Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - V surnames

Rev. Robert L. Veazey, farmer and minister of the Eleventh District, and a son of Fielding and Mary T. (Bowden) Veazey, was born in Granville County, N. C., December 31, 1820. The father was a native of North Carolina, born about 1792, received a fair education and was a farmer and mechanic. At the age of twenty-six he married, and in 1821 emigrated to Carroll County. At the end of two years he came to Henry County, settling in the Eleventh District, and here remained till his career ended in 1829. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Veazey was born in Granville County, N. C., in 1794, and died about 1877, a devout member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Our subject was reared principally by his mother. He being the eldest son the main support of the family depended upon him, thus depriving him of the advantages of an education. This he made up to some extent by close study in after life. November 23, 1843, he married Caroline B. Bowden, and five children were born to this union (all deceased). Mrs. Veazey died September 30, 1861, and May 29, 1862, Mr. Veazey married Ann E. Pierce, a native of North Carolina, born in 1825, and a devout member of the Primitive Baptist Church. They have two children: Mary Jane and Robert L. In 1851 Mr. Veazey entered the mercantile business at New Boston, which he continued with good success till the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he sustained a loss of about $10,000. He then farmed as a tenant for several years, and in 1867 purchased 140 acres in the Eleventh District, where he has resided ever since. He is one of the oldest residents of the county, having lived here sixty-three years. In May, 1843, he identified himself with the Primitive Baptist Church at Walnut Fork Church, and has since continued an unswerving and active member of that organization. In September, 1862, he was ordained to enter the ministry, and has had the pastoral charge of the Walnut Fork and other churches for nearly ten years, and of one church for eighteen years. He has been a faithful worker in his high calling and has done a noble work in advancing the Christian religion. He is a life-long Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for James K. Polk.