Biography of Thomas Vaughan  

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From "Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois" (1906):


    Thomas Earl Vaughn, deceased, was a man whom to know was to respect and honor, and in Bureau township, where he had very wide acquaintance, his memory is cherished by many friends. He was born at New Bedford, Massachusetts, in July, 1832, a son of Stillman and Lucinda (Washburn) Vaughn, both of whom were natives of the old Bay state. On leaving New England they located in Zanesville, Ohio, and removed thence to Bureau county, Illinois, where they arrived when their son, Thomas E., was a young man of eighteen years. This was bout 1850 and through almost a half century he remained a resident of the county, identified with its agricultural interests.
    On the 9th of November, 1855, Mr. Vaughn was united in marriage to Miss Lydia J. Hollingshead, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hollingshead. Her fathers' death occurred in this county and her mother passed away in the spring of 1891. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn was blessed with a family of twelve children: Lewis, John A., Nathan F., Julia A., Lillian M., Thomas C., Emma J., Fannie E., Maggie S., Earl S., Verna V., and Nellie L. The daughters Lillian and Maggie are now deceased.
    As the years passed by Mr. Vaughn became the owner of a valuable farm property comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land, in addition to which he owned fifty acres of timber land. This, however, did not comprise the extent of his acreage, for as his financial resources increased he made judicious investments in property and during his life time owned five hundred and thirty acres, being one of the largest landholders of this part of the county. He also engaged in merchandising in the town of Wyanet for a number of years, dealing in hardware and clothing and afterward in groceries. He secured a liberal patronage in his store, owing to his earnest efforts to please his customers, his reasonable prices and his straightforward dealings. He was a man of good business capacity and of exectuive force and his labors resulted in teh acquirement of a very handsome competence. He was always interested in matters relating to the general welfare and though he never sought or desired public ofice he kept well informed on issues of the day and generally gave his support to the republican party. He did not consider himself bound by party ties, however, and frequently cast and independt ballot. His religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Methodist church and was, moreover, evidenced by his daily life., his consideration ofr the rights of others and his honesty and integrity under all conditions. He passed away February 9, 1899 in his sixty-sixth year and the community lost one of its valued citizens, his neighbors a faithful friend and his family a devoted husband and father.
    Mrs. Vaughn is also a devoted and zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She still lives upon the old homestead and her son, Lewis and daughter Emma J. are still living with her.

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