Doris: Well, I'm confused again but maybe I'll get even with you and throw some confusion your way. You give conflicting information, in one post you state that Mabelle was listed in the 1897 directory living at 223 Ross, the location of the Women's Co-operative, and then in another post you state that in the same directory she was living at 181 Ross with Laura E. Vaughan. So, was she living in two places at one time or was she listed at two different addresses or could we be talking about two Mabelle Vaughans? Or could you be referring to two different directories? Note too that the surname is sometimes given as "VAUGHAN" and in other records as "VAUGHN" so that further complicates things. Either way, both spellings are quite common so you should be careful in assuming too much just based upon a name. That leads me to the Word Gideon Vaughan/Laura Elizabeth Alexander connection, if any. In this post, you suggest that the Laura E. Vaughan living with (?) Mabelle might be daughter and mother. I really don't think so although IF they were actually living together it certainly suggest some sort of familial connection. I partly base this opinion upon the family group information on RootsWeb. While I NEVER accept this information on its face, one of the posters does give sources for the information, so I have a little more faith in it. This group has 3 children born of W. G. and second wife, Laura E. Vaughan [nee Alexander]. The children are given as: "Madella", Laura and David. If you go to online Texas death records at FamilySearch, you'll find these three individuals:
Mendella, wife of Oran Della Parker, b. 21 July 1878, died 23 March 1932, Temple, Bell Co., TX (File 9593). Father given as W. G. Vaughn and mother as Laura Alexander
Laura Word, b. 11 January 1882, Erath Co., died Wichita, Texas 25 February 1966 (File 13280). Sorry, but I didn't make a note as to her husband's name but I can find it if you need. Father given as Word Gideon and mother as Laura Alexander
David Walter, b. 13 April 1888, d. 12 April 1960 (file 27028), father given only as "Vaughan", mother "unknown"
Note that both Laura and David died AFTER Mabelle so IF they were siblings then one wonders why they were not not mentioned in her obit. They would've had to been really disconnected which seems a little strange seeing how they all lived in Texas, and not THAT far from each other. Further, the info on W. G. indicates absolutely no connection to Missouri, the claimed birth state of Mabelle. Hovever, he had strong connections to Mississippi and served with a Confederate unit in that state. Lastly, IF Mabelle was a daughter, then we have to believe that she totally slipped through a crack - I'm a little dubious about that scenario.
You also state in one of your posts that Mabelle doesn't show up on any "list" of Buckner residents. If you are referring to the online lists based upon census records, then of course she wouldn't be on them since these cover the period after she was already married to the first husband. Has anyone, to your knowledge, actually contacted Buckner to see if they can help? Buckner has operated continously since 1879 and apparently they have old records. According to their website, the earliest record dates from 1884 with full adoption records starting in the 1930's. If this hasn't been done then I would strongly suggest that an inquiry be made. I'm sure these folks get a lot of genealogical requests so someone there should be familiar with the available records. See:
Since any record would be well over 100 years old, I rather doubt than any privacy concerns would be raised.
While the dentist/guardian connection is suggestive of a link to Buckner, Mabelle's work with charitable groups, especially young girls, also causes me to wonder whether her experiences as a youth lead to a deep interest in the welfare of children. Nothing you can hang your hat on but I have read of cases where "orphans" who upon adulthood become very involved in orphan causes, giving back, if you will. Just some observations. Rick
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