Descendants of William Patrick Vaughan , revision, Saturday 2-23-2002 (Quoted all parts)
Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM PATRICK2 VAUGHAN (PAT. UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1750 in Tretower, Wales, and died Abt. 1838 in Madison County, Arkansas. He married FEREBY LOU BENTON Abt. 1772 in Sweetens Cove, Marion County, Tennessee, daughter of TITUS BENTON and FEREBY LOONEY. She was born Abt. 1752 in Cherokee Indian Nation, North Carolina, and died May 1850 in Prairie Township, Madison County, Arkansas.
Notes for WILLIAM PATRICK VAUGHAN:
Data on the formation of Virginia Counties relating to William Vaughan:
The southwest part of Virginia was part of Augusta County, formed in 1745. Where William lived was part of Botetourt County, which was formed from Augusta in 1770. Between 1772-1777 the county of Fincastle existed, and this was where William lived. In 1777, the part where William lived became part of Montgomery County, Virginia. Elk Creek was where William lived, and this area was later part of Wythe County, which was formed from Montgomery, then finally it became part of Grayson County, formed from Wythe, which is what it remains today. William had moved from the Elk Creek area when the land was still part of Montgomery County, around 1783.
Russell County, Virginia was part of Washington County, Virginia, when William first moved there, and his name appears on a Petition to form Russell County in December of 1785. Russell County, when formed, included what is today Scott County, and though William never lived in the area that is now Scott County, it is in this area that Rye Cove and Benton's Spring is found and where John and Titus Benton were killed. They were probably relatives of Fereby, who was William's wife.
William was listed as "Not found" on tax lists of Fincastle County,Virginia in 1772. Fincastle county then encompassed everything south of Botetourt County, Virginia and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (including what is now the state of West Virginia). The eastern boundary of Fincastle County was the present counties of Carroll, Floyd,Montgomery and Roanoke, VA. The southern boundary was the present VA/NC line. Everything south of Carroll, Grayson, Washington, Scott and Lee Counties, VA technically belonged to North Carolina.
William Vaughan was on the list of tithables for the New River area of Fincastle County, Virginia in 1773. He was listed in Captain Herbert's company.
Lving on the Holston River in 1774 in what is now Washington County,Virginia, but was then Fincastle County, Virginia. Shown on Militia of Elk Creek District, Montgomery County, VA in 1782
In 1774 he was in Captain David Looney's company of the Fincastle County,Virginia militia during Lord Dunmore's War. David Looney lived in what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee, south of the present Virginia/Tennessee line. Men from both northeastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia were in this militia.
William Vaugahn witnessed Michael Cousel's assignment of land to WilliamKennedy in 1774 or after, in Fincastle County, (now Montgomery) Virginia,which includes the current county of Sullivan County, Tennessee.
William Vaughan was in the Elf Creek District of Montgomery County,Virginia in 1782 (later Grayson County, Virginia).
A listing of the militia from Montgomery County, Virginia from September 6, 1782, Elk Creek District reveals some familiar names:
William Walling, Lieutenant.
John Walling (2 men with this name)
Cornelius Roberts (who had a wife named Mary Benton, possibly Fereby's ki
WILLIAM VAUN (VAUGHAN)
From 1783-1797 William was living in Russell County, Virginia. He received a tract of land #1 6637 on May 29, 1783, which was for 400 acres. A second grant was received on August 13, 1794 .
On October 24, 1797, the land in Russell County was sold, but apparently William used an agent to sell it, as he was no longer living there.
Was in Russell County, Virginia by 1790. settled on south side of Clinch River on Little Cedar Creek.
Deeds (from "Russell County, Virginia, Deed Book 2 1795-1798:):
VAUGHN DEED TO WATTS, p. 44
22 Feb 1797: Indenture between William Vaughn & Fereby, his wife andJohn Watts (all of Russell County...50 pounds...70 acres...granted to said William Vaughn...patent bearing date 20 Jun 1790...in Russell County on Little Cedar Creek a branch of Clinch River and Bounded:...bank of said creek...
