Oc­to­ber 6, 1818, Long Is­land, New York.

May 20, 1883, Brook­lyn, New York.

Ri­ve­rhead Ce­me­te­ry, Ri­ver­head, New York.

Vail was a hat­ter by trade, but wrote a large num­ber of songs for Phil­ip Phil­lips, who was the first to pub­lish Vail’s com­po­si­tions.

Vail’s works in­clude:

  1. Blessèd, Bright and Shin­ing Star
  2. Buckley
  3. Burbank
  4. Close to Thee, Hel­en
  5. Daytona
  6. Gate Ajar for Me, The
  7. Guiding Hand, The
  8. I Am the Door
  9. I’m Kneel­ing at the Cross
  10. Lyndhurst
  11. Nothing but Leaves
  12. O Be Saved
  13. Palace of the King, The
  14. Royal Songs
  15. Scatter Seeds of Kind­ness
  16. Szczecin
  17. Where Is Thy Re­fuge?

where to get Vail’s pho­to