RICHARD W. VASS
U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 
Name: Richard W Voss 
Residence: St Augustine, Florida 
Age at Enlistment: 19 
Enlistment Date: 7 Apr 1862 
Rank at enlistment: Private 
Enlistment Place: St Augustine, Florida 
State Served: Florida 
Survived the War?: Yes 
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment on 07 Apr 1862.Mustered out on 01 Nov 1862. 
Birth Date: 20 May 1842 
Death Date: 24 Nov 1914 
Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865
(death date is 26 November 1914 on headstone application)

Richard W. Vass

     Richard W. Vass was born in Newton County, Georgia on may 20 1842 and died November 26, 1914 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, Florida.  He was son of Thomas Jefferson Vass and Elizabeth Alexander. Thomas and Elizabeth are found in Volusia County Florida in 1860, but in different households as Thomas is shown as living alone per the 1860 census but his children are shown as living with Elizabeth Vass and Alexander Rose in the same area. This strange relationship also is shown in Georgia prior to both families removal to Florida. In 1880 we find Thomas with another wife, Susan A. Davis whom he married in 1870, there in Volusia County Florida.

Richard W. Vass was living in St. Augustine Florida and enlisted April 7, 1862 at the age of 19 as a private in Company B, Florida Third Infantry Regiment and was mustered out Nov. 1, 1862. 

 

Richard’s brother, James Franklin Vass owned a livery stable in Volusia County and prior to Richard moving to West Palm Beach this is where he worked. In 1909, Richard’s house on Herbert Avenue burned to the ground.  Richard and his wife, Mary, knew nothing of it until they returned where they found they had lost everything. He did rebuild the house, but shortly thereafter, the family removed to West Palm Beach.  Richard’s first wife, Elizabeth, had already moved to West Palm Beach in 1886.  James Franklin. Vass himself a Confederate Veteran, died in September 1909 and was buried in Pinewood Cemetery, Daytona Beach, Florida.   

                                                                                                                                                  

     Richard married first Elizabeth C. Savage about 1870, by whom he had two children, Mary Jane Vass and William Thomas Vass. Richard married secondly prior to 1898 , Mary S Ross by whom he had two more children, Lottie, born in 1898 and Beatrice, who was born in 1908.

     Richard’s first wife Elizabeth, was born December 24, 1849 in South Carolina and died 1924 in Gadsden Florida. She had made her home for over 30 years with her daughter Mrs. Frank Adams (Mary Jane).  Mary Jane’s husband, Frank, was a carpenter in West Palm Beach. Apparently Richard and Elizabeth were divorced prior to Richard’s marriage to Mary S Ross.  In Mary Jane Adam’s obituary, it is mentioned that she is survived by two half-sisters, Mrs. Joseph Willard Cline (Lottie) of Palm City, Florida who was married to Joseph Willard Cline, and Mrs. J. D. Gattis (Beatrice) of West Palm Beach, Florida, who was married to James D. Gattis.

Elizabeth C. Savage

1880 United States Federal Census


Name    Richard Vass
Age    37
Birth Year    abt 1843
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1880    Precinct 3, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Self
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Elizabeth Vass
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Occupation    Laborer
Household Members    
Name    Age
Richard Vass    37
Elizabeth Vass    30
Mary Jane Vass    9
William T. Vass    7

1910 United States Federal Census


Name    Richard W Vass
Age in 1910    66
Birth Year    abt 1844
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1910    Precinct 9, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Head
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Mary Vass
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Native Tongue    English
Occupation    Laborer
Industry    Livery Stable
Employer, Employee or Other    Wage Earner
Home Owned or Rented    Own
Home Free or Mortgaged    Free
Farm or House    House
Able to read    Yes
Able to Write    Yes
Years Married    13
Out of Work    N
Number of Weeks Out of Work    0
Household Members    
Name    Age
Richard W Vass    66
Mary Vass    30
Lotte L Vass    12
Beatrice M Vass    2

The Palm Beach Post,  Tuesday, June 17, 1924,  Page 1

MRS. ELIZABETH VASS DIES IN NORTH FLORIDA

     One of West Palm Beach's oldest women residents, Mrs. Elizabetyh Vass, died at River Junction Monday where she had been under medical treatment for several years, it was learned by relatives here.  Until she went to the north Florida town for treatment, Mrs. Vass had spent almost 30 years here making her home with a daughter, Mrs. Frank Adams of 439 Evernia street.  She was 76 years old.

