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Family of John B VESEY and Margaret Alice NEWELL

Married2068 1860 Aug 82068 at home of Margaret's father, Jefferson Twp., IN3155.

John and Margaret (Alice) were married3155 Aug 8, 1860, at her father's residence in Jefferson Township by Rev. E. Hall.

Son Wililam's passport application in 1920 states his father was then residing in Pocahontas, MS. In 1895, J B Vesey reported3153 in a letter to the Goshen Mid-Week News, that he had just returned to Chicago from a 3 months' stay on his ranch in Lake Co., South Dakota., a ranch consisting of 1370 acres. He had threshed 11,000 bushels of grain, and large quantities of other crops. John stated that the country could not be surpassed for farming, though water was sometimes difficult to get without much expense. The History2068 of Elkhart County, Indiana, states that John B Vesey moved with his family from Ohio to Middlebury, IN, in 1838. At the age of 16, John attended the Ontario Collegiate Institute (Lagrande Co., IN). He then was a deputy sheriff and tax collector, and a teacher in the common school. He married in 1860 Miss Alice Newell. He was, in general, a farmer.

In 1910, John and Margaret resided2084 with their married daughter Rena A Gray, Rena's husband Harley, and John B Gray, the son of Rena and Harley. Following Margaret's 1915 death, John continued to reside2086 with his daughter (Rena) Alice and her husband Harley. He died840 in 1920.

Margaret's name appears variously in the cited records as Margaret, Alice, and Margaret A. The 1893 obituary4644 for William Newell, subtitled "Death of a Pioneer," mentions surviving daughter Mrs John B Vesey of Chicago. In the 1880 census2083, the birthplace of the parents of Alice Vesey are listed as Scotland and New York, and William Newell, born Scoland, and "father-in-law" to John B Vesey, resided with John, Alice and family. In 1850, Margaret Newell lived2042 in Jefferson, Indiana, with her father and mother, born in Scotland and New York respectively. Margaret lived with her father in 1860.

Child 2. Nettie

Nettie, who is listed2073 age 2 months in Aug 1870, does appear in 1880 in the family of John B and Alice Vesey. It is assumed she died young.

Children of John B VESEY and Margaret Alice NEWELL:

1. William Hosea VESEY2083 b. 1862 Mar 25645 at Goshen, IN645. d. 1946840. bd. Cedarlawn Cem., Jackson, MS840.
md. Myra Belle BARNETT
2. Nettie VESEY2073 b. 1870 May~2073 at Indiana2073. d. before 1880?2083.
3. Rena Alice VESEY2083 b. 1874 Aug2085 at Indiana2083.
md. Harley Winter GRAY


645. U. S. Passport Applications 1795-1925; www.ancestry.com, familysearch.org
840. Gravestone inscriptions - www.findagrave.com
2042. 1850 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Jefferson; www.ancestry.com
2043. 1860 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Elkhart; www.ancestry.com
2068. Indiana, Elkhart County, History of, Chas C Chapman & Co., Chicago, 1881; archive.org (PDF)
2073. 1870 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Jefferson; www.ancestry.com
2076. 1860 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Jefferson; www.ancestry.com
2083. 1880 Fed Census IN, Elkhart Co., Goshen; www.ancestry.com
2084. 1910 Fed Census MS, Madison Co., Beat 3; www.ancestry.com
2085. 1900 Fed Census SD, Lake Co., Concord; www.ancestry.com
2086. 1920 Fed Census MS, Madison Co., Beat 3; www.ancestry.com
3153. Vesey, John B, report of ranch in South Dakota, Goshen (IN) Mid-Week News, Wed, Oct 30, 1895; newspaperarchive.com
3155. Vesey, John B, marriage to Newell, Margaret A, Goshen (IN) Times, Thur, Aug 16, 1860; newspaperarchive.com
4644. Obit - Newell, William, The Goshen (IN) Times, Thurs, Oct 19, 1893; newspaperarchive.com