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  • ID: I015484
  • Name: George Vaughn HORTON 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: /Vaughn/
  • Name: George HORTON 3
  • Birth: 5 JUN 1911 in Broad Top City, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA 4
  • Death: 29 FEB 1988 in New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida (in his home)
  • Fact 2: Issued in: New Jersey 4
  • Fact 2: Last residence ZIP: 34654 4
  • Burial: 8 MAR 1988 IOOF Cemetery, Broad Top City, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Census: 14 APR 1930 Broad Top Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Occupation: 14 APR 1930 Laborer, Coal Mine
  • Social Security Number: 158-12-4833 4
  • Event: Last Residence New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida (in his home)
  • Note:
    From The Files Of November 24, 1983, The Fulton County News, McConnellsburg, Pa., 11/19/03

    Broad Top native Vaughn Horton, nationally known country music songwriter, has just finished taping an appearance on a "Hee Haw" TV show in Nashville, which will be televised sometime in January. He will be with Roy Clark, playing some of his big hits such as "Mocking Bird Hill" and "Sugarfoot Rag." Horton now lives in New Port Ritchey, Fla.
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    From The Files Of March 1, 1984, The Fulton County News, McConnellsburg, P a., 02/26/04

    Many area residents enjoyed the Hee Haw TV show on Saturday night in which country music songwriter Vaughn Horton, a Broad Top native, appeared with Roy Clark and Buck Owens, singing some of his hit songs. Broad Top City, population 341, was given the Hee Haw salute, and Horton wore a coal miner’s hat and lamp owned by Lester Benson of Three Springs. The songwriter worked in the Rockhill coal mines around Robertsdale and Wood before leaving in the early 1930s to pursue a successful country music career.
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    George V. Horton, 76, Country-Music Singer
    Published: March 4, 1988

    George Vaughn Horton, a country-music songwriter and performer, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in New Port Richey, Fla. He was 76 years old.

    Mr. Horton, a composer of dozens of country-and-western ballads, played the mandolin and other string instruments and performed for more than 50 years with such musicians as Gene Autry, Jimmie Rodgers and Lionel Hampton. His songs - ''Mockingbird Hill,'' ''Sugar Foot Rag,'' ''Teardrops in My Heart'' and others - were recorded by many musicians, and his work as a writer and arranger appeared on 28 gold records. Mr. Horton, who was born in Broad Top, Pa., and graduated from Pennsylvania State College, was inducted into the Song Writers' Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1971.

    Mr. Horton is survived by four sons: Bill, of East Islip, L.I.; Thomas, of Atlanta; Michael and George, both of New Port Richey, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Masotti, of Brentwood, N.Y., and 29 grandchildren.

    A version of this obituary appeared in print on March 4, 1988, on page B9 of the New York edition.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/george-v-horton-76-country-mu sic-singer.html?pagewanted=1
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    Birth: Jun. 5, 1911
    Death: Feb. 29, 1988
    New Port Richey
    Florida, USA

    Composer and Musician. He wrote over 1000 songs including 25 gold records; inducted into the Country Music Songwriter Hall of Fame on Oct 11, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee. He wrote "Mockin' Bird Hill," "Sugarfoot Rag," "Charlie was a Boxer," "Mule Skinner's Blues," "Till the end of the World," and "In Care of Uncle Sam," which was a popular song of airmen during bombing raids in 1943.

    Cause of death: Heart attack

    Burial: Broad Top IOOF Cemetery, Broad Top City, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5725
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    "Vaughn" Horton is in the Country Music Songwriter Hall of Fame for having written over 1,000 songs, his brother Roy Horton was a founding member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and served as the president of the Country Music Foundation. Roy later was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

    George Vaughn Horton was born June 5, 1911 in Broad Top, Pennsylvania, one of eleven children in a coal mining family. He seemed destined for that life as well, if his passion for music had not had not offered him an alternative. In fact, Horton was working in a mine at the same time as he was finishing high school, when he composed his first memorable song, "Mockin' Bird Hill."

    Vaughn Horton, along with his younger brother Roy, formed a group called the Pinetoppers, which was making appearances on Philadelphia radio by the early 1930s. Vaughn moved to New York in 1935 and kept the Pinetoppers together, even as he landed a job playing steel guitar in the WNEW house band.

    copied from
    http://heartbreaktrail.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/heartbreak-trail-whats-in- a-name/
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    INSTRUMENTS

    George V. Horton, 76, Country-Music Singer

    Published: March 04, 1988

    George Vaughn Horton, a country-music songwriter and performer, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in New Port Richey, Fla. He was 76 years old.

    Mr. Horton, a composer of dozens of country-and-western ballads, played the mandolin and other string instruments and performed for more than 50 years with such musicians as Gene Autry, Jimmie Rodgers and Lionel Hampton. His songs - ''Mockingbird Hill,'' ''Sugar Foot Rag,'' ''Teardrops in My Heart'' and others - were recorded by many musicians, and his work as a writer and arranger appeared on 28 gold records. Mr. Horton, who was born in Broad Top, Pa., and graduated from Pennsylvania State College, was inducted into the Song Writers' Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1971.

