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William Veazey

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Cecil, Maryland, United States
Death: circa April 10, 1781 (23-39)
Cecil, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Veazey and Rebecca (Ward) Veazey
Husband of Rebecca (Mercer) Veazey
Father of William Veazey; Robert Veazey; John Veazey and Joshua Joseph Veazey
Brother of Edward Veazey; John Ward Veazey; Rebecca Sturgis and Thomas Brockus Veazey

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About William Veazey

William is recorded in Duncan Veazey's manuscript as the husband of Mary Loutitt and the father of Mary Veazey who married her first cousin, Gov Thomas Ward Veazey. Clare Childers of Woodland, CA, a descendant of Joshua Joseph Veazey, has researched the two Williams (47) and (74), both sons of Col John Veazeys and proposes that this William's wife was Rebecca (maiden name not known) and that when he died in 1781, all four of his sons were minors. His sons are shown in Clare's work as: William, Robert, John, and Joshua Joseph Veazey.

The item in Duncan Veazey's manuscript that clinched this discrepancy was the place of death listed as New Castle, DE. i believe that the typist who typed his material got the two Williams confused. I agree with Clare's supposition that the William Veazey who married Mary Louttit was the son of Col John Veazey and his wife, Ann Milbourne.This William, son of Colonel John and his wife, Rebecca Ward, was married to Rebecca, whom he left a widow with their children. Duncan listed the sons of Col John and Ann Milbourne on pages 119 through 121 of his manuscript, including a William and Samuel. The will shown on page 64 for this William is actually for the son of John and Ann Milbourne. The children listed in that will would bear out the assumption that this William was married to Mary Loutitt and named her children Sarah Loutitt, Mary and May. The will also mentions his nephew John Cormar, son of Samuel Cormar Veazey.

From Clare Childer's research: William Veazey died in Cecil County, MD on 10APR1781 (Cecil Co Adm & guardian Bonds 1784-1797, p 19 Hall of Records, Annapolis). he left a widow, Rebecca, and four sons, the children being all minors. (Inventories 1780-92, p. 102-114, 124). Rebecca was administrator of her husband's estate, and was appointed guardian of the oldest son, William, who was heir to his father's land. (Adm & Guardian Bonds 1784-1797, pp. 16, 19, 29, 30, 47, 115, 200, 317, 409)." Clare believes that this William, who died in 1781, is the son of (11) Col John Veazey of Essex Lodge.

Clare:"Colonel John Veazey of Essex Lodge devised to his son, William, the plantation known as "Good Luck." This land was located on the Bohemia River, and was in the vicinity of Essex Lodge as were other additional acres added to John's plantation during his lifetime and later divided among his sons.

"The probate papers of both William Veazey and Rebecca, his wife, contain the names of as many as 52 men as participants in thelegal process of estate settlement or as purchasers of estate property. Of these 52 me, 24 can be identified in the 1790 census as residents of Bohemia Hundred or West Sassafras Hundred and another ten have the same surnames as other residents of Bohemia and West Sassafras Hundreds. Bohemia Hundred was the location of the plantations of John Veazey and his sons, and West Sassafras Hundred was the neighboring jurisdiction to the south. From the many people in this vicinity who signed their legal papers or appeared as buyers at the auction of property of William and Rebecca Veazey, I believe we can assume that this pair were residents of Bohemia and West Sassafras Hundred.

"In the 1783 tax list for Cecil County, the Veazey landholders of Bohemia Hundred were Edward Veazey, John Ward Veazey, and Thomas B Veazey (the three other sons of Colonel John Veazey), and Rebecca Veazey. No William! We know that Rebecca, widow of William, paid state and county taxes in 1783 because it so states in probate records. No other Rebecca Veazey is listed in the 1783 record as a taxpayer in Cecil County. And, although there were several "William" taxpayers, none were in Bohemia Hundred. William, son of Col John Veazey, is missing from the 1783 tax list, but there is Rebecca, widow of William.

"The 1790 census lists Edward, John Ward, and Dr Thomas B Veazey in Bohemia Hundred, and Rebecca Veazey in West Sassafras Hundred. The only other Veazey listed in Cecil County is William of Elk Neck Hundred, who is easily recognized in the genealogical accounts as the son of James and Mary Mercer, and a member of St Mary Anne's Parish church at North East. Therefore, no William who was the son of John Veazey was counted in this census in Cecil County.

"The records found thus far give an incomplete account of the affairs of Rebecca Veazey and her children from 1781 forward. I believe that William, son of William and Rebecca, was the oldest of four children. The date of his birth is not known but can be estimated from the following; In June 1795, an inventory and sale of the goods and chattels of Rebecca Veazey was recorded indicating her recent death. It is known that when she died, her youngest son, Joshua, as 15 years old. The assumption is, therefore, that her oldest of four children had by 1795 reached his majority. Was he still in Cecil County? A William Veazey purchased Rebecca's prayer book at the auction of her belongings. On 31 December 1795, William Veazey sold to John Price "all that tract or parcel of land called 'Good Luck.'"

If William, who inherited this land from Col John Veazey of "Essex Lodge" was still living, then where was he during the past 14 years of tax and census records? Clare's conclusion is that William, son of John of Essex Lodge died in 1781 and the land called Good Luck passed on to his oldest son William, who, in 1795, sold the plantation to John Price.

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William Veazey's Timeline

Cecil, Maryland, United States
Age 24
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Cecil, Maryland, United States
April 10, 1781
Age 31
Cecil, Maryland, United States