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Hale / Brown Family Page

Updated June 30, 2011

Bobby Joe Hale
Law Offices of Robert J. Hale
3055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90010
A-United States
(213) 215-1230

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I am a 57 year old attorney and artist, the son of Robert Wade Hale and Mollie Marie Brown, from Brushy Creek, Greenup Co., KY. I have my own criminal defense practice in Los Angeles, CA. However, I grew up in Kentucky and Ohio. My family is predominantly composed of the hearty pioneers who settled southeastern and eastern Kentucky in the 1700's. Dominant family names include: Auxier, Barker, Belford, Birchfield, Blythe, Brown, Creech, Dunn, Fields, Fultz, Hale, Hensley, Hertle, Hitchcock, Jackson, McGlone, Middleton, Ross, Sparks, and Taulbee (Talby).

I am interested in attending reunions for these families and would love to talk with other family historians. I have made a few trips to Carter & Elliott Co's KY (Middleton), Breathitt Co. KY (Dunn, Birchfield, Taulbee), Morgan Co. KY (Brown), and Grayson County VA (Hale). I have copies of many primary documents, including copies of original Confederate muster rolls for Burris B. Hale, marriage bonds and deeds, as well as lists including Revolutionary War Veterans Samuel Talby b.1706, Wm. Hitchcock Talby b. 1748, and John Dunn b.1749.

I would especially like information on Burris B. Hale's father Joseph Hale (b.1811-1830) & mo. Margaret (Peggie) Daniels (b.Abt.1816), from Grayson Co. VA, as well as Hertle & Middleton families from Elliott and Carter Co's KY, and the Fields, Creech & Talby pioneer families from southeastern KY, North Carolina and Baltimore MD.

In June 2011, I had opportunity to be escorted around Elk Creek in Grayson County, Virginia by the imminent Ginger Ballard, and shown the Hale Settlement, as well as the location of the Hale Meeting House, the first church in Grayson County. With Ginger's help, I discovered a September 1, 1815 document of the estate sale of Nancy Burris Hale, that with the deathbed will of her husband, /Dudley Hail/Hale, allowed me to place Dudley and Nancy Hale as the parents of Joseph Hale, and grandparents of Burris Hale, my great-grandfather. After extensive review of the location of numerous family graveyards around Elk Creek, (provided by Ginger), and by charting the location of the infamous kidnapping of 5-year old Caty Sage in the late 1700's, I was also able to determine the near exact location of Joseph and Peggie Daniels Hale's residence at the time of the 1840 Census--just below the Hale Meeting House. That connection with Dudley and Lewis Hail, his father, the first Hale settlor in Grayson County, led to extensive lineage leading to Nicolas Haile, planter, and the first Haile immigrant in Virginia in 1650.

In this day when it appears that almost everything about us is determined by our genes--our personality, our creativity, our drives, our failings--even our tastes--I am fascinated to know the people whose genes went into me. I love placing ancestors in the context of history and learning the events that drove their passions and their lives--sometimes even their deaths.

With all of this, I am just a novice. But I have a strong sense of family and feel connected to others who carry the same genes. I would love to hear from other "family" members, and to share/swap/and enjoy our history with each other.

God Bless, Bobby Hale

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