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Family of Benjamin Gray VEAZIE and Mary F THAYER

Benjamin Gray VEAZIE b. 1824~874 at Boston, MA841. d. 1879 Nov 102625 at 152 Saint Joseph St, New Orleans, LA4987. bd. Girod Cemetery, New Orleans, LA4987.
Mary F THAYER b. 18321800 at Randolph, MA1802. d. 1879 Dec 291800 at Randolph, MA1800.

Married1802 1854 Nov 191802 at Braintree, MA1802.

Benjamin (his second marriage) and Mary Thayer (her first marriage) were married by David Holbrook, Esq, Justice of [the] Peace.

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.

Benjamin's death was recorded in the Lafayette Presbyterian Church records4987. A handwritten entry reads: "Nov 11th 1879 Veazie Benj. G. [age] 58 [Disease] paralysis [facing page][place] 152 St Joseph Mr(s?) Landry's 2 P.M. [Cemetery] Girod [Remarks] Uncle of Dr. H. A. Veazie "Hero of Grenada" - 1878 - epidemic." The remarks refer to Benjamin's nephew, Dr Henry A Veazie, who, during the Yellow Fever epidemic that swept through the South, traveled from New Orleans to Grenada, Mississippi, to treat an outbreak there.

Benjamin was buried4987 4988 in Girod Cem., in tomb "RHS" (right hand side?) 5-A. His death date appears variously as Nov 94988, Nov 102625, and Nov 114987. His death notice2471 was published Nov 13.

Mary's maiden name is listed in daughter Kate's birth records1799. Her parents' names, including mother's maiden name, and their birthplaces, are listed in her death record1800. In 1869, Mary and children Fannie, Alletea, Benjamin G [George], Clarence, Kate and Willie were all living in the Ranoolph Almshouse3212, having all been registered early in 1869.

Mary Veazie's death record1800 and her obituary5250 indicate, sadly, that she died Dec 29, 1879, by hanging (suicide) at the age of about 45. The latter notice reads: "Mrs Benjamin Veazie of Randolph, about 45 years old, daughter of Isaac Thayer, committed suicide by hanging on Monday. No cause is assigned for the act." Her desparation could be understood as her husband appears to have left her about 1866, and she and her children had been living in the Randolph poorhouse since that time. She may have given up hope in life when she perhaps had learned of the death of her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana, the previous month.

Child 3. Alletta

Alletta, at the age of 7, was registered1801 in the Randolph Almshouse, Jan 26, 1869. In 1870, Alletta was living with her mother and siblings in the Randolph Almshouse. In 1880, Allie Veazie was a servant in the household of Adoniram? Smith, boot manufacturer. In 1898, Alletta is again listed1801 as supported in the (Randolph) Almshouse, registered as a pauper, Jun 1896. In 1900, she was living on the Randolph Town Farm, Timothy O'Leary, superintendent; Margaret O'Leary, matron. She ceased to be supported1801 in the Almshouse in Aug 1900, being removed to the Taunton Insane Asylum. In 1910, Alletta was an inmate at the Grafton Colony of the Worcester State Asylum. The Grafton State Hospital, Grafton, Massachusetts, was operated from 1901 to 1973. Because of its significance in the treatment of the mentally ill and architecture, the hospital area was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Child 6. Clarence

In 1870, Clarence was living with his mother and siblings in the Randolph Almshouse. In 1880, he was residing in the household of Daniel Field, Oak St, Brockton, MA. Clarence was listed as a servant (farming). He is listed in the 1884, 1887 and 1888 city directory for Brockton, MA, boarding at 97 Oak, occupation cutter. Clarence B Veazie died2718 in 1907 near Bolton, Kansas, a laborer, single, age 41. That record lists his residence as Brockton, Mass.