Sig: William (his X mark) Vaughn, Fereby (her X mark) Vaughn
Acknowledged/Recorded: January Count, 1797
... Fereby, his wife being privily examined...
VAUGHAN DEED TO WALLIS, p. 45
22 Feb 1797: Indenture between William Vaughn and Fereby, his wife and Benjamin Wallis (all of Russell County)...65 Pounds...70 acres...granted to the said William Vaughn...in Russell County on Little Cedar Creek the the (sic) waters of Clinch River it being part of a tract of land granted to the said William Vaughn...patent bearing date 16 May 1793 & Bounded:...bank of Little Cedar Creek...up the creek...Conditional line made and agreed Upon Between said William Vaughan & Robert Rutherford
Sig: William (his X mark) Vaughan, Fereby (her X mark) Vaughan
Acknowledged/Recorded: January Court 1797
...Fereby, his wife being privily examined...
From 1791-1814 William was living in Hawkins County, Tennessee. On August 15, 1797 he bought land from William McClean (250 acres) on theNorth side of Clinch Mountain on Little War Creek in Hawkins County.
On April 15, 1800, William sold 100 acres to John Helton. Helton resold the land to John and Nancy (Callicott) Vaughan, who's son James married Martha Vaughan, William's daughter.
On March 1st, 1801 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, William Vaughan sold land to John Helton on the north side of Clinch Mountain on a branch of the Little War Creek beginning at the mouth of Buck spring. Witnesses were Absalom Looney (son of Robert Looney??) and James Cope. The land was on the Hawkins and Hancock Counties line.
Between the Hawkins County, Tennessee and Crawford County, Arkansas period, he lived in middle Tennessee, possibly (what is now) Marion County, then apparently for a brief time in Southeast Missouri, before moving on to Arkansas.
Came to Crawford County, Arkansas in 1821 in Northwest AR near Short Mountain Creek across from a large Cherokee village until 1826, then west of Cane Hill until 1828 Lovely county.
In 1830 William Vaguahn was in the 70-80 year range on the census and was living in Washington County, Arkansas.
The following is a letter written to Ada Reeder Vaughan in 1966 from Ruby Holt Vaughan.
William and Fereby Benton Vaughan had 8 children. Samuel Vaughan born about 1776 and was the third child. Fourth child was Daniel Vaughan born about 1787 which is our side of the Vaughan history that comes from Daniel. Samuel was Daniel's older brother.
FAMILY STORIES AND LEGENDS ABOUT WILLIAM VAUGHAN
Quoted from Saundra Sudduth Brackett, (firstname.lastname@example.org) August 8, 2001
"I was told by my 80 yr old Aunt this story which she heard from her Mom and Grandmtoher. Fairaluna or Fairbologna (which I now believe to be Fareby) lived in an Indian Village and she fell in love with a Welsh furtrapper that lived around there or frequented the village. The chiefs would not grant their marriage and in fact were mad at the fur trapper for the amount of pelts he had and wanted to kill him. Fareby found out about them wanting him dead and warned him. They then ran off together, hiding by night and traveling by day. They finally settled somewhere and had a family.
Now they always said that she was Princess but also mentioned a Chief Bushy Head."
This information was quotef to Ada Reeder Vaughan by Ruby Holt Vaughan.
July 20 1966
"Dear Cousin Ada,
I am ashamed that I have put off answering your letter so long. Ihave been busy and it has been very hot and dry here. Several days last week went to over 100 degrees and that is unusual here. However, we had over two inches of rain last Friday evening and night, then 1 / 2 inchlast night and it is sprinkling here some today. Actually, I am of very little help to you on the Vaughan history. You read a lot, hear a lot more about the Vaughans but when you try to track it down on paper it is very difficult.
William Patrick Vaughan was the beginning of the Vaughans in America. Hecame to Virginia from Wales and was a trader and adventurer. He married a full-blooded Cherokee girl and stayed with her, and
it was around her father's tribal fires that he heard of this country .Hecame to this country with his sons and son-in-laws before there were roads. He liked the looks of it here and returned to Tennessee to ge tall the family and return to live here. However both he and his wife died before they could do this.