     The body has been consigned to this city for burial and is expected to reach here Thuesday night.  The funeral is expected to take place here Wednesday in charge of the Ferguson undertaking company, although details have not been arranged.

     Mrs. Vass was a native of North Carolina but came to Palm Beach county when West Palm Beach was hardly more than a village and until she went to River Junction had passed all her days here.  Besides her daughter, Mrs. Vass is survived by a son, William T. Vass of this city.

The Daytona Gazette-News, Saturday, May 22, 1909,  Page 5

     Wednesday afternoon of last week Richard Vass' cottage on Herbert avenue burned with all contents.  Mr. and Mrs. Vass were both away and knew nothing of it until they returned.  They lost everything they had.  There is a subscription paper at Pattillo's store and contributions will be very acceptable.

The Daytona Gazette-News, Saturday, October 12, 1901,  Page 3

     Richard Vass had the misfortune to lose his horse, it was killed by one of the railroad trains.

The Palm Beach Post,  Tuesday, June 17, 1924,  Page 1

MRS. ELIZABETH VASS DIES IN NORTH FLORIDA

One of West Palm Beach's oldest women residents, Mrs. Elizabetyh Vass, died at River Junction Monday where she had been under medical treatment for several years, it was learned by relatives here.  Until she went to the north Florida town for treatment, Mrs. Vass had spent almost 30 years here making her home with a daughter, Mrs. Frank Adams of 439 Evernia street.  She was 76 years old.

     The body has been consigned to this city for burial and is expected to reach here Thuesday night.  The funeral is expected to take place here Wednesday in charge of the Ferguson undertaking company, although details have not been arranged.

     Mrs. Vass was a native of North Carolina but came to Palm Beach county when West Palm Beach was hardly more tahn a village and until she went to River jJunction had passed all her days here.  Besides her daughter, Mrs. Vass is suvived by a son, William T. Vass of this city.

The Daytona Gazette-News, Saturday, May 22, 1909,  Page 5

Wednesday afternoon of last week Richard Vass' cottage on Herbert avenue burned with all contents.  Mr. and Mrs. Vass wrree both away and knew nothing of it until they returned.  They lost everything they had.  There is a sunscription paper at Pattillo's store and contributions will be very acceptable.

The Daytona Gazette-News, Saturday, October 12, 1901,  Page 3

Richard Vass had the misfortune to lose his horse, it was killed by one of the railroad trains.

Parents and Siblings

1850 United States Federal Census


Name    Thomas Vass
Age    45
Birth Year    abt 1805
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1850    Subdivision 65, Newton, Georgia
Gender    Male
Family Number    324
Household Members    
Name    Age
Thomas Vass    45
Elizabeth Vass    40
Malekizadee Vass    17
Pinkney Vass    13
Charles Vass    11
Mary Vass    8
Uriah Vass    4
Fields Vass    3

1860 United States Federal Census


Name    Thos J Vap
Age    58
Birth Year    abt 1802
Gender    Male
Birth Place    Georgia
Home in 1860    Volusia, Florida
Post Office    New Smyrna
Family Number    75
Household Members    
Name    Age
Thos J Vap    58

