Thomas Hale, Hartford Founder

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Compiled by Timothy Lester Jacobs, SDFH Genealogist

THOMAS1 HALE, HARTFORD FOUNDER (JOHNA) was baptized 24 Jun 1610 in Watton at Stone, Hertford, England, and died bef. 19 Feb 1678/79 in Norwalk, CT. He married (1) JANE LORD Feb 1639/40 in Roxbury, MA. She was born abt. 1619 in England, and died bef. 1659 in prob Norwalk, CT. He married (2) MARY NASH 14 Dec 1659 in Charlestown, MA, daughter of WILLIAM NASH and MARY ______. She died bet. 1696 - 1699.

The date of baptism and parentage of Thomas Hale, brother of Founder Samuel Hale and Martha Hale, wife of Paul Peck, (both Founders of Hartford), is probable but not certain, however is based on TAG Vol. 38. Thomas Hale emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1633, first residing in Roxbury. He removed to Hartford in 1636, but returned briefly to Roxbury, where he married Jane Lord Feb 1639/40, and returned to Hartford in 1640.

He served in the Pequot War in 1637, and was granted 60 acres for that service by the town of Hartford on 12 October 1671. In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40 he held seven parcels: two acres with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens, located at the intersection of the road from Seth Grant’s to Centinel Hill and the road from Centinel Hill to the Cow Pasture; two acres in the West Field; ten acres in the Cow Pasture; one acre in the North Meadow; two acres of meadow on the east side of the Great River; four acres of swamp on the east side of the Great River; and another four acres of swamp on the east side of the Great River.

With his brother Samuel, he joined the first settlers of Norwalk in 1651, but later removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts by 1659, where he married his second wife Mary Nash 14 December 1659. He returned to Norwalk by 1674, where the inventory of his estate was taken on 19 February 1678/9.

Recommended genealogy: “Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley”, Donald Lines Jacobus & Edgar F. Waterman, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2001

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