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William H. Hale

Male 1828 - 1874  (45 years)


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  • Name William H. Hale 
    Born 13 Dec 1828  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Blackberry Twp, Kane, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 

    • William Shallies, 68, farmer, CT
      Martha ", 3, IL
      William Hale, 21 (or 22), laborer, CT
      Emily, 19, NY
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      William also listed at Aurora, Kane IL this year with mother and siblings
    Census 1860  St. Joseph, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 

    • William Hale, 31, farmer, CT
      Caroline Hale, 23, NY
      Emma J. Hale, 6, IL
    Census 1870  Benton Twp, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Federal 

    • Hale - William, 28, farmer, CT
      " Caroline, 33, keeps house, NY (ages are reversed)
      " Emma, 16, IL
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 20 Nov 1874  St. Joseph Twp, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Born 13 Dec 1828 he undoubtedly moved with his parents to OH before 1834, where three of his siblings were born, and to IL before 1840, where his youngest brother was born (have not located the family in 1830 OH or 1840 IL census records yet). According to his military pension records (for service in the Civil War) he married twice. His first wife was probably Emily Stage, daugther of Elisha and Lucy (Drake) Stage. They married 15 Sep 1848 in DeKalb Co IL and are listed in the 1850 census at Blackberry Twp, Kane IL with William Shallies - who was Emily's uncle (by marriage - his wife was Rebecca Drake (who died in 1850 before the census as she is not listed), sister of Emily's mother). This census page is dated 29 Oct 1850. Same census year, page dated 11 Nov 1850, William is listed, without Emily, at Aurora, Kane IL with his mother and four Hale siblings. According to his pension records his first wife died, so it is possible Emily died between those two census dates in 1850. In that Aurora census William's mother's name is Mary GOODELL and not Hale. She had married to Leonard Goodale on 5 Apr 1848 in Kane Co and he apparently died before the 1850 census (was there an epidemic going around IL at this time?).

      He married second to Caroline P. Sweet, daughter of Henry M. and Harriet (Brown) Sweet, on 28 Jul 1852 at Oswego, Kendall IL. Their daughter Emma Jane was born 19 Dec 1854 in Aurora. Sometime before 1860 they moved to Berrien Co MI, listed at St. Joseph Twp in the 1860 census (Caroline's Sweet family had also moved to Berrien Co MI before 1860). Apparently the family moved back to Aurora IL after the 1860 census for on 7 Aug 1862 William enlisted at Aurora IL into Co. E of the 124th Illinois Volunteer Infantry for service in the Civil War. He was discharged at Camp Douglas in Chicago on 15 Aug 1865 - his discharge papers describe him as 5'10" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair. A biographical sketch of his son-in-law Daniel Moore in 'Portrait & Biographical Record of Berrien & Cass Counties Michigan' says the family then moved from Aurora IL to Benton Harbor, Berrien MI "in 1869 when daughter Emma was 15". In 1870 the family is listed at Benton Twp, Berrien MI, William a farmer.

      William died at the age of 45 on 20 Nov 1874 from illnesses attributed to his Civil War service. He and Caroline are buried at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Caroline died in 1918, she did not remarry.
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      A family history book started by William and Caroline's daughter Emma Jane (Hale) Moore gives William's middle name as "Woodbridge", though nearly every public record of him gives his middle initial as "H" (and one, a Civil War pension record I believe, gives it as "C"). Emma unfortunately gave no family ancestry of either the Hales or Sweets in her book - except for one possibility noted on a loose scrap of paper inserted in the book. On that scrap of paper was written William's birth and death information, and above and indented to the left was written: "Died Oct the 30 1868 Henry Hale". From that tidbit I had assumed Emma possibly meant that Henry was William's father - William's death record in MI doesn't name either of his parents. Also, Emma giving her father's middle name as "Woodbridge" I thought might be a clue to his mother's maiden name - I knew the mother was probably the Mary he and his siblings were listed with in the 1850 census but did not know her maiden name. So for many years in my search for William's ancestry I thought William's parents were possibly a Henry and Mary (___) Hale.

      In March 2013 I received an email from Lee Doxey, a descendant of William's brother Horace Hale. Lee and her mother Isabelle Weaver had been researching Horace's ancestry and from Horace's death record learned his parents were George and Mary Lovina (Cadwell) Hale. George and Mary (Cadwell) Hale married in 1827 at Simsbury, Hartford CT, and though the book doesn't list their children, 'Hale, House and Related Familes' by Jacobus and Waterman gives the ancestry of George Hale back to the emigrant, and one of the founders of Hartford CT, Samuel Hale. Thank you to Lee and Isabelle!

      Now to find what Emma meant by giving William's middle name as "Woodbridge". Mary's Cadwell ancestry is unknown (so far). Could that be a clue to one of her parents? And "Henry Hale" who died in 1868 - who was he? Could he be another son of George and Mary? If he had been old enough to be on his own by 1850 he wouldn't have been listed with Mary and her children in the 1850 census. William was born 1828 and then there's a 6 year gap until the birth of the next known child - Sarah, in 1834. Then Horace was b. 1836, Mary abt. 1838 and Albert in 1840. A son Henry would fit nicely between 1828 and 1834, and if born about that time would've been old enough to be on his own or perhaps living/working elsewhere.
    Person ID I68  Ives-Leedom
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 

    Father George Hale,   b. Abt 1804, prob Ellington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1840, prob Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Mary Lovina Cadwell,   b. Abt 1806, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1881, Aurora, Kane, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 1 May 1827  Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F235  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Emily Stage,   b. Abt 1831, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Nov 1850, prob Blackberry, Kane, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1848  DeKalb Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to the 1850 census of IL William and Emily were married within a year of the census, though IL marriage indexes list the marriage on 15 Sep 1848 at DeKalb Co IL: William HALE and Emily STAGS.
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F2793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Caroline P. Sweet,   b. 10 Oct 1836, Cortland, Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1918, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 26 Jul 1852  Oswego, Kendall, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Emma Jane Hale,   b. 19 Dec 1854, Aurora, Kane, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1931, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S179] Pension Records, Civil War, obtained from National Archives Trust Fund, 1894., William Hale.