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From "History of Bureau County, Illinois" (1885):
Thomas Vaughan, Bureau, was born in New Bedford, Mass., July 20, 1832. His father, Stillman Vaughan, was also a native of New Bedford, born July 10, 1800. His wife, Lucinda Washburn, was born at the same place June 15, 1804. They removed to Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1838, and in 1851 to Bureau County, Ill. They settled on the farm where our subject now resides, which was the old homestead of Henry Thomas, who settled there in 1828, and built old Fort Thomas, on the spot where Mr. Vaughan's house now stands. Stillman Vaughan and his wife resided here until theire deaths. He died March 26, 1872, and his wife February 28, 1856. Of their children, J. Stillman was drowned in Ohio, and Thomas, our subject is the only one living. He was reared in Ohio, and educated in the common Schools. He has always been engaged in farming and now owns 300 acres in Bureau Township, but for several years has also been engaged in the mercantile business in Wyanet. He was married in this county November 9, 1855, to Lydia J. Hollingshead. She was born in Belmont County, Ohio, May 18, 1839, and is a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hollingshead; her father died in this county, but her mother is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan have eleven children: Lewis, born March 12, 1857; John A., October 23, 1859; Nathan L., September 9, 1861, married; Julia A., January 22, 1864, wife of S. Smith, of Bureau Township; Lillian M., August 17, 1866; Thomas C., November 4, 1868; Emma J., November 27, 1870; Fannie E., November 20, 1874; Maggie S., May 1, 1877; Earl S., February 1, 1880; the baby, February 3, 1883. In politics Mr. Vaughan is a Republican, but independent. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bureau Township.
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