1870 United States Federal Census


Name    Thomas J Vass
Age in 1870    60
Birth Year    abt 1810
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1870    Subdivision 17, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Post Office    Enterprise
Household Members    
Name    Age
Thomas J Vass    60
James Vass    28
Victoria Vass    20
Richard Vass    26
Elizabeth Vass    21
Mary Vass    2/12
Albert Miller    24

1880 United States Federal Census


Name    Thomas Vass
Age    78
Birth Year    abt 1802
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1880    Precinct 3, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Self
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Susan A. Vass
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Household Members    
Name    Age
Thomas Vass    78
Susan A. Vass    67
James F. Vass    38

Thomas J. Voss is found with his family in Newton Co, GA. Next door is Eliza Alexander with children Richard, James, Albert, and Victoria. Thomas's wife Elizabeth's maiden name is Alexander....so if Eliza her sister in law?? Family story is that Thomas J. was quite a ladie's man and left his GA family and started another family in Flotida. WeI find Thomas J. in 1860 census records in Volusia County, FL living alone. In next household is Alexander Rose and Eliza Vass with children James Vass, Richard Vass, Britt Vass, and Victoria Vass. However, in that 1850 Georgia Census the four children have the last name of Alexander, but by 1860 the names are Vass. which is what they were known as.  These are obviously the same people as living next door to him in 1850 in GA. Trying to figure out what relation Eliza is to Thomas or did he run off with his neighbor?? Elizabeth, his wife is found in 1880 living with her son while Thomas is found in Volusia County, FL living with a new wife Susan A. Davis whom we have a marriage date of July 28, 1870 there in Valusia County. From 1860 to 1880, Richard, James, & Victoria Vass are found living with or next to Thomas Vass. 

In 1850, Newton County, Georgia Thomas is shown with wife Elizabeth (age 40) and six children: Melchesadek Dickson, Pinkney Nathaniel, Charles Alford, Mary, Uriah and Fields.  These children did not move to Florida but either stayed in Georgia or migrated out to Alabama and Arkansas albeit at very young ages.  Next door we have another Elizabeth known as Eliza with a last name of Alexander (age 38) with four children: James, Richard, Albert and Victoria ages 7 to 2 years also named Alexander.  These four children are the ones found in 1860 in Florida living next door again to Thomas J. who was living alone, but their surname is now Vass.  Also, living in that household with "Eliza" was a gentleman by the name of Alexander Rose.  The Rose family looks to be closely connected with the Voss's as we find young  Pinckney out in Arkansas wiith a C. A. Rose and family.  There does not seem to be a record of an Elizabeth Voss in the 1860's Georgia Census.  So what are we looking at?  Could the Eliza Alexander and Elizabeth Alexander (Thomas J's legal wife) be the same person but living separately from Thomas J.  Another question is posed as to why the first six children did not make the move to Florida...They were all in their teens and early twenties.  We know that by July, 1870 Thomas J. remarried.  We do not know where Elizabeth is at that time.  She doe show up again in the Alabama 1880 Census living with her son Uriah so we must assume that she and Thomas had split.

In 1870 we find Richard and his wife and daughter living with Thomas J.

 

Thomas J. is known or recorded as VOSS in GA but in FL, he is recorded as VASS.

MORGAN COUNTY, GEORGIA,USA
COPY OF MORGAN CO ,GA. MICROFILM MARRIAGE LICENSE AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. Bk,1821-1835. Pg,185. THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE WAS IN THE CREASE OF THE MARRIAGE BOOK.
Melchizedek Dickson Voss
1833–1914
BIRTH JAN 1833 • Putnam County, Georgia, USA
DEATH 23 FEB 1914 • , Hempstead, Arkansas, USA
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name    M.D. Voss
Side    Confederate
Regiment State/Origin    Arkansas
Regiment    19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery's)
Company    G
Rank In    Private
Rank Out    Private
Alternate Name    W.D./Voss
Film Number    M376 roll 24
PINCKNEY NATHANIEL VOSS
1837–1895
BIRTH 06 MAY 1837 • Putnam County, Georgia, USA
DEATH 09 SEP 1895 • Ouachita, Arkansas, USA
Pinkney N Voss
 in the Alabama, Civil War Soldiers, 1860-1865
Name:    Pinkney N Voss
Enlistment Date:    10 May 1862
Enlistment Place:    Alabama, USA
Military Branch:    Infantry
Regiment or Unit:    39th Alabama Regiment
Company Unit:    I
Enlistment Info:    Alabama, Clayton, Private
Author:    Muster in roll, dated at Opelika, Alabama, 1862/05/15
Charles Alford Vass
B:
Feb 1839 in Georgia USA
 
