We are grateful to Jeanne
& Lewis Hale for contacting us about this small burial
plot. They welcomed us into their home, gave us a small family
history to include with this cemetery, contacted the owner of
the land for permission to get to the cemetery, carried us to
see the graves, and graciously lead us to another cemetery they
knew we would have a hard time locating. Many thanks to the Hales!
1 Joel Joseph Whitehead Hale 1814-1854
Mollie McHaney Hale's people were from Virginia. The historic Hale-McHaney Ranch at Crossroads Community in Rusk Co., TX. was established with land inherited from Molly's father, Cornelius 3 McHaney, who purchased it in 1856, just one owner removed from the original Texas land grant.
At one point, Cornelius McHaney gave his four older children each a section of the land. Later he did the same for his four younger children. This property has been largely in possession of Hales to present (1999). Each child's section was divided among their heirs through the years until no large blocks remained. Some sold their portions to persons outside the family.
Louis F. Hale, son of Howell Pope Hale, put together several small acreages purchased from various heirs, for a total of 165 acres. At one time, Louis Hale and wife, Jeanne, their three sons and a daughter and their families all lived on the land, which has received the Texas Dept. of Agriculture Heritage Award for "land that has been farmed or ranched by members of the same families for at least 100 years" (in this case, 144 years in 2000). In recent years, their daughter and her husband bought property at Monroe Community, Rusk Co., TX., but the three sons and their families continue to live on the historic property. Louis Hale and son Bill Hale are co-owners of Box H Cattle Co., with headquarters on the ranch.
LDS Microfilm #1985661, #1761142: Joel Whitehead Hale (1814-1854), son of Moab Hale (1794-1857), grandson of James Haile (1738-1828) and descended from John Haile (1575-1650), came to Texas from Clark Co., Georgia; bought 1,000 acres in Rusk County, 9 miles east of Kilgore. He was buried, along with infant son Urbin F., in the small Hale family cemetery on the farm of Joel Blanton Hale. This cemetery (in year 2000) is now on property owned by Lamar Lewis, contiguous to the historic Hale-McHaney Ranch, now owned by Louis France Hale Sr. Joel Whitehead Hale's widow, Nancy Tigner Elder Hale, is buried in Danville Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg Co., TX. She was the daughter of Hartwell M. Elder and granddaughter of David Elder. Most of the descending Hales are buried in Rusk County.
1860 Census, Rusk Co., TX.: Nancy T. Hale, 41; H.P., 20; M.V.(f), 17; Virginia, 15; Elmira, 12; Nancy, 10; Joes, 5; and Mansell 3 (misspelling - should be Mancel: per Jeanne Hale).
Joel Whitehead Hale's will was probated on Oct. 1, 1857; recorded Vol. 2, page 559, Rusk County Probate Minutes. Property of 631 acres of land, value $3.50 per acre, total $2208.50. An order to sell the cotton, and to purchase a Negro woman to be added to the estate. Separate property, 873 acres, 447 set apart to widow, balance to children as heirs; value of $959.95 to each child.
(There is one Joel W. Hale who drew land (lot 15?) in Clarke Co., Ga. in the Land Lottery of 1832. This Joel W. would have been too young. Was there another Joel W. Hale in Clarke Co., ca 1830? There was no Joel W. in Clarke Co. census of 1820, 1830 or 1840. Per the Elder history, this Joel W. and his wife Nancy Elder did not go to Texas until 1853. Went to Rusk Co., TX. in 1853 per Rogers Hale.)
The descendants of Joel Blanton "Blant" Haleand Mollie McHaney
Hale held their first reunion the first weekend of Sept., 2000,
in Henderson. About 120 people attended. It was a great event.
Starting at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Trinitiy Baptist
Church on Hwy. 259, the Hales gathered to peruse old photos that
each one brought, to visit with known relatives and to meet new
ones, to eat a great barbecue lunch, to pose for a group picture
(the photographer, Louis Lee, was on hand all day to shoot family
groups), and then to hear about the Hale genealogy dating back
to John Haile 1575 in England. Blant and Mollie's children are
all deceased (the last one just a week before the reunion), so
the First Cousins are now the senior members of
Jeanne Denman Hale
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