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Family of William Jr VESEY and Isabelle EMMERICH

William Jr VESEY b. 1801 May 42230 at Braintree, VT2230. d. 1872 Oct 12060 at Goshen, IN2060. bd. Oakridge Cemetery, Goshen, IN2054.
Isabelle EMMERICH b. 1838~2043 at Ohio2043. d. 1893 May 194619 at Middlebury street, Goshen, IN4619.

Married2043 1860~2043.

William's 2nd wife died in 1857. Isabel is living with William in the 1860 and 1870 censuses, with a son Edgar in 1870. Their marriage date is a guess.

A pension application4950 filed by Isabelle Vesey ("Widow"), Dec 26, 1891, in Indiana, lists William service as "M. 2. Ind. Cav."

His obituary4943 in the Goshen (IN) Democrat states Mr William Vesey died at his residence one mile north-east of Goshen on Oct 1, aged about 72 years. Another obituary in The Goshen (IN) Times, Thurs, Oct 3, 1872 reads: "Mr William Vesey, an old and respected citizen of this county, died on Tuesday morning last [Oct 1], and was buried yesterday.." Yet another obituary2060 also states: "In this township, on Tuesday, the first inst., William Vesey aged 72 years."

The histories of Braintree (Vermont)831, Lagrange County2054 Indiana, and Elkhart County2068 Indiana provide much information on William's family. Born in Braintree, Vermont, William married Adaline Copeland there. He and his family (wife and five children), following his uncle Benjamin, went to Cayuga or Lake County, Ohio, in 1834 (Elkhart Hist has 1833 but Horace was born Vermont in 1834.) William's son John was born there in Ohio. In 1838, the family moved west to Indiana and settled in Middlebury Township, Elkhart county. The family soon moved to Goshen, where William bought land, established a brickyard, and maintained a farm. His children married and established their own lives, both in the area and elsewhere, but William ran the brickyard and farm until a short time before his death in 1872.

William was elected sheriff of Elkhart county in 1862. The election, however, was apparently not without some controversy. The (Goshen, Ind.) Times, Oct 9, 1862 (, printed a short piece deriding the Goshen Democrat (Oct 8th issue) for supporting William Vesey. Vesey is described as "the only returned soldier in Indiana who takes sides with and becomes the candidate of the secession sympathizing Democratic party which is opposed to the confiscation of rebel property by our armies!" That article warned the voters of Elkhart county to "not be deceived by the miserable twaddle of 8th of January Democracy(sic)." Nonetheless, he went on to win that election, and served in that position as late as November, 1864.

He was a Mason and was buried with Masonic honors in Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen. Isabelle Vesey was appointed administratrix for his (insolvent) estate (Goshen (IN) Democrat, Nov 13, 1872.)

The death certificate4633 for son Edgar J Vesey provides Isabelle's maiden name - "Emmerich." Edgar's wife Martha E Vesey was the informant for his particulars.

In 1860, Isabel Vesey, age 22, born in Ohio, resided2043 with William Vesey. William, Isabel (age 30, born "O") and son Edgar J Vesey still resided2044 in Goshen in 1870.

A Notice of Administration was posted in the Goshen (IN) Democrat, Nov 13, 1872, giving notice that Isabelle Vesey had been appointed administratix of the estate of William Vesey, late of Elkhart county; "Said estate is probabl[y] insolvent." On Oct 30 (and perhaps other dates), a notice of administrator's sale was posted in the same publication, stating that Isabelle Vesey, administratrix, will sell the property of the estate of Wm. Vesey, deceased, Sat, Nov 9, 1872, at the last residence of the deceased, one mile north-east of the city of Goshen.

Isabel Vesey and Frederick F Yeoman were married2072 Nov 27, 1879, in Elkhart Co., IN, by Charles Ager, Pastor. The 1880 census for Goshen, IN, lists an Isabel Yeoman, wife of Fred Yeoman, age 40, born in Ohio. Her parents are listed as both born in Pennsylvania. Frederick's son Edward (age 19?) and daughter Eliza (age 14) resided with them.

In 1883, a legal notice4949 announced that Isabelle Yeoman had filed for divorce from Frederick Yeoman, Oct 9, 1883. Perhaps Frederick had abandoned her, as that notice mentions that Frederick Yeoman "is not a resident of the State of Indiana." Assumed to be the Frederick in quesiton, an obituary (Goshen (IN) Weekly News Times, Feb 27, 1903, for Frederick F Yeoman states he died Feb 20 at his home near Gresham, Nebraska.

It appears Isabelle changed her surname back to Vesey after the divorcem as her obituary4619 states that Isabelle Vesey, "relict of Wm Vesey," died Friday, May 19, 1893, at her home on Middlebury St., in Goshen, IN. Her obit lists her age at death as 53.

At present, her parents are unknown. Considering the age difference between Isabelle and William, and Isabelle, perhaps Emmerich was a surname from a previous marriage. No further information.

Children of William Jr VESEY and Isabelle EMMERICH:

1. Edgar J VESEY2044 b. 1860 Jul2008 at Goshen, Indiana4601. d. 1920 May 234633 at at his home, 310 N Main St, Goshen, IN2046. bd. Oak Ridge Cem., Goshen, IN4633.
md. 1) Fanny REIST
md. 2) Martha Ellen WEAVER

831. Vermont, Braintree, History of, by Henry Royce Bass, Rutland, VT: 1883;;;
2008. 1880 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Weymouth;
2042. 1850 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Jefferson;
2043. 1860 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Elkhart;
2044. 1870 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Elkhart;
2046. Excerpts from various newspapers (newspapers themselves unavailable);
2054. Indiana, Counties of LaGrange and Noble Indiana, Historical and Biographical, Chicago, F A Battey & Co., Publishers:1882
2060. Indiana, Goshen, Goshen Times, Thursday, October 10, 1872;
2068. Indiana, Elkhart County, History of, Chas C Chapman & Co., Chicago, 1881; (PDF)
2072. Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959; Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992, Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, Indiana Select Marriages Index 1748-1993, Indiana Marriages 1811-2007, Indiana Marriages 1810-2001; 1,2,5), 3,4,5)
2230. Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908;
4601. Obit - Vesey, Edgar J, Goshen (IN) Daily Democrat, Mon, May 24, 1920;
4619. Obit - Vesey, Isabelle, Goshen (IN) Weekly News, Fri, May 26, 1893;
4633. Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011;
4943. Obit - Vesey, William; The Goshen (IN) Democrat, Wed, Oct 2, 1872;
4949. Yeoman, Isabelle, sues for divorce from Frederick Yeoman, Legal Notice, Gosehn (IN) Democrat, Oct 10, 1883;
4950. Vesey, William, pension application, beneficiary Isabelle Vesey; United State General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934;