Misc‎ > ‎

Vail Genealogy

Descendants of Thomas Vail 

11. Samuel3 Vail, Jr. (Samuel2, Thomas1) was born December 21, 1678 in Westchester County, New York, and died June 26, 1733 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, U.S.A.. He married (1) Abigail Hadden 1707. She was born October 14, 1685, and died October 14, 1724 in Westchester County, New York. He married (2) Sarah Farrington February 08, 1724/25 in Queens, Flushing New York, daughter of Matthew Farrington. She died June 21, 1756 in Westchester County, New York.

Children of Samuel Vail and Abigail Hadden are:

+ 28 i. John4 Vail, Jr., born April 21, 1708 in Westchester County, New York; died May 17, 1754 in Plainfield, New Jersey.

+ 29 ii. Stephen Vail, born April 10, 1710 in Westchester County, New York; died October 17, 1777 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey.

  30 iii. Samuel Vail, born April 15, 1711 in Westchester County, New York; died Bef. June 19, 1733 in Westchester County, New York. Samuel Vail died probably before 19 June 1733, the date of his father's will since he is not  mentioned in it.

  31 iv. Phebe Vail, born September 13, 1712 in Westchester County, New York; died December 24, 1776 in North Salem, Westchester County New York. She married Daniel Turner; died September 08, 1746 in North Salem, Westchester County New York.

Notes

Samuel Vail,Jr.: yeoman. custodian. overseer, assessor to Westchester,

Samuel (3) Vail came to the vicinity of Plainfield, just when is not known, and died at Woodbridge, N. J., 26 June, 1733. Like his brother, John (3), Q. P., he had bought a large tract of land along Green Brook, just S.W. of Plainfield, in what is now Somerset County. This plantation was bought about the time that John (3) bought his farm, which was in what is now North Plainfield, from the Dutch proprietor Peter Sonmans, 3 April, 1732, and hence it would seem that Samuel left Westchester only a little over a year before his death.

On this plantation Samuel (3) settled his two eldest sons, John (4) Jr., b. 1708, and Stephen (4), b. 1710. This farm was located two miles up the stream from the Raritan.Most of the Vails that lived around Green Brook and Plainfield were descended from John and Samuel. 

The children of John (4) Vail, Jr., and Stephen (4) Vail,  both before and after the Revolutionary War took up farms S-W of Plainfield under the mountains in a settlement still called Green Brook Village. Plainfield was their post office address after its establishment in 1800.

With the distribution of the unoccupied back lands in 1700, and the later division among the settlers of interior tracts in 1717, many of the younger generation moved inland. But not till the last allotments were made in 1734-'39, did any considerable number venture beyond the town lots of Elizabethtown, Woodbridge and Piscatawaytown. The attraction of new land after this date induced many to settle further towards the interior and to occupy fertile farms on Cedar Brook and Green Brook and the rich valleys beyond the mountains. So that by 1750 there were occupied farms scattered over the country from the Raritan River and Staten Island Sound on the East to the Passaic River near its source and the mountains beyond (O. B. Leonard).

Samuel's Will, dated 6/19/1733, probated 8/18/1733 in Westchester County bequeathed the following:

 -  John, Jr. received 137 1/2 acres and a slave
 -  Stephen received 137 1/2 acres and a negro boy names "Toney".
 -  Thomas received land in Westchester County.
 -  Isaac received the land his father bought from Thomas Jennings, (12 acres).

Samuel Vail, eldest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Vail, was born at Westchester, New York, December 4, 1678, died June 26, 1733, buried at Westchester, New York. He married (first) Abigail (???), (second) Sarah Farrington. His children were: John, of whom later; Stephen, born April 22, 1710, married Esther Smith; Samuel, born April 15, 1711; Phebe, born September 13, 1712, married David Turner; Thomas, born November 3, 1714, married Mary Griffin; Isaac, born August 3, 1715; Joseph, born October 3, 1718; Abigail, born February 12, 1720; Mathew, born January 29, 1726; Sarah, born December 3, 1728; Elizabeth, born December 17, 1731. He bequeathed to his sons John and Stephen land at Green Brook, New Jersey.

"ln the name of GOD Amen. Anne 12 The nineteenth day of June in the Seventh year of our Sovereign Lord King George the Second, Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and thirty three. I Samuel Vail of the Burroughtown of West Chester in the County of West Chester and Province of New York, Yeoman, being sick and weak in body but of Sound and Disposing mind and memory, Do make this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and Form Following, that is to say. First and principally, I commit my Soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping to obtain Salvation through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ, and my Body to the earth to be decently buried by my Executors, and I do Devize bequeath give and dispose of such worldly Estate as God in mercy hath bestowed upon me as follows,

      "First, I give and devize to my son John Vail his heirs and assigns forever All my one hundred and thirty seven acres and a half of land near Green Brook in Sommerset County in the Province New Jersey which land he is now in possession of. Also I give and bequeath to my said son John Vail, his Executors Administrators and assigns my negro boy Dick. Also I give and devize to my son Stephen Vail his heirs and assigns forever all that my one hundred and thirty seven acres of land and a half acre near Green Brook in Sommerset County in the aforesaid Province of New Jersey which land is now in his possession. Also I give and bequeath to my said son Stephen Vail his Executors administrators and assigns my negro boy Toney.

      "Also I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Vail her Executors administrators and assigns forever the legacy left her by her Father Matthew Farrington late deceased. Also I give to my said Wife during her Widowhood and no longer, the use of the best room in my house and the use of my negro woman Hannah and her youngest Child and after my said wife shall marry again or dye, I give the said negro woman Hannah to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Phebe Turner her Executors administrators and assigns forever my negro young woman called Ihell,

      "Also in consideration, That my said son Thomas Vail shall undertake immediately after my decease to pay all my lawful debts and funeral charges and to maintain the family I shall leave for two years they assisting him with their labour, I give to my said Thomas the use of all my lands and meadows with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging (the room given to my wife during hey widowhood excepted) and of all my priviledges in the sheep pasture situated in West Chester abovesaid and the use of all the remainder of my personal Estate for the full term of two years after my decease. But if my said son Thomas shall refuse to undertake and give such security for the Payment of my debts, funeral charges and to support my family two years after my decease as my Executors shall approve of, then I hereby order my Executors to make use of said lands, meadows and premises and personal estate to the best advantage they can and out of the profits thereof for two years after my decease to support my family and to apply the remainder towards paying my debts.

