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Quakers do not, in general, practice ordination, although some have the office of minister, so it is not clear John was ever titled Reverand in his lifetime. He held Quaker offices and was recognized as a talented speaker and preacher.
John was a carpenter and builder who participated in raising many Quaker meeting houses. Sometimes his occupation is given as "Quaker preacher."
His middle initial may be spurious. He is called "Sr." by some writers to distinguish him from younger nephews and his son, but it is not clear this was ever used by him in life.
Relationship to Lars: great x6 grandfather
Relationship to Thomas Vail, The Immigrant: grandson
Affines: Martha Fitz Randolph
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