52 Ancestors 2015 #50: George Vaughan, a founder of Middleborough, Massachusetts

George Vaughan, my 10th great-grandfather, was born in England in 1621. The location and date are both from his statements recorded and “New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial”.

He is first recorded in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1653, and then moved to Middleborough in 1663. He also lived in Marshfield for a period of time.

According to NEFGM, “He appears to have had a liking for litigation as his name appears frequently in the court records both as plaintiff and defendant.”

He wasn’t all bad. On June 1 1669 he was appointed to a committee with William Crowell, John Thomson and William Nelson, to determine a boundary line between Nantasket, Marshfield, Duxbury and Bridgewater.

He kept the first licensed ordinary in the town of Middleborough “for the entertainment of strangers” by the General Court in 1669.

A colonial public ordinary

A colonial public ordinary

In 1671 he was on a town committee to view damage done by horses and hogs of the English to property owned by the Native Americans. In 1675, he was named Constable of Middleborough – and he was one of the town garrison in King Philip’s war.

From “History of the Town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, Volume 1” : “At the General court of Plymouth, on the 5th of June, 1658, a suit was brought against him by John Sutton for detaining his property, wherein the jury found for the plaintiff and costs, which amounted to one pound, ten shillings, and six pence. He was then living in Marshfield, and, on the 1st of June, he seems to have been fined ten shillings for not attending public worship on the Lord’s Day.

He was a resident of Middleboro in 1663, and, for some cause which does not appear, was fined by the court ten shillings. On the first of March, 1663, he brought a suit against Shurtliff for molesting and taking away an animal for the debt of one CHarles Hopkins of Boston. The jury found for the plaintiff, with the charges of the court to be paid by the defendant.”

In 1652 in Marshfield, he married Elizabeth Hinksman, daughter of Edward Hinksman of Marshfield. She was born 1633 in Marshfield and died 24 June 1693 in Middleborough. They had seven children – Elizabeth, born 8 April 1653 in Marshfield, who later married Lieutenant Isaac Howland, son of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland; Joseph Vaughan, born 20 August 1654 in Marshfield (my 9th great grandfather), a Captain in King Philip’s War; John Vaughan, born 1658 in Scituate who died in 1676 of drowning in Scituate Harbor; Mary Vaughan born around 1660, Mercy Vaughan born 1664 and George Vaughan born around 1670, all in Middleborough.
Elizabeth died 24 June 1693 in Middleborough, seventeen months before her husband.

He died October 20, 1694 at age seventy-three. His will was dated June 30, 1694, proved November 10, 1694.


Wapanucket Cemetery

He and most of his descendants for several generations, resided in that part of the town of Middleborough known as Wapanucket. Today, Wapanucket Cemetery is located on Vaughan St in Middleborough, Massachusetts.


Vaughan Street, Middleborough, Massachusetts “Wapanucket Area”

George Vaughan (1621 – 1694) 10th great-grandfather
Mary Vaughan (1694 – 1737) daughter of Joseph Vaughan ,Captain
Mary Mariner (1727 – 1761) daughter of Mary Vaughan
Joanna Dyer (1746 – 1814) daughter of Mary Mariner
John Allen Roberts (1802 – ) son of John Allen Robbarts
Hiram Hills Roberts (1827 – 1863) son of John Allen Roberts
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

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