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Thomas Francis Poinsett died 16 May 1918 at the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in California. (The home is no longer in existence, but the cemetery is now called The Los Angeles National Cemetery and is located at 950 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles; Thomas is buried in Sec. 36, Row F, Grave no. 12, which is in the northeast part of the cemetery and near the intersection of Shiloh and Antietam lanes; I visited Thomas' grave 16 Jan 94 and took photographs of his tombstone.) The cause of death was acute cardiac dilatation. Thomas had a tattoo “T.P. and cross” on his left forearm. He listed James Vandewer (Vandover) -9, nephew, of Yucca, AZ, as his nearest relative.

3 - Sarah Louisa Poinsett - 16 (1847 - 1928), the fourth child, was born in New York City. She married 7 Oct 1866 George John Braamhaar (Bramer) - 25 in Scott County, MO. Their child, Ephraim Augustus Bramer was baptized 19 Aug 1867 at St. John's in Leopold, MO; sponsors were Thomas Gabriel Poinsett -3 and Gerarda (Grada, Gertrude) Braamhaar - 135. Ephraim Augustus died in 1871. I do not know what happened to her husband, but he may have died abt 1870 (or Sarah and George separated).

John David Vaughan - 27 (1842 - 1900) was Sarah Louisa's second husband. John David was born in Cleveland, OH, the first child of William and Eleanor Meagher Vaughan, natives of Ireland. His father was descended from Daniel O'Connell the orator, statesman and liberator. John David's father established a mercantile business in Cleveland, in partnership with some brothers. John learned the printer's trade as a young man. During the Civil War, at age 18, he was in the United States Navy. John and Sarah Louisa were wed in 1872 at St. Louis, MO. John D. was listed in the St. Louis City Directory for 1872 as a printer for the St. Louis Times and boarding at 509 Morgan; he was not listed in 1873 but is (as John D. W.

Vaughan) in the directory for 1874, children of this union, Mary St. Clair






a printer residing at 1600 Clark Ave. The first two (b 1873) and Eleanor Theresa (b 1875), were born in was "drawn west by the Black Hills excitement”,

according to one where he worked for the Wyoming

of his obituaries, and in 1876 settled in Cheyenne, at his printers trade. He and W. H. Montgomery held Territory in 1877.

Wyoming Territory, the printing contract

John Vaughan had left his family behind in Chicago when he started west and they joined him in Cheyenne. The second two children, Louisa Rebecca (b 1877) and William T. (b 1880), were born in Cheyenne. There is a record of Louisa Rebecca's baptism 8 Sep 1878 at St. John's Church in Leopold, MO; sponsors were Thomas Francis Poinsett - 13 and Christina Braamhaar Poinsett - 11, but the record appears to indicate that Charles Nenninger and Margaret Rottman stood in for Thomas and Christina; also John David Vaughan's name is crossed through, probably because his marriage to Louisa Poinsett was not recognized in the Catholic church; Sarah Louisa may have returned with her daughter to MO without John David.


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