About Dea. Robert Hale
- Born: 1606, Canterbury, Kent, England.
- married: Jane or Joanna UNKNOWN, Joanna CUTLER (or CUTTER)
- Died: 16 July 1659, Charlestown, Ma., U.S.A
Robert Hale is identified alternately as a blacksmith and ensign.
The Hales were among the passengers coming to New England as part of The Winthrop Fleet, a group of 11 vessels that comprised the "great emigration" of 1630.
From The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham, ed., pub 1987 - This year Mr. Winthrop with six ships & 1000 people landed at Massachusetts, having two years previously sent 300-400 servants to provide houses & corn which they neglected to do through idleness (Calendars of State Papers, American & Colonial Series 1574-1660, W. Noel Sainsbury, Ed., pub 1860). The principal undertakers for the Plantation in Massachusetts Bay who have gone over with their wives & children are: John Winthrop, the Governor, & 3 of his sons; Sir Richard Saltonstall & 5 children; Isaac Johnson with wife, Lady Arbella & Mr. Charles Fines, sister & brother of the Earl of Lincoln; Mr. Dudley, his wife & children; Coddington & wife & 2 daughters; Vassall & wife; & Mr. Revell (ibid.) 29 Sep 1630 - Petition of Samuel Aldersley, Matthew Cradock, Nathaniel Wright, John Humphrey & others of the Massachusetts Bay Company for renewal of letters patent of 4 March 1629 by which the Company was to settle the Plantation. The ships freighted this year carried more passengers than were expected, many poor people pressing aboard. Through slothfulness of the servants the planting of corn was neglected; many have died & the remaining 1000 persons fear attack by savages (ibid.)
Facts about this person:
Emigration April 1630 Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Winthrop Fleet
Immigration June 1630 Salem, Massachusetts
From the Great Migration Project
- ORIGIN: Unknown
- MIGRATION: 1630
- FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
- REMOVES: Charlestown 1632
- OCCUPATION: Carpenter.
- CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admitted to Boston church as member #18, which would be in the fall of 1630 [ BChR 13]; "Robert Hayle and Joan his wife" dismissed to church at Charlestown, 14 October 1632 [BChR 16]; "Robert [and] Jone Hale" were among the founding members of Charlestown church, 2 November 1632 [ ChChR 7]. He was deacon of the church at Charlestown [ ChVR 1:38].
- FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 [ MBCR 1:368].
- EDUCATION: His inventory included books valued at £2.
- OFFICES: Charlestown selectman, 13 February 1635/6, 17 February 1636/7, 12 February 1637/8 [ ChTR 16, 24, 34]. Lotlayer, 11 April 1637, 1 May 1637, 29 January 1637/8, 3 April 1638 [ChTR 24, 28, 34, 35]. (Town records not searched after 1638.)
During the 1650s Robert Hale was called on frequently by the Colony to lay out lands in the wilderness or to assist in settling disputes over land [MBCR 3:290, 418, 435, 4:1:117, 282, 295, 305, 334, 353, 373, 438]. Middlesex jury, 1 July 1653 [ Pulsifer 40]. Sergeant by 1652 [MBCR 3:290, 4:1:117]; ensign by 1658 [MBCR 4:1:353; ChVR 1:37]. Admitted to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1644 [ HAHAC 1:141].
ESTATE: Granted three acres of planting ground, 10 January 1634/5 [ChTR 12]. Surrendered five acres of land Mystic Side, 1635 [ChTR 14]. Assigned one share of hayground in 1635, increased to two shares [ChTR 19, 20]. Had five acres of land Mystic Side, 1637 [ChTR 27]. Recorded with two and three-quarters cow commons, 1637, and with four cow commons in the stinted common, 30 December 1637 [ChTR 32, 42]. In the Mystic Side allotments received parcels of fifteen, forty and five acres [ChTR 37].
