Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Vauxes in the News -- James E. Vaux Dies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953

  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 Pittsburgh [Penn] Sun-Telegraph newspaper dated 9 June 1953:

The transcription of the article is:

"James Vaux, Banker and Church Leader

"Services for James E. Vaux, Sr., 44, of 1427 Squirrel Hill Ave., a trust officer of the Commonwealth Trust Co., will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in his home.  Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

"Mr. Vaux, who died Sunday in St. Francis Hospital, was a member of the Sixth Presbyterian Church, treasurer of the Presbytery of Pittsburgh, and assistant treasurer of the Council of Allegheny Churches.  He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Teddy Roosevelt Blue Lodge, F & A.M.; Knights Templar, Tancred Commandery, Syria Temple, and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.

"He leaves his wife, E. Mary Brant Vaux; a son, James E. Jr.; and three daughters, Barbara B., Elizabeth A., and Mary Martha Vaux."

The source citation is:

"James Vaux, Banker and Church Leader,Pittsburgh [Penn.] Sun-Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday, 9 June 1953, page 8, column 2, James E. Vaux Sr. obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 23 May 2022). 

James Edward Vaux was born 17 March 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Early) Vaux.  He married Emma Mary Brant (1908-1991) on 17 March 1931 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; she was the daughter of William John and Anna Barbara (Remensnyder) Vaux.  James Edward Vaux died 7 March 1953 in Pittsburgh.  They had four children:

*  James Edward Vaux (1932-????), married 1954 Ann Lynn Becker (1932-????).
*  Barbara Brant Vaux (1933-1996), married 1954 David Worthington Howell (1930-????).
*  Mary Martha Vaux (1935-????).
*  Elizabeth Anna Vaux (1938-????), married Robert Duane Packard (1938-2016).

I am a third cousin two times removed to James Edward Vaux (1909-1953), 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 extensive public affairs associations.  I am glad that I can honor James Edward 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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