IGI. There are approximately 3,700 HALEs on the IGI for Gloucestershire, including 277 WILLIAM HALEs, (over a hundred of whom were still living in 1881 ), but only 70 HALEs on the IGI for Monmouthshire. This is partly because Monmouthshire is not particularly well served by the IGI but also because there were just more HALEs in Gloucestershire ! If you want us to look up your HALE ancestor on the IGI for Gloucestershire or Monmouthshire please email us using the FORM
- MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR GLOUCESTER 1334 - RICHARD de la HALE
( Possibly an ancestor of the Alderley HALEs )
- "Colonel Middleton having order to quarter that night at Deddington and hearing there of two regiments of the enemies horse, sent Captain Middleton with two companies of dragoons, and CAPTAIN HALE with a party of horse to approach the town : but the enemy retreated to a passage towards Oxford where the Lord Wilmot was with fifty troops more..........."
From "The Expedition for the Relief of Gloucester" extracted from BIBLIOTHECA GLOUCESTRENSIS
published during the English Civil War.-------------------
1578 ROBERT HALE, grandfather of Sir MATTHEW, left a 20s rent charge in North Nibley
for " the poorest inhabitants " it is paid into almshouses accounts.
From"Wotton Under Edge"
1627 A rent charge of 40s. on land at Rockhampton in 1569 by
MARGARET HALE, confirmed in 1578 by Thomas Webb, superseded by gift of the land, "for the poor ": when sold later, the proceeds were joined to those from sale of adjoining Hill lands of the Sir Jonathan Dawes 1674 bequest for several purposes, and RICHARD HALE's 1650 bequest for the poor, and given to the almshouses account.
From"Wotton Under Edge"
1636 (Sir) MATTHEW HALE cleared an entail which had barred the gift by his father ROBERT, to the poor, of land in Rangeworthy. This was greatly improved by exchanges at the time of the enclosures in 1811, becoming a farm which let for £115. The land has been sold and the proceeds yeild £70 4s. 6d. in funds to almshouses.
From"Wotton Under Edge"
1650 RICHARD HALE (Sir Matthew's elder uncle) for £55 sold land in Rockhampton "for the poor " : this too has been amalgamated with the Sir Jonathan Dawes bequest.
From"Wotton Under Edge"
- [Overseers of the Poor records] (OV) Cromhall Indemnity Bonds
30th January 1700/1
RICHARD HALE, wife Hannah of Alkington, Berkeley.
27 SEPTEMBER 1744
MOSES HALE apprenticed to Thomas Williams, Tiler, of Littledean. In Tiling and Plastering.
- SEPTEMBER 1747
REMOVAL ORDER. MARY HALE from Charfield to Kingswood -------------------
- KINGSWOOD Settlement Examinations
18th December 1753
Examination of William Cross Pearce, late of Alderley, Millman.
In 1752 Mr William Springett, MATTHEW HALE ESQ., and Mr William Larton, three of the princpal inhabitants of Alderley where the examinent was legally settled proposed he take and rent a cloth or fulling mill of Mr John Hunt of Kingswood and would supply the examinent money to carry on trade. He rented the mill at £16 and at the time of taking the mill he had a wife and three children.
11th OCTOBER 1781
Susannah Millerd, singlewoman, on 2 Sep gave birth to a male bastard child and WILLIAM HALE of Littledean, nailer, the father.
There is a tradition in the HALE family that WORTLEY HOUSE(Wotton under Edge) was then occupied as sub tenant by a MRS MARY HALE.
There was a widow of that name who died in 1775.) Probably MARY MOUCHER, second wife of the notable ROBERT HALE of COTTLES the last male HALE, and the fact that the house was offered on lease in 1776 fits in with this.
From"Wotton Under Edge"
- (OV) 17th MAY 1783
Samuel Cloudsley apprenticed to AARON HALE of Littledean, Nailmaker-------------------
- (OV) Sarah Hayward gave birth on 22nd December to a female bastard child and JOHN HALE, of Littledean, sawyer, the father
- (OV) CAM bastardy orders.
23rd FEBRUARY 1791
Ann Bradshaw, on 18th October delivered a male bastard and FRANCIS HALE of Alkington, yeoman the father.
Littledean Settlement Examinations.
15th August 1803 JOSEPH HALE residing in Newnham, nailer, born in Sedgley, Staffordshire and his father and grandfather were settled in Sedgley. On August 11th married in Newnham to wife ELIZABETH.
- LITTLEDEAN HOUSE OF CORRECTION
"A MOST DANGEROUS CHARACTER"
"Insanity was an occasional problem for prisons and in 1826 a 40 year old nailer, and most dangerous character, THOMAS HALE, was subject to fits which occasionally affected his reason. He had threatened to murder the governess of Littledean Workhouse, "which he is by no means unlikely to do if not strictly watched, should he be freed."
He was in prison for assaulting her. He had scars on both his legs and arms. Phillips certified him insane and he was moved to Gloucester Asylum.
2 MAY 1820
MARY HALE apprenticed to Richard Griffiths in Housewifery. (Littledean)
- "A FAMOUS ESCAPE"
"It was not until 1830 that another escape took place when 27 year old labourer JOHN HALE, serving six months for riot and assault, escaped during the night using a home-made clay key. He had once escaped from Gloucester gaol. The keeper and the turnkey offered a reward for his capture, and he resisted desperately when cornered within a month. He claimed he had easily put his arm through the cell door's peep-hole trap and pushed the bolts back.
This trap defect had to be rectified after his escape. Magistrate Crawley picked both cell locks with a twig in front of the staff to prove how easy it was."