JAMES FRANKLIN VASS
1842–1909
BIRTH 23 MAY 1842 • GEORGIA, USA
DEATH 29 MAY 1909 • Port Orange, Volusia, FL
Alternate date of birth from Civil War Soldiers Reocrds and Profiles is November 27, 1942.
Enlisted in Company C, Florida 2nd Infantry Regiment on 18 Dec 1862.
Mustered out on 09 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.
Richard W Vass
1842–1914
BIRTH 20 MAY 1842 • Georgia
DEATH 26 NOV 1914 • Palm Beach, Florida
OUR SUBJECT
URIAH ALEXANDER VOSS
1842–1922
BIRTH 2 OCT 1842 • Newton, Georgia, USA
DEATH 7 OCT 1922 • LAWRENCE CNTY, AL, USA
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name    U. A. Voss
Side    Confederate
Regiment State/Origin    Georgia
Regiment    7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
Company    C
Rank In    Private
Rank Out    Private
Alternate Name    Uriah/Voss
Film Number    M226 roll 62

Uriah was the son of Thomas J. Voss and Elizabeth Alexander. He married Margaret Catherine Brown in Dadeville, Tallapoosa Co., AL on 9 Feb 1863.

Children of Uriah and Margaret Catherine Voss: William Alexander (Will)Voss, Mary Ann Voss, John Wesley Voss, Rudolphus D. Voss, Emily Francis Fentral, Charles R. Voss, Thomas Jefferson Voss, J.B Voss, Mary Canzada E. (Zadie) Carroll, Joseph Marion (Joe) Voss, Margaret Catherine Voss. 

Margaret Catherine was the daughter of William Alexander "Billy" Brown Sr. and Mary (Polly) Page. She married Uriah Alexander Voss in Dadeville, Tallapoosa Co., AL on 9 Feb 1863. !900 Marshall Co., AL shows birth as Dec 1845.
Uriah A Vass
Uriah & Margaret Catherine Brown
Mary E Voss
1840–1942
BIRTH 1840 • , , Georgia, USA
DEATH 21 JUL 1942 • , Marshall, Alabama, USA
ALBERT VOSS
1846–
BIRTH ABT 1846 • GEORGIA, USA
DEATH Unknown
FIELDS TATUM VOSS
1846–1904
BIRTH 08 JAN 1846 • Newton, County, Georgia, USA
DEATH 14 NOV 1904 • Ouachita, Arkansas, USA
F.T. Voss
 in the Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935

Name:    F.T. Voss
Spouse Name:    Sarah Alice Voss
Residence Location:    Ouachita, Arkansas
State Served From:    Arkansas
Division:    Cavalry
Company:    A
Regiment:    Ouachita
Vet Application Year:    1902
Death Date:    14 Nov 1904
Spouse Death Date:    27 Dec 1935
Comments:    widow applied 1905 / questionnaire
VICTORIA Vass
1847–1920
BIRTH 05 MAY 1847 • Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, USA
DEATH 12 OCT 1920 • DAYTONA, VOLUSIA, FL, USA
U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865

