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Cornelius Vaughn
(Abt 1670-Abt 1736)
Elizabeth Foster
Francis Lea
(Abt 1710-1766)
Ann White
(-Abt 1783)
Martin Vaughn
(Abt 1725-Bef 1763)
Eleanor Lea
(Abt 1730-After 1791)
Cornelius Vaughn
(1759-Abt 1780)


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Cornelius Vaughn

  • Born: 21 Mar 1759
  • Marriage: Nancy 'Anne' Carter on 11 Nov 1778
  • Died: Abt May 1780 about age 21

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Cornelius Vaughan who died in Amherst Co., Virginia as the son of Martin (and Eleanor) Vaughan who was son of the original Cornelius Vaughan.

The article is really interesting, too, because it describes a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Cornelius the younger and his siblings, who claimed that because he had written his will before going off to war, before he was legally of age. They objected that he left everything to his young wife Nancy. You probably know that Nancy is a common nickname for Anne. At any rate, the article contains a marriage date for Cornelius and Nancy of November 11, 1778 which, as you will see, means Daniel Tarleton Vaughan was not born of the marriage. You will also note that if he was not of age in 1778 when he made the will, the birth date you show of 1743 is not accurate. Cornelius Vaughan, Sr. may have had other Cornelius descendants that would fit your facts better.

Here is an excerpt from my notes from the article: November 1, 1696 Cornelius Vaughan and Thomas Jones were granted 450 acres of land adjoining the plantation of George Martin in King and Queen Co., for transporting nine persons to the Colony of Virginia. He died circa 1735. His estate was appraised at 193 pounds, a complete inventory is given in the article (including 8 slaves) and Elizabeth Vaughan made her mark as relict.

In 1791 suit was brought in Amherst Co., by John Vaughan, John Stucker and Nancy, his wife, Larkin Sandidge and Mary, his wife against Edward Carter and Nancy, his wife, to prove that the will of Cornelius Vaughan was invalidated by reason of the fact that he was not of legal age at the time the will was made, also to recover that part of the estate of Cornelius Vaugahn, to which Cornelius Vaugahn, the younger, would have been entitled as heir of his grandfather Cornelius Vaughan, the elder, were he now alive, and of which the Defendant had possessed herself.

In 1778, Cornelius Vaughan, Jr., son of Martin Vaughan decd., and Eleanor his wife, of Caroline County, and grandson of Cornelius Vaughan, Sr. and wife Elizabeth, of King and Queen Co., was living in Amherst County.

Martin and Eleanor Vaughan had four children: Cornelius, Anne, John and Mary Vaughan. Anne married William Edwards. He was living, March 1780, when the personal estate of Martin Vaughan, deceased was divided between his heirs. She married second Michael Stucker. Mary Vaughan married Larkin Sandidge and after the Revolution they migrated to Lincoln County, Kentucky.

After the death of her husband, Eleanor Vaughan married Joseph Edwards. During the Revolution they lived in Amherst County and later removed to Woodford County, Kentucky. November 11, 1791, Eleanor Edwards deposed her eldest son, Cornelius Vaughan, Jr., was drafted in 1779 as a soldier in the Continental Army, and he was not 21 years of age until the 19th day of March, 1780. Cornelius Vaughan, Jr. married November 11, 1778, Nancy, daughter of Job Carter, of Amherst County.

He seemed to have had a presentment that he would never return from the North, for on August 20, 1779, he made his will and evidently with the intention of cutting them off from being his heirs, bequeathed to his brother, John Vaughan and sisters, Ann Edwards and Mary Vaughan five shillings each. To his wife he leaves his land and personal estate. His will was proved in Amherst County, September 3, 1781 (Will book 2, p. 24)

September 6, 1779, intending shortly by Gods Permission to join the Grand Continental Army as a Soldier under General Washington and not knowning the Certainty or Uncertainty of my Life or Contingencies of Fortune, he constituted Peter Carter his attorney, to sell certain lands in the County of Onslow and State of North Carolina being the same which was granted to John Wallace by Patent bearing Date the 20th April 1745 at Newbern and containing one hundred Acres which was held since that Time by my said Father Martin Vaugahn and on his Death descended to me his Heir.

September 23, 1782, Ann Vaugahn, widow of Cornelius Vaughan, Jr. was married by Rev. Benjamin Coleman, to Edward Carter, or Amherst County.

A fellow soldier, James Masters, deposed that he served with Cornelius Vaughan in the army and that he died under the Small Pox Towards the last of May or first of June 1780, at which time he was a very young man. Various other depositions were taken and the case dragged along until the year 1802, when the court foudn Cornelius Vaugahn was of lawful age when he made his will, therefore his widow was his lawful heir and should retain the property.

Source cited for remarriage of Anne/Nancy Carter Vaughan given as Sweeny: Marriage Bonds and Other Marriage Records of Amherst County, Virginia 1763-1800. Larkin Sandidge is noted as being the son of John Sandidge (d. in Amherst Co., 1803) and wife Keziah, daughter of Henry and Dorothy (Dudley) Gatewood and graddaughter of John Gatewood who settled in Rappahannock Co., Va., prior to 1663. John Sandidge was a son of William Sandidge (d. in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia 1747) and wife, Ann.

The will of Elizabeth Vaughan, Spotsylvania Co., Virginia, widow of Cornelius Vaughan, Sr., dated Nov. 14, 1775. Executors Bond dated Nov. 19, 1778. Ex. William Pemberton. Legatees, my four children which are now alive: Cornelius Vaughan, Bridget Broadas, Elizabeth Pemberton, Margaret Geter [Jeter] and my son Martin Vaughans four children, his part to be equally divided amongst them. Crozier: Spotsylvania County Records, p. 33.


Cornelius married Nancy 'Anne' Carter, daughter of Job Carter and Sarah Rob, on 11 Nov 1778.

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