Born: October 6, 1818, Southold, Long Island, New York.
Died: May 20, 1883, Brooklyn, New York.
Buried: Riverhead Cemetery, Riverhead, New York.
Silas was the husband of Julia O. Hill.
A hatter by trade, he wrote a large number of songs for Philip Phillips, who was the first to publish Vail’s compositions.
If you know where to get a good photo of Vail (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),