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Samuel HALE

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  • Name Samuel HALE 
    Born Bef 1 Jul 1615  Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 Jul 1615  Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 26 Dec 1692  Glastonbury, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 Nov 1693  Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 6 Dec 1693  Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Peck, S. Allyn, "Have We Found the Parents of Thomas, Samuel and Martha Hale of Connecticut?" in The American Genealogist, Vol. 38 (1961), pp. 237-239, quoting the following entry in the Parish Register of Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England:

      1615. Julie 1 Samuell Hale the sonne of John and Martha his wife baptized

      (2) Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Waterman, Edgar Francis, Hale, House and Related Families [Reprint], Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001, pp. 3-7, 8:

      SAMUEL HALE, born in England, about 1615, died at Wethersfield, Conn., 9 Nov. 1693; married first, by or before 1643, MARY SMITH, daughter of Rev. Henry and Dorothy (_____) Smith; married second, PHEBE (BRACY) (DICKINSON) ROSE, born (1631-36), died at Wethersfield, 19 Jan. 1711/12, daughter of Thomas and Phebe (Bisby) Bracy, and widow of Joseph Dickinson of Northfield, Mass., and of John Rose, Sr., of Branford and East Haven, Conn.

      Samuel Hale came early to New England, probably by 1634, and it is likely that he and his sister Martha were with their brother Thomas when he came to Hartford, Conn., in 1635, though there is no record of their being at Roxbury, Mass., with Thomas. If they did not accompany Thomas, it is certain that they soon joined him, for Samuel was in Hartford when the Pequot War broke out in 1657, and volunteered as a soldier. For this service he received a lot in Soldier's Field, Hartford, and on 11 May 1671 the General Court "grants Samll Hale, of Wethersfield, sixty acres of land, upon the same tearmes with the Pequitt soldiers." In his will he referred to his service and gave the sixty acres to his son Benezer.

      In October 1639 the General Court ordered that each of the Connecticut River towns should keep a record of the lands owned by each proprietor, including grants, purchases and mortgages. In Hartford most of these entries were made in February 1639/40, though some of them are not dated. The record of Samuel Hale's lands reads:

      Seueral parceles of land in hartford vpon the Riuer of Coneckticott belonging to Samiwell heales & to his haiers for euer.

      viz One parcell on which his dwelling house Now Standeth with other outhouses yardes & gardines thare in being [___]ing by Estimation two Roodes be it more or less abutting on the byway leading from the Centeniel hill on the South & on Steuen hartes land on the North & on Beniamim munes land on the East & on beniamim Bures land on the west.

      one parsell lying in the westfilld Containing by Estimation two acres more or les Abutting on the hyway leading from the Cowpastuer to mr Aliens land on the East & on the venters filld on the west & on will pratts land on the South & on Zachariah fi[lld]s land on the North.

      One parsell lying in the Souldiers find Contayning by Estimation one Rood be it more or less Abutting on the littell Riuer on the East & on the wett Swamp on the west & on Thom heal land on the South & on wi[ll] philipes land on the North.

      One parcell lying in the pyne filld Contayning by Estimation one acre & two Roodes be it more or less abutting on the hyway leading from the Cowpastuer to the old oxpastuer on the East & on the hyway leading from Coupastuer into the Countree on the North & on the way lying from the venters filld to the middell oxpastuer on the South & on [Da]niell Garrodes land on the westt.

      One parcell lying on the East Side of the greatt Riuer Contayning by Estimation fower acres be it more or less Abutting on the greatt Riuer on the west & on land now Common on the East & on Thomas Rootes land on the South & on Zachariah filldes land on the North.

      Zachariah Field bought about eight acres in Soldier's Field from the veterans who owned the lots, including the lots of "Samiwell halles" and "Thomas healles." His cow pasture land appears to have been sold to his brother, Thomas Hale. John Biddle bought from "Samuel Hall" three and a half acres on the west side of the Great River on the east side of Rocky Hill, 10 Mar. 1682/3.

