Construction of a log house was Vaughan's first
priority, and in
anticipation of trouble with the Molalla Indians, he re-inforced
the house for additonal protection. He was quite lonely and
apprehensive in his new surrounding as demonstrated by an
event that took place one dark evening.
Vaughan went to the spring and when he stooped down
some water, he felt something touch the back of his shoulder.
Feeling great fear, he was certain an Indian was
and about to do him in. Much to his relief he discovered only
a low hanging branch of a tree. When skirmishes with the
Indians, occurred, Vaughan always immediately returned to
his claim. Over a period of time, he established a trusting
relationship with the Molallas. They respected Vaughan's
fatherly figure as an expert hunter, builder, horseman, and
farmer and came to depend on him to mediate disagreements
among the tribal members.
Vaughan became known as "Uncle Billy" and the Sage
Molalla" to both the Indians and the pioneers.
Descendant, Champ Clark Vaughan From:"Marriage Records,
Lane County, Oregon, 1852-1869" Compiled by Oregon Pioneer
Research Bureau, 1991 Madison Street, Eugene, Oregon 97405,
The index contains these Vaughns-
Amanda page 29;
Floyd page 33;
J. W. page 34, 38;
John page 42;
W. page 29
(these are from page 63 of the book's index, there could be more that I did not copy).
I only copied page 34 and 38 for J. W. Vaughn, as he is my ancestor.
J. W. Vaughn married Sinai Russell on 3 JAN 1867
of T. C. Keizer, married by Nathan Martin, witnessed by S.
Hamilton and F. M. Keizer.
(This was a second marriage for both the bride and groom, my note; vp)
John William Vaughn (my ancestor)
also listed as a Justice of
Peace in this publication.
John William Vaughn was md. 1st to Mahitable Orline
They went to Oregon in 1853, and were on the wagon train that
took the Elliott Cut-Off; which became known as the Lost Wagon
Train, even though later it was determined that they weren't as
far off course as previously thought. There are Immigration
Rosters of the various wagon trains that have been published.
These list all the people who were in the train, including children
and the captain of the train. The sources I have posted here were
found at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.
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