Mrs. Elizabeth Heth Vaden, wife of the late Thomas Vaden, Jr., died yesterday at twenty minutes past 1 o'clock at her residence, "Buck Hill" Chesterfield county, near the city of Manchester. She was the daughter of Captain John Heth, of "Black Heath," Chesterfield county, and Margaret Pickett Heth, and was born at "Black Heath" on the 28th of October, 1829. Mrs. Vaden was a sister of the late General Harry Heth, so distinguished in the Civil War, and of the late Major John Heth, of Omaha, Neb., and one of her sisters was the first wife of Colonel Julian Harrison, of Goochland, and another married Mr. Hamilton, of South Carolina, both of whom died many years ago.
She is survived by one brother, Captain Stockton Heth, of Montgomery county, Va., and two sisters, Mrs. Maynard, widow of Major John Maynard, late of California, and Mrs. M. H. Mortimer, of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Vaden was the mother of Henry Heth and Robert Edwards Vaden, and of Misses Margaret Pickett, Caroline Gwathmey and Lavinia Randolph Vaden, and of Mrs. Virginia Michaux Owen, wife of B. P. Owen, Jr., Esq., and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Brooke Taylor, wife of R. B. Taylor, Esq. Mrs. Vaden had an extensive connection throughout Virginia and the South, and especially in Richmond. Her life was a remarkable one. She was the personification of generosity, and kept an open house to her friends and relatives, where she dispensed as only those can "who are descended long from every side" a delightful hospitality. Her life had not been without it vicissitudes, and after the death of her husband, the late Thomas Vaden, Jr., who had been a successful tobacconist in Richmond and Manchester, but whose fortune had been reduced by the war and the loss of certain uninsured vessels at sea. Mrs. Vaden had quite a struggle, but her splendid family of sons and daughters met heroically the situation, and with her guiding mind to direct, they saved the beautiful home, "Buck Hill" and for many years now, in comfort and enjoyment, she had met the lengthening shadows, blessed with the love of children and grandchildren and the affection of friends and acquaintances. No one of her neighbors was too humble to receive from her consolation and charity in their need and distress. And all of them, white and black alike, mourn their loss.
Mrs. Vaden's grandfather was Colonel Harry Heth, of the Continental army, a friend of Washington. She was a first cousin of the brave General Pickett. She was beautifully read, with a splendid memory. She was a fine conversationalist, and it was a delight to be in her society.
Her funeral will take place to-morrow at 5:30 P. M. at Meade Memorial Church, Manchester, of which church she was one of the founders, and the interment will be in Maury Cemetery.
Her pall-bearers will be Messrs. J. H. Patteson, W. U. Kennon, George E. Gary, Dr. Lawrence Ingram, Major Charles Selden, Judge John H. Ingram, Thomas E. Owen and W. S. P. Mayo. The Times-Dispatch, Sunday, August 14, 1904.
Son, Henry Heth Vaden is buried at Hollywood Cemetery.
Beside Thomas Vaden, Jr.
Crane, Owen, Taylor, Vaden plot.
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