(Both extracts from : A House of Correction by J R S Whiting Pub. Alan Sutton 1979. )
- (OV) Thomas James, son of John and mary James apprenticed to RICHARD HALE of Littledean, yeoman, in husbandry.
- (OV) William Coleman, son of Mary Coleman aged 9 apprenticed tp RICHARD HALE of Littledean, husbandman.
- 17th July 1832.
MATTHEW HALE, son of CLEOPHUS HALE, deceased, of Parish of Cam, and Mary his wife now marries to Thomas Gunter.
To James Bond of the town of Chepstow, Monmouth
As Blacksmith for 7 years. Consideration £10. (Enclosed receipt)
- Minutes of Monmouthshire Quarter sessions 1832
Chief constables appointed.
Lower Caldicot - HENRY HALE of WHITSON, Farmer
In the room of John Christopher 2/6
HOUSE of CORRECTION, Littledean
HAILE/Thomas/58/Wilful Damage/Mar. 10, 1851/6 weeks hard labour or pay 1l 15s
9d/Sir M H C Boevey, bart, D Capper, clerk/
HAILE/George/20/Wilful Damage/Mar. 10, 1851/6 weeks hard labour/Sir M H C
Boevey, bart, D Capper, clerk/
- (OV) 25th SEPTEMBER 1856
JAMES HALE of tithing of Alkington, labourer To John Fowler of Stone in the parish of Berkeley. As Cordwainer for 2 years. Consideration £5 and £5 tp be paid 25 Sep 1857-------------------
On Monday last, P.S. Hawkins of Cinderford, received a telegram from William Brinton, of King Street, BUDE, respecting a youth who was drowned at Bude, Cornwall, on Sunday night last. Brinton, who is the captain of the schooner LARK, trading between NEWPORT and Bude, shipped the youth at Newport, Mon., about a fortnight previously.
The deceased then told him that his name was ABRAHAM HALE , that he belonged to CINDERFORD; that he had walked from the Forest that day, and that his father worked in "the pit", but he did not say what pit. Every enquiry has since been made all over the Forest, but friends or relations of the deceased cannot be found.
In the deceased's pocket was found a piece of paper, on which the address WILLIAM EVANS, 30, GEORGE STREET, NEWPORT, Monmouthshire, Wales. This address he had told the captain was one to which his mother directed his letters. Deceased was about 17 years of age, height 5ft 3in., with dark hair. The initials "J.H." were roughly tattood (sic) on his left arm, and he was minus a portion of the big toe of the right foot."
GLOUCESTER JOURNAL JULY 5TH 1885
(We'd like to know if anyone can shed any light on this mystery.)
Some information received recently from a correspondent in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
"Information on FoD coalmining is sparse but do know that one or two of the books on railways in the Forest by Alec Pope contain vital info' on some of the mines. For example CHARLES HALE was one of the proprietors of the Crumpmeadow colliery in the 1920s.
I believe he sold out to the Northern United mine. RICHARD HALE was granted the gale of New Roberts Folly near Cinderford in 1889 but soon sold it on. ARTHUR FREDERICK & JOHN HALE owned a builders supply yard at Drybrook in the 1930's and the business is still flourishing today. Cannot be sure of detail but I know that the Crawshays, entrepreneurs, of South Wales, were big in the mining business in the Forest in 19th C."
Forest Voices Compiled by Humphrey Phelps.
ISBN 0 7524 0738 4
The Chalford Publishing Co. St. Mary's Mill, Chalford, Stroud, Glos.
Price £9.99 (Sterling)
is a compilation of the recollections of local people in the Forest of Dean. It includes the following from Cinderford:
"Uncle GEORGE HALE was a lay preacher at Knights Hill Chapel and he'd
announce 'The service will begin at half past two o'clock and the
preacher for next Sunday will be nailed on the door' - It made us
children titter, but he always said it".
"I went to the Sunday School at the Methodist Chapel at Knights Hill. We
had Sunday School outings. Once we got on the train at Drybrook station,
oh, ever so early, about four in the morning I think, and went to
Portsmouth to see the fleet come in. That was a very long time ago."
"At Whitsuntide we used to walk with the band from Knights Hill down to Ruardean. We stopped at the Malt Shovel for pop and biscuits, then we
marched on to the Farm Tump at Ruardean Woodside where a service was
held. Other Chapels joined in and we also went to other Chapels". "But
it was all a very long time ago. I was born in 1892".
...."Father also attended Wesley Since he was already working at Crump
Meadow Pit he would have attended Wesley because if you worked at JOSEPH
HALE's pits you went to Wesley - if you knew what was good for you. If
any of HALE's men were not in their accustomed place in Chapel on a
Sunday, Joseph HALE would want to know the reason why. If you wanted to
get or keep a job you attended the Chapel of the pit owner's choice".
"Once a year was 'The Treat', this was a great occasion because we were
allowed the afternoon off from School. The Wesley Treat was always on a
Thursday afternoon (early closing day) and we paraded through the town
wearing our Sunday best and with an enamel mug hanging around our necks
on a piece of tape. With the town band playing and the Sunday School
banner fluttering at the head of the procession, we went up Belle Vue
Road." [the continuation of the High Street].
BLOCKLEY. Red Lion, Dovedale End.
The Red Lion was run by the HALE family for years and then by Fanny Keen.
It is now a private house.
WILLIAM HALE, 31, died at sea, seaman on the Adelaide of Bristol, voyage to Tobago,
died 15 Sept 1844, born in Bristol. Adelaide was 282 tons.
William Dovell master, maybe Dorell
From FHL film 0857412
Records of ships registered at Bristol 1835-1844