VAUGHN Family History
Amos Fuller Vaughn
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Land of the Red Dragon
"Dewi" ~ An
old Welsh deity.
The official emblem of Wales, a red dragon, is derived from the Great Red Serpent that once represented the god Dewi.
A view of
Tretower Castle in Wales
- home of the "Llewellyns teulu" ( Vaughn family) ~> one of the several Vaughn ancestral Homes
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Pedigree Charts & Family Group Records
According to my Hindorff /Vaughn family's legends, an earlier Vaughn ancestor was a Lord in Great Britain. It is possible that this story has some merit. I recently subscribed to Delphi.Com and established a Vaughn Family Forum there for our family, in an effort to generate discussions that will assist me in finding the family of Amos Fuller Vaughn, in particular, his parents.
An Ancient Welch Prayer
"Gochelwch rhag Gymru, Crist Iesu a'n
Fel na ddaw ‚ dagrau i blant ein plant,
Nag i ninnau chwaith, onis digwydd drwy ddiofalwch,
Gan fod dyn, ers llawer dydd,
Yn ofni gwrthryfel yno" ~ i Cymru ddiolch
"Beware of Wales, Christ Jesus must us
That it make not our child's child to weep,
Nor us also, if so it go this way,
By unwariness; since that many a day,
Men have been afraid of there rebellion" ~ in English dialect
Posted at the VAUGHAN GENEALOGY - WALES & WEST OF ENGLAND on Delphi.Com, comes the following:
HISTORY OF THE
VAUGHAN VAUGHN SURNAME
by Susan Vaughn
(Some font editing has been done by Teddie Anne "Annie" Driggs -2001, for visual impact only.)
A note from Susan: The following material was given to me about 15 years ago by my brother who is now deceased. I do not know how accurate it is but it might serve as a map for someone's research.
Beautiful Wales, mountainous land of the red dragon and Eisteddfods
(music festivals) and King Arthur, gives us the distinguished surname of
Vaughn. The Romans vacated the British Isles at the end of the 3rd
century. The Welsh or Ancient Britons were left in sole possession of all
of England, all the way north to the banks of the Clyde. The Saxons
forced them westward into the mountains of what is now Wales, north to Cumberland and southern Scotland, and into Cornwall. Rhodri Mawr,
or Roderick the Great was the first recorded monarch of all Wales. He died in 893. On his death he gave Wales to his three sons, Anarawd became King of North Wales, Cadalh became King of South Wales and Mervyn became King of Powys, or mid Wales.
The ancient history of the name Vaughn also emerges from these
same Welsh chronicles. It was first found in Shropshire where they were
descended from Tudor Trevor, the Earl of Hereford, and Lord of Maylors.
His wife was descended from Howel Dda, King of South Wales, in 907.
Descended was Gronwy, Earl of Hereford, through a series of Lords of
Maylors and Oswestry. They descended to John Vaughan, son of Rhys
Ap Llewellyn, of Plas Thomas in Shrewsbury. From some of the many
early records researchers examined, manuscripts such as the Domesday
Book, the Pipe Rolls, Hearth Rolls, the Black Book of the Exchequer,
the Curia Regis Rolls, the Vaughn family name was traced in many
different forms. Although Vaughn was mentioned in several different
records, it was spelt Vaughan, Vaughn, and these changes in spelling
frequently occurred, even between father and son. It was not uncommon
for a person to be born with one spelling, marry with another, and still
have another on the headstone in his or her resting place.
The Norman Conquest of Wales was less than conclusive. A testimony
to the Welsh fighting spirit is that there are more castles, or ruins of
castles, to the square mile in Wales than anywhere else in the world.
The Welsh tactic was to thrust, then retire to their bleak mountain
homes to plan their next attack. As peace gradually returned to this
country, the Welsh, attracted by the economic opportunities, moved
eastward into the English cities. This distinguished Welsh family name
emerged in Shropshire. They remained seated at Dudliston in that shire
for several centuries, playing an important role on the English/Welsh
border. They branched to Burlton and Plas Thomas, and to Chilton
The chief of the line in the 11th century was Sir Robert William Vaughan, who married into the descendants of Meuric, ancestor of the family of Nanau. The Vaughans branched to Merionethshire where they had a distinguished history of political involvement in that shire. They were seated at Dolymelynllyn in that county. Their present seats are at
Shoborough House, Humphreston, Nanau, Burlton Hall, the Castle at
Builth Wells, and Hallowell in Maine.
Prominent amongst the family during the late middle ages was Sir
Robert Vaughan. For the next two or three centuries the surname Vaughan- Vaughn flourished and played an important role in the
local county politics and in the affairs of Britain in general. Religious conflicts followed. The newly found passionate fervor of Cromwellianism found the Roman Church still fighting to regain its status and
rights. The power of the Church, and the Crown, their assessments, tithes, and demands imposed a heavy burden on rich and poor alike.
They looked to the New World for their salvation. Many became pirates who roamed the islands of the West Indies such as Captain Morgan.
Some were shipped to Ireland where they were known as the
'Adventurers for land in Ireland'.
Essentially, they contracted to keep the Protestant faith, being granted
lands for small sums, previously owned by the Catholic Irish. In Ireland
they settled in Ulster in the 16th century. The New World also held many attractions. They sailed across the stormy Atlantic aboard the tiny sailing ships, built for 100 passengers, but sometimes carrying 400 or 500, ships which were to become known as the "White Sails". The overcrowded ships, sometimes spending two months at sea, were wracked with disease. Those that survived the elements were often stricken with small pox, dysentery and typhoid, sometimes landing with only 60 to 70 % of the original passenger list.
In North America, the first migrants which could be considered kinsman of the Vaughn family or having a variation of the family surname spelling, were:
George Vaughan who settled in Maine in 1629; (a pos. ancestral line of ours)
Patrick Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635;
Elizabeth Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1654;
John Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1636; (a possible ancestral line of ours)
Christopher Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1652;
Rowland Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635;
Lewis Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1636;
John Vaughan from Milford Haven settled in St. John's Newfoundland
William Vaughan was a planter in Mulleys Cove, Conception Bay,
Newfoundland in 1844.
More about VAUGHN FAMILY Ancient History:
Many Thanks to Barry Taylor for use of this midi tune:
It has the wonderful sound of late Medieval music. You can almost see knights on steeds and flags flying high over the ramparts of the castle, whilst maids sit in their chambers, embroidering a tapestry or something. Use your imagination...
Midi files sequenced by Barry Taylor©
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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