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HALE, hal, Welsh, a moor; bayle, a salt water river. The name is variously spelled in early New England records as Heald, Heale, Healle, Hale, Halle, Hail, Haille, Haule, etc. Descendants of John Heald, with whom this sketch begins, who stayed in the vicinity of Concord, retained the spelling Heald, while those who went to other localities used variations. [1] The Hale families of Kent have existed since the reign of Edward III and, early in the thirteenth century, were numerous in Hertfordshire. [2]

I. John HEALD came from Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England. The coat of arms ascribed to him is described in Crozier's General Armory. He was, with Reverend Peter Bulkeley, Elder John Jones and others, a first settler at Concord, Massachusetts, in 1635, which was only fifteen years after the first colony in New England arrived. He was made freeman 2 June 1641 [3], and in 1655 owned four pieces of land comprising eighty six acres. [4]

His wife was Dorothy ANDREWS [5], called by one writer [6] a second wife, who survived him. He died 24 May 1662 [7], at Concord, where his will, made five weeks previously, was admitted to probate on 16 June of that year. [8]

Some of his CHILDREN may have been born in England. The number ascribed to him varies from nine to fourteen. As named by various writers they are as follows:

  1. John; married 10 June 1661, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Dane, or Dean, of Concord. She died 22 July 1689, and John 22 June, previous [9] They lived at Chelmsford and were the parents of at least five children. He was a sergeant under Major Simon Willard in King Philip's War, 1675 and 1676. [10]
  2. Timothy; married 26 November 1663, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Jane Barber, early of Windsor. [11] She was baptized 19 July 1646. They settled on her father's land in Windsor, but in 1679 they moved to Suffield where the name frequently appears as Haile. [12] Of his sons, Thomas lived at Springfield, Josiah at Brookfield, and Timothy and Samuel at Suffield. All wrote the name Hale, though sometimes with double "l." [13] There were five sons and two or three daughters. He died 22 April 1725.
  3. Hannah; married 18 May 1658, John Spalding. She died 14 August 1689. [14]
  4. Doras (Dorcas), born at Concord 22 May 1645; died 1 March 1650.
  5. Gershom, born at Concord 23 March 1647; married Ann VINTON.
  6. Dorothy, born 16 October 1649.
  7. Thomas, born 19 January 1651; died 22 April 1725; married (1) 18 November 1675, Priscilla, daughter of William and Priscilla Markham, weaver of Hartford and Hadley. [15] She was born 25 July 1654; died 15 April 1712. [16] He married (2) Sarah (Patch) Osborn. There were five sons. He lived at Hadley and Enfield. He was a deacon, [17] and probably a weaver.
  8. Isaac, born 1656; married 1697 Elizabeth; died 1717. He had sons Jonathan and Joseph, and only daughter Mary Snow. [18]
  9. Israel, born 30 July 1660; died 8 September 1738; married Martha Wright, who died 14 June 1746. They lived at Stow, Massachusetts, changing his name about the time of his arrival there to Hale. Brothers, sisters, and children have written it variously "Hailed ... .. Healed," "Haild" and "Hale." There were two daughters and three sons.
  10. Amos.
  11. Ebenezer.
  12. Samuel.
  13. Ephraim.
  14. Benjamin.

These last five are added by some writers [19], but data seems lacking. Of the other sons, Gershom, Isaac, and Israel "Heale" were taxed at Stow, under Governor Andros in 1688. [20]

Gershom Hale

II. Gershom HEALD, born at Concord, Massachusetts, 23 March 1647 [21], was married there on 6 May 1673 [22], to Ann, daughter of John and Ann Eleanor Moore, immigrants to Lynn, Massachusetts. She was born 4 April 1656, at Lynn [23], and died at Springfield, Massachusetts, 4 September 1698, soon after the birth of her son Benjamin [24]. Just when Gershom and Ann Hale left Concord is uncertain, but it was likely soon after the birth of Gershom, Jr., in 1684. Their daughter Ruth was born in Stow, 19 December 1687 [25], where Gershom and brothers were taxed the following year. A deed of transfer of land at Stow bears his signature as "Held." His brother, Deacon Thomas Hale of Hadley and Enfield, signed a deed in 1678 as "Haile," writing it also frequently as "Heal" and "Hele."

