HUGH VAUGHAN. This gentleman is a prominent member of the farming community of Chenoa Township, where he is
successfully engaged in stock-raising, and where he has been located since the spring of 1859. He is of Welsh parentage
and ancestry, and was born on a farm in Montgomeryshire, Wales, Jan. 17, 1834. Hugh Vaughan is the son of Edward
and Elizabeth (Davis) Vaughan, and his father was a farmer of modest means. Hugh lived in his native Wales until
he was twenty-two years of age; then boarded a vessel bound for New York City, and after arriving there resumed
his chosen calling until the fall of 1859. He then came to Illinois, and purchased eighty acres of land on section
1, Lexington Township, this county. (See citizenship footnote)
Mr. Vaughan, of this notice, was married in 1860, to Miss Ellen Jones, a native of his own country and shire, and the daughter of Hugh and Jane (Evans) Jones. After marriage Mr. Vaughan and wife located on his farm, whence they removed to the present homestead in 1865. The total amount of his home farm now comprises 240 acres.
During the war our subject began feeding hogs and cattle, and shipping and selling, and from the proceeds realized a handsome income. He added to his first purchase as time progressed and his means accumulated until he has become the owner of a handsome estate and has all his land under good cultivation. He ships a carload of fat hogs every year, and often a carload of cattle. The farm is handsomely laid out, and the fields divided by hedge fences of which he has five miles. The land is tile drained.
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan there were born eight children, four sons and four daughters, as follows: Edward R., Viola J., Hugh (deceased), E. Mary, Grace J., Robert, Maggie I. and John G. Mr. V. is Republican in politics, and is in all respects fulfilling his obligations as a good citizen and worthy member of the community. He came to America without a dollar in his pocket, and his present possessions are the result of his own industry and perseverance. He is a striking illustration of the self-made man who has arisen by his own efforts to an enviable position among the best class of citizens, and who have assisted in making this State what it is among the commonwealths of the West. Mrs. Vaughan is a member of the Presbyterian Church. A fine lithographic view of the handsome residence and home of Mr. Vaughan is shown elsewhere in this work.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 193-194. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards
CITIZENSHIP FOOTNOTE: McLean County Immigration
022 VAUGHAN, HUGH Nat. Rec. 1859-1894 p. 34 3rd day of November 1862 Declaration of Intent to become U.S. citizen; From Great Britain & Ireland (Note: Native of Wales)
023 VAUGHAN, HUGH Nat. Rec. Co. Ct. Bk. A 1864-1873 p. 43 Final Order Nov. 4, 1864; Native of Wales; Witness Anthony Hazlebaker and John Walker; Renounces allegiance to Queen of Great Britain and Ireland