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Friday, January 4, 2008

The Vaughn/Vaughan Family

The King of England (George III, 1760-1820) ordered the eldest son, Clayton, age 18, into the Revolutionary War (1776) with the American colonies. The old father, Lord Robert Vaughan, refused, sold his castle on the Isle of Wight, and his livestock, divided his estate between his three sons and sent them to America. His wife was given a small cottage to live in. Lord Vaughan was declared a traitor and shot. The three sons got on a French trading vessel (from the Isle of Wight, it is supposed) and came to the colonies. The youngest, was then 16. The second son volunteered in wars with the Indians in Kentucky. (In 1776, Virginia had organized into a country a portion of what later became the state of Kentucky.) Our descendants are from the second son, James Cornelius, who remained in the Kentucky area. We evidently changed the spelling by dropping the "a" at the end and changed the name from Vaughan to Vaughn. (as told by Virena Vaughn Thiemans 1969)
Cornelius Vaughn Jr. (1820-1903) came from Odessa, Missouri. He was unhealthy thru chills and fever. The "Missouri Compromise" occurred in 1820. Odessa is on the border between Mississippi and Kentucky. He had been a slave holder. The Civil War ended (1865) and slaves were free, (although some stayed on for 60 years) so they got in a covered wagon and came west. (1871) Hattie is buried in Missouri and was six years old.
They settled in Medical Lake, Washington. The Dudley's settled there too. Cornelius was a proud old gentleman. He was quite stern. He used to insist on following funeral processions, hunting for Grandmother Mary. They lived with Uncle John and Aunt Fanny (Butts) Vaughn at 1617 Gardner Avenue in Spokane, WA. The house is still there (built in 1888.
Cornelius Vaughn Jr. had three sons. John Cornelius, Joseph T., and Daniel Jefferson Vaughn (died leaving no relatives. As his wife and daughter died before him.)
John Cornelius married Sarah Frances Butts and they had 8 children.
Joseph Thomas married Mary Louise Hand and had one son. Joseph George. He and his wife Eva Jenney Stanley raised 9 children.
Joseph George was raised by John Cornelius (his uncle) because his father Joseph T. Vaughn died three months before he was born and his mother died two years after (of TB) (as told by William (Bill) Joseph Vaughn, his son). Joseph Thomas Vaughn and his wife Mary Louise (Hand) Vaughn are buried in Richmond, Missouri at Richmond Cemetery. Obituary for Mary Louise (Hand) Vaughn is on hand at the Richmond Conservatory dated November 11, 1871. She was the only daughter of Elder George R. Hand.
Cornelius Vaughn Jr.'s (1820-1903) father was Cornelius Sr. and his brother was Cosby Vaughn (1812-1888) who married Louise M. Grooms. His sisters were Catherine Vaughn, who is December 17, 1827 married James Happy and Matilda Vaughn (December 15-1806-1864) who married George Silas Cowgill. His will is recorded in 1855 in Kentucky (365 acres).
The Vaughn/Vaughan crest authority is Burke's General Armory 1878 edition on page 1050.

When Joseph G. Vaughn was a boy in Missouri, he was being raised by his
grandfather. His father named Joe was 18 when he wrote 21 on a piece of
paper and put in his shoe. He then told the preacher he was over 21. He
was then married to Ell Hand, daughter of professor Hand.
Joe die three months after his marriage. Joseph G. Vaughn was born , his
mother died when he was about 3 1/2. One of the three boys that came
from England was named Cornelius. For sake of clarity we called him
Cornelius #1. His son Cornelius #2 was the father of the Joe above that
died. From what I was told, he was a very religious man. Young Joe
(Joseph G. Vaughn of Entiat) made a stringed instrument. His grandfather
Cornelius #2 told him, "Joe, if you play the Lord's music, you can keep
the instrument. If I catch you playing the Devil's music, its going into
the stove." I guess what the difference between the Lord's music and the
Devil's music was what the old man liked and what he did not like.
When Grandpa Cornelius was out plowing the field, Joe played the
popular tunes of the day. When Grandpa came in, he would play the Lord's
music. One day the old man came in, Joe did not hear him.
He caught Joe playing the popular songs of the day. True to his word,
the instrument was put in the potbelly stove.
About 1938 to 1940, Grandmother Eva Vaughn in Entiat became blind.
She was diabetic. For a short while she was bed rest. She kept telling her husband Joseph, "Joe,when I die, I want you to get married again." Joe said he had not
interest in such a thing. He told me in 1943, they had on the wall in
a frame their marriage certificate. Apparently, while he was out side,
she managed to get out of bed, blind and feeble, take the marriage
certificate and burn it up in the potbellied stove. He was not sure of
this but surmised this is what happened because he had searched the house and
could not find it. (retold by Joseph Harmon Vaughn, son of David Robert Vaughn. Joseph Harmon Vaughn is the Grandson of Joseph George and Eva (Stanley) Vaughn.)

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