Skip to main content

Hale, David, 1794-1878



  • Existence: 1794 - 1878

Biographical History

David Hale (1794-1878) was a farmer in Pennsylvania and Illinois. He was the brother of Emma Hale Smith.

David Hale was born on March 7, 1794 in Harmony, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania to parents Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis; he was Emma Hale Smith's older brother. Hale served as a soldier during the War of 1812. He married Rhoda Jane Skinner at Harmony, Pennsylvannia in 1823 and they had five children. In approximately the 1840s he moved to Illinois and continued to work as a farmer. While he knew Joseph Smith during his lifetime, he never joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hale died on April 16, 1878 in Amboy, Illinois.

Library of Congress Authorities, via. WWW, March 3, 2014 (b. 6 March 1794, d. 16 April 1878)

Family Search, via. WWW, March 3, 2014 (Harmony, Susquehannah, Pennsylvannia; Amboy, Illinois; five children; married Rhoda Jane Skinner)

EmmaHaleSmith, via. WWW, March 3, 2014 (married 1823; never joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during lifetime; worked as a farmer in Illinois; knew Joseph Smith; soldier in War of 1812)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

David Hale ledger

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS7614_O3_F1
Dates: 1827-1869

David Hale ledger, 1827-1869

 Item — Oversize 3: [Barcode: 31197233635090], Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7614
Scope and Contents

Ledger used by David Hale to record financial transactions with friends, family, and community members. Includes entries from Harmony, Pennsylvania and Amboy, Illinois, including references to transactions with Mormonism founder Joseph Smith. Ledger content dates from 1827 to 1869.

Color photocopies and a digital scan of the ledger are also included.

Dates: 1827-1869

David and Ira P. Hale papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7614
Scope and Contents

Collection includes the originals, photocopies, and digital scans of a ledger used by David Hale and two notebooks used by Ira P. Hale. Also includes a photocopy and a typescript of a letter from Lorenzo D. Wasson, Emma Smith, and a third author to David Hale. The handwriting may be from Joseph Smith, but it is unsigned. Original documents date from 1827 to 1888.

Dates: 1827-1888

Lorenzo D. Wasson letter to David Hale, 1841 February

 Item — Oversize 3: [Barcode: 31197233635090], Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 7614
Scope and Contents

Color photocopy and typescript of letter written to David Hale from Lorenzo D. Wasson, Hale's nephew. Wasson writes that he is living with Joseph Smith, and gives his impressions of Smith, Nauvoo, and Mormonism. Also includes messages written by Emma Smith and possibly Joseph Smith, mentioning family matters and inviting Hale to settle in Nauvoo. Dated February 1841.

Dates: 1841 February

Lorenzo D. Wasson letter to David Hale

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS7614_O3_F4
Dates: 1841 February

Additional filters:

Archival Object 2
Digital Record 2
Collection 1
Amboy (Ill.) 3
Harmony (Susquehanna County, Pa. : Township) 3
Photocopies 3
Account books 2
Compact discs 2