Facts and Events
Family acounts suggest that Jane’s first husband was killed by Indians,, consistent with her appearance on the 1781 list of deserving persons. There seems to be some confusion regarding his surname, later descendants believing, or insisting that it was Veach or Veech, the pronunciation changed by Jane’s German–born second husband. Jane’s surname appears as Weach on the List of Deserving Persons, however, well before John Reese entered the picture. Given that Jane’s name is spelled “Wich” on the marriage bond for her second marriage, the name may, at least in Kentucky, have been pronounced with a short “I”, and sounded much like “Wyche” or “Witch”.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 County Court Minute Book A (1781 - 1783), in Cook, Michael L. (Michael Lewis). Jefferson County, Kentucky, records. (Evansville, Indiana: Cook, c1987-), Secondary quality.
At a Court held for Jefferson County, the 3rd of December, 1781. It appearing to the Court that the following Persons, are entitled by virtue of an Act of Assembly passed May last, to four hundred acres of land, each. Orders that the County Surveyor lay off to them accordingly, viz:
. . . . Jane Weach . . .
[This suggests that her first husband was deceased by that time.]
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Application for Membership, Indiana Society of Pioneers, Florence Virginia (McBride) Salyards, approved 22 Feb 1987; Indiana Society of Pioneers, Indiana State Library, Secondary quality.
Mr. Veach (sometimes spelled Weach, Wetch, etc.) and Harry were killed by Indians in Kentucky
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Genealogy, Reese Family I, Box 3, Folder 10, in John Kennedy Graham Papers, Unreliable quality.
Letter to Mary Graham Walker from cousin Florence A. [Very] Blakely, Severance, Kansas, 15 Feb 1911
“ . . . great-grandmother . . . was left a widow like so many other women by having her husband slain by Indians . . . . Losing her husband & only son left her lost to the Veaches, Vetches, when she married again . . . . how came he to have a brother at Bryant’s Station in 1782? & how came he to have a son old enough to go to mill while the grownups were in the Indian warfare?”
Note: Several comments made in this letter suggest that the writer has mixed a variety of stories together.