Veatch family of Moundville and Bronaugh


Among the early families moving to southwestern Vernon County was the William Veatch family.

William Veatch had been born in Henderson County, Kentucky in 1812. The family had moved to Illinois and then Iowa where they remained until after the Civil War. William Veatch moved to far southwest Vernon County about 1865 settling near Arcadia, Kansas. He was apparently accompanied by his wife, Lucy, and most of their nine children including Francis Marion Veatch who had been born in 1839 and Isaac Jasper Veatch, who had been born in 1846. Their youngest daughter was Louisa Veatch who would have been only three years old when the family moved to Missouri. Louisa Veatch (youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Veatch) married Jonathan L. Caton (son of William S. and Malissa Jane (Blevans) Caton) on October 18, 1882 in Vernon County.

One of the early births after the Civil War in southwestern Vernon County was that of George Veatch. He was born in 1868 to Jasper Veatch and his wife Mary King. Their other children born in Vernon County were Lowry Veatch, born 1870 and Jasper Lee Veatch, born 1873.

William Veatch died in 1886 and was buried in McKill Cemetery, west of Bronaugh. See photo to right.

  • William Veatch
  • Born Dec 22, 1812
  • Died Dec 24, 1886

His wife is buried beside him:

  • Lucy Hutchens Larkin Veatch
  • Born September 21, 1820
  • Died February 19, 1894

Francis M. Veatch was one of the earliest settlers around Moundville. He was a brother of Jasper Veatch. Francis Marion and wife had three children - Marion Veatch, born, 1871, John William Veatch, born 1873 and Nora Mae Veatch born November 6, 1877

He purchased 97 acres near Moundville in 1867. In the 1870 census, he was age 31 and his wife was 24.

By 1880, Francis Veatch was Moundville's Retail Druggist. He had been born in Illinois. His wife, Amanda (Swearingen), had been born in Kentucky. The census listed two sons and a daughter, Marion, age 8; John W., age 6; and Iva M., age 3.

On October 24, 1888 F. M. Veatch had an auction sale of his personal property. It was announced that his farm was for rent. Veatch was planning to move his family to property that he had just purchased near Sisson, a new town north of Sacramento, California, on the Oregon road, at the foot of Mount Shasta. He had a new home in Sisson and 160 acres outside of town.

 Photo to right: Francis Marion and Amanda Veatch.

Thanks to Norman Noel for sharing this photo that came out of the Thornton Bank collection.

Below is a sale bill from the March 31, 1921 Bronaugh Journal:

I. J. Veatch was Isaac Jasper Veatch, son of William and Lucy Veatch.

On March 19, 1906, George E. Veatch died at the home of his father, Isaac Jasper Veatch, in Harrison Township just west of Bronaugh of pneumonia. George had been living at Udal, Missouri. However, George had come home to run his father's farm after Mr. Veatch had had his leg amputated following a steam engine explosion. He had been sick only nine days when he died. He left a wife and one child (Ezra I. Veatch). Burial was at nearby Worsley Cemetery.

Another tragedy came to the Veatch family in late 1906. J. L. (Jasper Lee) Veatch received a letter that his brother, Lowrey Veatch, had been burned to death by an electric shock. He had been working in a machine shop in Burk, Idaho when he came in contact with a live wire according to the Bronaugh Journal. Only two weeks earlier, a son of Lowrey Veatch had been killed by a train in Idaho. J. L. and Lowrey were sons of Isaac Jasper Veatch, the owner of the saw mill that had exploded only a year before.

Isaac Jasper Veatch died March 3, 1935, and his wife Mary King Veatch died June 12, 1917. They were buried beside their son, George, in Worsley Cemetery. You will note in the scan below that I. J.'s death date was never engraved.

I. J. and Mary Veatch, Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh, MO

Above is what remains of the grave marker for Ray Veatch, son of Lowry and Nannie Veatch, born October 4, 1894 and died September 4, 1896. The grave is in Heavisides (Reynolds) Cemetery in Harrison Township.


There are two more Veatch burials in Moundville Cemetery. I'm not sure where they fit:

  • Veatch
  • Children of Wm. V. & N. E. Veatch
  • Flossy E.
  • Dec. 16, 1882 - March 27, 1884
  • Ada H.
  • Died March 19, 1884
Perhaps someone can explain who these are and how they fit?

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