Hale Family History



My Hale history goes back to Thomas Hale, a Revolutionary War soldier born about 1758 in Virginia. His father's name was Benjamin, as recorded in his tax records. He had a brother named William and a sister named Hannah.

In Thomas' pension file, he was enlisted in Orange County, NC in September, 1775 by Lawrence Thompson a Lieutenant in Capt. Alfred Moore's company and 1st Regiment of provincial troops . He had a brother named William who also enlisted in Orange County, NC. In late 1776 Thomas joined the 5th South Carolina Regiment. He was discharged May 12, 1780. Details of his service in the Continental Army are recorded below in his pension record, File Number S-37975, Certificate Number 6857.

Thomas Hale's first wife was Rachel Sheridan. They probably were married in North Carolina. Two of their children are listed below:

Francis Marion Hale, b: 1782 in North Carolina
William Hale, b: 1784 in North Carolina

Thomas' wife Rachel Sheridan died in North Carolina. On November 6, 1801, Thomas married Nancy Wood in Rowan Co., NC. Shortly after their marriage, Thomas and Nancy moved to Southwest Virginia. He selected a tract of land of Runnet Bag Creek in Franklin County, VA. A land transaction recorded in Deed Book No. 4, page 576 shows that Thomas Hale and his two sons, William and Francis, each bought 96 acres of land of Runnet Bag Creek on March 10, 1804, from John Via, Jr. All of the deeds were witnessed by Dennis Sheridan (probable brother of Rachel Sheridan).

Thomas kept his land until he applied for his Revolutionary War pension. The acreage is described in the application. He eventually sold it to a son-in-law. William kept his for ten or twelve years before he sold it. Census records tell us all of these Hales and their families lived in the Long Branch area of the county.

Thomas and his second wife Nancy Wood were parents of eight children. They are:

James Hale, b: about 1786
Polly Hale
Ruth Hale
Jonathan Hale, b: May 28, 1805 in Franklin Co., VA
William Hale
Elizabeth Hale, b: October 27, 1812 in Franklin Co., VA
Peter Wood Hale, b: August 21, 1809 in Franklin Co., VA
Dennis Sheridan Hale, b: 1808

Thomas Hale is listed in the 1820 census of Franklin Co., VA. His occupation is farmer. Below is a transcript of his testimony given in the application for Revolutionary War pension.

At a Superior Court of Law for the County of Franklin continued while at the courthouse the 21st day of October 1818.

Thomas Hale, of this county, this day made oath in Court, that he was enlisted in Orange County, NC by Laurence Thompson a Lieutenant in Capt. Alfred Moore's Company and 1st Regiment of provincial troops, for the balance of the term of one year, which said troops had to serve, and joined the Regiment at head quarters near Wilmington on Cape Fear River in said state, in the month of September, thence marched to Brunswick, where he staid til spring, thence marched to near the cross creek against the Scotts, who we embodied under McCloud thence back to Wilmington, thence to Charlestown, SC, under the command of Genl Charles See, in the year 1776, that after the Battle of the 28 June 1776 on Sullivants Island, he among the rest of the NC Troops, were sent to Hadrel's Point, from thence to Sullivants Island, where he was taken sick and sent to the General Hospital, where he remained with many others, until the NC troops marched to the north, leaving their sick behind, with leave for such as recovered, to put the remainder of their line in the service to the south, That in the latter end of the year 1776, he jointed the 5th South Carolina Regiment, commanded by Col. Isaac Hugar, and in Capt. James Conger's company of Grenadiers for the term of three years, thence he marched to Savannah, George where the Americans had two engagements with the British and lost 87 rank & file, thence march back to Charlestown S.C. under the command of Genl Howe, where he left us under the command of Genl Benjamin Lincoln, and in 1778 or 1779 marched back to Georgia, where with the French troops they attempted to take the Town of Savannah from the Enemy by storm, but were repulsed, after this defeat were marached back to Charlestown S.C. where his Regiment was reduced and he was put in the 1st under the command of Col Charles Cotesworth Pinkney and in Capt. Thomas Gadsden's Company from thence were marched to fort Moultrie, where they had an engagement with the British fleet, after this were sent back to Charlestown for its defence, but after a long seige were compelled to surrender it for want of provisions. That his term of service expired about Christmas 1779, but upon the solicitations of Col. Pinkney, he among others remained in the service until Charlestown was surrendered as above mentioned, when he did on the 12 day of May 1780, apply to Col. Pinkney for his discharge and obtained it which said discharge, he has since lost. That after he obtained his discharge, in order to affect his escape believing that the regulars would not be paroled, and that the militia could be, he parted with his uniform and disguised himself as a Militia man, and was paroled with Col. Hugh Tennin's regiment from Orange County N.C. That he is worth only a small tract of land of about 96 acres, two cows, one work ox, sixteen head of hogs, eight sheep, that he is in the sixtieth year of his age, that he came to the County of Franklin, Va. in the year 1799 and acted as a bugle man in Capt. Daniel Smith's company of militia.

