Mary Ann Hale

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Hale was born on 23 December 1827, in Greets Green, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Hale, was 23 and her mother, Ann Wilkes, was 19. She married James Birch, Sr on 12 April 1847, in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Hoytsville, Summit, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 6 June 1887, in Wilford, Bingham, Idaho, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Wilford Cemetery, Wilford, Fremont, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Birch
Mary Ann Hale
Marriage: 19 December 1859
William Birch
John Birch
Mary Jane Birch
Elizabeth Ellen Birch
David Birch
Samuel Birch

Sources (63)

  • Mary Ann Hale in household of Thos Hale, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Mary Ann Hale, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Mary Ann Hale, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"

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1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


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Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a (usually remote) nook or corner of land, from Old English and Middle English hale, dative of h(e)alh ‘nook, hollow’, or a habitational name from a place so named such as Hale in Cheshire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Holme Hale (Norfolk), Hale Street (Kent), and Haile (Cumberland). 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. See Haugh . 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 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. This surname is also established in south Wales.

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Céile (see McHale ).

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Halle .

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

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Mary Ann Hale Birch life sketch

What a good lady who was full of grit & determination and great example to her posterity! Mary Ann Hale, daughter of Thomas Hale and Ann Wilkes, was born 23 December 1827 at Grits Green, West Bromwich …

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