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Thomas Vause came from Hampshire county, Virginia, to Ohio, in 1810, and settled in Clark county, near Springfield, where he purchased a small farm with some improvements. He further improved his land and engaged in grain and stock raising. During the war of 1812 he, with others, went to the defense of the frontier settlements against the British and Indians. He held the rank of captain in the light-horse, and commanded his company while in the service, to which they were called on an emergency, and when they were on duty but a short time.

In 1817 he married Elizabeth Decker. In 1823 he sold his property in Clark county and bought land in Franklin and Pickaway counties, building his home in Franklin county, near Lockbourne, where he resided with his wife and family until their death, which occurred in 1852. His age was sixty-six. His wife's age was about sixty.

The children of Thomas Vause were: John D., William, Rachel, Luke D., James I., Hannah, and Thomas B. John D. married Mary Perrill, and now lives in the north part of Harrison township, near the Franklin county line. William married Mary Stimmel, and died in 1852. Rachel married Thornton Decker, and died, leaving a family of six children. Luke died in 1848. Hannah was killed by a vicious cow, when about ten years of age. Thomas B. married Missouri Moore, and lives at Camp Chase, west of Columbus.

James I. Vause was born in 1827, in Franklin county, where he lived until 1858, working at farming, with his father, and obtaining a common school education at the schools there taught. November 7, 1854, he was married to Eliza Wright, of Madison township. In 1852 he bought his present farm of four hundred and eighty-two acres, in sections two and thirty-five, in Harrison township. In 1873 he built a substantial brick dwelling on his farm, and moved out of the log house they had occupied since his purchase of the farm. They had five children, three of whom are now living.

Mrs. Vause died June 25, 1878, after a short illness. her age was fifty-one years, two months and eight days.

Mrs. Cause was a member of the Ohio Annual Missionary society, and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She died in the full hope of and belief in a blessed immortality.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Vause were members of Asbury Chapel Methodist Episcopal church.

In connection with this sketch of the Vause family appears a representation of the house of James I. Vause, accompanied by portraits of himself and wife.

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