He was the second son of the Rev. Daniel Vaughan,
whose first wife was
Dinah Watkins. The Rev. Daniel Vaughan, according to Morgan Edwards
history of the Baptists of New Jersey, was a native of Hunterdon county and
was for many years pastor of the Knowlton Baptist Church, which was located
in the old cemetery, now known as the "Union Brick Cemetery" near
Blairstown. He was born June 17th, 1746 and died May 29th, 1810, and is
buried in the cemetery. The tombstone of his first wife records the names of
their eleven children. Subsequently, Mr. Vaughan married a Mrs Hannah
Ogden nee Reed, by whom he had seven children. The inscriptions on the
tombstones are most interesting and include some quaint verses expressing
Christian sentiments. Richard Vaughan was born November 16th, 1774 and
married Mary Swazy, by whom he had five daughters and one son, Jacob,
the father of Deacon Vaughan, who died last week.
For some years Mr. Vaughan taught school in
the vicinity of Lafayette but
subsequently purchased the farm now owned by his son, Judson. In 1872,
he married Hannah Jane, daughter of James C. Bevans and Sarah Rosenkrans,
of Peter's Valley. Mrs. Vaughan died March 1909, in the home where Mr.
Vaughan has resided since his retirement from active farming. During the
greater part of his life Mr. Vaughan has been Deacon of the Lafayette Baptist
Church, which he served with unusual loyalty and devotion. He is survived by
three sons, Elmer E., of California; James A., formerly of Newton but now of
Franklin, and Judson V., of Lafayette. Also by three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mabie,
of Hamburg; Mrs Sarah Wilson, of North Church and Mrs Lenora Morris of
Burdette, NY, also by one brother, John, of Newton.
Throughout his life Mr. Vaughan was a staunch
Democrat but never sought
office for himself or figured actively in political affairs.
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