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James Polk Acuff and Wife Emma Frances Hale

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Acuff and his wife, Emma Frances
"Fannie" Hale Acuff

Hale Family Research

James Polk Acuff with wife Emma Frances Hale and Children, Emma, Elsie, Ernest,Ovena and Sarah

This is a picture of James Polk Acuff
my gr gr grandfather and his wife Emma
Frances Hale and children:
Emma, Elsie, Ernest, Ovena and Sarah



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About My Hale Brickwall

Brickwalls are frustrating. I guess thats an understatement. I have two that have been a source of frustration in my genealogical research for about 12 yrs. my Acuff Brickwall......and my Hale Brickwall. This page is about my Hale Brickwall.
I am kin to Hales thru my maternal grandmother, Minnie Acuff Luna(Oct 26, 1899- July 5, 1957). She was the daughter of James K Polk Acuff(Jan 12, 1872-Nov 23, 1939) and Emma Frances Hale(Nov 5 1875-Sept 5 1939). Although I'm at a stand still on the Acuff line I know quite a bit more about the McElroys and Shropshires(J.K P Acuff's mother's lines). Emma's parents I know very little about. I do have a copy of Emma Frances "Fannie" Hale Acuff's death certificate. It just list her father as William "Bill" Hale and whoever was giving the info did not know the name of her mother. Finding out that Emma's father was named Wm. Hale was not much help to me as Hale was a popular name in that area..and I guess many of the families decided that they needed a son named William.

I believe that I have figured out at least some of the mystery of Wm. Hale although there are still many questions...



Hale Research Notes and Updates

April 2, 2001
Last week I decided to join the Madison Co. AL mailing list and see if I could find someone who knew where I might find the obituary of Emma Frances Hale Acuff. She died in Madison Co. so I guessed that it might have been carried in the HUNTSVILLE TIMES or what ever paper was active in that area for that time period. From the obituary I hoped to find out if Emma had any surviving brothers or sisters so it would help to narrow down and pinpoint her and her father in the census records. I posted my message to the mailing lists and waited. I had a birthday party for my daughter who was turning 4 yrs old so my genie research was pretty much on hold for the weekend. Monday morning held a big surprize for me. I received an email from a lady who was a subscriber to the Madison Co. AL list. She had been to the Huntsville Library and gotten copies of my great grandparents obituaries which she sent to me. My spirits were soaring. As I had hoped....my gr grandmother's obituary contained the names of two surviving brothers --Sam and Charles Hale both of McMinnville TN(Warren Co.) I looked thru my notes and saw that one of the Wm. Hales who had a daughter named Emma or Frances also had sons named Charles and Sam. This Wm. Hale was the one who married Nancy Arminda Hitchcock. My next move was to send a post to the Warren Co. TN mailing list to try to determine for sure that these Hales were my connection. Again my prayers were answered when I received an email from a subscriber to the list who had located in Cemetery Records Emma's brother's Sam and Charles Hale. This listing also noted that they were the sons of William P Hale and Nancy Arminda Hitchcock Hale although it did list Sam as the son of Wm and Hettie Ann Hitchcock Hale. I believe that the two Wm Hales are one and the same.

Nov. 5, 2001
I had purchased the LDS's 1880 Census Cds and had gotten most of the families of my direct line who were around for the census recorded. I had never been able to tie the two Wm Hales together nor find BOTH of them in a census year but I was fairly certain that the Wm. Hale son of Wm. T and Eliza Adeline Hale were the same person. I had already placed Wm. Hale husband of Nancy A. Hitchcock in the 1880 Census of Bledsoe Co. I decided to look at his neighbors as I was aware that he was living near his in-laws. Imagine my surprize when I saw that Mary Hale Johnson(sister of the other Wm Hale) was living next door to this Wm. Hale. I now feel that these two Wm.'s are the same given that they were the same age and also never appear in the same census. Just a reminder of a belief I have always had about research. When you are checking out census records always look at the neighbors because 9 times out of 10 they are family and if they aren't they may well be by the next census. My next step is finding the brothers of Emma Frances Hale in the 1900 1910 and 1920 census records. I need to do this so that I can determine the date of death for their parents as well as figure out if her father did marry again.


