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John Henry Veil
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1851
Scalp Level
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 24, 1927
Scalp Level
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA

Daily Tribune, Johnstown, PA, Tuesday, May 24, 1927:

JOHN HENRY VEIL, VETERAN TANNER, CALLED BY DEATH

Prominent Scalp Level Resident Expired This Morning of General Debility

John Henry Veil, identified with one of the oldest families of the county, died at his residence here at 7 o'clock this morning, aged 76 years. Mr. Veil had not enjoyed good health for some time but he was able to be about his residence until a short time ago. His health was due to general debility. Funeral services will be held at the Veil residence here at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon and will be in charge of the Rev. Dr. Samuel McWilliams, pastor of the Franklin Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Johnstown, to be assisted by the Rev. Dr. J. Q. A. Curry, pastor of the local Evangelical congregation. Interment will be in the family plot in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

The deceased was born here on March 16, 1851 and was a son of Henry Veil and Mary (Westbrooke) Veil. His father was born in Germany and died at Scalp Level on March 5, 1887* (should read 1877) in his 75th year. His mother passed away here in June 1880, in her 58th year. Henry Veil was married twice. His first wife was Margaret Riddle, to whom he was married in 1839. His second marriage took place in 1841. Henry Veil was one of the first tanners to locate to this vicinity. He settled here during the 30s and was succeeded in business by the subject of this sketch. In politics John H. Veil was a staunch Republican and served for a period of 55 years as Justice of the Peace here. He was an uncle of Fred H. Veil, a Justice of the Peace of Cresson, and also of Edward E. Levergood, Alderman of the Fourth Ward, Johnstown. At one time John H. Veil was Burgess of the Borough of Scalp Level. The deceased and Miss Mary Jane Buchanan, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Gahagen) Buchanan, were married at the Buchanan homestead near here, June 4, 1874 by the late Rev. J. A. Grimm, Civil War Veteran and former Presiding Elder of the Pittsburgh Conference of the Evangelical Church. Mr. and Mrs. Veil observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home here in June, 1924.

Mrs. Veil survives her husband with two daughters, Margaret, wife of Dr. J. M. James, of Hooversville and Bessie, wife of J. M. Miller, of this place; three sons, Ralph L. Veil, also of this place; John W. Veil, of Westmont, and Henry P. Veil, of Southmont, Johnstown, together with 15 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Harry* (should read Mary) Miller, of Akron, O., widow of Dr. S. M. Miller. John Henry Veil was a brother of Charles H. Veil, who carried Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds from the battlefield of Gettysburg on Wednesday morning, July 1, 1863, when the General was killed at the opening of the famous battle there between the Union and Confederate forces. Charles H. Veil was a member of Company C, Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves, and a short time before the battle was detailed as an orderly on the staff of General Reynolds. When General Reynolds fell Private Veil was the only person near him and assisted him to a tree where he expired. The General had been shot through the neck. In the fall of 1863 Charles H. Veil was directed by the Secretary of War Stanton to pilot the sisters of the deceased General to the spot where their brother died, and later the Cambria County Soldier was presented a valuable watch by the Misses Reynolds in recognition of his services to their brother during his dying hour. The spot where the Reynolds equestrian statue stands on the Gettysburg battlefield was selected by Charles H. Veil. Sometime after his visit to the battlefield with the Misses Reynolds in 1863 Secretary Stanton called Charles H. Veil into his private office at Washington and showed him an order from the President reading as follows: "Give Private Veil a promotion" - A. Linclon

Major Charles H. Veil was born at Scalp Level in July 1842, and died January 1, 1910, near Mansfield, Pa. His brother Henry Veil, father of Fred Veil, was born in 1857 and died at Williamsport in October, 1919. William Veil, another brother, died in infancy. In addition to the above, John H. Veil was a brother of Mrs. Annie Levergood, who died at the Levergood homestead, Johnstown, in April, 1926; Mrs. Angie Linck, who expired last December at Williamsport, and Mrs. Lou Glecker, who died at Canton, Pa. in 1898.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Veil (1802 - 1877)
  Mary Westbrooke Veil (1822 - 1880)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Jane Buchanan Veil (1850 - 1940)*
 
 Children:
  Ralph Lee Veil (1875 - 1959)*
  Elizabeth Mary Veil Miller (1879 - 1946)*
  John Wesley Veil (1885 - 1958)*
  Henry Poling Veil (1887 - 1969)*
  Margaret M. Veil James (1892 - 1990)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Veil (1844 - 1845)*
  Annie M. Veil Levergood (1846 - 1926)*
  Martha Louisa Veil Gleckner (1848 - 1895)*
  John Henry Veil (1851 - 1927)
  Henry Veil (1857 - 1919)*
  Mary M. Veil Miller (1860 - 1945)*
  Julia Veil (1862 - 1882)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Grandview Cemetery
Johnstown
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Brian J. Ensley
Record added: Dec 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82104706
John Henry Veil
Added by: Brian J. Ensley
 
John Henry Veil
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