Friday, December 2, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 153: #216 John Vaux (1747-1806) of South Petherton, Somerset

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #153:

John Vaux (1747-1806 is #216 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #217 Joan Lavor (1763-1836) in 1785.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #108 James Vaux (1787-1839), who married #109 Mary Palmer (1790-1845) in 1808.
*  their son, #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880), who married #55 Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), who married #26 Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abbie Ardell Smith (1862-1944), who married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married  in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                    John Vaux[1–5]   
*  Sex:                        Male   

*  Father:                   James Vaux (1704-1776)   
*  Mother:                 Amy Terrell (1708-1780)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     before 27 August 1747, South Petherton, Somerset, England[5]   
*  Christened:           27 August 1747 (after age 0), South Petherton, Somerset, England[5]   
*  Will Written:        16 June 1806 (after age 58), South Petherton, Somerset, England[1]   
*  Death:                  before 11 July 1806 (before age 58), South Petherton, Somerset, England[4]   
*  Burial:                 11 July 1806 (after age 58), South Petherton, Somerset, England[4]   
*  Probate:               1811 (after about age 64), will proved, Somerset, England[1]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:           Joan Lavor (1763-1836)   
*  Marriage 1:        2 August 1785 (after age 37), South Petherton, Somerset, England[2–3]   

*  Child 1:              Amy Vaux (1786-1850)   
*  Child 2:              James Vaux (1787-1839)   
*  Child 3:              John Vaux (1789-1790)   
*  Child 4:              William Vaux (1791-1794)   
*  Child 5:              Ann Vaux (1792-1809)   
*  Child 6:              John Vaux (1794-1837)   
*  Child 7:              Joseph Vaux (1796-1872)   
*  Child 8:              William Vaux (1796-1860)   
*  Child 9:              Samuel Vaux (1799-1836)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

The book, The Vaux Family of South Petherton, by Sara Anson Vaux and Hanna Nicholas, has extensive information about the lives of John and Joan (Lavor) Vaux:

John Vaux was christened on 27 August 1747 in South Petherton, Somerset, son of James and Amy (Terrell) Vaux[5].

John Vaux was sworn on 28 October 1777, and by 1778 he was farming 45 1/2 acres in South Petherton.  He was one of the Manorial Court appointments in 1781-2[1].

John Vaux of the parish married Joan Lavor, spinster of the parish, by license on 2 August 1785 in South Petherton parish church by H. Henman, with witnesses John Lavor and John Robins[2-3].  John Vaux was age 37 when he married Joan Lavor, who was age 22. 

John and Joan (Lavor) Vaux had nine children between 1786 and 1799, all christened in South Petherton churches.  At some point, this family attended nonconformist churches[1].

As farmers and innkeepers, the Vauxes endured the bad harvest in 1795 that caused food riots in England, and the lengthy food crisis in 1799 to 1801.  High prices and bad harvests from 1805 to 1813 affected farmers subsistence.  The Vauxes probably grew corn, like their neighbors[1].  

John Vaux died in South Petherton and was buried on 11 July 1806 in South Petherton[4].

Less than a month before his death, he drew up his will and signed it on 16 June 1806.  Here are extracts from the will of John Vaux[1]:

"[The executors, John Baker Edmonds and Stephen Bridge, MD, will handle] my messuage or dwelling house in West Street in South Petherton ... with the Barn Barton Outhouses Garden and Orchard thereto belonging and also my Orchard opposite the gable or pointing end of my Dwelling House and lying on the other side of the Road with the garden to such Orchard adjoining."

"[The executors] are to permit Joan my wife to live and reside in common in my said Dwelling house during so long as she shall remain my widow and unmarried.  And also to permit all my children to live and reside in the same Dwellinghouse in common until they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years And subject to such residence in the said Dwellinghouse.  In trust as to the said messuage or Dwellinghouse Barn Barton Outhouses Gardens and Orchards for my son James Vaux his Heirs and assigns for ever  All the rest residue and remainder of my Tenements Lands and Hereditaments and also all my Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever (except my Copyhold Tenement in Pitway) I give devise and bequeath unto and to the use of said' [executors, who] 'in trust ... for the purposes herin after mentioned ... In trust by one or more Sale or Sales either publick or private as soon as conveniently may be after my decease absolutely to sell dispose of and convey and convert into money the said residue of my Tenements lands and hereditaments and all my personal Estate unto such person or persons his Heirs ... and after payment and discharge of the costs charges and expenses incurred in the execution of such trust then In trust to pay off and discharge my funeral expenses and the expenses of proving my will.  And my just Debts of whatever nature or quality soever and after discharge thereof then In trust that they the said (executors) do and shall put and place the residue and remainder of the monies arising from such Sale and Sales at Interest upon real or Government Securities and pay apply and dispose of the yearly interest thereof for or towards the maintenance and education of such Child or children lawfully begotten as I shall leave at my death or with which my wife may be ensient at the time of my decease until he or she or they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years And on his her or their attainment of that age In trust to pay the Principal money so to be placed out at Interest unto and amongst such Children if more than one as and when they respectively attain such age And in case of the death of any or either of the said children before his her or their attainment of the age of twenty one years and without leaving any lawful issue then as to the share or shares both original and accruing of him her or them so dying In trust for the Survivors of them in equal shares and if but one then for such only Survivor And for promoting and facilitating the Sale and Sales herinbefore directed to be made It is my will and I do hereby declare that the receipts and acquittances to be given by the said (executors) for the purchase money to be paid for the purchase of the said premises or any part thereof shall be good & sufficient Discharges both at Law and in Equity unto the purchaser or any part of the said premises hereby directed to be sold..."

"And it is my will that my Copyhold Tenement (subject to my wife's widowhood therein) shall be enjoyed by the persons for whose lives the same is held successively as they are name in the copy of Court Roll relating thereto.  And I hereby appoint John Baker Edmonds and Stephen Bridge MD Executors of my last will and Testament."  

The will was signed 16 June 1806 with witnesses: William Vaux, William Hole Nicholetts, Edwin Nicoletts.  The will was proved in 1811[1].  

1. Sara Anson Vaux, The Vaux Family of England, the United States, and Australia (unpublished), Chapter 6, pages 19-22, John Vaux sketch.

2. Hanna Nicholas and Liz James, "South Petherton Parish Records," online database, South Petherton Information (, "Marriages, 1754-1806," John Vaux and Joan Lavor entry.

3. "England Marriages, 1538-1975," indexed database, FamilySearch (, John Vaux and Joan Lavor entry.

4. Hanna Nicholas and Liz James, "South Petherton Parish Records," online database, South Petherton Information (, "Burials, 1805-1812," John Vaux entry.

5. Sara Anson Vaux, The Vaux Family of England, the United States, and Australia, Chapter 6, page 19.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks.


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1 comment:

Gillian said...

I’m Gillian Williams and I live in England. I’m a direct descendant of Samuel Vaux. Listed as child 9