      He was entitled as an original proprietor of Hartford to draw land, 12 June 1666, on the east side of the River next to Windsor bounds. His allotment, amounting to twenty-four acres, was sold 19 Mar. 1672 to Sarah Crook.

      Samuel Hale's marriage to the daughter of the minister of Wethersfield, in 1642 or by the beginning of 1646, presumably occasioned his removal to that town.

      He served on juries while residing in Wethersfield 4 Sept. and 9 Nov. 1643. On 4 Dec. 1645, he was fined twenty nobles "for his mysdemeanor by excesse in drinkeing," but was again called for jury duty, 1 Oct. 1646. In 1647 he was a selectman of Wethersfield.

      With his brother Thomas, he joined the first settlers of Norwalk, Conn., in 1651, and in 1655 his estate there was rated at £250, more than twice that of his brother Thomas, which places him among the wealthier residents of the young community. His prominence and popularity there are evidenced by his election to several terms of the Connecticut General Court. He served as Deputy at the sessions of Oct. 1656, Feb. and Oct. 1657, May and Oct. 1660.

      He sold his homelot and dwelling house to Robert Stewart, 8 Mar. 1660/1, and returned to Wethersfield. He was Deputy for that town at the session of May 1665. The names of Sam: HaiII senr., Sam: HaiII iunr. and John Haill appear in the Wethersfield list of freemen in 1669.

      In the list of families in Wethersfield dated 7 March 1669/70, "Samuell hale Seneor" is credited with nine persons, which seems to include all his surviving children except John Hale, who was separately listed with two children. Considerable light is thrown on his family by the will of Dr. Ebenezer Hills. . . .

      In 1671, "Samll Hale Junr aged about 26: yeares" and "John Hale aged 24 yeares or thereabouts" testified regarding damages their father Samuel Hale sustained by want of sufficient repairs of the buildings "hee hyred of the overseers of the Estate of Thomas Wells Esqr: Deceased."

      The will of Samuel Hale reads as follows:

      Glassonbury December the twenty sixt one thousand sixe hundred and ninetie two -

      I Samll Hale senir being of perfect understanding and memorie and perceiving in myself the symptoms of mortality and knowing that all flesh must yield to death when God shall call and being minded to sett things in order, doe make and declare this my last will and testamt in matter and form following, hereby revoking and annulling all former and other will and wills testament and testaments heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this to be taken onely for my last will and testamt and no other: And first and principally I comend my soul into the hands of almighty god, in christ Jesus my mercifull creator and redeemer, my body to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in such decent and christian like maner as to my executrs hereafter by me named shall seem meet and convenient - And for the setling of my temporall estate and such goods and Chattells as god of his meer bounty farre above my desert hath given to me, I doe give and dispose of the same in maner and forme following. And first my will is that all my debts whatsoever that I owe either in lawe or conscience to any prson or persons whatsoever be well and truely paid or ordained to be paid within convenient time after my decease, my debts and funerall expenses being discharged. As I have formerly given to my beloved sons Samuel, John, Thomas, and Benezer considerable portions in lands I doe now give and bequeath to my beloved son Samuel my Muskett and my two horsbrands. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son John a pair of shoes the best pair of my wearing shoes that I shall leave at my decease. Item I give and bequeath to my son Benezer all my right and title to threscore acrs of land granted to me by the Generall Court for my service in the pequot warre: my said right and title to stand as good and firm to him to all Intents and parposes and to his heirs for ever as it should or might have done to me and to my heirs for ever. I doe also give and bequeath to my said Beloved son Benezer my great bible and all the rest of my books except one of Mr Dikes his works formerly given to my daughter in law Naomi. Item I give and bequeath to my Beloved son Thomas my great Iron pott my grindstone and peas hook. Item I give to my said Beloved son Thomas all my Cask and barls whatsoever that have been used to hold Corn. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters Marie Rebeccah and Dorothie to each of them one of my greatest peauter platters. And to my said daughter Rebeccah I also give my three pint peauter pot. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Grandchildren John Hale and Thomas Hale the sons of my son John Hale, all my Interest in that tract of land lying on the east side of the said town of Glassenbury and being sixemiles in length and five in breadth, to have and to hold all my right and Interest in the said tract of land to them and their heirs for ever: And my will is that if either of my said grandchildren shall happen to dye before me, or under age: that then all my right and Interest in the said tract of land shall be to the surviver and to his heirs for ever. Item I give and bequeath to my said grandchild Thomas Hale my great chest and all my wearing Clothes, a sword, a great square glasse a pint glasse and a half pint glasse also all my axes hoes beetle rings and wedges also a horse or mare my sadle and handsaw and powder flask: and a hive of bees. Item I give and bequeath to my grandchild Abigail Benjamin all my bedsteds beds and bedding and all the linnen that I shall leave at my decease. Also 1 cowe and 1 mare and my great brass Kettle, my firepan tongs tramel frying pan and warming pan. Also one peauter platter and bason with my name on them, and a small bason, an Iron pot a quart skillet and a pint skillet, her grandmothers chest and all her grandmothers linnen and woollen (which I formerly Inguaged to her that she should have them) Also I give and bequeath to my said grandchild Abigail, my gridiron, chamber pot, two great chairs and a little one and all my wooden bowles platters dishes and spoons, a new pondering tub with the flesh I shall leave in it at my decease also my boxiron and heaters. Also my brass chafing dish, stewpan lid, lamp, and candlestick, two wheels two pair of Kards and Kneeding trough or bowl, my spit and sieve, also my pannel pillion and bridle scaels two pound weight 1 pound weight, half pound weight and 1 hive of bees I give to my said grandchild abigail. Also I give to her my half bushel my bear barrel a small milk keeler and two pails. And I doe appoint and constitute my forementioned beloved sons Samll Hale and Thomas Hale executrs of this my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett to my hand the day and year above written - Signed and delivered in the presence of us

