According to research by Robert Safford Hale, the parish registers of Watton, Hertfordshire show that John Hale, the son of Thomas Hale and Thomasine (Dowsett) Hale, was baptized on April 19, 1635. Savage had stated that John was born on June 3, 1636, but no source is given. Based on the date of his baptism in the Watton parish registers, John was probably born sometime in early 1635.
Coffin, and Savage following Coffin's lead, state that John's father, Thomas Hale, came to Newbury in 1635. Robert Safford Hale, however, discovered a letter by Francis Kirby (Thomas Hale's uncle) to Gov. John Winthrop the elder that persuasively establishes that Thomas Hale most likely immigrated with his family in the summer of 1637.
First Marriage and Children
John married, first, Rebecca Lowell in Newbury on December 5, 1660. John and Rebecca had one child, who born in Newbury:
John's second wife, Sarah, died on June 19, 1672.
Third Marriage and Children
John married, third, another woman named Sarah. Many genealogies of the Hale family say that her last name was Symonds. However, as discussed in the profile for Sarah (Ring) Hale, that assertion is most likely erroneous. She was fairly clearly the widow of William Cottle who died in 1668, and, while her maiden name is uncertain, the most plausible theory is that her maiden name was Sarah Ring.
John married Sarah, the widow of William Cottle, probably sometime from late 1672 to early 1674. There is no record of their marriage. Their marriage date is estimated based on the date of death of John Hale's second wife and a Newbury record of the birth of a child to John Hale on November 24, 1674.
John and Sara had the following children, all born in Newbury:
Moses, b. July 10, 1678 (son of John and Sarah), m. 1st Elizabeth Dummer, m. 2d Mary Moody
John's third wife, Sarah, died on January 19, 1698/9.
Transactions; Occupation; Title
Robert Safford Hale's "Genealogy of Descendants of Thomas Hale of Walton, England, and of Newbury, Mass." contains a description of all of the Newbury deeds and other transactional records relating to John Hale. In the records, he is commonly referred to as a "house-carpenter" or "carpenter". His is also sometimes referred to as Sergt. (or Sergeant) John Hale, which presumably denoted his rank in the local militia. After his son John had come of age, most records referring to this profile's John Hale refer to him as John Hale, Senr.
John Hale died in Newbury on June 2, 1707, at about the age of 72.