William Hale

Male 1783 - 1859  (75 years)


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  • Name William Hale 
    Born 7 Dec 1783  Pawlet, Rutland County, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Nov 1859  Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 75 years 
    Person ID I37411  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Family Ancestors Hannah Twitchell,   b. 10 Oct 1807, Andover, Windsor, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1883, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1830 
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F13913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Judge William Hale held many of the first offices in Oswego County. he moved to Peoria, Illinois with brother Asahel and George Greenwood in 1835. he was elected the first Mayor of that city on April 28, 1845. He never had children, but was honored by many of his nephews bearing his name.
      Hale was a Democrat, a Mason and an active Methodist. he was very active in temperance movements

      Hale's Mill -- in 1834 William Hale, then sheriff of Oswego Co., N. Y., being West on official duty, visited the Kickapoo valley and selected a mill site at what is now the upper end of Pottstown. He returned home, resigned his office, and in the Spring of 1835 came back accompanied with George Greenwood, John Easton, and Waldo Holmes, and erected a saw mill on the site that year. The following Winter material was prepared, and in the Spring of 1835 a flouring mill was raised. He brought the necessary machinery and his family by wagon from Albany, N.Y., that Summer, and the mill was completed and set to running in the Spring of 1837. It was visited by settlers for a radius of thirty miles, and was crowded with business. The water supply giving out in 1848, steam was substituted, and Mr. Hale controlled the property until his death, in 1859. The mill was converted into a distillery, which was destroyed by fire in 1867

      HALE, WILLIAM. William Hale was born in Pawlet, Vermont, December 7, 1783. His early life was spent on a farm, where he received the advantages of a good common-school education, and, like many young men of the Green Mountain State, spent a portion of his time in teaching. He settled on a farm in Oswego County, New York, and, while living there, became one of the leading men of the county. For many years he held the position of Justice of the Peace. He was then appointed to the Associate Judgeship, held the office of Deputy Sheriff, and then Sheriff, of the county.
      In 1835 he came to Peoria, and, in company with his brother, Asahel Hale, and George G. Greenwood, erected a saw and grist-mill on the Kickapoo Creek. At the first town meeting after township organization was adopted, on April 2, 1850, he was elected one of the first Board of Supervisors. He was also the first Mayor of the city of Peoria, receiving his election at the adoption of the city charter, on April 28, 1845.
      The business life of Mr. Hale, after leaving the mill, was mostly spent in dealing in real estate, in which he became quite wealthy. He bought at an early time eighty acres in the central portion of the east part of the city, upon which some of the finest residences in that part of the city are now located, and laid it out into streets and lots, from which he received a handsome income. We are informed that he purchased the whole eighty for seven hundred dollars, only a fraction of the price of one lot at the present tine. Mr. Hale added Hale's first, second and third additions to the city of Peoria.
      Mr. Hale was a prominent member of the order of Free Masons, and donated the ground for a Masonic Cemetery. He also gave liberally to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member. In politics he was a Democrat, and his first vote was cast for General Jackson, the second term of his election to the Presidency.
      He was married on March 27, 1830, at the age of forty-two years, to Miss Hannah Twitchell. Mr. Hale died November 25, 1859. (Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County, 1902, page 455, submitted by Janine Crandell)

      Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, December 22, 1859 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Death of Judge Hale - We see, in the Peoria Transcript of November 26, a notice of the death of the Hon. William Hale, on the 25th, at the age of 78. Judge Hale was a native of Vermont, but immigrated to this county, while young where he continued to reside until 1835, when he removed to Peoria, Illinois. He was formerly sheriff of this county, and held other offices of importance and trust, all of which he filled with ability and to the satisfaction of the people. He was always an honest, honorable, benevolent and Christian man, a faithful and consistent Methodist, and leading member of the Masonic fraternity, to whom he gave the Masonic Cemetery at Peoria. In that city, as here, he was universally respected and honored, having been elected the first mayor, in 1848, and having served as chairman of the board of supervisors for several years. FIe had no children of his own, but adopted several, educating and providing for them in the most liberal manner. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, taking part in the defense of our northern frontier, and during the latter years of his life belonged to the Republican party, but was tolerant and liberal towards those of different opinions. His numerous friends here, who have long remembered him with pleasure, will learn his death, though at a good old age, with feelings of sincere regret.