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William Vinal

  • Birth 29 Sep 1762 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 21 Jan 1821 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 21756827

William Vinal, was born in Boston, in 1762, and was among those who settled here previous to 1786. He owned a large tract of land here which he purchased from a Mr. Philbrooks, and he also owned land on the North Island where he lived several years. His first wife was Peggy Wooster, by whom he had three children, John, William, and David. (The latter enlisted in the United States service in the war of 1812, and died in the hospital at Burlington, Canada, in 1814.) His wife died in 1791, and seven years later he married Penelope Dyer, and they had two children, Peggy and Charlotte. He was a man of decided ability and was a justice of the peace as early as 1785. It was under his warrant that the first town meeting was held. He was also a member of the board of selectmen a number of years, and in 1801 was elected to the General Court, the first representative from this town. In later life he was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hancock County. He died at his father's house in Boston, January 21st, 1821. His real estate here was divided between his two sons, John, born 1788, and William, Jr., born 1789.

From: A Brief Historical Sketch of the town of Vinalhaven, first published by The Free Press Office of Rockland, Maine in 1889. By the Centennial Committee: O. P. Lyons, L. W. Smith, T. G. Libby, George Roberts, and D. H. Glidden, with an addition by Albra J. (Vinal) Smith in 1900.

this little book has over 25 references of William Vinal, and there is too much info. to put here.

Aged 59 years at time of passing.

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59yrs, of Vinal Haven, ME.

Gravesite Details Plot # 32





  • Maintained by: L Evans
  • Originally Created by: The Guardian
  • Added: 25 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21756827
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Vinal (29 Sep 1762–21 Jan 1821), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21756827, citing Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by L Evans (contributor 47540766) .