Select Quayle Miscellany

Here are some Quayle stories and accounts over the years:

Quayle and Manx Surnames

There were 8,870 heads of household recorded in the Isle of Man census in 1881.  The following were the five leading family names at that time:


At that time, the Isle of Man accounted for 60 percent of all the Quayles in the United Kingdom.  Another 25 percent were to be found in Lancashire and the balance of 15 percent elsewhere. 

George Quayle and the Peggy

The Nautical Museum at Castletown on the Isle of Man holds as its main attraction the 18th century yacht named Peggy.  Built in 1789, its was the love of George Quayle, a lively and inventive man.  The Quayle family of Bridge House and Crogga were a prominent Manx family then living in the capital of the island, Castletown.  The Peggy, named after George Quayle's mother, was launched into Castletown harbor in 1791. From this harbor she saw many years of smuggling and trade.  In 1796 she sailed to England and then was brought over land to Lake Windermere to participate in a regatta.  She barely made it home through rough seas.

Not long after George Quayle's mother died, he locked the Peggy up in her boathouse for the last time. There she would lay for almost a hundred years until re-discovered in 1935, still in the boathouse.   George Quayle had led such a life of mystery that none would dare enter his boathouse or rooms until his last family member had died.  The boathouse had been bricked up and forgotten before being rediscovered by workmen.

Thomas Quayle and The Manx Breed of Cattle

Manx cattle became extinct about 1815.  Manx people called them boaghans.  A description of these animals was made by Thomas Quayle in his General View of Agriculture in the Isle of Man, written in 1812 for the British Government in London.

"The original Manx breed of cattle were low, deep-chested, hardy animals, of a dingy black, often with the ridge of the back and ears brown or wholly of a dark brown color, having seldom white or light colored spots.  They were short jointed, but not full at the hind quarter.  The horn was very thick at the root and rather curving upwards.  They gave rich mills, but in small quantities.  They were easy to feed and to fat, although not of early maturity.  It would seem a breed well adapted to the climate and the then state of culture.

From the influx of a variety of other breeds, this original race is disappearing."

Manxmen in Ohio

It was in 1826 that the first Manxmen arrived in what was then called the Western reserve in Ohio.  Three Manx families had started off on this pioneering journey.  After a voyage of seven weeks in a sailing vessel, they landed in New York and thence made their way visa the Erie Canal and Lake Erie to Cleveland, then a small town of only six hundred inhabitants.

Warrensville was selected as the most desirable place to buy farms; and soon the area was swarming with Manxmen.  Almost every farm for miles around was owned by a Manxman.

Quayles were not among the initial families which came.  But they soon arrived.  Thomas Quayle, who afterwards became a noted shipbuilder on the Great Lakes, arrived with his parents in a party of fifty Manx people in 1827.  He married Isabelle Kelly, a Manx lady, three years later.  Then came Robert Quayle, considered, because of his work with Manx festivals, to be "one of the most poplular Manxmen who ever lived in Cleveland."  John Quayle married a Mary Corlett there and John K. Quayle an Agnes Halbeall.

John Quayle and the Mormon Call

The first Manx Mormon emigrants departed from Liverpool on the Rochester in 1841.  They included John Quayle and his wife Catherine.  Their son Thomas was to recall forty years later:

"When the missionary John Taylor told my father that in America a farm could be had for the clearing and fencing of the land, he was greatly interested.  He inquired more deeply into the new religion and found it to his liking.  He invited the missionaries to stay in our house and became the first and firmest convert in our parish. John's conversion led rapidly to his emigration.  However, his wife Catherine was an unhappy emigrant, upset by the pressures from the missionaries to leave.

There are three things that I can remember about our departure: my mother's tears, my father's hopes, and the lights of Liverpool Quay."

John Quayle's reaction was not uncommon.  Most British Mormon converts were poor.  As Nauvoo was made to sound like the Garden of Eden they eagerly responded to the call to emigrate.  And the 1840's was the hungry decade, with poor harvests, potato famine, and industrial depression.

An Adventurous Quayle Family

Like all Quayles, their roots were Manx, but Charles H. Quayle had been born in Bolton in the 1820's.  He emigrated to upstate New York when he was young.  After he married he lived for a while in the Caribbean, Trinidad de Cuba, before returning to England in the 1870's.  Charles was said to have been a sea captain in the Caribbean, but back in England he worked as an engineer.

Sons Daniel and John left England to work on the Panama Canal.  They subsequently became US citizens.  

Dan Quayle and the Media

Throughout his time as US Vice President, Dan Quayle was widely criticized in the media for being an intellectual lightweight.  His way with words in fact contributed to a general impression of incompetence.

Dan Quayle's most famous blunder was when he corrected William Figueroa's correct spelling of "potato" to "potatoe" at an elementary school spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey.  The following were some of his verbal statements which the press picked upon:

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind.  Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful.  How true that is."

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."

"It isn't pollution that is harming the environment.  It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."  

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