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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Daniel B. Veazey, clerk of the circuit court of Jefferson County, was born in Rockingham County, N. H., January 4, 1842, and is the eldest in a family of four children born to Jonathan and Sarah J. (Barber) Veazey, natives of the same county, and born, respectively, about the years 1818 and 1819. The parents removed to Jefferson County about 1867, and settled in Plattin Township, where they still live; the father is of English descent, and has been a life-long farmer. Daniel B. received a good education, attending Philip’s Exeter Academy one year, and spending nearly two years at the New London Academy, a part of the time being engaged in teaching. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served on detached service one year, on the engineer corps, in the Army of the Potomac; he then served one year as ordnance sergeant, when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, in which capacity he served until after the battle of the Wilderness, when he was made assistant provost marshal, in the Second Division, Sixth Corps; he held the latter position until July, 1864, and upon his term of enlistment expiring he was discharged, having participated in every battle fought by that army. Upon his return home he spent another year at the Exeter Academy, and then took a course at the Commercial College, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He then spent a few months as traveling salesman for Samuel Page & Son, of Boston, and in 1866 went to St. Louis, where he engaged as a traveling salesman for the wholesale dry goods firm of W. H. Benton & Co., for one year. He then located in Jefferson County, where he farmed and taught school until 1874, and the following four years traveled for D. Appleton & Co. From 1878 to 1883 he was employed by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., and from 1884 to 1886 was principal of Crystal City public schools. He was elected clerk of the circuit court of Jefferson County, in 1886, which office he has since filled with credit to himself and to the honor of his county. December 26, 1866, occurred his marriage to Miss Louise H., daughter of John Mackay, of Orange County, N. Y. To this union have been born five children. Mr. Veazey’s ancestors were Whigs. He cast his first presidential vote, in 1864, for Lincoln, and has since been identified with the Republican party; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the A. O. U. W., and belongs to the Baptist Church. Mrs. Veazey is an Episcopalian.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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