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Johan Paul Vaught
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Birth: 1681, Germany
Death: 1761
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

Johan Paul (Johan Paulus) Vaught was 68 in 1749, making his birth year circa 1681. He was likely born in Frankfurt, present-day Germany. He died 10 miles from Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta County (currently Rockingham County), Virginia, before Aug 18, 1761, when his will was recorded, about the age of 80.

His wife was Mary Katrina (Catherine Margret) --, whom he married ca. 1704 in what is now Germany. She was born ca. 1687.

Johan Paul Vaught and Mary Katrina arrived in Philadelphia on "Charming Betty" out of London on Oct 11, 1733. John Ball was master of the ship. John Paul Vogt's occupation was "burger." Johan was reported to be 53, Maria 46, Catherina Margaret 18, Maria 16, Andreas 12, and Casper 8. (Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol 42, pp. 134-136)

From October, 1733 to January, 1735, he arrived at, settled on, and probably built a home on, his land in an area of German settlement in the Northern Neck of Orange County, Virginia.

By January, 1735, John Paul had received his first land patent, for 640 acres in Orange County. His land joined that of his future son-in-law, Christian Clements. The land is now in Madison County, Virginia, near the Culpeper County line and on State Route 609. The road was originally Bloodworth's Trail, then Bloodworth's Road, and then State Route 609.

John Paul Vogt "of Frankfurt" was naturalized in 1744 in General Court, Williamsburg, Virginia. At that time, the naturalization process had a requirement for residency for seven years prior to application. He was a protestant, as German Catholics were prohibited from coming to the British Colonies.

On July 7, 1744, John Paul Vaught and his wife Mary Catherine sold 170 acres, part of his original patent, to William Caul. Also, in 1744, they sold the rest of the 640 acres (470 acres) to John Thomas for five schillings.

Court records of Augusta County Virginia, 1745-1800, mention Johan Paul Vaught on numerous occasions.

On February 20, 1745, 400 acres were patented to John Belfaut. This acreage was later sold after his death by his son and daughter-in-law to John's son-in-law Christian Clemmons in May, 1766. (Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Volume 3, by Lyman Chalkley, page 393)

On Sep 20, 1745, John patented 400 acres of land on a north draft of the North River of the Shenandoah, purchased from David Logan the year before.

In February, 1749, it was recorded, "John Paul Vought, orator, vs. David Logan, defendant.--Chancery. Writ dated 22d August, 1748. In 1744 orator purchased 400 acres of David Logan on North River near John Bumgardner. The land was afterwards surveyed for Andrew Fought. (Vol 1, page 300)

An entry also dated 1749 stated that, "John Ballfought says he is above sixty-eight years old and has served thirteen years in the army, and begs to be levy free." (Page 433)

In an entry dated February 22d, 1749-50 in the Land Entry Book #1, it was recorded, "John Fought, 400, Christian Clayman's survey, on South River (c.g.e.p.)." (Chronicles, Vol 2, page 379)

On May 20, 1752, John Fought was among 13 men "to be added to Hans Magart's road hands on road from Shanando River to top Blue Ridge." (Vol 1, page 50)

In May, 1753, it was recorded, " John Paul Vaught (?) and Catherine, (?) Caspar Paul Vaught and Elizabeth, his wife, vs. Robert Hooks.--24th March, 1750." (page 309)

In 1756, it was recorded on page 177, "Processioned by Robert Hook and Pat. Frazier, viz: For Edward Beard, for Margt. Laburn, for James Craig, for Gasper Vought, for James Craig (same as above), for Henry Pirkey, for Mathew Thompson, for Andrew Leeper, for Henry Leaburn, for John Bell Vought, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Beard, for Archibald Huston." (Vol 2, page 444)

On May 17th, 1759, it was recorded on page 311, " Samuel Scott's estate settlement, by Robert Scott and Robert Hooks, executors. Paid . . . Jno. Vought, . . . Jno. Paul Fought . . ." (Vol 3, page 53)

On Oct 9, 1759, Johan Paul Faught's will was recorded in Augusta County, Virginia on page 50:

"In the name of God Amen October the ninth Day in the Year of Lord 1759 by I John Belfaught of the County of Augusta in the Colony of Virginia being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and Memory Blessed be God for it and Calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appinted for all men once to die

"Do make and ordain Appoint this as my last will and Testament that is to say first and principally of all I give and Humbly Recomend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Loving wife whome I Do make and appoint my whole and sole Executorsip in this my last will and Testament nothing Doubting but it will be Managed with all Christian Prudence and as Touching such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life with I give devise and Dispose of the Same in the following Manner and form

