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Nevada reader shares Vaughan family history


To the editor:

I saw an article of yours online (“From the West Plains Gazette: the Sherwood Vaughan Homestead,” Sept. 30, 2023) and thought you might like to know it was read in Nevada.

I am the great-great-grandson of Thomas Sherwood Vaughan, born in 1830 in Washington County, Tenn., died 1916, Leota, Mo. My descent is from him through Anthony Vaughan (died Cleveland, Okla., 1943), then William Neal Vaughan a 12-term Pawnee County commissioner who died in 1969 in Cleveland Okla., then his son John Vaughan, my father, born in Cleveland, Okla., and who lived from 1928 to 2004.

I was born in 1956 in Kentucky.

Thomas Sherwood Vaughan actually came in 1838 to Missouri from Washington County, Tenn., after the depression of 1837 with his father John George Vaughan (1805-1860), who was also born in Washington County, Tenn., and he was the son of Sherwood Vaughan, born in Virginia in 1770, and died in Washington County, Tenn. in 1849.

I was 1971 Woodmen of the World Most Outstanding History student in USA, World Trivial Pursuit Knowledge champion 1986 (Johannesburg, South Africa) and a many-time World Correspondence Chess Champion featured on the attached Burundi stamp.

Stan Vaughan
Las Vegas, Nevada