April 9, 2002
Have worked a bit today getting together the census records of William Hale for the years 1900, 1910 and 1920. From these I've been able to conclude that Wm was indeed married twice. I am pretty certain that Wm Hale son of Wm. T and Adeline Hale is the same William Hale who married first to Nancy Hitchcock and second to Mary/Hettie.

I want to also note here that some of the info in the obits is incorrect and there are many errors in the Census records probably stemming from poor communication by both the census takers who were asking the questions and those answering the questions not fully understanding what was being asked.

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Hale Mailing Lists and Message Boards

There are several different Hale Mailing lists at Rootweb. The Main Hale Mailing list and then two state specific lists which I had created and am list administrator for-- Hale-TN and Hale-NC These last two lists deal with Hale research in the US states of Tennessee and North Carolina. There is also a Hale Genealogy Message Board on which you may post Hale queries. This message board also has classifications for many Hale Data Form Posts such as Hale Census, Cemetery, Military, Immigration or other data. To join any of these Hale mailing lists click on the link below. If for some reason this subscription link doesn't work for you you may subscribe by sending an email from the email account you want to subscribe to xxx-l-request@rootsweb.com substitute list name for xxx and if you want the digest mode substitute d for l. Send the word subscribe as the subject in an email to that address and you should be set. Subscription is free.



Hale Census Records

In the table below I have listed my transcriptions of Hale households from the census records. It is important to note that Van Buren Co TN wasn't formed until 1840 and inhabitants of the area which was to become Van Buren Co. would have been listed under the parent counties of White and Warren Co. in the 1830 Census. Below I have listed Hale Census Records in the TN counties of Bledsoe, Dekalb,Warren and Van Buren. If the census record for the county you are looking for isn't posted please check back later as I am adding as time allows.

1830 Bledsoe Co. TN~~~~~~~1830 Warren Co.TN
1840 Bledsoe Co. TN~~~~~~~1840 Warren Co. TN
1850 Bledsoe Co. TN1850 Van Buren Co. TN1850 Warren Co. TN
1860 Bledsoe Co. TN1860 Van Buren Co. TN1860 Warren Co. TN
1870 Bledsoe Co. TN 1870 Van Buren Co. TN 1870 Warren Co. TN
1880 Bledsoe Co. TN 1880 Van Buren Co. TN 1880 Warren Co. TN
1900 Bledsoe Co. TN 1900 Van Buren Co. TN 1900 Warren Co. TN
1910 Bledsoe Co. TN 1910 Van Buren Co. TN 1910 Warren Co. TN
1920 Bledsoe Co. TN 1920 Van Buren Co. TN 1920 Warren Co. TN
1930 Bledsoe Co. TN 1930 Van Buren Co. TN 1930 Warren Co. TN

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Notes From a Letter

The following info was gleened from a letter which was written by Phoebe York Hale McMormick( Daug of John Nathanel Hale)
I believe the letter was to Oletta Cope. The letter its self tells more about the John Nathaniel Hale. John Nathaniel Hale(he married Nan Ward Daughter of Rufus and Birdie Odell Ward.)

John Nathaniel Hale was from England--a carpenter, he came over and settled in North Carolina. He had a son named Wm. Taylor Hale who met and married Eliza Adeline Elzie who was the daughter of William Elzie, a blacksmith who also came from England to North Carolina.

