Susan and Joseph Vaulx – Tombstone Inscription

Vaulx, Susan E.
Vaulx, Joseph
Section 18
ID # 180030


Joseph Bolling Vaulx, Jr. (from Goodspeed’s History of Stewart County:

Maj. Joseph Vaulx, vice-president and executive officer of the Cumberland Iron Works Company, was born in 1835 to the marriage of Joseph and Susan E. (Hobson) Vaulx. The father was a native of North Carolina, and about the year 1809 came to Nashville, where he married Miss Hobson. She was the daughter of Capt. Hobson, of Virginia, who was a family friend of George Washington. After clerking for some time in the store of Josiah Nichol he became his partner. Some years later he was elected president of the Tennessee Marine and Fire Insurance Company. When he took hold of the business it was in a chaotic state, but under his skillful management it became one of the best paying institutions in the State. After the war he lived a retired life. His wife having died at the age of twenty-seven, he was again married; this time to Eleanor Armstrong, daughter of Gen. Robert Armstrong. After a long and useful life the father died at the ripe age of eighty. The Major’s ancestors on his father’s side were of French and Scotch descent, and on his mother’s of English and Scotch. Joseph is a native of Nashville, and when growing up had all the educational facilities that city afforded. A part of his early life was passed on the farm where he holds he obtained some of his most useful training. For two years he attended the Western Military Institute of Kentucky; then, after clerking in a store for some four years, he went out in 1861 as captain of Company A, of the First Tennessee Infantry. Having held that office a year he was promoted to inspector-general of Cheatham’s division, continuing till the close of the war. He was never disabled by wounds or sickness and as a result put in more days in official duty than any other man in the division. In the battle of Franklin all the commanding officers and the officers of their respective staffs of Gen. Brown’s division (composed of four brigades) were either killed or wounded save Maj. Vaulx. Shortly after his return he engaged in the dry goods business in New York City, continuing some eleven years. In 1880 he became connected, as above indicated, with the Cumberland Iron Works Company, since which time he has held those positions. As to his business capacity nothing need be said; the fact that the company has entrusted such extensive interests to his care speaks louder for him than mere words can do.”

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After 2009 Restoration
Vaulx Tombstone
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CLICK HERE – lengthy obituary for Joseph Vaulx
Nashville Banner, February 26, 1908