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William Vaughan was born Abt. 1656, and died date unknown in Somerset Co., MD. He married Margaret.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Vaughan:
From "They Lived in Somerset: 17th Century Marylanders""
VAUGHAN, William 1671/04/01 ESMd imm from VA

1675/03/11 JUD2 suspicion of murder

1678/11/01 VII Tobacco List

1686/02/23 IKL b to William & Margaret

1687/12/20 MCW witn/w William Hatheley

Att a County Cort: helld y 6th: Day of febrry: in y second yeare of y Dominion of y Rt: Honr:ble Charles -
over Maryland &c Annoq Domini 1676: before his Justices thereunto assigned & authorized: ~ ~
Mr: William: Stevens:
Collll: William: Colebourne: Mr: James Dashiele:
present Mr: Charles: Ballard: Mr: William: Jones: Commrs
Mr: David : Browne: Mr: Wm: Brereton:
Whereas William Vaughan was brought before y Cort: upon Suspicion of murthering of A negroe named
Jeffrey belonging to mr: James: Jones Rice Thomas & Walter Lewis wittnesses whoe Swore that hee Stabbed
him y 27th: Day of Janry: last past The Cort: ordered y Sherriffe to carry y said William Vaughan with the
Wittnesses aforesaid to y provinciall Cort: & the Sd William Vaughan there Deliver with y Deposicons
taken before y Justice which alsoe was Sworne to in Cort: as in Duty bound: / : ~ ~ ~ ~

January 1687 William Vaughan and wife Margaraet subpoenaed to appear as witnesses at a trial on a matter of assault and batter.

105 ~ 8 August 1694 Court convenes (Somerset Co).; Justices present: Francis Jenckins, Roger Woolford, Capt. William Whittington, Thomas Jones, Capt. John King, Stephen Horsey, Capt. Arnold Elzey; proclamations for Electing Delegates or Burgesses and Continuation of Officers read; Court schedules selection of Burgesses for 10 o’clock on 15 August:
Subpoena, William Vaughan, wife Margarett, Edward Gold, John Hamlin; for John Moore vs. Christopher Snoswell

Early MD Census Records show Cattle Marks recorded by William Vaughan in Somerset Co. MD in the year 1688.

The parentage of William has not shown up definatively in any records I've come across thus far. There are tantalizing possibilities. The two possibilities are directly connected with George Calvert. A Sir William Vaughan of Wales sold his interest in Newfoundland to George Calvert around 1619 and The Virginia Co.in 1628; Capt. Robert Vaughan arrived from the Isle of Wright and landing on St. Clement's Island, MD in 1634 with Cecil Calvert, s/o George Calvert on the Ark and the Dove.

Robert Vaughan was commissioned by Gov. Cecil Calvert on 4/18/1647 as chief Captain and Commander of all the militia of the Isle of Kent and to judge all civil cases except where the freehold of any one shall come in question.

Robert b abt 1597 purportedly in England- d around 1668; had the following children:
Charles Vaughan b 11/30/1655 (taken from Kent Co. MD births 1650-1681 naming Capt. Robert as his father)
Mary Vaughan married Capt. James Ringgold (In Ringgold family history it states Mary was the dau of Capt. Robert Vaughan). James was a member of the first Talbot court, son of Thomas Ringgold (1611_1672) of Kent Island.
Thomas Vaughan who married a Susannah was named s/o the Old Commander of Kent Robert Vaughan. Thomas became Clerk and Sheriff of Talbot Co., MD on 11/17/1663. Talbot Co. was taken from Kent Co.
William Vaughan b 1656
William was called Orphan by 1673 and named s/o deceased Commander Robert Vaughan by Robert Dunn, sheriff of Kent Co. MD.

In 1666 Somerset Co. MD was established by partly taking from Kent and largely taken from a non-county area.

In 1627 the Governor of Virginia authorized William Clayborne, "Secretarie of State of this Kingdom" to explore and locate the source of the Chesapeake Bay.

During this expedition, William Clayborne chose an island of the Chesapeake, seperated from the main land by what is now Kent Narrows, to establish a trading post. This island is present day Kent Island and was the first settlement in Maryland.

The island was already inhabited by the Matapeakes, a branch tribe of the Ozinies who lived on the southern banks of the Chester River, and the Monoponsons who lived on the southern part of the island. The early settlers were subject to fatal attacks by the Wicomese from the mainland Eastern Shore and the Susquehannas from the north. In 1641 the indians became so hostile and troublesome the law forbid the settlers to shoot, wound or kill any any indian coming onto the island and forbid the colonists to be friendly. It wasn't until the 1750's that the last indian left the island to settle elsewhere.

The early settlers also found the island to have plenty of wolves,bears,deer,raccoons,foxes, opossums,squirrels,rabbits,beaver and muskrats to hunt for fur.