Name    Simmons Bennett
Residence    Orlando, Florida
Age at enlistment    35
Enlistment Date    17 May 1862
Rank at enlistment    Private
Enlistment Place    Orlando, Florida
State Served    Florida
Survived the War?    Yes
Birth Date    2 Apr 1827
Death Date    10 Feb 1924
Richard's Children
1. Mary Jane Vass  (Richard and Elizabeth)
2. William Thomas Vass  (Richard and Elizabth)
3. Lottie L. Vass  (Richard and Mary)
4.  Beatrice M. Vass  (Richard and Mary)
MARY JANE VASS

1880 United States Federal Census


Name    Richard Vass
Age    37
Birth Year    abt 1843
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1880    Precinct 3, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Self
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Elizabeth Vass
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Occupation    Laborer
Household Members    
Name    Age
Richard Vass    37
Elizabeth Vass    30
Mary Jane Vass    9
William T. Vass    7

1930 United States Federal Census

 

Name Mary J Adams

Age in 1930  58

Birth Year  abt 1872

Gender  Female

Race  White

Birthplace  Florida

Marital Status  Married

Relation to Head of HouseWife

Homemaker?  Yes

Home in 1930  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

Street Address  Evernia St

Ward of City  x

Institution  x

House Number in Cities or Towns  429

Dwelling Number  38

Family Number  45

Age at First Marriage  28

Attended School  No

Able to Read and Write  Yes

Father's Birthplace  Tennessee

Mother's Birthplace  North Carolina

Able to Speak English  Yes

Household Members

Name  Age

Frank Adams  56

Mary J Adams  58

Brouillette Adams  26

Wallace F Adams  25

Wm G Adams  4

WILLIAM THOMAS VASS
LOTTIE L VASS

1900 United States Federal Census


Name    Richard W Vass
Age    55
Birth Date    May 1845
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1900    Precinct 13, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Head
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Mary Vass
Marriage Year    1898
Years Married    2
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Household Members    
Name    Age
Richard W Vass    55
Mary Vass    23
Lottie Vass    1

BEATRICE M VASS
3801 Greenwood Avenue

1910 United States Federal Census


Name    Richard W Vass
Age in 1910    66
Birth Year    abt 1844
Birthplace    Georgia
Home in 1910    Precinct 9, Volusia, Florida
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Head
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Mary Vass
Father's Birthplace    Georgia
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Native Tongue    English
Occupation    Laborer
Industry    Livery Stable
Employer, Employee or Other    Wage Earner
Home Owned or Rented    Own
Home Free or Mortgaged    Free
Farm or House    House
Able to read    Yes
Able to Write    Yes
Years Married    13
Out of Work    N
Number of Weeks Out of Work    0
Household Members    
Name    Age
Richard W Vass    66
Mary Vass    30
Lotte L Vass    12
Beatrice M Vass    2

Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001

 

NameThomas G. Bollinger

County of Marriage  Martin

Marriage Date1940

Volume  539

Certificate  6213

SourceFlorida Department of Health

Household Members

Name  Age

Thomas G. Bollinger

Beatrice Gattis

1940 United States Federal Census

 

Name Beatrice Bollinger

Age  33

Estimated Birth Year  abt 1907

Gender  Female

Race  White

Birthplace  Florida

Marital Status  Married

Relation to Head of House  Wife

Home in 1940  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

Street  Wellington Street

House Number  1347

Farm  No

Inferred Residence in 1935  West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

Residence in 1935  Same Place

Resident on farm in 1935  No

Sheet Number  14A

Attended School or College  No

Highest Grade CompletedHigh School, 4th year

Weeks Worked in 1939  0

Income  0

Income Other Sources  No

Household Members

Name  Age

Thomas G Bollinger  43

Beatrice Bollinger  33

Ruby Christine Stubbs  23

Ewell Judson Stubbs  22

Claudine Elvina Stubbs  3

Bonnie Ann Stubbs  1

Charles Alford Voss Family   Brother of Richard W. Voss

Uriah Voss Family     Brother of Richard W. Voss

Margaret C Brown Voss with daughter and grandkids