In 1698, a son was born to Gershom and Ann Hale at Springfield [26], Massachusetts, and the mother died. At a meeting of the town of Springfield, 11 March 1700, he "moved to the town to grant him 20 acres of land on the South side of Agawam, upon the feeding bill below Isaac ffrost's Land." [27] This was confirmed to him 10 March 1710, three years after land was granted to him and to his son Gershom, at West Springfield. [28] In the latter record their names are spelled "Hail," so it seems a member of this family may have a wide choice.

A list, made on the day the West Springfield grant was made, 7 August 1707, of "every male person there is in the twenty ist year of his age," contains the names of the two Gershoms and a John Hail. In a division of land same day, the name is recorded "Haill." A document bearing date of 19 April 1720, recording a meeting of the inhabitants, again includes Gershom, sen., and Gershom, jr., and John. [29] Of the same date is a list of people who bad more recently moved to West Springfield, which contains the name of Benjamin Hale. Another division of land in West Springfield, 1720, contains the name of Gershom Hale, sr. [30] An historian, speaking of the marriage of Ruth Haile to Nathaniel Bancroft, in 1708, says she was the daughter of "Gershom Haile who on November 1, 1728, sold to Nathaniel Bancroft, of Springfield, 4 acres of land west of the Connecticut River and south of the Agawam River." [31]

Mention is made of these transfers, because of the fact that some writers state that Gershom Hale died in Springfield in 1717. Since the record of 1720 land division speaks of both senior and junior, it must have referred to this father and son, because the son himself, born 1684, was at that time but thirty six years old, hardly old enough to have bad a son sharing in the division of land in 1720. Gershom, senior, was about seventy three years of age at the time.


  1. Dorothy, born at Concord, 9 March 1673/4; died young. [32]
  2. John, born 24 March 1675 [33] ; married (1) Elizabeth Whitmore Clark; married (2) Thankful Jones. [34]
  3. Hannah, born 10 October 1676; married 1702 Joseph Smith.
  4. Dorcas, born 14 April 1679 [35] ; married 22 January 1702, Obadiah Cooley, jr.
  5. Ann, born 11 May 1681.
  6. Gershom, born at Concord 5 February 1684; married Mercy, "probably Mercy Holland."
  7. Ruth, born at Stow, 19 December 1687; married [36] Nathaniel Bancroft, her name being spelled "Haile" in the record. Nathaniel was born at Enfield, Connecticut, 24 October 1683. They lived at Springfield, Massachusetts, where the births of their seven children were recorded, and where he died "about the Christmas time" 1752. [37]
  8. SAMUEL; married Judith HODGE.
  9. Benjamin, born at Springfield, 17 August 1698.

Samuel HALE

III. Samuel HALE was probably born about 1695, either at Stow or Springfield, or some intermediate stopping place. He was left motherless when but three years old, and was doubtless taken by some member of the family to be cared for, since there seems to be no record of his father having remarried. There is of record a will made by Thomas Hale, sen., of Glastonbury, dated 15 January 1723, in which a small legacy is bestowed upon "Samuel Hale who lately served his time with me.", [38] Glastonbury is about twenty five miles from Springfield, where Samuel's mother died, and less than thirty miles from New Haven, Connecticut, where, in 1720, he was married to Judith Hodge. It seems possible that this record might refer to our ancestor, for the placing of children with farmers or other well to do people was quite common in those days.

While the record of his marriage at New Haven calls him "of Milford" [39], the births of the first four children are also recorded at New Haven, indicating his early proximity to that settlement. Later he moved about considerably, being at West Haven, North Milford, Derby, and Oxford, at which latter place his youngest child was born. The above mentioned record of marriage, with its quaint spelling, runs: "Samuel Hall of Milford or a Resident therein and Judah Hodge of New hauen were Joyned in Marriage the 29th of June 1720, by Mr. Warham Mather justice of peace." Judith was the daughter of Thomas and Judith (Bunnell) HODGE, of New Haven, and was born 8 October 1697, at that place. [40]


