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Johann Heindrich (Behl) Bale (1731 - abt. 1783)

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Johann Heindrich (Henry) Bale formerly Behl
Born in Black Forest, Germanymap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Hampton Township, Sussex, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Nov 2017
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Categories: Palatine Migrants.

Henry (Behl) Bale was a Palatine Migrant.
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  • Fact: Christening (11 Mar 1731) Evangelisch, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
  • Fact: Burial (1783) Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Fact: Occupation MILLER
  • Fact: Credit to Alan Edward Jones for this bio. Found at

Johann Heindrich BEHL, who went by the name of Henry BALE, was born around 1730 in the Black Forest area of Germany. He spent some time growing up in France. It is supposed that he came from Germany via Alsace-Lorraine through Brest, leaving Rotterdam on the ship Forest and landed in Philadelphia, PA on 11 October 1752. He was the first settler of the New Jersey village of Lafayette, building the first flour mill and the first dam in the area, erecting his business on the Paulinskill River.

Henry BALE and his wife, Elizabeth GUNDERMAN (or GUNDEMAN or GUNTERMAN), raised seven children. Elizabeth's father is reported to have been Conrad GUNDERMAN or GUNTERMAN. She was from Holland or her family was from Holland. Three of their children Jacob, Rhoda and Mary, moved to Kentucky with their families. Two of their sons, Peter and Henry, remained in the area, moving farther down the Paulinskill and building another mill and blacksmith shop in a settlement later to be known as Baleville, which still exists today. Some children and or grandchildren went to many states including KY, NY, IL, TN, etc.

Henry BALE had a brother Peter BALE who also came to NJ from Europe. This Peter BALE has 4 sons who fought in the Revolution and his children spread to OH, PA, VA, TN, east KY, and Green county KY. Based on some traditional naming conventions, Henry BALE's father may have been named Jacob BEHL since he named his first son this name. His second son may have been named after his older brother and his third son named after him. Also it should be noted that some of Henry BALE's children and grandchildren went by the surname of BALES, having added the S. Many of his descendent owned or ran mills.

Henry died in 1783 in Hampton Township, Sussex Co. N.J. and is buried in a small cemetery in Ross's Corner, Hampton Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey.

Henry and Elizabeth (GUNDERMAN) BALE's Children are:

1) Jacob BALE b 17 Aug 1761 in Sussex, Co., NJ d 21 Sept 1822 in Green Co. KY md 21 December 1786 in Sussex Co., N.J. to Suffiah or Sophia SNOOK 2) Peter BALE b 4 February 1768 in Sussex Co.,NJ d 17 June 1813 in Sussex Co., N.J.; md Elizabeth STRUBLE 3) Henry Jr BALE b 1778 in Sussex Co., N.J.; md Abigail CURRENT 4) Rhoda BALE b in Sussex Co., N.J.; d in Kentucky md Jacob HUFFMAN 5) Elizabeth BALE b in Sussex Co., N.J.; md 29 Aug 1784 to Zachariah STICKLES 6) Mary BALE b in Sussex Co., N.J.; d in KY md George WASHER 7) Catherine BALE b in Sussex Co., N.J.; md to John WIDENER (sources include: 1774 tax records for Newtown, Sussex Co., NJ; the passenger list for the ship Forest; History of the Bale Family since 1750 by Buckner Bale; The old Jacob Bale bible; estate inventory of Henry Bale; History of Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ; "New Jersey in 1793" by James S Norton; "Three Generations of New Salem Pioneers" by Ida L. Bale; etc.)


  • "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch ( : modified 16 September 2017, 18:15), entry for Johann Heindrich Behl(PID; contributed by various users.
  • Pennsylvania, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890} [database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  • 1752, PA Early Census Index, Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, Johann Henrich Beil.
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012. Place: New Jersey; Year: 1750; Page Number: 140
  • Virkus, Frederick A., editor. Immigrants to America before 1750. An Alphabetical List of Immigrants to the Colonies, before 1750, Compiled from Official and Other Records. Surnames 'A through Battles.' Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. 220p.
  • New Jersey, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1643-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. New Jersey Census, 1643-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  • NJ Tax Lists Index 1772-1822, August Tax List, Page:002, 1774, Newton, Sussex, NJ, Henry Bale Sr.
  • New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: New Jersey State Archives. New Jersey, Published Archives Series, First Series. Trenton, New Jersey: John L Murphy Publishing Company.
  • New Jersey Archives 1st Ser Vol 35, Abstracts of Wills Vol 6 Page 39, Henry Beel.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #87276790

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On 6 Jan 2018 at 05:08 GMT D. (Pettit) Vitale-Cox wrote:

Bale-283 and Behl-34 appear to represent the same person because: Henry is my 6gg and it is my understanding that he was the son of Jacob Behl. Please consider merging these two profiles and/or adding me to the Trusted List so that I may. I hope to be doing more research on this family in the future.

Thank you for your consideration!

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