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John Marshall & Maude Daffron
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Descendants of John Marshall DAFFRON

1. John Marshall DAFFRON, son of Elhannon Winchester DAFFRON and Nancy VAUGHN, was born on 6 Jun 1863 in Burnside, Pulaski Co, Kentucky and died on 30 Mar 1928 in Plano, Collin, Texas at age 64.

John married Maude SALMON, daughter of James Houston SALMON and Eliza WILLIFORD, on 20 Dec 1888 in Collin County, TX. Maude was born on 11 Mar 1874 in Plano, Collin, Texas and died on 24 Oct 1916 in Texas at age 42.

 

Children from this marriage were:

i. James Alonzo DAFFRON was born on 26 Jun 1889 in Collin County, TX and died on 9 Apr 1977 in Dallas, Dallas Co, Texas at age 87. James married Alma Irene CLARK on 20 Oct 1911 in Collin County, TX. Alma was born on 16 Feb 1893 in Lebanon, Collin, TX and died on 9 Sep 1992 in Dallas, Dallas Co, Texas at age 99.

ii. Nancy Beatrice DAFFRON was born on 24 May 1891 in Plano, Collin, Texas, died on 6 Oct 1971 in Plano, Collin, Texas at age 80, and was buried in Restland Cem.. Nancy married Clyde L. HAGGARD, son of John HAGGARD and Hallie FLETCHER, on 28 Nov 1909 in White Rock, Collin Co., TX. Clyde was born on 8 Oct 1887, died on 21 Oct 1958 in Plano, Collin, Texas at age 71, and was buried in Restland Cem..

iii. Tallehanna "Talley" DAFFRON was born on 14 Mar 1893 in TX, died on 25 Jul 1935 at age 42, and was buried in Plano Mutual Cemetery. Tallehanna married John PEARSON. John was born on 13 Feb 1882 and died in Apr 1955 at age 73.

iv. Bertha Vannie DAFFRON was born on 15 Feb 1895 in Dublin, Collin, TX and died on 29 Oct 1977 in Richardson, Dallas, TX at age 82. Bertha married Emmett Clifton HAGGARD on 14 Dec 1912 in Dublin, Collin, TX. Emmett was born on 30 Aug 1894 in Olney, Young Co., TX and died in Jun 1973 in Lubbock, TX at age 78.

v. Eliza D. DAFFRON was born on 16 Oct 1897 in Collin County, TX and died on 16 Sep 1944 in Dallas, Dallas Co, Texas at age 46. Eliza married Jess RHEA after 1921. Jess was born on 27 Nov 1895 in TX and died on 10 Jun 1972 at age 76.

vi. Mary Pearl DAFFRON was born on 7 Nov 1901 in Texas and died on 23 Nov 1999 in MCKINNEY, COLLIN, TEXAS at age 98. Mary married Cletus Augustus BRISTOL.

vii. John K DAFFRON was born on 14 Aug 1903 in TX and died on 27 Sep 1989 in TX at age 86.  John married Zola E. GLEN. Zola was born on 9 Oct 1904 in Bellville, TX and died on 24 Nov 1993 in TX at age 89.

viii. Infant Son DAFFRON was born on 8 Feb 1906 and died on 23 Feb 1906.

ix. Kathryn DAFFRON was born in 1908 in Plano, Collin, Texas, died on 9 May 2005 in Davenport, Lincoln, Washington at age 97, and was buried on 13 May 2005. Kathryn married Wade THOMPSON in 1929. Wade was born on 20 Mar 1904 in Denton, Denton Co, Texas and died on 20 Sep 1989 at age 85.

x. Jennie Maude DAFFRON was born on 15 Mar 1910 in Collin County, TX, died on 18 Jun 1989 in Dallas, TX at age 79, and was buried in Restland Cem.. Jennie married Owen Dean ANDERSON, son of Francis Hubbard ANDERSON and Eudoxie "Doxie" KING, on 10 Jul 1932 in Collin County, TX. Owen was born on 25 Sep 1907 in Tioga, Texas, died on 25 Aug 1982 in Dallas, Dallas, Texas at age 74, and was buried in Restland Cem..

xi. Ruth DAFFRON was born on 11 Jul 1913 in Collin County, TX and died on 8 Dec 1997 in Collin County, TX at age 84.  Ruth married J.W.(Bill) CHRISTIE. J.W.(Bill) was born on 6 Apr 1913 in Lebanon, Texas, died on 25 Jun 1991 in McKinney Collin County, TX at age 78, and was buried 26 Jun 1991 - CENTRAL CHRI in Rowlett Cemetery.

xii. Phillip Logan DAFFRON was born on 9 Jan 1915 in TX and died on 24 Mar 1986 in Dallas, TX at age 71. Phillip married Mildred "Millie" Vrandac Hall, daughter of Mr. VRANDAC and Mary, on 29 Dec 1955 in Dallas, Dallas Co, Texas.

John next married Mary GUNSTREAM in Dec 1921.

 

 

The following story was written by Quincy Haggard Spurlin for an English class on 20 Jan 1940.  ***Research by Susan Holmes Burns***

John Marshall Daffron

This was written from family lore. Since then some of this story has been documented by John Daffron. (John Kerne Leake Daffron)

"Grandfather John Marshall Daffron was not like any other person I have ever known. He cannot be described by saying he had twinkling blue eyes, shapely immaculate hands, a compact, toil bent body and a laugh that was delightful to hear. It takes the sum of his life, his heritage, his tales of his boyhood in Kentucky, his struggles in founding a home in Texas, and incidents by the score to draw adequately the great uncommon man Grandfather was.

