Jackson County, Missouri
Submitted by Doug Vaughn
A Memorial Record of Kansas City and Jackson County,
Missouri Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago 1896
NEWTON VAUGHN, a resident of Washington township,
Jackson County, Missouri, was born and reared in this
township, and is a gentleman whose life has been a some
what eventful one, his history being well worthy of consider-
ation on these pages.
The Vaughns have long been residents of this country, and
their genealogy is traced back to the early settlers of the Old Dominion. Robert Toms Vaughn, the grandfather of our
subject, was born in Virginia, was one of the pioneers of
Kentucky, and was one of the brave soldiers who fought in
the war of 1812. His son Reuben, the father of Newton, was
born in Green County, Kentucky, in the year 1804, and in
his native state was married to Miss Rebecca Harper, likewise
a Kentuckian by birth. Her father, Joshua Harper, had, like
the elder Mr. Vaughn, moved from Virginia to Kentucky at
an early day, and had become a pioneer of that frontier state.
Some time after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Vaughn
went to Illinois, where they lived for two years, and thence they
came to Missouri, the date of their removal to this state being
either 1832 or 1835. Selecting a location on section 33 of Washington township, Jackson county, Mr. Vaughn entered
some land from the government and purchased some adjoining
it, and on this place he continued to reside until 1863, when
his house was burned down. This occasioned his removal to
Illinois, where he remained until 1866, when he returned, and
in this county he passed the residue of his life and died. His
first wife died in 1846, leaving him with a family of five
children, namely, Robert Thomas, a resident of Nebraska;
Frances Lindsay, Johnson county, Kansas; Mary Ann Midgett, Carroll county, Missouri; William, Cass county, Missouri; and Newton, whose name we are pleased to place at the head of
this sketch. For his second wife the father married Mrs. Annie Lynch, nee Reece, who survives him. Of the three children born
of their union, only one is living, ---John. Reuben Vaughn died
June 9, 1876, after an active and useful life, which covered more than threescore and ten years. He was a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Newton Vaughn was born October 29, 1845, and was reared on
his father's farm, schooling advantages here at that period being
of a meager sort. Altogether he attended school no more than
one year; but by travel, contact with the world, and close
observation he has picked up a store of useful information, and
he keeps himself well posted on the general topics of the day.
Before the days of railroads here freighting was both an extensive and profitable business and had its fascinations for many a young man. Young Vaughn was attracted to it, and early in life made
a trip across the plains to Fort Union, New Mexico, as a teamster
in a freight train, of which one Dick Yeager was master. In the
fall of 1861 he returned to Missouri, and in June of the following year joined Colonel Upton Hayes' regiment. After the fight at
Lone Jack in which he participated, he went south to Arkansas
with the regiment, and there left his command and returned
home. Preferring freighting to fighting, he soon after crossed
the plains again, driving team to Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
The following winter he had charge of a band of cattle in New Mexico. In the spring he started East but joined another outfit
which was on its way from western Kansas to Santa Fe, and
returned with it to that place. That summer we find him employed
in herding cattle for a Mr. Kitchen, then went to Colorado and
there worked on a ranch two years. The next two years he farmed near Pueblo. He came home in the fall of 1867. At this time he
had an opportunity to make a freighting trip to Montana, and
was absent on this trip until the fall of the following year, when
we again find him in Missouri. Then he farmed one year in
Cass county, and the next year with his uncle, Josiah Vaughn.
His next venture was to lease for five years a tract of timber land
in the Big Blue Bottoms. At the end of four years he bought the
tract and rented it, himself tired of the humdrum life of clearing
new ground, and went out to western Nebraska, where he was a cowboy two years. Returning to Missouri, he sold his land. After
his marriage, which event took place in 1882, he rented a farm
east of Belton, Missouri, on which he made his home one year.
The next two summers he spent on a farm three miles north of Belton. After this he bought a place near Martin City, lived there four years and then sold out, and his next and last move was to
his present farm on section 21 of Washington township. Here he
has resided for seven years. He has 151.58 acres, 100 of which
are under cultivation, the farm being utilized for both farming
and stock-raising. His residence and many of the improvements
upon his land have been placed here by the present owner.
Mr. Vaughn was married in 1882 to Miss Caroline Koontz, a
sister of Mrs. Henry Knoche and a native of Howard County, Missouri, the date of her birth being November, 1866. They
have seven children, three sons and four daughters: Amelia,
Eveline, Henry, Minnie, Sylvester, May and Newton.
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn are members of the Methodist church,
south, being identified with the organization at Martin City. Politically he is a democrat and fraternally a Mason, his
membership in the F. & A. M. being at Belton. Personally,
Mr. Vaughn is a man of many sterling qualities, prominent
among which are his strict integrity, his industry and his frank
and genial manner. Those who know him best esteem him most.
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