    Mr. Horton is survived by four sons: Bill, of East Islip, L.I.; Thomas, of Atlanta; Michael and George, both of New Port Richey, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Masotti, of Brentwood, N.Y., and 29 grandchildren.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/george-v-horton-76-country-mu sic-singer.html
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    George Vaughn Horton

    Birth: Jun. 5, 1911
    Death: Feb. 29, 1988

    Married 54 years, Beloved parents of Seven

    Family links:
    Spouse:
    Margaret B Horton (1914 - 1986)


    Burial:
    Broad Top IOOF Cemetery
    Broad Top City
    Huntingdon County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Created by: Gina Zeigler-Park
    Record added: Jul 12, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 54835357

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=horton&GSbyrel=all&G Sdyrel=all&GSst=40&GScnty=2271&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=54835357&df=all&
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    The Fulton County News, McConnellsburg, Pa.
    40 Years Ago
    2011-11-03 / From Days Gone By
    From The Files of November 18, 1971 From The Files Of November 23, 1961
    ’71

    A former Broad Topper has been named to the Country Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. He is Vaughn Horton and the country and western smash hit that helped put him there is the ever-popular “Mockin’ Bird Hill.” Horton, who was born in Broad Top City and later lived in Wood, was selected along with Tex Ritter and Bill Monroe for induction into the Hall of Fame on October 11. The well-known composer, who has to his credit 19 songs that have become million sellers, also lists countless other hits of lesser degree. It was also reported that no other country song has ever come closer to the Horton hit in the sale of records and sheet music.
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    1940 United States Federal Census

    Name: George V Horton
    Age: 28
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1912
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1940: New York, Kings, New York
    Map of Home in 1940:
    Street: Wyckoff Avenue
    House Number: 212
    Farm: No
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Residence in 1935: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Sheet Number: 61A
    Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 172
    Occupation: Musician
    House Owned or Rented: Rented
    Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 20
    Attended School or College: No
    Highest Grade Completed: College, 3rd year
    Duration of Unemployment: 50
    Class of Worker: Working on own account
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 20
    Income: 1000
    Income Other Sources: Yes
    Neighbors:
    Household Members: Name Age
    George V Horton 28
    Margaret Horton 25
    George V Horton 7
    Robert Horton 5
    Patricia Horton 3
    Fred Horton 1

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    Florida Death Index, 1877-1998

    Name: George V Horton
    Death Date: 29 Feb 1988
    County of Death: Pasco
    State of Death: Florida
    Age at Death: 76
    Race: White
    Birth Date: 5 Jun 1911

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    Father: Scott George HORTON b: 5 AUG 1885 in Broad Top City, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
    Mother: Eunice Corilla WAITE b: 22 OCT 1883 in Three Springs, Clay Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA

    Marriage 1 Margaret Beatrice MELLOTT b: 5 FEB 1914 in Harrisonville, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Married: 5 JUN 1932 in Kennedyville, Kent County, Maryland, USA 5 6
    Children
    1. Has No Children Living HORTON
    2. Has No Children George Vaughn HORTON , Jr. b: 11 DEC 1932 in Woodvale, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
    3. Has Children Roy Robert HORTON b: 30 OCT 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    4. Has No Children Living HORTON
    5. Has Children Fred Allen HORTON b: 23 AUG 1938 in New York City, Manhatton County, New York
    6. Has No Children Michael James HORTON b: 30 SEP 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
    7. Has No Children Thomas Olin HORTON b: 8 MAY 1949 in Wyckoff Heights Hospital, Ridgewood, Kings County, New York

    Sources:
    1. Title: Mh
      Author: Mike Horton, mhorton@gte.net August 1999
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    2. Title: Pershing Quinton Horton
      Author: Public Opinion, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
      Publication: Obituary, August 26, 2008
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    3. Title: Family Archive #110, Social Security Death Index: U.S. Ed. 9, Social Security Death Index
      Author: Genealogy.com
      Publication: Release date: April 10, 2000
      Note: Indexed records.
      Repository:
      Media: Family Archive CD
    4. Title: Family Archive #110, Social Security Death Index: U.S. Ed. 9, Social Security Death Index
      Author: Genealogy.com
      Publication: Release date: April 10, 2000
      Note: Indexed records.
      Repository:
      Media: Family Archive CD
      Page: Internal Ref. #1.111.9.122297.72
      Text: Date of Import: Apr 28, 2005
    5. Title: Glenda Waite
      Author: swaite@innernet.net
      Publication: e-mail
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    6. Title: Duchesne "Duke" Clark
      Author: Dclark@erols.com
      Publication: e-mail, December 27, 2001 and February 2002
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic

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