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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Family Time Line

William Thompson
1763–
Martha Hale
1765–
Marriage: 29 November 1787
William Thompson
1789–
Sally Thompson
1796–
Nancy Thompson
1800–
Electra Thompson
1802–1882
Calvin Thompson
1804–
Theoda Thompson
1806–
David Thompson
1791–
Rhoda Thompson
1797–1872

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
29 November 1787
New Hampshire, United States
children

(8)

    William Thompson

    Male1789–Male

    David Thompson

    Male1791–Male

    Sally Thompson

    Female1796–Female

    Rhoda Thompson

    Female1797–1872Female

    Nancy Thompson

    Female1800–Female

+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(6)

+1 More Child

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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