It also appeared from the Testimony of Hannah Gillaspie a sister of the said Thomas Hale, that she well remembers when he was enlisted by Lawrence Thompson, who has some short time before been the schoolmate of her said Brother, and the son of her neighbour, and that he was four years and seven months absent from home, and as she supposed in the Militia service, that she saw her said Brothers parole by Clinton the commander of the Enemy and his discharge by Charles Cotesworth Pinkney.

The said Thomas Hale having been known to the Court for about fifteen years, who never heard anything to his prejudice is a man of truth, and that his Land lies in a part of the County where it is not considered as valuable, and the Court consider his property to be such as he has himself state it to be.

Whereupon it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Thomas Hale served at least nine months as a private in the Regular army against the British during the war of the revolution. It is ordered that the foregoing statement and Testimony be transmitted to the Department of War.

Teste, Caleb Tate, Clk Franklin
Superior Court of Law

District of Virginia
Franklin County, Court
On this third day of July 1821 personally appeared in open court, being the Superior Court of law for the County of Franklin, and court of records, Thomas Hale aged sixty three years, an applicant for a pension from the government of the United States for military services performed during the revolutionary war, and gave in the following schedule of his property and effects, to wit.

A tract of land containing ninety acres more or less of the value $96.00
One horse purchased on the Credit of his pension not yet paid for $36.50
Eight head of cattle $48.00
Twenty One head of hogs $31.50
Eight head of sheep $10.00
Two potts $4.66
Two ovens $3.00
Two wheels/one flax and one cotton $3.50
Knives, forks and spoon, dishes and plates $4.00
and that he has purchased meat and bread on the faith of his pension to the amount of fifty or sixty dollars, which remains yet unpaid. He also declares on oath that his family consists of himself, his wife and seven children, the oldest a boy about fifteen years of age, the next, a boy about thirteen years of age, the third a boy about eleven years of age, the fourth a daughter about eight years old, the fifth a boy about six years old, the seventh a boy about four years old, and the seventh a boy between one and two years old.
Thomas Hale

He also took and subscribed in open court on the same day the following oath.
I Thomas Hale do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March 1818, and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or any other manner whatever, disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what it contained in the Schedule hereto answered and by me subscribed.
Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale of Franklin Co. in the State of Virginia who was a private in the company commanded by Captain (blank) of the regiment commanded by Colonel Huges in the S. Carolina and N. Carolina line, for the term of four years.
Inscribed on the Roll of Virginia at the rate of eight Dollars per month, to commence on the 21st day of October 1818.
Certificate of Pension issued the 1st of February 1819 and sent to Hon. W.A. Burwell, House of Rep. Restored to the Roll on 15 day of February 1831 and notification sent to Hon. N. H. Claiborne at House of Rep.
Pension commencing on the 28th of January 1831.
Amount due on 4th of September 1831 $58.06

Francis Marion Hale was born about 1784 in North Carolina to Thomas Hale and Rachel Sheridan Hale. He was married to Sarah Pickett August 10, 1802 in Guilford Co., NC. Jeremiah Pickett Hale is the only proven child of Francis and Sarah. It's possible there were two other children. Below is a transcript of the marriage bond of Francis Hale and Sarah Pickett:

We Francis Haile and James Mendinghall are hereby held and firmly bound unto Ralph Gorrel, Esq. as chairman of Guilford County Court in the sum of five hundred pounds which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs, exec and admdr severally and firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 10th day of August 1802. The condition of the above obligation is such whereas the above bounded Francis Hale hath this day obtained a license for a marriage to be celebrated between him and wife Sarah Pickett-now if nothing shall hereafter appear to obstruct the said marriage lawfully, then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue-signed sealed and delivered in presents of (illegible)