      "Also I give to my beloved wife Sarah in full of all her claim and title of Dower of in and, to all or any part of my Estate on(e) third Part of the clear profits of all my lands and meadows in West Chester aforesaid to commence at the end of two years after my decease for so long a time as she shall remain my widow and no longer. Also I hereby give and bequeath at the end of two years after my decease to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns my negro boy Lewis and bed and furniture he lays on. Also I hereby give and bequeath at the end of two years after my decease to my daughter Abigail Vail her Executors administrators assigns my negro girl Jenny. Also from and after the end of two years from and after my decease, I give the use of one third part of the remainder of my personal Estate not hereinbefore disposed (of) to my wife during hey widowhood and no longer, and after my wife shall marry again or dye I give and bequeath the said one third part of the remainder of my personal estate to my daughter Elizabeth Vail her Executors administrators and assigns.

      "Also at the end of two years after my decease I give bequeath to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns a pair of Oxen, three Cows and two of my best Horses.

      "Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Vail his Executors administrators and assigns a Horse and a Mare and my Loom and Tackling. Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and bequeath all the remainder of my personal Estate to be equally divided between my three daughters Abigail, Sarah, and Elizabeth Vail for the use of them and their several Executors administrators and assigns.

      "Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and devise to my son Isaac Vail his heirs and assigns forever, he paying yearly to my wife while she shall remain my widow the one third part of the clear profits thereof the following Lands and Salt Meadows in West Chester aforesaid (to wit, the land I bought of Thomas Jennings eight acres of woodland joining to a highway near Thomas Nicholl's land and four acres of Salt Meadow part of the Patrick Meadow and joining to the Meadow of Stephen Delancy).

      "Also at the end of two years after my decease and from and after that time I hereby give and devize to Josiah Hunt and Moses Mullinex of West Chester abovesaid their heirs and assigns forever all the remainder of my Lands and Meadows and Priviledges in the Sheep pasture of West Chester aforesaid. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Lands Meadows and Priviledges with their Appurtenances to the said Josiah Hunt and Moses Mullenex their heirs and assigns in trust to and for the uses hereafter mentioned and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever, that is to say if my son Thomas Vail his heirs, Executors administrators shall within three years after my decease pay such Part of my debts as the profits of my Estate for two years next after my decease shall not discharge and shall pay to my son Joseph Vail when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years for the use of the said Joseph his heirs Executors administrators and assigns the full sum of one hundred pounds New York money. AND also shall pay to my son Matthew Vail for the use of his Executors administrators and assigns when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years the full sum of one other hundred pounds New York money: Then and in such case to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said son Thomas Vail his heirs and assigns forever and to and for no other use and purpose whatsoever: But if my son Thomas Vail shall neglect or refuse to pay my debts that shall be unpaid at the end of two years after my decease as aforesaid or if my said Thomas Vail his heirs, executors administrators shall neglect or refuse to pay to my son Joseph Vail when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years one hundred pounds and to my son Matthew one other hundred pounds New York money when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years, or any part or Parcel of said several sums of money, Then in trust to sell the Lands Meadows and premises aforesaid with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging or if my said son Thomas Vail his heirs Executors or administrators shall not pay yearly to my wife so long as she shall remain my widow the one third part of the clear profits of the said premises, Then in trust to sell the same and out of the money arising from the sale thereof to pay the remainder of my debts, to my sons Joseph and Matthew their respective Legacies to my wife reasonable satisfaction for the third of the profits of said premises during her widowhood, the charges of the sale and the remainder thereof to my said son Thomas his heirs Executors or administrators or assigns.

      "Lastly, I nominate and appoint Joseph Hunt and Moses Mullinex and the Survivor of them to be Executors or Executor of my Last Will and Testament." *****Vail (L. S.)

      "Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said Samuel Vail to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of Milos Oakley, Andrew Gibb, William Foster."

      This Will was duly probated 18 August, 1773, as the last Will and Testament of Samuel Vail, in New York, before Frederick Morris duly delegated and appointed, "was proved and now approved and allowed of by me," etc., "and the prorogative Seal of the said Province of New York * * to be affixed." So there is no slightest doubt as to its being Samuel's Will.

      The copy from which I have transcribed the Will was printed by Alfred Vail, and curiously enough the name printed as the signature of the Will is Stephen Vail, instead of Samuel. The heading says Samuel; the witnesses say Samuel; the probate says Samuel, -- there can be no doubt as to its being Samuel's will, even if the internal evidence were disregarded. This Will is recorded at the Hall of Records New York City, Vol. 12, p. 72.

The dates of the children of Samuel (3) Vail are taken from Alfred Vail's copy of the Family Bible of Samuel Vail, it afterwards being the Family Bible of his son Thomas (4) Vail. This Bible was in 1851 in the possession of Mr. William Vail of New York. Where is this Bible now?

Samuel (3) Vail was a man of considerable substance, owning as he did the two farms near Plainfield besides the old homestead at Westchester, the income of which in itself he thought sufficient to maintain in comfort his widow and younger children, there being probably eight of these remaining at the old home.

      He was a Weaver, or had been such, since he leaves to Isaac his "Loom and Tackling." He had a considerable number of horses, oxen and cattle, as would be expected in a prosperous farmer and land holder. His wealth is indicated also by the fact that he disposes of no fewer than seven slaves, and shows an interest in their welfare by keeping them in the Vail household. Others of the Vails besides Samuel owned slaves as will be shown hereafter. It was not till about a hundred years after Samuel's death that the Quakers took a decided stand against slavery, although in 1776-1780 several of the Vail and allied Shotwell families manumitted their negroes and the Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting appointed a committee to have oversight of freed negroes and the care and education of manumitted slaves. (v. Lloyd Lewis: Myths after Lincoln, Cornwall Press, 1929, p. 102.)

Phebe Vail:

Abstracts of Wills, Vol XIV, 1786-1796 Page 152.

--PHEBE TURNER, widow of the Borough of Westchester, New York, to my sister, Abigail Bugbee, all my wearing apparel, my bed, bedding and furniture thereunto belonging, my chest, looking glass, six plates of X, pewter, one pair andirons, and my Bible to her own use forever; to my brother, Thomas Vail, one feather bed, bedding, furniture belonging thereunto; Also one cupboard, one gun, and a warming-pan. All my linen to be equally divided between my sister Abigail and brother Thomas; to my cousin, John Vail, living in New Jersey, œ40; to my brother Stephen, living in New Jersey, œ50; to my nephew Daniel, son of my brother, John Vail, œ5; to my niece, Phebe Vail, daughter of my brother, Thomas Vail, œ5; also one table, one wheel, and one pie-pan; to Phebe Bugbee, daughter of Elijah Bugbee, œ5, also one cupboard; to Daniel Pugsly, son of David Pugsly, œ5; to the Society of the People, called Quakers, œ10, to be paid to the clerk of the Meeting for the time being of the said Quakers in the Borough Town of Westchester, to the use of the said Meeting, to maintain good works. I order that my negroes shall have their liberty to choose their masters, and my executors do sell them to those whom they shall choose. All the remainder of my estate whatsoever, I give the same to my brother, Thomas Vail, and my sister, Abigail Bugbee (wife of Elijah Bugbee), and to their several and respective heirs forever, share and share alike. I make my brother, Thomas Vail, and my brother-in-law, Elijah Bugbee, executors.

