Creek adj William Meredith on SEB:278 - 13 Oct 1783 NC grant Samuel Shaw 400a S. ford Beaver Island Ck adj John Vawter.
C:115,116 - 3 Nov 1784 NC grant John Vawter 300a both sides S. ford Beaver Island Creek adj Shaw & incl Vawters plantation.

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