William John VAUGHAN and Lady Jane COPELAND
Settler from the 99th and 100th Regiment of Foot
Richmond / Goulbourn, 1818 Military Settlement
February 6, 2009: (new image)
William John Vaughan
Image Source: A. Barry Roberts, For King and Canada, page 215
May 30, 2002:
I've just been surfing Bytown or Bust.
I'd like to pass on a couple of tips which may help people with Goulbourn / Richmond
My kids are descended from Sgt. William John Vaughan, one of the pioneers of that
military settlement. He was with the group of men who cut a trail through the bush
from the Chaudiere Falls to Richmond. There was no Bytown/Ottawa yet, but the women
and children camped near what today is Parliament Hill.
An article in Bytown or Bust says that many of the Richmond pioneers were members of
the 99th Regiment of Foot, a regiment which was disbanded after the War of 1812. Both
true statements, but, for the genealogist, there's a bit more to it than that.
A number of those men actually served with the 100th Regiment of Foot, County of Dublin,
Prince Regent's Own, which was raised in Ireland in 1805. Our William was a member.
This regiment served in the War of 1812 but was decimated at the Battle of Chippewa
Creek, where William was wounded. There were not enough survivors to found even a
company (which would have consisted of 100 men) so they were amalgamated with the
99th, which was a newer regiment.
April 26, 2003:
(See more details regarding the 99th and 100th Regiments of Foot
by Ron Dale and Wes Cross).
The headquarters of the 100th was at Quebec City before the war so some marriages
and possibly baptisms took place there. Our William was married in the Cathedral of
the Holy Trinity there, just before the regiment went into action in July, 1812. This
was the parish church for the regiment. (It's interesting to note that, after his
untimely death at Richmond from rabies, the Duke of Richmond was taken to Quebec and
buried in front of the altar in that same cathedral.)
What was now the 99th Regt. was not disbanded until 1818. At that time the men were given
the choice of going to England to be discharged, or to take up land in the Goulbourn
district. As a sergeant, William received 200 acres, 100 in Goulbourn, 100 in Huntley.
He had to trade with another man to get 200 acres next to each other.
After the war the 99th was stationed in Quebec and then at Chambly. Researchers might
find records there which apply to their families.
Carol Bennett McCuaig.
Note: Carol has written many history and genealogy books related to the Ottawa Valley.
You can contact her via her Juniper Books Web Site.
June 2, 2002:
Perhaps you know that William Vaughan's father-in-law was killed at Vinegar Hill
during the '98.
If you ever get queries re these Vaughans/Copelands, feel free to have the people
If you wish to add the following to your site, feel free.
When my first novel, Woman of Ireland, was published in 1976 it was based on the
life story of Jane Copeland, wife of William Vaughan, which I thought would make a
good yarn. At that time the genealogy boom hadn't really got under way - no internet
yet, of course - and I had no idea that some day people would be reading the book and
taking all the info for gospel truth! I researched it very carefully, both for the history
of that era, and the family tree, but it was fiction and so of course it also contains
One of these involves the first names of Jane's parents, which we didn't know. I decided
to call them John and Sarah, having compared the names of the Vaughan kids with the Irish
naming pattern. I've since learned that the mother was indeed Sarah, and there is some
evidence that John may have indeed been the father's name, although I'm still seeking
Meanwhile, a number of web pages have posted John and Sarah as the parents, but when
I've contacted the owners, hoping to find that proof at long last, all trails lead back
to Woman of Ireland!
I'm now trying to trace Jane's brothers, William and Richard Copeland, and their nephew,
Willie. All three came to Goulbourn but, like many others, they eventually moved on.
William Copeland also served in the 100th Regiment, while Richard arrived in 1821 after
the Richmond military settlement was opened to civilians.
Willie got himself embroiled in the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada and, to avoid
hanging, or transportation to Australia, was forced to hide out on Navy Island until
an amnesty was declared.
March 20, 2004:
I am a member of the family of William John Vaughan who with his wife is the
subject of the book "A woman of Ireland" By Carol Bennett.
Carol is a cousin. i would like to contact her. Do you have her email address?
Best wishes always,
You can reach Carol through her Juniper Books Web Site.
E-mail Holly Scott and Al Lewis
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