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3329. Julianna Ada (twin) VAUGHT was born on Feb 8 1884 in Black Springs, Montgomery County, Arkansas. This information is from the book "My Folks" by Thelma Pritchard Sargent.(page 65)

Julia Ada Vaught Pritchard was born in Norman, Montgomery, Arkansas, 8 Feb 1884, third child and first daughter of Thomas Benton Vaught and Clementine Rainwater, and slightly older than her twin Sarah Ida. Both were named after grandmother or greatmother of their parents. Julia had brown eyes, olive skin and medium brown hair. Sarah Ida died 16 July 1896 in Caddo Gap, Montgomery County, and shortly after her burial the family moved to Texas where William Elijah Vaught, Julia's uncle had preceded them with his family. This made a caravan of five covered wagons. After stopping on the way several to help in the harvest the families finally settled in Gorman, Eastland, Texas.

Julia's parents had a boarding house for lady college students and many parties were held at their home for entertainment for the young folk. At one such party Julia's brother brought a friend and introduced him to Julia. It wasn't long this friend, John Alvin Pritchard, asked for Julia's hand in marriage, taking place 14 June 1903 in the home. About 75 guest help celebrate at the church hall. Julia's wedding dress was white voile with lace on sleeves, neck, and bottom. She had a little cap covered with fish scales, made by a friend, and it was unanimous that she was beauatiful She had been chosen as Beauty Queen of Gorman when age 16.

Julia's parents had purchased a beautiful organ. Julia was the only one of the eight children that learned to play it. Julia and John had three children, Vergie Lee, A. Carlton, Thelma, all born in Gorman. Julia nursed John through the typhoid fever, helped the neighbors in sickness and deaths. They lived close to her parents and some of his relatives. Holidays was a reaunion for all with transportation by wagon, buggy or just walking.

Always a good cook, Julia was known for her lemon pies and turkey dressing. She was a good mother, wife and daughter, always thinking of others. She crocheted, sewed, tatted and was a whiz at making quilts all to perfection. In 1914 the family moved to Post, Garza, Texas. then in 1917 moved to Mesa, Arizona. This was hard for Julia to leave her family so far away, but she made the best of every day, keeping busy. She enjoyed the traveling theater, the Chawtalkwa, that came to town.

In about 1922 the family moved to Phoenix, where two more children were added, Jacob E. and Jack V. Julia was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by some good neighbors, Eli and Ada Swain in 1922, to which she was true and faithful to the end.

When Jake was about one year old Julia took him and visited her folks and what a joyous time she had. During World War II John and Julia moved to Mesa, he worked at Falcon Field and she worked in a Cafe in Mesa. From there they purchased a small acreage in Chandler Heights, where John's brother lived. Julia still canned fruit, relishes, jams and jellies, had Thanksgiving dinner for her children until his health failed and they moved to Phoenix. She was close to the Church there and enjoyed especially Releif Society when she could. After John died Julia lived alone for a few years, then went to a boarding home. She died at Golden Mesa Nursing Hoome 4 Feb 1972, was buried on her 88th birthday beside John on 8 Feb in East Resthaven Cemetery, Phoenix, surviving by all but A. Carlton who preceded her in death. She too had a memory of many things in her past right to the last. She was still beautiful even in her casket.--Writen by Thelma P. Sargent.

Added Authors Notes: Julia Ada Vaught was known as such, until she obtained her birth certificate in Mt. Ida, Ark. in early 1940's, and over her father's signature the Ann was added, as was her twins.

She nursed her husband, John Alvin Pritchard, through the typhoid fever and helped many neighbors with the same.

Julia and John worked in the Cotton Mill in Post, Texas., she hemmed sheets and pillow cases and he worked in the gin.


She died on Feb 4 1972 in Tahoka, Texas. She was buried on Feb 8 1972 in East Resthaven, Phoenix, Arizona.

She was married to John Alvin PRTICHARD (son of John Anderson PRTICHARD and Mary Elizabeth ROSS) on Jun 14 1903 in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. This information is from the book "My Folks" Vol 1, p 24, by Thelma Sargent.

