Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Vauxes in the News -- Alfred Vaux Dies in 1939 in Queens, New York

  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 Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper dated 7 December 1939:

The transcription of the article is:

"Alfred Vaux, 67, D. of A. Treasurer

"Alfred M. Vaux, national treasurer of the Daughters of America, died suddenly yesterday at his home, 224-38 93d Road, Queens Village.  He was 67.

"Mr. Vaux, who became national treasurer of the organization 35 years ago through his membership in the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, was well known in civic and patriotic work throughout the East.  He was a native of Washington, D.C., and was a member of Joseph D. Tunison Council, 180, Jr. O.U. A. M. of Queens.  His widow, Mrs. Mabel A. Vaux, and two daughters Miss Addie M. Vaux and Mrs. C. Wendel Shoemaker, survive.  Services will be held in Washington at 3 p.m. Saturday."

The source citation is:

"Alfred Vaux, 67, D. of A. Treasurer," The Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper, Thursday, 7 December 1939, page 15, column 6, Alfred M. Vaux  obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 2 May 2022). 

Alfred M. Vaux (1872-1939) was born 30 May 1872 in Washington, D.C., the son of Ethan P. and Margaret Ann (Gaskins) Vaux.   He married Mabel Ardelle Scheele (1874-1973) on 9 August 1892 in Washington, D.C.  They had three children:

*  Alice M. Vaux (1895-1982), married 1913 Charles Wendel Shoemaker (1888-1967).
*  Eddis Mabel Vaux (1898-1997).
*  Gilbert Ethan Vaux (1904-1937), married 1935 Mary Elizabeth Houston (1907-1994).

I am a second cousin three times removed to Edward Oscar Vaux (1878-1941), with common ancestors of James Vaux (1787-1839) and Mary Palmer (1790-1845), who migrated from South Petherton, Somerset, England to Erie County, New York in the early 1830s.

There are hundreds of Vaux "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has an interesting and long-tenured occupation. I am glad that I can honor Alfred M. 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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