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Australian Exile: Thomas VAUGHAN
Hi Ralph

I found your genforum posting on you being a member of the Merthyr Tydfil Vaughan family and you included the convict Thomas Vaughan. I am a direct descendant of Thomas and I have been tracing the family both here and in the USA.

A number of our families have been to Merthyr Tydfil and we have found strong evidence that Thomas's father was Samuel Vaughan in Boughrood near Glasbury in Wales. Samuel m. Mary Farr 28 Feb 1798 in Clodock & Longtown.

Samuel's children were mainly born in Glasbury : Samuel Jnr -b. 20 Jan 1799, William b. 6 Jun 1802 & d. 23 Dec 1864 in Jackson Co USA, John (b.20 Nov 1803), James (b.21 Jul 1805) and our Thomas b. 7 Feb 1808, d. 15 Apr 1880 at Bolong near Crookwell NSW. There were other children David, Phoebe, Jane & Peter (the last two were twins and may not have survived b. 8 Jul 1814).

We have found evidence that Samuel died 30 Sept 1820 in Boughrood leaving the family destitute and they moved to Merthyr Tydfil. Note we strongly suspect that the chapel on the hill (formerly Llanwemp Common) behind Boughrood was built by a community effort and included the Vaughan boys. An almost identical chapel was built in Bolong (near where Thomas died) and his house at Fullerton near Bolong was also in stone with similar architecture.

We are happy to share all our data with family so please let us know your connections into this family and in particular who connects directly with Thomas Vaughan the Merthyr Tydfil convict transported to Australia in 1831 on the ship John (Voyage3).

Regards,
Ken Vaughan
Sydney Australia
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