Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Descendants of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux - Post 7

This is the seventh in a series of posts that define what I know about the descendants of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux. Samuel Vaux emigrated from England and settled in Aurora, Erie County, New York in the 1835-1840 time frame. Their family was defined here.

Their sixth child was Amos S. Vaux, born about 1854 in Aurora, Erie County, New York, and died 23 August 1876 in Nodaway township, Andrew County, Missouri of typhoid fever.

His obituary (from an unknown newspaper, found in the Smith/Carringer family papers):

"VAUX - Died, August 23d, 1876, Amos S. Vaux, of Typhoid fever. Our friends was a young man of great promise, much loved by all who knew him, a constant member of the Sabbath school and Bible class in Andrew county, Missouri.

"He has gone, yes, gone forever,
From this world of sin and care;
Gone to dwell with angels ever
In a world that's bright and fair.

"How we miss our dear companion
Since he left our little band;
But we trust he is in heaven,
In that happy, better land.

"Never was his seat found vacant
Until death called him to go;
And our class seems sad and lonely
Since he left us here below.

"May we all prepare to meet him
When this changing life shall cease;
May we have a joyful meeting
In that home of blissful ease.

"-- St. Louis Evangelist."

The records show us that life was very precious before modern medical practices and better sanitation. Many families lost one or more children to illnesses or accidents. I've noticed that some families moved away from a place with a bad memory after a death.

Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux family was in Kansas in the 1880 census. Was it because Amos died, or was it because they were aging and went to live with one of their children?

I don't know when or where either Samuel or Mary Ann Vaux died - perhaps in Marshall County, Kansas where they were enumerated in 1880.

1 comment:

Lidian said...

Does "St. Louis Evangelist" refer to the author or perhaps a small newspaper that the obit was from?