Abraham Vandal was born in Dutchess County, New York on September
27, 1758. His Dutch birth name was Wendell but when he served in the
Revolutionary Army they always referred to him as Vandal so he
adopted that spelling. He fought with General George Washington at
the Battles of White Plains and Long Island and after the war moved to
what is now West Virginia.
Wayne Vandal Masterson, in his retirement in 1973, began compiling a
record of the descendants of Abraham Vandal and encouraged those
still living to recognize their common ancestry by holding a family
reunion in honor of Abraham and his wife Mary Dillon. Since Abraham
and Mary lived in Fayetteville, West Virginia and were buried in the
Westlake Cemetery in Ansted, West Virginia many of the reunions are
held near Fayetteville every two years but also in other locations in the
country where ever there is a high concentration of Vandal families.
This web site is dedicated to maintaining the family interest and pride
in our Revolutionary War hero, Abraham Vandal. Over the years the
spelling of the Vandal name has been modified by different families to
Vandall, Vandale, Vandel, Vandell, Van-Del and Vandle but we are all
descendants of Abraham and Mary Dillon Vandal.
There are Canadian Vandals who immigrated from France that are not related to
the West Virginia Vandals as far as we can tell. They can research their family by
going to their web site run by David Savignac.