  1. Miriam, born 23 August 1720; living unmarried in 1754.
  2. Samuel, born 26 October 1721; died 20 September 1760, in the French and Indian War. [42] He married 23 November 1757, Anne Pierce, and had one son, Elisha, born 15 October 1758, baptized 8 January 1759, at Derby, Connecticut. [43]
  3. Jesse, born 22 August 1723; died unmarried in 1750.
  4. Susanna, born 1 April 1725; married 20 October 1746, to Timothy Thomas.
  5. Judith; married 15 January 1747, Isaac Trowbridge.
  6. Dorothy; married 10 April 1745, Moses Sperry.
  7. Elizabeth; married at Waterbury, Connecticut, 9 October 1748, Daniel Hawkins, born there 3 April 1727. [44]
  8. Tamar; married 14 June 1750, Elisha, son of Joseph Lewis, jr., a cloth weaver of Waterbury. He was born 30 January 1728, and was the grandson of Deacon Joseph and Elizabeth (Case) Lewis. Elisha Lewis was admitted to communion in the Oxford Congregational Society 23 February 1752. Among their children were Isabel and Naboth, the latter a Revolutionary soldier, called corporal in the pension list of 1818 - a farmer at Littleton, New Hampshire. [45]
  9. Abraham; married 3 March 1756, Martha, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Beamon) Smith. [46] There were children: Beamon, Hannah, Mary, Martha, Samuel, and others.
  10. Reuben; married (1) Diantha WARD; (2) Lydia ????.

Reuben HALE

IV. Reuben HALE, was born at Oxford, Connecticut. He is listed among the tax payers of Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1756. [47] A history of that town includes his name among the Waterbury men who, in 1760, petitioned concerning boundary lines, and for church and society privileges. He is also recorded therein as one of the men from that town who served in both Continental and Revolutionary Wars, his service in the French and Indian War being rendered in 1760. [48]

There is in existence an interesting old letter, written by one C. C. Bronson at "Tallmadge Summit Co 0" to a Mr. R. Hale. It is dated 16 May 1868, and written in a flowing, even penmanship, but quaintly punctuated, and with odd uses of capital letters. An extract is of interest here, faithfully copied as to these points:

Your G G Fathers name I Suppose to be Reuben Hale for his name is on petitions for Society & Church priveleges to the Ancient town of Waterbury in 1760 with others I have been to the place where he lived they lived there in 1780 if I have been rightly informed. Some of those early Settlers Sold & went into towns in the North part of Conn perhaps he Sold & went to New Hartford.

There is A Small Creek running through the Mallory farm in Middlebury running South near where your * G F Hale lived there was quite A Fall & the Gun family built A Saw * Grist Mill on this Stream it was Called Long Meadow Brook but there was not water Sufficient & S on the Hills was A Swamp & Springs running into it & A Small Stream ran out of it at the S end the Guns put A darn across the outlet & then digging through the ridge at the North end & put in Flume & gate making this Swamp A Resivoir (the Swamp was Called Toantic) to draw from in A dry time the Miller went in the morning & raised his gate & soon found that he must draw water from the Toantic Pond, on arriving at the flume to raise the gate he found the water had just Commensed running between the flume & the embankment A hole to use his own expression not biger than his hat he caught Some turf & other things & tried to Stop the flow of water but it went out with A terrible rush your G G Mother was Milking the Cows in A Small yard at the foot of the Hill She heard the roar & looking up She had just time to get the Cows out & get away herself before the Water ran over the Cow yard Covering with earth. Several feet deep & rocks that would weigh Several tons Cutting A Channel Several rods wide & 30 or 40 feet deep this was in 1781 1 think I was at the place & Saw the rocks that were brought down by the water that eventful Morning.

In the files of the Reverend Mr. Lyman, at Oxford, is found the following entry: "August 29, 1759, Reuben Hail and Diantha Ward entered into ye Marriage Covenant." [49] Diantha was the daughter of Arah WARD and was born at Goshen, Connecticut, 9 August 1741. [50] The Oxford Church records which bear the entry of his marriage, also contain the notation: "July 26th, 1772, Reuben Hale Recommended to the Ch at Hartland." [51] Likewise, the Hartland (Connecticut) church books record: "October 2, 1774, Reuben Hale was admitted by letter from the church at Oxford." Since no mention is made of her in these entries, it would seem, that Diantha had died before this removal, an inference which is apparently confirmed by the fact that Hartland records of the period show the births of several children of Reuben and "Lydia" Hale.

