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Rev. William Vaughn was born 1607 in England and died 1677 Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island of unspecified causes. He married Frances Latham (1609-1677) 1654 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island.

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In 1651. Frances Latham (1609-1677) was again a widow with many young children, and within a few years she had married her third husband, the Reverend William Vaughan of Newport. The time of her marriage to Vaughan was before January 1656 when she made an agreement with her oldest Clarke son, Walter, through his guardians, John Cranston and James Barker, settling inheritance issues, now that she was no longer widowed.[7] Vaughan had been ordained in 1648 as a member of the First Baptist Church of Newport, but in 1656 he and others formed the Second Baptist Church. He was a highly respected citizen of Newport, so much so that in April 1676, during King Philip's War, he was one of 16 colonial leaders whose counsel was requested by the General Assembly during "these troublesome times and straits."

Frances Latham (1609-1677) is called the "Mother of Governors", because she had many descendants (from her first two marriages) that became Governors in America.

Frances died in 1677, at about the same time that her husband died. In September of that year Samuel Hubbard of Newport wrote to his children in Westerly, "For news, Mr. Vahan is gone to his long home and his wife is like to follow him if not dead."


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