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Family of Benjamin Gray VEAZIE and Julia Ann CURTIS

Married841 1845~841.

Julia Ann CURTIS b. 1827 Jan 132070 at Morgan, VT1799. d. 1853 Jul 211800 at Randolph, MA1800.

Wife Mary, daughters Fannie, Alletta and Kate, and sons Benjamin, Clarence and William (Willie) were registered1801 in Randolph Almshouse as paupers in January, February and March of 1869. One might think that Benjamin had passed away by that date. However, Benjamin's great-great-granddaughter2589 has a post card (an image of which is in this author's possession) from Benjamin's daughter Emma, dated Oct 13, 1879, after she was married and living in Cambridge, MA. Benjamin was living in New Orleans, and the card reads in part:".. Was very sorry to hear of your sickness and hope you will improve as the cold weather comes on .." Other infofrmation from that source2589 indicates Benjamin, for unknown reasons, left his family and traveled through the south, to New Orleans and Jacksonville, FL. As early as 1866, Benjamin was traveling with son Walter C Veazie in Missouri and Kansas. With that information, one finds in Jacksonville, FL, in 1870, a Benjamin G "Viesey," a retail grocer, born ~1825 in Massachusetts. In 1872, a newspaper listing2740 for letters remaining at the New Orleans post office includes "Veazie B G." A "B. G. Veazie," born ~1821, died in New Orleans in 1879. Research indicates that an epidemic of Yellow Fever ran through the lower Mississippi valley, heavily in New Orleans, in 1878. That, perhaps, may be the illness which took Benjamin's life. The notice2741 of his death has his address as 152 St. Joseph, assumed to be New Orleans.

Several of the birth records for Julia's children list her maiden name and birthplace. A birth record2070 for "Julian" Curtis lists her birthdate as Jan 13, 1827, her father as Amos Curtis and her mother as Roxana. Another birth record2787 which lists the children of Amos Curtis and "Rosanna his wife" lists "Juliann" Curtis, born Jan 15, 1827. Both records are transcriptions. Her death record lists her age at death: 21y 4m --d, for a calculated birth date of Mar 1832. That is unlikely as she had a child in 1847, which would have been at the age of 15. In 1850, the only individually enumerated census in which she appears, she is listed as age 25 (born ~1825), indicating the 1827 date listed in the referenced birth records is more likely correct. Her death record1800 lists her father as Amos Curtis. Her mother is not listed. She died of typhoid fever (not in childbirth) just a few days before the death of daughter Mary.

Child 4. Mary

Mary (in her birth record1799 she is unnamed) died exactly 2 months after birth. Her death record1800 lists cause of death as "teething." It was not uncommon to list teething as a cause of death even as late as the early twentieth century. Teething, of course, did not cause the deaths. In some cases, it may have been the treatment that was the cause of death - leeches, cauterizing, application of mercuric compounds, etc.

Children of Benjamin Gray VEAZIE and Julia Ann CURTIS:

1. Walter C VEAZIE1799 b. 1847 Jun 251799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1931 May 62387 at Tacoma, WA2387.
md. Elva May HEWITT
2. Emma (Eunice) F VEAZIE2375 b. 1849 Oct 292375 at Randolph, MA2375.
md. George A ARNOLD
3. Ella B VEAZIE1799 b. 1851 Jul 161799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1942 Jan 2527 at San Francisco, CA527.
md. James STILES
4. Mary VEAZIE1800 b. 1853 Jun 291799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1853 Jul 291800 at Randolph, MA1800.


527. California Death Index, 1905-1939, 1940-1997; www.ancestry.com, familysearch.com
841. Genealogy of the Families of Braintree, Mass. 1640-1850, Waldo Chamberlain Sprague - CD, NEHGS, Picton Press
874. 1850 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
879. 1860 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
1799. Massachusetts, Randolph Births, Mass Vital Records, 1841-1910; www.americanancestors.org
1800. Massachusetts, Randolph Deaths, Mass Vital Records, 1841-1910; www.americanancestors.org
1801. Massachusetts, Randolph Church Records, incl birth, marriage, death
1996. 1870 Fed Census FL, Duval Co., Jacksonville; www.ancestry.com
2070. Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954; familysearch.org
2375. Massachusetts, Randolph Vital Records to 1875; www.americanancestors.org
2387. Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960; familysearch.org
2589. Veazie information - received 2012 and later from Anne Veazie Sonner, granddaughter of Carl Hewitt Veazie
2625. Louisiana, New Orleans Death Records Index, 1804-1949; www.ancestry.com
2694. 1855 State Census MA, Norfolk, Randolph; familysearch.org
2740. Veazie, B G, letters left at post office, Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) 21 Apr 1872; newspapers.com
2741. Veazie, B G, death notice, Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) 13 Nov 1879; newspapers.com
2787. Vermont, Morgan, Early Records, 1780-1932; www.americanancestors.org