WAX OR WACHS
BEHIND THE NAME
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The original spelling of Wax was changed by my Fifth Great Grandfather. Johann Philippus Wachs, Phillip was born in Germany about 1720. He left Wartenburg, Germany with his two sons sailing from Rotterdam or Cowes on October 3, 1753 on the ship "Louisa". We are unsure why the spelling was changed but our best understanding is that it was changed to be spelled as it was pronounced in the New World or it was written as it was pronounced during census.
Nicholas F. Wax, My Second Great Grandfather was born July 15, 1834, Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee. He was a painter and a confederate soldier. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists Nick Wax, 3rd Arkansas Infantry in Co. C from Film Number M376 roll 24. Company C, the "Pike Guards", of Washington County, commanded by Captain Samuel R. Bell. This company was orgionally organized on May 29, 1861, as a volunteer company of light infantry in the 20th Regiment, Arkansas State Militia. Nick Wax was wounded at the famous battle of Wilson's Creek.
Charlie Wax, my Great Grandfather was born 1876 in Washington County, Arkansas. He later moved to the Farmington and Howe area southeast of Sherman, Texas where he met Mattie Gurley. Charlie and Mattie were married November 2, 1902 in Grayson County, Texas. In 1918 Charlie returned to Arkansas moving the family just outside the booming town of Gillham, in southwest Arkansas.
Captain Henry Wax (Heinrich Wachs), my Fourth Great Grandfather was naturalized April 10, 1767, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Henry married the first time to Margaret Geschwind on May 11, 1767. During The Revolutionary War Henry was a Sargent in Captain Daniel DE Turk's Company of Berks County, Pennsylvania from 1776 to 1778 for Olney Township and he was commissioned Captain for his own Company in Alsace Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania Militia on January 5, 1784.
Jacob Wax, my Third Great Grandfather brought the Wax name to Arkansas in 1834 when he was awarded land in Washington County, Arkansas by the President of the United States for his service during the War of 1812. He was born July 08, 1787 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. He Married Susan Elizabeth Galbreath July 15, 1817 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He died July 13, 1865 in Brentwood just south of Fayetteville, Arkansas where he and several other family members are buried today.
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