"First I Desire all my Lawful Debts may be paid which I have legally Contracted

"Imprimise I give and Bequeath to Mary Katrine my Dearly Beloved wife all my Estate of land Containing two hundred acres together with all my Goods and Chattels and Cash for her Proper Use During her life time and at her Death after her Debts is paid and funeral Charges if there is any Estate Remaining I order it to be Equally divided between my three Children Katrine Cleman Andrew and Casper Faught to them their heirs Exrs. of assigns forever all which I trust will be done and truely fullfilled by my Loving wife and Childern

"and I do hereby appoint my loving wife Mary Catrine my wole and Sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby Disallow Revoke and Disanul all and every other former Testaments Wills and Legacies Bequests and Axecutors by me in any ways before this time named Willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my and & Seal the day and Year above Written

"Signed Sealed Pronounced Published and Declared by the sd. John Belfaught as his Last will & Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers Archd. Huston, Peter Funk, Catrine Funk."

Johan signed his will "johan Paull Vaught."

On Aug 18, 1761, the following was recorded on page 51 in Augusta County, Virginia:

"This Last Will and Testament of John Paul Faught decd was proved by the Oaths of Archd. Huston and Peter Funk two the the witnesses thereof Subscribed and ordered to be Recorded and on the Motion of Mary Cathrine Faught the Executor therein Named who made Oath According to Law Certificate is granted her for Obtaining a probat thereof in due form she having with Security entered into Bond

"Test Know all Men by these presents that we Cathrine Fought Christian Clemans & George Trout are held and firmy bound unto John Buchanan Danl Smith Israel Christian & Archd Alexander Justices in the Commission of the Peace for Augusta County for and in Behalf and to the Sole Use and Beh of the Justices of the said County and their Successors in the sum of Two Hundred Pounds to be paid to the sd Justices their Executors administratirs or assigns to the which payment well and truly to be made we bind our selves and every of us our and every of our Heirs Exseutors and Administrators jointly & Severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our seals dated this 18th day of August Anno Dom 1761

"The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound Cathrine Fought Execx of the Last Will and Testament of John Paul Fought deceased do make or Cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased which have or shall come to the hands possessions or Knowledge of the sd Cathrine or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to Law and further do make a just and true account of her Achings and Doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and also shall well and truly pay and deliver all the Legacies Contained and Specified in the sd Testament as far as the sd Goods Chattels and Credits will thereunto extend and the Law shall change then this obligation to be viod and of none Effect or also to remain in full force & Virtue

"Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Cath. Fought, Christian Clemans, Geo. Trout

"At a Court held for Augusta County August 18, 1761 Catharine Fought with Christian Clemans & George Trout her Securities acknowledged this their Bond which is ordered to be Recorded. Test"

On Sep 10, 1761, it was recorded on page 448, "John Bellfaught's estate sold at vendue--To Catrina Faught; to Henry Lynor; to Andrew Faught; to Peter Funk; to Caspar Faught; to Henry Colar; to Elizabeth Bruester; to James Waite; to Alex. Kile; to Geo. Trout; to Robt. Reyburn; to Jno Hines, Geo Martin, Peter Miller, Robt. Stevens, Edward Rutledge, James Cover, David Menerley. Cash paid Christian Clements for 1 years's board of the widow. Balance due the legatees to be equally divided between Andrew Faught, Casper Faught, and the wife.--Christian Clements. Recorded 21st May, 1766." (Page 94)

On Feb 12, 1763, it was recorded on page 107, "Andrew ( ) Balfaut and Elizabeth ( ) Faut to Christian Clemans, 5 pounds, 266 acres, part of 400 acres patented to John Balfaut, 20th February, 1745. Pat. Frazier's line. Teste: George Faut. Delivered: Christian Clemmons, May, 1766." (Page 393)

On 15 Feb 1763, it was recorded in Deed Book 11, page 107, "Same to Gasper Balfaut his brother for 2 pounds; 67 acres, part of 400 acres patented to John Valfaut 20 Feb 1745 on a small branch of the Shanando. Delivered to Casper Foght, April 1779. (Vol 3, p 393)

The children of Johan Paul Vaught and Mary Katrine -- were:

*i Catherina Margaret, b. ca. 1715, m. Christian Clements, d. ca. June, 1793
ii Maria, b. ca. 1717, perhaps d. by 1759
iii John Andrew (Andreas), b. ca. 1721, m. Elizabeth Emnen Trout, d. 1787
iv John Caspar, b. ca. 1725, m. Elizabeth Wilkiss
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  Catherine Margaret Vaught Clements (1715 - 1793)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Larry Cornwell
Record added: Feb 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33591100

It would be nice to find his actual grave, if it can be done.
- Chambers
 Added: Dec. 24, 2016

- Buddy Franks
 Added: Apr. 12, 2010

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