Abraham Vandal’s Family

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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.

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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.

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