Ancestral Family Topic 96

 96   Nicholas Vaughan (1745-1816)
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Nicholas Vaughan, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Nicholas Vaughan might describe his life as follows.

I was born in Amelia County 7 February 1745/6, not long after my parents moved there from Prince George County. I was 18 and she was 20, when I married Joannah Borum 17 January 1764. Her father and I were in the same line of business—we were both tailors. Our plantation was on Saylers Creek where Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Amelia counties come together. Prince Edward County counted me head of a family of 7 with 10 slaves in 1783, and we had 8 whites in the family two years later.  By 1800 I owned 6 horses and 2 slaves more than 12 years of age. 
Joannah and I had two daughters and four sons. Our son Nicholas died young and Joannah, in 1804 at age 62. In 1811 I gave 300 acres to each of my three sons provided they let me live in the house there the rest of my life. In return they were to pay their sisters £100.
James Madison, a Virginian, was president when I died in Nottoway County 3 February 1816 at age 71. My two daughters went to Alabama, and one of their daughters went on to East Texas with her family where Kickapoo Indians slaughtered them. My sons stayed nearby in Nottoway County.

Indeed both Joannah’s father and husband were tailors. On 24 Aug. 1765, Amelia County ordered the churchwardens to bind out 4 orphans of John Burton. Son John Burton was sent to live with Nicholas Vaughan, Taylor.
The Vaughan family lived in Amelia County. In 1753-54 part of their land became part of Prince Edward County and in 1788-89 another portion of their land fell into Nottoway County. Consequently, county court records of all 3 counties include information on these Vaughan’s.
Although Nicholas did not serve during the Revolutionary War, he did provide 225 pounds of beef to the Army for which he was reimbursed. 

Land transactions
On 1 Feb. 1780 John Mitchell, James Cocke Mitchell, and William Mitchell, all of Amelia County sold Nicholas Vaughan of Prince Edward County 500 acres in Amelia County on Little Saylers Creek for £8,000 “cash, current Virginia money,” and 2,700 pounds of “neat tobacco.”  These Mitchells were the sons of James Mitchell who had died several years earlier in Amelia County. 
In 1784 Nicholas Vaughan of Prince Edward County sold about 325 acres in Lunenburg County. 
Nicholas Vaughan of Amelia County bought 100 acres in Amelia County from William Fleming 25 Nov. 1780,  25 acres on the south side of Saylers Creek from Isaac Motley 20 Sept. 1781,  and a nearby 50 acres from Abraham Forrest 23 March 1786.  These parcels might be the land that Nicholas deeded to his 3 sons in 3 separate transactions on 11 May 1811, which provided that Nicholas could continue to live on the land until his death. 

Joannah and Nicholas die
Joannah, Nicholas’ wife, died 29 Sept. 1804 at 62 years of age. According to family records, Nicholas died 3 Feb. 1816, at 71 years of age. However, according to Nottoway County court records, his will was proved 4 April 1816.
In his will, Nicholas confirmed that he had already given land to his 3 sons, Richard, John, and Thomas, and that they were to pay their sisters £300. His slaves were to be divided equally between Richard, John, Thomas, and Judith. He omitted Elizabeth from the division of the slaves presumably because she was living in South Carolina. Nicholas’ cattle and household furniture were to go to his 3 sons. The remainder of his estate was to be equally divided among all of his 5 children. 

Descendants of Nicholas Vaughan
Information about the children of Nicholas Vaughan, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Elizabeth (Vaughan) Hudson (1767-c.1845),  
William H. Hudson,  Thomas Hudson,  Mary —,  
Elijah Hudson,  Nancy Robertson,  
Elizabeth Hudson,  Isaac Reeder,  
William H. Hudson,  Nancy Petty,  
Judith Hudson,  James W. McWilliams,  
Nancy Hudson,  Allen Killough,  
Isaac Killough Sr.,  Isaac Killough Jr.,  Samuel Killough,  Nathaniel Killough,  Jane Killough,  George Wood,  Polly Killough,  Owen Williams,  
Nicholas Hudson,  Dedamy Crump,  John Crump,  
Thomas Hudson,  Sarah Killough Crowder,  
Richard Hudson,  Margaret O. Dupuy,  
 Richard Vaughan (1770-1831),  
Sarah (—) Vaughan,  Thomas J. Osborne,  
William B. Vaughan,  William T. Vaughan,  
Thomas Vaughan,  
Richard Vaughan,  
Benjamin O. Vaughan,  Amanda T. Goode,  Thomas Goode,  
Asa Vaughan,  Eliza Helen Robertson,   
Nancy J. Vaughan,  Joseph A. Motley,  
Elizabeth Vaughan,  
Judith F. Vaughan,  
 Judith Vaughan (1774-1840),  
 Nicholas Vaughan (1777-),  
 John Vaughan (1780-1848),  
 Thomas Vaughan (1783-1853),  
Sina (—) Vaughan,  Lodowick B. Vaughan,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Elijah Hudson - War of 1812  

Selected sources
Gregg, Mary. “Three Nicholas Vaughans of Eighteenth Century Southern Virginia.” Unpublished report. • Families of Nicholas Vaughan, Nicholas Vaughan, and Nicholas Vaughan.
Moore, Jack. The Killough Massacre. Jacksonville, Tx.: Kiely Printing Company, 1966. • Information about the exploits of the family of Nancy Hudson and Isaac Killough in Texas was derived from this book.

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