| || Notes for 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."