When Dessal Magdalene Kelso was born on 18 July 1897, in Lynch Township, Boyd, Nebraska, United States, her father, Charles Leslie Kelso, was 21 and her mother, Ina Everetta Wells, was 21. She had at least 3 sons with Harold Kemp Vaughn. She lived in Norfolk, Madison, Nebraska, United States in 1930 and Caldwell, Fresno, California, United States in 1942. She died on 5 July 1990, at the age of 92.
Scottish: habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, so named from Old English calc ‘chalk’ + hōh ‘heel, spur of land’.