They are buried in east Tennessee. About 1826 two of his sons, Daniel and Samuel, their families and two of their sisters came to this country by way of Fort Smith. They blazed the wagon trail to Cane Hill and settled there. It was Missouri territory and the soldiers forced them to leave and they came to what we call Vaughan Valley . The sisters went onto King's River in what is now Carroll County. A descendant of the sisters named Cora Pinkley Call passed away at Eureka Springs just this summer.
Daniel Vaughan, the brother our history comes down from was killed by bushwhackers during the Civil War in a field near where Otis and Elsie live now. His grave is lost. There are a few Vaughan graves back of Otis' barn. Then there are some more Vaughan graves in what we call our Vaughan Cemetery. I think you call it the old George Vaughan place. Samuel Vaughan, son of William and Ferby is buried in our cemetery. Sois Buck's father and grandfather. We keep it mowed the best we can. It looks nice. The story goes that old Samuel Vaughan wanted to be buried where he shot his last buck. Anyway, his grave is one of the oldest in our cemetey. Also, over in Henry Mayfield's pasture there are some graves. One of these is the grave of the wife of George Washington Vaughan. G. W. was the son of Samuel. No one knows why they moved the graveyard to where it is now.
My husband, Curtis, died just suddenly with a heart attack in February last year, then I lo t my mother in December, also, last year. It leaves me rather disturbed and unhappy, but I don't know of anything to do only just go ahead. I have a twenty-four year old son who is going ahead the best he knows how. We will make it some way."
"I am working on the Vaughan history. I have run on many family histories but no one has written about the Vaughans. I hope you can get material on them. Some time when I have mine in a shape that I can tell heads and tails I will try to help you. Curtis' mother was granddaughter of William J. Whitener. Her mother's name was Julia and she married the first time Gordon Evans, a brother to Julia's father, Isaac. Gordon wasthe one killed by the Negroes when the whites run them from Vaughan Valley. He is buried in the Evans Cemetery about two miles west of Hindsville.
I would like very much to come to your family reunion in August. I can't but I need some material about aunt Dovie's family. Maybe I'll get to it some time.
Julia is fine. She will be 82 her birthday and she trots about Hindsville like a sixteen year old. She is my near neighbor and I dearly love her."
"I remember Polly well. In fact, I kept her a few times for aunt Jane when she would be going somewhere. I have some glasses I bought from aunt Jane and a little dresser also.
I have been in Clovis. To me that is a beautiful country. It is very different to ours here.
Please don't forget me when you are working on family history. It is the most fun of anything . Maybe between us we can get it straight .There is no family Bible I can locate or any definite history of any sort. Henderson Vaughan, father of Isaac T. and grandfather of my Curtis was on the southern side during the Civil War but I have found that not all of the Civil War records on the southern side were kept. I have not written about his. Part of the Texas folk have been to see us. Maybe you can come some time."
Ruby Holt Vaughan
signed Mrs. Curtis Vaughan
Notes for FEREBY LOU BENTON:
Fereby Benton Vaughan was said to have been a daughter of granddaughter of either a Choctaw or (more likely) a Cherokee named "Rain Crow"
If she was Cherokee, she probably came from the Upper Cherokee settlements, as theat is where the Bentons that we suspect Fereby belonged to, lived. This would have been the Overhills Cherokee towns.
Theories about Fereby (Benton) Vaughan, wife of William Vaughan
For over a hundred years, many descendants of Fereby Vaughan have wondered about her ancestry . Born in 1745 in North Carolina, she was said to have been a "Cherokee Indian Princess", a term that is ridiculous and somewhat insulting to anyone of the Cherokee tribe. The following information is JUST THEORY, and comes from numerous sources, such as Vaughan books, discussion groups and letters from researchers. I don't claim that any of it is "The Gospel Truth".