In 1771, Reuben Hale purchased the John Whitney lot of one hundred fourteen acres at Hartland, on which was a small house. [52]. The land records of Hartland show that he bought and sold throughout the years until a final transaction between him and his, son Reuben in March, 1788, in which land, a dwelling house and a shop figure. [53] From, this it is inferred that he was some sort of a mechanic. Soon after, this property was conveyed to Amasa Bushnell, and the entire family moved, away, locating finally in New York State.

While living in Hartland, both Reuben Hale,.sen., and Reuben Hale, jr., enlisted in the Revolutionary Army, the older man serving under Captain Kimbirly, and the younger one giving over six years services under various officers for which pension was allowed in August, 1819. [54]

CHILDREN of Reuben and Diantha:

  1. Reuben, born 24 April 1760; married (1) 25 August 1784, Esther, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Catlin) Mallory, of Southbury. She was born 20 February 1762. He married (2) Martha Higley. He was living in New Hartford, Connecticut, in 1789, and in 1798 removed to Delaware County, New York, near Delhi, where he and his wife are buried in the old cemetery at North Franklin, stones marking their graves. He was in the battles of Germantown and Monmouth, serving in the Revolutionary War for over six years. He received a pension. His death occurred 9 April 1828. There were seven children, the last five recorded at New Hartford. [55]
  2. Isaac, born at Waterbury, Connecticut, 21 March 1763; married Elizabeth LEWIS.
  3. A son who died 2 October 1775.
  4. Antha; married 23 June 1789, [56], Joseph Wallace, of West Springfield, Massachusetts. [57]
  5. Naomi; married 2 June 1789, Miles Giddings.

CHILDREN of Reuben and Lydia, recorded at Hartland: 1. Tryphena, baptized 5 June 1774, by Mr. Strong.
2. Achsa, born 5 October 1783; died 22 December 1783.
3. Achsa, born 25 May 1788.

Isaac HALE

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V. Isaac HALE, was born 21 March 1763, at Waterbury, Connecticut. [58] His maternal grandfather, Arah Ward, also lived in the town, having a grist mill there as early as 1749. [59] Isaac was taken by this grandfather to Vermont while still a small boy [60], presumably upon the death of his mother, and his father's removal to Hartland, in 1771. In July, 1773, Arah Ward surveyed a piece of land in Wells, Vermont [61], and the following summer deeded land to "the Church" there established. [62]

In 1780, at the age of seventeen, Isaac Hale gave Revolutionary service, marching under Colonel Ebenezer Allen's command, to Castleton, to prevent Sir John Johnson's threatened raids from Canada down into the Mohawk Valley. [63] In this connection the following will be of unusual interest:

Ebenezer Allen was not of the Connecticut family of the other famous Vermonters and only distantly related to them. . . . He was with Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga, and was Lieutenant in Warner's Regiment of Green Mountain Boys in Canada in 1775.

In July, 1777, he was captain of a company of minute men in Herrick's Regiment of Rangers, and he greatly distinguished himself at Bennington; at one time in this fight, with only thirty men under cover of a natural breastwork of rocks, he stood against the main body of Raum's army, and hot and well directed fire threw the assailants into confusion and temporary retreat. . . . He was promoted to be Major in the Rangers and afterward several times as colonel was in command of a regiment in the State's service.

. . . In this capture was the negro slave of a British Qfficer, Dinah Morris, with her infant child . . . . . Conscientious that it is not right in the sight of God to keep slaves, he gave her a written certificate of emancipation, and caused it to be recorded in the clerk's office at Bennington, where it stands, with the clause forbidding slavery in the Constitution, and judge Harrington's blasphemous, yet reverent, decision that he would require a "bill of sale from God Almighty" as proof of ownership before he would remand a runaway negro back to slavery, as one of the brightest jewels in Vermont's imperishable diadem of honor. He was in command of the fort at Vergennes in 1778 or 1779. Also in 1790 on the Board of War.

