Name - Peter Vaught, Jr.
Birth Date: 2 Dec 1824
Birth Place: All Saints Parish, Horry District, South Carolina
Death Date: 24 Nov 1897
Burial Place: Roach Cemetery, Atlanta, Logan County, Illinois
Military Service - C. S. A.
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He served on a gunboat for a time in the service of the South.
Parents: Peter Vaught, Sr. and Mary Sweet
1st - Jo Emma C. Harrell
2nd - Louisa Willmans Cuckon (widow of Kendrick H. Futch)
By Jo Emma C. Harrell:
Emma C. Vaught
By Louisa W. Cuckon:
Anna Elida Vaught m Robert Roach (removed to Illinois)
William Hampton Vaught m Charlotte Rebecca Vereen
Della Theodora Vaught m Benjamin Asbury Elkes
Interesting Facts -
Peter Vaught, Jr. was a planter whose family's 4,100 acre plantation bordered on the coast of Horry District, South Carolina, just above Singleton Swash. During most of the Confederate War, Peter Vaught, Jr. and his father operated a large salt works in the vicinity of his plantation at Singleton Swash, furnishing the much needed salt to the Confederate government. That salt works was eventually destroyed and burned by Union naval forces on 21 April 1864. Union naval records report that at the time of their destruction, there were about 30 buildings with building supplies present to double the size of the operation. Among the buildings was a log "block house" or fort (Fort Vaught) similar to Fort Randall located on Little River Neck, with "loopholes" on all sides for shooting. Confederate troops were stationed there at times but not when it was burned by Union soldiers.
Peter Vaught, Jr. died unexpectantly while visiting his daughter, Anna Vaught Roach, who was living in Atlanta, Logan County, Illinois in 1897. He was buried in the Roach Cemetery located in that area.
His obituary in an 1897 Chicago, Illinois newspaper states, "He was one of the men who were loyal to their state, a true southerner. ..... he served on a gunboat for a time in the service of the south. He came to visit his daughter Sept. 27, with whom his last hours were spent. ..... Burial this morning in the Roach cemetery, members of the G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic] acting as pall bearers."
Destruction of the Salt Works and Fort Vaught: