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Thomas Hale, Sr.

Also Known As: "Hale", "Haile", "Hall", "Halle", "Hayle"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Watton-At-Stone,,Hertfordshire,England
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hale, the Elder and Joan Hale (Kirby)
Husband of Thomasine Hale; Mary Hale and Jane Hale
Father of Thomas Hale, of Newbury; John Hale, of Newbury; Apphia Rolfe; Samuel Hale; Bridget Earle and 4 others
Brother of Diones Beane; Mary Hale; Dorothy Hale; Capt. Samuel Hale, Sr.; Elizabeth Hale and 6 others

Occupation: Name may also be HAILLES/HAILES/HAYLES
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About Thomas Hale, Sr.

Family listed in "Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts"

Hale Haile Hall Halle Hayle 177

Sergt 206

Apphia 176 181

John 154 175 176

Richard 845

Thomas 42 70 111 119 120 124 126,133 147 165 175 176 202 206 254 446

also, Hall 168

Samuel 169 363 378 379

From the Genealogy of descendants of Thomas Hale of Watton, England, and of Newbury, Mass., Robert S. Hale,Albany, N.Y. Weed, Parsons & Co. 1889:

According to Robert. S. Hale in, Genealogy of Descendant of Thomas Hale of Watton, England and of Newbury, Mass, both Savage & Coffin were incorrect about the ancestry of Thomas Hale. Robert Hale points to a letter published in The Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, 4th series, vol. vii, p.10 of a letter from Francis Kirby to Gov. John Winthrop, Sr., dated May 1737 as further proof of the real ancestry of Thomas Hale. In the second paragraph Francis Kirby states:

"These are now to intreat you that you would be assistante to the bearer herof (Thomas Hale, my neer kinsman) in your councell & aduise to put him in the way how & where to settle himself in a hopefull way of subsisteinge with his family. He hath brought with him all his estate, which he hath . . ."

The rest of the letter deals with Thomas and his family needs starting out in the American colonies. It is signed, "Your loving frend, Fra: Kirby. Coffin & Savage have the date of Thomas Hale settling in Newbury in 1635, rather than 1737, the date of Thomas Hale's introduction to Governor Winthrop, Sr.

There was correspondence between John Kirby and both John Winthrop the elder and younger between the years of 1631-1239. Although these letters are about business, they show a very cordial relationship between Francis and especially John Winthrop the younger. They contain information about local and family news.

In addition to this letter, the author, Robert Hale had a noted genealogist, Col. Joseph L. Chester investigate our Thomas Hale's English ancestry. Robert Hale says of Col. Chester that his research was "conducted with his well-known accuracy and thoroughness, established beyond question that Thomas of Newbury was not identical with Thomas the son of Richard of King's Walden, but is another Thomas Hale, son of an English yeoman, born in the neighboring parish of Hertfordshire, within a few weeks, probably within days of Thomas the son of Richard."

Francis Kirby was the uncle of our Tomas Hale. Thomas was the namesake of his father, also Thomas Hale of the parish of Watton, otherwise called Watton-at-Stone in Hertfordshire. The elder Thomas Hale's wife was Joan Kirby of the parish of Little Munden, and the sister of Francis Kirby. Thomas was probably born at Watton on the 15 Jun 1606, as "Thomas Hale, son of Thomas and Joane."

Another indication of the ancestry of Thomas Hale is proved by all the family records that can be found for the Kirby and Hale family in Mutton. Included among these records are these two entries found in the Registry of baptisms in the parish church of Watton: " 1633. Nov. 18. Thomas Hale, son of Thomas and Thomasine." "1635. April 19. John Hale, son of Thomas and Thoasine."

~Genealogy of descendants of Thomas Hale of Watton, England, and of Newbury, Mass.. pgs. 1-16



Thomas Hale was baptized in Watton-at Stone, Herford, England on 15 June 1606 and died in Newbury, Massachusetts on 21 December 1682, age 76. He married in London at St. Helen's Bishopsgate, on 11 December 1632. Thomasine Doucette d/o Gabriel and Mercy Doucettt. She was born about 1610, and died in Newbury 30 January 1682/3. He was called a glover in the marriage record.

Thoms Hale came to New England in the HECTOR, apparently in the summer of 1637. He soon went to Newbury and appointed one of the Haywards September 7, 1638. About 1645 he moved to Haverhill where he became one of the selectmen and a commissioner for the trial of small causes. He was appointed in 1648 to keep the ferry across the river and elected constable in 1649. He was made sergeant of the military company of Newbury and later captain.

Submitted by Gladys Harris who adapted it from Threfall's Fifty Great Migration Colonists to America.

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Thomas Hale, Sr.'s Timeline

May 15, 1606
June 15, 1606
Watton, Hertfordshire, England
June 15, 1606
June 15, 1606
June 15, 1606
Watton-at-Stone, Hertsfordshire, England
June 15, 1606
Watton-At-Stone, Hertsfordshire, England
June 15, 1606
Watton-At-Stone, Hertsfordshire, England
June 15, 1606
June 15, 1606
Watton-At-Stone, Hertsfordshire, England