WILLIAM JAMES WASHINGTON VAUSE was born on 8 October 1840 in South Carolina, the oldest of ten children born to Ephraim Vause and his wife Margaret Maria Revell Vause. The Vauses were living in Darlington County, South Carolina in 1850 and in December 1854 they moved to Wakulla County, Florida.
On 17 May 1861 James enlisted at Newport, Wakulla County, Florida in Company D, 3rd Regiment, Florida Infantry. On 2 January 1863, he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was captured at Stone’s River and died from his wounds on 11 January 1863. He was listed as a Confederate prisoner who died within the Federal lines in the Department of the Cumberland. His father, E. Vause filed for settlement on 24 February 1863. We do not know the location where James is buried in Tennessee, but the Vause family put a marker for him at Vause Branch Cemetery on his father’s land in Wakulla County, Florida.
Submitted by Della Arlene Vause, GGG Niece