Biographical Sketch of
Transcribed by Barbara Voss
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties, Wisconsin, published 1890 by Acme Publishing Co., Chicago, Pages 467 - 468 Stephen Vaughn, who resides on section 20 in the Town of Harris Marquette County, is engaged in farming and the culture of bees. He is a native of the Empire State, having been born in Clinton County, September 15, 1838. He is one of a family of seven children, whose parents were John and Almira (Hovey) Vaughn. The Vaughn family is of puritan stock from Rhode Island and of English and Irish descent. They are descendants of ancestors who emigrated to this country in the early Colonial days. Six of that number is yet living - Adeline, Henry E., Stephen, Elizabeth, Albert C. and Julia; a daughter, Della, is now deceased. The early life of our subject was passed in much the usual manner in which boys spend their time. He received his education in the schools of his native county and remained in Plattsburg, N. Y., until 1862, when prompted by patriotic impulses he responded to his country’s call for troops and was enrolled among the boys in blue of Company I, 118th New York Infantry. He was mustered into service at Plattsburg and was then sent with his regiment to join the Army of the Potomac. With his command he did guard duty near the city of Washington from that time until the close of the War, covering a period of nearly three years with the exception of sixteen months when he lay sick in the hospital. He was mustered out at Fortress Monroe on Chesapeake Heights. Immediately after the close of the War, Mr. Vaughn returned to Plattsburg N. Y., where on April 1, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha De Long, a daughter of James and (Exarenia) De Long, a native of the city in which her marriage was celebrated. Her parents had a family of four children, all of whom are living, namely: Wealthy, Martha, Allen and Blanche. After the death of Mr. Delong, Mrs. Delong became the wife of Moody Giles by whom she had two children - Charles and James. Mr. Giles is also deceased but his widow is still living at Clinton, N. Y. at this writing (1890). The union of our subject and his wife has been blessed with six children and the family circle still remains unbroken. They are: Albert A., Melvin E., Louis E., Alice B., George and Pearl M. In 1867, Mr. Vaughn accompanied by his family came to Marquette County, Wis., believing that he could better his financial condition by removing to the West. He settled on his farm in the town of Harris, which comprises 186 acres of fine land and in addition to its cultivation engages in the culture of bees. That branch of his business yields him a good income, owning fifty nine colonies which produce 1,000 pounds of honey in a season and he finds a ready market for it. In social relations, Mr. Vaughn is a member of the L. G. Crawford Post, No. 65, G.A. R., of Westfield, and politically is a Republican. He is a leading farmer and was a loyal citizen during the late War and in recognition of his services receives a pension.
Transcribed by Barbara Voss
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