Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837

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Born in Coventry, Connecticut, October 28, 1753; brother of Nathan Hale; graduate of Yale College (1773); Congregational clergyman in Westhampton, Massachusetts (1778-1828).

From the description of Sermon no. 851 : Westhampton, [Mass.], 1824. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702146141

Enoch Hale, born in Coventry, Connecticut on October 28, 1753, was the brother of the famed Nathan Hale. He graduated from Yale College in 1773 and served as a Congregational clergyman in Westhampton, Massachusetts from 1778-1828. He also served as Secretary of the General Association of the Congregational Churches and Ministers of Massachusetts from 1804-1824, and was Secretary of the Hampshire Missionary Society for many years. He was involved in the educational and public interests of his community and represented Westhampton in the State Constitutional Convention of 1820. He was the author of an English grammar book and a published sermon entitled "Asking Amiss and Not Receiving". He died on January 19, 1837.

From the description of Enoch Hale papers, 1764-1833 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702181229

From the description of Enoch Hale papers, 1764-1833 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 86131640

Enoch Hale was born in Coventry, Conn. in 1753. He graduated from Yale in 1773 and began preaching in Westhampton, Mass. in 1778. He was pastor of the Congregational Church in Westhampton for fifty years and also served as secretary of the Hampshire Missionary Society, Northampton, Mass., for many years, taking occasional mission trips in that capacity.

From the description of Missionary journal of Enoch Hale : who was appointed by the trustees of the Hampshire Missionary Society to visit the new settlements in the District of Maine, A.D. 1802. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 466083231

Congregational clergyman, brother of the patriot Nathan Hale and son of Richard and Elizabeth (Strong) Hale. Alicia (or Alice) was the daughter of his stepmother Abigail (Cobb) Adams Hale. According to some accounts Nathan proposed to Alicia when he was a student at Yale, but in 1773 she married Elijah Ripley, who died the next year. Later Enoch began courting her, but was unsuccessful. She later married William Lawrence and he married Octavia Throop.

From the description of Letters : to Alicia Adams Ripley, 1779-1780. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122610785

Congregational clergyman; brother of the patriot Nathan Hale and son of Richard and Elizabeth (Strong) Hale. Alicia (or Alice) was the daughter of his stepmother Abigail (Cobb) Adams Hale. According to some accounts Nathan proposed to Alicia when he was a student at Yale, but in 1773 she married Elijah Ripley, who died the next year. Later Enoch began courting her, but was unsuccessful. She married William Lawrence in 1782 and Enoch married Octavia Throop.

From the description of Alicia, born with every striking charm : ms. poem, [s.d.]. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122541740

  • 1753 Oct 28: Born in Coventry, CT, son of Richard and Elizabeth Hale
  • 1773: Graduated from Yale College. Taught school near Windsor, CT, and studied theology
  • 1775: Licensed to preach by Windham County Association of Ministers
  • 1778 Nov: Began preaching in Westhampton, MA
  • 1779 Sep: Ordained; Hale served the Congregational church in Westhampton for fifty years. He was involved in the educational and public interests of his community, serving, for example, as the representative of the town in the State Constitutional Convention of 1820. He was Secretary of the General Association of the Congregational Churches and Ministers of Massachusetts from 1804 to 1824. He also served as Secretary of the Hampshire Missionary Society for many years and took occasional mission trips.
  • 1781: Married Octavia Throop: eight children. Eldest son named Nathan Hale after Enoch's famous younger brother
  • 1799: Published A Spelling Book; or the First Part of a Grammar of the English language, as written and spoken in the United States
  • 1804: Published Asking Amiss and Not Receiving, a sermon preached 1804 Apr 5
  • 1837 Jan 19: Died

Biographical information taken from: Yale Biographies and Annals 1763-1778, by Franklin Bowditch Dexter

From the guide to the Enoch Hale Papers, 1764-1980, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

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creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837. Enoch Hale papers, 1764-1833 (inclusive). Yale University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Yale miscellaneous manuscripts collection, 1701-2002 (inclusive), 1701-1987 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Hale Family Papers MS 71., 1787-1988 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837. Enoch Hale papers, 1764-1833 (inclusive). Yale University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837. Missionary journal of Enoch Hale : who was appointed by the trustees of the Hampshire Missionary Society to visit the new settlements in the District of Maine, A.D. 1802. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library
referencedIn Yale miscellaneous manuscripts collection, 1701-2002 (inclusive), 1701-1987 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Westhampton Congregational Church (Westhampton, Mass. ) Records MS 806., 1817-1970 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837. Letters : to Alicia Adams Ripley, 1779-1780. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Yale Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection, 1701-2007, 1701-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837,. Alicia, born with every striking charm : ms. poem, [s.d.]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Hale, Nathan, 1755-1776. Collection, 1795-1915. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Enoch Hale Papers, 1764-1980 Yale University Divinity School Library
referencedIn Lane, William Griswold, 1824-1877. William Griswold Lane memorial collection, 1670-1947 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837. Sermon no. 851 : Westhampton, [Mass.], 1824. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hale family. Papers, 1787-1988 (bulk 1810-1963). Smith College, Neilson Library
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Massachusetts
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Missionaries
Congregational churches
Congregational churches--Massachusetts
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Birth 1753

Death 1837

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