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There ismuch written on the Veach Families. This is but one.
Much of the content on this page are taken direction from a book called "Mellett and Hickman Families of Henry County, Indiana," Vol 1, compiled & published by Franklin Miller, Jr.
Thank you Mr. Miller, for inspiring the rest of us.
Dawyck House, Peeblesshire, Scotland
History - America
||Family History - Scotland|
M11. ANKAH MELLETT (1799-1880) married THOMAS VEACH (1797-1879), son of Benjamin and Mary (Ford) Veach. (See VEACH FAMILY ORIGINS , Volume 1, Chapter 6 of the "Mellett and Hickman Families of Henry County, Indiana" for the early history of the Veach family and an account of the trip of Thomas and Ankah to the wilds of Indiana in 1827.
The name Ankah is a Veach specialty; one of the descendants, Ankah Bowman Veach (M1162) told the author that in 1934 that she did not know the origin of her grandmother's name. However, we have recentl found that Ankah Mellett's grandmother, Sarah (Suter) Mellett, has a sister Anky Sutor who went from Virginia to Kentucky (see page 59), and there was also an anka Hord in a Virginia family somehow connected with a Mellett. The name was usually pronounced "Anky" among the older relatives. It is an honored name, and is carried by twelve women (three of them living) who are listed in this family history. They are:
Ankah Mellett (M11) (1799-1880) m Thomas Veach
Ankah Veach (M1111) 1842-1918) m Thomas Osborn
Goldie Ankah Wylie (M111151) (1907-1968) m (1) Louis McKinney; (2) Thos. Gibbs
Mary Ankah Osborn (M111162) (b 1910) m. Charles Van Newn
Susan Ankah Gavin (1855-1941) m. Daniel Fassett
Leona Ankah Veach (M11177) (b 1901) m(1) Wm.Wylie; (2) Clarence Martin
Ankah Veach (M1136) (1855-1941) m Thomas Smith
Aletha Ankah Veach (M116) (1832-1921) m William Cochran Bowman
Ankah Leona Rudy (M11612) (1882-1960) m Daniel Ruggles
Ankah Bowman (M1162) (1863-1948) m John Mellett Veach
Mary Ankah McClure (M16A131)(b1928) m Francis Heinz
Ankah *Beavers (1837-1926) wife of John Mellett Reed (M126)
* she was daughter of Ankah Mellett's sister-in-law Elizabeth (Veach) Beavers
The first four children of Thomas and Ankah (Mellett) Veach were born in Monongalia County, Virginia and the three youngest were born in Henry County, Indiana.
Children of Thomas Veach and Ankah Mellett Veach
M111 Jesse Veach (b1820 Monongalia Co VA) m(2) Leah Frazier (2) Elizabeth Smith
M112 Benjamin Veach (b1822 Monongalia Co VA) m Sarah Ellen Dodd (a Hickman, see H68)
M113 Arthur Veach (b1824 Monongalia Co VA) m Mary Harlan – went to Kansas
M114 Minerva Veach (b1827 Monongalia Co VA) m Benjamin Beavers
M115 Judith Veach (b1829 Henry County IN) m Josiah Moore Hickman (see H91)
M116 Aletha Ankah Veach (b1832 Henry County IN) m William Cochran Bowman
M117 Susan Elizabeth Veach (b1836 Henry Co IN) m Jeremiah Veach Beavers
M111 Jesse Veach (1820-1898) married (first) Leah Frazier and went to Grant County IN where he operated a grist mill in Marion IN. In about 1861 they moved to Vermillion County IL where Leah died and is buried in the cemetery in Catlin IL. Some of their 10 children worked in the coal fields of southern Illinois and some were farmers. Jesse married again, to Elizabeth Smith, and had four children. In the 1870's they moved to Clark County IL near the Indiana border.
Arthur Veach and his wife Mary Ann Harlan Veach,
from a portrait by an unknown traveling artist in Kansas.
|M113 Arthur Veach
(b1824 Monongalia Co VA d 1900, third child of Thomas and
Ankah (Mellett) Veach, married Mary Ann Harlan, daughter of
Polly (Sparks) Harlan. Mary's sister Sarah Harlan married Thomas
(M121), another grandson of Jesse Mellett and Judith Glasscock.
a double wedding on June 21 1845, in Indiana). Arthur went west
1857 and settled in Coffee Co KS, as did Thomas Reed and some of the
Bowman and Beavers families. They lived at Strawn and at Ottumwa,
Burlington, Kansas. Oran Morgan Bowman married Sarah Veach,
daughter (see Bowman Family Origins, p 84).