Dated July 20, 1770. Witnesses, Martha Forgison, Gabriel Forgison, John Bartow, Westchester County, gentleman. Proved, June 19, 1786.

This will is recorded 3 June, 1786 -- almost ten years after the tragic death of the Testatrix. Phebe (Vail) Turner was murdered in her own home by a British soldier on Christmas eve, 1776. The delay in probating Phebe's will illustrates the confusion of the time of the Revolution and the years following.


28. John4 Vail, Jr. (Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1), eldest son of Samuel Vail, was born April 21, 1708 in Westchester County, New York, and died May 17, 1754 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He married (1) Margaret Laing December 16, 1731 in Woodbridge, Middlesex New Jersey, daughter of John Laing and Elizabeth Shotwell. She was born December 09, 1710 in Piscataway, Middlesex New Jersey, and died Bef. 1751. He married (2) Mary Laing October 08, 1751, daughter of John Laing and Elizabeth Shotwell. She was born 1717 in Somerset, New Jersey, and died February 15, 1764.

Children of John Vail and Margaret Laing are:

  70 i. Samuel5 Vail, born October 24, 1732; died December 08, 1753 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 71 ii. John Vail III, born August 29, 1734 in Plainfield, New Jersey; died January 13, 1814 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.

+ 72 iii. Daniel Vail, born March 07, 1735/36; died 1823 in Basking Ridge, N. J.

+ 73 iv. Isaac Vail, born November 27, 1737 in Piscataway, Middlesex County New Jersey; died Bet. April 01 - 20, 1770 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 74 v. David Vail, born June 06, 1740 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died August 07, 1823 in Plainfield, New Jersey.

  75 vi. Jacob Vail, born July 03, 1742; died July 08, 1823 in Westfield, Essex (now Union) Co., N. J. Dwelt at Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., N. J., and later with his nephew Dr. Israel (6) Vail near the Windmill in Westfield, Essex (now Union) Co., N. J., and there died 8 July, 1823. He is buried in the Friends' Burying Ground at Plainfield, N. J. Jacob (5) Vail never married.

+ 76 vii. Abraham Vail, born September 22, 1744 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died September 11, 1824 in Somerset, Union County New Jersey.

+ 77 viii. Benjamin Vail, born October 03, 1745; died October 05, 1820 in Essex County, New Jersey.

     
Children of John Vail and Mary Laing are:

  78 i. Joseph5 Vail, born August 12, 1752 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey; died in near Dunellen in Somerset Co., N. J. Joseph Vail and three of his seven older half-brothers, John, "the 3rd," David and Abraham, lived on adjoining farms in Somerset Co., N. J., on the westerly side of the Greenbrook road, while his four other half-brothers, Isaac, Daniel, Jacob, and Benjamin Vail owned farms at Basking Ridge, N. J., near the residence and valuable estate of Lord William Alex. Sterling.

  79 ii. Christiana Vail, born February 01, 1753 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey; died Bet. February 28 - December 31, 1776. She married John Webster, Jr. February 28, 1776; born November 22, 1750.

Notes

Mary Laing:

The second wife of John (4) Jr. was Mary Laing, younger sister of his deceased wife Margaret. For this breach of the discipline of Friends they were both disowned by that religious Society the 15 December, 1751, the marriage having taken place before the 17 October, 1751. Mary (Laing) Vail made satisfactory acknowledgment of her fault to the Monthly Meeting and was restored to membership the 19 May, 1757. She was born in 1717.

WILL OF JOHN (4) VAIL, JR.

      This Will is recorded in Lieber E. 181 Trenton, N. J., 10 June, 1754.

      The following extracts are from the printed letter of Alfred Vail, under date of 21 September, 1852.

      "I, John Vail, of the Borough of Elizabeth in East New Jersey * * *

      "Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary Vail her Riding Roan Mare and side saddell and all the Household Goods that she brought with her and three pounds sixteen Shillings in money at eight shillings the ounce. I also give her the sum of One hundred and fifty Pounds money at eight shillings the ounce to be paid to her in four years time after my decease. * * *

      "Item the remaining part of my moveable Estate I equally divide amongst my eight Sons, viz John Vail, Daniel Vail, Isaac Vail, David Vail, Jacob Vail, Abraham Vail, Benjamin Vail, and Joseph Vail, each one to share and Share alike. (Note; Samuel (5) Vail, the first born son, had died in August, or in December, 1753. The date of this Will is 1 May, 1754).

      "I will and direct that Plantation whereon I now live be divided into Eight lots * * * viz; all of my Lands below the mountain * * * to my four sons * * * to my eldest Son John Vail, son David Vail, son Abraham Vail, and son Joseph Vail; * * * and if wife will se good to put up a house and live upon the land that I have given to my son Joseph Vail, I give her the House and income of said House and five acres of land" for her lifetime * * * which house and land he gives Mary Vail "in full of her right of dowery and not else." * * * each of the four above named sons to have an "equal number of acres both of the lower and upper Lot abovesd." If any of these four sons "should Dye without issue lawfully begotten 
under the age of twenty and one years," the share of such deceased son "I give unto the remaining or surviving Sharers or partners in my home Lands, abovesaid they to share and share alike both in the Plain and Mountain pine Lot" etc.

      "Item my Lands in Baskingridge Township I do hereby impower my Executor * * * * to divide into four equal Lots * * * each lot an equal number of acres." These four equal Lots he gives to his four sons Daniel Vail, Isaac Vail, Jacob Vail, and Benjamin Vail; and in case of their death without lawful issue (as above) such son's share is to be divided equally among the surviving sons (as above).

      "Item I will and direct that each of my eight above named sons shall pay unto my daughter Christien (sic) the sum of eight pounds money at eight shillings the ounce apiece in all sixty four pounds to be paid to her when she arrives to the age of twenty one years * * * and in case any son refuses or neglects to pay his Eight Pounds to his sister Christien, as above, the Executors are empowered to sell enough of such son's land as will pay the share of that son to his sister.

      "Item my negro fellow to wit Dick I leave to his liberty to live with any of my children or where he will.

      "Lastly I * * * appoint my trusty friends viz my brother Steven Vail and Abner Hamton to be Executors" etc.

      "In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of the fifth month called May in the Year One thousand seven hundred and fifty four."
Witnesses: David Coriell.                                     (signed) JOHN VAIL.
Micaiah Dunn.
Mary (her X mark) Muller.

