Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Westport Camp # 64
Kansas City, Missouri
In the Ranks
Here is more on Brian's ancestors:
William's brother, Robert D. Sparks was born October 26,
1842, probably in Illinois as well. I am the 2nd Great Grandnephew of
Robert. The only mention of Robert is that he was a prisoner at Libby
Prison in Richmond. I heard once that he was one in the group that escaped
from the prison. After he escaped, he went back home. He felt guilty about
leaving the Army without a discharge, so he reenlisted and served to the
end of the War. I'm still trying to verify that story.
Holden enlisted in the Mexican War on December 16, 1846
Under Capt. Dana, Company "I", 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers,
commanded by Col. F.L. Wynkoop. He fought in the Vera Cruz campaign. He
was discharged on June 8, 1847 at Jolappa, Mexico. Out of 100 men that
went only 40 came back; the others were either killed in battle, or died
In January 1882 he came to Villisca, Iowa after moving to New York in 1876. He united with the Masons in lodge # 61 located at Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and was made Master Mason. In 1850, he became a member of Hiram lodge #261 at Providence. He joined G.A.R. post #101 on November 25, 1868.
In the Mexican War Pension Book there was noted a Holden T. VAUHN and Sarah, Pa, Iowa, 11/26/87. There were several other Vauhns spelled this way also. The Vaughn name is British in origin, but could be Welsh or Irish. Other variations of the name are Vaug-han, Vaug-hen, Vaugn, Vaughan, Vawn, Vahan, Vonn, and Baughan.
It is said that Holden enlisted in the militia for the emergency in June, 1863. I have often wondered if the state was calling for volunteers because of Lee's invasion of the North leading to the Battle of Gettysburg, but that is just speculation...