Benjamin Hale, Sr.

Male 1731 - 1802  (71 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Hale 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1731  Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alt Death Lee County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 0___ 1759  Granville County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 0___ 1769  Dobbs County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1787-1798  Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Also Known As Benjamin Hail  [3
    Also Known As Benjamin Haile  [4
    Also Known As Bin Hale  [4
    Died ~ 1802  Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I47226  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2018 

    Father Thomas Hale,   b. 20 Sep 1680, Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1761, Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Hannah LNU,   b. 1689,   d. York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [2, 3
    Family ID F17332  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family unnamed spouse 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Thomas Rowe Hale,   b. 6 Mar 1759, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1842, (Franklin County) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. John Hale,   b. ~ 1765,   d. ~ 1833  (Age ~ 68 years)
     3. Rachel Hale
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F17325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1731 - Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - - Lee County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1759 - Granville County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1769 - Dobbs County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1787-1798 - Franklin County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - ~ 1802 - Franklin County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • Thu 1/12/2017 6:50 AM: SPAM LOW: Comments (John Hale b. 0___ 1726 Bedford County, Virginia d. 0___ 1785 Orange County, North Carolina)


      Comments (John Hale b. 0___ 1726 Bedford County, Virginia d. 0___ 1785 Orange County, North Carolina) [editor's note; go to: http://thehennesseefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I31312&tree=hennessee]:

      David, In my research I am coming to believe that Thomas Rowe Hale's father was Benjamin Hale and not John Hale (who) married to Mary Underhill.

      This belief is based on DNA from several descendants of Thomas Rowe Hale.

      The Haplogroup is different for John Hale than the descendants of Thomas Rowe Hale and Benjamin Hale is showing up in the same Haplogroup.

      John Hale Descendants are in a different Haplogroup.

      I have been in communication with several of the DNA contributors on the Hale Project with FTDNA.Com and there is a growing concensus that Thomas Hale's father was Benjamin Hale who was Son of Thomas Hale out of York Pennsylvania in Warrington Township.

      Have you done any research on the Hale family out of York PA? There has to be a connection to the Hale's of Baltimore but I have not found it yet.

      What do you know here and what is your opinion.

      Brenda Booze brenda54782!5@gmail.com .

      PS. You and I spoke a while ago. I am from Boynton Beach Fla and you live in West Palm.

      Brenda Booze

      brenda547825@gmail.com

      end of comment [1]
    • More on Benjamin Hale:

      Children of Benjamin Hale:

      William Hale b c1753 m Hannah Jones (see William Hale's RW pension application which proves he enlisted in same company as his brother Thomas)

      Thomas Hale b c1758d c1837 m1 Rachel Sheridan m2 (see Franklin Co VA Personal Property Tax records naming Thomas son of Benjamin Hale)

      Hannah Hale d/o Benjamin of Henry Co Va; Hannah m --?-- Gillespie (see Thomas Hale's RW pension application naming Hannah Gillespie as sister of Thomas Hale)

      John Hale (c1765-c1833) (s/o of Benjamin of Henry Co) m 1789 Susannah Wade(see Franklin Co VA Personal Property Tax records naming John son of Benjamin Hale)

      Benjamin b c1767 (s/o of Benjamin of Henry) m 1788 Dicey Franklin

      Rachel (d/o of Benjamin of Henry) m 1800 Josias Via (or Viar) (see transcription of marriage bond below)

      Richard Hale b c1768 married Tabitha Jones is a likely son of Benjamin (see my earlier follow-up message to Michelle Ligon's post in which I cited a land record in which John Hale and Richard Hale are both witnesses)


      Benjamin Hale Time Line:

      1753 Grant: Lord Granville to John Burt 29 October 1753. 640 acres in Granville County between Giles Creek and Bear Swamp OR: /s/ John Burt Wits: Jno Haywood, Sherwood Haywood surveyed 14 November 1750 SCC: Zach Martin, Marthis Crow Will Churton Surveyor (Patent Book 11, p. 312) [note: in 1757 John Burt of Orange County sells this land to Benj. Haile - see below. Giles Creek and Bear Swamp are in present-day n Franklin County; Giles Creek flows southwest into Tooles Creek and Bear Swamp Creek flows southwest into the Tar River. Property located very near to the village of Ingleside in present day Franklin Co NC. Located south of Vance and Warren Co NC which are due south of Mecklenburg Co VA]

