Clara Clarissa E McGowan

Brief Life History of Clara Clarissa E

When Clara Clarissa E McGowan was born on 7 January 1843, in Decatur, Georgia, United States, her father, Jimpsey McGowan, was 26 and her mother, Mary Jane Dancy, was 34. She married James McKinnie Vaughan about 1861, in Geneva, Geneva, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Election Precinct 1 Oldtown, Coffee, Alabama, United States in 1860 and Geneva, Alabama, United States for about 40 years. She died on 16 June 1921, in Chancellor, Geneva, Alabama, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bellwood, Geneva, Alabama, United States.

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James McKinnie Vaughan
Clara Clarissa E McGowan
Marriage: about 1861
Daniel H Vaughan
Nancy Jane Vaughan
John Randolph Vaughan
Maude Cornelia Vaughan
Emogene Rawls Vaughan
Clarine Pearl Vaughn
Jenner Devoe Vaughan
Alma Idell Vaughan
Frank Leslie Vaughan

Sources (12)

  • Clarissa Mc Gowin in household of Jimpsey Mc Gowin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Clara E McGowan Vaughan, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Clara McGowan in entry for Nancy Jane Johnson, "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939"

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Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Siobhan, Cormac, Seamus, Aileen, Colm, Eithne, Kieran, Niall, Paddy.

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac (a') Ghobhainn or Mac Gobhann (Scottish) or Mac (an) Ghabhann (Irish), ‘son of (the) smith’. This name has also been Anglicized as Smith and Smithson .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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