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Isaac Vale

  • Born: 1 Feb 1813, Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania
  • Marriage: Mary Ann Walker on 26 Oct 1837 in Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania
  • Died: 9 Nov 1903, Webber, Jewell County, Kansas at age 90
  • Buried: Friends Cemetery, McNabb, Putnam County, Illinois

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census, 1840, Pennsylvania, Washington County, West Pike Run Township, Page 5 of 23.

Census, 1850, Pennsylvania, Washington County, West Pikerun Township, Roll 834 Book 1, Page 290a. Age 37 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1860, Illinois, La Salle County, Eagle Township, Galloway Post Office, Roll 197 Book 1, Page 1218. Age 47 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1870, Illinois, La Salle County, Richland Township, Lostant Post Office, Roll 244 Book 1, Page 672a. Age 55 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1880, Illinois, La Salle County, Hope Township, Roll 223 Book 1, Page 260a. Age 67 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1895, Kansas State Census Collection, Jewell County, Jackson Township, Webber Post Office, Image 55 of 91. Age 82 yrs.

Census, 1900, Kansas, Jewell County, Jackson Township, Roll 484 Book 1, page 171a. Age 87 yrs.

Obituary, Nov 1903. Isaac Vale died at his home near Webber, Jewell County, Kansas, on Nov. 9th, 1903, at the remarkable age of 90 years, 9 months and 8 days. The burial was at the Friends Cemetery at Clear Creek, Putnam County, Illinois, where rest the remains of his wife, his son Nathan, and his mother Martha C. Vale.

Isaac Vale was born in York County, Pennsylvania, on February 1st, 1813. On October 26th, 1837, he was married to Mary Ann Walker, with whom he lived in happiness until her death 61 years later. From York county they moved to Washington County, Pa., where he held various public offices and is yet remembered there as an anti-slavery leader and underground railroad worker. In 1854 he visited Clear Creek, Ill., and contrary to custom at that time ventured out on the open prairie, purchasing the eighty acres of land three miles northeast of Lostant on which he afterwards made a home.

He moved from Pennsylvania in 1856 to Putnam County, Ill., and in 1859, having erected a residence on the land, removed thence. Then the work of a pioneer developing a western farm, providing for a large family, and giving the incidental help for a growing community, was courageously begun and carried out, both as a successful farmer and a patriotic citizen. He was for many years Supervisor of Richland township, and also secured the passage of a special road law by the Legislature for grading the roads of that township. No worthy appeal to him from the unfortunate or dependent for help was ever passed by him undeeded.

In 1875 he moved to the new home four miles west of Lostant, and from thence in 1888 to Webber, Kansas, to be near their children. Always cheerful and uncomplaining, he had a kindly word for every body.
Retaining his facilities remarkably clear, he took a delight in traveling, and for many years past has regularly attended Friends Yearly Meeting at Clear Creek; and in company with his son Walker (?) this meeting in September last, traveling about one thousand miles. He made over fifty family records, usually giving the address, continuing it to this year. That of the Vale family began over 160 years ago, commencing at Warrington Meeting in York County, Pa.

In addition to the children herein after named, there were born to Isaac and Mary Ann Vale the following: - John C. died in the civil war, his grave being among the "unknown" in the Nashville National Cemetery. Nathan C. died in 1898. Mary E. Gunn of Webber, Kansas, and Annie E. Sidwell of Viola, Ill., were unavoidably detained from the funeral by sickness. The following came with the remains to attend the last sad rites of burial; A. Walker Vale, wife and daughter Temple; Eli Vale, wife and daughter Luella from Webber, Kan.; R. Amos Vale and son Frank from Attica, Kan.; Henry Sidwell Viola, Ill.; and I Edwin Vale and son W. Lloyd from Indianola, Iowa.

The funeral services were held at the new Yearly Meeting House, Abel Mills and Isaac P. Wierman presenting the Word of Truth, and speaking tenderly of long friendships of themselves and many others present with the deceased; of his true, unselfish, Christian life and character and of his life long evidences in daily living and dealings among men, that he truly had been led by the Spirit of the Master.

"And his works to follow him."


Isaac married Mary Ann Walker, daughter of Asahel Walker and Mary Vale, on 26 Oct 1837 in Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania. (Mary Ann Walker was born on 16 Mar 1816 in Warrington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, died on 2 May 1899 in Webber, Jewell County, Kansas and was buried in Friends Cemetery, McNabb, Putnam County, Illinois.)

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