Wm. Taylor Hale (1822-1861)39 yrs old
Married June 29 1843
Eliza Adeline Elzie(April 15 1820-April 20 1906)
Children:
1. Sis Hale** Married a Mr. Bishop and later Mr. Davis
2. Bill He married Hettie Russ.
3. James "Jim" married Mary "Polly" Hillis
4 Mary ++ married a Mr. Johnson
5 John Nathaniel Hale(named after his grandfather) he married Nan Ward.
** Notes on Lucinda Hale married a Mr Bishop and had a son Monroe Bishop who was 14 in 1880 Census. Also married Mr. Davis and is listed as still being married in the 1880 census although we don't see her husband she does have a three yr old son by him named Luther.
++Mary Hale married John Johnson and is in the 1880 Bledsoe Co. census(near Wm. Hale her brother) with husband and daughter Eliza E. age one.

William T. Hale drowned in the Collins River in 1861 when his skift capsized as he was crossing the river on his way to the mill. It was nine days before his body was found by Adeline who was on her way to the store and came across it lodged in a drift of brush. Wm. Taylor Hale is buried in Shellsford Cem. Adeline never remarried and at the time of her husband's death was pregnant with their son John.

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Emma Frances Hale Acuff's Obituary With Notations

First of all I want to thank Lillian Herrin from the Madison Co. AL mailing list for sending me copies of my great grandparents' obituaries. This was the moment I knew my "Brickwall" was starting to crumble. Thank you so much.
Mrs James Acuff, 63
Died at residence 319 Rison Ave
Survivors:
Husband (James Polk Acuff)
son-- William Acuff
daughters--Mrs. Minnie Luna, Mrs Ovena Sharp, Sara Acuff all of Huntsville and Mrs. Emma Sanders of TN
Brothers-- Sam and Charles Hale of McMinnville, TN.
Funeral Services: conducted by Homer P. Reeves
Burial: Charity Cemetery
Arrangements: Womack
Pallbearers: John McBride, Bob Knowles, H.P. Patton, Lloyd Polk, Raymond Smith, Horace Anderson.
The Huntsville Times
Sept 5 1939 Page 8
Mrs. James Acuff is Emma Frances Hale Acuff. Based on finding out the names of her surviving brothers, I was able to conclude that she is the daughter of William and Nancy Arminda Hitchcock Hale. I have a copy of her death certificate but it lists the cause of death as natural causes. Minnie Luna who is listed as one of her surviving daughters is my maternal grandma. It's interesting to note that James P. Acuff, Emma's husband died just two months after she passed on.

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Warren Co. TN Hale Cemetery Records

Thanks to Elsie Jones, a subscriber of Rootsweb's Warren Co. TN mailing list for sending me the following information. Thank you so very much.

Warren Co. Cemetery Book No. 4 page 276 Shellsford Cemetery
Hale, Sam 20 Apr 1884-17 March 1947
[Son of William and Hettie Ann(Hitchcock) Hale, husband of Della Harrison, married 20 Dec. 1903.]


Warren Co. Cemetery Book No. 3 page 64 Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Hale, Charles F. Born 16 Nov. 1872 died 9 May 1956
Son of William P. and Nancy Armenda(Hitchcock) Hale.

Hale, William P. no birth or death dates given. Husband of 1) Armenda Hitchcock and 2)Mary Hillis

Hale, James Buchanan. Born 13 Feb. 1880 died 28 July 1947. Son of William P. and Nancy Armenia (Hitchcock) Hale. Single

Betty M. Majors a Warren Co. TN researcher along with Martha Bouldin Holt and Almetia Dunn Cunningham has compiled several books on Warren Co. TN and Betty has done books on various TN subjects. You can learn more about her books at Mountain Press and Warren Co. Genealogical Association's Book Page

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Hale Obituaries and Death Records