By 1631 William Clayborne and Rev.Richard Jones had established a settlement on the island. William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the County of Kent. Rev. Richard Jones, of the Church of England, aided Clayborne in establishing this Protestant Colony and was the first to preach the gospel in Maryland.

Capt.Nicholas Martin represented the Isle of Kent at the Legislative Assembly of Virginia several years before St.Mary's settlement. It wasn't until 1634 that that settlers landed on St.Clement's island.
In 1632, King Charles granted Cecelius Calvert the Charter for Maryland, making the already established settlement on "Isle of Kent" the first in Maryland, and so begins the most interesting history of the Eastern Shore. It was these adventurers, traders, settlers and their descendants, along with the colonists to follow, that would settle the counties of Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester.

Isle of Kent 5th April 1652: We,whose names are hereafter subscribed, do promise and engage ourselves to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England, without King or House of Lords.

Thomas Ward, Thomas South, Tho.Wetherell, Tho.Pett, Tho.Taylor, Hen.Carlyen, John Hud, Robert Martin, John Smith, Henry Ashley, John Philips, John Gould, Edw. Ebes, John Smyth, John Richeson, Hen.Taylor, Will Leedes, John Sepsen, Anthony Calliway, ROBERT VAUGHAN, Philip Commins, Thos.Ringgould, Thos.Bradnox, Hen.Morgan, William Elliott, Robert Halters, Richard Blunt, Matthew Read, Will Jones, John RINGGOLD, Francis Bright, Edw.Copedge, Edmt.Weebe, John Russell, Rich.Salter, Marke Benton, Will Band, Francis Barnes, Hen.Clay, Roger Baxter, James Horner, Hen.Weest, Isa.Ilive, George Croutch, Edward Burton, Abraham Hollman, John Winchester, Nicholas Picurd, Nic.Browne, David Geldersen, Will Price, Tho.Hill, John Dean, Edw.Coxe, Robert Dunn, Fran Lumbard, John Gibson, John Maconick, Thomas Weest, Joseph Wickes To ye truth of this I here subscribe John Coursey, John Errickson, Andrew Hanson, Andrew Anderson

This list of 66 names most likely includes all the adult white male colonists living in Kent County in 1652/3.


Sir William Vaughan 1575-Aug 1641 was a Welsh writer and colonial investor. He was born at Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, Wales the son of Walter Vaughan who died in 1598, descended from an ancient prince of Powys, Wales. William's brothers were John Vaughan, 1st Earl of Carbery (1572-1634) and General Sir Henry or Harry Vaughan (1587-1659), a well-known Royalist leader in the English Civil War. William was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, and too the degree of Doctor of Laws at Vienna. In 1616 he bought a grant of land, the southern Avalon Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland. Unable to make a success of this colony he sold a portion to Henry Cary and a portion to George Calvert. George in turn established his Colony of Avalon. Tho William retained the southern portion, which included the area of Trepassey. But after a two year visit from 1622 to 1625, in 1628 he transferred his interests to the Virginia Co. He died at his house of Torcoed, Carmarthenshire. I could find no record of a wife or children.

Then there is a Will of a William Vaughan dated 3/8/1687, probated 1/16/1688 that gives 120 acres to a son William, who is also a witness to the Will and this Will mentions wife receiving the plantation where they live that was the property of her father Hugh Purdy. Also gives a son James his long gun, son John received 110 A. Son William would probably fit into the age group of our ancestor William.

Then there is this Will:
John Vaughan Decedent 9 Vaughan, John, 9 January 1663; 27 April 1664, of Nominy Parish. Wife Ellen exx. and guardian of two sons, Samuel & William; son in law John Watts and his wife Elizabeth 1000 acres of land on Mattox Creek. Our ancestor would have been a minor at this time.

But numerous Vaughans arrived in VA beginning in 1622. So if our William migrated from VA as stated in "They Lived in Somerset: 17th Century Marylanders":
VAUGHAN, William 1671/04/01 ESMd imm from VA says, then he may have come from any one of those or directly from Europe to VA. Hopefully some industrious genealogist will come up with the answer. There was a William Vaughan that received a land grant in Accomack, Va in 1665.

My bet is that the father was Robert Vaughan that was one of the original settlers of Kent in 1642.

Then the latest information received 6/16/2008 from Bruce P. Beck, a Vaughan ancestor that has found immigrant William Vaughan who came from Bristol England on Dec. 23, 1656 to Virginia in bondage to Jasper Crosse . He was listed as a mason and was bound for 4 years. later moved to Maryland in 1671 and received a land grant for transporting himself to Maryland. He feels this is the original ancestor of our William and is still working on proving it.



Children of William Vaughan and Margaret are:
  1. +William Vaughan, b. 23 Feb 1686, Somerset Co., Md. taken from "Early Vital Records of Somerset Co., Md., d. Bet. 1742 - 1743, Somerset Co. MD.
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