      This Will was proved before Tho. Bartow the 4th June, 1754,---

      Stephen Vail and Abner Hamton, the Executors, being of the people called Quakers did solemnly affirm, etc.

      Probate granted by Gov. Belcher in the usual form, dated 4 June, 1754.



29. Stephen4 Vail (Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born April 10, 1710 in Westchester County, New York, and died October 17, 1777 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey. He married Esther Smith Abt. January 17, 1732/33 in Plainfield, New Jersey, daughter of Benjamin Smith and Sarah Shotwell. She was born January 04, 1712/13 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and died 1777 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Miller and farmer, commr. of Middlesex and Somerset Co., N.J. Considered to be the "Founder" the "Ohio" class of the Vail family.

Children of Stephen Vail and Esther Smith are:

  80 i. Shubell5 Vail, died January 30, 1770 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

  81 ii. Esther Vail. She married James Russell in Winchester, Virginia, U.S.A..Removed to Ohio

+ 82 iii. Thomas Vail, born March 09, 1733/34 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died WFT Est. 1756-1837 in New Jersey, U.S.A..

  83 iv. Benjamin Vail, born June 06, 1736 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey; died in New Jersey, U.S.A..

  84 v. Stephen Vail, Jr., born August 23, 1738 in Plainfield, New Jersey; died September 14, 1738 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 85 vi. Stephen Vail, Jr., born December 19, 1739 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey; died Bet. April 18 - December 25, 1808 in Lemon Township, Butler County, Ohio.

+ 86 vii. Abigail Vail, born April 14, 1742 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died Bef. 1809 in Redstone, Fayette, Pennsylvania.

+ 87 viii. Abraham Vail, born June 12, 1744 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey; died Bef. January 10, 1840 in Menallen T'w'p., Fayette Co., Pennsylvania.

  88 ix. Sarah Vail, born June 12, 1744 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey; died WFT Est. 1747-1840. She married Richard Hankerson WFT Est. 1747-17They both embarked at New York for Charleston, S. C., and were never heard from thereafter.91; born WFT Est. 1721-1756; died WFT Est. 1747-1835.

+ 89 x. Samuel Vail, born August 23, 1754 in Greenbrook, Somerset, New Jersey, U.S.A.; died April 12, 1846 in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, U.S.A..


71. John5 Vail III (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born August 29, 1734 in Plainfield, New Jersey, and died January 13, 1814 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey. He married Catherine FitzRandolph April 23, 1760 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey, daughter of Edward FitzRandolph and Phebe Jackson. She was born November 20, 1739 in Old Vail Farm, Woodbridge New Jersey, and died May 20, 1809 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey.
Children of John Vail and Catherine FitzRandolph are:

  273 i. Margaret6 Vail, born January 05, 1762 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died February 27, 1831 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She married Benjamin Nichols November 24, 1796 in New Jersey. Benjamin Nichols, of Middlesex Co., N. J., an old Revolutionary soldier, who later united with Friends and became very zealous in the work of the Society. After the separation, in 1828, he remained with the Hicksite Friends. They had children, "daughters."

+ 274 ii. Edward Vail, born March 27, 1764 in Bridgewater, Somerset New Jersey; died April 19, 1849 in Plainfield, New Jersey.

+ 275 iii. Amos Vail, born July 31, 1766 in Plainfield, New Jersey; died May 01, 1863 in Plainfield, New Jersey.

+ 276 iv. Isaac Vail, born August 01, 1770 in Somerset County, New Jersey; died October 01, 1839 in La Porte, Indiana.

  277 v. Phebe Vail, born October 17, 1772; died May 14, 1857. Never married.

+ 278 vi. Nathan Vail, born May 03, 1777 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died May 14, 1857 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 279 vii. Joel Vail, born January 07, 1780 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died August 29, 1829 in Delaware County, Ohio.

Notes

John Vail III:

Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey Vol 1. John Vail, second son of John and Margaret (Laing) Vail, was born in Green Brook, New Jersey, August 29, 1734, died January 29, 1814. He married Catharine Fitz Randolph, born September 20, 1739, died March 2, 1809, daughter of Edward Fitz Randolph. Their children were: Margaret, born January 5, 1762, married Benjamin Nichols, died February 27, 1831; Edward, born March 27, 1764, married Sarah Kinsey, died April 19, 1849; Amos, born July 31, 1766, married (first) Phebe Smith, (second) Elizabeth Dell, died October 4, 1834; Isaac, born August 1, 1770, married (first) Sarah Thorn, (second) Sarah Shotwell, died October 1, 1839; Phoebe, born October 17, 1772, died May 14, 1857; Nathan, born June 3, 1777, married Anna Webster, died June 24, 1857; Joel, of whom later.

John appears on the DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, as having served in the New Jersey Militia during the Revolutionary War.

WASHINGTON ROCK

      On one occasion during the Revolutionary War, General Washington with an escort rode up to John Vail's house and engaged his brother-in-law, Edward Fitz Randolph, as a guide to take them to an eminence on the face of the mountain whence a good view of Greenbrook and vicinity could be obtained. The horse of this volunteer guide being in a distant field, an aid or orderly vacated his saddle which Edward took and led the General and his party to the top of a high rock, since known as "Washington's Rock," whence the desired view of the plain below was had. In the meantime a boy had been sent to the pasture for the horse, which the waiting attendant at once mounted and hastened off in pursuit of General Washington and staff. (v. N. J. Hist. Soc'y Proceedings, October, 1932, p. 370).

John Vail and Catherine FitzRandolph:
Marriage: April 23, 1760, Plainfield, Union County New Jersey
     


72. Daniel5 Vail (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born March 07, 1735/36, and died 1823 in Basking Ridge, N. J.. He married (1) Mary Tue. He married (2) Mary McEowen Bef. November 16, 1774.

Child of Daniel Vail and Mary Tue is:

  280 i. Prudence6 Vail.     

Children of Daniel Vail and Mary McEowen are:

  281 i. Daniel6 Vail, Jr.. He married Dinah Vanderveer.

  282 ii. Jacob Vail. He married Sarah FitzRandolph.

  283 iii. Alexander Vail. He married Elizabeth Kirkpatrick March 04, 1809 in Somerset County New Jersey; born 1789.

  284 iv. Israel Vail. He married Maria Barcalo (Barkelow).

  285 v. Anne Vail. She married CPT John Hill February 11, 1811 in Somerset County New Jersey.

  286 vi. Catharine Vail. She married Dr. Hugh McEowen.

  287 vii. Martha Vail. She married Thomas O. Scudder.

+ 288 viii. Harriet Vail.

