Thomas Hales (settler)

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Thomas Hales
Born(1610-06-24)June 24, 1610
DiedFebruary 19, 1679(1679-02-19) (aged 68)
Spouse(s)Jane Lord (m. February 1639, Roxbury, Massachusetts), and Mary Nash (m. 14 December 1659, Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony)
ChildrenThomas Hale (b. 1651), John Hale (b. 1665), Mary Hale (b. 1674)
Military career
Battles/wars Pequot War

Thomas Hales (24 June 1610 – February 19, 1679) was a founding settler of Hartford, and Norwalk, Connecticut. [1] [2] He was the son of Thomas Hale, born 1590 in Hertfordshire, England, and Joan Kirby Hale, born 1590, died 1640.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomads who share and rotate their settlements with little or no concept of individual land ownership. Settlements are often built on land already claimed or owned by another group. Many times settlers are backed by governments or large countries. They also sometimes leave in search of religious freedom.

Hartford, Connecticut capital of Connecticut

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Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Norwalk is a U.S. city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York metropolitan area as well as the Bridgeport metropolitan area.

He was named a freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 14, 1634. [3] He came to Hartford with Thomas Hooker's congregation in 1636. He served in the Pequot War, along with his brother Samuel Hales, and was granted fifty acres for his service on October 12, 1671. [3] He married Jane Lord in 1639, in Boston with whom he had one son Thomas. He was a signer of the Ludlow agreement to settle Norwalk in June 1650. [3] He and his brother Samuel were settled there by February 1651. [3]

Massachusetts Bay Colony English possession in North America between 1628 and 1684

The Massachusetts Bay Colony (1628–1691) was an English settlement on the east coast of North America in the 17th century around the Massachusetts Bay, the northernmost of the several colonies later reorganized as the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The lands of the settlement were located in southern New England in Massachusetts, with initial settlements situated on two natural harbors and surrounding land, about 15.4 miles (24.8 km) apart—the areas around Salem and Boston.

Thomas Hooker Puritan minister

Thomas Hooker was a prominent Puritan colonial leader, who founded the Colony of Connecticut after dissenting with Puritan leaders in Massachusetts. He was known as an outstanding speaker and an advocate of universal Christian suffrage.

Pequot War war

The Pequot War was an armed conflict that took place between 1636 and 1638 in New England between the Pequot tribe and an alliance of the colonists of the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Saybrook colonies and their allies from the Narragansett and Mohegan tribes. The war concluded with the decisive defeat of the Pequots. At the end, about 700 Pequots had been killed or taken into captivity. Hundreds of prisoners were sold into slavery to the West Indies; other survivors were dispersed as captives to the victorious tribes.

He married Mary Nash in 1659 in Boston with whom he had two children, John and Mary.

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Hartford in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, and he is also listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

History of Hartford, Connecticut

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First Church of Christ and the Ancient Burying Ground

The First Church of Christ and the Ancient Burying Ground is a historic church and cemetery at 60 Gold Street in Hartford, Connecticut. It is the oldest church congregation in Hartford, founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker. The present building, the congregation's fourth, was built in 1807, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The adjacent cemetery, formally set apart in 1640, was the city's sole cemetery until 1803.

History of Norwalk, Connecticut

The history of Norwalk, Connecticut ranges from pre-contact cultures and Native Americans to the 21st century.

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References

  1. Nathaniel Bouton (1851). An Historical Discourse in Commemoration of the Two-hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Norwalk, Ct., in 1651: Delivered in the First Congregational Church in Norwalk, July 9, 1851. S.W. Benedict. p. 18.
  2. The Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk, Connecticut: With a Plan of the Ancient Settlement, and of the Town in 1847. J. Mallory & Company. 1847. p. 17.
  3. 1 2 3 4 The Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford