Calling all Hales,
I am directly descended from Jacob Hales, born in East Malling, Kent in 1667 and searching for other living descendants of this line. I've included a few outline details of the line below which you might recognise - I also have a full Gedcom file if you require further info.
If you are related to this line, I'd love to hear from you and share information.
Jacob Hales married Elizabeth Penny and the couple their first child,John, born in Yalding, Kent on 25th March 1693, just four months after his parents’ marriage. Three years later he was followed by the couple’s second child, a daughter, named Elizabeth after her mother, and grandmother.
Other children came in rapid succession – Jacob in 1699, Thomas in 1701, Stephen in 1703, Mary in 1707, Robert in 1710, Henry in 1713 and Ann in 1715. All were born in Yalding, Kent.
However, seven of the children died without producing any known children (Thomas died aged 40, Robert died aged 32, Elizabeth married John Dove when aged 21 but no known issue, Stephen married aged 30 but produced no known issue, Henry died aged 48, Mary aged 66 and Ann at the young age of 10).
The remaining two children were Jacob, and the first born, John. At the age of 35, Jacob married Mary Batchelor in Yalding, Kent in 1734. The couple produced four children but at least two died during infancy. The father, Jacob, died in 1746 at the age of 47, leaving his wife to cope with two remaining children, Elizabeth and Mary. The fate of the children Jacob left behind is not known.
In April 1724, at the age of 31, the eldest of the Hales children, John, married Mary Foster from Frinstead, Kent. They were married in Mary’s hometown of Frinstead but moved nine miles to Boxley where their first child, Thomas, was born in 1725. The children of John & Mary Hales are detailed below:
In 1758, at the age of 33, Thomas Hales married twenty year old Mary Clinch, from Stockbury in Kent. They produced at least 38 descendants including six children; the latest, Elizabeth, born in 1770, just six months before Thomas’ wife, Mary died. She was just thirty two.
Their fifth born child, William Hales was born to the couple in 1767. William’s great-grandson Felix Hales married Elizabeth Thornton in Maidstone, Kent in 1880 and the couple had their first child, Leonard, in 1881.
The next year, 1882, the young family left England for the USA and Felix’s grandchildren (Thomas Hales’ great, great, great, great, grandchildren) may still be alive to this day and living in Antelope, Nebraska (Nona, Dean Roland, Maxine Ardyce and Norma Jean Hales). Thomas died in 1788 aged 63.
2) John Hales b.1726
John was married at the age of 31 to Margaret Bennett. They were married in Boxley in 1757 where their first child Thomas was born three years later. Their second child, Maria was born in 1762 and christened in August of that year. John, died on 12th October 1762. He was only 36 years of age, and left a widow and two children both under the age of three. The fate of John’s children is unknown.
3) Richard Hales b.1727
Richard died in 1728 aged just six months old.
4) Laurence b.1730
Laurence married Elizabeth Brimstead in 1756, producing five daughters; Mary, Margaret, Frances, Elizabeth and Ann. Laurence died in 1791, aged 61; the fate of his five daughters is unknown.
5) Henry b.1732.
Henry died in June 1734 aged just two years old.
6) Elizabeth b.1734
Elizabeth died in April 1734, aged just two months old.
7) Stephen Hales b.1729
Stephen was born on 1st May 1729. At the age of 25, he married Ann Clinch in Bicknor, Kent. Stephen had ten children and it was his grandson, Stephen III, who left Kent for the USA - Stephen's son George Hales was one of the American Pioneers and a direct ancestor of Kenneth Glyn Hales who created the Hales Chronicles. If you are related to Kenneth Glyn Hales or this line, please get in touch.
8)Mary Hales b. 1737. Married William Fullagar in Boxley, Kent in November 1775 producing 11 Fullager children, from whom I am descended.
Anyone recognising any of these details please get in touch.
Thanks - and to all Hales, Fullagers, Yates, Lowes and Howarths a very Happy New Year!