Many members of the Veatch, Veitch, Veach, Veech family
have long been interested in their history. Civil War General James C. Veatch
started gathering family historical data during the 1800’s. His grandson Dr.
Arthur Clifford Veatch, did an extensive amount of research both in America and
Scotland and hoped to publish a history of the family. His untimely death at
the age of 60 prevented his realizing this goal.
family in America has been traced to James Veitch who was born in Roxburgshire,
Scotland in 1628 and came to this country in 1651. He settled on St. Leonard’s
Creek, Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay area and served as Sheriff of Calvert
County, Maryland from 1653 to 1657. Many of his descendants served our country
in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and other wars. His
grandfather, Laird John Vaiche of Dawick (1579 – 1606) married Janet Stewart of
the Royal House of Stewart, therefore many of us are descended from European
Laurence R. Guthrie, whose mother was a Veatch, had published a book on his
family genealogy. Mr. Guthrie completed the original manuscript for We
Veitches in 1960. He worked on the task for many years but he was unable to
Veatch Clark obtained the manuscript and additional material and in 1974 she
published a book, titled . . . We Veitches, Veatches, Veaches, Veeches, An
Historical Treasury of the Descendants of James Veitch, the Sheriffe. With
the publication of this book, more interest was generated in the family history
and a meeting was held in 1976 in Kansas City where the Veitch Historical
Society was formally organized with Wayne O. Veatch serving as the first
President of the Society.
Membership has grown from the original 125 in 1976 to over 400. The Society is
subdivided into geographical regions throughout the United States and Canada
with members also in Australia, Denmark and the United Kingdom. An annual
international reunion of the Society is held each year somewhere in the United
States or Canada. Three overseas trips, as a group, have been made by VHS
Members, twice to Scotland and once to Veitsch, Austria.
Veitch Historical Society submitted a formal application to the Lord Lyon of
Arms of Edinburgh in November 1981. When members of the Society were in
Scotland in 1983, the Society was presented with its own official coat-of-arms
by Malcolm Rognvald Innes of Edingight, Baron of Yeochrie, Commander of the
Royal Victorian Order, Writer of Her Magesty’s Signet, Lord Lyon King of Arms.