Arthur Veach was a "hard shell" Baptist preacher in Kansas. He lived in a 2-story stone house east of Old Strawn – now under water due to the formation of the John Redmond Reservoir on the Neosho River north and west of Burlington. According to Early Day History of Coffey County, reprinted in Damon Veach's Newsletter, The Primitive Baptist Church was constituted at the home of John and Ruhumah Beavers in Coffee County on the 3rd Saturday of May 1866. The name of those in the constitution are: Eld. Hiram Harlan, Henry Richards, Ruhumah Beavers, John Beavers, Cicero Wilkinson, Jane Wilkinson, Mary E. Wilkinson, John D. Judd, Thomas Reed, Sarah A. Reed, Charles M. Reed, Orminor Harlan, Arthur Veach, Mary Veach, and Mary Judd.
Arthur Veach and Mary Harlan, Kansas pioneers, had a large family of 11 children and 62 grandchildren.
Family History - Scotland
The earliest origins of the Veach family are in Scotland though the name goes back to Norman time, or about 1200. The name has been spelled in a variety of ways, including Veach, Beatch, Beitch, Vetch, and Vetche... all in reference to the same family. You see, in those early days, spelling was not considered necessarily important. The name, in its various spellings, is French for "cow." One family coat of arms had three cows'heads.
In 1296, William le Veche signed the Ragman Roll, an act of Edward I providing forht eloyalty of Scottish nobility and gentry. For generations prior to 1600, there was a bitter blood fued along the Scottish border in Peeblesshire beteen the neighboring families of the lairds of Dawyck (the Veach family) and the lairds of Drummelzier (the Tweedie family). The feud escalated when in 1590 a cruel murder of young Patrick Veitch was burdered by a group of young Tweedies, leading to further bloodshet. A reconciliation of this last great feud of the Border Country only came to an end in 1615 at the express wish of King James I of England (also known as King James VI of Scotland) who personally visited the families in 1603 to try and end the strife.
The last laird was John Veitch of Dawyck (died 1682), who was the son of Malcolm Veitch's elder brother William. John Veitch's grandson, Jmes Vaitche, came to America from Peeblesshire in 1651 to found our Veach line.
William le Vache del counte de Peebles (signed the Ragman Rolls 1295)
Barnabas le Vache de Dawyk (c1370-1424)
Paul the Vache of Dawic (c1400-1470)
William the Vache (c1425-1503)
William Vache (Vaiche) (c1455-c1530)
James Vache (Vaiche) (c1495-1536) m Margaret Cockburn
William Vaiche (Vaitche) (1520-1602) m Marion Fleming
John Vaiche of Dawyck (Vaitche) (c1545-1605) m Janet Stewart
Malcolm Vaitche (c1590-1630)
James Vaitche (Veitch) (1628-1685) to Maryland in 1651, m Mary Gakerlin
(4th son of John Vaiche of Dawyck) James became "James the Sheriffe" of Maryland, which, in colonial times, was the equivalent to the current Governor of a state in that he was considered the chief administrative officer. James and Mary had six children:
(1) Thomas (1658)
(2) James (1660)
(3) Margaret (c1662)
(4) John (c1664)
(5) Nathan (c1668-1705) m Ann Claggett (children born in Calvert Co MD)
- Mary Veitch (c1693)
- John Veitch (c1695)
- James Veitch (1695-1762) m Rachel Hepburn (7 children)*
1. Nathan (c1719)
2. Daniel (c1722)
3. Ninean (1724)
4. James, Jr. (1725) went to S Carolina
5. John (1727) went to S Carolina
6. Benjamin (c1729)
7. Jeremiah (c1733)
- Elizabeth Veitch (c1699)
(6) William (c1670)
* there may have been an 8th child to James and Rachel,named Hezekiah.
"Mellett and Hickman Families of Henry County, Indiana" Vol 1, compiled & published by Franklin Miller, Jr.
"We Veitches" by Wanda Clark
"A History of Peeblesshire" by J. W. Buchan and Rev. H. Paton,
published in three volumes between 1925-7 by Jackson, Wylie and Co. of Glasgow
Links of Interest (includes Veach):
A History of Peeblesshire
Ancient Murray Geneaogy
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