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Charles Epting Vansant
Birth: Aug. 22, 1892
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1916
Beach Haven
Ocean County
New Jersey, USA

Victim of the first in the series of shark attacks that terrorized the shores of New Jersey. Vansant was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a broker with Philadelphia's Folwell Brothers Brokerage Firm. Vansant took a train from West Philadelphia to Beach Haven. It is there that he was attacked by a shark while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.Vansant died from a severed femoral artery. More shark attacks would occur that July 4th week of 1916.This incident inspired the book "Jaws" to be written. 
 
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 Parents:
  Eugene Larue Vansant (1859 - 1928)
  Louisa Epting Vansant (1860 - 1940)
 
 Sibling:
  Charles Epting Vansant (1892 - 1916)
  Louise Epting Vansant Esler (1898 - 1950)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 10, Lot 151
 
Created by: Bernadette Loeffel - At...
Record added: Jul 15, 2007
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- Christina
 Added: Jul. 5, 2015
Well, Charles... I made it out of the water today. I only went into the shallow part of a tidal creek, (not so brave)... but a man in North Carolina was not so lucky today. I fear sharks.
- Linda
 Added: Jul. 1, 2015
99 years ago today, you went for an innocent vacation swim in the Atlantic.The sharks are active on the coast this year. Today, to honor you, I will swim in the water & be wary.
- Linda
 Added: Jul. 1, 2015
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