Martha Hale

25 April 1765–
Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America

The Life of Martha

When Martha Hale was born on 25 April 1765, in Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, her father, Joseph Hale, was 36 and her mother, Abigail Smith, was 43. She married William Thompson on 29 November 1787, in New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters.

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William Thompson
Martha Hale
Marriage: 29 November 1787
William Thompson
Sally Thompson
Nancy Thompson
Electra Thompson
Calvin Thompson
Theoda Thompson
David Thompson
Rhoda Thompson

Spouse and Children

29 November 1787
New Hampshire, United States


    William Thompson


    David Thompson


    Sally Thompson


    Rhoda Thompson


    Nancy Thompson


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Name Meaning

1 English (also well established in South Wales): topographic name for someone who lived in a nook or hollow, from Old English and Middle English hale, dative of h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘hollow’. In northern England the word often has a specialized meaning, denoting a piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, typically one deposited in a bend. In southeastern England it often referred to a patch of dry land in a fen. In some cases the surname may be a habitational name from any of the several places in England named with this fossilized inflected form, which would originally have been preceded by a preposition, e.g. in the hale or at the hale.2 English: from a Middle English personal name derived from either of two Old English bynames, Hæle ‘hero’ or Hægel, which is probably akin to Germanic Hagano ‘hawthorn’ ( see Hain 2).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Céile ( see McHale ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Hale in entry for Electa Kemland, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Martha Hale, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • Martha Thomson in entry for William Thompson, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"

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