In May, 1780, Sir John Johnson made a raid from Canada into the Mohawk Valley, and Governor Clinton hastened to the south end of Lake George to intercept his return. The Governor dispatched a request to the commander of the Vermont

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troops at Castleton, to send aid. The next day, Colonel Allen wrote that be had reached Mt. Independence with 200 men, 100 more would follow at once, and he would lead the 300 to the scene if the Governor would send boats to transport them. Johnson escaped by way of Crown Point, but Clinton, in writing to Congress, was constrained to say that this punctuality did great honor to the men of the Grants.

There is but little record evidence left of the military events of the four years after 1779, as it was all "play war" so far as Vermont was concerned, with almost no fighting. But it is certain that Allen performed much service about Lake Champlain, and mainly on the western side. . . . - Men of Vermont, Jacob G. Ullery, 53. In December of 1780, Isaac Hale received from the administrators of his grandfather's estate, all the land belonging to that progenitor, with some few exceptions, with the provison that he take "into his Care his Grandmother Phebe Ward in her old age, to keep and provide for during her life, to free her from all or any cost to this State." [64]

She probably died about 1784, when Isaac deeded some of the land he had received to David Ward. [65] He worked one summer in Connecticut, and then tried "the West," boarding with Major Daniel Buck, afterwards called "Priest" Buck, at Ouaquago, now Windsor, New York. Concerning this experience his son, David Hale, said: "He was to furnish the meat, and the Major the breadstuffs frost bitten corn to be pounded in a mortar, as there were then no mills in the country." [66]

The historian goes on to say:

After exploring the country and getting acquainted with the oldest settlers . . . he went back to Vermont and married Elizabeth Lewis, sister of Nathaniel Lewis who married about the same time, Sarah Cole. Well, now for the emigrant train! Isaac Hale and Nathaniel Lewis, with the wives Elizabeth and Sarah, . . . a yoke of steers and a cart on which to carry all their plunder (baggage), came the distance of about two hundred and twenty miles from Wells, Rutland County, Vermont, to Willingborough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. (This locality was not then known by this name on the court records. It was in Tioga Township until the following year.) . . .

They went through to Pennsylvania, as near as I can make it, in 1790 or 1791. . . . In the summer of 1793 Isaac Hale was one of the viewers of the first roads laid out in Willingborough. He was a great hunter, and made his living by procuring game. . . . His wife was for fifty years a consistent member of the Methodist Church. A lady now living in Lanesborough, who knew her well, says: "I never visited her but I thought I had learned something useful." Her death occurred in 1842, in her seventy fifth year. . . .

Isaac Hale was a man of forethought and generosity. He would kill the elk up the Starucca, in the fall when it was the fattest; make troughs 4 birch or maple to hold it when cut up; carry salt on his back, salt the meat, cover it with bark held down with heavy stones, and then leave it until the snow came, when he could easily bring it down. The fruit of his labor was sometimes exchanged for assistance on his farm, but perhaps as often, found its way, unheralded, to the tables of others, when the occupants of the house were out of sight, and to them the gift seemed almost miraculous.
For many years there stood at Mr. Hale's door a stump mortar and heavy wooden pestle, worked by a spring pole, and his boys were obliged to leave work an hour or two before dark, to grind out meal enough for mush for their supper. The handmill afterward took the place of the mortar and pestle, and could grind half a bushel in a day, -a great improvement.

Stocker, in his History of Susquehanna County, 587, says of these pioneers:

The Methodist Episcopal Church of Oakland previous to 1880 existed in the form of a class, that constituted at first part of the Harmony charge, and afterwards it was included in the Susquehanna church. In 1874 under the direction of Rev. A. J. Van Cleft, then pastor at Susquehanna, a church was built, in which services were held on Sunday afternoons. . . . In the Methodist Episcopal Church in Harmony . . . as early as 1812 a class was formed; yet before this time religious meetings were conducted at various private houses. All the names of the first class cannot be given with certainty, but it is known that . . . Isaac Hale and his wife . . . were members.

