Benjamin Vail1

M, b. 1706, d. before 8 November 1784
FatherJohn Vail b. 1663, d. 18 Aug 1737
MotherGrace Braddick b. 1666, d. 18 May 1751
     Benjamin was born in 1706 in the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Benjamin married Mary Paine, daughter of Father (?) Paine and Mother (?) (?), on 16 December 1731 in the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.2 He made his will 13 July 1752 at Goshen, Orange County, New York.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin Vail, of the Precinct of Goshen, Orange County, being sick and weak, do this 13th day of July, 1782, make this my last will. I leave to my son, William Vail, œ50 and two cows; and likewise my "close" to be divided betwixt William Vail, John Vail and Alsop Vail, son of my son Benjamin. To my daughter, Marcy Pain, œ10 within two years after my decease. To my son Benjamin ten shillings. To my daughter, Lydia Vail, two fether beds, and bedsteds and cords and beding thereto, and at her decease one of the beds and equal part of the beding to go to Lydia Vail, daughter of my son John; also to my said daughter Lydia one side saddle, one looking glass with all the household furniture belonging thereto. To my daughter, Marcy Pain, one third of her mothers waring apparel and the remainder to my daughter Lydia and at her decease the same to be equally divided betwixt my son Benjamin Vail's two eldest daughters and my son John Vail's three eldest daughters; and at my daughter Lydia's decease the household furniture to be divided betwixt William Vail, Benjamin Vail, John Vail and Marcy Pain. Likewise to my daughter, Lydia Vail, œ10 to be paid my son John if she should call for it. To my son John my farm or Plantation, dwelling house and barn for him to enter into the full possession thereof at my decease, the said farm being in the County of Orange and Precinct of Goshen. I order that John shall pay to my son William œ50 in two years after my decease, and to my son Benjamin ten shillings and to my daughter, Marcy Pain, œ10. Before signing it is my will that all the stock or said farm, farming utensils and all things belonging to me not mentioned, are to go to my son John.
Witnesses, William Wickham, of Goshen, yeoman; John Garey, William Jackson.3

Benjamin departed this life in Goshen, Orange County, New York. His will was probated on 8 November 1784. It was confirmed, New York, 6 December 1784. His will was probated on 8 November 1784.


Mary Paine d. b 1782


  1. [S464] Henry Hobart Vail, Genealogy of some of the Vail family descended from Jeremiah Vail at Salem, Mass., 1639, pages 40-41 - Benjamin 'John. Jeremiah t), b. about 1709 at Southold, L. I.; rn. 16 Dec., 1731, Mary Paine, (probably) dau. of John Paine and Jemima Alsop. He d. in 1784.
    After his marriage Benjamin Vail removed from Southold to Goshen, Orange Co., N. Y. A church record at Southold reads, "Sent to the wife of Benjamin Vail at Goshen, sister of the late widow Salmon as a legacie £6." This is evidence of the action of the executors of the will of Mrs. Lydia Salmon, who was Lydia Paine. It establishes the identity of the Benjamin Vail of Goshen with the one born at Southold who married Mary Paine. A private record kept by William Salmon of Southold from 1695 to 1750 affords the only available marriage and death dates for many of the early residents of Southold during those years. It is known as the Salmon Record and is in the possession of Mr. N. Hubbard Cleveland, who kindly copied for me the dates given for the Vails. In this record there are two dates relating to this Benjamin Vail,-his marriage date as above and the death of his wife, October 2, 1788.
    The will of Benjamin Vail of Goshen, Orange Co., N. Y., bears date July 13,1782, and was probated November 8, 1784. It is re-corded in New York Wills, Liber 37, p. 309. He names children, William, John, Mary, Benjamin and Lydia; grandchildren, Lydia, dau. of John and grandson, Alsop. Children: Mary; m. Capt. John Paine of Long Island. Their dau. m. Capt. Joseph Conklin. Mary d. 23 Jan., 1783; William; b. 1761; m. Phebe Vail, dau. of Josiah Vail,-his cousin;
    Benjamin; m. Elizabeth Stillwell; killed at the battle of Minnisink; John; m. Mary Youngs; d. about 1€1.6; Lydia;unmarried at date of will.
  2. [S181] William Salmon, The Salmon Records, a Private Registar of Marriages & Deaths of the Residents of the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, N.Y., and of persons more or less closely associated with that place, 1696-1811., page 128 - 16 December 1731 Benamin Vail & Mary Pain; a few pages earlier - 7 December 1721 John Salmon & Lidiah Pain.
  3. [S506] Note: of Wills, Volume XIII [1784-1786]: page 58.