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Family of William Jr VESEY and Adaline COPELAND

William Jr VESEY b. 1801 May 42230 at Braintree, VT2230. d. 1872 Oct 12060 at Goshen, IN2060. bd. Oakridge Cemetery, Goshen, IN2054.
Adaline COPELAND b. 1809 Mar 28952 at prob Braintree, VT952. d. 1839 Mar 26952 at Indiana952.

Married2070 1823 Jan 292070 at Braintree, VT2070.

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.)

Braintree (VT) History831 says Adaline Copeland died in Indiana. Lagrange County history2054, in H. J. Vesey's sketch, states William, after purchasing land in Elkhart co., Indiana, 1835, returned to Ohio. The five children, accompanied by their uncle (grand-uncle Benjamin?) moved to Indiana in the spring of 1836. However, William was detained by his wife's ill health, and she died there. He then joined his family in Indiana.

Children of William Jr VESEY and Adaline COPELAND:

1. Mariah VESEY2042 b. 1824~2042 at Vermont2042. d. 1896840. bd. Mount Pisgah, LaGrange, IN840.
md. 1) Eli HUDSON
md. 2) Valentine FREY
2. Lydia C VESEY2046 b. 1826840 at Vermont2049. d. 1909 Apr 242063 at LaGrange Co., IN2063. bd. Greenwood Cem., LaGrange, IN840.
md. 1) Sylvester TREAT
md. 2) (unkn) HOWARD
3. Benjamin W VESEY2054 b. 1829 Feb 82054 at Vermont2054. d. 1908 May 292063 at Fort Wayne, IN2063. bd. Lindenwood Cem., Fort Wayne, IN840.
4. Elizabeth VESEY800 b. 1831 May 194655 at Orange Co., VT4655. d. 1883 Feb 222063 at South Bend, IN2063. bd. Oak Ridge Cem., Goshen, IN4655.
md. Eli W PAXSON
5. Horace Justin VESEY2042 b. 1834 Oct 194633 at Braintree, VT4633. d. 1928 Jun 154633 at LaGrange, IN4633. bd. Greenwood Cem., LaGrange, IN4633.
md. Helen E SMITH
6. John B VESEY2042 b. 1836 May 222068 at Cayuga Co., OH2068. d. 1920840. bd. Cedarlawn Cem., Jackson, MS840.
md. 1) Margaret Alice NEWELL
md. 2) Mary A SHELLEY

800. Veazie Genealogy, Ralph E Hillman, CG, Penobscot Press, Private Printing, Feb 2011.
831. Vermont, Braintree, History of, by Henry Royce Bass, Rutland, VT: 1883;;;
840. Gravestone inscriptions -
952. Vermont, Braintree, The History of, Including a Memorial of Families that have resided in Town, Henry Royce Bass. Rutland Vermont.: Tuttle & Company, State Printers, 1883.
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);
2049. 1857 State Census MN, Fillmore Co., Township 103 Range 13;
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;
2063. Indiana Deaths (Index), 1882-1920;,
2068. Indiana, Elkhart County, History of, Chas C Chapman & Co., Chicago, 1881; (PDF)
2070. Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954;
2230. Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908;
4633. Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011;
4655. Obit - Paxon, Mrs E W, Goshen (IN) Times, Thurs, Mar 1, 1883;
4943. Obit - Vesey, William; The Goshen (IN) Democrat, Wed, Oct 2, 1872;
4950. Vesey, William, pension application, beneficiary Isabelle Vesey; United State General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934;