Notes

Daniel Vail he lived at Plainfield and was a member of that Preparative Meeting of Friends. His first marriage was to Mary Tu(e) the date being now not known; he had a daughter, Prudence (6), by this marriage, which was "out of Friends' unity." After the death of Mary Tu(e), Daniel married again, also contrary to Friends' discipline and was disowned by the Monthly Meeting 15 February, 1775. This marriage took place before the 16 November, 1774. Daniel (5) Vail had eight children by bis second wife, -- four sons and four daughters

Daniel appears to have died between the 8 November and the 12 December, 1794, these being the dates of signing his will and of its probate, as given in the Morristown (N. J.) Combined Registers, p. 241. This Will named as Executors Daniel's brothers Jacob and Benjamin; gives to his wife Mary and children Daniel, Jacob, Alexander, Ann, Catharine, Harriet, Martha, -- the last four named being under 18 years of age. The names of these brothers, the wife, and the children correspond exactly with those of Daniel (5) Vail, -- only one of his children (i. e. Dr. Israel (6) Vail) not being mentioned; proving beyond cavil the Will to be that of the Daniel Vail under consideration. The date 1823 given by Leonard and by Shotwell, (loc. cit.) is palpably erroneous. Daniel's brothers David and Jacob both died in 1823.


73. Isaac5 Vail (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born November 27, 1737 in Piscataway, Middlesex County New Jersey, and died Bet. April 01 - 20, 1770 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey. He married Rachel Compton 1762.

Children of Isaac Vail and Rachel Compton are:

+ 289 i. James6 Vail.

+ 290 ii. Samuel Vail.

  291 iii. Sarah Vail. She married John Lindaff.

+ 292 iv. Margaret Vail.

Notes

The date of this marriage is given as "some years before 1758, without unity of Friends," and as "before 15 April, 1762, 'by a Priest', for which he made acknowledgment to the Woodbridge, Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting 21 October, 1762." His wife Rachel Compton was a lineal descendant of William Compton, one of the first settlers in Middlesex County, (1666-1668), -- his daughter Mary was reputed to be the first white child born in the Township, (November, 1668; she married 1 January, 1695, Caleb Campbell.)

The Will of Isaac (5) Veal, of Bernardstown, was made the 1st April, 1770, and was probated the 20 April, 1770. Isaac, therefore, died between these dates. In it he names his father-in-law James Compton and his brother Daniel (5) Vail as Executors. John (5) Vail, "the 3rd," was a witness. Isaac gives to his wife, Rachel, and to his children Samuel and James (both under 21 years old), and Sarah and Margaret (both under 18 years).



74. David5 Vail (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born June 06, 1740 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey, and died August 07, 1823 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He married Phebe Jackson April 23, 1766 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was born 1747 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and died May 05, 1820 in Plainfield, New Jersey. Disabled Veteran/1823. David was a slave-holder, but freed his negroes when other New Jersey Friends did the same.

Children of David Vail and Phebe Jackson are:

+ 293 i. William6 Vail, born February 04, 1767 in Greenbrook, New Jersey; died February 1837.

  294 ii. John Vail, born October 04, 1768 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.

+ 295 iii. Prudence Shotwell Vail, born March 06, 1770 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died September 25, 1849 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 296 iv. James Vail, born August 29, 1772 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died January 06, 1811 in Rahway, Essex County New Jersey.

+ 297 v. Daniel Vail, born April 07, 1774 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  298 vi. David Vail, born December 07, 1775 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died July 02, 1815. He married Elizabeth Webster July 23, 1794.

+ 299 vii. Rebecca Vail, born May 07, 1778 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died in New York City, New York.

  300 viii. Margaret Vail, born August 18, 1781 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.

+ 301 ix. Smith Vail, born February 05, 1782 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died July 23, 1855 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 302 x. Phebe Vail, born April 20, 1783 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died in Meadville, Crawford County Pennsylvania.

+ 303 xi. Mary Vail, born January 17, 1787 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died December 20, 1811 in Boston, Erie County New York.

  304 xii. Joseph Vail, born March 02, 1788 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey. He married Mary FitzRandolph; born May 23, 1789.

  305 xiii. Margaret Vail, born January 18, 1791 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died May 15, 1861 in Canada. She married Crowell Webster in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey. Margaret Vail removed with her husband and family from New Jersey in 1817 and settled within the limits of Norwich (U. C.) Monthly Meeting, in which Meeting she served as an overseer for several years. She died at Norwich, C. W., 15 May, 1861, an elder among Orthodox Friends. (v. "Annual Monitor" for 1862, p. 222). Margaret and Crowell (5) Webster had six children.


76. Abraham5 Vail (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born September 22, 1744 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey, and died September 11, 1824 in Somerset, Union County New Jersey. He married Margaret FitzRandolph August 28, 1768 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey. She was born September 02, 1746, and died 1826 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Children of Abraham Vail and Margaret FitzRandolph are:

  306 i. James6 Vail, born July 01, 1769 in Woodbridge, Middlesex New Jersey; died May 09, 1773 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.

  307 ii. Daniel Vail, born May 01, 1771 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died August 1774.

  308 iii. James Vail, born January 25, 1773 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died June 28, 1850 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey. He married Maria Jackson in Long Island, New York. In 1832, James Vail and his wife Maria, purchased the Adrean Vermeule farm. (See the Mundy House.)

  309 iv. Mercy Vail, born February 19, 1775 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died November 13, 1872 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey. At the time of her death, Mercy was living in the home of her brother, Ephraim.

+ 310 v. John A. Vail, born February 09, 1777 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died June 28, 1832 in Dunellen, Middlesex Co, NJ.

+ 311 vi. Phebe Vail, born May 16, 1779 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died September 19, 1866 in Rahway,New Jersey.

+ 312 vii. Elizabeth Vail, born February 17, 1782 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died August 15, 1866 in Rahway, Essex County New Jersey.

+ 313 viii. Ephraim Martin Vail, born April 04, 1784 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died April 26, 1878 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.

+ 314 ix. Taylor Vail, born 1785 in Greenbrook, New Jersey; died 1866 in Menallen Township, Pennsylvania.

+ 315 x. Margaret Laing Vail, born May 23, 1786 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died April 22, 1805 in Bridgewater, Somerset County New Jersey.

+ 316 xi. Christiana Vail, born December 11, 1788 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died November 29, 1871 in Plainfield, New Jersey.  

Notes

Abraham Vail:
Known as "Red Abraham," from the colour of his hair, to distinguish him from his cousin Abraham (5) Vail, of Stephen (4), -- who was known as "Black Abraham," Dwelt at Green Brook, in Warren T'w'p, Somerset Co., N. J. He built there in 1775, "the year the War broke out in Boston," what was for many years the only two story house between Green Brook and Brunswick Landing. This Abraham was known as "Black Abram" to distinguish him from Abraham Vail who also married a Margaret FitzRandolph. The other one was known as "Red Abram".






