William Patrick Vaughn
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  • Birth  1751  Tretower, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1838  Madison Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Cherokee Village Graveyard Madison Co, AR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age  87 years 
    Person ID  I230  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified  24 Jul 2015 

    Father  Vaughan 
    Family ID  F2974  Group Sheet

    Father  Vaughan 
    Family ID  F5553  Group Sheet

    Family  Fereby Benton,   b. 1745, Cherokee Indian Nation, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1850, Madison Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location   (105 years) 
    Married  1768  Sweetens Cove, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Ligon Vaughn,  b. Abt 1760, Charlotte Co., VA ,  d. Bef Dec 1793   (~ 33 years)
     2. Thomas Vaughn,  b. 1773, Cherokee Indian Nation, North Carolina ,  d. 1846, Wayne Co., West Virginia   (73 years)
     3. John Vaughn,  b. 1775, Russell Co., VA
     4. Samuel P Vaughan,  b. 1 Sep 1776, Russell Co., VA ,  d. 29 Apr 1852, Hindsville, Madison CO, AR   (75 years)
     5. David Vaughn,  b. 1785, 
     6. Martha Patty Vaughn,  b. 1787,  d. Aft 1870   (> 84 years)
     7. Daniel Vaughn,  b. 1787,  d. 1864, Madison Co., AR   (77 years)
     8. William Vaughn,  b. 1789, Russell Co., VA
     9. Elizabeth Vaughn,  b. 1790, Russell Co., VA ,  d. 1849, Madison Co., AR   (59 years)
     10. Louise "Lucy" Vaughn,  b. 1795,  d. 1861   (66 years)
    Family ID  F92  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1768 - Sweetens Cove, TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1838 - Madison Co., AR Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • First, here is what most family researchers consider "settled" regarding

      She was born sometime between 1745 and 1750 in North Carolina. the 1850
      Madison County Mortality schedule lists her as being 105. She died in May,
      1850 in Madison County, Arkansas. Some have said she was born in 1850, I
      however favor what the records say.

      Around 1772, she married William Vaughan in Sweetens cove, Tennessee. In
      1773 their son Thomas Vaughan was born in the town of Cherokee, in land that
      was part of the Cherokee Nation (now Swain County)in North Carolina.
      Other children include William, John, Samuel, David, Daniel, Martha and

      There is some connection to Ayres Vaughan, but if his year of birth is
      correct, he could not be the son of William and Fereby.

      William was in Capt. David Looney's company in Lord Dunmore's War in 1774,
      serving with Daniel Boone.
      William and Fereby had no children during the years that the Revolutionary
      War was going on.

      They lived in Hawkins County, TN, then moved west, with brief stays in NE
      Missouri. By 1821 they were in Crawford County, Arkansas, near short
      Mountain Creek, living across from a large Cherokee Village until 1826, when
      they were forced to move. They lived in Evansville in Washington County, AR
      and moved to Cane Hill in Washington County in 1826, then to Tuttle
      Settlement on Richland in 1828. This information is from "Vaughans in Wales
      and America" by James Vaughan. They ended up in Washington, Madison and
      Carroll Counties in Northwest Arkansas, and there they stayed.

      Benjamin Franklin Vaughan lived with William and
      Fereby -his grandparents- for some years, and on October 27th, 1892 made a
      sworn deposition in a case that a relative had brought before the Cherokee
      Nation in OK. In this deposition, Ben, a former State Representative and 3
      time Sheriff of Madison County, states that he knew that his Grandmother
      Fereby was commonly thought of as a Cherokee Indian by Blood. He wrote, " I
      also became acquainted with a Cherokee Indian in my boyhood who was in the
      habit of visiting my Grandparents and who claimed to be a cousin of my
      Grandmother. The Indian's name-Looney Tol-lem-Tees-Key, and was a citizen of
      the Cherokee Nation. (And further) That I was a grown up man at the time I
      knew him. That I have often heard the Roggers (sic) (John and James) say
      that the Vaughans should have a right in the Cherokee Nation and old Capt.
      John Roggers wanted the deponent to remain in the Cherokee Nation while the
      deponent was there, for the reason that the Vaughans were descendants of the
      Cherokee Indians by blood." Ben further said that Fereby's maiden name was
      Benton and that her mother's maiden name was Looney and she was the side the
      Cherokee came from.

      William Vaughan died about 1838 in (probably) Madison County, Arkansas. He
      is said to have been buried in Clifty Cemetery, but had no tombstone, and
      nobody knows where he was laid to rest.
    • Vaughan, William

      1750-1755, born in Wales. Parents unknown.

      1774 (Lord Dunmore's War): William was among those diverted to Capt. Looney's company on the Clinch and did not fight at Point Pleasant. Instead he was with Capt Looney, Lieut. Daniel Boone and Lieut. John Cox guarding the Clinch frontier.

      1776-1782 - (per Eddie Davis): William sort of disappears during the Revolutionary War and there have been whisperings that he was sympathetic to the British. We have no documented Rev. War service. After the War he moved to Russell Co., VA.

      Moved from Virginia to Hawkins Co., TN and thence to Wayne Co., MO and then to Crawford Co., AR on the Arkansas River near Short Mountain Creek across from a large Cherokee Indian village. Since they were squatting on Indian land the Vaughan family was forced to move in 1826 to Washington Co., AR and finally in 1828 to the Tuttle Settlement.

      1838 - died in Madison Co., Arkansas

      Tradition: William Vaughan came from Wales, being a descendant of Thomas and Henry Vaughan. It is reported that he became an Indian trader and followed the old Indian trails from Virginia into Kentucky and Tennessee. Daniel Boone records meeting him in the wilds of Kentucky on his first visit (Howling Wilderness). William married a Cherokee maiden by the name of Fair-A-Bee-Luna in Tennessee. It was around his wife's tribal fire that he first heard of the old Indian Healing Springs, now known as Eureka Spring, Arkansas. (Don Byrne)

      A family tradition is that his wife, Fereby Benton, was part Cherokee Indian, which might explain the Tory leanings. Eddie Davis was unable to prove Fereby's Cherokee ancestry through DNA testing. Fereby Benton is likely the sister of Cornelius Robert's wife Mary Benton. Both are likely to be granddaughters of Epaphroditus Benton who lived on the border of Virginia and North Carolina as mentioned in the History of the Dividing Line. (Eddie Davis).

      Children: Thomas abt 1773 (d. 1846, Wayne Co., VA (WV), m. Nancy Ford d/o John Ford and Betsy Hill); John 1774 (d. 1864 Madison Co., AR); Samuel 1776 (d. 1852 Madison Co., AR); Daniel abt 1787 (d. Madison Co., AR, m. Margaret Hammons); William abt 1789; Elizabeth abt 1790 (d. Madison Co., AR, m. [Hawkins Co., TN] James Calico)

      Source: Eddie Davis (Roberts Genforum message #14503); Don Byrne's Worldconnect database; Message from Dana Harp/Eddie Davis on Ronald Gene Custer's Worldconnect database.

  • Sources 
    1. [S447] VaughnPioneers Group Postings.