It is very clear that the Hale family is related to Nicholas Hale (also spelled Haile frequently prior to 1700), of "Baltimore." Baltimore is really Hicholas II however, and his father was Nichols I who lived in Ann Arundel County, VA and across the river in Maryland. More about this in a later post.
The probability for all this is over 98%, so many generations ago. So this is put to bed. The issue now is to attempt to determine who the Hale lines were in between Keziah and Nicholas.
Nicholas IV had moved to Bedford County, in the 1740's and 1750's. Many Hales were living there. However most moved on to North Carolina in the Washington County (Watauga Colony). This is now North West Tennessee, and had a a very interesting history in the Revolution. Again this is a story for later.
Roy Hale of another line, but a cousin and exact match to me, reports that Nicholas Hale had four sons in Bedford/Franklin Counties. They are
Shadrack, Meshack, Abednego, and John. They are probably too old to have had direct contact with Keziah, but their sons and grandsons would be the right age.
The Bedford County census of 1810, the year Armstead was born, shows a John and Thomas. Each had small children, wife and Thomas had some slaves. This children were under 10, and they and the wives were between 26 and 44. The children would probably make them closer to 28 than 44.
This makes both a few years older than Keziah who was 20 then. They make good prospects, but as of yet, I have been unable to connect either to their lines.
Looking at Franklin County is much more difficult. In Franklin County, there are three more John’s; one with family and 30 slaves, Joseph, family and 5 slaves, James and two Thomas’, most with some slaves. One Thomas is over 45 with a younger wife and family, the other the same with 10 slaves.
Any of these could have also been Armstead's father. So as the hunt is complex, one thing is nearly certian. It is that no young men of Keziah's AND un-married were found. Of course the Hale family were heavy travelers, south to Tennessee and nort to Baltimore. So anyone coming through town may have also been our father.
But if my guess is right. John or Joseph of Bedford are the top suspects. Keziah at 20, would have had no support for Armstead unless she was employed, or got support from the father. When Armstead was older about 6, he was also bound by the Overseers of the Poor in Bedford County to anther family. Keziah no longer could support him. Why?
Could it be because like moved Hales, they moved on to the south. Or the wife found out about an affair and stopped it. In any case Keziah was no doubt forced to give up Armstead. This is truly a tragedy, as a boy who knew his mother, would have had a difficult emotional time being separated and given to a family completely unknown. It must have been horrible.
Keziah a decade later has two more boys, but manages to support them. How? Unknown so far, but we'll continue to work on it.
So until other projects are completed, what we know is that one of several Hale men were ultimately related to Nicholas II or III and they moved on eventually.