Ephreim Vail House, circa 1775


77. Benjamin5 Vail (John4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born October 03, 1745, and died October 05, 1820 in Essex County, New Jersey. He married Margaret Clarkson April 11, 1788. She was born June 27, 1766, and died 1838.

Children of Benjamin Vail and Margaret Clarkson are:

  317 i. Stelle6 Vail, born 1789.

  318 ii. Bethia Vail, born June 08, 1790; died September 28, 1833.

+ 319 iii. Clarkson Vail, born August 10, 1792; died July 31, 1877.

+ 320 iv. Christiana Vail, born October 10, 1794 in New Jersey.

  321 v. Abel C. Vail, born December 18, 1797 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey; died June 19, 1798 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

+ 322 vi. Robert Clarkson Vail, born August 23, 1799 in New Jersey; died April 03, 1881.

+ 323 vii. Benjamin F. Vail, born November 17, 1803; died December 10, 1866 in Rahway, Essex County New Jersey.

  324 viii. Abel Clarkson Vail, born May 21, 1806 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey.

  325 ix. Margaret Clarkson Vail, born November 08, 1808 in New Jersey. She married Robert Henderson.

Notes

Benjamin's headstone is engraved with his age as being 70 at the time of his death. If this is true, he would have been born in 1750. Burial: October 06, 1820, Plainfield, Union County New Jersey
Residence: Essex, New Jersey


82. Thomas5 Vail (Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born March 09, 1733/34 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey, and died WFT Est. 1756-1837 in New Jersey, U.S.A.. He married Mary Drake Aft. March 17, 1758, daughter of Edward Drake and Mary Vail. She was born Abt. 1738, and died WFT Est. 1756-1845.

Children of Thomas Vail and Mary Drake are:

+ 326 i. Isaac6 Vail, born WFT Est. 1756-1797; died WFT Est. 1765-1874.

  327 ii. Martha Vail, born WFT Est. 1756-1797; died WFT Est. 1765-1876.

  328 iii. Esther Vail, born WFT Est. 1756-1797; died WFT Est. 1765-1876.

  329 iv. Peter Vail, born WFT Est. 1756-1797; died WFT Est. 1765-1874.

  330 v. John Vail, born WFT Est. 1756-1797; died WFT Est. 1765-1874.

Notes

Mary Drake:

The supposition that Mary Drake was a grand-daughter of John (3) Vail, the Quaker Preacher, is a very plausible one. Mary (4) Vail, daughter of John (3), Q. P., b. 1719, married Edward Drake 27 September, 1736, he being the son of Andrew and Hannah (Fitz Randolph) Drake. Mary was the fourth of the Quaker Preacher's eleven children. Mary (4) Vail and Edward Drake had among their six children Jeremiah Drake, (b. 1738) who married twice. He had by his first wife a daughter, Mary Drake. By his 2nd. wife he likewise had a daughter Mary Drake, the mother of this Mary being neé Elizabeth Wooden. Presumably the first of these two Marys died before the birth of the second, and it may very likely have been she who married Thomas (5) Vail as above noted. There were two other sons of Mary (4) Vail and Edward Drake who are possible fathers of our Mary, wife of Thomas (5) Vail; i. e., Joseph Drake and Andrew Drake, the latter of whom married Eunice Martin and had six children


85. Stephen5 Vail, Jr. (Stephen4Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born December 19, 1739 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey, and died Bet. April 18 - December 25, 1808 in Lemon Township, Butler County, Ohio. He married (1) Rebecca Jackson Bet. November 19 - December 16, 1761 in New Jersey. He married (2) Sarah Smith October 26, 1763 in New Jersey, daughter of Stephen Smith and Esther.... She was born February 06, 1741/42 in New Jersey, and died August 31, 1769 in Plainfield, Union County New Jersey. He married (3) Mary FitzRandolph Bef. June 19, 1771, daughter of Robert FitzRandolph and Catherine Taylor. She was born April 16, 1749 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and died WFT Est. 1756-1845.

Children of Stephen Vail and Sarah Smith are:

+ 331 i. Samuel6 Vail, born October 20, 1765 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died April 12, 1830 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey.

+ 332 ii. Moses Vail, born August 24, 1767 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey; died 1829 in Middleton, Ohio.

  333 iii. Shubell Vail, born June 15, 1769 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey.     

Notes

Shubell Vail:

Information concerning Shubell is gleaned from the following letter from Mr. Franklin S. Gordon, of Willowbrook Lane, Stamford, Connecticut, to Dr. William H. Vail of Newark, N. J., under date of 23 July, 1926. " * * * Shobel (6) Vail, grandson of Stephen (4) Vail, moved from Middletown to Drake County, Ohio, and bought the farm which had belonged to my deceased grandfather. In March, 1861, I was born: my mother died in December, 1861, leaving my father with four small children. He had gone to the War in 1862, -- his children scattered. I was taken into the family of Mr. Hugh Vail, a widower with four small children of his own, to care for till my father came home from the War. * * * I stayed with Mr. Hugh Vail until his death in 1881, aged 70 years, -- he having been born at Middletown, Ohio, 7 April, 1811. * * * I will mention one item regarding Shobal Vail which will perhaps interest you. Hugh Vail had a picture of his father and mother taken together, and on the pocket of the vest was a patch which was quite visible. When his wife suggested that he put on another vest he declined, saying that he wanted his children to know that their father was not above wearing a patch. * * * I think from my standpoint that the Quaker authorities were a little severe to turn Stephen (5) Vail out of church because he married his wife's sister. It might have been that he didn't want to break in another mother-in-law."

Children of Stephen Vail and Mary FitzRandolph are:

+ 334 i. Rebecca6 Vail, born July 03, 1772; died WFT Est. 1779-1876.

+ 335 ii. Shubal Vail, born January 29, 1774; died WFT Est. 1765-1874.

336 iii. Aaron Vail, born August 07, 1775; died 1850 in Springboro, Warren County, Ohio.

  337 iv. Sarah Vail, born July 05, 1777; died Bef. 1851 in Lemon Township, Butler County, Ohio. She married Anthony Burge.

338 v. Randall Vail, born July 19, 1779 in New Jersey; died January 30, 1847 in Madison Township, Butler County Ohio.

339 vi. Mary Vail, born October 29, 1781; died 1870 in Butler County, Ohio.

  340 vii. Esther Vail, born February 04, 1784; died in infancy.

341 viii. Hugh Vail, born May 25, 1786 in Plainfield, New Jersey; died 1868 in Middletown, Ohio.

342 ix. Catharine Vail, born October 29, 1787; died WFT Est. 1765-1876 in Springfield, Ohio.