James Buchannan Hale age 67
Born: Bledsoe Co. TN; Feb 13, 1880
Died: McMinnville TN; Mon. July 28, 1947
Parents: William P. and Nancy Hutcheson Hale
(Nancy's maiden name is listed wrong, it should be Hitchcock)
Survivors:
His step-mother(name not given)
Brother--Charlie Hale, Campaign TN
Sisters--Mrs. America Hillis, Rossville GA; Mrs. J. W. Wilson, Mississippi
Funeral Services: 11am Wed. July 30 1947
High Funeral Co. John W. High officiating.
Burial: Mt. Vernon Cem. Warren Co. TN
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
Aug 1st 1947 edition page 4

Sam Hale age 63
Born: Bledsoe Co. TN April 20, 1883
Died: McMinnville TN 1st Dist Mon. March 17, 1947
Parents: William Hale(mother's name not given)
Survivors:
Wife--Della Hale
Sons--George Hale, Clyde Hale and Clarence Hale all of McMinnville.
Sisters--Mrs Lee Hillis, Chattanooga; Mrs. James Wilson, Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Polk Acuff, Huntsville, AL
( Mrs. Polk Acuff my gr grandmother and should not be listed as a survivor as she herself died in 1939)
Brothers--Bush(prob. James "Buch" Buchannan) Hale, McMinnville, TN; Charlie Hale, Campaign, TN.
Funeral Services: Tues. March 18, 1947
Rev. W. J. Thompson officiating. High Funeral Co. in charge of arrangements.
Burial: Shellsford Baptist Church Cem. Warren Co. TN
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
Mar 21st 1947 edition page 13

Charles F. Hale, age 83
Born: Nov. 16, 1872(in Bledsoe Co. TN)
Died: May 9, 1956 Magness Home
Parents: William P. & Nancy Armenda Hitchcock Hale
Survivors:
Sister--Mrs. Gladys Lewallen, Wildwood, GA believe this is wrong as
Glathias Hillis Lewallen was his niece, and daughter of America Hale
Hillis(1873-1963)

Nieces & Nephews.
Funeral Services: Fri. May 11, 1956
Friendship Church of Campaign
John W. High officiating
Burial: Mt. Vernon Cem.
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
May 15th 1956 edition

Claude Hale, age 88
Died: March 27 1998
Resident of Oliver Springs Community
Native of Van Buren Co. TN
Member of Madison St. Baptist Church
WWII Vet(Army)
Parents: Bill & Mary Hillis Hale
Preceded in Death:
Wife--Lila Jane Hillis Hale(1984)
Son--Claude Edward Hale(1971)
Survivors:
Daughter--Joy Pryor, Oliver Springs
Seven Grandchildren--Barry Wayne Pryor, Greg Pryor, Renee Clowers, Harlan Hale, Denise McManus, Chrissy Pryor & Nikki Pryor.
Three Great Grandchildren--Logan Clowers, Aaron & Matthew Hale.
Arrangements: High Funeral Home
Rev. Carl Smith officiating
Burial: Mt. View Cemetery
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
May 29th 1998 edition

Mrs. Mary Martina Hale age 71
Born: Aug. 4, 1887
Died: Wed. Sept 29, 1948
Parents: Ike & Nancy McBride Hillis
Preceded in Death:
Husband--William Hale
Survivors:
Mrs. Jesse McGuire
R. L. Hillis
Claude Hale
Rebeccah Davis
Funeral Services: Sat. Oct 2, 1948
Crain Hill Church
John W. High officiating
Burial: Crain Hill Church Cemetery
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
Oct 8th 1948 edition

John Nathanel Hale, age 85
Born: Van Buren Co. TN July 4, 1861
Died: Campaign, TN Mon. Dec. 9, 1946
Parents: William Taylor Hale & Adaline Elzie Hale
Survivors:
Son--Arvil Hale
Daughters--Mrs. Eliza Payne, Mrs Willie White, Mrs. Phoebe McCormick & Mrs. Agnes Breedlove
Funeral Services: Tue. Dec 10, 1946
Tabernacle in Campaign
Rev. Sam Lawson officiating
Arrangements by High Funeral Co.
Burial: Church of God Cem. (Tabernacle)
Southern Standard McMinnville, TN
Friday Dec 13th 1946 edition page 12

