Elizabeth Waln Vaux


Brief Life History of Elizabeth Waln

When Elizabeth Waln Vaux was born in 1854, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Hon. Richard D. Vaux Esq., was 38 and her mother, Mary Morris Waln, was 40. She married Horace Greely Backenstoe Artman on 8 June 1880, in Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Pennsylvania, United States in 1870 and New Jersey, United States in 1914. She died in 1943, at the age of 89, and was buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Horace Greely Backenstoe Artman
Elizabeth Waln Vaux
Marriage: 8 June 1880
Horace Artman
Walter Artman

Sources (7)

  • Bessie Vaux, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Elizabeth M. H. Vaux, "Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976"
  • Eliz. W. Vaux, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915"

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  • Marriage
    8 June 1880Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 7

    No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).


    Age 9

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 25

    Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’. Compare English Vause and French Devaux .

    History: Richard Vaux (1749–90) emigrated from Sussex, England, to Philadelphia, PA, in early youth. Calvert Vaux, landscape architect, emigrated from London, England, to America in 1850 and designed several major US parks, including Central Park in New York City (with Frederick Olmstead). — This surname is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors (along with its variant Veaux and altered form Devoe ) and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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