Notes

Stephen Vail, Jr.:

Founder of Middletown. O., 1800, miller, farmer, builder of 1st dam across Big Miami River, m 2d, 1763, Sarah Smith (their dau. Rebecca was the grandmother of Montgomery Ward, Chicago, mcht.);

He was one of the founders of Middletown, Ohio, in 1802, having come to Ohio in 1799. He purchased a large tract of land on both sides of the Miami River & began erecting mills,--a gristmill, fulling mill, & saw-mill,--which were finished in 1802. He was buried on the banks of the Miami River; his grave was washed away by a flood.

The town of Middletown, Ohio, was incorporated by Act of the General Assembly 11 Feb'y, 1833.
At the first election held 1 April, 1837, by 106 legal voters, Hugh (6) Vail, Stephen (7) Vail & John R. Russel, a grandson of Stephen (5) Vail the original proprietor, were three of the five Trustees of the Corporation elected.


THE WILL OF STEPHEN (5) VAIL: extracts from--
Executed 18 April, 1808.
Stephen Vail of Lemon T'w'p, Butler Co., Ohio.

 -   gives to his eldest son Samuel Vail, clothing.
 -   to son Moses Vail, $20.00.
 -   to son Shubal Vail, land North of the line run by Henry Weaver as division line between said Shubal
     & son Hugh, "it being part of the land I now live on".
 -  "I have given sons Aaron and Randall Vail the tract of land on the West side of the Miami River as
 -   far  West as the East boundary of the tract I sold to Andrew Clawson."

 -  to son Hugh Vail, "the farm where I now live", and all the town lots remaining unsold at his death.
 -  to son Hugh also "the whole of the tract of land South of the 100 acres sold to Andrew Clawson and
    West of a tract deeded to my sons Aaron and Randal Vail) containing 220 acres".
 -  to grandchildren Rachel Burnett, Mary Burnet and Catharine Jeffers--cash bequests of $28.00 each. 
 -  to daughter Sarah Burdge, $84.00
 -  to daughter Mary Russell, $84.00
 -  to daughter Catharine Smith, $84.00

All of these cash bequests to be "paid out of the money due me from William Jeffers in Pennsylvania, as soon as collected. And the balance of $40.00 in each is to be paid in stock at the appraisement value."

 -  "I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Vail all my personal property after my just
    debts are paid and the above legacies, with the use of my house for her life and after her decease,
     I give    unto my son Hugh Vail or his heirs said personal property".
 -  Executors to be sons Shubal Vail and Aaron Vail.
 -  Will dated 18 April, 1808.  (Signed) Stephen Vail (Seal)

Stephen Vail removed from New Jersey with his brother Abraham about 1790, going to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and later (1800) went to Ohio, again with his brother Abraham and this time also with a younger brother who had come that year from New Jersey, (this being Samuel Vail), where he was one of the founders of Middletown, Ohio.

Among the first settlers was Steven VAIL and his large family of sons and daughters. These were all New Jersey people. Mr. VAIL was born October 19, 1739, and was married three times, his first wife living but a short while after the marriage. Her name was Rebecca JACKSON. To Mr. VAIL were born ten children, who grew to maturity and were a part of this new settlement. These were Samuel and Moses, whose mother was Sarah SMITH VAIL, and Rebecca, Shobal, Aaron, Sarah, Rachael, Hugh, Mary and Catherine, children of Mary FITZGERALD VAIL. These were all potential in the social, industrial, educational and moral development of Middletown. Mr. VAIL was reared in the Quaker faith and his children drank in this pure faith in their father's home and its influence was noticed in the bearing and conduct of all during their lives. No family connected with the early days of this settlement made a more kindly impression on men and measures than did these Quaker folks.
It is probable that in the plans made in the New Jersey home of the VAILs, it was decided that the sons, Shobal and Aaron, should come to this place a little in advance of the father, Steven, and that they were actually here before he arrived, for it may be noted that Shobal was married to Miss Mary BONNELL, of Warren county, in 1799, a year before Steven VAIL arrived, according to best authority. Mrs. Shobal VAIL was a sister of Samuel BONNELL, an early settler in this new county, and was a very lively lady, full of jokes and fun, an exactly [sic] opposite of her Quaker husband. They lived and reared their family in a home situated on the sixty-one acres patented by Mr. VAIL and coming off the north side of section 28. The house was located where the Catholic Sisters now have their home, on Clark and Crane streets.

Aaron and Randal VAIL began their careers on the west side of the Miami. Aaron subsequently went to Warren county. Others of the children after marriage drifted to nearby points, but Hugh, the youngest, remained in Middletown and out of lands bought and inherited added important additions and improvements to the town and was more a part of the new and advancing community than any other of the children. The new town had no better citizen. He was twice married. Miss Lydia WEBSTER, of Monroe, Ohio, came to his home first and latter Mrs. Jane PORTER, of South Carolina, became his wife. His daughter, Lydia J., married to L. D. DOTY and still lives in this city, while the daughter Ida lives in or near Chicago with her daughter, Lulu FLENNER. Ida became the wife of C. F. GUNCKEL, who is now dead.

from: Centennial History of Butler County, Ohio edited by Hon. Bert S. Bartlow, W. H. Todhunter, Stephen D. Cone, Joseph J. Pater, Frederick Schneider and others, B. F. Bowen & Co., publishers 1905. pages 286-287.


86. Abigail5 Vail  (Stephen4Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born April 14, 1742 in Green Brook, Somerset New Jersey, and died Bef. 1809 in Redstone, Fayette, Pennsylvania. She married Thomas FitzRandolph November 23, 1763 in Plainfield, New Jersey, son of Richard FitzRandolph and Elizabeth Corlies. He was born December 21, 1740 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and died July 21, 1801 in Redstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. 

Notes

Thomas FitzRandolph:

He and Abigail (5) came to Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, with Abigail's brother "Black Abraham" (5) Vail circ. 1790.

Children of Abigail Vail and Thomas FitzRandolph are:
  343 i. Phebe6 FitzRandolph.
  344 ii. Elizabrth FitzRandolph.
  345 iii. Edward FitzRandolph.
  346 iv. Thomas FitzRandolph.
  347 v. Catherine FitzRandolph.
  348 vi. Richard FitzRandolph, born December 17, 1769 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey; died 1854 in Redstone, Fayette, PA,. He married Lydia Mackey.
+ 349 vii. Stephen FitzRandolph, born February 17, 1772 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey; died September 16, 1849.


87. Abraham5 Vail  (Stephen4Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born June 12, 1744 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey, and died Bef. January 10, 1840 in Menallen T'w'p., Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. He married Margaret FitzRandolph August 28, 1766 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, daughter of Robert FitzRandolph and Catherine Taylor. She was born March 11, 1743/44.

