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Descendants of John William Hale

Submitted by Grady Roach
© 2009

John William Hale,  born 1 February 1837, died 27 August 1917 in Sumner County, Tennessee.  He was the son of William Hale (b abt. 1807) and Frances Kitrell (b abt. 1811). He was married first to Susan C. Fulks on 11 January 1856.  Susan was born 6 January 1836 and died 9 September 1888 in Sumner County Tennessee. She was the daughter of Charles M. Fulks (12 February 1813 - 6 November 1897) and his first wife, who is unknown. Will of Charles M. Fulks. On the 1860 census, he and Susan were living in Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tn. (which later was in Trousdale County) with their son, James, age 2.  In 1861, John purchased 188 acres in the Cottontown area of Sumner County.  That same year he joined the Confederate Army.  He farmed this land until he sold it to John William McCrery in 1891.

Pardons and Petitions, Sumner County, Tennessee in the Civil War, Vol. II
John W Hale  Co.G.4th Tennessee Cavalry, (McLemore's) Enlisted (age 24) on December 2, 1861 At Camp Trousdale, rank, Private.  Sumner Records List two camps in the Portland area.  One was located at the City Lake.  Camp 2 was located on TGT Rd. NW of Portland.
Fought at Dover, Tenn. (Second Ft. Donelson) Thompson's Station, Tenn. and Day's Gap, Ala. Captured near Woodbury, Tenn. Sent to Camp Chase, O. then to Rock Island, Ill. Paroled on oath Sept. 10, 1864.

Pension Application No. 12093

 John William Hale and Susan  C. Fulks had the following children:

John William Hale married 2nd to Susan Emma Bloodworth on 3 September 1891 in Sumner County, Tn.  She was born in Wilson County, Tn. on 30 January 1865, the dau of Alex "Ellie" Bloodworth and Mary Elizabeth Grant .  She died on 1 March 1928. Emma married first to William Turner Tate on 19 December 1882. William Turner Tate was the son of William E. Tate and Ann E. Guill.  Emma and Turner had four children:
      i. Elvis Tate
      ii. Gusta Tate
      iii.  Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tate, b abt. 1885, d 11 July 1934, (married in 1903 to H. G. Martin, married second to a Rainwater)
      iv.  Willie Tate b abt. 1888, married Walter D. Wilkerson (b abt. 1883) in Sumner County, Tn. on 3 October 1903 (Marriage Index).  Willie and Walter had the following children:  Leola, b abt. 1908,  Estella, b abt. 1911,  Lucille, b abt. 1814,  and Mary b abt 1917.

John William Hale and Susan Emma Bloodworth Tate have the following children:

In January, 2004, I met Mr. Odie McCrery who owned the land containing the Hale cabin and cemetery.  He related the following information:  There are 9 graves to the east of the cabin that are marked with small pointed rocks.  There are 3 rows of graves.   The west row has 2 graves, the middle row has 2.  Mr. McCrery said these were the graves of John William Hale and his wife, Susan C. Fulks.  The east row has 4 graves.  Known also to be buried there is James Hale and his wife Elvira T. Hester, and their infant son.  A son of James and Elvira, (either Francis or Andrew or both) is also believed to be buried there along with a woman, possibly Sarah Hale Wilkinson and her twin children. Each grave has a rock at the head and foot.  In February, 2004, the state Archaeologist for Tennessee, Mr. Nick Fielder, Mrs. Betty Glover, President of the Highland Rim Historical Society, and I traveled to 224 South Road in Cottontown to the site of John William Hale's farm.  Mr. Fielder confirmed the presence of 7 graves at the site of the old cemetery located on the grounds and 4 more gravesites about 400 feet south of the first cemetery.  Phillip, Dennis, (my brothers) and I had visited the farm in January, 2004.  We installed a chain link fence and an entrance gate before visiting the old cabin.  In August, 2004, my wife, cousins, Mr. Odie McCrery, and I went inside the old log cabin located on the property.  I entered the front door, just as my great, great grandfather, John William Hale had done over 138 years ago. The upstairs room contains a home-made clothing cabinet.  Mr. Odie said that the cabinet was built by John W. Hale.  In 1892, John sold the farm to J. W. McCrery.  The cabinet had been built in the upstairs room and it was too large to be removed, thus John sold the cabinet to J. W. McCrery for one dollar.  The cabinet is made of oak and walnut wood.  Square nails hold the planks together.  John William Hale's grave had only been marked with a rock.  On 11 July 2005, I applied to the the Department of Veteran Affairs for a headstone for him.  I received the headstone on August 25.  On 28 August 2005, 88 years after John Hale's death, Philip (my brother), Debbie, (my sister) and I installed the headstone for John William Hale at 224 South Rd., Cottontown, Tn.


It is unclear if John Roney built this cabin or if it was constructed by John William Hale.  John did reside in it ca 1861.

Hale Cemetery located on the McCrery farm.

Grady Roach and Odie McCrery.  Mr Odie passed away summer, 2008. He was unmarried.  Two nephews inherited the farm.  They sold all of the land except the portion with the cabin.


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