Francis Hale (his mark)
James Mendinghall

After her death, Francis married Priscilla Lamb January 15, 1808 in Surry Co., NC. According to census records she was still alive in 1840. Their children are listed below:

Miriam Hale, b: abt. 1809
Hiram Hale, b: abt. 1810 in Franklin Co., VA
Alfred Hale, b: abt. 1812 in Franklin Co., VA
Simmons Hale, b: abt. 1814 in Franklin Co., VA
Francis Marion Hale, Jr., b: abt. 1823 in Franklin Co., VA
Isaac Hale, b: abt. 1824
John Powell Hale, b: June 19, 1827 in Franklin Co., VA
Sarah Lee Hale, b: 1829 in Franklin Co., VA
Mary Jane Hale, b: 1834 in Franklin Co., VA
Malinda A. Hale, b: 1837 in Franklin Co., VA

Here is a transcript of the marriage bond.

Marriage bond of Francis Hale and Pricilla Lamb (Surry Co., N.C., January 15, 1808)

Know all men by these presents that we Francis Hail, James Fitzgerald, Thomas Logins, Thomas C. Burch and Jesse Johnson and John East are held and firmly bound to his Excellency Benjamin Williams, Esq., governor, captain-general and commander in chief and to his sucessors in office in the final sum of five hundred pounds current money of North Carolina, for the true payment thereof we bind ourselves jointly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 15th day of January 1808. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Francis Hail both prayed and obtained a licence to solemnize the rites of matrimony between him and Pricilla Lamb. Now if there shall not hereafter appear any just cause to obstruct the marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force in law.
Signed, sealed, and delivered
in presence of s/J. Fitzgerald
s/Thos Logins
s/Thos Burch
s/Jesse Johnson
s/John East
H. Ton(?)

On the 11th of June 1844, Francis took a third wife, Nancy Leffew in Franklin Co., VA. Their children were:

Thomas Polk Hale, b: March 1846 in Franklin Co., VA
Jehu Hale, b: 1847
Frances P. Hale, b: June 1850 in Franklin Co., VA
James A. Hale, b: 1852
William J. Hale, b: 1853
Burwell Hale, b: 1855
Louisa Hale, b: 1857
Samuel Hale, b: 1859

Francis was in Franklin Co., VA very early, because in April of 1804 he purchased 96 acres of land on Runnett Bag Creek. On Thomas Hale's application for Revolutionary War pension, he stated he had been in Franklin County since 1799. At that time Francis would have been about 15, so we can assume he was with his father. It is obvious he traveled between Virginia and North Carolina since he married two wives in different counties in North Carolina.

In 1810, Francis, his wife and a female child appear on the Franklin County census. On the 1820 census there are three male and three female children in the household. Three males under ten years of age, two females under ten and one female between ten and sixteen.

On February 13, 1830, Francis Hale purchased 100 acres of land on Rock Castle Creek in Patrick County, VA from Catherine Hefflinger. (See Deed Book 7, p. 324.) On that same day William Ayers co-signed his note. On January 25, 1831, (Deed Book 7, p. 465) a bill of sale is recorded for items associated with carpentry work and was known as Hales Shop, which he sold to Jesse DeHart. Possibly, he tried carpentry work for a year and then decided to return to farming and millering. On May 23, 1836, (Deed Book 10, p. 108) Francis sells his land back to Catherine Hefflinger and returns to Franklin County. The witnesses on his note were: Jeremiah Burnett (whose mother-in-law was a Hale), James Reynolds and Jonathan Elgin. Research indicates the area in which they resided was near the border of Franklin and Patrick Counties.

In 1840, Franklin County census shows Francis and his wife back on the records with three males fifteen to twenty years of age, one male ten to fifteen years of age. They have one female five to ten years of age and one female ten to fifteen years of age. Some children had already married and were counted in their own homes.

Francis Hale is listed in the 1850 Franklin County, VA census with his wife Nancy, sons, Thomas, age 6, Jehu age 5, and a daughter, Frances, age 2. There is also a female named Frances Justice, age 16 living with them. Francis gives his age as 50. In the 1860 Franklin County, VA census, Francis is listed with his wife Nancy and gives his age as 78. He is listed with six sons and two daughters.

