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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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William S. Veazey is a North Carolinian by birth and bringing up, and has inculcated in him the sterling principles of the better class of citizens of the Old North State, as well as those of his Scotch and Irish ancestors. He was born in Granville County, November 23, 1845, and as soon as he attained a suitable age he was placed in school, where the somewhat meager advantages he received were improved to the utmost. He was brought to Bradley County, Ark., when he was fourteen, and upon reaching the age when it became necessary for him to choose some calling in life to which he should afterward adhere as his chosen occupation, he at once wisely adopted agricultural pursuits, and this has continued to receive his attention. His parents, Fielding and Nancy D. (Howard) Veazey, were born in North Carolina, December 18, 1815 and 1824, respectively, and they were married there on May 24, 1843, removing to Arkansas in 1860, and settled on a farm in Bradley County. Here the father’s death occurred July 19, 1884, having lived the life of a farmer. His father, William Veazey, died in North Carolina. William S. Veazey is one of eight surviving members of a family of eleven children, and is now residing with his mother and sister on the farm of 440 acres in Bradley County, which is situated about seven miles southwest of the county seat. Upon the breaking out of the war his farming operations were disturbed somewhat, for in 1863 he enlisted in the Confederate army, in Company H, Twentieth Arkansas Infantry, and served until the final surrender, participating in the fight at Mark’s Mill. He is a Democrat, and his mother and sister are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, his father having also been a worthy member. Mr. Veazey is unmarried.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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