Descendants of William Taylor Hale

1. William Taylor Hale b: 1820 d: 1861
..+Eliza Adeline Elzie b: 1820 d: 1906 m: June 29, 1843
...2. Lucinda Hale b: Abt. 1844
.....+John Bishop
......3 Monroe Bishop b: Abt. 1866 d: March 19, 1939
.............+Dicy J. Hillis m: December 28, 1888 in Van Buren Co. TN
.........*2nd Wife of Monroe Bishop:
............+Melvina Wiseman b: 1873 m: Abt. 1890
.............4 Lennie May Bishop b: June 28, 1892 d: May 17, 1957 in Warren Co. TN
................+Richard Dixon Hillis m: August 11, 1907 in Van Buren Co. TN
.............4 Walter Bishop b: December 1894
.............4 John P. Bishop b: March 1897
.............4 Gertin Bishop b: December 1898
...*2nd Husband of Lucinda Hale:
......+? Davis
.........3 Luther Davis b: Abt. 1876
...2 William "Bill" Hale b: 1849 d. Bet. 1920-1930
.......+Nancy Arminda Hitchcock b: September 06, 1840
.........3 Charles F. Hale b: Nov 16, 1872 d: May 09, 1956
.........3 America Hale b: Abt. 1873 d. Dec. 1963
...........+Levander "Lee" Hillis b: April 19, 1869 d: June 02, 1940 m: Aug. 26, 1889
..............4 Flora B. Hillis b: November 25, 1893 d: July 19, 1966
..................+Bert Carter
..............4 Dora L. Hillis b: Nov. 15, 1895 d: Aug. 06, 1953
..............4 Lenora Tintie Hillis b: June 1896 d: 1950
.................+Edgar Smith
..............4 Glatha M. Hillis b: April 10, 1900
.................+Melton Lewallen
..............4 Mary Lou Hillis b: March 02, 1903 d: April 14, 1944
..................+Fredrick Rollins
..............4 William George Hillis b: April 1905
..............4 Jefferson Hillis b: March 30, 1906
..............4 Louis Hillis
.........3 Emma Frances "Fannie" Hale b: Nov 05, 1875 d: Sept 05, 1939 in Huntsville AL
.............+James Polk Acuff b: Jan 12, 1872 in Van Buren Co. TN d: Nov 23, 1939 in Huntsville AL m: Feb 27, 1898 in Van Buren Co. TN
..............4 William Elsie Acuff b: March 20, 1898 in Van Buren Co. TN d: Aug 12, 1981 in Madison Co. AL
..................+Ina Myrtle Waller b: November 24, 1904 d: March 24, 1981
...................5 Myrtle M. Acuff b: May 05, 1924 d: May 05, 1924
...................5 William Howard Acuff b: June 08, 1925 d: June 12, 1992
....................5 James Bernice Sr. Acuff b: August 24, 1927 d: September 26, 1990
....................5 Otha L. "Buster" Acuff b: October 20, 1930 d: May 05, 1998
....................5 Elsie Jettie Sue Acuff b: November 13, 1932
....................5 Victor R. Acuff b: May 07, 1936
..............4 Minnie Acuff b: Oct 26, 1899 in Van Buren Co. TN d: July 05, 1957 in Lincoln Co. TN
.................+William Richard Luna b: April 02, 1892 in Fulton Co. KY d: March 14, 1994 in Fayetteville TN m: July 18, 1915 in Van Buren Co. TN
....................5 Euston Haskell Luna b: September 16, 1916 d: December 03, 1992
....................5 James Bertrom Luna b: August 28, 1919 d: January 03, 2000
....................5 Geneva Hortense Luna b: March 18, 1922
....................5 Mary Elizabeth Luna b: 1924
....................5 Ressie Mae Luna b: 1926
....................5 Otis Lionel Luna b: 1929
....................5 Jessie Lee Luna b: 1932
