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Alexander "Sandy" Veal
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1808
Elbert County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1892
Madison Springs
Madison County
Georgia, USA

Paraphrased from "Ancestry of Houston Lee Louis Veal" (a great-grandson of Sandy Veal) which was written by Mary Lou (Cook) Veal.

There are many stories in the Veal family about Sandy's temper and his musical abilities - some of them can be found on the Madison County, GA GenWeb Site. The tone of the (transcribed) letter below is revealing of Sandy's temperament. He seems very family oriented (note that he lived next door to his parents) but he does not seem very optimistic about life. I suppose he might just be called realistic about inevitability of death as he mentions it several times. He does seem genuinely affectionate toward Asa [Lott Warren Veal]. It's not known where for sure he lived the last 10 years of his life after his wife died.
Based on information found in the Madison County Cemetery Book, he and his wife (Sarah Jane Godfrey) are presumed to be buried in the 'Old' Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, which is, as far as we know, a now unmarked cemetery somewhere on the east side of Hwy 29 between the Jones Chapel UMC and the New Hope Cemetery.

He ran Braggs Ferry on Broad River near Franklin Springs, Ga. for a number of years, covering the time of the Civil war. He is reported to have said that "the Union soldiers were much more polite and appreciative than the Confederate soldiers".

According to the Official Register of Land Lottery of Georgia 1827, Alexander Veal won a parcel of land that year.

transcribed letter from Alexander & Sarah Veal to ALW Veal

Georgia Madison County June the lst 1868

Dear Son I seat my self to drop you A few lines to inform
you that we are all well as common at present hopeing
these few lines may find you all well and doinq well
I Received your kind letter A few days since and was glad
to hear that you was well I had begun to think that I never would
hear of you Alive A gain I Recived A letter from you last
febuary was one year Ago and I ansured it immedialety
and I never Received no answer so I had thought that
you was dead but I am glad to hear that you are living
I would of wrote more but I thought it useless usely
I have but little news to wright of any interest that is good
Caroline and Jo ar geting A long as well as could be exspected
in this county Jo's health has been very bad for three years but
is improving some caroline has a fine boy he 18 months old
and is as large A child as I ever seen to his age his name
is John William John O Veal was married the fifth of december
last he maried Jane Lively Jack Bond is married he got the
daughter of preacher Powers of elbert the boys wants you to
wright what your weight is bud ways 140 pounds he is some
larger than John or James and the all are very stout to there
size and the think the are stout enough for any boddy for
the will not take nothing from no boddy there is no back
out in them we are living at our old place and has cleard
a large new ground in the big bottom down the river and
has got it planted we have corn waist high turn over
the people are very backward Aplanting on the account of the wet weather
we had the most rain I ever seen I think at the time of the year
there has been tin days now and only one shower in the time
and I fear that we will want rain before we get it we need
rain now wheat crops looked as well as I ever seen them but
the rust has struck the wheat and A great deal is very bad
hurt all redy I think the wheat crop will be very short we have
had bad wheat crops for nine year in succession last year there
was very fare crops of wheat made we had nine bad crop years
for corn and wheat one after the other and we have had hard times
by it the people had to hall there corn from Athens and pay two
Dollars per bushel and glad to get it at that and bacon from 18 to 25
and 30 cts per pound corn is worth one dollar now flower 8 and 10 cts
every thing is high and money scarce poor people scarcely can
pay there taxes I think I said Aplenty About hardtimes
I want you to wright some thing About lott where he is and what he
doing I want you to wright me a full history of texas the boys want
to hear all About the country they may come out there if I never
do the say the will not stay here if the can find A better country
and it depend uppon what you say A bout texas whether you ever see
them or not you said that you was in hopes that we had not forgot
you oh now there is but few days passes over our heads but there
is something said About Asa I want to see Asa I wish he
would come so I could see him one time more

so I would no whether he looks like I think he us to look
our baby is five years old your grand mas well About two
months A go and ??? of the connection is well as common when I
heard from them last except your grand pa Godfrey he is dead
your grand pah Veal is dead too I wrote to About his death but
do not no whether you got the letter or not you said some
thing About your wife leaveing A baby wright somthing About
it and be sure to wright as soon as you get this letter and
direct your letter to the Madison Springs So I must close
by saying we remain your affectionate father and mother
till death seperates us

Alexander Veal
Sarah J Veal to
A L W Veal

[more to come...] 
Family links: 
  Sarah Jane Godfrey Veal (1821 - 1882)*
  Asa Lott Warren Veal (1841 - 1910)*
  John Oliver Veal (1845 - 1907)*
  James Daniel Veal (1849 - 1906)*
  Mathew Leguin Veal (1851 - 1934)*
  Nancy Adeline Veal Davis (1857 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: According to Genealogy sources on the net, Alexander "Sandy" and his wife, Sarah Jane (Godfrey) Veal, are buried in the 'Old' Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. There are citations about this couple in the Madison Co Cemetery Book that presume such.
Specifically: 34 13' 28.49" N 83 11' 23.32" W Approx. Coordinates to the location of the OSBCC (Old Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery) Which is the above recorded burial place of Alexander (Sandy) Veal and likely that of Sarah Jane (Godfrey) Veal, too.
Created by: Lee Veal
Record added: Nov 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81012643


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