      1757 Mar 10 1757 Benjamin Haile Executor LWT Thomas Smith Witnesses Edgecombe Co NC

      1757 6 May 1757 John Burt of Orange county, NC to Benj. Haile of Edgecombe Co NC for 30 pds. 640 acres in Granville Co NC

      1758 Halifax Co NC was formed in 1758 from Edgecombe Co NC

      1759 Granville Co NC Tax paid by Benjamin Haile

      1769 Dobbs Co NC census Benjamin Hale, Edward Hale, Hall Hale and Thomas Hale (Dobbs formed 1758 from south eastern part of Johnston Co)

      1769 Tax List - Dobbs County, NC(Dobbs was immediately to south of Edgecombe Co NC in 1769)
      HALE Benjamin 1 [WKH: If this is Benjamin of Henry then his sons Thomas and William would not have been of age to be listed as tithes so this Thomas listed in 1769 Dobbs Co must be Benjamin's brother or perhaps cousin and likewise this Edward listed in 1769 Dobbs Co is probably Benjamin's brother or perhaps a cousin. I cannot find Benjamin, Edward or Thomas on Dobbs Co tax roles for other years.]
      HALE Edward1[WKH: Edward is most likely Benjamin's younger brother.]
      HALE Thomas & son 2 [WKH: After 1761 I find no Essex Co records of Thomas s/o John Haile (d 1744 Essex) so perhaps this Thomas Hale is the brother of Benjamin of Essex—I need to check my time line for him.]

      8 June 1774 Abstract of LWT: Lane, Ephraim, Craven Co NC, Recorded July 21st, 1773; Proven June 8, 1774 Wife Sarah, Fred'k Todvine son of Mary, eldest daughter and son of brother Samuel Lane, Richard Casswell and Furnifold Green Executors. Test, Josiah Holt, Edward Haile, W. Mix, Richard Teer. Source: page 333 The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register by James Robert Bent Hathaway [WKH: this Edward Haile is most likely Benjamin's younger brother; in 1774 Craven Co bordered Dobbs Co on the east.]

      1778 Land in Dobbs Co NS (north side) Nuse R. Little Bogue
      Swamp, borders Charles Holmess. Deeded to Jonas Griffin by Benjamin Griffin. Signed
      Jonas Griffin, witnesses Benjm Haile, Dennis Griffin, Bryan Whitfield.
      4 Mar 1778. Jonas Griffin deed of sale for 440 acres, says he is of the County of
      Craven County, state of South Carolina to William Whitfield Junior of Dobbs
      County, North Carolina. In 1791 Dobbs Co divided into Glasgow Co and Lenoir Co. [WKH: Craven County, South Carolina, existed from 1682-1769 and encompassed the area north of Berkeley County to the North Carolina border.]

      1783 6 December 1783. Henry County: 190 acres on the north side of the South Fork of Pigg River.
      Benjamin Hale had a land grant in Henry Co.,VA on 12/6/1783. It was for 190A on the north side of South Fork of the Pigg River, Grants K, p 191.
      http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=101&last=&g_p=GK&collection=LOhttp://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=101&last=&g_p=GK&collection=LO (click on Document pages 101 and 102 to view the complete image of the grant).
      Grant Title Hale, Benjamin.
      Publication 6 December 1783.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.
      Related See also the following surname(s): Hail.
      Note Location: Henry County.
      Description: 190 acres on the north side of the South Fork of Pigg River.
      Source: Land Office Grants K, 1783-1784, p. 101-102 (Reel 51).

