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Daniel Hale & Benjamin Haile, SC, 1800s
Posted by: David Wilson Date: February 10, 2002 at 12:35:12
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I strongly suspect that Daniel Hale of Anderson Co. SC is related to the Benjamin Haile line of Kershaw Co. SC. I would like to hear from anyone who has proof or even suggestive evidence that would substantiate this hypothesis.

Daniel Hale was born about 1732, reportedly in SC, and lived most of his later life in Anderson Co. He died in Franklin Co. GA in 1850 at the stated age of 118. For at least the last 20 years of his life he lived with his son John in both Anderson County and, finally, in Franklin County on the other side of the Savannah River. (He is identified by name in John’s household in the 1850 census, and he can be recognized in earlier censuses because of his advanced age.)

Benjamin Haile, Jr. (sometimes referred to as Benjamin Haile II) was a planter and banker in Kershaw County whose 1845 will documents holdings running to thousands of acres and dozens of slaves. In censuses of 1840 and earlier, Benjamin is seen to be a slave owner on a scale that exceeds the norm.

I think it is possible that the elderly Daniel may be the brother or cousin of Benjamin Haile I, the father of the well-to-do planter. Here are the reasons:

In a brief family history written in 1932, my GGF James S. Loveless mentioned some details of the Hale family that merge elements of Daniel’s life with elements of Benjamin’s.

We know that on 8 Aug 1833 in Hall Co. GA, Seaborn Loveless (b. abt 1807 in KY, d. abt 1844 in SC) married Nancy Hail (b. 1810 in SC, d. aft 1870, prob. in AL).

My GGF said that Nancy was the daughter of “Dannel Hale,” a wealthy Anderson Co. slave trader and landowner who lived to the age of 123. My GGF said that “Dannel” met his future son-in-law Seaborn Loveless while the old man was on a slave- buying trip to Kentucky. He persuaded the young man to come to SC to help manage the field hands.

Though my GGF gave no specific date of death for the man he called “Dannel,” it would have to have occurred in the late 1840s based on other statements in his narrative. I believe that the similarity of name, the geographical coincidence, and the advanced age involved make it a certainty that the “Dannel Hale” of his narrative is the Daniel Hale of the 1850 census. We know Daniel died in that year because he is also found on an 1850 Franklin Co. mortality schedule.

What fails to match, however, is the allegation of Daniel’s extensive slave holdings. There are no slaves in the households of which Daniel is a part in his later years, and I cannot find any Hale households in Anderson County with extensive slave holdings. Furthermore, Daniel would have been at least in his 90s at the time he met Seaborn. It is hard to imagine a man of that age undertaking a grueling commercial road trip from SC to KY.

Based on the documentary evidence of slave holdings, if anybody approached Seaborn in KY, it was likelier to be Benjamin Jr. (or one of his agents) than Daniel.

It may help to know that Seaborn and Nancy Hail Loveless named their first son (b. 1834) James Belton Loveless. I suspect the name Belton may record the surname of Nancy’s mother. If so, we are looking for a Hale/Belton marriage would probably have occurred not later than 1795. Clear evidence of that marriage could possibly shed light on the basic Hale/Haile question I raise.

I am posting this inquiry simultaneously to Hail, Haile, Hale, SC, Anderson Co. and Kershaw Co. boards.

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