Israel Hale married Fannie Amy Holmes 22 September 1841

Israel Hale was born 19 January 1812 in Boxford MA, the son of Joseph Hale IV and Martha Friend.  Fanny Amy Holmes was born 9 November 1817 in Stowe VT, the daughter of Nathan Holmes and Joanna Gould.  Israel and Fannie were marred 22 September 1842 in Stowe by Hiram Carleton, Minister of the Gospel.

In 1850, Israel and Fanny lived in Morristown VT.  He was a farmer, with a farm valued at $875.  This was considerably less than the value of all the other farms listed on that census page.  Martha’s four children had all been born by then – Martha Ann (1842-1906), Nathan (1845-1932), Cicero (1848-1926) and Emma Fanny (1850-1905).

By 1860, the Hales’ lot in life had improved.  Their Morristown property was now valued at $1200, and personal property at $555.  At age 16, daughter Martha was employed as a teacher, and son Nathan was working on the farm.

In 1870, the Hale’s farm was valued at $6000, by far the highest value in the area, and they owned $2250 worth of personal property.  They lived in the Cady’s Falls postal area. I don’t know that they moved – most likely the names changed as the area was settled and developed. Martha worked as a domestic servant, Nathan as a farm laborer, and Emma as a domestic.  Cicero was no longer living at home. 

In 1880, the Hales were still in Morristown.  Israel was still a farmer.  Fannie was listed as keeping house.  Martha and Emma still lived at home.  The household included two hired men, Lyman Irving and Olin Phelps. 

Israel died 22 April 1887, cause of death was listed as heart disease.  He was apparently prominent enough that his death was noted in the Vermont Watchman:  “Israel Hale died very suddenly Friday last.”  Israel’s death was also recorded in Boxford MA, where he was taken for burial.  Cause of death was reported as fever, but considering the “died very suddenly” item in the newspaper, it was more likely a heart attack than a fever. 

In 1900, Fanny was the head of the household, still living in Morristown.  She was listed as 78, widowed, farmer.  Her daughter Emma was in the household, as was her son Cicero.  (His daughter Carrie had married Marcel Labor.)  Cicero was not listed as widowed, although his two children  (Alva and Lottie) lived with him, and a wife was not listed.  The household included four servants, Ella Ladeau (housekeeper), Kate Detwiler (dressmaker – did Fanny have her own seamstress?), and farm laborers George Detwiler (probably Kate’s son) and Walter Sargent.  Fanny died of pneumonia on 4 February 1907 in Morristown.   

Not having subjective insight about Fanny and Israel, the records indicate that they improved their station in life dramatically. 



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