The forty-third county in order of formation, is located in the south-central section of Kentucky along the state border with Tennessee. Created in 1800 from parts of Pulaski and Cumberland Counties, it was named in honor of Gen. Anthony WAYNE, Revolutionary War hero. The 446 square-mile county is bordered by Clinton, Russell, Pulaski, and McCreary counties.
The county seat is Monticello.
The county is divided into three distinct physical regions; the Cumberland Plateau, the level plain in the southeastern part of the county; the Knobs, rolling plains that run through the center of the county; and the Pennyroyal or Mississippi Plateau, the northwestern part of the county.
Pioneer Long Hunters visited what was to become Wayne County in 1770 and established a camp near Mill Springs, a few miles north of Monticello. In 1775 Benjamin PRICE built a cabin and established a camp near Mill Springs. PRICE'S STATION was one of Kentucky's first permanent settlements. Many settlers in the county had participated in the Revolutionary War. Joshua JONES, one of the most prominent first settlers, came in 1794; Jonathan and James INGRAM in 1796; Cornelious PHILLIPS in 1798; and Isaac WEST, James SIMPSON, Nicholas LLOYD and Henry GARDNER in 1799. Between 1800 and 1810 a large number of families arrived.
There is room for misgiving as to the John Vaughn that married Irene Dodson and the one that married Mary (Polly) Lewis being the same person. Records seem to indicate they are one and the same. Irene would have had to be younger than John. He would have had to be at least 59 when the last child was conceived. Stephen was only three months old when John and Irene were married. Of course Polly was only sixteen when she married John. If a death record for Polly could be found it could possibly clear the situation. It was not too unusual for a woman to die in child birth those days. But, I think, unusual for a man to remarry three months after his wife's death. (Probably cheaper than hiring someone to take care of the children) I'll keep looking. Ron Vaughn
More About John Vaughn: Occupation: Baptist Minister.
More About John Vaughn and Mary Lewis: Marriage: November/14/1811, WAYNE COUNTY KENTUCKY.
Marriage Notes for John Vaughn and Mary Lewis: From the Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages and Vital Records 1801 - 1860:
VAUGHN (Vawn), John and Polly Lewis. Surety, John Anderson. Married 14 November 1811 by (Racoon) John Smith. Note: "Mr Tall (Micah Taul) sir this is to inform you that I am willing that John Vawn should have my daughter and desire that you would grant him lisons and you would oblige yours. by Benjamin Lewis Note: Spelling is as in the original record. Ron Vaughn
More About John Vaughn and Irene Dodson: Marriage: March/08/1826, WAYNE COUNTY KENTUCKY.
Marriage Notes for John Vaughn and Irene Dodson: From the Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages and Vital Records 1801 - 1860:
VAUGHN, John and Irene Dodson. Surety, Thomas (X) Dodson. Married 8 March 1826 by George Dodson.
None of the children listed have been confirmed as the children of John and Irene. However, census listings indicate they probably are.