Many October birthdays and anniversaries are on my Family History Calendar. The prompt for week 40 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition is about those events.
The oldest birthday found in October is for my 4th Great Grandmother, Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan (1797-1863). Emily was born 218 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina to William Vaughn (1764-1857) and Alice Cook Vaughn (1774-1759).
Emily married John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) in about 1820 most likely in Sumter District. They raised their 9 children on several acres of land where John was a planter. Widowed in 1847 at the age of 50, Emily Dargan is listed in both the 1850 and 1860 Sumter District, South Carolina Federal Census. She lived a good life for the time period as her personal property was worth $8,000 and land over $2,000.
|Will of Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan|
Sumter County, SC Will Book D1-E2, 1823-1868, pg. 256
Her will, probated in 1863, shows a woman of means as she bequeaths several tracks of land to her children along with her carriage and several "servants".
It is thought that Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan was buried in Dargan Cemetery in Sumter, South Carolina. The cemetery is now part of privately owned land in Sumter. Many of the graves have been moved throughout the years as the property has changed hands. The headstones of her parents are still visible in what was once known as Dargan Cemetery.
Happy 218th Birthday, Emily!
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