Fereby lived to be a very old lady, she died in May of 1850 in Madison County, Arkansas, where she lived with her many descendants. My Great x 3Grandfather, 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 and3 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."
This statement, taken by itself, means very little, as numerous whites tried to gain membership in the Cherokee Nation in the same way, and like Ben's relative, George W. Vaughan, were denied, due to lack of evidence.
However, the Fereby the Cherokee story has much more to it then this. In Wayne County, West Virginia, I am told that another descendant made similar claims, and this was without contact with the Arkansas Vaughans. The oldest stories on Fereby say that she married Welsh trader WilliamVaughan in the old Eastern Cherokee Nation. The LDS Church's genealogy library found evidence that William and Fereby's son Thomas was born in the town of Cherokee, in modern day Swain County, NC. Cherokee (obvious from it's name) was one of the towns in Cherokee territory, however, I have found no evidence it was in existance at the time of Thomas' birth.
Ben Vaughan, in his deposition mentions that Fereby's mother's maiden name was Looney, and Fereby was a Benton. Some have said that Fereby's maiden name was Looney, but this is doubtful. Even her first name has been debated. Some claim her name was Fair-a-bee, meaning (wrongly, I might add) in Cherokee, Fair as a bee. Some spell it Fariby, Feriby,Fairaby and so on.
Some of the rumors and stories of Fereby that have not been proven are:
1.She was the daughter of a Cherokee Chief, either minor or semi-important.
2.She was a cousin or neice to Chief Doublehead and also to Chief Tahlonteeskee. There is said to have been a court case in Madison and Washington Counties, AR., that mention this. Tahlonteeskee was chief in1818 and married Jennie Lowry. He was the son of Robert Due, and Robert Due, by another wife, had a daughter, Jennie Due, who was mother of Chief John Rogers Jr., probably the one mentioned in Ben Vaughan's deposition. Tahlonteeskee and Tol-Lem-Tees-key are similar phonically, but Ben gave the name Looney Tol-Lem-Tees-Key, which leads me to believe that this is not the same as Tahlonteeskee (which means "Woodchuck Catcher"). A descendant of Chief Doublehead, who is also a respected Cherokee researcher rebuffed the theory that Fereby was Doublehead's cousin.
3. A family story is that Fereby was either a daughter of a Cherokee named Blackfox, who married Ollie, a daughter of Chief Attakullakulla or was the daughter of one of Blackfox's sisters . The time frame would work out, as Blackfox would have been the right age to have been Fereby's father. This theory is still being looked into, but it would require that Ollie's mother or grandmother on her Mom's side to have been part white, as Fereby's MtDNA shows white ancestry.
Some of the rumors that might have something to them are as follows:
1.Fereby was the daughter of a James or Jesse Benton (born 1724 in North Carolina) and a Malinda or Martha Looney (born about 1728 in theCherokee Nation in Tennessee) . Some say that Malinda was the daughter of John Looney, a 3/4ths Cherokee who was the nephew of Black Fox (Enole) and was Principle Chief of the Old Settlers (the first batch of Cherokee that came to AR before the Trail of Tears) and Acting Chief of the Western Cherokees until Ross became Principal Chief. This Looney went to Washington DC as part of the Ross Delegation and passed away while there and is buried in the old congressional cemetery. His roll number is 2003. (This information from Pat Campbell). This John was said to have lived in Bradley County, TN. I was told that Jesse Benton, along with the Looneys and Vaughans were to be found in the area known as Southside Virginia and in the records of Sullivan Co., TN. James or Jesse may have been descendant s of Robert Looney and Elizabeth Llewellyn, and research continues on this theory.
2.It has also been suggested that Fereby was indeed the daughter of Jesse Benton of VA and Sullivan Co., TN, but was not Cherokee or even Indian, at all. This came from the same Cherokee researcher who was the descendant of Doublehead. This theory remains doubtful to me.