Isaac Hale married 20 September 1790, in Wells, Vermont, Elizabeth LEWIS. She was born 19 November 1767, at Litchfield, Connecticut [67], and died 16 February 1842, at Harmony (now Oakland), Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Isaac died 11 January 1839, his will, executed 23 December 1838, being admitted to probate on 21 January 1839. Deeds for transfer of property to and from Isaac Hale are on record in the county court, one of which, of interest here, conveyed in 1830 thirteen acres of land in Harmony to Joseph Smith, jr.

The will of Isaac Hale gives some insight into the character and feeling of the "mighty hunter" whose generous though secret donations had so often found their way to the needy.

I Isaac Hale being in a feble state of Health yet 'through the blessing of a kind Providence, of sound mind and memory, do make & publish this my last will & testament, in the first place, I direct & request that all my just debts & funeral charges be punctually paid after my Decease & secondly, I give & bequeath to my much esteemed friend & wife of my youth, Elizabeth Hale, all my personal property of every description, to be disposed of as, she may think proper, all the furniture in & Washing & lodging suitable & convenient for a person who so richly deserves kind treatment from her children and also after my decease, to pay to each of his brothers Jesse Hale David Hale Ward Hale & Reuben Hale twenty five dollars a piece, I have put these sums I think within the power of my said, son to pay, with a View, that the place on which I have so long tarried, may be kept as a sort of home for any of mv dear children who may be unfortunate, & need a helping hand at their fathers old residence having confidence that my said son Alva, will be disposed to do right in all such cases, & I enjoin it on my said son Alva should he be able after paying his brothers as stated above & it will not endanger his freehold, to pay his sisters such sums as would be right & proper.

I further desire my body buried on my own land back of the Garden near the line betwixt me and Joseph McKune, Jr. done in my own house in the Township of Harmony & before I close having utmost confidence in the Integrity of my said son Alva that he will observe to do strictly according to these my desires, I nominate & appoint him as my Executor, to carry this my last will into full effect. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand, Dec. 23d, 1838.

ISAAC HALE Signed & declared by said Isaac Hale to be his last will, who desired us witnesses to subscribe our names, Levi Lewis Chester Perkins

Charles Dimon."[68]

In accordance with the wish of Isaac Hale thus expressed, he was buried "back of the garden," in what has since become the McKune Cemetery. His wife was laid beside him three years later, and stone markers, suitably inscribed, identify their resting places. The Montrose Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Montrose, Pennsylvania, which has placed many hundreds of official markers on the graves of Revolutionary soldiers, plans to mark his grave at an early date. Its Regent wrote: "We knew Isaac Hale was an early settler, for he is mentioned in the county histories, but we did not know before' that he was a Revolutionary soldier. We shall be glad indeed to mark his grave."

It is of interest to note here that the first child born to Joseph and Emma Hale Smith is buried in the McKune Cemetery also, where a simple stone slab marked the place. The children of Isaac Hale were all born in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, and nearly all of them came to Illinois.