Francis Marion Hale died sometime after 1860. There is no record of him after this date. He was 76 or older when he died.


John P. Hale was born June 19, 1827 in Franklin County, VA. He married Viola Ann Martin on December 21, 1848 in Patrick County, VA. She was born August 15, 1834, the daughter of William Martin and Sarah Harris. They had six children, three sons and three daughters.

William Francis Hale, b: October 1, 1849
Isaac Hale, b: June 24, 1851
Cerena Hale, b: October 8, 1853
Sarah Elizabeth Hale, b: August 17, 1856
John Powell Hale, b: October 2, 1858 in Franklin County, VA
Letitia Hale, b: August 5, 1861

The census record of 1850 shows John Hale, wife Viola A. and son Francis W. living in Franklin Co., VA. It lists his occupation as farmer. In 1860, the census shows them in the Long Branch district of Franklin County, VA. The family consists of John P. Hale, 32, Viley A., 25, William, 11, Sarena, 8, Elizabeth, 5 and John P., 1 year old.

John P. Hale served in the 24th Virginia Regiment during the Civil War. He died in 1862 in a Richmond, VA hospital at the age of 35. It is not known where he was buried. John's widow, Viola Ann Hale, applied for a widow's pension on June 12, 1888. She states that she is not receiving a pension or aid from any State or from the United States and she does not hold any national, state or county office which pays her in fees or salary over three hundred dollars. She states that she does not own in her own right property of the assessed value of $1,000.00. Viola Hale was awarded $30.00 annually from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

John Powell's brother, Francis Hale, Jr. married Viola's sister, Letitia. Francis was also killed in the Civil War. These two widowed sisters moved to Floyd County to live with or be near their parents, the Martins.

Viola Hale is listed with her four youngest children in the 1870 Floyd Co., VA census. In 1880, Viola is living with her daughter Letitia, age 16 and her husband Joseph Clowers. She is also found in the 1890 census records. No record is found of her after 1890.


John P. Hale, Jr. was born on August 10, 1858 in Franklin County, VA. His birth record shows his father's occupation as being "mechanic". On April 24, 1879, John married Nancy Jane Clower in Floyd County, VA. The marriage license shows her name as "Nannie Clower". She was born in May, 1855 to Lewis Clower and Margaret E. Epperly Clower. John and Nannie had seven children.

Tazwell Hale, b: February 1880 (apparently died as child)
Hattie Ellen Hale, b: November 1883
Kyle H. Hale, b: January 1886
Armintie Hale, b: August 1887
George Edgar Hale, b: February 14, 1890
Mandy Odel Hale, b: September 27, 1892
Herman E. Hale, b: March 1894

John Hale is listed in the 1880 Floyd Co. census with his wife Nannie and son Tazwell. In 1890 he is listed with wife Nannie, and children, Hattie, Kyle, Armintie and George. In 1920 the census shows John, Nannie, Hattie, Kyle, Armintie, Edgar G., Mandy and Herman. John's occupation is "farmer" and they are living in the Locust Grove district of Floyd County.

A deed in the Floyd County courthouse, dated April 15, 1885, shows John P. Hale buying 50 and acres of land lying on the waters of Mills Run, a branch of Roanoke River, for $500.00. In 1910, John P. and Nannie Hale sold 87 and acres of land lying on the waters of Mill Run, for the sun of $1,000.00. John P. and Nannie Hale sold 1 and acres of land to their daughter Minnie (Armintie) Willis and her husband, R. W. Willis on June 11, 1919. It was sold to them for "$10.00 cash in hand". The land was located in "Locust Grove Magisterial District of Floyd County, Virginia right on the South Fork of Roanoke River and is a part of the 132 acre tract made by the parties of the first part". On May 11, 1921, John and Nannie Hale sold to C.H. Hale (Kyle) and R. W. Willis (son-in-law) 40 acres of land for $500.00. The land was on the waters of "South fork of the Roanoke River". The boundaries of the land read as follows: "Beginning at a hickory on the side of new road on Thrasher Mountain Corner in J.F. Perdues line, thence with the new road to a big rock by the road thence with straight line to two black pines corner in Jno. Briggs line thence with Briggs line to a big rock and locust by the river, thence with Walter Willis line to Kyle Hale line thence with hale line to R.D. & D.W. Atkinsons line thence with same to J.F. Perdues line, thence with same to the beginning."