      Benjamin Hale is listed on the 1786 Franklin County VA Composite Tax List, Real & Personal indicating that he was living in what was to become Franklin Co before it was created as a county in 1786. The only Hales on this 1786 Tax List of Franklin Co were: Benjamin, Elizabeth, John,Joseph, Pearson and Thomas.

      Benjamin Hale, Sr. listed as paying his personal property taxes in Franklin Co VA in the years 1787-88-89-90-92-98 (with two white males over 16 in 1792). The PP tax records identifies John Hale as “Bin's son.” This John Hale son of Benjamin was found on PP tax records in the years 1797-98 only but was surety on Franklin Co marriage bonds as late as 1814 and as a witness to the will of his father-in-lawJohn Utley Wade in 1824 (not sure why I missed him on the PP tax records). In addition the tax record identifies our Thomas Hale as “Bin's son” and Thomas is listed on PP tax records in the years 1804-05-06-07-09-12-13-15-16-18-19.

      Benjamin Hale married Dicey Franklin November 13, 1788, Franklin County, VA. surety Benjamin Hale, Sr.

      Book 2 p 201: 17 June 1790 John Smith of Franklin Co conveys to Benjamin Hale of same, for 25 pounds, 100 acres on LittleOtter Creek (WKH: Note that Little Otter Creek is a tributary of Runnet Bag Creek) being part of his 300 acre survey...bounded by Daniel Hixson, Daniel Smith, the creek...

      Book 2 p 185: 4 Feb 1791 Robert & Wm Mavity of Franklin Co convey to Benjamin Hale of same, for 7 pounds, 95 acres .... on the branches of Little Otter Creek, Witnesses Richard Jones, Benjamin Smith, James Ward, Samuel Hairston, John Bramer, Thomas Prunty.

      Book 2 p 402 27 Jan 1792 Benjamin Hale conveys to Peter Young 190 acres on south side of Pigg River, being one entire tract Witnesses: David Barton, Joshua Barton, Jesse More

      Book 3 p 412 4 April 1797 (1796) Benjamin Hale conveys to Samuel Harrison 100 acres on Little Otter Creek bounded by Hixon's corner, Daniel Smith, the creek....

      2 Jan 1800 (or 1801) Rachel Hale married Josias Via witnessed by her father Benjamin Hale and John Hale (probably her brother--see transcription of the bond immediately below).

      31 Dec 1800 Josias Viar to Rachel Hale [the date on the bond below should probably be 1801, assuming that someone accidentally forgot to write the new year correctly--like you always have a problem with when writing checks in January] (see also Franklin County Marriages 1786-1858, Marshall Wingfield, West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis, Tennessee, 1939)
      Mr Jeames Callaway. Please to grant Josias Viar Lisens for to marry my Daughter Rachel hail and in so Doing you will oblige your friend Benjamin hail Mr Jeames Calliway
      Teste John Viar
      Benjamin hail
      John hail
      Know all men by these presents that We Josias Viar and John Viar are held and firmly bound unto James Manson Esq. Governor or Chief Magistrate of the State of Virginia in the Sum of One hundred & fifty Dollars to which payment well and truly to be made We bind Ourselves and each of us, Our & each of our Heirs Executors and Admrs Jointly and Severally firmly by these Presents Sealed with Our Seals & Dated this 2d Day of January 1800
      The Condition of this Obligation is Such that Whereas there is a marriage Shortly intended to be had & solemnized between the above bound Josias Viar & Rachel Hale now if there Shall be no lawful cause to Obstruct said marriage then this Obligation to be Void else remain in force.
      Josias Viar
      John Via

      I am nearly certain that Benjamin Hale is the son of Thomas Hale who died 1761 in Warrington Township York Co PA (see his LWT immediately below).