Notes

Abraham Vail:

Abraham (5) Vail, "Black Abraham," and his family settled in the Redstone district of Fayette County, Penn'a, in about 1790-'93, and he lived there till the time of his death. Here he became a member of the Westland Meeting bringing from the Rahway and Plainfield M. M. a certificate dated 4 July, 1793, for his wife, Margaret, and himself together with their children Benjamin and Mary, both then of age and clear with respect to marriage engagements, and their younger children Margaret, Samuel, Stephen, Catherine, and Taylor Vail.

WILL OF ABRAHAM (5) VAIL

      His Will is dated 20 May, 1833; was not probated till 10 January, 1840, and is on file in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

      In his Will he makes no mention of his wife so the assumption is that she had died before he drew up that document.

      He is "of the Township of Menallen, County of Fayette, being far advanced in life"; mentions separately his sons Benjamin and Robert, saying that he had "given them their share in full." To his son Samuel (6) Vail he gives land adjoining Jeremiah Piersol. To his youngest son, Taylor (6) Vail he gives the remainder of lands in Menallen Township, adjoining lands of John Wood, Charles McCormack and others. He has already given his son Stephen (6) his share, as also to his daughter Catherine Davis. He gives to Charles (7) Vail, son of Samuel (6), and to his sister Priscilla Pile. Likewise to his grand-daughter Mercy Cope, daughter of Samuel Cope. To Margaret, daughter of Samuel (6), Abraham makes a special legacy, and then follows -- "the six following persons being grandchildren and children of son Samuel, (i. e.) Joel, Jesse, Edward, Agnes, Lydia and Abraham." His friends Samuel Cope, Jr., and Dorsey Cope are named as full Executors. The witnesses are Jeremiah Piersol, Job Wheatley and Samuel Cope.

Abraham Vail and Margaret FitzRandolph:
Marriage: August 28, 1766, Woodbridge, New Jersey
     
Children of Abraham Vail and Margaret FitzRandolph are:

  350 i. Mary6 Vail. She married Jesse Ball.
  Mary Vail:
She is not mentioned in her father's will, and probably had died before that time.
  351 ii. Robert Vail. He married Sarah Thorn.
  Robert Vail:
is not mentioned in the Certificate of the Rahway and Plainfield Meeting already noted. It is possible that he did not come to Fayette County with his parents. His father mentions him in his will as having "had his share."

  352 iii. Samuel Vail, born in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey. He married (1) Agnes Grissell. He married (2) Elizabeth Grissell.
  Samuel Vail:
He was of Menallen Township when he made his Will, which is dated 25 December, 1854, and proved 8 May, 1865, and it is probable that he still lived on the land he inherited from his father. He calls himself "far advanced in years" when he made his Will. He bequeaths to his wife Elizabeth and to his children, thus; -- his sons Joel (7) Vail and Jesse (7) Vail; to the children of his daughter Priscilla Pile, viz., Hannah, Agnes, Charles, and Albert Pile "who now reside in Morgan County, Ohio, -- to his daughters Hannah Richardson, Mercy Cope, Margaret McGrew, Agnes Frazier and Lydia Vail. Lydia (7) Vail was to have a home with her mother. The homestead was left to Samuel's two sons Edward (7) Vail and Abraham (7) Vail, who were also to care for their mother Elizabeth; and these two sons were named as Executors.
  353 iv. Stephen Vail.
  354 v. Catherine Vail.
  Catherine Vail:
Mentioned as Catherine Davis in her father's will. No mention of children; nearly seven years elapsed between the making of the will of Abraham (5) Vail and its probate, and there may, of course, have been numerous children.

  355 vi. Benjamin Vail, born 1767. He married (1) Rebecca Webster in Ohio. He married (2) Hannah Fawcett Fernley.
+ 356 vii. Taylor Vail, born 1784; died 1866.


89. Samuel5 Vail  (Stephen4Samuel3, Samuel2, Thomas1) was born August 23, 1754 in Greenbrook, Somerset, New Jersey, U.S.A., and died April 12, 1846 in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, U.S.A.. He married Deziah Jennings November 06, 1775 in Somerset, NJ, daughter of Isaac Jennings and Sarah Vail. She was born June 14, 1758 in Hunterdon, County, NJ, and died July 20, 1828 in Butler County, Ohio, U.S.A.

Notes

Samuel Vail:

Burial: Clawson Cemetery, Princeton, Butler Co. Ohio

Deziah Jennings:

Deziah was thought to be one of the heirs of the Jennings estate of England. The legacy amounted to about 44 million dollars and has been in probate near a century, and not known to be settled yet.

Children of Samuel Vail and Deziah Jennings are:

+ 357 i. Isaac6 Vail, born February 17, 1777 in New Jersey.
  358 ii. Stephen Vail, born March 07, 1779 in New Jersey; died September 27, 1845. He married Elizabeth Craig; born Abt. 1783 in New Jersey.
  359 iii. Huldah Vail, born April 25, 1781 in New Jersey. She married James Marshal; born Abt. 1777 in New Jersey.
+ 360 iv. Henry Washington Vail, born May 09, 1783 in New Jersey; died November 14, 1831 in Butler County, Ohio, U.S.A..
+ 361 v. Thomas Vail, born May 26, 1785 in Green Brook, Somerset County New Jersey; died February 26, 1873 in Industry, McDonough County, Illinois, U.S.A..
+ 362 vi. Peter Jennings Vail, born February 06, 1788 in Virginia; died August 23, 1859.
  363 vii. Samuel Vail, born November 25, 1789; died December 15, 1833 in Westchester County, New York. He married Margaret Russell WFT Est. 1796-1840; born WFT Est. 1775-1809; died January 18, 1841 in Westchester County, New York.

  Samuel Vail:

Burial (From Charles Rockett, on the Westchester County GENWEB)

In Anderson Grounds on King St(Rye/Portchester), I find a Samuel VAIL,d.12/15/1833,age 44/00/20 and his wife Margeret,d.1/18/1841,age48/11/00.

+ 364 viii. James A. Vail, born February 06, 1792 in Pennsylvania; died July 07, 1871 in Montgomery County, Indiana.
+ 365 ix. Abraham Vail, born September 02, 1794 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died August 21, 1874 in Illinois.
  366 x. Sarah Vail, born September 02, 1797 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died February 02, 1820. She married Oath Long March 02, 1815 in Butler County, Ohio; born Abt. 1792 in Butler County, Ohio, U.S.A..
+ 367 xi. Rebecca Vail, born November 12, 1798 in Pennsylvania; died 1869.
  368 xii. Esther Vail, born May 06, 1801 in Ohio; died April 01, 1829. She married John Gungle April 09, 1822 in Butler County, Ohio; born Abt. 1797 in Ohio.
+ 369 xiii. Phebe Vail, born August 19, 1805 in Ohio.