Vinal was my great-grandfather. He and my great-grandmother, Nettie, had at least 6 children (maybe more?), namely, Harvard, Elmer, Velora, Robeana, Virginia, and Alston (my grandfather). Alston had three children, Alston, Jr., David (my father), and Allison Beal. I am one of four children from David Beal. I have nine wonderful cousins from Aunt Allison Beal Fletcher.
I was fascinated to learn the family tree all the way back to our family's beginnings in Maine and especially Beal's Island. I'm happy to know that we are direct descendents of Manwarren Beal and Lydia Welch the founders of Beal's Island.
Vinal was a lighthouse keeper for many years and he and Nettie served at various stations up and down the coast of Maine. We have wonderful family stories of how they raised their children on the barren, isolated and sea-soaked Mount Desert Rock while tending the light there.
Thank you to all who have provided these links to our family history. What a gift!
Heidi (Beal) Staab