Nannie Clower Hale died in June 1930 at the age of 75. John P. Hale, Jr. died in June 1934 at 75 years of age. They are buried together in the Pedmont Cemetery, Montgomery County, VA. The settlement of John's estate was dated January 18, 1936. There was a total of $914.61 left for disbursement to creditors and heirs. Eight hundred seventy dollars and 44 cents was paid to his creditors, leaving a balance of $44.17 for distribution to heirs. The money was disbursed as follows: "Hattie Hall, a daughter, $11.04, Minnie Willis, a daughter, $11.04, Audrey Burnett, a granddaughter, $3.69, Harold Vest, a grandson, $3.68, Clarence Vest, a grandson, $3.68, Leslie William Hale, a grandson, $2.76, Ester Ruth Hale Martin, a granddaughter, $2.76, Elmer Roosevelt Hale, a grandson, $2.76, Nina May Hale Jewell, a granddaughter, $2.76, making a total disbursement to heirs of $44.17". It was noted that C.H. Hale (Kyle) was excluded "because his indebtedness to the estate amounted to more than his inheritance, and that H. E. Hale (Herman) was excluded from the distribution to heirs because his indebtedness to the estate was greater than his inheritance and the amount reported in his favor as a creditor of said estate, said amounts so reported in his favor as a creditor having been cast into the general fund and distributed as above set forth."


George Edgar Hale was born February 14, 1890 in Floyd County, VA. His birth record gives his name as Edgar Hale and his father's occupation is listed as farmer. Census records show Edgar living at home with his parents in 1890, 1900 and 1910. The 1910 record shows him at age 20 and his occupation is "farm laborer". On May 1, 1910, Edgar married Minnie Dexter Epperly in Floyd County, VA. By 1911, they were living in Fayette County, WV. Together, they had four children.

Leslie William Hale, b: August 1, 1911 in Fayette Co., WV
Esther Ruth Hale, b: November 23, 1913 in Gatewood, Fayette Co., WV
Elmer Roosevelt Hale, b: November 28, 1915 in Minden, Fayette Co., WV
Nina Mae Hale, b: November 3, 1917 in Coal City, Raleigh Co., WV

A deed in the Fayette County courthouse shows that F.L. and Minnie Parker and G.E. Hale for $100.00 cash and $400.00 paid by promissory note bought five acres at Gatewood on April 22, 1914. According to Leslie's widow, Edgar was a barber by trade. In 1918, Edgar, Minnie and family attended an Epperly family reunion in Floyd Co., VA.

During the year 1918, the United States was involved in World War I. Also during that year, Americans were hit with a worldwide pandemic of influenza. It killed more people than the war. It is said to be the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. The flu infected 28% of all Americans was most deadly for ages 20-40. It was known as the "Spanish flu". This is what killed George Edgar Hale in January of 1919. Leslie's widow said that when he died, the ground was frozen, so he was not buried until spring, possibly April. She also said that Leslie contracted the flu and almost died. "The doctor told them he couldn't do anymore for him. A neighbor woman came in and used onions to doctor him with and saved his life. It took him eight months to get over it." Edgar was buried in Gatewood Cemetery. He would have been 28 the following month.

Nina Hale (my grandmother) was born on November 3, 1917 in Gatewood, Fayette County, WV. She is shown living with her mother, Minnie, step-father, Frank Buttrick and three siblings in the 1920 Fayette Co., WV census. They are living on Gatewood Road. Close by is Minnie's parents, Asa and Elizabeth Epperly. On December 24, 1934, Nina married John Newton Jewell (Johnnie in the marriage records) at Fayetteville, WV. They were married by M. Homer Cummings. Together they had nine children (including one stillbirth).

Nina and Johnie lived many years on Maple Fork Road. In 1958, when their house burned to the ground, they moved to Jacksonville, FL for a short time, then on to Illinois. They lived there until 1971, when they moved back to Jacksonville, FL. Johnie died on March 29, 1975 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL. Nina died on July 8, 1995 at the age of 77 and was buried beside her husband.

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