|Monmouthshire Merlin & Silurian, 21 June 1856|
There's a bit more for Israel Evans (1828-1896). His story reads like an overview of westward expansion. Born in Ohio, his parents joined the LDS Church and moved to Missouri when he was only five. They relocated to Nauvoo, Illinois after the expulsion from Missouri and then left Nauvoo ahead of the mobs to follow Brigham Young. Israel marched with the Mormon Battalion in the War with Mexico and was present for the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. Instead of becoming a rich Californian, he went to Utah. He served a four and a half year mission to Wales and led a successful handcart company (only two deaths) to the Valley in the turbulent year of 1857.
The year before, 1856, when Elinor, Jane, John and family left for Utah, Israel helped the Welsh Saints who took the train from Abergavenny and provided a moving account in his journal. He helped the Saints load onto the S. Curling at Liverpool. Elinor had gone a few weeks earlier and sailed on the Enoch Train. John and Jane Vaughan Lewis were likely on that train heading out from Abergavenny and who knows which Vaughans left behind were there to bid farewell:
14 April 1856. Monday at 8 o'clock we made a start for the station were there was many waiting both Saints and Strangers to see us start. At the appointed time the train was ready and we jumped aboard mid the cries of some, the joys of others, the frowns of others - all to no purpose. The Saints were determined in their course and scarce a tear moistened the eye of an Emigrant as they bid farewell forever the miseries of Babylon.
That last bit from a man who had already seen the desert valleys and left the gold alone. Rhetorical flourish? Knavish fraud? More likely-- it's sincere faith, hope, and charity.
Now for John Vaughan and the Magistrates. There is not enough evidence yet to conclude this was John Vaughan 1825 who horribly assaulted Mrs. Rees. A trip to Gwent Archives is coming due and will be made eventually. The Magistrates appear to be sitting in Merthyr Tydfil, but that's not too far for John to appear.
It does fit a sad pattern.
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