Hello! After several years, I have returned to this family, and it all seems a little clearer.
Although "We Veitches" lists Salathiel Veach's father as William Veach, I have concluded that his father was actually James Veach, son of John Jacky Veach and Chloe Hilton. In addition, it seems to me that Chloe Hilton must have been, as you originally suggested, Salathiel’s sister.
EVIDENCE THAT JAMES VEACH WAS SALATHIEL’S FATHER
My best evidence for John Jacky Veach and Chloe Hilton being the parents of Salathiel is that, on Salathiel Veach's death certificate, his father is listed as James Veach. This information was provided by Salathiel's son, James Cicero Veach, who it seems would have known that he shared a name with his grandfather.
This contradicts what is in the “We Veitches” book. There, another one of Salathiel’s sons, Charles Wesley Veach, is recorded as saying that his grandfather was named William. According to CW Veach, “William was born ca. 1770, died in 1845 at age 75 years, lived in Davidson County, and was Methodist.” http://genforum.genealogy.com/veach/messages/566.html
I doubt that Salathiel’s father was named William, for three reasons. First, from 1790-1850, no William Veach or Veatch ever appears in either TN or in the Rowan or Davidson County, NC census. Yet, in 1850, when Salathiel first appears in the census at the age of 18, he is living Northern Division, Davidson, NC with his mother, Mary Unknown, age 55.
Second, in 1850 and 1860, Salathiel and his mother are living near the Welborns and other families who settled in the Pine Woods area of what later became Thomasville along with John Jacky Veach and Chloe Hilton, who moved there from Maryland http://ils.unc.edu/nclibs/davidson/beftvl.htm
Third, when Salathiel died in 1912, all of his sons (William, Charles Wesley, and James Cicero) were still alive and lived near him in Johnson Co, MO. Although his death certificate was signed by James, it seems likely that all of the sons, including Charles, knew that James said Salathiel's father's name was James. Why Charles is recorded in “We Veitches” to have said Salathiel’s father’s name was William is, therefore, a mystery. Maybe his full name was James William?
There is a James Veach in what later became Thomasville, Davidson in the 1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840 census. This James Veach lived near John Jacky Veach and Chloe Hilton, as well as their son John Veach. According to “We Veitches,” James was the son of John Jacky and Chloe, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/VEACH/2007-07/...
Here I trust “We Veitches” because in each of these censuses, the household contains a number of children, including a son Salathiel’s age and a daughter Chloe’s age. In addition, James lived near John Jacky, Chloe, and John Jr., and Salathiel continued to live in that area after his father died.
When you and I first corresponded, I was skeptical that Chloe could be Salathiel’s sister. But having looked at James’ household in these censuses, it makes sense. Chloe was one of James and Mary Veach’s oldest children, and Salathiel was one of their youngest. Moreover, as you pointed out, there are a lot of connections between Salathiel and Chloe. Salathiel’s sisters-in-law Christina and Sara Wear married into the same Welborn family that Chloe did. In addition, Salathiel and Chloe both used Cicero in a child’s name. Finally, they were both Methodists. Salathiel named a son Charles Wesley Veach, and Chloe Veach’s father-in-law, John Welborn, was a Methodist minister. http://ils.unc.edu/nclibs/davidson/beftvl.htm
You were also right that the Welborns who Salathiel’s sisters-in-law married were the children of Chloe Veach and Evan Welborne. This was possible because of the age difference between Salathiel and Chloe.
You can see my page for James Veach here http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/5570884/person/6082162602
NEXT STEPS ON THE VEACHES
If anyone wants to pursue this further, I think the next step is to try to get the records from the Pine Woods Quaker Meeting (which are apparently available at Guilford College) to see what they have to say about James and the other Veaches. James’ father, John Jacky Veach (b. 1741 but listed at findagrave as 1761) and brother John (b 1783) were buried in the Pine Woods Cemetery, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSiman...
Pine Woods was originally a Quaker cemetery http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~brianjames...
The fact that there is not a stone for James does not mean that he was not involved in the meeting. Many early Quakers were buried in unmarked graves. http://www.deepriverfriends.redrobbins.net/?page=historiccem...
There were Methodist circuit riders in the area as early as 1780, according to the History of Davidson County, so it’s possible that James became a Methodist, just like Salathiel and Chloe did. I have not found a full listing of graves in Pine Woods cemetery, which later became a Methodist cemetery. So there is a chance James is there after all.
MARY WEAR’S FATHER – EDWARD NED WEAR
I also did some work on the ancestors of Salathiels’ wife Mary Wear and sisters-in-law, Christina and Sarah Wear.
We know from Mary Wear’s death certificate that her father was named Ned Wear. As you point out, Ned is short for Edward. Edward Ned Wear was probably the son of David A. Wear (1778-1838), who is buried at Bethany United Church of Christ cemetery in Midway, Davidson, NC.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=we...
David A. Wear appears to be the son of William Weer/Wier, who paid a head tax in Rowan in 1778, and a grandson of Barnet Wire, who owned property in Rowan in 1778 and 1784. The Wears/Weers/Weirs were from Germany. William is also buried at the Bethany UCC cemetery, which used to be the Bethany German Reformed (Lutheran) church. Many early German settlers are buried there. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=we...
Because this message is so long, I will just say that I have explained my reasoning for the connection between Edward Ned Wear, David Wear, etc., on my pages for them, which you can access here http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/5570884/person/6081557722
MARY WEAR’S MOTHER: BARBARA LONG
Mary Wear’s death certificate also lists her mother as Barbary Long. Having worked that line, as well, I believe Barbara’s father was George Long, who lived near Ned Wear in 1810. George Long is a descendant of Johannes Long/Lang, an early German settler in Davidson. There is a plaque about Johannes and one line of his descendants at the Bethany cemetery, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17...
Researchers interested in the Long family agree that George had a daughter named Barbara but no one knew who she married or who her children were.
In a fun twist, it turns out that Barbara Long’s sister, Margaret Long, married Salathiel Veach’s first cousin, Zadoc Veach.
The Wears and Longs came to NC from PA and seem to have largely married other German settlers until this time. The Veaches were English by way of Maryland and did not arrive in NC until after the Revolutionary War.
That makes the marriages between Salathiel and Mary, and between Zadoc and Margaret, all the more interesting.
In your last post, you said you had traced Barbara’s family differently, so I am interested to know what you think.
It will be fun to hear what you have found out about Salathiel and Chloe Veach since we last wrote. I am looking forward to hearing from you!