2017-10-25 / Front Page

Vaughn family featured at Putnam County Museum


The Vaughn family is a Putnam County founding family, with educators, farmers, civic leaders and champions in 4-H. For generations, they have been keeping the focus on education, land stewardship, and being good citizens. (Courtesy Photo) The Vaughn family is a Putnam County founding family, with educators, farmers, civic leaders and champions in 4-H. For generations, they have been keeping the focus on education, land stewardship, and being good citizens. (Courtesy Photo) Featured now in the Putnam County Founding Family Corner of the Putnam County Museum is The Vaughn Family of the Belle Union area, a Putnam County founding family since 1850. There are several items featured in the exhibit which opened on Saturday, Sept. 30 with 40 in attendance.

Here is a short history of the Vaughn family as written by Jordon Vaughn:

“The Vaughn family has been in Putnam County for nine generations. It has produced numerous educators and agricultural leaders who have made an impact on their communities and Putnam County itself. Several Vaughn descendants remain prominent land owners, where some land has been in the family for more than 150 years.


Putnam County Museum display of photographs and memorabilia from the Vaughn family. There are photos from the 1840s and an FFA degree from South Putnam High School from 1972 and a lot more stuff in between. (Courtesy Photo) Putnam County Museum display of photographs and memorabilia from the Vaughn family. There are photos from the 1840s and an FFA degree from South Putnam High School from 1972 and a lot more stuff in between. (Courtesy Photo) Joseph and Eleanor (O’Bannon) Vaughn came from Augusta County, Virginia to the Dix River region of Garrard and Lincoln counties in Kentucky, coming through the Cumberland Gap. In Kentucky, they had 14 children, the majority of them headed north to Putnam County near the towns of Mt. Meridian and Belle Union in Jefferson Township as early as 1850. In 1864, after the death of his father, Joseph, Thompson Vaughn and his family came to settle on the south side of Fillmore in Marion Township. His son, Strother Pitt Vaughn, was the last inhabitant of the Belle Union Cabin that currently stands at Robe-Ann Park in Greencastle. They raised six sons in the originally four-room, two-story structure: Henry William, Selden Louis, Benjamin Frank, Oliver Pitt, Theodore Clarence and Frederick Wesley Vaughn. Of the six, five dropped the second “a” in their name to “Vaughn”. The youngest, Fred, being the sole “Vaughn.”


The Vaughn family’s Seth Thomas mantle clock, shown above, has been in the family now for a total of six generations. (Courtesy Photo) The Vaughn family’s Seth Thomas mantle clock, shown above, has been in the family now for a total of six generations. (Courtesy Photo) With museum member Jordon Vaughn being the main coordinator to the exhibit, and partnering with the museum’s stellar exhibits team Rita Schendel, Vicky Krider, and Mickey Meehan, they have brought together one amazing founding family exhibit. From furniture to photographs, and documents of family involvement in Putnam County 4-H program to antique handwritten written letters, the thick history of a Putnam County family is steeped in this very interesting family exhibit.

Stop in today and take a peek at this historic founding family exhibit! The Putnam County Museum is located at 1105 N. Jackson St. Greencastle. Find information on their website at www.PutnamCountyMuseum.org and be sure to like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ PutnamCoMuseum for upcoming events, giveaways, information on exhibits and other exciting news about the museum.

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