His very heritage was uncommon and it could have happened only in America. He was born June 6, 1863, son of Elhanon Daffron and Nancy Vaughn (t), in Wayne County, Kentucky, third youngest child in a family of ten children.

Elhanon Daffron, born in Wayne County, Kentucky, was the child of Rody Daffron and Millie Gibbs (2nd wife).

Rody Daffron was born in Maryland about 1755. When he was very young, his parents moved to Bute County, Virginia (we think Bute County, North Carolina). When he was 7 or 8 y ears old, the family moved to Randolph County, North Carolina. They lived in North Carolina about 20 years. Rody's first wife was said to be half Indian. About 1796, they moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Rody met and married Millie Gibbs on July 16, 1797. Rody's thrifty Irish inheritance came in handy when he decided to follow the westward colonization trail of Daniel Boone. This doughty Rody pushed into the mountains of Kentucky and made a foothold for himself in the hills around Monticello. He found a home after years of wandering.

Great Great Grandfather Rody served in the Revolutionary War. He volunteered at Six Mile Creek, just below Charlotte , North Carolina, for three months under Captain Rony and C olonel Fifer. They marched to Salisbury. No enemy appeared and they were discharged after three months. A short time after he returned home, he volunteered for another three months in a company of Light Horse. They were engaged in scouring the country along the waters of Deep River for Tories in Randolph County, North Carolina.

In the Sullivan's Map of Ancient Families of Ireland, on a long peninsula where I believe Cork is the location of a Daffron family. They could have very likely come with William the Conqueror from France to the British Isle about 1066. There is a Coat of Arms for the Daffron family.

My Great Grandfather Elhanon Daffron, born June 9, 1810 in Wayne County, Kentucky (died August 28, 1889 in Monticello, Kentucky) was one of sever children. He first married in 1835 and had 2 sons. His first wife, Amanda Decker, died . On October 22, 1848, he married Nancy Vaughn (t) (born N ovember 6, 1830, in Kentucky; died on April 11, 1877, at Monticello, Kentucky) and ten children were born to this union. John M. Daffron belongs to this union. Nancy died and Elhanon married the third wife known only as "Stepmother Lizza", short for Melissa.

John M.'s father was forceful and a stern man. He had suppressed his ambition to become a preacher, nevertheless he preached on many occasions. His children were strictly with a good measure of practical religion. Legend says that Elhanon took care of the poor people of Wayne County and had them living around on his plantation in log cabins. The apple orchards, tobacco crops and maple sugar trees were the principal means of livelihood. These indigent people helped with the tapping of the sugar fluid of the maple trees. One day, one old fellow went to his tree to get his block of sugar for the syrup candied as it drained from the tree. He found his square of candied sugar was sadly defaced by teeth marks or prints. This petty crime called for a family council and confession. The dozen children and plantation workers would not confess to the dastardly deed . Logical Grandfather fit the culprit to the crime by measuring the bite of every person to the indentitation (sic ) on the sugar. Alas, John M.'s bite fit the marked candied sugar and, needless to say, Grandfather Elhannon made the punishment fit the crime when he took John to the summer house with a hickory sprig.

The horror of the Civil War was made real to me from the experiences and impressions Grandfather John M. got firsthand as a child. His father did not serve in the regular army , but was commander of the Home Guard. The Home Guard protected the women and children from the raids of the bushwhackers and scalawags. Listening for rifle shots and hoof beats on the lonely mountain roads made little John alert. One lonely dark night, he heard a faint speeding hoof beat . They came closer and closer and to the family's surprise, it was his half brother Marion who was serving as a soldier for the Rebels. Then he heard many horses coming up th e mountain and they thundered up the front porch demanding Marion come with them to see a friend just up the road . Little John saw his brother leave the family group. In a short while, he heard a lone shot and the sound of the fading hoof beats. His mother and brothers found Marion shot in the back. Little John never forgot that lonesome sound and the fading hoof beats.

After the war, Grandfather Elhanon tracked down the murderers (with the help of the Masons throughout the country. Elhanon was also a Mason.) After long months of riding horseback throughout the state, he found them and brought them back for trial and they were hung. (This story or a similar story is in the Wayne County, Kentucky, History Book.)

Grandfather John and his brothers saw this hanging and they were so impressed that they went home and tried the hanging of their brother Jim. The younger brothers could not get brother Jim's weight off the ground. The noose only have him a good choking. Great Grandfather Elhanon came home and found the boys in the front yard with Jim almost hanging on the apple tree. This meant another trip to the dreaded summer house.

Soon after the war, and after the fear of raids were over , Elhanon brought his family to Texas and settled on the land that became the Burkburnet oil fields. The two older brothers were not happy on the windy plains and they returned to the hills of Kentucky.

John M. was a young man when he first came by oxen drawn wagon and it was an adventure that he never forgot. He returned to Texas in 1888 to the Collin County area, just east of Plano in the old Dublin area (now Murphy). He lived and worked for an old Texas family, the James Salmons. The Salmons had been in Texas since the days of the Lone Star Republic and the colorful character of Great Grandfather Jim Salmon would put any comedian on television to shame.

Grandfather John M. acquired land of his own from his landlord by pulling up stumps on the bottom lands for a share of it. His land was on a creek or springs and he set up a cotton gin. He won the hand of Maude Salmon in marriage. Maude was a gentle, intellectual young lady with raven hair . She was a child of fourth generation Texans. She knew that "necessity was the mother of invention" from her resourceful pioneering ancestors. What fun they had making a home."

John Marshall Daffron Home
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Daffron Elementary School
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Named after John Marshall Daffron in 1991