Child 8. Kate

Although enumerated as "Katie A" Veazie, age 1 in 1870, Randolph Births1799 lists Katie Ayers Veazie born Sep 15, 1867, to Benjamin & Mary F (Thayer) of Randolph. Temple2699 states that Mable May, dau of Isaac Moulton May and Mary A F Rich, was born Sep 15, 1867; adopted Dec 1, 1874, was the daughter of Benjamin and Mary F Veazie. That adoption (the name of the child was "Mabel May") was recorded2701 June, 1875. And, indeed, in 1880, Mabel May, age 12, is enumerated2700 as the adopted daughter (relation: "Ado[.?] Daugther") of Isaac M and Mary A F May, in North Brookfield. Unfortunately, it isn't clear whether Kate Ayers Veazie is the same person as Mabel (nee Veazie) May. In any case, it may also be that Kate/Mabel was not the daughter of Benjamin as Anne Veazie Sonner2589 has letters written from Benjamin to daughter Ella from New Orleans in 1867, and, as early as 1866, he was traveling in Missouri and Kansas.

Children of Benjamin Gray VEAZIE and Mary F THAYER:

1. Julian VEAZIE1799 b. 1856 Feb 211799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1906 Mar 271774 at Taunton, MA1774. bd. Westville Cem., Taunton, MA1755.
md. Maria Judith STRANGE
2. Fanny W VEAZIE1799 b. 1858 Apr 201799 at Randolph (Mouint Pleasant), MA1799. d. after 1940.
md. Daniel E FLETCHER
3. Alletta B VEAZIE1799 b. 1861 Apr 171799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. aft 19102717.
4. George Benjamin VEAZIE1799 b. 1862 Oct 281799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1947 Mar 252002 at Keene, NH2002. bd. Woodland Cem., Keene, NH840.
md. 1) Isabelle R (Belle) FERRIS
md. 2) Gertrude Belle SHELDON
5. William L VEAZIE1799 b. 1864 Apr 61799 at Randolph, MA1799.
6. Clarence B VEAZIE1799 b. 1865 Dec 261799 at Randolph, MA1799. d. 1907 Mar 112718 at near Bolton, KS2718.
7. Mabel Wallace VEAZIE2699 b. 1867 Sep 152699 at Randolph, MA2701. d. 1948 Sep 22527 at Los Angeles Co., CA527.
md. Frederick (Fred) L HARDING
8. Kate Ayers VEAZIE1799 b. 1867 Sep 151799 at Randolph, MA1799.


527. California Death Index, 1905-1939, 1940-1997; www.ancestry.com, familysearch.org
840. Gravestone inscriptions - www.findagrave.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
875. 1870 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
876. 1880 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
877. 1900 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
879. 1860 Fed Census MA, Norfolk Co., Randolph; www.ancestry.com
1735. U. S. City Directories 1821-1989, 1822-1995; www.ancestry.com
1755. Massachusetts Town Records, 1620-1988; www.ancestry.com
1774. Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915; www.familysearch.org, 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
1802. Massachusetts, Braintree Marriages, Mass Vital Records, 1841-1910; www.americanancestors.org
1996. 1870 Fed Census FL, Duval Co., Jacksonville; www.ancestry.com
2002. New Hampshire Death and Burial Records Index, 1654-1949; www.ancestry.com
2471. Obit - Vesey, Rev Leslie, Toledo Blade, Mar 20, 1978; news.google.com
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
2699. Massachusetts, North Brookfield, A Genealogical Register of --- Families, J H TEMPLE, pub by Town of North Brookfield, 1887; books.google.com
2700. 1880 Fed Census MA, Worcester Co., North Brookfield; www.ancestry.com
2701. Massachusetts, North Brookfield, Births, Marriages and Deaths; www.ancestry.com
2717. 1910 Fed Census MA, Worcester Co., Grafton Twp; www.ancestry.com
2718. Kansas Deaths and Burials, Index 1885-1930; www.ancestry.com
2719. 1880 Fed Census MA, Plymouth Co., Brockton; www.ancestry.com
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
3212. Massachusetts, Randolph Almshouse, paupers in, 1869; Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; www.ancestry.com
4987. Louisiana, New Orleans, Lafayette Presbyterian Church records; www.ancestry.com
4988. Veazie, Benjamin G, burial index card, Girod Cem., New Orleans, LA; courtesy Beverly Cantrill, ?FHL film 1292877 item 1
5250. Obit - Veazie, Mrs Benjamin (nee Thayer), Boston (MA) Post, Dec 31, 1879; newspaperarchive.com