Hi Melanie...came across your message and wondered if we might be tracing the same line. The line I'm tracing is MCVETTY but has also your spelling of MCVEETY as an alternate. I have a Thomas MCVETTY born in Canada in 1820, came to Buffalo, NY in 1837. He was a ship Captain. He had 1 son, William H MCVETTY who lived in Buffalo.
Not sure these dates/places match up for you...let me know