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Abraham Lincoln’s half sister-in-law lived in Selma, Alabama during the Civil War

The Dawson-Vaughan House in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama was the home of Elodie (Todd) Dawson, Abraham Lincoln’s half sister-in-law, Elodie Breck Todd was the daughter of Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth L. Humphreys and the wife of Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson (1829-1895).

She was a staunch Confederate supporter. Col. Dawson was once the U. S. Commissioner of Education.

Elodie Breck Todd Dawson

Elodie dawson, selma

Famous people are buried in Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama

Elodie and her husband are two of many famous Alabamians buried in Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama.

Below are some photographs of their home taken March 23,  1934 by W. N. Manning and March 11, 1935 by photographer Alex Bush. The house is no longer standing.

Front Dawson vaughan houseFront of house March 23, 1934

Front doors Dawson Vaughan house

 Front Doors of Dawson-Vaughan House March 23, 1934

(The doors are now on the Converse House on Tremont street) 

Dawson vaughan staircase Staircase at Dawson-Vaughan Home March 23, 1934

Dawson vaughan ceiling center in hallCeiling Center in front hall March 11, 1935

Dawson vaughan rear hall and staircaseRear Hall and Staircase March 11, 1835

Dawson vaughan fireplace front parlor alex bush 1935Fireplace Front Parlor March 11, 1935

Dawson vaughan ceiling center in front and rear 1935 alex bushMatching ceiling centers in front and rear parlor March 11, 1935

Dawson vaughan fireplace and mantel in living room 1935 alex bushFireplace and Mantel in Living room March 23, 1934

Dawson vaughan ceiling in living room 1934Ceiling in living room March 23, 1934

Dawson vaughan fireplace in dining room 1935 alex bush Fireplace in Dining Room March 11, 1935 – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

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ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS: Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories is a collection of lost and forgotten stories of the first surveyors, traders, and early settlements of what would become the future state of Alabama.

Read about:

  • A Russian princess settling in early Alabama
  • How the early setters traveled to Alabama and the risks they took
  • A ruse that saved immigrants lives while traveling through Native American Territory
  • Alliances formed with the Native Americans
  • How an independent republic, separate from the United States was almost formed in Alabama

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS - Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 2) (Paperback)
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ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 2) (Paperback)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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