      The Will, Filing and Inventory of Thomas Hale of Warrington Township, York Co., PA is as follows:

      In the name of God Amen. The 12th of y 8th mo. 1761 I Thomas Hale of ye Township of Warrington in ye County of York & Province of Penncilvania Taylor, being verry sick & weak in Body, but of perfet memory & Mind, Thanks be given unto God; Hery calling unto mind ye Mortality of my Body, knowing ______ it is appointed for all Men once to die, do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament, That is today, principally & first of all, I give & Secommend my Soul into ye Hands of Almighty God _____[?] give
      it, and my Body I recommend to ye Earth, to be Buried in Decent Christain Burial, at ye discretion of my Executors, nothing Doubting but at ye General Rana____[?]. I shall receive ye same again, by ye mighty Power of God. And as Touching men Wordly Estate is herewith has pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give demise & dispose of ye same in ye following manner & fore that is to say.

      First, I give & bequeath to my well & dearly beloved Wife Hannah the sum of Ten Pound, Lawful money of Penncilvania to be levied out of my Estate, Bed and Furniture & two horses name of Sparky & Sorall, a cow called Cherry, whom I likewise confer be be make and ordain my Exectriss with my well beloved Friend, [the appears to be a mark here without a name] Executor, with her. Allowing this also all my Lands Houses out houses barn & every other thing belonging ______ [illegible] except my son Richards seventy acres.

      I give & bequeath to my Son John Hale one Shilling Sterling Currency.
      I give & bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Buffenton one Shilling Sterling Currency.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Joseph Hale one Shilling Sterling Currency.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Benjamin Hale one Shilling Sterling Currency.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Willm Hale Two pounds Lawfull money of Penncilvania.
      I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Prunty Two pounds Lawfull money of Penncilvania.
      I give & bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Biggs, Two pounds Lawfull money of Penncilvania.
      I give & bequeath to my Daughter Ann Hale Two pounds Lawfull money affs.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Richard Hale a Black Colt named Buck. Twenty acres of Land ajoyning the Line of James Pickett.
      I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Hale Two pounds lawful money of Penncilvania.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Thos Hale Two pounds Lawful money of Penncilvania.
      I give & bequeath to my Son Edward Hale Two pounds Lawful money of Penncilvania.

      And I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke & disannul all & every other former Testament, Wills, Legersies, Bequeaths & Executors, by me in any ways before me and willed & bequethed, ratifying & confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will & Testament. In witness wherof I have herunt set my hand & seal ye Day y Year above Written. Thomas Hale (appears to be in his hand)

      Sign'd, seal'd published pronounced &
      declar'd by the said Thomas hale as his
      Last Will & Testament a ye foresence of
      my subscribers.
      Robert Vale (his hand)
      Brian Prunty [his mark BP with a cross through the bottom of the P]

      York County

      Before me George Stevenson Esq. Dep. "R" for the Probate of Wills for granting Letters of Administration for the said County of York personally came Robert Vale & Brian Brunty the two subscribing Witnesses to the within instrument of writing the former on his solemn Affermation & the latter on his solemn Oath do say That they were personally present & saw and heard Thomas Hale therin named sign Seal publish & declare the same as & for his last Will & Testament that at that Time he (the said Thomas) was of sound & disposing mind and memory, and that the Named Robert Vale is the proper Hand writing of the said Robert & the mark BP is the proper mark of the said Brian & further they say not.

      Affirmed sworn and subscribed at York the 20th day of August 1761
      Robert Vale
      Brian Prunty [his mark]
      Before Geo. Stevenson D."R"

      The following is an annotated list of the children of Thomas Hale of Warrington Township York Co PA with the children listed in the order they appeared in Thomas' LWT.

      Thomas Hale b c1700 d 1761 Warrington York Co PA
      Children in order listed in LWT [WKH: rough estimates of birth dates assuming Thomas' LWT listed the sons and daughters in order of birth and assuming 2 years between births with 1748 marriage of Sara as a base]:

      1. John Hale b c1725 [WKH: probably explored Halifax Co VA and entered land there as early as 1755 and had left PA for good by 1768--see Richard Hale's estate administration papers.]

