Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Vauxes in the News -- Mrs. Jane Vaux Dies in 1881 in Watertown, Wisconsin

  It's time for another edition of "Vauxes in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Vaux (my 2nd great-grandmother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the The Watertown [Wis.] News newspaper dated 18 October 1881:

The transcription of the article is:


"Mrs. Jane Vaux, relict of the late Samuel Vaux, died at her home in the Third ward last Wednesday evening, October 12th, 1881, aged 59 years.  She had been in failing health for some time before her decease, suffering at the last a stroke of paralysis from which she never rallied.  Mrs. Vaux was a native of England, and came to this city over thirty years ago.  She was a woman endeared to all who bore her acquaintance, a loving mother, a kind neighbor and a warm friend.  The deceased leaves two sons to mourn her death.  Her funeral was held from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of which she was a member, last Sunday afternoon, Rev. H. Gates, officiating.  The well filled church, notwithstanding the inclement weather, testified to the love and respect felt for the deceased when in life."

The source citation is:

"Obituary," The Watertown [Wis.] News newspaper, Wednesday, 18 October 1881, page 5, column 2, Mrs. Jane Vaux  obituary;   Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 21 March 2022). 

Jane (--?--) (James) Vaux was born about 1821 in England.  She married (1) John James before 1843.  They had two children:

*  Henry D. James (1850-1913).
*  Joseph J. James (1852-1875).

Jane (--?--) James married Samuel Vaux (1800-before 1880) in about 1858 in Wisconsin.  They had one child:

*  James Vaux (1865-????).

I am not related to Samuel or Jane Vaux to my knowledge.  Samuel Vaux was from Northamptonshire in England, while my Vaux ancestors were born in Somerset.

There are hundreds of Vaux "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a newspaper article provides more detail about your ancestors.  I am glad that I can honor Jane (--?--) (James) Vaux today.

You never know when a descendant, relative or friend will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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