Philip Vaughan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Philip Vaughan was a Welshman, sorry I do not have a clue on where or when he was born, who his parents were, what education he had. In summary, I don’t have hardly any information on him except that is for just one thing. We’ll get to that in a few.

He was a proprietor and agent of an iron foundry at Carmarthen and Kidwelly. In 1800, he signed a co-partnership deed with John Morgan Jr. That same year he signed a 21-year lease for the Carmarthen rolling mills from John Morgan. He was elected a burgess of Carmarthen. He died in 1824, but I do not know to this day how old he was. Sorry I just could not find out that information.

What you may not know about Philip Vaughn is that in 1794 he received a patent for something that while it has changed is still in use to this day. you may be asking yourself what did he invent? Well I’m so glad you did for you see Philip invented the first ball bearing. They were encased in wood, it was designed to set between the axle and the wheel on a carriage.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I can't imagine the use of many different items without having ball bearings involved in the use.... life was made easier!

Oct 05, 2018 03:49 AM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It seems like such a simple concept but someone had to think it through to reality. Thank you Mr. Vaughan!

Oct 05, 2018 04:22 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - so simple but so many moving parts have ball bearings.

Oct 05, 2018 04:24 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hah, did not know this! Now, who invented the grease so that it was not the squeaky wheel!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 05, 2018 04:52 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that kept the wheels going around and around.

Oct 05, 2018 05:21 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Glad you don't pose these as trivia questions. I would fail miserably. Enjoy your day!

Oct 05, 2018 05:49 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow...centuries later this is still a wonderful invention. There is a jeweler who uses ball bearings to rotate diamonds around on a ring....I "visit it" from time to time...Our jeweler says they are very difficult to repair...sigh..

Oct 05, 2018 07:36 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Despite being a bit of a mystery man he certainly made a valuable contribution.


Oct 05, 2018 07:39 AM #8
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This is a great story.  My maiden name is Vaughan.  Not many with the a between the h and n.  My dad's family were from Charleston West Virginia.  I traced the geneology back to a Reverand Ballard who came over from Wales.  So I think you may be on to something here my friend.

Oct 05, 2018 08:35 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a brilliant invention that was, and we are all better off for it.  The fist mouse worked on that principle.  A

Oct 05, 2018 08:39 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon again James. This was a really good read and I learned from it.

Oct 05, 2018 11:46 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I still marvel at what was invented and how it came about. 

Oct 05, 2018 12:20 PM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is indeed an invention that is valuable in today's world, even though it might be a bit different.

Oct 05, 2018 12:48 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That may be one of the most used inventions of all time.

Oct 05, 2018 07:12 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Wow, who wouldn't have loved to invested in that ball bearing dynasty, James?

Oct 05, 2018 10:53 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James the high rises in Los Angeles have all bearings to protect the building from earthquakes... so who knew, Endre

Oct 05, 2018 11:38 PM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Fascinating!  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to this man for this invention.

Oct 06, 2018 05:44 AM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

When I was in college, I had a temp job for a company called Dixie Bearings - Vaughn's work could be found in hundreds upon hundreds of varieties of them! At the time, I never thought to even asked who the original inventor was, James! LOL

Happy Sunday!

Oct 07, 2018 07:25 AM #18
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