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Nicknames: "Joe", "Frank James"
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Birthplace: MO, United States
Death: Died in Wayton, Newton County, AR, United States
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Joseph "Joe" F. Vaughn Biography

FindAGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20280056

Joe Vaughn was the husband of Nancy Richardson-Vaughn. Together they raised eleven children. Their names are; Dora, Samuel, James, Sarah, Ebb, Will, John, George & Marion, (twins), Charlie & Nancy Lee.

Joe told his children in the last few years before his death that when he died he wanted his 'real' name put on his tombstone. When the children asked what name that would be if Joe Vaughn wasn't the right one, Joe replied that he wanted 'Frank James' on his stone.

In the last years of his life, Joe wrote a 134 page book detailing his life as the infamous outlaw and half brother of Jesse James. This book tells of his life from that of a young man in the beginning years of the Civil War fighting beside Quantral and Jesse up to the time he left the Indian Territory, what is now Oklahoma,and made his way to the Ozark Mountains. Having left behind the Indian Territory he also left behind the life he lead and the name he was born with, Frank James, and used the alias that he'd used at other times through out his life, the name of Joe Vaughn.

When asked after his death about the 'man' Joe Vaughn, friends and neighbors county wide had all gotten the impression that he was not a meer farmer. He had been known to handle a hand gun in a manner that the everyday man wouldn't have the expertise of.

He served Newton County, Arkansas as a surveyor for a number of years. Joe was a member of the Masons, Buffalo Lodge #366.

His stone bears the name he wanted, Frank James alias Joe Vaughn.

This is the information on the book: Title: "This was Frank James" Author: Columbus Vaughn, Sarah Snow, and Lester Snow (see timeline entry for more detail on the book)

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Joseph "Joe" F. Vaughn (claimed to be Frank James)'s Timeline

1844
July, 1844
MO, United States
1887
1887
Age 42
1920
1920
Age 75
Newton County, AR, United States

Joseph "Joe" Vaughn was a man that lived near Anderson Carlton in Newton County, AR. Joe married Nancy Richardson. When Joe Vaughn was getting older, he wrote a book, about 1926. The name of the book is "This was Frank James." He said he was Frank James, the brother of Jesse James. Joe's grandson Columbus Vaugh was the person that really got the book published and going.

Book Information:

1. First Publication:
"The Only True Story of the Life of Frank James" was originally published in book form by the NOrton Printing Company, Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1926.

2. Second Publication:
Title: "This was Frank James"
Authors: Columbus Vaughn, Sarah Snow, and Lester Snow.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Dorrance & Co., c1969.
Note: This book includes Joe Vaughn's original story that was published in 1926 by Norton Printing, "The only true story of the life of Frank James, written by himself."

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WRITTEN INSIDE FRONT DUST COVER OF THE BOOK,
"THIS WAS FRANK JAMES:"

History tells us that desperado Jesse James was killed in 1882 by Bob Ford in St. Joseph, Missouri, and that Jesse's equally notorious brother, Frank, surrendered to the governor of Missouri the following year. The stubborn legend persists in American folklore, however, that both men were never apprehended, and that they faded into anonymity and died of natural causes years later.

The legend is true, say the authors of "This Was Frank James," and they have spent years of research and have accumulated mountains of documented evidence to support their arguments. This evidence includes Joe Vaughn's own story, as he wrote it shortly before his death in 1925, in which he claimed that he was the real Frank James.

This unusual book is more than just a de-bunking of history. It portrays, with warmth and compassion, life among the Ozark hillfolk in a bygone era. It is a tale of terrible injustices (which made the James boys turn outlaw), of thrilling, pitched battles and daredevil exploits, of love and friendship and loyalty.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

The authors have an unusual, intensely personal interest in the subject of their book: Sarah Snow is the daughter of Joe Vaughn; her son, Lester, and her nephew, Columbus Vaughn, are his grandsons.

Mrs. Snow's early years were spent in the Ozark hills. When she was eighteen, she married James W. Snow and moved to Wayton, Arkansas, where he managed the post office and general store.

Her long and busy life has included tending garden and farm animals, helping with the management of the store, and raising five children. She now spends much of her time fishing with her son, Lester, and traveling.

Lester Snow attended Arkansas Polytech College. He has taught school, hauled lumber and done door-to-door selling. During a trip to California, he met and married a girl from back home. They are now retired ranchers, living outside of Lemoore, Calif. He is an ardent hunter and fisherman.

Columbus Vaughn was born in a one-room log cabin in the heart of the Ozarks. In spite of incredible hardships and poverty, he entered college, received a B.A. in Education from Drake U., Des Moines, Iowa. He has been teaching for 25 years. He and his wife, Thelma, reside in Knoxville, Iowa, where he is currently teaching. They have one married daughter.

Mr. Vaughn has always been interested in writing, and has had several poems and articles published in local newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the Ozark-Artists and Writers Guild and of the Arkansas Folklore Society.

1926
February 14, 1926
Age 81
Wayton, Newton County, AR, United States

Frank James
alias Joseph "Joe" F. Vaughn Biography
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Joe Vaughn was the husband of Nancy Richardson-Vaughn.
Together they raised eleven children. Their names are; Dora, Samuel, James, Sarah, Ebb, Will, John, George & Marion, (twins), Charlie & Nancy Lee.

Joe told his children in the last few years before his death that when he died he wanted his 'real' name put on his tombstone. When the children asked what name that would be if Joe Vaughn wasn't the right one, Joe replied that he wanted 'Frank James' on his stone.

In the last years of his life, Joe wrote a 134 page book detailing his life as the infamous outlaw and half brother of Jesse James. This book tells of his life from that of a young man in the beginning years of the Civil War fighting beside Quantral and Jesse up to the time he left the Indian Territory, what is now Oklahoma,and made his way to the Ozark Mountains. Having left behind the Indian Territory he also left behind the life he lead and the name he was born with, Frank James, and used the alias that he'd used at other times through out his life, the name of Joe Vaughn.

When asked after his death about the 'man' Joe Vaughn, friends and neighbors county wide had all gotten the impression that he was not a meer farmer. He had been known to handle a hand gun in a manner that the everyday man wouldn't have the expertise of.

He served Newton County, Arkansas as a surveyor for a number of years.
Joe was a member of the Masons, Buffalo Lodge #366.

His stone bears the name he wanted, Frank James alias Joe Vaughn.

February, 1926
Age 81
Wayton, Newton County, AR, United States