In the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions "Robert Hayle" held thirteen parcels: dwelling house with yard and garden, one rood on the southwest of Mill Hill; three acres arable land in East Field; three acres arable land in Line Field; two acres meadow and pasture in South Mead; two acres meadow in South Mead; four milch cow commons; six acres in Line Field; five acres woodland in Mystic Field; fifteen acres woodland in Mystic Field; fifty acres in West Rockfield; two acres meadow in South Mead; two acres meadow in South Mead; and half an acre of meadow in Mystic Field [ ChBOP 19-20]. On 19 June 1652 James Brown of Charlestown, glazier, sold to Robert Hale of Charlestown, carpenter, two acres and a quarter in Charlestown [ MLR 11:43-44]. On 28 October 1654 "Randall Nickols and Elizabeth Nickolls my wife" of Charlestown sold to Robert Hale, carpenter, of Charlestown three-quarters of an acre in Charlestown [MLR 5:104, 7:295]. In his will, dated 26 June 1647 but not admitted for probate, "Rob[e]rt Hale of Charlestowne in New England carpenter being sick in body" bequeathed to "my wife a third part of my whole estate & £20 more"; the remainder to be divided into five parts, "a half of which I give my son John two parts to be paid him at twenty-one years of age"; to "my son Samuell one and a half to be paid him at twenty-one years of age"; "my will is that my sons be brought up in learning & then to be put to such trades, as my executrix & overseers shall think meet"; to "my two daughters, Mary & Joanna," the two remaining parts paid them at eighteen years or marriage, whichever is first; "I desire our pastor may have the next swarm of bees but one"; "I would have my Mr. Nowell to have the next swarm after our pastor's, or the first in the spring"; "if my eldest son die before he come to age, his brother to enjoy half his part & my two daughters the other half"; if "my wife dispose of herself in marriage, my desire is my overseers should take bond of him that marrieth her"; "my wife" sole executrix; "my master Nowell, our pastor, & brother Brankenborow" overseers [ MPR Misc 188-89]. The inventory of the estate of "Robert Hale of Charlstowne deceased the 16th of the 5th month 1659" totalled £407 18s. 3d., of which £241 5s. was real estate: "dwelling house with outhousing, a backside & orchard," £110; "ten acres of land in the East Field at the backside of the orchard," £50; "a close for pasture with a piece of land adjoined to it next the ten acres," £6; "a piece of marsh by Mr. Trumbell's," £2; "five haylots in the south meadow by Mr. Ward's," £24; "two acres of meadow at the neck of land," £6; "by Woburne mill a piece of land," £12; "in Menotomie fech [sic, fetch?] next the bridge six acres," £6; "at Mistickside by James Barret's a piece of land," £2; "by William Johnson's lot at Mistickside 3 acres of land," £5; "five cow commons and a quarter," £26 5s.; and "a wood lot," £2 [MPR Case #10083]. The division of the estate of Robert Hale of Charlestown was brought to court 27 December 1659 and resulted in property to the value of £150 given to "Johanna Hale the relict widow of the said Robert" including "half the dwelling house, half the barn and half the orchard" £55, "three acres and a half of land on the hill behind the orchard, the close beyond it, and meadow adjoining to the close" £23 10s., "two haylots in the South Meadow" £18 10s., and "one cow common" £5; property to the value of £100 given to "John Hale his eldest son" including a "piece of marsh" £2, "four haylots in the south meadow" £16, "the land at Woeburne" £12, "six acres of land at Notomy bridge" £6, "the piece of land at Misticke side" £2; "two acres of land in the field behind the house" £10, "a cow common & a quarter" £6 17s.; property to the value of £75 given to "Samuell Hale his younger son" including "half the house, half the barn and half the orchard, yard & front" £55, "two acres and a half of land in the field behind the orchard" £12 10s., "a cow common" £5 10s., and "the woodlot belonging to the house" £2; property to the value of £50 given to "his son & daughter Edward Willson and his wife Mary Willson to make up what they formerly received" which had included "a house plot" £20, and now included a "cow common" £3 5s.; and property to the value of £50 given to "Johanna Hale his younger daughter" including "common" £5; "three acres of land at Mistick side" £5, and "the piece of meadow at the neck of land" £10 [MPR Misc 189-90]. On 7 September 1660 Johanna Hale the elder, widow of Robert Hale, her son John Hale, and her daughter Johanna Hale the younger (through her guardian Randall Nickolls) agreed on the division of haylots [MLR 2:126]. On 6 October 1662 Richard Jacob, Joanna Jacob and John Hale confirm "that our dear and honored relation Robert Hale later of Charlestown, deceased, above three years since did sell unto Zecheriah Long" of Charlestown about half an acre with a dwelling house [MLR 11:37]. On 12 July 1670 "Joannah Hacob, wife of Richard Jacob of Ipswich, formerly wife of Ensign Robert Hale of Charlestowne, deceased," deposed about "a lot of land my husband had at Woburne near Samuel Richardson for about twenty years before his death" [MLR 4:120]. In her will, dated 30 July 1679 and proved 20 December 1681, "Joanna Jacob of Charlstown, widow," bequeathed to "my son John Hale all my orchard & yard between my son Wilson's ground and my house ... he paying my son Joseph Jacob ten shillings & paying debts & discharge of my funeral and giving his daughter Rebecca twelve pounds"; to "my grandchild Lydia Hale all my part of the house I now dwell in ... and an acre of my land in the field, reserving the use of the said house & land to her mother my daughter Hale while she continueth my son's widow"; to "my grandchildren Mary and Joanna Wilson all my meadow salt & fresh that lyeth between Mr. Ward's & millpond to be equally divided between them"; to " Katherine Willson my cow commonage in Charlstowne stinted commons"; to "my grandsons John & Edw[ar]d Wilson each of them half an acre of my tillage land in the fields, what I here give my daughter Wilson's children it is to be understood that their said mother shall have liberty to use during her natural life"; to "my grandson Rob[er]t Hale my pastureland which was lately a close adjoining to Deacon Stilson's close with the watering place in the same"; to "my daughter Larkin half an acre of my land in the field during her life & after to return to her children and my remaining acre of land in the field I give to be equally divided between my daughter Larkin's four children"; moveables to "my daughter Rebecca Hale," to "my daughter Lydia Hale," to "my daughter Larkin," to "my daughter Wilson," to "daughter Willard," to "daughter Judith Hasill," to "my grandson Willson," to "my grandchild Rebecca Hale," to "my son Wilson" and "his daughter Elizabeth," to "my grandchild Mary Wilson," to "Joanna Wilson," to "Katherine Wilson," to "my grandchild Joanna Larkin," and to "my daughter Larkin's two daughters"; "the rest of my household stuff I give to be divided by my three daughters dwelling in Charlstowne"; "my son Jno. Hale to be my sole executor"; "my friends Deacon Jono. Cuttler & Mr. Joseph Lynde to be overseers" [MPR 5:296-98]. The inventory of the estate of Joanna Jacob was taken 17 December 1681 and totalled £264 4s. 6d., including £236 in real estate: "4 acres of land in the field," £80; "one-half house & orchard &c.," £130; "about 2 acres of salt marsh & 1 fresh meadow," £20; and "a cow common," £6 [MPR 5:298-99].