      2. Sarah (Hale) Buffenton b c1727 [WKH: Sarah Hale m Thomas Buffington 1748; Source: In the LDS site, there is a listing for a marriage of Sarah Hale and Thomas Buffington accounced at the Kennett Monthly Meeting of Quakers on September 17, 1748. These records are housed at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and they will do searches if you request. Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/buffington/messages/1141.html]http://genforum.genealogy.com/buffington/messages/1141.html]

      3. Joseph Hale b 1729 [WKH: probably explored Halifax Co VA and entered land there on 17 Feb 1763.]

      4. Benjamin Hale b 1731 [WKH: Might this be the Benjamin Hayle found in both the 1769 Tax List and Census of Dobbs Co NC? And who bought and sold land in Edgecombe and ]

      5. William Hale b 1733 [WKH: probably explored Halifax Co VA and entered land there in 1762 and had left PA for good by 1768--see Richard Hale's estate administration papers. Might this be the William Hale who on April 3rd 1779 was shot and wounded by Indians near Muncy's on Walker Creek but managed to make his way to the New River residence of a Shannon family who lived near the Big Crossing of New River? Source: Letter from Col William Preston to Capt William Robinson on pages 275 and 276 of Frontier Advance on the Upper Ohio, 1778-1779, Edited By Louise Phelps Kellogg.]

      6. Mary (Hale) Prunty b 1735 [WKH: Mary m 19 May 1760 York Co PA in Christ Lutheran Church to Thomas Prunty s/o Brian(?) Prunty; Thomas and Mary appear to have moved to Pigg River in Henry/Franklin Co by 18 May 1778.]

      7. Hannah (Hale) b 1737 m --?-- Biggs

      8. Ann Hale b1739

      9. Richard Hale b 1741 (received 20 acres of his father's property) died prior to June 1767 when his Pittsylvania Co VA estate administration was initiated by his brother William in June 1767; his York Co PA estate was administered by Thomas Prunty 10 May 1768 [WKH: Richard probably explored Halifax/Pittsylvania Co VA and entered land there in 1765 and may have died there shortly before June 1767.]

      10. Elizabeth Hale b 1743

      11. Thomas Hale b c1745 [WKH: I think this Thomas was b 1742 d 1812 s and is the one who married Jane Armstrong. And after his father died in 1761 that he joined his older brother Benjamin in NC, then the two brothers moved to Pigg River about the same time c1778.Might this be the Thomas Hayle found in both the 1769 Tax List and 1769 Census of Dobbs Co NC? If Thomas was in fact born c1742, then probably not given that the 1769 tax record listed Thomas with a son presumed to be 16 years or older indicating he was born before c1732. The Thomas Hale who married Agnes Price was bornc1755 died 1802 and m 1780 and I think he was the son of one of the older sons of Thomas Hale (d 1761 York Co PA) probably John or William.
      However note that some believe that the Thomas Hale who married Jane Armstrong was b 19 Oct 1742 son of Henry Hale b 25 Mar 1721 (m 10 Sep 1721 Mary Bradley) s/o Nicholas & Frances Hale of Baltimore MD. Source: The descendants of Thomas Hale of Delaware http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsoftho00stre/descendantsoftho00stre_djvu.txt]http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsoftho00stre/descendantsoftho00stre_djvu.txt]

      12. Edward Hale b c1747 [WKH: I think this is the Edward who on 26 Sep 1786 “late of Lunenburg” married Martha Purdew. After his father died in 1761 he may have joined his older brother Benjamin in NC too. If so he would be the Edward Hayle found in both the 1769 Tax List and 1769 Census of Dobbs Co NC.]

      end of report [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S10246] Brenda Booze, , commented on the antecedents of Thomas Row Hale, Thursday, January 12th, 2017, a.

    2. [S10251] "Thomas Hale Will" submitted January 13, 2016 by Brenda Carol Booze, brenda547825@gmail, abstracted, downloaded and publ.

    3. [S10252] "Descendants of Thomas Hale" submitted January 13, 2016 by Brenda Carol Booze, brenda547825@gmail, abstracted, downloade.

    4. [S10247] "More on Benjamin Hale", By william hale June 17, 2009 at 11:51:46, abstracted, downloaded and published Thursday, Janua.