      Samuel + Hale senr [his mark]

      Eleazr Kimberly
      Samuel Emons mark

      Eleazer Kimberly and samll Emons personally appearing this sixt day of december 1693 gave their severall respective testimonies upon oath before me that the abovewritten Instrument was signed and delivered by Samll Hale senr the testator therein mentioned as his last will and testament I say before me

      John Chester: Comisser

      Glassenbury Novembr 13: 1693 An Inventorie of the estate of Samll Hale senr deceased the 9th of this Instant - taken by us - Eleazr Kimberly and Joseph Hill select men [total value: £74,1 s., 0 d.] . . .

      Children of Samuel and Mary (Smith) Hale, born at Wethersfield:

      i. MARTHA, b. 2 Oct. 1643; d. young. . . .

      ii. SAMUEL, b. 7 Feb. 1644/5; d. 18 Nov. 1711. . . .

      iii. JOHN, b. 21 Feb. 1646/7; d. 19 July 1709. . . .

      iv. MARY, b. 29 Apr. 1649; d. probably by 1700. . . .

      v. REBECCA, b. 29 Oct. 1651. . . .

      vi. THOMAS, b. abt. 1654; d. 23 Dec. 1723. . . .

      vii. BENNEZER [Ebenezer], b. 29 July 1661; d. after 4 Feb. 1743/4.

      viii. DOROTHY, b. abt. 1667; d. at East Hartford, Conn., 23 June 1733 ae. 66 (g. s.); m. Lieut. JONATHAN HILLS, b. abt. 1664, d. at East Hartford, 29 Sept. 1727 ae. 61 (g. s.), son of William and Mary (Warner) (Steele) Hills. . . .
    Person ID I28625  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father John HALE 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Martha (HALE),   d. Bef 20 Apr 1620, Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F12486  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary SMITH 
    Married Bef 1643 
    Children 
     1. Samuel HALE,   b. 7 Feb 1645, Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1711, Glastonbury, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F12465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Phebe BRACY,   b. Between 1631 and 1636,   d. 19 Jan 1712, Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F12467  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart