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Family of John Alfred (Alfred) VEAZIE and Henrietta (Etta) L HODSDON
John Alfred (Alfred) VEAZIE b. 1837 Aug 234328. d. 1879 Jul 28561 at Bar Harbor, ME561. bd. family vault, Mount Hope Cem, Bangor, ME4328.
Henrietta (Etta) L HODSDON b. 1840 Feb224 at Maine345.
Married2317 1860 Sep 52317 at Bangor, ME2317.
John Alfred Veazie attended Harvard561 for 2 years (1859-1860) but did is listed as "No degree." In 1860, he resided343 with his parents and is listed as "student at law." Around that time, he traveled for his health, to Europe as far east as Constantinople, returning via Marseilles and England. He worked in the law office of George W Ingersoll of Bangor. Whether after or previous to that work, he served as Aid de Camp and Orderly Officer from 1858 through 1860, on the staff of Maj. Gen. John L Hodsdon. He then studied in the law office of Rowe & Bartlett, and was admitted to the Penobscot Bar in 1860. That fall, he married Etta Hodgdon (various spellings), the daughter4328 of the previously mentioned Gen Hodsdon. Alfred frequently worked for his grandfather, Gen Samuel Veazie, assisting at the Veazie Bank, and eventually worked there as a cashier.
Following the death of Gen Veazie in 1868, Alfred and his cousin Charles V Lord were appointed executors for the estate. Alfred was chosen President of the Veazie Bank, and continued in that position until his death.
In 1870, residing344 at the Penobscot Exchange (hotel) in Bangor with wife Etta and daughter Alice, Alfred was listed as "bank president," with real estate valued at $150,000, and personal estate value of $50,000. About that time, he began visiting Bar Harbor, ME, and, about 1872 or 1873, built a house there.
Many details of his life are provided in an extensive obituary4328 and memorial published the day following his burial. On July 28, 1879, at his home in Bar Harbor, he went riding in the afternoon, and, about 8 o'clock that evening, went to his room, to read a newspaper as he commonly did. Shortly after he retired, his wife checked on him. He had a wet cloth over his forehead and complained on a severe headache. She bathed his head for some time, but the pain did not diminish. She urged him to see a physician, but he refused, stating it was unnecessary. He then seemed to drop off to sleep, but when his wife raised his arm, he was unresponsive. A physician was called and, at 10:15 PM, declared that Alfred had passed away. He was age 41y, 11m and 3d.
His will was dated Dec 16, 1871 [Maine Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999, Hancock Co., Estate Files No 3598-3654; www.ancestry.com], shortly before the birth of his son Alfred. That will mentioned only his wife and daughter. On Nov 19, 1872, Alfred filed a codicil to his will, stating "had born to us a son to whom we have given the name of Alfred," and provided that son Alfred should share equally "in every respect & alike with our daughter" in the trust created by his will. His wife was apparently with child at the time of his death as a daughter "Annie" Veazie, born February, appears in the household345 of Etta Veazie in the 1880 census for Bangor, enumerated Jun 1 of that year. Etta is listed as widowed, and also residing with her are daughter Alice and son Alfred.
From 1882 to 1892, Etta is listed in the Bangor City Directory as "widow of Alfred."
Child 2. Alfred
Alfred was boarding at his mother's house (Etta H. Veazie, "widow of Alfred"), 129 Union, 1891-1892. His death record2204 indicates he died at the age of 26 of typhoid fever, a law student at the time of his death. His obituary4981 states that Alfred had gone to Dawson City [Yukon Territory, Canada] in the spring of 1898, and had bonded a large number of claims, intending to work them "next year." While in Canada, he contracted typhoid fever; returned home a few weeks before his death when his health began to fail; and never recovered. That obituary mentions that he was a brother of Alice Veazie Towle, "a well-known actress."
Child 3. Annie
Annie's birth month is given as February in the 1880 census. It appears Annie died prior to the probate of her father's estate as those probate records [Maine Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999, Hancock Co., Estate Files No 3598-3654; www.ancestry.com] list only Alice Veazie Towle and Alfred Veazie as heirs-at-law, receiving 1/2 each of that estate. Annie's gravestone may be in Mount Hope Cem, Bangor - Annie Eleanor Veazie, d Jun 14, 1880.
Children of John Alfred (Alfred) VEAZIE and Henrietta (Etta) L HODSDON:
|1.||Alice B VEAZIE344 b. 1860 Jun224 at Maine344.|
|md. George P TOWLE|
|2.||Alfred VEAZIE345 b. 1872~2204 at Bangor, ME2204. d. 1898 Oct 12204 at Bangor, ME2204.|
|3.||Annie VEAZIE345 b. 1880 Feb345 at Maine345.|