  1. Jesse, born 24 February 1792; died in northern Illinois, December 1874. He married 23 July 1815, Mary McKune, born in Orange County, New York, 3 December 1799, and died 30 October 1864. They moved to Illinois 21 April, 1841. They were parents of twelve children, three of whom lost their lives in the Civil War: Captain Joab Tyler Hale, at Fort Donelslon, Tennessee, 15 February 1862; Sergeant Jesse Franklin Hale, at Corinth, Mississippi, 3 October 1862 and Captain Robert Hale, who died at Marietta, Georgia, 4 July 1864. Of the others, Tamar married Thomas Schofield; Anna married Joseph Doan; Elizabeth married Lyman Smith; Charles Gillette married Mercia Lewis; and Silas married Charlotte Doan, both dying at Purdin, Missouri, where descendants live.
  2. David, born 6 March 1794; died 16 April 1878, near Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. He married Rhoda Jane Skinner, and had daughters Rhoda and Betsy. He had come to Illinois before 1843.
  3. Alva, born 29 November 1795; died about 1862. He lived at Sublette, Lee County, Illinois, where he was living as early as 1843. He had sons Jesse, William, and daughters Eunice and Betsy, the former of whom never married, but kept house for her father in his old age, dying after 1903. The son William was for many years a conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad. The son Jesse, born 29 February 1836, at Lanesboro, Pennsylvania; died 4 May 1905, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His wife was Maria Jane, daughter of Daniel and Almira L. (Rogers) Graves, who died in Cleveland, Ohio. Their sons were Clarence G., of Chicago, and George Wright Hale, who died in California in 1927.
  4. Phebe, born 1 May 1798.
  5. Elizabeth, born 14 February 1800; died after 1860. She married Benjamin Wassen, and the family came to Illinois before 1843, at which time they were living in Lee County. Mr. Wassen died on the way to California during the gold rush in the late 40's, and his widow and children were still on the old place in 1860 when visited by Joseph Smith (1832 1914). They had at least three sons and three daughters, of whom Lorenzo married (1) Marietta Crocker, and had one daughter, Henrietta Grace. A granddaughter, Mrs. Grace (Crocker) Chamberlain, is living near Binghamton, New York. He married (2) Aurelia H. Gaylord who bore a son Arthur (descendants living in Amboy) and daughters Metta and Audentia, after the latter of whom the compiler of this volume was named. She married a Mr. Perkins, and lived near Amboy all her life, dying in 1910, aged 55 years, her husband in 1926, aged 80. She left an only son, Harry Perkins, living in Buffalo, New York, and an only daughter, Mrs. Pearl Miller, living in a suburb of Chicago, with daughter Melda, in 1926. Mrs. Aurelia Wassen became a widow in 1857 and remarried before April, 1860, her second husband being a Kenyon. Caroline Wasson married a De Wolfe; Roxy Wasson married Simon Badger, and had son Rush living in Amboy; Clara Wassen married William Backenstos, and after 1846 moved to central Iowa. Warren Wassen, the youngest son, was. a physician. The other son was Harmon, a man about grown in 1843.
  6. Isaac Ward, born 11 March 1802; lived near Dixon, Illinois.
  7. Emma, born 10 July 1804; married Joseph SMITH.
  8. Tryal, born 21 November 1806; married Michael Bartlett Morse, born 10 May 1804, a teacher of a class in the Methodist Episcopal Chuich at Harmony, Pennsylvania. They lived for a while in western New York, Chemung County, and came to Illinois in 1859, settling on a farm near Amboy. On the 3 June 1860, a severe wind and rain storm wrecked their home, killing the mother instantly, a large splinter being driven through her chest, and injuring the daughter Emma so severely she died within a week. Mr. Morse himself was seriously injured, being unconscious for days. Of the twelve children, four had died before leaving New York State, and only partial records are available for most of the rest. Lucy Elizabeth, born 25 September 1832, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, married 25 September 1859, Emerson Woodward Patten; Lemuel Ward married Priscilla Stevens, and Benjamin Ward married Maria Dykeman. The youngest of the family, Viola Ophelia, born 20 September 1850, in Chemung, New York, married in Amboy, Illinois, 29 September 1868, Philander Van Burington, born 14 January 1847, and they are both still living in Columbus, Ohio. They have two married sons, Herbert Morse and Alfred Van, and a married daughter, Leora Lucy Arnold, losing one daughter in childhood. Mrs. Burington remembers all too vividly the terrible storm which wrecked such havoc in their pioneer home, and left them a broken and scattered family.
  9. Reuben, born 18 September 1810.


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VI. Emma HALE, born 10 July 1804, in Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, was married (1) 18 January 1827, by Esquire Tarbell, at South Bainbridge (now Afton), Chenango County, New York [70], to Joseph SMITH, born 23 December 1805, Sharon, 'Windsor County, Vermont [71]. He was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, organized in 1830 at Fayette, New York. He was killed by a masked mob, 27 June 1844, at Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. [72]

She married (2) 27 December 1847, at Nauvoo, Illinois, Major Lewis Crum BIDAMON, Reverend William Hana, brother of the celebrated Reverend Dick Hana of the Methodist Episcopal Church, performing the ceremony. [73]

For continuation of this line see the [1]SMITH biographical sketch.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


