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Family of Samuel Rev. VEAZIE and Sarah JONES
Samuel Rev. VEAZIE b. 1710/11 Jan 82852 at Braintree, MA2852. d. 1797 Dec 2800 at Brunswick, ME2900.
Sarah JONES b. 1724 Oct 222836 at Hull, MA2836. d. aft 17802836.
Married388 abt 1756388.
"Samuel the son of Samuel Veasey and Deborah his wife was born ye 8th. Day of January 1711."2852
Samuel Veazie graduated561 from Harvard College with an A. B. degree in 1736. On Aug 7, 1738, the town of Duxbury, MA, voted4100 to invite Rev Veazie to become their paster. After some lengthy negotiations, he was ordained there over a year later on Oct 31, 1739.
An intention of marriage2898 between Rev Samuel Veazie of "Duxborough," and Mrs Deborah Samson of Kingston was filed Feb 6, 1741/2. On Aug 6, 1742, the couple was married2899 at Kingston, MA.
Starting in 1743, difficulties began arising between the congregation at Duxbury and Rev Veazie., primarily to do with the intensity of the Reverand's convictions. Veazie, during the early part of his ministry, had been a moderate Calvinist. But during this period, an evangelistic movement known as the Great Awakening or Great Revival, pushed through the colonies. In particular, George Whitfield (or Whitefield) converted Mr Veazie into a complete firebrand. According to the notes4100 of Rev Benjamin Kent, librarian of the Roxbury Athenaeum, Rev Veazie became morose and dogmatic, even whipping his own children with severity for the least freedom on the Sabbath, strictly observed from sunrise to midnight. Most of the influential men of Duxbury maintained the old doctrines, and refused to embrace their pastor's new dogmatisms. At one point Veazie, proclaiming that Man was in a state of nature and not with God, was asked by the wife of a prominent citizen what had become of their fathers (their ancestors). Veazie said they are gone to Hell! It should be noted that, in those days, a minister was appointed and could not be fired by the congregation. However, the congregation determined his salary. The controversies continued until, in the summer of 1746, Veazie addressed an ecclesiastical council, stating that he was not able in any good measure to discharge his ministry, and his salary since 1743 had been about 91 pounds. He asked for a dismissal from the church at Duxbury.
Veazie informed the town, Nov 11, 1746, that as a condition for his leaving them, his salary of 170 pounds per annum be brought up to date, or the case should be referred to a committee of five men for settlement. Disputes continued and Rev Veazie even brought a lawsuit for the recovery of his salary, though indications are that nothing resulted from that effort other than repeated votes to pay him "were passed in the negative." He was eventually dismissed388 from the Duxbury church, Apr 8, 1750. He may have been preaching at Hull, MA, during the Duxbury controversy. Eventually letters of recommendation were presented to the church of Hull, MA, and Veazie was installed there, Apr 11, 1753. Veazie was dismissed388 from the church at Hull in 1767, and sold the parsonage lot which he had purchased there.
Winsor4100 states Rev Samuel Veazie died in Hull in 1797, at the age of 86. The death year is correct. However, The History of Brunswick (Maine)179 has Veazie emigrating to Harpswell from Nantasket (a community on the Cape across from the island of Hull) in 1767. Historic Harpswell3399 states the same. Hillman800 found several records indicating Rev Veazie was town clerk in Harpswell and bought and sold land there as late as 1788. Bangor Hist. Mag.388, referencing "Harpswell records," has Rev Samuel Veazie, Clerk, Sep 30, 1768, bought of Alexander Emery, of Harpswell, "Land on Sebascodegan Island, (Harpswell,) being lot No. eleven in the first division joining easterly on the common road … one hundred acres more of less." He cleared and built a house, "in which he lived and died." Veazie bought and sold land in or near Harpswell as late as 1786. I.e., Apr 17, 1786, he sold to Rebecca Holbrook (his daughter) part of lot no. 29 in Harpswell for 50 pounds. His wife did not sign the transaction.
On May 11, 1798, "John Veazie, of Falmouth, hatter, and Deborah Jordan, wife of Robert Jordan, of Brunswick," sold land on Sebasdecogan Island comprising 115 acres, "being the homestead of the late Samuel Veazie, of Harpswell, deceased," which he had bequeathed to his beloved son and daughter.
Hillman also found an obituary for Rev Veazie in the Portland (ME) Oriental Trumpet, published Jan 4, 1798, stating that he died in Brunswick on Dec 2. Bangor Hist. Mag.388 has "died Jan. ---, 1798, aged 88."
Child 2. Abigail
Hillman800 does not have an Abigail, dau of Rev Samuel and Sarah Jones Veazie. Is Abigail perhaps the Rachel Vezie mentioned by Hillman?
Child 3. StephenStephen, son of Samuel and Sarah, baptized 31 Jul 1757 (VR Hull). Died young?
Child 4. Rachel
Hillman800 mentions that Sarah's father, Solomon Jones, mentions his dau Sarah Vezie and a granddaughter, Rachel Vezie, in his will2836 7 Mar 1780. No further information on that Rachel Veazie.
Children of Samuel Rev. VEAZIE and Sarah JONES:
|1.||Sybil VEAZIE388 b. 1757 Oct 23691 at Hull, MA691. d. 1758691 at Hull, MA691.|
|2.||Abigail VEAZIE388 b. 1758?388 at perhaps Hull, MA388. d. 1758388 at Hull, MA388.|
|3.||Stephen VEAZIE2094 b. 1763 July 312094 at (bapt) Hull, MA2094.|
|4.||Rachel VEAZIE800 b. 1765~800.|