BIRTH: By about 1607 based on estimated date of marriage. DEATH: Charlestown 16 July 1659 (recorded twice, and described once as ensign and once as deacon) [ChVR 1:37, 38]. MARRIAGE: By 14 October 1632 Joanna _____ [BChR 16]; she married (2) Charlestown 24 September 1662 Richard Jacob [ChVR 1:41; see also MLR 3:260, 357 for marriage covenant and related agreements]. She died at Charlestown on 28 November 1681 (as "Mrs. Joanna Jacob of Charles Towne, relict of Mr. Richard Jacob of Ipswich") [ChVR 1:66]. CHILDREN:
i JOHN, b. Charlestown 3 June 1636 [ChVR 1:4]; bp. Charlestown 5 June 1636 [ChChR 46]; Harvard 1657 [ Sibley 1:509-20]; m. (1) Ipswich 15 December 1664 Rebecca Byley; m. (2) Beverly 31 March 1684 Sarah Noyes; m. (3) Newbury 8 August 1698 widow Elizabeth (Somerby) Clark "Sr." [ Hale, House 290]. ii MARY, b. Charlestown 17 May 1639 [ChVR 1:4]; bp. Charlestown 19 May 1639 [ChChR 48]; m. Charlestown 6 November 1656 Edward Wilson [ChVR 1:20]. iii ZACHARIAS, b. Charlestown 3 April 1641 [ChVR 1:4]; d. Charlestown 5 June 1643 [ChVR 1:4]. iv SAMUEL, b. Charlestown 9 April 1644 [ChVR 1:9]; m. Charlestown 19 March 1668 Lidea Maynard [ChVR 1:25]. v JOANNA, b. say 1646; m. Charlestown 9 November 1664 John Larkin [ChVR 1:50; NEHGR 23:436].
ASSOCIATIONS: Joanna Hale, sister of Robert Hale, may have been the wife of Edward Larkin of Charlestown, and later of John Penticost, also of Charlestown [ Stevens-Miller Anc 144]. (The argument made by Holman on this point has been undercut by the work of Douglas Richardson, who has made the case that the first wife of John Penticost was not the sister of Edward Larkin [ TAG 62:118-20].) It has been suggested, without documentation, that Robert Hale's wife Joanna was a Cutter.
Robert Hale named "brother Brankenborow" [i.e., WILLIAM BRACKENBURY] an overseer of his will, but this probably reflected brotherhood in the church.
COMMENTS: Robert Hale was admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown in April 1633 [ChTR 9]. He was included in the lists of Charlestown inhabitants dated 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [ChTR 10, 15]. He was one of those who signed the agreement creating the office of selectman in Charlestown, 10 February 1634/5 [ChTR 13].
Wyman includes a second son named Zachary, without date of birth, who married Mary Williams and had son Zachary born 7 September 1676. The Charlestown vital records include the birth on that date of Zachary, son of Zachary and Marie Foule [ChVR 1:98], and the assumption must be that Wyman misread Foule as Hale. In her will Joanna (_____) (Hale) Jacob made bequests to son Joseph Jacob, daughter Willard and daughter Judith Hasill; these were children of her second husband, Richard Jacob. On 21 June 1653, Robert Hale was one of several men empowered by the court to make the best improvement of the estate of William Smith for the benefit of Smith's children [Pulsifer 38].
Massachusetts Ensign of Train Band---1658. Member of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co.--1644
Cited #2170 in Gen. Soc. of Colonial Wars---published 1922.
Dea. Robert Hale's Timeline
Canterbury, Kent, England
April 4, 1636
Charlestown (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 17, 1639
Charlestown (within present Boston), Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
April 3, 1641
Charlestown (within present Boston), Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
February 9, 1644
Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
July 16, 1659
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony