JOHN H. VEAZEY, A. M., a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church who has
been identified with mission work pertaining to that body for many
years, now occupies the position of financial agent and registrar of
Westminster College, at New Wilmington. Dr. Veazey was born in Beaver
County, Pennsylvania, February 17, 1843, and is a son of Elisha and
Eliza (Reed) Veazey.
Elisha Veazey, father of Dr. Veazey, was a
son of Elijah Veazey, who came from Baltimore, Md., as early as 1775 and
settled in Western Pennsylvania.
John H. Veazey secured his early education
in the schools of Beaver County, going from there to Henryville, Ind.,
in early manhood. From that point he enlisted for service in the War of
the Rebellion, entering the Federal Army in Company D, Forty-ninth
Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served through three years of
the war, being attached to the Army of the Cumberland. Although he
escaped all serious injury, at the battle of Champion Hills he came near
death, a bullet passing through his garments. He saw much hard service,
participating in the Red River campaign, the engagements in Kentucky,
the battle at Arkansas Post, the bombardment of Grand Gulf, Port Gibson
and Black River Bridge, two charges at Vicksburg, the campaign in Texas,
under General Canby and the Red River expedition. At the close of his
term of enlistment he was honorably discharged, having been a faithful
and efficient soldier, and was mustered out at Indianapolis, Ind.
Dr. Veazey resided during the next year at
Waterloo, Ind., after which he returned to Beaver County and engaged in
teaching, becoming principal of the Clinton High School and the
Frankfort Academy. He pursued a higher course of study and received his
degree of A. M. from Muskingum College, and spent four years at the
Allegheny Theological Seminary. After this he was licensed by the
Frankfort Presbytery and served the charge at Emsworth, Pa., for seven
years. From there he went to Chase City, Va., where he took charge of
the Thyne Institute and devoted ten years to the upbuilding of that
institution. For one year he served as Home Missionary in Kansas, and
for seven years was a member of the Board of Home Missions for America.
Dr. Veazey then located at New Wilmington in order to afford his
children superior educational advantages, accepting his present
responsible position with Westminster College.
On June 16, 1876, Dr. Veazey was married,
at Murdockville, to Miss Martha A. Armor, who is a daughter of John and
Maria (Culley) Armor, and they have four sons, namely: John A., who is a
teacher in the department of physics in Lehigh University; William R.,
who is a teacher of chemistry in the Case School of Science, at
Cleveland, and James M. and Ralph C., both of whom are students at
Westminster College, the latter giving particular attention to music.
Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 945