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Bethany Johnson Veney
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1812
Page County
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1915
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Author of the autobiography, Aunt Betty's Story: The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Woman (1889). Born a slave in the Shenandoah Valley, she struggled with the differences between different slaveholders, the instability of marriage as a slave, and the fear of being sold outside the area where many of her family members lived. In the 1850s, she was purchased by an abolition-minded George James Adams from Rhode Island, and sent to Providence, Rhode Island. Though she gained her freedom, she was also separated from her second husband, Frank Veney, as a result of the freedom. She moved to Worcester, Massachusetts just before the Civil War and after the war, she returned to Virginia several times and brought sixteen relatives to Worcester with her, including her daughter Charlotte and her husband Aaron Jackson. She resided in Worcester for the balance of her life. On July 12, 2003, the Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, signed a proclamation honoring Bethany Veney and her life by declaring the day "Bethany Veney Day in Worcester, Massachusetts." 
 
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 Spouses:
  Frank Veney (1830 - ____)
  Jerry Fickland*
 
 Children:
  Joe Veney*
  Charlotte E. Fickland Jackson (1844 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hope Cemetery
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Mar 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49030463
Bethany <i>Johnson</i> Veney
Added by: Cenantua
 
Bethany <i>Johnson</i> Veney
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Bethany <i>Johnson</i> Veney
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Sweet free spirit ~
- Kicha
 Added: Jun. 10, 2012
Your descendants remember you. Many of us are still living in Worcester, Ma.
- Benetta Kuffour
 Added: Nov. 10, 2011
To my friend in history, Bethany Veney - owned as a slave by my third great grandfather, David Kibler, in Page County Virginia. You are free! .
- Richard Fox
 Added: Nov. 8, 2011
 
 
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