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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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VEA BIOGRAPHIES

during the 1st session of the 1650-1650/51 As-
sembly; Accounts 1; Laws 1); Upper House, 1650-
1650/51; Assembly, Kent County, 1657; Lower
House, Kent County, 1662. OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICES: Council, 1648-1651; justice, Provincial
Court, 1648-1651. LOCAL OFFICES, constable, St.
George's Hundred, St. Mary's County, 1637/38;
justice, Kent County, 1642-1652, 1657/58-1668
(chief justice, 1657/58-1668); clerk, Kent County,
1651. MILITARY SERVICE: sergeant, 1637; lieuten-
ant, 1640; chief captain and commander of Kent
Isle, 1647-1650; commander of Kent Isle, 1650-
1652. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: Vaughan
was in joint charge of a pinnace captured by the
forces of William Claiborne (1600-ca. 1677), who
held him prisoner on Kent Island in 1635. He
played an important role in the capture of Kent
Island for the proprietor in 1638. Vaughan sup-
ported the Calverts against Claiborne, Richard
Ingle, and the Puritan commissioners for control
of the Maryland government during the struggles
of the 1640s and 1650s, for which he received
considerable patronage from Lord Baltimore. In
1642, as an elected delegate, he requested that
the Assembly be divided into two houses with
burgesses having power equal to those attending
under special writ. He was promoted to the Coun-
cil in a proprietory effort to include loyal Prot-
estants in provincial offices. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND. 550 acres by 1650; 1,150 acres by
1658. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between Novem-
ber 24, 1668, and January 26, 1668/69. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, at least 55,734 pounds of to-
bacco (including books). LAND: ca. 2,250 acres.

VEAZEY, JOHN (1701-1777). BORN: on Feb-
ruary 12, 1701, in Cecil County, probably at
"Cherry Grove." NATIVE, third generation. RE-
SIDED: in Cecil County; at "Cherry Grove," on
Sassafras Neck until ca. 1765; on his 400-acre
tract, "Essex Lodge," from ca. 1765 until death.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Edward Veazey

(?-ca. 1701) of Cecil County, a planter. MOTHER:
Susanna. FIRST COUSIN: John Veazey, Jr. (1722-
ca. 1780). MARRIED Rebecca (1705-1761),
daughter of John Ward (ca. 1671-1747/48) and
wife Mary. Her brothers were John (?-by 1745);
Thomas (1707-?); Peregrine (1709-?); and Henry
Ward (?-1760). CHILDREN. SONS: Edward (?-1784),
who married in 1755 Elizabeth De Coursey (?-
1791) of Queen Anne's County; John Ward; Wil-
liam; Thomas Brockus (Brocas) (1750-1806), a
planter and physician of Cecil County, who mar-
ried in 1781 Mary (1765-1826), daughter of Rev.

William Thompson, rector of St. Stephen's Church,
Cecil County, and wife Susanna Ross. DAUGH-
TER: Rebecca, who married Joseph Sturgis. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Stephen's Parish, Ce-
cil County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.,
by 1724; Esq., by 1752. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE.
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Cecil County, 1761 (elected to the
3rd Convention of the 1758-1761 Assembly),
1768-1770 (Grievances 1, 2), 1771, 1773-1774
(Accounts Cv, 2, 3; Arms and Ammunition 2, 3).
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: naval officer, Cecil
County District, 1743-1754. LOCAL OFFICES.
churchwarden, St. Stephen's Parish, Cecil County,
in office 1727 and 1735; St. Stephen's Parish Ves-
try, Cecil County, 1728-1772; justice, Cecil
County, 1734-1757 (quorum, 1741-1757); dep-
uty surveyor, Cecil County, commissioned 1734;
justice, Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol De-
livery, Cecil County, commissioned 1749, 1750,
and 1752. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, Cecil County
Militia, by 1736; major, Cecil County Militia, 1748;
colonel, Cecil County Militia, 1756; commander
of Cecil County, 1758. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 2,072 acres in Cecil
County (inherited 726 acres, acquired 1,346 acres
by patent and purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

gave 373 acres to his son in 1765. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on May 4, 1777, in Cecil County,
of smallpox. PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of estate
unknown. LAND: 1,699 acres in Cecil County.

VEAZEY, JOHN, JR. (1722-ca. 1780). BORN: on
January 1, 1722, in Cecil County. NATIVE, third
generation. RESIDED, in Cecil County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Robert Veazey (?-1767),
a planter of Cecil County. MOTHER. Lucy, daugh-
ter of Charles Dermott (Dirmott), a planter of
Cecil County, and wife Sarah. SISTERS: Mary
(1719-?); Lucy (1723-?); Elinor (1728-?); and
Rebecca (1729-?). FIRST COUSIN. John Veazey
(1701-1777). MARRIED Ann (?-1781). CHILDREN.
SONS. Samuel; George; Robert; William; Edward
(?-1776), a captain in Smallwood's Maryland
Regiment, who was killed at the battle of Long
Island; and probably John Veazey III (?-1777).

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL

STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1753; Esq., by

1775. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Con-

ventions, Cecil County, 1st, 1774, 3rd, 1774, 5th,
1775, 6th-8th, 1776; Lower House, Cecil County,
1777 (Grievances 1; Manufactories 2), 1777-1778

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