....................5 Margaret Eva Luna b:1935
....................5 William Ernest Luna b:1937
....................5 Fannie Beatrice Luna b: 1940
....................5 Roy Wayne Luna b:1943
..............4 Ovena Acuff b: August 07, 1902 d: Jan 27, 1975
..................+Ben Damoral
..................2nd Husband of Ovena Acuff
..................+? Sharp
..............4 Ernest Odin Acuff b: December 03, 1904
..............4 Emma Lou Acuff b: July 17, 1908 in Van Buren Co. TN d: Oct 14, 1994 in Huntsville AL
.................. +Dallas Sanders
..............4 Sara Acuff b: May 09, 1911 d: Nov. 25, 1989
..................+Hubert Thomas
.........3 Vesta C. Hale b: 1876
...........+Victor Hillis b. 1873 d.April 26, 1896
.........3 Alice Hale b: 1878
.........3 James Buchanan "Buck" Hale b: Feb. 13, 1880 d. July 28, 1947
.........3 Sam Hale b: April 20, 1883 d. March 17, 1947
...2nd Wife of William "Bill" Hale:
.......+Mary Hillis b. Aug. 04, 1877 d. Sept. 29, 1948
..............4 Claude Hale b.abt 1910 d. March 27, 1998
...2 James A. Hale b: July 16, 1848 d: May 23, 1924
.......+Mary Polly Hillis b: Jan 24, 1851 d: Jan 20, 1929
.........3 Joseph E. Hale b: Nov 22, 1875 d: Jan 15, 1960
.............+Martha Ella McCoy m: November 16, 1901 in Van Buren Co. TN
..............4 Reecie Hale b: November 18, 1902 d: August 18, 1904
..............4 James Willey Hale b: September 27, 1904 d: January 26, 1922
..............4 Retha Lois Hale b: Abt. 1907
..................+Lawrence Cleyon Hitchcock m: August 22, 1925 in Van Buren Co. TN
..............4 Floyd Byron Hale b: Abt. 1910
..............4 John C. Hale b: Abt. 1912 d: Jan 07, 1993 in River Park Hospital, McMinnville, Warren Co. TN
..................+Mary Etta Rowland
................... 5 Mason Hale
....................5 June Hale
.........3 Jonah Hale b: October 08, 1877 d: May 01, 1953
.............+Maggie Lee Chambers m: November 03, 1899 in Van Buren Co. TN
.........3 Wm. Gerome Hale b: June 1880 d: July 1935
.............+Eliza Paine b: May 09, 1883
.........3 Daniel Alexander Hale b: October 17, 1882 d: May 04, 1962
.............+Lela Mae Grissom
.........3 Henry Hale b: July 1885 d: March 1955
.............+Laura Paine b: Oct 29, 1889 d: March 03, 1971 m: October 23, 1909 in Van Buren Co. TN
...2 Mary Hale b: 1855
.......+John Johnson b: 1857
...2 John Nathanel Hale b: July 04, 1861 in Van Buren Co. TN d: Dec 02, 1946 in Campaign, Warren Co. TN
.......+Nan Ward d: May 03, 1942 m: November 20, 1887
.........3 Eliza Adeline Hale b: September 08, 1888 d: July 16, 1954
.............+? Paine
.........3 Minnie Soda Hale b: November 10, 1889 d: January 14, 1925
.............+? Breedlove
.........3 Arvil Taylor Hale b: March 11, 1892 d: February 05, 1952
.........3 Willie Ann Hale b: July 10, 1894
.............+ Ervin B. White
.........3 Phoebe T. Hale b: September 19, 1901
.............+William McCormick m: April 13, 1919
.........3 Agnes Etoile Hale b: September 15, 1907
...........+William Nelson Breedlove b: Oct 29, 1876 in Wilson Co TN d: Aug 1941 15th Dist. Warren Co. TN

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