William Vaughan, D. D.
Kentucky Frontier Baptist Minister
The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881
Elder William Vaughan
By Ben M. Bogard, 1900
The Law and the Gospel
An Essay by Elder William Vaughan
Frank M. Masters wrote:
"A sermon introductory to the proceedings of the [General Association] meeting was preached by Elder William Vaughan from Acts XX:24 - 'But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God'." Elder Vaughan, the preacher of the hour, was regarded "as the greatest of the Baptist pulpit." He was pastor at Bloomfield in Nelson County and was then in the fifty-second year of his life. He was born in Pennsylvania, February 22, 1785. Brother Vaughan was a strong supporter of the General Association through his long life of ninety-two years.
A History of Baptists in Kentucky, 1953, p. 266.
Masters later wrote: The beloved and venerable William Vaughan, D.D., died at the age of ninety-two years on March 30, 1877, prior to the meeting of the association in May. He passed away in the house of his son, Rev. Thomas M. Vaughan in Danville, Kentucky. William Vaughan was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1785, and moved with his parents to Kentucky in 1788 settling near Georgetown. Young Vaughan was ordained to the ministry in 1811, and began work in Bracken Association and was laboring there when Alexander Campbell began his attack on Baptists in that section. In 1836 Brother Vaughan became pastor at Bloomfield in Nelson County, where he continued "overseer of the flock," for thirty-three years. This beloved brother preached the opening sermon at the organization of the General Association in Louisville in 1837, and had the honor of preaching the introductory sermon before that body three times later. Though very feeble, Brother Vaughan was permitted to attend the Centennial Session of the General Association in 1876 and had a part in the Memorial service of J. M. Frost, Sr., with whom he had labored since 1838. [Ibid., p. 374.]
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