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  2. (Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families, Holmes, civ.)
  3. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3: 189)
  4. (New Hampshire Genealogies, Stearns, 3: 1058.)
  5. (History of Goffstown 2: 219)
  6. (Massachusetts Genealogies, Cutter, 1: 172)
  7. (Concord Deaths, 10)
  8. (Massachusetts Genealogies 1: 172.)
  9. (Massachusetts Genealogies 1: 172.)
  10. (General Register Society Colonial Wars, 1899 1902, 661.)
  11. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5: 361.)
  12. (Barber Genealogy 1: 23.)
  13. (Genealogical Dictionary New England, Savage, 2: 331.)
  14. (Massachusetts Genealogies 1: 172.)
  15. (Memorial History of Hartford County 1: 241.)
  16. (Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Lineage Book 16: 140.)
  17. (Booth and Allied Families, 123)
  18. (Genealogical History of Worcester County, Crane, 3: 122.)
  19. (Massachusetts Genealogies 1: 172)
  20. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3 2: 8 1.)
  21. (Middlesex County Register, Concord Birthsi 5: 17)
  22. (Massachusetts Marriages, Bailey, 3: 37)
  23. (Lynn Vital Records 1: 410)
  24. (History of Springfield, Burt, 586)
  25. (Vital Records of Stow, 51)
  26. (History Springfield, Burt, 586)
  27. (History of Springfield, Burt, 2: 299.)
  28. (New England Historical ond Genealogical Register 29: 284.)
  29. (Ibid. 29: 286.)
  30. (Ibid. 30: 51.)
  31. (Old Nortbwest Genealogical Quarterly 10: 68.)
  32. (Genealogical Dictionary New England, Savage, 2: 396.)
  33. (Concord Births, 19)
  34. (History Springfield, Burt, 586; Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 2: 396.)
  35. (Concord Births, 23)
  36. (intention recorded 20 November 1708)
  37. (Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly 10: 68.)
  38. (Early Connecticut Probate Records, Ma~waring, 2: 518.)
  39. (New Haven Vital Records 1: 131)
  40. (Hodge Genealogy, 0. J. Hodge, 40.)
  41. (Ibid. 40.)
  42. (Connecticut Historical Society Collections 2: 193.)
  43. (Derby Land Record 6: 442; New England Historical and Genealogical Register 76: 137.)
  44. (Ibid. 75: 179; Town and City of Waterbury, Anderson, 1: 60.)
  45. (Lewisiana Magazine 4: 5: 72; 8: 8: 118; 5: 2: 22.)
  46. (Derby Land Records 6: 445.)
  47. (Ancient Burying Grounds of Waterbury 2: 289.)
  48. (History of Waterbury, Anderson, 1: 399, 463.)
  49. (History of Oxford, Sharpe, 39.)
  50. (Goshen Town Records for 1741.)
  51. (History of Oxford, Sharpe, 14.)
  52. (West Hartland Homestead s, 1760 - 1916, Correll H. Tiffany)
  53. (Hartland Land 'Records 1: 370, 391; 2: 34, 309; 3:471, 172; 2: 5, 496, etc.)
  54. (Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 326, 364, 643.)
  55. (New Hartford Vital Records.)
  56. (intention recorded 23 May 1789)
  57. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53: 363.)
  58. (History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, Blackman, 102.)
  59. (Town and City of Waterbury, Anderson, 1: 580.)
  60. (History of Susquehanna County, 102)
  61. (Wells Town Records, Book E: 9)
  62. (Ibid. Book A: 23.)
  63. (Vermont Revolutionary Rolls, 208, 209.)
  64. (Town Records of Wells Vermont, for 1780.)
  65. (Wells Town Records, F: 9.)
  66. (History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, Emily C. Blackman, 102 4.)
  67. (Genealogical Register of Litchfield Inhabitants, Woodruff, 131, 132)
  68. (Files in Office of Register Probate Susquehanna County; Pa.)
  69. (Data compiled from Bible and other family records supplied by descendants.)
  70. (Hiistory of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Lamoni, Iowa, 1: 17)
  71. (Five Colonial Families, Treman and Poole, 1: 649)
  72. (History of the Church, chapter 33, in volume 2.)
  73. (History of the Church 2: 773.)