Facts and Events
Johann Paul Vaught was one of the Germanna Colony Settlers and also one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol 42, pp. 134-136)
- The Palatine Project Ships passenger list
- FindAGrave Nice bio
- Chalkley's Chronicles
Johan Paul (Johan Paulus) Vaught (c1680-1761) was probably born near Frankfurt Germany.  His surname is various given as Vought, Vogt, Fought, and even "Belfaut" and "Ballfought". (The later variant may be a corruption of his middle and last name "Paulus Vaught"). He married Mary Katrina (1687-) about 1704. In 1733 the couple and four children arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Charming Betty", John Ball, master. 
- [From the Passenger List of the "Charming Betty", Philadlephia, 1833, additional unsourced data added from FIndagrave article]
- Johann Vogt, 53
- Maria, 46
- Catherina, 18 [Catherina Margaret, b. ca. 1715, m. Christian Clements, d. ca. June, 1793]
- Maria, 16 [Maria b. ca. 1717, perhaps d. by 1759]
- Andreas, 12 [John Andrew (Andreas), b. ca. 1721, m. Elizabeth Emnen Trout, d. 1787]
- Caspar, 8 [John Caspar, b. ca. 1725, m. Elizabeth Wilkiss]
The family intially settled in the Germanna Settlement in Madison County VA, near the Culpeper County line on what was originally known as Bloodworth's Trail, later Bloodworth's Road, and is now known as State Route 609. By 1735, he had acquired a land patent, for 640 acres in Orange County. In 1744 "john Paul Vogt of Frankfurt" was naturalized. About the same time he and his wife sold their land in Culpeper, and purchased 800 acres in on the North River of the Shenandoah, in Augusta County.
Johan Paul's wrote his will in Augusta County, Virginia on the ninth of October 1759.
- 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."
- Signed "Johan Paull Vaught."
His will was recorded Aug 18, 1761,
- 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
Other court actions in regard to his will
- August 18, 1761 Catharine Fought with Christian Clemans & George Trout her Securities acknowledged this their Bond which is ordered to be Recorded. Test"
- Sep 10, 1761,"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)
- Feb 12, 1763, "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)
- 15 Feb 1763, 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)
John Vaught's record of importation with his family in 1735 is recorded in Germanna Colony records in Culpeper County, Virginia:
- Johann Paul Vogt (Vaught) imported 1735 with wife Maria Catharina, and children Johann Andreas, Johann Caspar, Catharina Margaretha, and Maria Catharina.
Acquisition of Land in Orange County, Virginia:
- John Paul Vought received a land patent in Orange County, Virginia, for 640 acres of land "on the great fork of the Rappahannock River, bounded by Bloodworth's road and Christopher Clemmons, on 10 January 1735, as evidenced by the dispositions below:
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pg. 256-159. Indenture 27 Feb. 1744/5 between John Paul Vought and Mary Catherine, his wife, Parish of St. Mark's, Orange County, and William Cave of same.. deeds of lease and release.. payment of £17.. for 170 acres in Orange County in great fork of Rappahannock River, part of a pattent granted to John Paul Vought 10 Jan. 1735.. bounded as follows.. Bloodworth's road.... (signed) Jno. Paul Vought [seal], Mary Catherine (X) Vought [seal]. Recorded Orange County 23 February 1744/5. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 27].
- Pg. 259-262. Indenture 27 Feb. 1744/5 between John Paul Vought and Mary Catherine, his wife, and John Thomas.. deeds of lease and release.. for £46.. sells 470 acres on great fork of the Rappahannock River, being remains of a pattent granted to John Paul Vought 10 Jan. 1735.. bounded by Christopher Clemmon.. (signed) Jno. Paul Vought [seal], Mary Catherine (X) Vought [seal]. Recorded 28 February 1744/5. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 27].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Johann Vaught acquired 400 acres in Augusta County, VA on 20 February 1745, based upon the record listed below. This land was located on the South Branch of the Shenandoah River, based upon records of neighboring landowners in Augusta County records:
- Page 107.--12th February, 1763. Andrew ( ) Balfaut and Elizabeth ( ) (Faut) to Christian Clymens (s/b Clements). £5, 266 acres, part of 400 acres patented to John Balfaut (John Paul Vaught), 20th February, 1745. Pat. Frazier's line. Teste: George Faut. Delivered: Christian Clemmons, May, 1766. (Note: Christian Clymens/Clemmons (Clements) mentioned in this record was the son-in-law of John Vaught).
Processioning List of 1756
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 177.-- 1756: 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.
- Page 50.--9th October, 1759. Johan Paul Faught's (John Bellfaught) will--Wife, sole executrix; wife, Mary Katrine; 3 children, Katrine Cleman, Andrew and Casper Faught. Teste: Archd. Huston, Peter Funk, Catrine Funk. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Huston and Peter Funk. Mary Catrine qualifies, with Christian Cleman, Geo. Trout (signed, Cath. Fought).
- Page 448.--10th September, 1761. John Bellfaught's (s/b John Paul Vaught) 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 year'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.
- Vol. 1 - 1749, John Ballfought says he is above sixty-eight years old and has served thirteen years in the army, and begs to be levy free. (Note: confirms John Vaught's birthdate).
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1749 (A). - 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 - MAY, 1753. - John Paul Vaught (?) and Catherine, (?) Caspar Paul Vought and Elizabeth, his wife, vs. Robert Hooks.--24th March, 1750.
- Page 311.--17th May. 1759. Samuel Scott's estate settlement, by Robert Scott and Robert Hooks, executors. Paid Thos. Stevenson, Christopher Zimmerman, Robt. McFarson, David Nelson, Henry Downs, Saml. Wilkins, Wm. Craig, Wm. Snodon, Margaret Fowler, William Jordan, Jno. Vought, Patrick Cain, Doctor Harrison, Hugh Thompson, Jonathan Gibson, Jas. Beard; 1 coffin for Samuel Scott; 1 coffin for George Scott; keeping 3 negroes one year, nine months, bv R. Scott. Vendue to, viz: David Crighton, Jno. Paul Fought, David Logan, Jas. Underwood, James Berkley, widow McDonald, Patrick Quin. Joseph Kinkade, John Love, Bernard Man, Jacob Pence, John Wilkins, Ann Scott.
- ↑ His naturaization records in Virginia are said to identify him as "of Frankfurt". Some sources give his place of birth as "Thalfang, near Frankfurt". The basis for this is unknown. Thalfang lies about 50 miles west of Frankfort.
- ↑ John's homeland lay within the German Palatinate; he is sometimes identified as a Palatine, thought the his imporation to America is too late for the original Palatine immigration of the early 18th century.