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Jeremiah Vail

Also Known As: "veale", "vaille", "vaill", "vaile", "Veale/Vayle/Vail/ Vele (Veal", "Veale)"
Birthplace: Norfolk, Norwich, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Southold, Suffolk County (Long Island), Province of New York, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Vail, Sr and Alice Veale (Moore)
Husband of Catherine Vail; Abigail Vail; Rejoice Vail and Mary Vail
Father of Joseph Vail; Abigail Vale; Sarah Moore; Jeremiah Vail, Jr.; Catherine Vail and 5 others
Brother of Jeremiah Vail; John Vail, Jr; Thomas Vail, Sr. and Daniel Vail

Managed by: Ken Jon Schonberg
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About Jeremiah Vail

Alternate death date 1707.

Jeremiah Vail, born Abt. 1618 in probably in the west of England; died Bet. 1685 - 1687 in Southold, Long Island, New York564. He was the son of Jeremiah Vail. He married 453. Mary Folger May 24, 1660 in probably Southold, Long Island, New York

In 1639 Salem had become the largest town in America occupied by people speaking the English tongue. There were then but ten or a dozen scattered groups of white settlers on the whole Atlantic coast, and Salem had about one thousand inhabitants. Among them there was a blacksmith named Jeremiah Vail. This was our first ancestor. We do not know by what ship he came nor the port from which he sailed. There is evidence to show that he was English and not Welsh. He had a wife named Catharine and she had their first three children in Salem.He joined with his fellow-settlers in the struggle for existence in the forest-clad hills. He aided to clear the forests, to build houses, to make roads and to fight Indians.

From 1653 until 1655 Jeremiah Vail superintended the farm work on Gardiner's Island and was occupied in reducing to cultivation that wooded waste of land. On February 12, 1655, by action of the town of Easthampton, it was "Ordered that Jeremiah Vaile shall have the Lott adjoining to Joshua Garlick Reserved for him till his time be expired with Mr. Gardiner." This lot was opposite the present site of the Presbyterian church in Easthampton, and there beside his neighbor, Goodman Garlick, he lived with his family for four years, 1655-59. Goody Garlick, the wife of Joshua Garlick, had the misfortune to be accused as a witch, and in February, 1657, had her trial in Easthampton. There was much of the usual testimony given in such cases, tending to show that Goodwife Garlick had exerted some mysterious evil influence upon certain ill persons and weak-minded children; but Goodman Vail and his wife appeared as witnesses in her behalf, and his testimony tended to show that the supposed supernatural events came from simple and ordinary physical causes.4 When the belief in witchcraft was so strong and terrifying it is worthy of notice that Jeremiah Vail showed a sound head and a good heart. As for Goody Garlick, the Easthampton authorities, after taking much rambling and incoherent evidence which was gravely recorded in the town books, concluded that their wisdom and experience were not sufficient for so important a case, and they sent her in March for trial to the authorities at New Haven, Ct. Under the town laws witchcraft was subject to the death penalty.

The printed books containing records of the early towns on Long Island and the records of the several colonies have furnished many scattered facts relating to the life-work of this, our earliest ancestor in America. The material is scanty; but it is sufficient to delineate him as a strong, industrious, prudent, God-fearing man. The settlers of Southold were Puritans in full accord with the colony of New Haven. The church, as organized by the Puritans, was a power in the land. Settlers in the town were not admitted to the full rights of citizenship unless they were fitted for church membership. The church was supported by rates or taxes collected from all townsmen. He was diligent and careful in his business, capable of strong friendship, not quarrelsome or litigious. In no case is he recorded in taking a personal part in civil or religious strife. He appears of record at the witch-trial at Easthampton as "Goodman Vaile," and he seems to have honored this title. There is ample evidence that his immediate descendants honored his name, since in the five succeeding generations the eldest son was named Jeremiah.

Children of Jeremiah Vail are:

Jeremiah Vail, born Abt. 1618 in probably in the west of England; died Bet. 1685 - 1687 in Southold, Long Island, New York; married (1) Catharine XXXX Bet. 1636 - 1644 in England; married (2) Mary Folger May 24, 1660 in probably Southold, Long Island, New York; married (3) Joyce Rejoice XXXX Bef. 1685.

Thomas Vail

First record: He was a resident of Salem as early as 1639 and on July 24 of that year was a witness in court held there. Spouses:

1) Catherine (___), probably in the New World in the early 1640's. She was likely born about the same time as Jeremiah, about 1618, to possibly as late as 1624 (20 years before date of birth of oldest known child.) First recorded child born May 18, 1644, Salem. She died between 1649-1660, probably aged 25-42. (1649 was the date of birth of the last child ascribed to her, 1660 is the date when Jeremiah remarried.)

2) Mary Folger, widow of Peter Paine, on May 24, 1660 in Southold, Long Island, New York. Mary Folger was probably the daughter of John Folger and Meribiah Gibbs of Nantucket and is likely the great-aunt of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin is a grandchild of a Peter Folger, a brother of Mary Folger. This identity is not given in the Vail Genealogy. Torrey gives her maiden name as Folger. Mary was likely born by 1618-1630. She had five children with Jeremiah after 1660. I'm not aware of any children she had from her first marriage; but it's quite possible that descendants of her Vail kids are half cousins to any that she may have had from her Paine/Payne marriage. She must have died before 1685, the estimated date of Jeremiah's third marriage given by the Vail genealogy and also by Torrey. If born in 1630, she would have been about 50 and her five children would have all been under 25 at the time she died. See TAG 38:183.

3) Joyce/Rejoice (___), before 1685. They were only married a short time, as he died in 1687.

Occupation: Blacksmith. Death: In 1687, while living in Southold, Long Island, New York.

Will / Estate: His will, made December 4, 1685, was probated October 19, 1687. I have not located a copy yet.

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Jeremiah Vail's Timeline

Norfolk, Norwich, England, (Present UK)
Age 29
England, (Present UK)
May 18, 1645
Age 35
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 21, 1647
Age 37
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
October 30, 1649
Age 39
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 51
Southold, Suffolk, New York, United States
Age 53
Southold, Long Island, Province of New York
Age 55
Southold, Suffolk, NY, USA
Age 57
Southold, Suffolk, NY, USA