James Madison Veach

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
February 11, 1897, Page 1
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Jas. Madison Veach
Passes Peacefully Away at His Home in Adairsville.
A Long and Useful Life.
A Pioneer in Milling in Georgia, he Built up an Immense Business.
Loved by His People.

The death of Mr. J. M. Veach, which occurred Monday evening at his home in Adairsville, was a severe loss to the county and especially to that section in which he lived. He was a good citizen and greatly beloved by all who knew him. We are indebted to Major A. M. Foute, who has long been his friend, and who attended the funeral on Tuesday, for the following sketch of his life:

James Madison Veach was born in Frederick county, valley of Virginia, August 14 th, 1823, and died at his home in Adairsville, Bartow county Georgia, on Monday last February 8 th, 1897, at 11:26 p. m., aged 73 years, 5 months and 24 days.

He was a son of Thomas and Lydia (Snyder) Veach. He was reared and educated in Virginia, but at the age of 19 removed to Adams county Illinois, where he engaged in the mercantile business until 1847 when, seeking a milder climate, he removed to Marietta, Georgia, where he remained but about one year, when he removed to Adairsville, where he ahs ever since resided, a period of well nigh half a century. Here he engaged in merchandising and in agricultural pursuits, of which he was very fond.

In 1859 Mr. Veach married Julia A., daughter of Benjamin Echols, of Chattooga county Georgia. To this union were born seven children, only three of whom are living: George A., Anna L., now Mrs. Grady, of Chattanooga, and Henry M. During the war he was a purchasing agent for the Confederate government. In 1868 he built a flouring mill and has ever since conducted a successful milling business.

He was an active promoter of the Merchants Bank, of Atlanta, and was influential in many other business enterprises.

In 1892 the people of his adopted county, with singular unanimity, elected him a representative in the general assembly. In this responsible position he served his constituents with intelligence and fidelity.

Enterprising and public-spirited, he ranked amongst the most useful and influential of his fellow citizens. He was successful in business and accumulated a fine estate, of which he made judicious disposition in his lifetime. No citizen of Cherokee Georgia was more widely and favorably known and esteemed. In business he was known for promptness and fidelity. In social life he was affable and courteous, a fine type of the old Virginia gentleman. He was a just man, and honest because it was right to be honest. He was a philanthropist and a patriot—he loved mankind and he loved his country. He was kind to the poor, and they will miss him. He was a friend to the needy ones, and these will mourn his loss. The widow and the children will not weep alone.

She will miss him always, and especially, when the twilight gathers, she will miss him as she remembers his words of tenderness and solicitude, “Julia, this is the hour you will miss me most. Don’t stay by yourself. Lookout, see if our boy is coming.”

His systematic methods and providence in business affairs, did not desert him in the critical hours. He arranged for his funeral service and burial even to the minutest details. The pall bearers and the minister were named. The casket in which his cold body was to be laid, was provided. The suit in which he was to be buried was selected by himself, piece by piece. And then with that restfulness that comes after service, he said everything is in readiness.

He was a man of unblemished moral character, and the purity of his private and social virtues, was worthy of emulation, but our friend realized before it was too late, that these, while good and commendable in themselves, did not constitute a foundation upon which he could stand with security in the hour of dissolution; and he, willing to be led, was shown that, “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” He accepted this truth and by faith established himself upon this foundation which shall not be destroyed. And thus ended the beautiful life of our friend. With sorrow and sadness, but in hope of the resurrection, we laid his tired, worn body in his own beautiful “East View” cemetery.

The master workman completed the building, and his freed spirit is at rest with the Great Architect of the universe.

Rest quietly, sweetly, our friend and brother.



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