Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Vauxes in the News -- Frederick J. Vaux Dies in 1938 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 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 Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, Penn]  newspaper dated 12 December 1938:

The transcription of the article is:

Severed Term as City Commissioner Heading Finance Dept.; Funeral on Tuesday

"Frederick John Vaux, sixty seven, 153 E. King st., city assessor and former city commissioner, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in St. Joseph's hospital from the effects of a stroke suffered early last Sunday morning.

"He was born in Washington, D.C. a son of the late Ethan P. and Margaret Gaskins Vaux and resided in Lancaster for the past 25 years.  He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic church and the Hamilton club.

"Mr. Vaux served four years as a city commissioner during which time he was head of the Department of Accounts and Finances.  He was named city assessor during the present administration.  Previous to holding public office, Mr. Vaux was an engineer and was connected with the Monitor-Biloop company.

"He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellen M. Vaux, three daughters, Marie V., wife of W. Dent Johnson; Catherine H. Vaux, and Charlotte Anne, wife of Raymond W. Grove, all of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Alfred M., New York city; and a sister, Lula, wife of Edward Pitcher, Washington, D.C.

"The funeral will be held from the parlors of Fred F. Groff, Inc., 234 W. Orange st., at 8 a.m. Tuesday, with a requiem mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic church, Duke and Liberty sts.  Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet cemetery.  Washington D.C. Friends may call at Groff's from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (today)."

The source citation is:

"Fred Vaux Dies of Stroke; as Local Assessor," Intelligencer Journal [Lancaster, Penn.] newspaper, Monday, 12 December 1938, page 1, column 6, Frederick John Vaux  obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 9 May 2022). 

Frederick John Vaux (1862-1938) was born in September 1962 in Washington, D.C., the son of Ethan P. and Margaret (Gaskins) Vaux.  He married Ellen E. McAuliff (1865-????) on 25 November 1891 in Washington D.C.  He died 11 December 1938 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  They had four children:

*  Marie Margaret Vaux (1895-????), married 1919 Willard Dent Johnson (1880-1947)
*  Catherine L. Vaux (1897-????)
*  Charlotte Anne Vaux (1898-1976), married Raymond Walter Grove (1895-1975)
*  Helen Vaux (1899-????).

I am a second cousin three times removed to Frederick John Vaux (1862-1938), 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 careeer and obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Frederick John 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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