Her Best Theory on the ancestry of Fereby Benton:
"I suspect that Fereby was part Cherokee, probably half or less, but living with the tribe until her marriage. It is known that William andFereby moved in 1821 to Crawford County, AR, which is in Northwestern Arkansas near Short Mountain Creek, across from a large Cherokee village, until 1826 when they moved west of Cane Hill. Fereby, I believe, is not on any rolls, simply because she was not living as a Cherokee, but with her white husband. A Looney Tuskee appeared on the 1817 Emigration Roll, and this may be, in spite of the name difference, the same man as the Looney Tol-Lem-Tees-Key in Ben Vaughan's deposition."
One interesting fact from "South Carolina Indians, Indian Traders, and Other Ethnic Connections Beginning in 1670" From the Papers of Theresa M. Hicks and Wes Taukchiray, page 74:
"...it was a common practice for a widower to take an American Indian wife. This Indian wife would then be christened with the name of the husband's first wife, the date of death of the first wife would be obliterated from the records, and thus the Indian blood in the family would be covered up."
This could mean that Fereby Benton (or even her mother's name) was not her name but the name of William Vaughan's (or Fereby's Benton father's) first wife, who died, and Fereby (or her mother) took this woman's name and identity. There is, however, NO EVIDENCE to indicate that William was married prior to Fereby.
Research in the summer of 2000 conducted by the Vaughan Pioneer group has pointed to a Titus Benton being Fereby's father, with her mother being a Fereby Looney, who died in childbirth. The Vaughan Pioneer group is certain that Fereby's Benton family comes from one of the descendants of Epaphroditus Benton, who had many descendants. Epaphroditus and his descendants lived close to the Vaughans.
Mitrochondrial DNA research on Kim Gabbard in 2001, who descends from Fereby by a direct line of women shows that Fereby's MtDNA was not Indian but the most common type of European MtDNA , Haplogroup "H". This proves that Fereby was not 100% Cherokee, but little else.
The following is part of a letter written by Josiah Tucker, great x 3 grandson of Fereby, to his Neice, on October 13, 1952.
"Well I haven't forgotten the request little old sweet Betsy made, so here goes to tell her all I know. It isn't much. I failed to get the record from Pap (Washington Tucker) as I should have done. My father (Washington Tucker) was a quarter blood, so you can figure out what that would make us. His great great grandmother was a Cherokee Princess. The daughter of the man who was Chief of the five civilized tribes, as they were called, when the Indians were moved to Oklahoma Territory. There was very lovely romance connected with their moving. A young army officer by the name of Vaughan was appointed to attend to all the finacial arrangements connected with their moving. It seems that land sharks butted in to try to clean up on the land deals involved in the movement, which of course were vast at that time. And involved lots of money. They were trying to prevail upon the old chief to sign away the rights of the tribes to certain lands which would have resulted in a great loss to the Indians.
"The old Chief refused to sign, so the land sharks plotted with a younger Chief, whom they made believe they could make the head chief in the old man's place and with him they plotted to kill the old Chief. Vaughan found it out and it ended up in one of the old fashioned gun battles in which Vaughan and some of his men killed the men who plotted the old Chief's murder. And although it was thing almost unheard of for the blue-blooded, haughty head chief of pure Cherokee Indian blood and breeding to evenlet a common man, and especially a white man, to look at his beautiful daughter. He felt so indebted to Vaughan that he adopted him into the tribe, and gave him his princess daughter in marriage. That was the beginning of the Vaughan tribe of Arkansas from whom my father's great, great grandmother came. She was the daughter of Vaughan and the beautiful high bred princess. When little Betsy was here I could see features about her, believe it or not that made me think of an old tin-type photograph Pap had of the princess when he and the vaughans were trying to get a head right in the Indian Territory. That is about all I know, but I am sure Betsy will get a thrill out of it. You know she is the only child of the whole generation that I know of that has ever shown any interest in the story. I thought that some time I might try to dig up as much of the History of the case as I could find and write a story about it, but I guess I have waited too long."
Photo: Allen W. Vaughan Cyntha Sciotha Vaughan
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