FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 749.

          Thomas B. Vaughn, farmer, was born on the site of Eldorado in 1830, a son of Daniel and Alma (Castleberry) Vaughn. The father, born in Tennessee in ISO I, of Scotch ancestry, was the son of John Vaughn, it native of Maryland, and a soldier killed in the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812. Daniel, born in 1824 in Caldwell County, Ky., came to Saline County in 1818, and then permanently in 1828 farming until his death in 1856. The mother, born in Kentucky about 1806, died in 1863 Educated chiefly at Benton, be joined Capt. (now Gen.) Lawler's cavalry at the, age of fifteen, and for over fifteen months fought in northern Mexico. In 1841 he went West and successfully mined for three years. In 1832 he returned and the following year married Miriam Jones. Two of their three children are living: Napoleon A. (a merchant near Braden) and Eliza A. He soon entered the merchandise and tobacco trade at Raleigh, and in 1861 enlisted in Company E, Third Illinois Cavalry, and was in many large and smaller engagements for three years. Of his company Of 101 men 55 were killed. Until 1876; he was engaged in milling in White County, and then traded for a mill in Walpole, which was burned three years later. Since then he has been engaged ill farming and threshing, being the owner of 480 acres of land -two farms near Walpole. In 1860 he became assistant marshal of Saline and Hamilton Counties, and had charge of the census taking. He was reared a Democrat and first voted for Buchanan. He was formerly an Odd Fellow, and is a member of the F. M. B. A. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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