Sarah Vail

29 June 1818–14 July 1917 (Age 99)
Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Sarah

When Sarah Vail was born on 29 June 1818, in Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States, her father, John Vail, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Edwards, was 27. She married Edmund Wheeler Howell on 5 October 1836, in Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 1 years and Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 14 July 1917, in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 99, and was buried in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edmund Wheeler Howell
Sarah Vail
Marriage: 5 October 1836
Elias Willis Howell
Harriet Moriah Howell
George Edward Howell
Mary Lovina Howell
Emily Ann Howell
Sarah Elizabeth Howell
Ashley Howell
Ophelia Ann Howell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 October 1836Riverhead, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 1
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 9
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 28
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name from Old French de la veille ‘of the watch, watchman’, with loss of de; compare Wake . There has been some confusion with the topographic name Vale and the nickname Veal .Scottish: shortened and altered form of McPhail , Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phàil ‘son of Paul’.Irish: variant of Veale .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Elias Willis Howell

    Elias Willis Howell was born on April 29 1837, at Riverhead, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Edmond Wheeler and Sarah Vail Howell. Elias’s mother joined the L.D.S Church in 1842, one y …

    Sources (52)

    • Sarah Howell in household of Edmond Howell, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Sarah Vail in entry for Celestia Melissa Peterson, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Sarah H Terry, "United States Census, 1910"

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