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I have a problem. There are mixed records, that state that Isaac Veitch might have served on the North and the South. Take these records with caution.

This page contains info on the Veitch,Mealer and Shaneyfelt families.

The first Veitch in my line just showed up in Lincoln County, North Carolina in 1834. This is where Henry Forbus Veitch met a Barbara Costner. The rumor is his father was a John Veitch. I know his mother was a Martha. Some say her last name was Forbus.Henry and Barbara's first son was Isaac Veitch (my gg grandfather). Soon they had several sons. One of which there is a picture of on this site. (John Thomas Veitch). Henry F. Veitch were friends with the Stroup family. The Stroup's and the Veitch's were instrumental in designing and building most of the old iron works that spread across Alabama. They were pulled off the front lines during the Civil War to build the first furnaces in the South. Stroup's Valley, Oxmoor, Tannehill and others. They were instrumental in making Birmingham, Alabama the big city it was. My great granddad (Henry C. Veitch) and two other men, formed and poured the first castings of the statue Vulcan that towers over Birmingham today. There are a couple of books out today that tells the story of iron and steel making in Alabama. One was Authored by the former Secretary of State Jim Bennett. One is not out yet, but is being written by Author Ken Wheeler.

The Shaneyfelt family came over from the Neatherlands, in 1728. They had very large family's. Several even fought in the Revolutionary War. The name was Schoenfeld, but alot of the family changed it to several variations. It is spelled Shanafelt, Shenefelt, Shaneyfelt, and others. They changed the spelling around the 1800's. Some kept the original spelling. The only clue I have as to why the changed the name is this:

My great grandfather Joesph Shaneyfelt told one of his best friends as to why. I personally talked to him after my g greatfather died. He said that they were Jewish. He made him promise not to tell his wife or kids. He did not want them to know.

Any info or comments will be greatly appreciated.
The Veitch's of Alabama
Updated November 9, 2012

Edward Thomas Veitch, Jr.

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  • Henry Shaneyfelt and his family (193 KB)
    Henry Shaneyfelt and several sons. Henry's father was John George Shaneyfelt and his mother was Nancy Summi.
  • Five generations of Shaneyfelts (24 KB)
    This photo is a picture of my gg grandfather Johnnathon Shaneyfelt's third wife, Julia Nunamaker, his son Daniel's wife Nancy Loy, Daniel's daughter Harriete Trueblood, Harriete's daughter Della Synder, and Della's son Lloyd Synder.
  • Henry W. Mealer and family (150 KB)
    This picture was giving to my grandmother Agnes by one of her sisters shown in this picture. In this picture shows Henry's mother Sarah Hyde Mealer, his wife Menthia and her sister. The three young girls are (from the left) Sallie, Mable then Myrtle. Agnes the other sister and my grandmother was not born yet. Menthia died four months after my grandmothers birth. She died on the operating table.
  • Joesph Shaneyfelt son of Johathon Shaneyfelt (75 KB)
    The two daughters are Vera and Ruel.
  • Adam Shaneyfelt and Nancy Patterson Shaneyfelt (376 KB)
    This is Johnathon Shaneyfelt last offspring. His youngest son, born by Julia Nunamaker.
  • Paul, Edward (my dad), John and unknown baby (570 KB)
    This picture was taken in July of 1947. My dad (Edward) was 15 years old. Sandusky, Alabama
  • Edward,Sr., my mother, and me (15 KB)
    This is the only picture I have of my old man. He was about twenty-five in the picture. It was taken around 1957. The little one is me.
  • Johnathon and Julia Nunamaker Shaneyfelt (252 KB)
    Johnathon Shaneyfelt and his third wife.
  • My Mother and her brothers and sisters (225 KB)
    My Mother (Elvona Shaneyfelt) age 15 years.
  • Daniel Shaneyfelt and family (104 KB)
    This is a picture of Daniel Shaneyfelt, his wife Nancy Loy and his daughter Gertrude. Daniel was the son of Johnathon and his second wife Elizabeth Smail. Daniel was born around 1855.
  • Julia Nunamaker Shaneyfelt (395 KB)
    Julia Nunamaker Shaneyfelt
  • Veitch coat of arms (27 KB)
    This is the coat of arms as seen on the Veitch castle in Scotland.
  • John George Schoenfeld and Nancy Summi (257 KB)
    This photo is kind of hard to see. John George's line is (George Michael,Frederick,Johannes)
  • Alice Butler Shaneyfelt (30 KB)
    Wife of Joseph Shaneyfelt
  • Andrew and Maria Kanute (202 KB)
    This was Henry Isaac Veitch's mother-in-law and father-in-law. I'm not sure of the origin of the Kanute name.
  • George Michael Schoenfeld & Catherine Koch (121 KB)
    George Michael Schoenfeld (Frederick, Johannes) George was born in 1773. He was a wheat farmer.
  • Charles Shaneyfelt (12 KB)
    Barbara, Jo Alice, Charles, and Carl Shaneyfelt. (Clarence Arley, Joesph, John George, etc.
  • Joesph and Alice Shaneyfelt (64 KB)
    My great grandfather and mother
  • John Thomas Veitch-born 1836 (116 KB)
    This is Henry Forbus Veitch's second son, brother to my gg grandfather. John Thomas worked as a furnace man and moulder. He fought on the Southern side with three other brothers. John (his grandfather) ,Henry (his father), and his brothers all work iron. He and his brothers made canons during the civil war. For detailed info contact
  • Charles Herman Shaneyfelt (7 KB)
    Son of Clarence Arley Shaneyfelt,Joesph , Johnathon, John George, George Michael, Frederick
  • George Veitch, Jr. ,obit (315 KB)
    The obituary of George Veitch, Jr.
  • Henry I. Veitch and wife to be (35 KB)
    Grandfather asking to marry.
  • Isaac Veitch military record (83 KB)
    Paper from National Archives stating that Isaac served with 1st. Alabama & Tennessee Vadette Cavalry, that served with the Union side.
  • Joesph Shaneyfelt (81 KB)
    Joesph was the son of Johnathon Shaneyfelt. Joe was born Aug. 15, 1874 and died in 1953.Joe was badly hurt in the mines, when he was a young man. He never got over it, but he loved the lord. He was a very hard headed person. What he said was law.My older cousin Hoyt Shaneyfelt met and old man. They talked for a good while. This man had been Joesph's best friend. Joesph was dead at the time. The man told Hoyt that Joesph had kept a secret, that he had never told his family. That they were German Jew. He never told his family. He feared how people would treat them, if people new.

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