He first saw the light of day in Rutherford county,
1831. His parents, James and Nancy (Hatchett) Vaughan,
were natives of the Old Dominion, the former born in
Mecklenburg and the latter in Charlotte County. The parents
were reared and married in their native State, and after the
birth of their first child, or in 1811, they removed to
Murfreesboro, Tenn,. where Mr. Vaughan kept hotel for some
time. He boarded representatives to the Legislature when that
was the capital of the State, it being in David Crockett's time.
Mr. Vaughan also followed farming and superintended
construction of some of the turnpikes that enter Murfreesboro,
and was in official life for some time. He was a man of learning
and ability, and of considerable note.
During the War of 1812 he furnished a substitute.
constable for a number of years, this being an important and
remunerative office at that time.
In 1842 he came by ox team and one-horse carriage
County, MO., being three weeks on the road and located in the
woods about 5 or 6 miles south of Ozark, then in Taney County,
where he improved one of the tinniest farms in that section. He
made a good fortune in farming and stockraising, and there
died in 1869, when eighty-nine years of age.
He was one of the pioneers of that section and was
favorably known. It is supposed that his father was a Scotchman
and that his mother was of German nativity.
They reared a large family, the father of our subject
only one who came to Missouri. The mother of our subject died
about 1876. Her parents passed their entire lives in the Old
Mr... Vaughan was twice married, his last wife being
Davis, who bore him three children as follows:
Richard, now of Oklahoma,
Joseph, now on the old home place.
Catherine married Reuben Bowles and died in Nashville,
Jordan was a soldier in Price's army and died of
day of Pea Ridge;
Perlina was the wife of Nathaniel Pipers and died
Harriet married James Sloan of Gibson County, Tenn.;
Thomas, a wealthy man and the father of Judge James
Vaughan of Springfield, MO., died at Ozark in 1883;
Elizabeth, widow of Dr.. Samuel Bowles;
James, of Arkansas;
William of Oregon;
David, a prominent physician, died in Bedford County,
Tenn. (he was a soldier in the Confederate Army and
later became surgeon);
Mary E., deceased, was the wife of John H. Wisner;
and our subject.
When about 20 years of age he began for himself
as a farmer,
and this has been his chosen occupation ever since.
On the 7th of January, 1858, he was married to Miss
McGaugh, who was born on her father's old farm near Doling
Park, Greene County, MO. Her parents, James and Marinda
(Davis) McGaugh, were natives of Marshall County, Tenn.,
where they remained until about 1836, and then came to
Greene County, MO., settling about 3 miles north of Springfield,
adjoining Doling Park.
Mr.. McGaugh afterward returned to Tennessee, but
moved to Mississippi, where he followed farming until his death.
Mrs.. mcGaugh is still living, is 76 years of age
and resides in
Christian County. She is a member of the Missionary Baptist
Church. Her father, Joshua Davis, who came to Greene County,
MO, about 1836, and who located near Doling Ark, was one
of the most conspicuous characters of his day. He was a cripple
and something of an invalid, but his mind was unusually active
and bright. he was a clerk of the court of Greene County for 12
years, an was editor and publisher of The Lancet, and also The
Mirror, for many years in Springfield.
He was a brilliant orator, a man of much influence,
and an able
and active politician. His death occurred in 1856, and his son,
William P., succeeded him in journalistic work.
To Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan have been born 7 children, viz.:
Flora, wife of George C. Hursh;
Burke, a manufacturer of Carthage;
Virginia, wife of Scott Massey, a prominent attorney
Lena N., wife of Hall Given, of Leon Kan., a railroad
Luther A., at home,
Soon after marrying Mr.. Vaughan located on his
in the woods, and now has 130 acres, all under a good state of
Politically Mr.. Vaughan and his people were originally
but since the war he has advocated the principles of Democracy.
He sympathized with the South during the Rebellion but took
Mrs.. Vaughan is a member of the Missionary Baptist
and the Vaughan family is one of the best in the county.
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