Authors Notes: Mary Ella Logan (Pritchard) speaking to John and Julia's daughter, Thelma: "I remember when your Mom and Dad were married. Naturally we were all there. Your Mom had a wreath of white fish scales on her head; a neighbor had made it. It was beautiful! Then they lived near us. I remember when Vergie Lee put in her appearance. Your dad loved tomato preserves. Mama (Angie) always had an abundance of all sorts of preserves. One time she put some cinnamon in one batch. We didn't like it but "Lee" thought they were the best ever. Ada's mother was such a saint. Not big as a knat. Lizzie and I were the best of friends."
"Papa (John Alvin "Lee") lived some of his time with Uncle Silas and Aunt Em. He was living with Sam and Angie when he and Mama (Julia Ada Vaught) were married. They lived upstairs in Sam and Angie's home and he made the crop for Sam near Burnett." (From Aunt Rosa Boucher in January 1981.) John Alvin PRTICHARD was born on Nov 5 1878 in Pursley, Navarro County, Texas. This information is from the book "My Folks" Vol 1 By Thelma Sargent. (page 66)

John Alvin Pritchard was born Pursley, Navarro, Texas, 5 Nov 1878. He was blonde and blue eyed with light skin. His father died when he was a year and half old and his mother died ten years later. He probably lived with his two grandmothers some as they were both widows at that time. I do know he lived with his uncle Silas Henry Pritchard and wife, Aunt Em.

John met Julia in Gorman, Texas, probably through her brother Charley Vaught, his friend. He married Julia Ada Vaught 14 June 1903. This couple had three children while lioving in Gorman. He loved his children and would entertain them with cowboy songs, playing the Jew's Harp and fiddle. He joined in their games. Seemed he was making up for his childhood.

He worked for his father-in-law, Thomas B. Vaught in his Tin Shop where they maded from coal shuttles to bathtubs. While there he made Julia a beautiful Kitchen Cabinet. He was handy about the house and could fix anything. He later learned mechanics and kept the machinery in order, especially his car.

This family went to Post, Texas before the houses were built for the workers at the Cotton Gin and Mill, where Julia and John both worked. Had all the comforts of home living in a glorified tent. Greener were the pastures over the hills so the family came to Mesa, Arizona 2 Oct 1917 at hight noon, on the train, the mail man met us.

John loved the soil and he and Julia always had a garden. He also farmed cotton after moving to East Phoenix on 52nd Street. He raised Cantaloup and watermelons in South Phoenix, West of 37 Ave and Roeser Road, and was zanjero on the side. After becoming semi-retired John was caretaker for a place on North 56th Street where it went by Camelback mountain. He had that hillside blooming all over with African Daisies.

John liked animals and had pets be it chickens, cats or dogs. He was once employed to build a fence in the mountains out of Ray, Ariz. One summer he took his family and acquired a little mule to haul the fence wire over the mountains. One day she fell and put out an eye and was gaenerally scratched up. John tended her like one of the children. He could splint legs on fuzzy chickens or his dog. He doctored his children for colds and cuts. Two more boys were added to family in 1920's.

When he and Julia moved to Chandler Heights, John built the house where they resided several years and raised cotton and had a garden and flowers. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary while living here.

John's health began to fail and they traded property with son Jake in Phoenix and moved there to be closer to a doctor and other things. He died in hospital 29 Nov 1958, Phoenixz, Ariz. just passed his 80th birthday, buried on 2 Dec in East Resthaven Cemetery on E. Southern Ave., Phoenix. He was survived by five children: Vergie Lee Clow, A. Carlton Pritchard, Thelma Sargent, Jacob E. and Jack V. Pritchard, and brother. John had a very good memory that stayed with him and loved to talk about Grandma Ross and some of his uncles. He had births and deaths of all imbeded in his memory. Written by Thelma P. Sargent. He died on Nov 29 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was buried on Dec 2 1958 in East Resthaven, Phoenix, Arizona. Julianna Ada (twin) VAUGHT and John Alvin PRTICHARD had the following children:

child+4279 i. Vergie Lee PRTICHARD.
child+4280 ii. Aaron Carlton PRTICHARD.
child+4281 iii. Thelma PRTICHARD.
child+4282 iv. Jacob Eugene PRTICHARD.
child+4283 v. Jack Vernon PRTICHARD.

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